A Glimpse of the Future: Stevo 2018/19

Dear Stevo, present and future!

We are Rhys and Molly, your incoming Sabbatical Officers for next year!
Rhys is your incoming President and Molly is your incoming Treasurer and Operations Manager . We both feel privilliged to have been elected into these positions and to represent the JCR for the next year. We are both working with Joe and Ailish and having some really exciting meetings about next year. We can’t wait to tell you more, but let’s keep the air of mystery for now and let you in on a few of our plans for next year!

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Next year is set to have our best dinners ever, with us having access to the wonderful Howlands hall! The hall can house up to 250 people, and we will be having our Formals in Howlands, with our not-so-formal Locomotions (with some really exciting themes planned) in Platform 2. We are going to wow you with some of the best dinners of all the Durham colleges, with our wonderful Ball Chair Evie on hand to help make these the best formals we’ve ever had and arrive in Durham City in true Stevo style. It doesn’t just stop there! Any one of you can help out with the Formals and Locos next year by joining our committee, where you can come and talk about everything from name cards to themes with us. You can even help set up the venue with us, and maybe even get a cheeky little shout out from me at the end of the dinner! The legendary Brogan will surely put on some amazing after dinner events for us too! #directtheevent

Moving to Durham City also gives us the scope to adapt and expand our sports teams to introduce some amazing squads. We have already been talking with Mae – our Sports and Societies Officer – about some new teams, such as Mixed Netball. We also have the opportunity to introduce some great new societies, and anything is possible. Our Vice-Principal, Jill, is very passionate about an Aardvark Spotting society so if anyone wants to start that, feel free. We are hoping to start a drama society next year too, so get your lines learned and your Shakespeare practiced and get joining!

We have some great events planned that celebrate the great international identity we have here Stephenson, starting with the International Food Festival in this years ReFreshers week! A huge number of students have volunteered to help with this, whether it be to make food, help set up or even perform! Moving forward, we are so excited to work with the incoming International Officer, Klara, to have the best International Nights ever as we bring our bi-weekly tradition to DH1!

As well as all this, because we are the college that keeps on giving, this year our wonderful Vice-President Emma will be setting up some employability workshops. These will be ranging from assessment centre guidance to interview preparation and are the perfect way to prepare our Rangers for life outside Uni. Emma is wonderful, and she’s set to help you on your way to not only being a wonderful student but also astonishing the world with your new skills!

And as if all that isn’t enough, welfare this year is growing even bigger! Eleanor, our new Welfare Officer will be on hand for all the welfare wonders you have become used to at Stevo like the world-famous Kit Kat Chit Chat (Beyonce once came, she said it was great x) and our fabulous campaign weeks. Additionally, she is also chosing to highlight certain days throughout the year to bring a welfare focus to, for example: disability awareness week, transsexual awareness week and international women’s day to name a few.

Finally (well, at least for this article), our JCR meetings are going to be bigger and better. Our new Chair, Oscar, is truly hilarious and we are going to have such a laugh, but at the same time, ensure that we are holding the JCR accountable for its actions! The JCR is for each and every one of you, and these JCR meetings are so much fun! We have some very interesting motions going to our next meeting, so our JCR meetings next year are sure to be VERY interesting.

We are so, so excited for next year and want every one of you have to the best year of your lives. We are always there for you whether you want to vent about assignments, plan an event or even just chat to Rhys about Taylor Swift!

Everyone cannot wait to get started and we can’t wait to see you there!!
Stevo love,

Rhys and Molly xx

Meet the Exec and Non-Exec 2018/19: Part #2

After seeing an unbelievable reaction to Part #1 we’re back for more as we meet some more of your (NEWLY ELECTED) officers and hear what they are looking to do next year!


