DURSA Committee

DURSA is led by a committee elected at the Annual General Meeting. Francis Pritchard is the Secretary.


DURSA Committee Members 2020-21

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.

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.

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.



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


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