UNIVERSITY COLLEGE  

MIDDLE COMMON ROOM

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Maurice E. Tucker Room 

Located within the walls of the castle, at the foot of the Keep, the Maurice E. Tucker room (often simply referred to as ‘The MCR’) is the hub of postgraduate life in college, a smart and comfortable space in which to socialise, relax or work, 24 hours a day. Access to the MCR is gained by signing out the key from the Porters’ Lodge, using your campus card as a deposit. If for any reason you have to leave the room, please ensure that everything is locked.

The Room's Facilities:

  • Wi-Fi

  • Free Tea and Coffee

  • Flat Screen Television

  • DVD Player

  • Upright Piano

  • A Variety of Board Games

  • Garden Games

  • Croquet Set

  • Welfare Supplies

  • Academic Gowns

The Room's History

The Maurice Tucker Room is named for Maurice Edwin Tucker, Master of University College, 1998-2011. Professor Tucker was himself a former undergraduate at Castle (1965-1968), later returning to Durham to lecture in Geology, with a focus on limestone. In his time, he oversaw the formal establishment of the Middle Common Room (1999), the great expansion of our community (from c. 30 members to more than 150), and the enhancement of a large number of postgraduate facilities and wider inclusion in college life. His portrait can be seen in the Great Hall, across from the entrance to the Black Stairs.