Our dedicated team of staff and students are here to offer support and advice and point you in the right direction if needed.

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College Manager

Your college's operational lead. Oversees welfare issues and can talk through any of your more serious concerns if needed.

Deputy College Manager

Provides wellbeing interventions for our residential students and delivers key student experience projects on behalf of the local College and the Student Life and Wellbeing team.

College Life Coordinator

Provides welfare and wellbeing support under the guidance of the College Manager and Deputy College Manager. Delivers community interventions to make a positive difference to their members’ lives and studies through delivering events and activities.


Wentworth Graduate College reception is located at the Wentworth Nucleus Building. We assist students, staff and visitors by providing advice, directions and information on all University services as well as support with residential mail, keys and fault reporting. We are open 7am to 11pm, Monday to Friday, plus mobile support 24/7.

Call us on +44 (0)1904 323000 

Email us at wentworth-reception@york.ac.uk 

Find out more about reception services

Your College Manager: Dr Claire Anderson

Hi, I’m Claire - It is my role to stimulate a cohesive community that encourages academic attainment, diversity, and wellbeing here at Wentworth.

I graduated from the University of St Andrews with a Ph.D. in International Relations but soon discovered my love of supporting student success was greater than my love of 17th Century political philosophy, and quickly changed my career.

I've worked at some of the best Universities in the world, including Queen's University, Canada, and the University of St Andrews, and worked with the Colleges of Excellence opening up women's colleges in Saudi Arabia, before joining the University of York.

I work closely with our College Team to help empower our members to shape their community and develop their skills while at university. I'd love to hear from you if you'd like to get involved. 

Your Deputy College Manager: Barry Crump

Hi, I’m Barry - your key point of contact during office hours, responsible for providing day-to-day administration; liaising with teams across the university and organising and promoting Wentworth activities and events. A key part of my role is ensuring you're kept up to date with what's going on, so expect to hear from me regularly!

I’ve worked at York since 2011; from Accommodation Services, to Alcuin College Administrator; to Departmental Postgraduate Administrator. I studied at York for nine years, completing my research degree in 2015. Alongside my role, I research archaeology and am a keen musician (building and repairing guitars and guitar pedals) and enjoy delivering talks and workshops about both.

Given my varied experience and having studied here myself, I can help discuss any problems and point you where to go to get them fixed.

Your College Principal: Russell Yates

Russell Yates is a Lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences.

He joined the college as Provost in July 2010 and in August 2015 he transferred to the role of Head of College.

As College Principal Russell is responsible for providing strategic leadership.

He chairs the College Council and is a member of the University’s senior community, extending and strengthening relations with wider communities within the University and City of York.

Wentworth Graduate Common Room Committee

The Wentworth Graduate Common Room Committee (GCRC) is a way to bridge the gap between the University of York’s postgraduate students, the college team, and the University.

The GCRC helps plan and run exciting events, shape the college’s facilities and services, represent students’ voices at college team meetings, and bring issues to the university’s central team.

Our current GCRC is:

  • Christian Bruegger (Co-Chair and Postgraduate Community Representative)
  • Veronika Lahodinski (Co-Chair and Events Officer)
  • Laith Jaafar (Diversity and Inclusion Rep)
  • Roe Singal (Diversity and Inclusion Rep)
  • Miten Shah (Social Media and Events Rep)
  • Katie Parton (Health and Wellbeing Rep)
  • Eve Bray (Secretary/Treasurer and Sustainability)

You can contact them at wentworth-gcrc@york.ac.uk.

Or if you would like to be part of the Wentworth GCRC, please contact wentworth@york.ac.uk.

The Wentworth Staff Common Room Committee

The Wentworth Staff Common Room Committee (SCRC) aims to get staff involved in college life by organising social events, trips and discussions. Members can also enjoy the benefits of the Staff & Graduate Common Room and are invited to the Annual General Meeting, where we plan future events.

All members of staff are welcome! Membership costs £10 per year and gives you access to common rooms and invitations to all SCR events at a subsidised price. 

Other help and support

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