July 22, 2011

From the Durham County Advertiser 50 years ago: St Aidan’s Society for Women Students will become the tenth Durham college on October 1, Durham University announced last Friday.

A college building for 250 students has been designed by Sir Basil Spence and it is hoped that it will be completed by 1964.

St Aidan’s Society, originally the body of home students who were first admitted to the University in 1895, received its present title and constitution in 1947.

At present, the students live either in one of the Society’s houses in North Bailey, Shincliffe Hall, or in lodgings provided and supervised by the Society.

Every student spends at least two out of three years in residence in the Bailey or in Shincliffe Hall.

When St Aidan’s becomes a college only St Cuthbert’s Society will have non-college status.

Durham University has also announced that Earl Grey will open the main building of Grey College at a ceremony to be held on October 19.

Grey College is the first men’s college to be built in Durham since the war.

It was named after the second Earl Grey, who was Prime Minister, when the Act of Parliament founding Durham University was passed in 1832

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