A UNIVERSITY college has celebrated the first anniversary of its “new era” at the centre of a housing estate.

Durham University’s Ustinov College moved to Sheraton Park, in Neville’s Cross, last September and has since become involved in the community with a series of events, exhibitions and groups involving both students and permanent residents.

To mark the anniversary, a community art exhibition was held at the college’s annual conference, which took place last month.

Professor Glenn McGregor, the college’s principal, said: “The relocation of Ustinov College to Sheraton Park marked the start of a new era for the college.

“We are a scholarly community that celebrates diversity, and it has been very pleasing to see our new neighbours around Sheraton Park embrace that with us over the past year.

“I would like to thank them for making us so welcome, and I hope we can continue to work together for the benefit of both the college and the local area.”

Steve Rundle and Helen Martin, co-chairs of Sheraton Park Residents’ Association, said: “We are pleased with how things are going with Ustinov College.

“There is good dialogue between Ustinov and the association, and they are good neighbours, often hosting events for families to come to, and opening up the café to residents.

“The community room is a wonderful shared asset. There have been minimal issues over the last year, and any have been quickly resolved. Given the concerns many residents had about the development, this is a big relief.”