Who's Who

Goodricke College is led by the Head of College, Matt Matravers and Assistant Head of College, Sarah Hay. They are assisted by a team of staff including the College Administrator, Receptionists and Facilities Managers.

In addition, a wide variety of University staff and College Tutors help keep Goodricke College functioning throughout the academic year. These include a College Team, a Facilities Management Team, and a Reception Team. All of these groups come together as the College Committee, the overall management body of the College.

The final, vitally important groups within the College, are the Junior and Senior Common Room Committees, the College Council and the College Fellows who excel in managing the affairs of Goodricke's undergraduates, postgraduates and staff on a day-to-day basis.

College staff


Head of College - Matt Matravers


In addition  to being Head of Goodricke College, Matt is Professor of Law in York Law School and Director of the Morrell Centre for Toleration. 

Matt has overall responsibility for the College and its members.   More formally, Matt represents the College on University committees and chairs the College Council, the governing body of Goodricke College. He is also available to any members of the College who find themselves in personal ‌difficulties and wish to discuss these in strict confidence. 

Matt can be contacted on 01904 325836 or by   email at matt.matravers@york.ac.uk.


Assistant Head of College -Sarah Hay


As Assistant Head of College, Sarah supports the Head of College and provides the operational lead in delivering a programme ‌of college-based activities in line with the strategic concepts underpinning the vision for the college. 

Sarah also has day-to-day responsibility for the wellbeing of college members, investigating disciplinary issues and recommending action to the Head of College. 

Sarah manages the College Administrator and Tutors.‌‌ She has an office within the Goodricke Nucleus and can be contacted on 01904 325114 or by email at sarah.hay@york.ac.uk

College Administrator - Paula Mountain-Agar 


Paula has worked at the University for over 25 years and deals with the day to day administration of the college.

If you have any problems concerning your accommodation, any general enquiries or just want someone to talk to, you should go and see Paula first. She is very friendly and approachable and will do everything she can to help you or put you in touch with the right person.

Paula's office is situated in Room GNU/001 in the Goodricke Nucleus. She can be contacted by email on goodricke@york.ac.uk or by telephone on (44) 1904 325113.




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College Tutors


Your College Tutors are the first point of contact if you have any questions or concerns during your time in Goodricke College. They live alongside you in Goodricke and are a key part of the College community. They offer support to students within the college, and are available to chat if you or a friend are having any difficulties you would like to talk through. 

Sometimes it is necessary for the College Team to contact you to check on your welfare or deal with any other issues raised with us.  Whilst the Assistant Head deals with more serious issues, the Tutors tend to deal with lower level issues. However, you may be contacted by any member of the college team by email, text, or phone, if the need arises.  You may request to engage with your preferred college team member, if you wish.

You can contact us by emailing goodricke-help@york.ac.uk During term time we have regular tutor drop ins in the Goodricke Nucleus where you can stop by and chat to a tutor.  In an emergency please contact campus Security on 01904 323333.


Oliver Sheldon Court Tutor - Jai Bella

"Hello my name is Jai and I am in my fourth year of my MMath. 
I represent the University and Goodricke in football and boxing. 
I am going to enjoy being a college tutor as I feel everyone should be aware of the great things going on here in Goodricke and across campus.
Having lived in Goodricke 3 years I can tell you it’s great and I look forward to seeing you all enjoy you first year at university!"

Kenneth Dixon Court Tutor - Sharon Choe

Goodricke College Tutor 2018/19

“I studied both my Undergraduate degree in English Literature and Masters in Literature of the Romantic Period at York, and will be starting my PhD this year.

I’m interested in a little bit of everything - I enjoy playing music, drawing, painting, writing, and doing sports, so I am excited to share all that with you this year!”


Janet Baker Court Tutor - Katie Hay

null "I completed my undergraduate degree in English and will be reading for an MA in Victorian Literature and Culture over the coming year. My main interests include long-distance running, music, and eating crisps."


Janet Baker Court Tutor - Dominic Ehlert

null  "I'm a former York Law School graduate back for the LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice! I enjoy movies and travelling whenever I can, and I'm looking forward to getting stuck in with you all this year!"




Junior Common Room Committee

As undergraduates in Goodricke College you automatically become members of the Junior Common Room (JCR). The Junior Common Room Committee (JCRC) are elected by you, Goodricke undergraduates,  to represent your views  and provide the services you require. The JCRC hope to make your stay in the College as enjoyable as possible in whichever way suits you best.

