College Staff and Volunteers

Each team is made up of a Head of College, Assistant Head of College, aCollege Administrator, and a number of residential College Tutors.

In addition, second and third year students (STYCs) volunteer as part of each college’s JCR (Junior Common Room) undergraduate welfare programme, helping new students to settle in during their first term.

Contact list for College Staff and Volunteers
Wellbeing and Support Contact Details

Head of College

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‌Head of College: ‌Dr Rob Aitken

As Head of Vanbrugh College I am a member of the University’s senior community, responsible for articulating and sharing the College’s strategic vision as well as extending and strengthening relations with wider communities within the University and City of York.

I  chair the College Council as well as representing the College at University meetings and serving on key committees alongside other Heads of Colleges.

I am also a Senior Lecturer in Politics and a social anthropologist. My doctoral research focussed on political culture, local identities and state formation in Mexico.

If you would like to contact me you can do so by emailing rob.aitken@york.ac.uk.

Assistant Head

AHoC: Georgina Heath

Assistant Head of College: Georgina Heath

Supporting the Head of College, Georgina provides the operational lead in delivering a programme of college-based activities in line with the strategic concepts underpinning the vision for the college. The Assistant Head also has day-to-day responsibility for the wellbeing of college members, investigating disciplinary issues and recommending action to the Head of College. The Assistant Head directly line-manages the College Administrator and Tutors.

As a Vanbrugh Alumnus and former College Administrator, Vanbrugh College is not only the best college but the best place to work. Vanbrugh College is what its community makes it, and although that community might change a little every year as its membership grows and changes, each year is a new challenge and a new adventure, always fun and never boring.

In my free time I like travel and adventure, often with a 'last chance to see' mindset and am always happiest in the middle of a tropical rainforest. I fundraise for Amnesty International, and am a big supporter of all things musical (although sadly lacking in any talent for playing instruments).

Email: georgina.heath@york.ac.uk

College Administrator‌

College Administrator: Lenore Klassen

College Administrator: Lenore Klassen

Lenore is a key point of contact during office hours and is responsible for providing day-to-day administration for the College; liaising with the Accommodation Services, Campus Services, Student Support, Common Room Committees and communicating with residents and College members, as well as organising, administering and promoting activities and events. The College Administrator also supports the College Officer in implementing the college strategy.

The College Administrator is also the person to contact if you wish to book college space or advertise on the College Newsletter and for any queries and problems associated with residence in Vanbrugh or membership for the College. 

I have worked in Vanbrugh College for three years as the College Administrator and I love meeting students and discussing life.  My background is in teaching and student support and I  especially enjoy seeing how our students mature into talented young adults over their time with us.  My advise to you all is to get involved with 'College Life' - it will make your University experience all the richer; volunteer, join a team, learn a new sport, become a mentor, and attend as many college events as possible.  

Email: vanbrugh@york.ac.uk

College Tutors

Resident College Tutors

College Tutors are postgraduate student members of the College Team. Resident on campus throughout the year, tutors provide low level welfare support to students who encounter difficulties with their studies or social relationships.  Tutors can be contacted via email on vanbrugh-help@york.ac.uk.

Providing mentoring support and guidance, they help new students to settle into their communities, and are involved in devising and promoting activities that enhance and extend the student experience. As part of the College Team, they also report to the College Council: providing a vital role in the implementation of college strategy and direction.

Our College Tutors in Vanbrugh for 2018-19 are: 

Andrea Salas, Josh Gumbley, Meg McGeown and Celia Coll

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Want to be a College Tutor?  

Applications open in the Spring Term for the following academic year.  More information can be found on the College Tutor website.

Reception Staff

Vanbrugh's College Receptionists

Vanbrugh Reception is a 24 hour information point, mail reception and key issuing service for all Vanbrugh students, staff and residents in Vanbrugh College Accommodation, and is open throughout the year, apart from 25th December to 1st January, when the University is closed.

Vanbrugh Receptionists can be contacted on: (01904 32) 3200 or by email at: vanbrugh-reception@york.ac.uk  

For out of office hours/weekend welfare or emergency support, Receptionists are tasked to redirect queries to The Security Centre:

  • University Non-Emergency Helpline (24 hr) (43) 4444
  • Security Emergency Helpline (including link to emergency services) (43)3333 or 0800 433333 (freephone external)

Assistant Head of Reception Services

James Kennedy (james.kennedy@york.ac.uk)

Vanbrugh Receptionists (pictured below from L-R):  Danny Barbour, Mel Barrett, David Boulton, Stuart Dunmore and Don Howe

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