The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, it employs over 20,950 staff in total. The total number of staff is 35,402 when part-time and fixed-contract staff are included; the BBC is established under a Royal Charter and operates under its Agreement with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture and Sport. Its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee, charged to all British households and organisations using any type of equipment to receive or record live television broadcasts and iPlayer catch-up; the fee is set by the British Government, agreed by Parliament, used to fund the BBC's radio, TV, online services covering the nations and regions of the UK. Since 1 April 2014, it has funded the BBC World Service, which broadcasts in 28 languages and provides comprehensive TV, online services in Arabic and Persian.
Around a quarter of BBC revenues come from its commercial arm BBC Studios Ltd, which sells BBC programmes and services internationally and distributes the BBC's international 24-hour English-language news services BBC World News, from BBC.com, provided by BBC Global News Ltd. From its inception, through the Second World War, to the 21st century, the BBC has played a prominent role in British culture, it is known colloquially as "The Beeb", "Auntie", or a combination of both. Britain's first live public broadcast from the Marconi factory in Chelmsford took place in June 1920, it was sponsored by the Daily Mail's Lord Northcliffe and featured the famous Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba. The Melba broadcast caught the people's imagination and marked a turning point in the British public's attitude to radio. However, this public enthusiasm was not shared in official circles where such broadcasts were held to interfere with important military and civil communications. By late 1920, pressure from these quarters and uneasiness among the staff of the licensing authority, the General Post Office, was sufficient to lead to a ban on further Chelmsford broadcasts.
But by 1922, the GPO had received nearly 100 broadcast licence requests and moved to rescind its ban in the wake of a petition by 63 wireless societies with over 3,000 members. Anxious to avoid the same chaotic expansion experienced in the United States, the GPO proposed that it would issue a single broadcasting licence to a company jointly owned by a consortium of leading wireless receiver manufactures, to be known as the British Broadcasting Company Ltd. John Reith, a Scottish Calvinist, was appointed its General Manager in December 1922 a few weeks after the company made its first official broadcast; the company was to be financed by a royalty on the sale of BBC wireless receiving sets from approved domestic manufacturers. To this day, the BBC aims to follow the Reithian directive to "inform and entertain"; the financial arrangements soon proved inadequate. Set sales were disappointing as amateurs made their own receivers and listeners bought rival unlicensed sets. By mid-1923, discussions between the GPO and the BBC had become deadlocked and the Postmaster-General commissioned a review of broadcasting by the Sykes Committee.
The Committee recommended a short term reorganisation of licence fees with improved enforcement in order to address the BBC's immediate financial distress, an increased share of the licence revenue split between it and the GPO. This was to be followed by a simple 10 shillings licence fee with no royalty once the wireless manufactures protection expired; the BBC's broadcasting monopoly was made explicit for the duration of its current broadcast licence, as was the prohibition on advertising. The BBC was banned from presenting news bulletins before 19.00 and was required to source all news from external wire services. Mid-1925 found the future of broadcasting under further consideration, this time by the Crawford committee. By now, the BBC, under Reith's leadership, had forged a consensus favouring a continuation of the unified broadcasting service, but more money was still required to finance rapid expansion. Wireless manufacturers were anxious to exit the loss making consortium with Reith keen that the BBC be seen as a public service rather than a commercial enterprise.
