Clubs and Societies

Our clubs and societies are inclusive of everyone, regardless of experience, and they provide a friendly atmosphere for a break from your studies. They are also a great chance to try something new regularly and make new friends! If you have any questions about our clubs and societies or you want to get involved in a society, feel free to get in touch with the Clubs & Societies Officer: cs.ustinovgcr(at) or by messaging the Team Ustinov page on Facebook!

Quick links to our clubs & societies

Our Sports Clubs
         Mixed Basketball
         Men’s Football
         Women’s Football
         Mixed Hockey
         Table Tennis
         Ultimate Frisbee
         Table Tennis
         Grey College Boat Club
         And more…
Our other Societies
         Gaming Society
         Hairstyle & Lifestyle Society
         Ustinov College Love Island Society
         Ustinov College Choir
         Ustinov College Meme Society
         St Mary’s College Intercollegiate Beekeeping Society
Our facilities
Starting new societies

A word from the Clubs & Societies Officer, Rayan Rachedi (2019-20)

With such a big community, the GCR has many societies on offer catering to a wide range of interests — being a Ustinovian is a unique opportunity to easily try new things with little commitment. I can thus only recommend that you try and sign up for all the societies you think you may be interested in: this will allow you to meet new people with a common interest and to take a welcome break from your studies! In particular, sports teams are amazing in that they welcome you no matter your ability — in my time in Durham, I have thus taken up sports I had never played before — and it is so satisfying to beat other colleges as a team! College societies are also a great opportunity to share your interest with the college and, with such a vibrant community, you will always find people sharing your passion! So, scroll down now to find out about all the societies on offer or don’t hesitate to contact me (cs.ustinovgcr[at] if you have any questions about our sports and societies!

Sports Teams

Our sports teams represent Ustinov in competition against other colleges and may sometimes get to represent Durham University against other universities! All Ustinov teams are very friendly and keen to welcome new members of all skill levels — beginners will easily be introduced to the sport and become an integral part of the team! Our sports teams include basketball, football, hockey, table tennis, tennis, ultimate frisbee, volleyball and pool!

Men's Basketball Team
The Men’s Basketball Team

Ustinov Basketball is a club for long-time players and beginners alike. We meet twice a week to practice skills and have friendly matches with one another. For the more competitive minds, we also take part in the popular college league against other undergraduate colleges. We are also open to Postgraduates from other colleges. So if you want to make friends at our weekly socials and love friendly competitions, we look forward to seeing you!

Men’s Team Captain: Alberto Rosales de Leon (alberto.rosales-de-leon[at]

Women’s Team Captain: Ilona Kater (ilona.p.kater[at]

Facebook Page: Ustinov College Basketball Club

Football Men’s Team
The Men's Football Team
The Men’s Football Team

Ustinov College Men’s Football Club is an amateur football club for both members of Ustinov College and other Durham University postgraduate students. Two teams compete in both league and cup competitions (11-a-side football) against other Durham University colleges. Matches are played on the weekends at the University’s sports centre (Maiden Castle) and training sessions are held in the evening during the week. We are a very internationally diverse group of players. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome. Please message us on Facebook to get involved!

Team Captain: Kleitos Stavrou (kleitos.stavrou[at]

Facebook Page: Ustinov College AFC

Football Women’s Team
The Women's Football Team
The Women’s Football Team

The Ustinov and staff women’s football club is the postgraduate and staff women’s football team of Durham University. All levels of players are welcome.

Team Captain: Anna Bird (anna.bird[at]




Mixed Hockey Team
The Mixed Hockey's Team
The Mixed Hockey’s Team

The Mixed Hockey Team is open to both men and ladies and training is mixed. Single sex matches are also played in the colleges’ league and additional matches are available in the colleges’ trophy competitions. Games are also played at the Durham City HC Mixed Festival in May. All players, of any standard, are welcome — including those who have never played before.

Training and matches all take place at Maiden Castle. The club has some spare sticks to borrow — you only need to bring shin pads and spare clean shoes! Costs for joining the club are £20 for the whole season for GCR members and £45 for non-GCR members and they cover various training and matches costs!

