Category Archives: Alumni

Upcoming Alumni Events

1904 Society Black Tie Dinner

30th June 2018

Our Annual Event for former members of the JCR and MCR Executive Committees will be held at St Chad’s this year.

With free B&B and a 3 course formal dinner, including wine, this is an event which shouldn’t be missed.

Tickets: £25

 

 

 

 

Green and Gold Association Regatta and Dinner

30th June 2018

Our new Boat Club supporters Association, Green and Gold, will be hosting an afternoon of rowing, followed by a drinks reception and Black Tie Dinner at St Chad’s College on June 30th.

Green and Gold is for all former members of the St Chad’s College Boat Club, so bring your crew and enjoy this 3 course dinner in familiar surroundings.

Tickets: £25 including complimentary B&B in St Chad’s.

 

 

 

2018 Decades Reunion Weekend

21-23rd September 2018

The Decades Reunion Weekend is this year aimed at those who MATRICULATED in years ending 7, 8 or 9 and all those who arrived at St Chad’s before 1965. Others are of course welcome!

Centred around the Formal Reunion Dinner on Saturday night the weekend features meals in College on Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday lunch, as well as free B&B on both Friday and Saturday.

Other activities during the weekend include a chapel service on Sunday morning, a ceilidh, and a bar quiz. Plus there will be plenty to do in and around Durham over the course of your stay.

So invite your friends and former classmates and join us in Durham in September.

Tickets: £25 for Reunion Meal – Friday dinner and Sunday lunch additional

 

2017-18 Scholarships and Bursaries Awards

Leah Kadima-Muntu is a first year student, and is the 2017-18 recipient of the Shattock Family Scholarship. For Leah the financial support this award provides is very much appreciated, as not only will it allow her to buy textbooks and other academic paraphernalia, but it also enables her to experience a wider range of the cultural and extra-curricular activities that Durham University has to offer.

Since arriving in Durham Leah has joined  Durham Action on Singular Housing (DASH), a charity which aims to provide housing and support for those who are homeless or are at risk of being made homeless. She believes charities such as DASH are extremely relevant and much needed in our current socio-political climate: with homelessness on the rise, housing shortages and dependency on foodbanks she believes that many different groups are at risk, young people in particular. Leah says she is keen to do her bit to support others because she believes that it is reductionist simply to believe the aforementioned problems are a result of a meritocratic society – many people end up in bad positions merely due to chance, and it is very humbling to realise that she could just as easily be amongst the many thousands of young people forgotten and neglected by ‘the system’.

Following her degree, Leah is considering continuing in academia – her area of particular interest is Latin America during the Cold War – or to begin a career in political research or for a think-tank as a way to get involved in policy making.

Leah says:

St Chad’s has made me feel unbelievably welcome and I am glad to be a member of this college. What drew me to St Chad’s was how outward-thinking and conscientious it is, as well as the fact that the various charity societies will enable me to further expand my social outreach….

I am extremely grateful … for being a recipient of [this] scholarship; many… are not necessarily aware of financial help which is provided by colleges like St Chad’s through generous benefactors like [Matthew Shattock and his family]…

I am most grateful to be a recipient of a Shattock Family Scholarship at St Chad’s; this award will allow me to put 100% of my effort into my studies and worry less about living expenses, as well as giving me the opportunity to have a full experience of university life, which in turn will allow my views to become more nuanced as I meet and get to know people from outside my particular bubble.  All this experience will hopefully make me a more well-rounded individual.

 

Chapman Hau is a first year student in Chemistry and is the newest recipient of the Cassidy Scholarship for 2017-18.

For him the Cassidy Scholarship provides the financial support he needs to pursue his dreams. In addition it has inspired him to give back to the community. He has already signed up to various volunteering opportunities in Durham – secondary and sixth form tutoring, maths club and dog walking to name a few! Having tutored and helped children from his community in order to weaken their generalisation that success is unachievable for those from less privileged backgrounds, he hopes to be able to serve in an educational position sometime in the future so that he may be of benefit to the less fortunate and under-represented social groups.