Oscar Ogrodnicki – Chair


Hello Everyone! My name is Oscar and I’m looking forward to being your JCR Chair next year as we move to Durham. Besides chairing various JCR and committee meetings, you’ll see me around during interviews, application processes, and many events. My main role is to look after the Standing Orders which means that I have to make sure that the JCR helps everyone to the best of their ability, and if things go wrong we sort them out. Another main role is keeping officers and reps accountable and making sure they fully understand their duties. As an unbiased member of the Exec team, know that you always have someone to speak to about the JCR.

International Officer – Klara Brown


Hey guys. My name is Klara and I am very excited to be your upcoming International Officer for next year. I’ve lived in South Africa my whole life, and I am now lucky enough to also call Durham and Stevo my home. I am so excited to start organising some good international nights for you guys to enjoy international food and learn something new from other countries and cultures. I am so excited to help welcome all the incoming students and help support them through their journey in making Stevo their home. I cannot wait for next year and hope to see you all get involved.

Sports and Societies Officer – Mae Lonsdale


Hi! I’m Mae and I’m your next Sports & Societies Officer. I’m so excited to see what next year brings for us in terms of our ever-growing sports and societies community. I have so many ideas for the next year which I can’t wait to put into place, but if you can’t wait until then, check out the JCR website to see all the sports and societies we have here at Stevo. From baking to football to poker to rowing, there’s a huge choice but if you can’t find anything that takes your fancy then don’t worry- you can set up your own! We are going to have the best year ever and I can’t wait to meet the people who are going to make it as amazing as it’s going to be!


Assistant Events Director – Zara Bhana


Hi, my name is Zara and I am going to be the new Assistant Events Director next year. As we all know, we are going to be moving up to Durham next year, so finally no more X12 journeys. Being in Durham, will give us more opportunities for BIGGER and BETTER events. As your Assistant Events Director next year, I hope to make sure that everyone’s preferences are met whilst working alongside the Events Director to ensure that our first year in Durham is the best year! Stevo love xoxo

Assistant Welfare Officer – Rachael Booth


Hi my name is Rachael and I am one of your Assistant Welfare Officers for the upcoming year. I will be working alongside Eleanor and Kiera and the rest of the Welfare Team to ensure your time at Durham, and Stevo, is full of positive engagements and fruitful experiences. I will help run KitKat Chit Chats, bringing in my Primary Ed experience to make them fun and exciting and will help run campaign weeks to give you the information you need to be happy and healthy. I am always around for a chat and you are welcome to message me at any time.

Assistant Welfare Officer – Kiera Cantrell


Hi, I’m Kiera. I’m from the Midlands and will be one of your Assistant Welfare Officers next year. I can’t wait to work with the amazing Welfare Team to maintain the friendly environment at our college. It is such a brilliant opportunity to be able to contribute to campaign weeks, our weekly KitKat Chit Chat and all of the wonderful events that Team Welfare will provide. See you all soon!

Charities Officer – Lucy Mellor

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I’m Lucy and I am over the moon to be your 2018/19 Charities Officer. I am incredibly proud to be part of the Stevo college community and of our achievements thus far in terms of volunteering and outreach. I am determined to continue these Stevo successes by ensuring there are a range of opportunities for all to be involved in charity work. I also have some new, exciting ideas for projects and events which I will hopefully unveil in time! I’m looking forward to working in close partnership with the other college officers and to show off how astonishing Stevo is!

Livers Out Officer – Malaviga Gopalakrishnan


My name is Mala and I am so honoured to be your upcoming Livers Out Officer! Next year, my job is to make sure that all students have an amazing college experience regardless of where they live and I’ll try to do this by organising transport and helping anyone who’s struggling with finding accommodation. I’ve got so many ideas for next year and if you want to get involved please don’t hesitate to let me know. See you soon!

Tune back in May for Part #3!






Meet the Exec and Non-Exec 2018/19: Part #1


As some of you may know, Stephenson College JCR have now elected most of their Executive Committee for next year and now is the time that I can happily unveil them all to you! Look out for Part #2 coming next week!