Team Captain: Miles Hudson (miyls[at]

Table Tennis
The Table Tennis team
The Table Tennis team

The table tennis society was formed in January 2018 after there was interest in the community to form a team to compete in the college table tennis leagues. In just two short years, the team has made it to the highest tier of college table tennis after being promoted to the Premiership in 2019.

We welcome people of all skill to join our club for training. If you’re interested in playing more competitive matches, we are playing weekly matches on the weekend against other colleges.

Please get in touch if you’re at all interested in playing!

Team Captain: Henry Truong (henry.truong[at]

Facebook Page: Ustinov Racket Sports

Training: Mondays and Tuesdays on alternating weeks in the Community Room



We are a group of passionate and enthusiastic tennis players of all skill levels looking to improve our ability in the sport as well as develop our match play. New players are always welcome!

Team Captain: Jonathan Reuven (jonathan.a.reuven[at]

Facebook Page: Ustinov Racket Sports

Ultimate Frisbee
The Ultimate Frisbee Team getting ready
The Ultimate Frisbee Team getting ready

Ultimate is a non-contact, self-refereed team sport played with a flying disc (aka a frisbee). Two mixed teams of 7 compete to score points by passing the frisbee around in a fast paced game of speed, skill, and spirit. How does a frisbee game work? The team in possession of the disc is on offence and their goal is to pass the frisbee up the pitch into an end zone to score a point. While in possession of the frisbee, a player cannot leave the spot they are standing on and must move the disc up the pitch by passing to another team mate in any direction. The aim of the defence is simple, to knock the frisbee out of the air or intercept a pass and catch the frisbee themselves. As soon as the frisbee touches the ground, the defensive team becomes the offensive team and can now score in the opposite end zone.

The Ultimate Frisbee team
The Ultimate Frisbee team

Ultimate Frisbee is lots of fun and you will find a close knit team at Ustinov that is always eager to teach you some new throw or give you tips and pointers on how to improve. We are very friendly and always looking for new players no matter what your ability. If you are interested, get in touch and come along to a session (Monday evening indoors, weekends outdoors) and we will show you the basics!

Team Captain: Tom Pitts (tom.pitts[at]

Facebook Page: Ustinov Spin Doctors Ultimate Frisbee


The Ustinov College Volleyball club will run at least one training per week. It is a friendly environment to learn, practice and play volleyball. All abilities are welcome, whether you are excited to learn the basics or you are a pro looking for friendly matches. After Michaelmas Term, we also enter a team for the colleges’ tournament and represent Ustinov College against other teams in Durham. Feel free to get in touch to join us and have some fun!

Team Captain: Alejandra Guillen-Garcia (alejandra.guillen-garcia[at]

Facebook Page: Ustinov Volleyball

Pool team
The pool team
The pool team

The Ustinov Pool Society has a long and established history within the Durham University Pool League, underpinned by a rise to dominance in the past few years. While we pride ourselves on our ability to compete at the highest level, we also pride ourselves on our inclusivity, and so whether you’re a seasoned veteran, or just picking up a cue for the first time, there is a place in the society for you!

A Team Captain: Oliver Wales ([at]

B Team Captain: Tom Pitts (tom.pitts[at]

C Team Captain: James O’Neill (james.o’neill[at]

Tang Soo Do

Tang Soo Do is a traditional Korean martial art based on the ancient Korean kicking style of Tae Kyun, and the soft, flowing movements from the Chinese Martial Arts systems. Whilst Tang Soo Do has the rituals and discipline of a traditional martial art, it is designed to equip every student with effective modern self defence knowledge and techniques, while building confidence, discipline, coordination, and self-control.

Tang Soo Do is a semi-contact martial art suitable for children and adults aged 6 to 60. Our clubs is specifically open to all, welcoming novices and experts alike.

Club President: Tom Lennie (thomas.m.lennie[at]

Facebook Page: Yong-gamhan Ustinov Tang Soo Do

Grey College Boat Club

Rowing is a long established tradition at Durham University and Ustinov College has partnered up with the Grey College Boat Club to allow eager Ustinovians who do not fear the 6am training sessions to participate! If you would like more information about this, please get in touch with the Clubs & Societies Officer (cs.ustinovgcr[at]

And more..!