Chapman says:

Even though I have just begun my undergraduate studies at St Chad’s College I am thoroughly enjoying College life and my course. During my first few weeks here I have delved into a new world of learning. I have already participated in many events at St Chad’s and at Durham University as a whole – I got matriculated (twice!), visited the Fresher’s Fair where I had a taste of the many societies Durham has to offer, and in my first lab session I synthesised cyclohexene.

The very generous Cassidy Memorial Scholarship will only continue to make my time at Durham more enjoyable without the worry of financial difficulties. My academic pursuits would not be possible without the kind support from the College alumni, friends and fellows. I would therefore like [say] a massive thank you [to everyone who has helped to contribute towards this scholarship and the College community].

2016-17 Scholarships and Bursaries

 

Ermos Chrysochos is a first year Liberal Arts student, in his second term at St Chad’s.  He has already been making his mark: he gave the ‘Toast to the Immortal Memory’ at the College Burns’ Supper in January and is already a passionate Chadsian.  He has been awarded a Shattock Family Scholarship worth £3,000 for each year of his undergraduate degree course. Ermos is an accomplished violinist who started to play at the age of eight and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for four years.  One of his challenges is the cost of combining his degree with his musical ambitions; a student loan does not cover violin lessons. Being awarded this scholarship, however, will mean that Ermos will be able to study with the co-leader of the Northern Sinfonia at the Sage in Gateshead and continue to be a leading member of the Durham University Orchestral Society.

“Music to me”, comments Ermos, “whether listening or making it, brings people together whatever their background. So, whilst the scholarship will immensely benefit me personally, I also know I will use it to live up to our College motto: ‘Non vestra sed vos’ – ‘Not what you have but who you are’.

 

This award has been made possible through the generosity of St Chad’s alumnus Matthew Shattock and his family.

“I am convinced that this is a very worthy cause … the creation of this scholarship programme to supplement those without the full means, but with the unquestionable ability, to benefit from the collegiate education which has shaped my own life and career indelibly. I had the benefit of a fully funded education at Durham and this turned out to be a life changing experience for me.  I hope to contribute to the same opportunity for others.”

-Matthew Shattock (Politics, 1980-83)

 

 

Third year Law undergraduate Marianne Holbrook has been awarded one of our first three Joe Cassidy Memorial Bursaries of £1,000 which honour the memory of our late Principal, Dr Joe Cassidy. Marianne has been a volunteer teacher in Malawi, Senegal and South Africa where, she says, her “interest in promoting human rights and justice in the face of political instability and in socially complex environments developed.”

She is hoping to pursue a career in economic and foreign aid policy development with the UN. Marianne applied for this Joe Cassidy award so that she can further her interests in social justice and continue to undertake volunteer and internship positions.

 

 

Stephanie Higgins, a first year Liberal Arts student, also receives a Cassidy Memorial award.  For Stephanie, receiving a scholarship from St Chad’s means that she can be fully involved in College and wider university life and work, and not have to take on yet more hours in her part-time on-line tutoring job.

Stephanie said, “I recently participated in a ‘Rice and Beans’ challenge where we ate only plain rice and beans for a week to raise awareness of food poverty and money for Tearfund. Being the recipient of a scholarship will help me to do more volunteering in social action projects within Durham”.

 

 

 

Nathaniel Attenborough is the first member of his family to attend university and wants to make the most of the opportunities that both his Cell Biology degree and being at St Chad’s can offer.  He volunteers in a local youth club when at home and is fully involved in College life at St Chad’s during term time: “I greatly enjoy everyday life around College and genuinely feel a part of a college family in ways friends at other universities cannot experience.”  Like too many students today, Nathaniel is worried about being able to afford living out of College next year; he said

 

“This Joe Cassidy Scholarship will make a significant difference to my time at university, in relieving the distraction of financial worries and allowing me to truly embrace what Chad’s has to offer.”

 

Dominic Birch is our 2016-17 Elizabeth Griffiths Scholar. He is a returning Chad’s student, having just completed his undergraduate degree at Durham. Since his return, now as part of the Middle Common Room Dom has been  the MCR’s Academic Affairs Officer – promoting interdisciplinary discussion in the College, organising several research forums, and publishing Foundation, our research journal. He says:

It’s been a great role to have; proving that Chad’s is a place where we still value expertise, learning and conversation.

