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James College, York

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James College
University of York
James College - November 16, 2005.jpg
James College
LocationHeslington West, York
Named forLord James of Rusholme[1]
WebsiteJames College

James College is a college at the University of York in the United Kingdom. It is known as the "Sports College" largely due to its prowess on the Sports field but also has a diversity of events that cater to all tastes.


Foundation plaque
Foundation plaque

James College is named after Lord James of Rusholme, the University of York's first vice-chancellor, and was built in several stages during the 1990s.[1] Initially James was intended to be a postgraduate-only college, however the university began to rapidly expand in size, almost doubling in size from 4,300 to 8,500 students,[2] in 1993, therefore it was decided that the college should become open to undergraduates.[1]

Buildings and services

James College
James College

As of 2019, it consists of thirteen accommodation blocks lettered from "A" to "N" (missing out "I") located across a cable-stayed bridge from Wentworth College and close to the old Goodricke College buildings and the university's sports centre.

There are three types of accommodation; standard houses, ensuite houses and ensuite flats. Blocks ABC are arranged into houses with a small kitchen on the ground floor. There are 3 houses per block which house 16 people (14 standard single rooms and one double room). Blocks DEF are the older-style ensuite blocks which are also arranged into houses with a kitchen on the ground floor.

Blocks GHJKLM are the newest blocks and all have ensuite rooms, consisting of a 'pod' or wet room containing a shower, toilet and sink. Each block is (generally) divided into 6 flats which have a kitchen per flat. The kitchens are shared between 6 and 9 people. In 2009, James College acquired a block from the former site of Goodricke college which has become N block, which is catered, along with ABC blocks. The College Dean and College Tutors live in college.

James has a number of common rooms, hosts the YUSU bar 'The Lounge' and is the closest college to the University Sports centre, playing fields and Health Centre.

Student life

The quads have lent themselves to the most famous James College tradition, "Quad Dash", held in Week 7 of Summer term. Quad Dash models itself on the film Chariots of Fire. It was the brainchild of James College Chair, Fergus Drake. College residents turn out in their hundreds to enjoy a day of sunshine, free beer, quad races, ice cream, bouncy castles and fun.

The college also runs an annual photography competition in conjunction with PhotoSoc, with prizes in a number of categories and dedicated James prizes. The JCR put on annual formal events, normally at Christmas and in the Summer term.

The James College Annual Lecture is delivered by a distinguished speaker on a topic of interest to the college. In recent years these have included: 2010 – Duncan Petrie – 'The Swinging Sixties' 2011 – Steve Bell, award-winning Guardian Cartoonist 2012 – Fergus Drake, Save the Children,- 'The reality of humanitarian aid in a fragile world'

Within the college, a number of 'Taste' events take place each term, where students and members of the college are invited to introduce others to a taster of their own culture through a presentation, demonstration or media. This is normally accompanied, by traditional cuisine and drinks. Alongside these cultural exchange events, the college runs a unique exchange with Morningside College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with students from each institution spending a number of terms or a year at the other. James College and Durham University's Collingwood College enjoy an annual sporting contest and social weekend, with York and Durham taking turns to host the event. James College currently holds the JC Cup, winning a closely fought encounter in Autumn 2012.


James is known as the "Sports College" on campus, largely due to its supreme prowess in the Sports field. For the 2019 Durham Varsity, James sent eight teams to the competition, more than any other College at the university.

Junior Common Room Committee

The JCRC is the student-run body that manages Freshers Week, weekly events and . In 2018, Freshers' Week saw a large focus on Non-Clubbing events as well as the traditional clubbing portfolio.

List of chairs of the James College JCRC:

  • 1993 Fergus Drake
  • 1994 Fergus Drake
  • 1995 Tim Ayling
  • 1996 Robin Etherington
  • 1997 Stuart Buchanan
  • 1998 Julie Cartwright
  • 1999 Rebekah Lane
  • 2000 Jamie Smith
  • 2001 Alison Rennie
  • 2002 Andy Henton
  • 2003 Naomi Brown
  • 2004 Alice Gamm
  • 2005 Anouska Widdess
  • 2006 Anne-Marie Canning
  • 2007 Alex Clark
  • 2008 Amber Brittain
  • 2009 Amber Brittain
  • 2010 Tim Green
  • 2011 Emma Bartlett
  • 2012 Laura Watson
  • 2013 Dexter Clark
  • 2013 Dan Ashcroft
  • 2014 Gareth Dybiec
  • 2015 Gareth Dybiec
  • 2016 Max Flynn
  • 2017 James Durcan
  • 2018 Alexander Smart
  • 2019 Jack Edwards
  • 2020 Sophie Schulze


As with the rest of the University's West Campus James College is home to several hundred ducks, geese, other assorted wildfowl, and rabbits.[citation needed]

College staff

Ken Todd was the head of James College from its opening until his retirement in September 2007. Initially the position was titled Provost, but from 2013 this was changed to principal,[3] this has subsequently been changed to head of college. The head of college is a part-time post held by an academic at the university; it is currently held by Paul Summers.

List of provosts:

  • Mr Ken Todd (1990 to 2007)
  • Dr Neil Lunt (2007 to 2013)

List of heads of James College:

  • The Revd David Efird (2013 to 2017)[4]
  • Paul Summers (2017 to 2019)
  • Andrew Kerrigan (2019 to present)[5]

Assistant heads of college are full-time staff that form that primary support worker in the college.

List of deans of James College:

  • Mary Macfarlane (2002 to 2004)
  • Christine Hamieh (2004 to 2006)
  • Bernadette Martinez-Hernandez (2006 to 2008)
  • Margaret Hearnden (2008 to 2011)
  • Dan Horsfall (2011 to 2013)

List of assistant heads of James College:

  • Michael Britland (2013 to present)

The college administrator deals with admin issues around the college.

List of college administrators:

  • Sarah Doughty (2000 to present)


  1. ^ a b c "History of the College". James College. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Our History: The 1990s". University of York. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Students to pay for college membership". Nouse. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  4. ^ "David Effird(sic) - Head of James College". James College. University of York. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Staff in James College". James College. University of York. Retrieved 14 January 2020.

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