Josephine Butler College is the newest college at Durham University, having opened in October 2006. It is located at the Howlands Farm site next to residences of Ustinov College. In the centre of the college is a large pile of earth covered in grass called, "The Mound."
It is a fully self-catered college of the University with facilities far more modern than any of the existing undergraduate colleges in Durham (the newest of which was opened in 1972) and all rooms are en-suite. The college bar is the largest of all the college bars in Durham, and has extensive leisure facilities including Sky television, pool tables, table football, and hammocks.
On December 14 2005, it was announced that the college had been named after Josephine Butler, a Victorian feminist campaigner and a grand-niece of the 2nd Earl Grey, after whom Grey College was named.
Shield and Motto
The college arms are blazoned as "Gules on a chevron Or charged with a Cross formy, with cotises invected, between in chief two lions Argent and in base an open book charged with two covered cups". The arms represent in large the heritage of Josephine Butler, with the lion argent being a symbol of the Grey family, of which Earl Grey (whom Grey College is named after) was Josephine Butler's uncle. Further the covered cups on the pages of the books are a heraldic symbol of the Butler family.
The college's motto is "Comme je trouve", which can be translated to "as I find".
The Howlands building is shared with Butler's neighbouring college, Ustinov College
. Howlands contains the college gym, laundry and music room. A large multi-purpose hall is also contained in the building that is used to host formal dinners and paves the way for spome sports activities, where badminton and table tennis clubs practise.
The Butler building acts as the main social building of the college and mainly contains the college bar and some other dull rooms such as the college offices, porters lodge and reception, in addition to the JCR
, TV room, college library and IT suite.
Accommodation blocks and the Mound
Butler is placed around the "Mound", which stands between itself and Ustinov College. The college has three separate self-contained accommodation blocks; Kirknewton (the smallest of the three blocks with 100 rooms), Dilston and Milfield. Each building is divided up into 6 bed-roomed flats, with en-suite facilities. The accommodation blocks are all named after locations related to Josephine Butler's life: she was born in Milfield, spent a lot of her early life in Dilston, and is buried in Kirknewton.
The college has its own theatre company, STAB, as well as a Film Society and a Music Society, amongst others. The JCR governs college societies, which are fast growing in number.
Josephine Butler College is unique in Durham for being the only College with a resident Environmental tutor, striving to improve its ecofriendliness. Toby Walton was appointed as the first Environmental tutor in September 2007 and received the prestigious award of Full College Colours at the Colours Formal ceremony at the end of his term.