DURSA Committee

DURSA is led by a committee, currently chaired by Dr Alan Heesom, former Dean of both the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences.


DURSA Committee Members 2018-19

Margaret Allison was appointed as an office junior in the Institute of Education in June 1971; having gained further qualifications at evening classes, she worked as a secretary in several positions within the School of Education. In June 1981 she moved to the Registrar’s Section in Old Shire Hall, working first in the Accommodation Office, and then moving to the Faculty of Social Sciences as Secretary to the Administrator before being promoted in June 1993 firstly as the Executive Secretary in the Faculty of Social Sciences working directly with the then Dean of the Faculty, and following a reorganisation, being promoted to Faculty Administrator and Office Manager for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health, a post she remained in until her retirement in April 2017.

John H. Anstee is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration and Appointments Committee for the CPI Group. He is a graduate of the University of Nottingham with a 1stClass Honours degree in Zoology and a PhD and was appointed to the University of Durham in 1968 going on to serve as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Professor in Biological Sciences. His research interests are in insect physiology and biochemistry and he has published a substantial number of peer-reviewed papers in his field of research. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Science (1994 – 1997), Pro-Vice Chancellor (1997 – 2000) and Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor and Sub-warden (2000 - 2004) with responsibility for External Affairs, Resource Planning/Allocation across the University, Health and Safety Policy and IT Strategy. He led the University’s input to the Lambert Review on Business and University collaboration. He retired from the University in 2004 going on to become Scientific Director of NETPark until 2009. He returned to the University for one year, post-retirement, to chair the Durham Business School (2007-2008). He is a Deputy Lord-Lieutenant for County Durham. 

Clive Doloughan started as a trainee technician in the Physics Department in 1965. After qualification he worked as a technician in High Energy Research & then in the Electronics Workshop before progressing to Head of Teaching Laboratories in the Physics Department. In 1995 he became the Departmental Superintendent, a post held until his retirement in 2011. During his career at the University he was Chair of the Technicians Union, a member of Council for several years, a trustee of the University's Pension Scheme and a member of several Council appointed university committees.

Kathy Fall, Treasurer of DURSA, accepted a position of Income Assistant with Durham University in 1993 having previously worked for Durham City Council in the income section of their treasurer's department. In 1999, when college finances were amalgamated into the University system rather than individual colleges, she was offered and accepted the position of credit controller. She retired from the University in September 2014 and became a member of DURSA. in June of that year, when asked, she joined the committee as a non academic retired member of staff.

Alan Heesom was appointed as lecturer in History 1966, senior lecturer 1989. He was Secretary, Durham AUT, 1987-94, Head of the History Department 1995-98, elected Dean of Social Sciences 1999-2002 and appointed Dean of Arts and Humanities (and member of UEC) 2002-2005. He was acting Dean of Social Sciences in 2006. He was a member of Senate (elected or ex-officio) for thirty-one years, and of Council (elected, ex-officio, or observer) for 18 years. Following retirement in 2005 he worked for HR part time for 5 years. He was awarded the Honorary DCL degree in 2006.He has served on DURSA’s committee since its inception, and in 2016 he became chairman in succession to Keith Orford.

Margaret McCollum was appointed Assistant Keeper in the University’s Department of Palaeography and Diplomatic,in 1968, after a year working in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. In 1990 her department merged with the University Library Special Collections to form Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections department. She had particular responsibility for outreach and conservation, supervised several externally funded projects and was a tutor in Palaeography. For many years she was also a college tutor (mentor) at St Mary’s College. Margaret retired from the University Library in 2009 but continues to assist with cataloguing projects there on a voluntary basis.

Keith Orford was appointed Lecturer in Physics in 1971. elected Dean of Science 2000, appointed first Executive Dean (later PVC) of Science on creation of UEC in 2002, retired 2009. He has chaired committee of UK Deans of Science and founded DURSA after retirement. He was Chairman until 2016.

Francis Pritchard was appointed to the University Library in Durham in 1981 after two years in the University Library at Aberystwyth. He moved to the Law School in 1985 as its Administrator and took early retirement in 2005. He is Secretary of Durham UCU and its Health & Safety Representative, Treasurer of the SCR in Castle (and a College Mentor there since 1982) and currently DURSA’s IT officer, having previously been Treasurer.

Barry Thomas, Secretary of DURSA, was appointed Lecturer in Economics in 1975, having previously held posts at Liverpool University and Warwick University, and he subsequently become a Reader in Economics. His university service at Durham included spells as Head of the Economics Department, Director of the Combined Honours in Arts programme, and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. His final post was The Deputy Director of Business School, before retiring in 2005.

For questions about the Committee and DURSA activities, please email dursa@durham.ac.uk


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