Accessibility statement

Staff in James College

Our staff in James work to support students on a pastoral basis in their daily activities. The team includes the College Manager, College Administrator and Graduate Tutor, as well as a wider circle of support staff including Receptionists, Facilities Managers and cleaning staff.  

We prioritise the well-being of all student members of the college. If you are a current student and you or a friend need to talk in confidence to a member of our team, please contact them at (staffed 9am-9pm). In an emergency always ring campus security on 01904 32 3333.

College Manager

College Manager - Mike Britland

Hi, I'm Mike. I started managing James College in 2013, having previously worked for the Students' Union here at York, and in Parliament before that.

My role as College Manager is to manage the College staff, and to support all James students to succeed in their studies. I am always happy to meet with any student, whether they want help to put on an event, to discuss a concern they have or to support them through a difficult time.


Telephone: 01904 32 4014

My Office is upstairs in James Lodge.

College Administrator

College Administrator - Sarah Doughty


Hello, I am Sarah, the College Administrator. I have worked in James College for 18 years, having previously worked in the Department of Sociology. I am the first point of contact for all James students for any query, including accommodation issues. I work alongside the rest of the college team to support our students throughout their studies. I provide administrative support for College Council and other meetings, and liaise with Facilities Management, Cleaners, Catering, Receptionists and Accommodation Services to ensure the smooth running of the college.


Phone: 01904 32 4013

My office is upstairs in James Lodge.

Graduate College Tutor

Graduate College Tutor - Mark Curran

As graduate tutor, I work in James college on a full-time basis. My role is the first line of welfare and pastoral support for students across all years in James College. I also act as support for Mike, Sarah and the JCRC and am involved in the planning and running of college events throughout the year.Hi, I'm Mark. I studied BA and MA History at York between 2015 and 2019 and whilst completing my MA in 2018-19 I was a part-time resident college tutor, so have lots of experience in a similar role.

Sometimes it is necessary for the college team to contact students to check on their welfare or deal with any other issues raised with us.  The College Manager deals with more serious issues, and I 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.

If you would like to talk about anything at all, whether that's a personal problem, a concern about a friend or an idea for a new event, my door is always open.


Phone: 01904 32 6500

My office is upstairs in James Lodge

College Principal

College Principal - Andrew Kerrigan

As College Principal, Andrew chairs the termly meetings of James College Council, and represents the college within the University and wider community.

Andrew has been an active member of the wider college community since joining York in 2014. Over the years he has attended numerous student events to lend support and contribute to community spirit, mentored groups of student activists, and has given talks on topics as diverse a metaphor and ultralight backpacking. He has also played guitar with his band at more cheese and wines that he can recall. He is delighted to be appointed Principal of James College for the term 2019-20 and looks forward to working with other members of team James. 

Outside of colleges, Andrew has been a lecturer and programme manager in the Centre for Global Programmes at York since 2014. The Centre for Global Programmes is a one stop shop for student mobility, both incoming and outgoing. Andrew designs short courses for students and staff of York's partner institutions, and travels to overseas universities as part of the Global Engagement team. After gaining his first degree in Psychology and English Studies at the University of Strathclyde, he spent a year living and travelling in Greece before returning to Glasgow to complete an MPhil in the use of metaphor in the British philosophy of mind. He then worked and travelled as an English teacher in Poland and Italy, before settling in the university town of Marburg Germany, where he completed his PhD in the use of metaphor in late nineteenth century life writing. He currently teaches Creativity, Critical Thinking and Intercultural Competence to mixed nationality groups.



Receptionists provide 24-hour cover at the front of the Roger Kirk Centre. They have a central role in college life and can help with a range of immediate difficulties such as lost keys, maintenance problems and general security. If they can't help, they will refer you to someone who can. Receptionists are a first point of contact for out-of-hours emergenices, and are first aid trained.

In addition, receptionists hold parcels for your collection and ensure that buildings are secure. If there is anything you wish to report, they hold an incident and accident book at reception and also have a maintenance book so you can notify failure of equipment - but it is best to report faults online here.

The receptionists can be contacted in person at the college reception by phone or by email. In their absence there is an emergency phone available at reception. This connects directly to the University's central security office, which will be able to locate the nearest receptionist or provide assistance directly.


James Reception: 01904 32 3100  

Receptionists email:

Security Centre:  01904 324444

Emergency No: 01904 32 3333 or Freephone 0800 43 3333


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 James College, 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 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.