He was delighted to be given the opportunity to continue his studies at Chad’s this year through an MA in Economic and Social History. His thesis focuses on how ordinary people in the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries argued with each other, and what this can tell us about early modern legalism. At this time ordinary people appealed to authorities locally – older, richer, male members of the parish – to resolve arguments. They also, understandably, tried to avoid long journeys to the local court. Thus, there existed a set of parish customs that stressed order and local reconciliation. We could call these customs an ‘alternative legal culture’; alternative, that is, to the more centralised court system.

The Elizabeth Griffiths Scholarship: The Revd Alec Griffiths, who celebrated 50 years as a priest in 2016, has very generously provided a scholarship fund at St Chad’s in memory of his late wife, Elizabeth. In the last few years the scholarship has been awarded to post-graduate students studying for a one-year taught or research Masters in the Faculty of Arts. Fr Alec trained for ordination at St Chad’s before parish ministry in Glasgow and Greenock, and then hospital chaplaincy in London. In retirement he lives in Largs.

Alice Barber – Producer and Theatre Maker

Alice graduated from St Chad’s in 2016, having studied English Literature, and is currently working as a Theatre Producer across Yorkshire and the North West. She is currently the Resident Producer for two companies: Knaive Theatre and Front Room Productions. Knaive Theatre creates bold, controversial and political theatre and is currently touring the acclaimed Bin Laden: The One Man Show, while Front Room specialises in intimate site-specific productions. Most recently she has produced an outdoor version of Twelfth Night set on a Yorkshire farm, and later this year will produce an immersive production of A Christmas Carol that is to tour venues in Leeds, York, Bradford and Manchester. 

Earlier this year she took her first Arts Council funded project, Unsung, into Research and Development. Unsung explores the untold and under-acknowledged stories of four pioneering female figures from British history – Ada Lovelace, Sophia Jex-Blake, Lilian Bailey and Andrea Dunbar. She and the ensemble had two key objectives: to devise something that interrogated in a lively and modern way the underrepresentation of women in history, the theatre, and society at large, and to develop four complex female protagonists.

Research and Development Team for Unsung

By creating Unsung, they intend to question why these inspirational figures, and hundreds of others like them, are so absent from what Britain, as a nation, is taught of its history. In collaboration with the writer Lisa Holdsworth (Midsomer Murders, Waterloo Road), the show is undergoing further development at the moment, with the intention to tour regionally in 2018. 

The trailer for Unsung can be found here

Louise MacMorran – Acting Governor of St Helena

 Former MCR Secretary and current Head of the Governor’s Office, Louise MacMorran, was sworn in as Acting Governor of St Helena on Monday 30 October 2017.

Louise took the prescribed Oaths in the presence of the Sheriff of St Helena, Mrs Ethel Yon OBE, partner Dave Mothershaw, and colleagues, in the Governor’s Office, The Castle.

Whilst the role is only for the temporary absence of Her Excellency Governor Lisa Phillips, who departed the Island for a period of overseas business, it is great to see news of our Alumni, wherever they are and whatever they may be doing!

 

 

Alumni Choir in Leicester

On the weekend of 21st-22nd October, several of the St Chad’s College Choir Scholars joined the St Chad’s Alumni Choir for a weekend of singing at the prestigious Leicester Cathedral. Although the Scholars were very generously treated to a four-star hotel and a lovely meal, the weekend was no jolly and lots of hard work was achieved!

The student contingent

Having left Durham at 7am in a minibus for Leicester, upon the arrival of the Durham cohort, rehearsals started straight away led by Philip Drew. The repertoire for this weekend was a treat, featuring some great British choral classic such has Howell’s Collegium Regale and Stanford’s Beati Quorum Via. The choir sang two services: Choral Evensong on Saturday and a Eucharist Service on Sunday morning. Both services were a success, especially considering the short rehearsal time that all the members had together. Notably, the choir did very well to get to grips with pesky Psalm from Saturday’s evensong which was extremely long with difficult moments!