The recommendations of the Crawford Committee were published in March the following year and were still under consideration by the GPO when the 1926 general strike broke out in May. The strike temporarily interrupted newspaper production, with restrictions on news bulletins waived, the BBC became the primary source of news for the duration of the crisis; the crisis placed the BBC in a delicate position. On one hand Reith was acutely aware that the Government might exercise its right to commandeer the BBC at any time as a mouthpiece of the Government if the BBC were to step out of line, but on the other he was anxious to maintain public trust by appearing to be acting independently; the Government was divided on how to handle the BBC but ended up trusting Reith, whose opposition to the strike mirrored the PM's own. Thus the BBC was granted sufficient leeway to pursue the Government's objectives in a manner of its own choosing; the resulting coverage of both striker and government viewpoints impressed millions of listeners who were unaware that the PM had broadcast to the nation from Reith's home, using one of Reith's sound bites inserted at the last moment
Pulborough is a large village and civil parish in the Horsham district of West Sussex, with some 5,000 inhabitants. It is located centrally within West Sussex and is 42 miles south west of London, it is at the junction of the east-west roads. The village is near the confluence of the River Rother, it looks southwards over the broad flood plain of the tidal Arun to a backdrop of the South Downs. It is on the northern boundary of the newly established South Downs National Park; the parish covers an area of 5,183 acres. In the 2001 census there were 4,685 people living in 1,976 households of whom 2,333 were economically active. At the 2011 Census the population of Bignor was included and the total population was 5,206, it was a fording place over the River Arun used by the Romans, who had a mansio across the river at Hardham, one day's march from Chichester on the London road, Stane Street. The Saxons bridged the River Arun here and at nearby Stopham, north of its confluence with the River Rother, it became an important watering and overnight halt for cattle drovers providing easy access to water.
A mile to the west in woodland are the earthwork remains of a motte and bailey castle known as Park Mound, dating from the 11th century. Transport connections afforded by the River Arun, its navigation, by the LBSCR Arun Valley Line brought Pulborough into the industrial age. Good road connections permitted, in the 20th century, the development of manufacturing industry, notably heavy engineering in London Road; this has long since closed down and the site now supports, among other things, a supermarket and a health centre. The village is served by Pulborough railway station; each year, Pulborough hosts the 12-hour lawn mower race. On August bank holiday, the Pulborough duck race society hosts its annual duck race, a charity event. Pulborough is home to the South Downs Light Railway with its steam and diesel trains running throughout the summer, a more limited service through the colder months. Pulborough has an angling club, which has a number of initiatives to support local youngsters, including angling training as well as offering talks to local clubs and conservation groups on the merits of angling and what anglers do to support and improve the habitat in conjunction with government departments and other groups.
Earliest records suggest cricket has been played in Pulborough since 1799. Now based at the Recreation Ground, Pulborough Cricket Club boasts numerous Senior and Junior teams. A member club of the Sussex Invitation League, Pulborough's 1st and 2nd Elevens were invited to join the Sussex Cricket League from the 2004 season. A 3rd League XI plays in the West Sussex League, home matches being played nearby at Watersfield. Pulborough was a founder member of the North West Sussex Colts Cricket League in 1987, when it became apparent that schools were not providing adequate cricketing opportunities to local youth. Various age-groups now provide ample opportunity to develop cricket skills, played in a competitive environment and secure the long-term future of the club; the club provides a mechanism for younger players to progress into senior cricket, with two non-league senior teams playing matches on Sunday afternoons. In 2006, the Sussex Cricket Board recognised the club's efforts towards youth sport, awarded it ECB'Focus Club' status.
In 2008, the Club launches a junior girls team, thereby continuing the club's ongoing progressive and ambitious plans. On 17 July 2000, Pulborough made the headlines when the body of missing girl Sarah Payne was found in a field off the A29 near the village, she had been reported missing some 15 miles away near Littlehampton 16 days earlier. Roy Whiting, a 42-year-old convicted paedophile, was found guilty of her murder on 12 December 2001 and sentenced to life imprisonment. On 19 April 2003, the body of 31-year-old Brighton music teacher Jane Longhurst, strangled some weeks earlier, was found at Wiggonholt Common, her best friend's partner Graham Coutts was found guilty of her murder on 4 February 2004 and sentenced to life imprisonment. The murder verdict was reduced to manslaughter on 19 July 2006. Pulborough Parish Council
Money, Money, Money
"Money, Money" is a song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA, written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. It was released as a single on 1 November 1976, as the follow-up to "Dancing Queen"; the B-side, "Crazy World", was recorded in 1974 during the sessions for the album ABBA. The song is sung from the viewpoint of a woman who, despite hard work, can keep her finances in surplus, therefore desires a well-off man. ABBA perform parts of "Money, Money" live in the 1977 film ABBA: The Movie. In the popular musical, Mamma Mia!, the song is sung by the character of Donna as she explains how hard she has to work to keep the taverna in order and her dreams of a better life. In the 2008 film, Meryl Streep sings the song; the video for "Money, Money" was inspired by the film Cabaret, showing Frida wearing a hat typical of the 1920s. The video varies from her determined presence in reality during the verses, to the dream sequences about money and "the good life" in the chorus; the video's director, Lasse Hallström acknowledged "Money, Money" as the best ABBA video he directed.
