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New Head of College

We would like to announce that Dr Rob Aitken has stepped into the Head of College role for the college this year. Rob is a familiar face around the Colleges as he has been the Head of Constantine College since it began in 2014 and previous to that was the Provost of Derwent College for many years.

Rob is also the Director of Colleges and a Senior Lecturer in the Politics department.  He brings a wealth of experience and new ideas to Vanbrugh and we are enjoying having him as part of the Vanbrugh College Team.  


Vanbrugh Has a New College Logo/Shield

We are pleased to share with you the new Vanbrugh logo/shield.  For a number of years now the students of the College have requested a change to our College logo; our student committee from 2018 designed (and received approval by the Colleges Board) the new shield below.  It took a full year of hard work but it was finally unveiled at the Winter Ball. It will now be rolled out over the next few months across campus. Vanbrugh Arms (V-Bar) gets an update

Over the summer the management of V-Bar transferred to the Student Union (YUSU). It has now had some small renovations, with more scheduled for the future. The College continues to use the Bar as the location of the ever popular Vanbrugh Jazz on Monday evenings and plans are moving forward to have more regular events in the space.  Our new student committee is also keen to have regular Friday Vanbrugh Pub Quiz nights on even weeks in term-time and more Sports socials.

Here’s some photos of the new look!

Our Amazing Vanbrugh Tutors

This year we are fortunate enough to have 4 amazing postgrads as College tutors. They are so helpful in welcoming our new students and providing support where needed. They offer weekly drop-in sessions to discuss student issues and lead workshops on such topics as ‘Confident Communication’ and ‘Pushing through Procrastination’. They can be found around the College hosting weekly events (baking, international cooking, running and fitness classes, etc) as well as helping out at Graduations and Open Days. Georgina, Rob, and I would be lost without them!  

Josh Gumbley, Meg McGeown, Andrea Salas Ortiz and Celia Coll

Instrument Lending Library

Our Instrument Lending Library meets the needs of International Students who are unable to bring instruments from overseas, students in a band who need equipment for a gig, and students wanting to learn an instrument but who don’t want to purchase one yet. Students from other Colleges, as well as staff, can join the Vanbrugh Rocks program for £10/term or £25/year.  Membership provides access to the lending library, access to the practice space as well as free training workshops and events.

If you’d like a tour of the lending library or practice space please email the College and we’d be happy to arrange this.  

New Guitar: we have acquired a Vintage Fender Stratocaster guitar in the last month. This beautiful guitar can be borrowed by Vanbrugh Rocks members for £5/week.  

Thank you Vanbrugh Alumni!

The College would like to thank our Alumni for their continued support.  Many of our graduates continue to be involved in the College; some by being involved in the music program, some providing workshops and some through financial giving. We were able to purchase a lovely saxophone this past term with Alumni giving and already this instrument is out on loan.  

An easy way to be involved with the college is to sign up to be a mentor.  This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with current students and help them with their career questions and development.  The College also always has ongoing projects that would benefit from financial gifts; this could be to purchase an instrument; fund a student initiative; or develop some of our College space.  You can give to Vanbrugh College via our ‘Supporting Vanbrugh College‘ giving page.