The choir felt very welcome at Leicester Cathedral by the staff and by the people of the parish. The whole weekend was highly enjoyable, and I would like to thank the Alumni for asking the scholar’s to join them at their reunion and also thank them for their extreme generosity! 

Catherine Bench

Third year, Music, Choral Scholar

 

Thanks to Philip Drew for directing, to Peter Swift for playing the organ, and to everyone who came and sang, or supported us!

Privacy Notice

 

Our Privacy Notice  can be read in full below:

 

St Chad’s College Privacy Notice

Data Controller

The Data Controller is St Chad’s College Durham. Our Registration Number in the Data Protection Public Register is Z1470934.

 

Overview

The St Chad’s College (‘the College’) Development and Alumni Office (‘the Office’) supports a global community of stakeholders (students, alumni, parents, donors, mentors, employers, researchers, policy-makers, and advocates) related to the research, engagement and outreach activities pursued by the College. In order to deliver all of the related products, services and opportunities in a bespoke manner and to ensure each individual and constituency receives relevant information, the Office process personal data of stakeholders. This helps to ensure that you are getting the best contact available from the College for your purposes. This also helps us, where appropriate, to ask for your support with the things we believe you care about the most.

 

Types of personal data collected and held by the College and University and method of collection

If you are a student/graduate, some of the personal data that the College holds about you is transferred from your University of Durham (‘the University’) student record to the University’s alumni database, Raiser’s Edge. This personal data will have been collected from you as part of your studies application process or provided by you via updates to your department or the College during your time as a student and will include:

 

Your name, title, gender preference, nationality and date of birth;

Your home or parental address, email address and telephone numbers;

Your former school and/or university;

Your familial relationships (parents, grandparents and siblings);

UCAS Number.

 

Some of the personal data the College and the University holds about you has been created by us as part of your education record, namely:

 

Mode of study (e.g. full-time, part-time, distance learning);

Academic department and programme of study;

Start, end and graduation dates;

Reason for leaving, type and classification of degree;

The college(s) you attended and your membership of a Junior or Middle or Senior Common Room (JCR/MCR/SCR)/clubs/societies/sporting teams.

Some of the personal data the College and University holds about you is provided by you during your transactions with us (contact details updates, www.dunelm.org.uk and www.stchads.ac.uk website activity, event registration, volunteer activity or making/soliciting a donation), namely:

 

Your bank account number, name and sort code (used for processing Direct Debits);

Gift amount, purpose, date and method of payment including cheque numbers or payment references.  At no point do we store payment card details if you donate, or pay for an event, using a payment card;

Tax status and Gift Aid Declaration information;

Your spouse/partner’s name and whether they are also a Durham alumna/us;

Updates to your contact details;

Children’s names, gender and year of birth;

Record of verbal or email conversations/meetings including any personal interests;

Dietary preferences;

Web activity whilst visiting www.dunelm.org.uk or www.stchads.ac.uk.

 

The College may hold personal data relating to your professional history. This data may have been provided by you, or it may have been obtained from social media (e.g. LinkedIn,Twitter, Facebook) or publicly available sources (Companies House and other business-related resources, the World-Wide-Web, publications and news articles such as Queen’s Honours List, Times Rich List, and the National Change of Address File and other services that provide email addresses and telephone numbers), namely:

 

Your employment status (e.g. part-time, full-time, retired);

Your current job title and work email address;

Your previous role(s) and job title;

Your current and past employers, name, address and telephone number;

The dates that you have been employed in any particular role;

Your photograph;

Your income band.

 

The College may hold personal data that has been created by the University or the College from other personal data that we already hold (i.e. name, address, postcode, employment data), either through internal or external research/profiling, namely:

 

Your estimated asset worth, property value and shareholdings;

An estimate of income and potential capacity to make a large gift;

Philanthropic interests and gifts to other charitable organisations;

Internal classifications and ratings as a major gift prospect;

A rating of your level of engagement which is created from a mix of your event attendance, donation history and other interactions with the University and the College.