An alternate music video was filmed for the TV special ABBA-DABBA-DOOO!! Featuring Agnetha and Frida in 1930s style flapper dresses, with feathers in their hair. Anni-Frid sings the solo parts. "Money, Money" was the second worldwide hit from Arrival. The song became a number-one chart hit in Australia, France, West Germany, The Netherlands and New Zealand, while reaching the top three in Austria, Great Britain, Ireland and Switzerland. By peaking at No. 3 in the UK, "Money, Money" was the only ABBA single between "Mamma Mia" in January 1976 and "Take a Chance on Me" in February 1978 not to top the UK chart. A British poll of "The Nation's Favourite ABBA song" in December 2010 saw "Money, Money" placed at #22; as of September 1979 in Germany "Money, Money" has sold over 300,000 units. French sales as of April 1977 stand at 500,000. On the 1995 New Zealand tribute album Abbasalutely, the song is covered by the group Chug; the song was covered by The Nolans The 1999 British tribute album Abbamania featured a cover by the group Madness, who performed the song in the TV special.
The song was featured in a German tribute album entitled ABBA Mania, released in conjunction with a TV special. This time the song was performed by German model Mariella Ahrens. Dance versions have been recorded by Abbacadabra, Tiny T on the Lay All Your Love On ABBA compilation, German eurodance group E-Rotic from their 1997 album Thank You For The Music. Finnish heavy metal band Afterworld recorded a cover of the song for their 2000 album Connecting Animals; the tribute album ABBAMetal featured a version by German power metal band At Vance and was included on their debut album, No Escape. A dance cover of the song by Donna Burke was included on the 2001 Japanese import ABBA Ibiza Caliente Mix compilation; the 2004 Funky ABBA tribute album by Swedish musician Nils Landgren includes a version of the song. American singer Stephanie St. James recorded a cover with altered lyrics for her 2004 album What Did I Do?. Swedish opera singer Anne Sofie von Otter covered the song on her 2006 ABBA tribute album I Let The Music Speak.
A cover of the song by Finnish a cappella choral ensemble Rajaton can be found on their 2006 ABBA tribute album Rajaton Sings ABBA With Lahti Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, the song is performed by Meryl Streep in the film adaptation of Mamma Mia!, is included on the soundtrack album. Kagechiyo the cat from Ninja Hattori-kun sings part of this song in an episode. System of a Down front man Serj Tankian mixes this song in with his own song "Money" from his album Elect the Dead during live performances. English rock band Marillion released a live version of the song in their 2007 album Friends, recorded at the Marillion Weekend held earlier that year. List of number-one singles in Australia during the 1970s List of Dutch Top 40 number-one singles of 1976 List of European number-one hits of 1976 List of number-one hits of 1976 List of number-one hits of 1976 List of number-one singles in 1976 Criticism of capitalism Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is a humorous detective novel by English writer Douglas Adams, first published in 1987. It is described by the author on its cover as a "thumping good detective-ghost-horror-who dunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic"; the book was followed by The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. The only recurring major characters are the eponymous Dirk Gently, his secretary Janice Pearce and Sergeant Gilks. Adams began work on another novel, The Salmon of Doubt, with the intention of publishing it as the third book in the series, but died before completing it. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of six episodes was broadcast from October 2007. A second series based on the sequel was broadcast from October 2008. A 2010 television adaptation for BBC Four borrowed some of the characters and some minor plot elements of the novel to create a new story, a 2016 television adaptation for BBC America served as a continuation of the books; the genesis of the novel was in two Doctor Who serials written by Adams, City of Death and in particular the cancelled serial Shada, which first introduces a Cambridge professor called Chronotis, hundreds of years old.
