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Wentworth College
University of York
MottoLatin: Per diversa inventio
Motto in EnglishIn diversity, discovery
Established1972 - Foundation
2001 - Refounded
Named forThomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford
College ManagerDr Claire Anderson[1]
PrincipalRussell Yates[1]
Deputy College ManagerBarry Crump[1]
Undergraduates55 (2022/2023)
Postgraduates5,515 (2022/2023)
WebsiteWentworth College

Wentworth College is a college of the University of York, named after Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford.[2]


The College was founded in 1972. Wentworth was refounded in 2001 and became the postgraduate only college of the University.[3] Postgraduates can however choose membership of any of the colleges at the University. Wentworth College currently has around 500 resident graduate students and a further 4500 non-resident College Members.

When York Nightline was created in 1972, it was based in Wentworth College until it moved to Vanbrugh College in 1979.[4]

Buildings and services

Wentworth houses the Department of Sociology, and the Vedge cafe (formerly the Edge), which is currently closed. The Graduate Common Room functions as a games room while the Senior Common Room is used for small formal and informal gatherings, including the Wentworth Seminar Series and the College Manager's afternoon tea. Other communal areas include a breakout room and a study space, as well as a lending library.

In addition, Wentworth has a computer room, a prayer room and a laundry room as well as an art and ceramics studio.

Wentworth College accommodation viewed from across the lake

Student life

As a postgraduate only College Wentworth does not have a Junior Common Room, it does however have a Graduate Common Room and a Graduate Common Room Committee. All postgraduate students, whether members of Wentworth or not, are also represented by the Graduate Student Association. The College is a vibrant, academic and social community.

The 2023 GCRC Executive Committee is:

  • Chair - Christian Bruegger and Veronika Lahodinski
  • Treasurer - Eve Bray
  • PGCR - Christian Bruegger
  • Events Officer - Veronika Lahodinski
  • Diversity and Inclusion Representative - Roe Singal
  • Events and Social Media Chair - Miten Shah
  • Sustainability Officer - Eve Bray
  • Health and Wellbeing Community Officer - Katie Patron


The current principal of Wentworth College (provost until 2015[5]) is Russell Yates.[6]

List of provosts and principals

  • Eric W Hawkins 1972-1975
  • Norman Rea 1975-1977
  • J Martin Bell 1978-1985
  • Peter M Lee 1985-2005
  • Carl A Thompson 2005-2010
  • Russell Yates 2010-present[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Wentworth College - Contact and support". University of York. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  2. ^ Yorkvision College Profiles: Wentworth
  3. ^ "College history". Wentworth College. Archived from the original on 22 January 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  4. ^ "History". York Nightline. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Wentworth College - Contact and Support". University of York. Retrieved 16 May 2023.
  6. ^ "About Wentworth College - Provost's Welcome". Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  7. ^ "About Wentworth College - List of Wentworth College Provosts". Wentworth College. Archived from the original on 22 January 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.

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