St. Chad’s MCR is, fundamentally, an academic community: we’re a group of students who have chosen to pursue further study. The MCR serves to further its members’ intellectual and academic lives, providing them with opportunities to present and publish their work, see engaging speakers and disseminate their knowledge.

Foundation Journal

Foundation is the St. Chad’s college MCR journal which is edited and put together by the MCR. We take submissions from members of all three common rooms, fostering interdisciplinary and intellectual discussion within the St. Chad’s college community. Previous copies of the journal can be found on the College’s research pages.

Research Forums

Three times a term the common room invites its members to give presentations on completed or ongoing research. The presentations aim to provoke discussion and foster constructive critical feedback—aiding our members in their quests to produce the best research possible! They are usually followed by a postgraduate formal, and always end with a longstanding MCR tradition, port and cheese in the common room.

Our most recent forum took place on May 23rd. Holly Chalcraft spoke on Narratives of Cosmopolitanism, Transnationalism and National Identity: What does it mean to be Greek in Durham? , and James Turner gave a talk on The Council of Merton and the formulation of legitimacy in the 12th and 13th centuries.

This was the last research forum of the current academic year as we take a break over the summer holidays. They will recommence with the new academic year in October!

MCR Guest Lectures

As an academic body the MCR often organises guest lectures from engaging or controversial speakers. Past speakers and topics have included Sara Uckleman, Logic and Lies; Carlo Vecce, Leonardo da Vinci’s Manuscripts: Inside the World of a Man of the Renaissance and Rille Raaper talking about higher education, neoliberalism and consumerism.


The college has several libraries that can be used by the members of the MCR: the Williams, Wetherall, Fenton, Brewis, Reserve and Bettinson.