He has been living and working at a Cambridge college for centuries attracting no attention. In Shada, Chronotis's longevity is due to him being a Time Lord, his time machine is an early model TARDIS; these trademark elements from Doctor Who were removed by Adams for Dirk Gently. Shada was cancelled before completion due to a production strike and released on VHS with Tom Baker narrating the unfilmed segments; the story was animated in 2017 and released on DVD. A number of elements in the novel were inspired by Adams' time at university. For example, one plot thread involves moving a sofa, irreversibly stuck on the staircase to Richard MacDuff's apartment. In a similar incident that occurred while Douglas Adams attended St John's College, furniture was placed in the rooms overlooking the river in Third Court while the staircases were being refurbished; when the staircases were completed, it was discovered that the sofas could no longer be removed from the rooms, the sofas remained in those rooms for several decades.
The South Bank Show revealed that Adams based Chronotis' rooms on the rooms he occupied in his third year at university. Richard's room – filled with Macintosh computers and synthesisers – was based on Adams' own flat; the piece of music by Bach, heard aboard the satellite is "Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ" from the cantata "Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden", BWV 6. Adams stated that this was his personal "absolutely perfect" piece of music, that he listened to it "over and over. Richard MacDuff attends the Coleridge dinner at his old college St Cedd's, where he witnesses his former tutor, Professor Urban "Reg" Chronotis, perform an inexplicable magic trick in which he makes a salt cellar disappear reveals it by smashing a centuries-old clay pot that a young girl brought to the dinner; the dinner concludes with a reading of Coleridge's poem "Kubla Khan", including a mysterious second part. Meanwhile, an Electric Monk and his horse find a mysterious door on an alien planet, which leads them to Earth.
MacDuff and Prof. Chronotis find the horse in the Professor's bathroom, but this does not seem to overly surprise him; the Monk, misunderstanding a casual comment and kills MacDuff's boss Gordon Way. Way's ghost makes several attempts to contact the living. MacDuff returns to his London flat and engages in odd behaviour, including climbing a drainpipe to break into the flat belonging to his girlfriend, Susan Way, to erase an embarrassing message left on her answering machine. Susan returns from a night out with Michael Wenton-Weakes. Wenton-Weakes subsequently begins behaving strangely, becoming obsessed with Coleridge and intense feelings of aggrievement; the next day, MacDuff visits former schoolmate Dirk Gently, a self-claimed "Holistic Detective" who believes in the "fundamental interconnectedness of all things" and is searching for a missing cat. Informs MacDuff that he is a suspect in the death of Gordon Way, begins to unravel the mysterious chain of events. Concludes that MacDuff had been possessed by a ghost and that a time machine was involved.
The two travel to St. Cedd's to meet with Prof. Chronotis, a complex history is revealed. Four billion years in Earth's past, a group of aliens called; the ghost of the Salaxalan engineer roamed the earth, watching human life develop, searching for a way to undo its mistake, waiting to find a sympathetic soul that it could possess. In the early 19th century, the ghost possessed Coleridge, influenced his writing of "Kubla Khan" and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", but found the poet too'relaxed' on laudanum to be useful, it discovered. At the aforementioned Coleridge dinner, the ghost influenced Prof. Chronotis to use the time machine to perform the magic trick, using the opportunity to lure the Electric Monk and its hor
University of York
The University of York is a collegiate plate glass research university, located in the city of York, England. Established in 1963, the campus university has expanded to more than thirty departments and centres, covering a wide range of subjects. Situated to the south-east of the city of York, the university campus is about 500 acres in size; the original Heslington West campus incorporates the York Science Park and the National Science Learning Centre, its wildlife, campus lakes and greenery are prominent. In May 2007 the university was granted permission to build an extension to its main campus, on arable land just east of the nearby village of Heslington; the second campus, known as Heslington East or Campus East, opened in 2009 and now hosts three colleges and three departments as well as conference spaces, a sports village and a business start-up'incubator'. The institution leases King's Manor in York city centre; the university had a total income of £331.4 million in 2016/17, of which £66.0 million was from research grants and contracts.