If you’re interested in another sport, do not hesitate to get in touch with our Clubs & Societies officer (cs.ustinovgcr[at] who will help you start your own society and find members or allow you to get in touch with other colleges happy to have Ustinovians join their team!

We are currently looking into creating a squash club, a swimming club, and a cricket club: if you’re interested in any of these, get in touch!

Our other Societies

Our societies allow you to meet people who share your interests or to pick up new interests! They are always keen to hear from new members are cater to a wide range of passions — we currently have a board games society, a hairstyle & lifestyle society, and a Love Island Society! You could also easily start a new society to bring people together around your interests!

The Gaming Society
The Ustinov College Gaming Society
The Ustinov College Gaming Society

This group is for Ustinov College students interested in gaming — this mostly means board games but could also include some role-playing. The College Bar has a good selection of games you can book out anytime and the society also has a number of own games which we like sharing and teaching! Regular titles notably include Junta, Kremlin, Family Business, Pandemic, Flux, Istanbul and more…

We currently meet in Ustinov Sheraton Park Community Room on Sunday evenings from 7pm. Feel free to pop in any week — you don’t need to be a regular player! Come along, bring your friends and have fun.

Facebook Page: Ustinov College Gaming Society

The Hairstyle & Lifestyle Society
The Hairstyle & Lifestyle Society at the Botanical garden costume tour
The Hairstyle & Lifestyle Society at the Botanical garden costume tour

Do you want to learn some Asian hairstyles for special occasions? You are welcome to join the Ustinov Hairstyle and Lifestyle society.

Our purpose is to learn how to do different classic Asian hairstyles and to have discussions about them and learn the culture behind them. We would like to do online tutorials by sharing videos first, then do offline tutorials every two weeks or monthly culture tour with costumes. We will use our members as models and at the same time, others can watch and learn. The seminars/offline tutorials and Q&A sessions may last up to 1.5 hours while culture tour may last up to 3 hours.

Society Point of contact: Hanna Wang ([at]

Facebook Page: Ustinov H & L Society 9102

Ustinov College Love Island Society

After having taken over Great Britain, Love Island is about to seize the hearts of Ustinovians: as Durham University’s very first of is kind, the Love Island Society aims to advertise events around Love Island as and when it airs in the United Kingdom; to foster debate around the events of the show and to allow for the spreading of memes or other drama relating to the show and its contestants!

The society is open to both aficionados and newcomers who, like the rest of the world, will inevitably get dragged into a questionable addiction for the show after watching a single episode! Fan or hater, do not hesitate to get involved and join our society, united around a shared love for Love Island (and season 5’s Ovie Soko!)

Society President: Rayan Rachedi (rayan.rachedi[at]

Facebook Page: Ustinov College Love Island Society

Ustinov College Choir

The Ustinov College Choir aims to integrate Ustinovian voices in harmony and in a passionate and empowering environment to enjoy music. The Choir would also like to share music with Ustinov members and local community in relevant events.

Contact: Monica Hernandez Cedillo (monica.hernandez-cedillo[at]

Facebook Page: Ustinov College Choir 2019-2020

Ustinov College Meme Society

The Ustinov College Meme Society aims to promote the interests of members of the society in the production, classification and dissemination of memes.

Contact: Tiff Winterburn (tiffany.c.winterburn[at]; official position: ‘The Senate’)

St Mary’s College Intercollegiate Beekeeping Society

The St Mary’s College Beekeeping Society is an intercollegiate student-led group of beekeepers who maintain an apiary at St Mary’s college. Our society aims to promote the hobby of beekeeping and the protection of wild pollinators among the Durham University community. We currently have three colonies of bees, which will gradually increase as the society grows.

The society teaches practical beekeeping through the management of an on-site apiary and through a series of taught classes, lectures and practical activities. We are always keen to invite new members of the Durham University community to try this unique hobby and Ustinov GCR members are particularly welcome!

Facebook Page: St Mary’s Beesoc

Our facilities

The Ustinov College GCR has access to a number of sports halls and facilities. Click here to find out more about our facilities!

Starting new societies

We are always keen to hear from people interested in starting new societies — the process is very straightforward and our Clubs & Societies officer will happily help you get started. Click here to find out more about starting societies.