Durham University has announced that Durham’s newest college, to be opened to students in October 2020, will be named after alumnus Jeremy Vine.
In an announcement this morning (1st April), College Registration Officer Flora O’Spilday confirmed that “Durham University’s newest college, hitherto known as South College, will be known as Vine College” in honour of the broadcaster. She added “this decision comes after a rigorous selection process, for which a variety of Durham University’s alumni, community members and ex-staff were considered.
“We think Jeremy Vine’s legacy is such that it deserves to be celebrated in Durham, and we cannot think of a better way to pay tribute to his broadcasting career than this.”
Jeremy Vine, 54, attended Hatfield College from 1983-86, graduating with a 2:2 in English Literature. During his undergraduate career he was a member of sketch comedy group the Durham Revue and Editor-in-Chief of Palatinate. Nowadays, Vine is known for presenting his weekday show on BBC Radio 2, as well as hosting Eggheads. He appeared on the 13th series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2015.
In response to the announcement, Vine said to Palatinate: “I am beyond honoured by this. I will treasure my memories of Durham forever, and I can’t believe future generations of students will see my name carved in that precious stone.”
He also released this video statement:
The Durham University community has reacted positively to the announcement. Prof. Aida Solly of the Media Studies department said “I’m delighted. Jeremy Vine is such a hero to me and my students, having attended Durham and gone on to become a national broadcaster.”
Sally Fopiador, incoming JCR President of Vine College, added “We’re all really excited to welcome the new students in October. I’m confident that Vine College will become a real community.”
Vine College is the first Durham college to be named after a former student. Trevelyan and Ustinov are named for former Chancellors, while Collingwood is named for the former Chair of the Durham University Council.
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