York is a collegiate university and every student is allocated to one of the university's nine colleges. The ninth college was founded in 2014 and was named Constantine after the Roman emperor Constantine I, proclaimed Augustus in York in 306 AD. There are plans to build two new colleges in the near future. In 2012, York joined the Russell Group of research-intensive British universities, it was ranked joint 12th in the UK amongst multi-faculty institutions for the quality of its research and 24th for its Research Power in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The 2019 national ranking of York is 22nd by The Times, 12th by The Guardian and 21st by The Complete University Guide; the first petition for the establishment of a university in York was presented to James I in 1617. In 1641 a second petition was drawn up but was not delivered due to the English Civil War in 1642. A third petition was rejected by Parliament. In the 1820s there were discussions about the founding of a university in York, but this did not come to fruition due to the founding of Durham University in 1832.
In 1903 F. J. Munby and the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, amongst others, proposed a'Victoria University of Yorkshire'. Oliver Sheldon a director of Rowntree's and co-founder of York Civic Trust, was a driving force behind the campaign to found the university. Morell and the history of the foundations. In 1963 the university opened with 216 undergraduates, 14 postgraduates, 28 academic and administrative staff; the university started with six departments: Economics, English, Mathematics, Politics. At the time, the university consisted of three buildings, principally the historic King's Manor in the city centre and Heslington Hall, which has Tudor foundations and is in the village of Heslington on the edge of York. A year work began on purpose-built structures on the Heslington Campus, which now forms the main part of the university. Baron James of Rusholme, the university's first Vice-Chancellor, said of the University of York that "it must be collegiate in character, that it must deliberately seek to limit the number of subjects and that much of the teaching must be done via tutorials and seminars".
Due to the influence of Graeme Moodie, founding head of the Politics Department, students are involved in the governance of the university at all levels, his model has since been adopted. York's first two Colleges and Langwith, were founded in 1965, were followed by Alcuin and Vanbrugh in 1967 and Goodricke in 1968. In 1972 this was followed by Wentworth College; the university was noted for its inventive approach to teaching. It was known for its early adoption of joint honours degrees which were very broad such as history and biology, it took an innovative approach to social science introducing a five year long degree in the subject. After 1972 the construction of Colleges ceased until 1990 with the foundation of James College. James was intended to be a postgraduate only college. However, the university began to expand in size doubling in size from 4,300 to 8,500 students. In 1993, therefore it was decided; the expansion of student numbers resulted in the creation of more accommodation by the University, named'Halifax Court'.
In 2002, Halifax Court was renamed Halifax College. In 2003, the university set out plans to create a campus for 5,000 additional students, to introduce a number of new subjects such as Law and Dentistry. For a number of years, the university's expansion plans were limited by planning restrictions on the Heslington West campus; the City of York planning conditions stipulate that only 20% of the land area may be built upon, the original campus was at full capacity. In 2004, plans were finalised for a 117 hectare extension to the campus, provisionally called Heslington East, designed to mirror the existing Heslington West campus; the plans set out that the new campus would be built on arable land between Grimston Bar park and ride car park and Heslington village. The land was removed from the green belt for the purpose of extending the university. After a lengthy consultation and a public inquiry into the proposals in 2006, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government gave the go-ahead in May 2007.