Rhys Radford – President

RR blogMy name is Rhys and I am your incoming President for next year (woo!). I’m 20 now and I was born and raised in Sheffield, but I am now proud to call the North East my home. I’ve never been more excited to do anything than be your JCR President next year, we are going to have the best year ever as we move up to Durham. We have so many opportunities to grab hold of and I want every single student to have the time of their lives at Stephenson. I’m passionate about having some great new events, such as a Showcase evening to show off our societies, and expand and improve our current events to levels not possible in the past, such as (fingers crossed) a Winter Ball in an external venue! I hope you’re as excited as I am to have the best time next year, Stephenson is truly the greatest place and the greatest group of people I have ever had the privilege of knowing, and I can’t wait to grow our family!




Molly Bennett – Treasuer and Operations Manager (TrOps and Alumni Relations Assistant)

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I am Molly and next year I have the privilege of being your incoming Treasurer and Operations Manager and Alumni Relations Assistant, and I cannot wait to get started! I have some amazing new ideas for our Locomotion Dinners and Formals, and introducing Loco Comm so students can be more involved with our dinners. We are going to have a brand new bar and to celebrate this we will hopefully be bringing in cocktail and mocktail evenings! We can’t wait to see you at our new home in Durham next year!!

Evie Jones – Ball Chair

18699267_461163990887307_7084920580724037243_oI am super excited to be the Ball Chair for Stephenson College. This means that I will be in charge of planning and organising the Winter and Summer Balls. As well as this, I will help Molly coordinate our Locomotion and Formal dinners. I already have so many great ideas for all these events including possible venues, themes and decorations, but I’ll keep them a secret for now. I wish to make these events enjoyable and memorable for everyone, so if you have any ideas you want to share don’t hesitate to contact me or join Ball Committee (everyone’s welcome!).

Brogan Thornton – Events Director

BT blogHi, my name is Brogan, I am your incoming Events Director for next year. I am looking forward to working with you all and I hope you are excited to get involved in all the amazing events I have planned for you. Next year I would like to listen to your ideas as to what events you would like to take place to ensure everyone has the opportunity to get involved and enjoy the college experience, as much as I have. The famous Stevo energy is consistent through university and this is shown greatly in college events. I want to continue this through the transition to Durham, introducing bigger and better things for you!


Eleanor Shaw – Welfare Officer

28832367_10210425999078905_1315849374_n.jpgHey everyone! My name is Eleanor Shaw, but you will probably come to know me as Guisborough, and I am extremely excited to be your upcoming Welfare Officer for next year. With next year bringing the move to Durham, I really want to show Durham who Stephenson College are, and what we stand for. We currently have a friendly, welcoming, and homely environment at Stephenson College. My main aim is to recreate this. To do so, I would love to add to our campaign weeks, which currently raise significant awareness, to look at specific events in the year such as: World Religion Day, International Women’s Day, and National Stress Awareness Day. I really cannot wait to work with everyone in the college to raise awareness and promote positivity at university!

Emma Hunter – Vice President

emma imageI am so honoured to be your VP for the coming year! Since starting here I have been involved in all aspects of college life attending talks of all kinds, rowing, SCA, show around repping, being Ball Chair in my second year and undertaking a summer internship in Berlin with other Durham students! I am currently undertaking a placement year with Unilever in London but can’t wait to be back at Stevo and make sure I keep you all informed with development opportunities, so you can get involved in whatever sparks your interest! See you Soon!

Coming Soon: Meet the 2018/2019 Exec and Non-Exec

As we are gripped by Election fever and summative deadlines galore here at Stephenson we have been neglecting our blog over the last week. However, we are working on a meet the Exec blog post over the next week and will start publishing this soon. The piece will be updated with new Exec and Non-Exec members when they are elected so keep checking back. For the applicants to the College reading this post, the Exec and Non-Exec are the lovely people who run all of your JCR events at Stevo including the Winter and Summer Balls, Sports and Societies and Induction Week!