New Goodricke students will meet a member of the Committee at some stage in Freshers’ Welcome Week, if not the first day.  You are encouraged to keep in touch with the JCRC and let them know what you think of what they're doing for you. The JCRC office is in the Goodricke College nucleus and they always welcome your feedback. You can contact members of the JCRC by their webpages.


Find out more about the JCRC at goodricke.co.uk


 Mentors (STYMS)

During welcome week, you will be introduced to the Second and Third Year Mentors (STYMS) for your flat.

Your STYMS will be a point of contact throughout the year to aid your transition into the college community. They will check in with your flat, in person and occasionally by email, throughout the year, provide information about campus life, opportunities in Constantine, YUSU and different support services that the university has for students.

STYMS also function as a familiar face should you come across difficulties during your time as a resident. STYMS can point you toward sources of support and are also trained to escalate to the college team where appropriate.  STYMS are friendly, approachable and caring people who have been selected to welcome you to the college and help you make the most out of where you live and study!

If you are finding it difficult to make friends, or to join in with groups or activities, contact your STYM through the Tutor email goodricke-help@york.ac.uk or email them directly.  Your STYM or a Tutor will arrange to meet with you and discuss ways of helping you to connect with other people and activities.


If you're interested in becoming at STYM speak to one of the College Team

College Fellows

College Fellows

Goodricke has established a fellowship program to recognise the contributions of a select group of individuals and other members of the community who have been associated with the College over the years.

There are two kinds of fellowships operating in the College.

  • Graduate students and staff may be nominated as Fellows or Senior Fellows depending on their contribution to the College.
  • Alumni and members of the wider community may be nominated as Associate Fellow or Senior Associate Fellows.

Fellows may be nominated by any member of the College. Nominations are reviewed and approved by the College Council. Fellowship will be granted for an initial period of one year. The College Council will review the existing set of Fellows for continuation or termination once a year (normally during the Spring Term meeting). Fresh nominations can be made to the Council at any time, email goodricke@york.ac.uk if you wish to nominate.

We consider the opportunity for fellowship to be a very prestigious privilege, which encourages Fellows to actively participate in and contribute to the betterment of the College. The nature of this contribution may vary based on the Fellow's background but could include activities such as giving a public lecture, taking responsibility for an event, student mentoring, championing College activities, public engagement, community engagement or fundraising.

All Fellows have the right to membership of the Senior Common Room and to attend all College events. Fellows are also invited to attend College Council (without voting rights unless they are already members of the College Council by virtue of election).

Senior College Fellows

Jane Clarbour

Jane was the Provost (Head of College) of Goodricke College for many years.  Prior to being appointed, Jane occupied the role of College Dean between 2001 to 2004.  

Phil Prosser

Phil was a former Deputy Provost of Goodricke and our current Senior Common Room Chair.  In addition to being present at most events, Phil helps organise and lead our GoodTrips, formally known as Goodricke 'Gallops'.

College Fellows

Jed Meers

Jed studied for his undergraduate degree at York Law School, graduating with an LLB (Hons) in 2012, before commencing an Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 PhD studentship.

Jon Fanning

Jon was formerly Deputy Provost of Goodricke College and currently occupies the role of Teaching Fellow for Strategy, Employability and Skills in the York Management School.  His BBQs are legendary.

Associate Fellows

Jenny McAleese

Jenny is Chief Executive of The Retreat, a charitable psychiatric hospital in York which was founded by Quaker William Tuke in 1792. 

Liam McDaid

Liam is IT Support Coordinator at YUSU and has been an active member of Goodricke College for many years.

Katie Linden

Katie was a student at the University back in the days of 'old Goodricke', when the College was based on Heslington West. Over the years, she has supported our residents and their friends and families through her inspirational talks on eating disorders.


Cleaning and maintenance - DerwentFM

Essential to the smooth running of the college are the staff who clean and maintain the resident buildings.  You can find information about cleaning in your Residents' Handbook, but if you have any questions, get in touch with the Manager or Supervisor.


Your cleaning supervisor is: Sean Cowl

Email: sean.cowl@derwentfm.eu

Telephone: ‌01904 325101

In an emergency/out of hours telephone: 01423 740504


Your Facilities Manager is:Barrie Briggs

Email: barrie.briggs@derwentfm.eu

Telephone: ‌01904 325101

In an emergency/out of hours telephone: 01423 740504

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