In May 2008 the City of York planners approved the design for th
Squatting is the action of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied area of land or a building residential, that the squatter does not own, rent or otherwise have lawful permission to use. Author Robert Neuwirth suggested in 2004. Yet, according to Kesia Reeve, "squatting is absent from policy and academic debate and is conceptualised, as a problem, as a symptom, or as a social or housing movement."Squatting can be related to political movements, such as anarchist, autonomist, or socialist. It can be a means to conserve buildings or to provide affordable housing. In many of the world's poorer countries, there are extensive slums or shanty towns built on the edges of major cities and consisting entirely of self-constructed housing built without the landowner's permission. While these settlements may, in time, grow to become both legalised and indistinguishable from normal residential neighbourhoods, they start off as squats with minimal basic infrastructure. Thus, there is no sewerage system, drinking water must be bought from vendors or carried from a nearby tap, if there is electricity, it is stolen from a passing cable.
During the Great Recession and increased housing foreclosures in the late 2000s, squatting became far more prevalent in Western, developed nations. Besides being residences, some squats are used as social centres or host give-away shops, pirate radio stations or cafés. In Spanish-speaking countries, squatters receive several names, such as okupas in Spain, Chile or Argentina, or paracaidistas in Mexico. Dutch sociologist Hans Pruijt separates types of squatters into five distinct categories: Deprivation-based – i.e. homeless people squatting for housing need An alternative housing strategy – e.g. people unprepared to wait on municipal lists to be housed take direct action Entrepreneurial – e.g. people breaking into buildings to service the need of a community for cheap bars, clubs etc. Conservational – i.e. preserving monuments because the authorities have let them decay Political – e.g. activists squatting buildings as protests or to make social centres In many countries, squatting is in itself a crime.
Property law and the state have traditionally favored the property owner. However, in many cases where squatters had de facto ownership, laws have been changed to legitimize their status. Squatters claim rights over the spaces they have squatted by virtue of occupation, rather than ownership. Anarchist Colin Ward comments: "Squatting is the oldest mode of tenure in the world, we are all descended from squatters; this is as true of the Queen with her 176,000 acres as it is of the 54 percent of householders in Britain who are owner-occupiers. They are all the ultimate recipients of stolen land, for to regard our planet as a commodity offends every conceivable principle of natural rights."Others have a different view. UK police official Sue Williams, for example, has stated that "Squatting is linked to Anti-Social Behaviour and can cause a great deal of nuisance and distress to local residents. In some cases there may be criminal activities involved." The public attitude toward squatting varies, depending on legal aspects, socioeconomic conditions, the type of housing occupied by squatters.
In particular, while squatting of municipal buildings may be treated leniently, squatting of private property leads to strong negative reaction on the part of the public and authorities. Squatting, when done in a positive and progressive manner, can be viewed as a way to reduce crime and vandalism to vacant properties, depending on the squatter's ability and willingness to conform to certain socioeconomic norms of the community in which they reside. Moreover, squatters can contribute to the maintenance or upgrading of sites that would otherwise be left unattended, the neglect of which would create abandoned and decaying neighborhoods within certain sections of moderately to urbanized cities or boroughs, one such example being New York City's Lower Manhattan from the 1970s to the post-9/11 era of the New Millennium. Adverse possession is a method of acquiring title to property through possession for a statutory period under certain conditions. Countries where this principle exists include the United States, based on common law.
