Welcome from the Head of College

Christopher Stephens

Every student at Roehampton is a member of a college, which has its own set of buildings and facilities, its own teams, clubs, societies, learning and social activities. The four colleges of the University of Roehampton have unique histories, characters and atmospheres. While Southlands now inhabits some of the newest buildings on the Roehampton campus, our college dates back to the 1870s and has a very proud history. You can find out more about us on the college web pages found on the main university site.

Being part of a college is one of the great opportunities at Roehampton.  Southlands College provides an open and encouraging atmosphere for all of its members. It is a place where all are welcome, where diversity is celebrated, where learning and scholarship meet action and experience. You are invited to join in with all that we do, which includes a programme of formal dinners and events, a great deal of informal social activities, sporting, chaplaincy and campaigning opportunities, competitions, inter-collegiate leagues, and much more. Every year, we elect student leaders and give special prizes for those who make the biggest difference to the college, and I encourage you to become one of those people. 

Southlands has a special focus on music. Any students who would like to take part in the musical life of Roehampton can get in touch with our Music Director, Dr Gulliver Ralston. As well as the chance to perform, musical opportunities include £1,200 scholarships to support music training and performance, given by audition at the start of the year. Skilled performers interested in a scholarship should email Gulliver before term begins (gulliver.ralston@roehampton.ac.uk).  

Resident students will be living in a college flat alongside other first years, visiting international students and near a ‘Flat Rep’, which is a second or third year we ask to help you settle in, make sure everyone is happy, and point you towards any support you need. When you arrive, your Flat Rep will take you to your room or meet you in your flat to help make you feel at home straight away. Students who do not live in college will be made just as welcome here, with spaces and facilities for all to use and events open to everyone. 

Your College President, Deputy College President, and their team of student officers will help to let you know about college events for you to join in with and will be arranging all sorts of activities throughout the year. You can already join the Facebook groups ‘Southlands College’ and ‘Southlands Shiver of Sharks’ to meet some current students and find out about what’s going on this year. 

I wish you every success for your time at Roehampton.

Dr Christopher Stephens
Head of Southlands College