Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm

Derwent College Junior Common Room


Students often say that it is Derwent which makes their Uni experience so memorable and special, and it’s college life is often seen as being the greatest part of their time in York. Few universities offer such a unique environment which gives a sense of community, and Derwent is just that, a home away from home. Derwent offers something for everyone, and because of it’s massive emphasis on welfare, makes students feel supported and settled quickly. Derwent’s sport is often praised for its inclusivity and building that sense of community. Our committee is full of hard working, creative and excited individuals, who are all committed into keeping Derwent such an amazing college. It is very heavy on student run events, with regular Club D’s (Derwent’s well loved on-campus club night), and a post-exam annual summer music festival which has seen acts such as the Vengaboys, Bondax, Blonde, and Lethal Bizzle in previous years. Derwent is well known for being the liveliest college with the most sense of college spirit and participation - students are proud to call themselves Derwent and often say that Derwent is what makes their Uni experience so memorable and special. It is Derwent that really makes their time at York.

Our Freshers’ Week

Derwent Freshers Week provides a massive range of events and activities for all Derwent students, as well as providing them with useful information that will help them settle into University life. Derwent is known for its massive social presence on campus and sense of community as a college. We are a lively college with great nights out planned for our Freshers Week with brilliant club nights in town as well as Carbet D, the annual Freshers week Club D. Derwent will also put on great events on campus like teaming up with York Student Cinema and our annual Eden’s Court Carnival and Provost Garden Party. To help the settling in process, we provide tours of campus and town and cooking classes run by fellow students, as well hosting our College Life Sign up to let students know everything Derwent has to offer.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information Coming Soon, or join our official Facebook Groups:

Contact Info:

Chair - Fenella O'Brien -

OR message the Derwent College Facebook page

Committee info

The Derwent Junior Common Room Committee represents all students in Derwent.

The 43 person committee run by the Derwent Chair organizes large events such as Derwent Freshers Week, the Winter Formal, Club D’s, and the Summer Soiree, as well as putting on regular events such a the Bar Quiz, our LGBTQ social (ThursGAYS), selling Derwent Merch, and acting as representative for all Derwent students. Getting involved in the Derwent JCRC is a great way to get experience in working as part of a team and putting on events, as well as being able to get more involved in the heart of college life.

Derwent Exec

Chair - Fenella O'Brien

Vice Chair Welfare: Gabriel Hargreaves                       

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Vice-Chair for Events - Jess Leaver and Alex Beveridge              

Treasurer - Joe Denton                                         

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Secretaries: Maggie O'Neill & Lucy O'Meara

Your full committee is as follows:

Alumni Rep: William Leafe

Bar Reps: Tom Morton, Ed Lambert, Fergus Wishart, Alex Jonez

BAME (Black and Ethnic Minorities) Rep: Vanessa Wilson

Communications Rep: James De La Hunty

Disabilities Rep: Hugo Cadman

Environment Reps: Elena Lima and Adele Sabatino

Events Reps: Dan Taylor, Jacob Watson, Sian Forrester and David Stead

International Reps: Phoebe Dimitriou and Maria Sereli

LGBTQ+ Rep: Evelyn Greeves

Merch Reps: Laura Brogden, Maddie Steel and Naomi Sargent

Nurse Reps: Emma Ferguson  and Isabella Arcangeli

Ordinary Reps: Sophie Ashcroft and Wilf Bairamain

Off-Campus Rep: Georgia Gravestock

RAG (Raising and Giving) Reps: Fabio Giuntini and Matthew Dowson

Sports Reps: Alexander Armstrong, Tom Baucher and Sam Shawdon

Sponsorship and Publicity: Matteo Quirke

Tech Rep: Sam Durrani

Wellbeing Reps: Lizzy Duncan and Lucy Bishop

Volunteering Reps: Will Sara-Kelly and Jack Holmes

Additional info

Get Involved

  • Derwent puts on lots of regular casual events to get involved with. Every Wednesday we give out free Jacket Potatoes at 1pm in the JCR. Every Friday we run a Bar Quiz in D Bar with great prizes to give away and a variety of rounds. Every Thursday evening we have a LGBTQ+ social held in the JCR.

  • The JCRC meets once a week to discuss upcoming events and policies. If you would like to attend a meeting and raise something with the committee, or would like something to be discussed, please contact the Chair, Fenella O’Brien on her email:

  • RAG:  RAG (Raising and Giving) is a massive part of the Derwent committee. Last year, our previous RAG rep won the Judi Dench Cup for raising over £6000. This year, our RAG reps Fabio and Matt have hosted a RAG Casino Night, sold Pancakes on Pancake Day, as well as running the annual Summer Soiree, a summer formal with the Derwent Awards on campus. Derwent has worked with its chosen charity, Yorkshire Cancer Research, for the last few years. “People are more likely to get cancer and more likely to die from it in Yorkshire than any other part of England” their website states: To learn more about all RAG opportunities within Derwent, and more about Yorkshire Cancer Research, contact Fabio and Matt by messaging the Derwent Facebook Page:

  • Derwent is also proud that many sport teams have chosen to adopt and promote a charity. Derwent Football has worked closely with CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably), Derwent Women’s Football promotes CoppaFeel, a breast cancer charity, and Derwent Netball have recently linked up with Beat, a charity working on beating Eating Disorders.
  • Sport: Sport in Derwent is a massive part of college life. College sport is a great way to get involved in a more relaxed environment while still competing and training, or is a great way to pick up a new sport. Derwent’s largest sport teams are Rugby, Football, and Netball, and as well as regular matches and training, they also have regular socials. York College sport competes with Durham colleges in a Varsity tournament every year, which Derwent is always heavily included in. Derwent has a massive range of teams such as darts, cricket, hockey, women's football, and rounders.To see all Derwent has to offer, come down to Derwent’s College Life Sign Up on the Tuesday of Freshers week, or look out for more information to come on the official Derwent Freshers Page for 2018/19