 

How personal data is stored by the College and the University

Personal data of alumni, donors and other stakeholders is stored by the Office in a propriety database called Raiser’s Edge.  Raiser’s Edge is installed on the University’s servers located in Durham. Access to personal data is restricted to those members of staff who have a requirement to maintain a relationship with you, and is controlled through password protection and user security profiles. All University employees, contractors and volunteers that are given access to personal data receive mandatory Data Protection training and have a contractual responsibility to maintain confidentiality.

 

How personal data is processed by the Office

Personal data is processed by the College and the University, departments, other Colleges and Durham Student Organisations to:

 

Promote events;

Send news and updates;

Recruit alumni volunteers and mentors;

Make fundraising appeals by email, direct mail, telephone and face-to-face meetings and ensure that we only send you communications about events or fundraising appeals that would be of interest to you.

 

Who the College and University shares personal data with

Personal data is shared with third party organisations in a limited number of instances.  The University is required to disclose some personal data of graduates to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for the purpose of a survey of new graduates.

 

If you have registered to attend an event organised by volunteer alumni, The College may share with the volunteer a list of attendee names, year of graduation and department so that introductions can be made or seating plans created.

 

The College may share personal data with third party organisations which carry out contracts on behalf of the University (such as a venue hosting a College event).The College will only share personal data that is relevant and proportionate. The College’s partners are subject to contractual agreements which help to ensure compliance with Data Protection legislation. This will happen in the following circumstances:

 

To send you a copy of our printed alumni magazine or other newsletters;

To send you direct mail relating to our fundraising appeals;

To maintain your contact details so that we can keep in touch by letter, email or telephone;

To assess your ability to support the College with a major gift.

When the College shares personal data as detailed above we ensure that security is maintained, using tools such as encryption.

Personal data is NEVER sold on to third parties.

 

How long personal data is held by the College and University

The College considers its relationship with alumni, donors and other stakeholders to be life-long. This means that we will maintain a stakeholder record for you until such time as you tell us that you no longer wish us to keep in touch. In this instance the Office will delete the majority of your personal data it holds, but will maintain basic personal data to ensure that we do not inadvertently create a new record in the future.

 

How to object to the College or University processing your personal data

Individuals have the right to object to the College or Univeristy processing their personal data for any or all of the purposes set out in this Privacy Notice; they may do so at any time. To exercise this right, please email: m.r.i.roberts@durham.ac.uk giving clear details of the processing activities and/or types of personal data to which your objection applies (see sections above for descriptions).

 

Access to personal information

You have a right to request copies of the data held about you by the College and the University. To do so please submit a Subject Access Request. Should you object to the holding of your data by the College and/or the University, the use of your data for any or all of the above purposes, or should you wish to amend the type of communications you receive or the way in which Durham University contacts you, please contact m.r.i.roberts@durham.ac.uk.

 

Visitors to our websites

When someone visits www.stchads.ac.uk we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be transparent about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

 

Links to other websites

This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.

 

Changes to this privacy notice

We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 25 May 2017.

 

Further Information

If you have any questions which you feel have not been covered by this Privacy Notice, please do not hesitate to email us or write to:

 

The Director of Development

Development and Alumni Relations Office

St Chad’s College

18 North Bailey

Durham

DH1 3RH

m.r.i.roberts@durham.ac.uk

 

James Holland – Historian and Author

James Holland (St Chad’s 1989-1992, BA History) is a historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of the best-selling Fortress Malta, Battle of Britain, and Dam Busters, he has also written nine works of historical fiction, five of which feature the heroic Jack Tanner, a soldier of the Second World War. He is currently writing a three-volume new history of the Second World War in the West and a book about the Defence of the Admin Box in Burma. The first volume, The War in the West: Germany Ascendant, 1939-1941, is out now.

He regularly appears on television and radio, and has written and presented the BAFTA-shortlisted documentaries, Battle of Britain and Dam Busters for the BBC, as well as the Battle for Malta, Cold War, Hot Jets, and Normandy 44.

Co-founder and Programme Director of the hugely successful Chalke Valley History Festival, he has his own collection at the Imperial War Museum, and is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

James can be found on Twitter: @James1940.

He appeared on Radio 4s Today Show on 2nd of May, discussing The War in the West.