However, some non-common law jurisdictions have laws similar to adverse possession. For example, Louisiana has a legal doctrine called acquisitive prescription, derived from French law. There are large squatter communities such as Kibera in Nairobi. An estimated 1,000 people live in the Grande Hotel Beira in Mozambique; the Zabbaleen settlement and the City of the Dead are both well-known squatter communities in Cairo. In South Africa, squatters tend to live in informal settlements or squatter camps on the outskirts of the larger cities but not always near townships. In the mid-1990s, an estimated 7.7 million South Africans lived in informal settlements: a fifth of the country's population. The number has grown in the post-apartheid era. Many buildings in the inner city of Johannesburg have been occupied by squatters. Property owners or government authorities can evict squatters after following certain legal procedures including requesting a court order. In Durban, the city council ro
Derwent College, York
Derwent College is a college of the University of York, alongside Langwith College was one of the first two colleges to be opened following the university's inception. It is named after the local River Derwent; the college itself is next to Heslington Hall, close to the gazebo and gardens known collectively as The Quiet Place. Derwent, alongside Langwith College is one of the founding colleges at the University of York, it was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 22 October 1965. Following Langwith's move to the Heslington East campus in 2012 Derwent has taken its former buildings. Derwent College has twelve accommodation blocks, named A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K, M and P. Blocks A, B, C, D, J, K, M and P are standard university accommodation. Block A is part of the main college nucleus, being the north-west and north-east sides of a small quadrangle, with the administrative offices and JCR on the south-east. B Block is situated nearer Heslington Hall overlooking the University Lake. C and D Blocks are located near Heslington Hall and form a single separate building in most important respects.
The original college only had A, B, C blocks. Block D was added a few years on a different floor plan with comparatively small individual rooms, but a large central kitchen and eating area; the older blocks had little communal space but somewhat larger rooms. Derwent College inherited the "Old Langwith" Blocks in 2012, when a new Langwith College was built on the Heslington East campus. There were a small group of rooms known as "N Block" which were situated above the main kitchen; these were used for guest accommodation, however they have since been converted to offices. E, F, G and H Blocks are situated across the other side of University Road from the rest of the college, adjacent to Heslington Church field, they are more brick-build accommodation and some of these rooms offer en-suite bathroom facilities. Only two of these blocks belonged to Derwent, the other two were part of Langwith, prior to that college's move toe the new East Campus, collectively they were referred to as "Derwith". Further to the main blocks, Derwent students are accommodated in Eden's Court, situated on Heslington Lane.
Eden's court comprises eight houses, each of nine or ten rooms with similar layout to those of Halifax College. There are two cottages, Eden's Cottage and Sycamore Cottage. Eden's Court is jocularly referred to by the other blocks of Derwent as'Shutter Island', due to its isolation in being situated nearer to Halifax College than the Derwent nucleus. Eden's Court was not always affiliated to Derwent and it's residents mature students, belonged to a range of colleges. Facilities in Derwent include Computer Services classrooms and computer rooms, the Derwent bar and dining room. During the day there is a snack bar and a drinks bar. Derwent College is home to the University's Politics, English & Related Literature, School of PEP and PRDU departments; the Head of College is a university academic who shares teaching duties with college responsibilities. The Head of College works with the Assistant Head of College, the College Administrator and the College Tutors; the current Head of College is Dr Eleanor Brown.
List of College Provosts/Heads of College: Professor Harry Rée Dr. Michael Green Dr. Ron Weir Dr. Rob Aitken Dr. Eleanor Brown The current Assistant Head of College is Keith Kinsella, the College Administrator is Chris Unwin. All undergraduate students of Derwent College are members of the Junior Common room, continue to remain members throughout their time at the university; the Junior Common Room Committee is responsible for representing the interests of Derwent students, organising events, promoting student well-being. The Committee is elected annually from the undergraduate population, consists of around 40 members. All postgraduate students of Derwent College are members of the Graduate Common room, continue to remain members throughout their time at the university; the Graduate Common Room Committee is responsible for representing the interests of Derwent students, organising events, welfare provision. The Committee is elected annually from the postgraduate population. Club D, a student club night on campus is organised through the Junior Common room.
This is held periodically at weekends during term time in the Derwent dining room. The College holds the annual Big-D, it on a larger scale. Taking up the whole area in and around the college, it is held on the first Monday after exams and has several rooms of music and food, open air activities. Famous past members of the College include Jung Chang and Harry Enfield. Derwent College JCRC Derwent College - University pages