Our new Chaplain Fr David Rushton (St Chad’s 1993-96) has been running marathons for good causes for a number of years and this Autumn we have been delighted that he chose to run the Richmond Half Marathon, Great North Run, Berlin Marathon and Chicago Marathon in support of the Cassidy Scholarships Fundraising Appeal.
On Wednesday 11th October we were able to officially welcome him with a service of installation, presided over by Rt Revd David Stancliffe, on behalf of the Bishop of Durham. It was a lovely service, with a sermon from Dr Margaret Masson and music from St Chad’s College Chapel choir.
Below are photos of both David’s running achievements and his installation.
Welcome (back) to Chad’s, David.
Just a few weeks ago we held an indoor-garden-party, featuring Giant Jenga, wine and excellent food, to say goodbye to many of our postgraduates. Now we’re just days away from welcoming our new students to into the College, both into the Middle Common Room and Junior Common Room.
Photos from the MCR Goodbye Party below. With thanks for everything that they have contributed to College over the last 12 months. You will be missed- do come back and visit and keep in touch!
A selection of photos of St Chad’s staff, fellows, students, graduates and parents take during a rather wet, windy and grey Congregation week.
A couple of weeks ago a slightly depleted Chapel Choir took a weekend trip to Jersey. Though they generally tour for longer this year various commitments meant that tour time was reduced, making the relative proximity of Jersey the ideal choice.
It would be fair to say that there were doubts in the choir about what the tour would be like, having become accustomed to more exciting sounding locations, but the doubters were soon proved wrong; Jersey turned out to have plenty to do, excellent weather and some of the best audiences the choir has had.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd David Rushton as the next Chaplain and Outreach Officer of St Chad’s College. David has served as an NHS Chaplain for the last sixteen years. He is presently Head of Chaplaincy Services at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in London. David is also Chair of the Trust’s clinical ethics committee, Co-chair of the LGBT staff support forum, member of London Borough of Camden Inter-faith Network, and the Bishop of London’s Advisor for health care and healthcare chaplaincy. He read Theology at St Chad’s and is an experienced musician and an enthusiastic runner.
David will be taking up his appointment in time for the start of the new academic year. We greatly look forward to the experience and enthusiasm he will bring to all of us at St Chad’s.
This Easter holiday, I had the exciting opportunity to go on tour with Durham University Orchestral Society to Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana.
The 30-hour coach journey, mostly filled with the extended versions of Lord of the Rings Trilogy, proved to be absolutely worth it. The tour was certainly musically fulfilling as we travelled around Slovenia to perform thrilling orchestral works; the highlight being Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. In addition, we also had the opportunity to sightsee and soak up the Slovenian culture. From visiting the serene landscapes of Lake Bled (and of course trying a slice of the traditional Bled cream cake) to riding in a train through the Postjojna caves, this year’s tour was worthwhile experience I am fortunate to have been a part of.
This opportunity is largely in thanks to the Shattock family, whose generous scholarship enables me to make the most my extra-curricular activities without the worry of my financial situation.
In line with DUOS tradition, the last day was marked by a very early start to catch the sunrise.
I look forward to next year’s tour!
Although traditionally, Chad’s has been regarded as easy opponents, this term has seen countless examples of Chadsians excelling in sport.
The Chad’s-John’s women’s Rugby team – led by Chadsians Chloe Hellier and Tash Garrood – who have been storming through their league, were specially chosen to represent the University at the College Varsity with York University. Needless to say, they smashed it, winning 20-0.
Evie Griffith’s valiant Women’s Badminton team only narrowly missed out on promotion to goal difference. Whilst the Men’s pool team have been grafting their way through to the top of the Premiership with win after win, the table tennis team had a seven-match unbeaten streak taking them to the top. The Mixed Ultimate Frisbee team, last year’s Team of the Season – led in style by Ollie Green – have earned themselves a very well-deserved promotion to the Premiership.
The Mixed Lacrosse Team have had an unbelievable season. Captain Phoebe Lundy has led the A team to both an unbeaten season in the league, earning promotion to the Premiership, but also success in the university-wide cup! No one knows when a Chad’s team last won a cup, so this is an extraordinary achievement!
These team successes have only been reflected at a University level. Last Wednesday saw the big national BUCS final. Several Chadsians were integral to their team’s success. Amelia Harper, Bryony Whitehead, Victoria Lewis (all in the Women’s Water Polo Team) and Emily Sambrook-Smith (Women’s Lax 1s), Phoebe Davies (Women’s Lax 2s), Paul Lefebvre (Men’s Lax 1s) are all now BUCS National Champions! These stories are simply phenomenal and we are lucky to have such talented people in Chad’s!
Today, St Chad’s Day, the College is delighted to announce that, because of the generosity of our alumni and friends, we have been able to award scholarships to four of our students. As a college, we are committed to developing ways to give our students the support they need to succeed through their studies and in their wider lives; these scholarships are a very practical way of making a difference through the gifts of our alumni.
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.”
Gillian Allnutt, poet and St Chad’s SCR member, has been awarded the Gold Medal for Poetry by Her Majesty the Queen.
The Gold Medal for Poetry was instituted by King George V in 1933 at the suggestion of the then Poet Laureate, John Masefield. The award was presented to Gillian by The Queen on 21 February 2017.
The Medal is awarded for excellence in poetry, on the basis either of a body of work over several years, or for an outstanding poetry collection issued during the year of the award.
The Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy said of Gillian Allnutt’s writing:
“[It] roams across centuries, very different histories and lives, and draws together, without excuse or explanation, moments which link across country, class, culture and time.
The North is a constant touchstone in her work; canny and uncanny, its hills and coast, its ancient histories and its people.
Her poems progress over the years to a kind of synthesis of word-play and meditation. In her work the space between what is offered and what is withheld is every bit as important as what is said.
She has the power to comfort and to astonish in equal measure. In her outlook, her imagination, her concerns and her lyric voice she is unique.”
Gillian Allnutt was born in London in 1949 and spent much of her childhood in Newcastle upon Tyne before studying at the University of Cambridge. Her retrospective How the Bicycle Shone: New & Selected Poems (2007) draws on six published books plus a new collection, Wolf Light, and includes references to family ties in North Norfolk and her life in the North East.
Gillian was co-editor of The New British Poetry (1988) and from 2001 to 2003 held a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship at Newcastle and Leeds Universities. Recently she has taught creative writing in the English Department here in Durham.
In 2009/10 Gillian held a writing residency with The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture (now Freedom From Torture) in the North East, working with asylum seekers in Newcastle and Stockton.
- Spitting the Pips Out (Sheba, 1981)
- Beginning the Avocado (Virago, 1987)
- Blackthorn (Bloodaxe Books, 1994)
- Nantucket and the Angel (Bloodaxe Books, 1997)
- Lintel (Bloodaxe Books, 2001)
- Sojourner (Bloodaxe Books, 2004)
- How the Bicycle Shone: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2007)
- indwelling (Bloodaxe Books, 2013)
- The New British Poetry (Paladin, 1988) (co-editor)