Find out what life is really like at Durham University

On air with Purple Radio
MusicSocietiesStudent experience

On air with Purple Radio

I started Durham University back in 2016 and remember Fresher’s Fair being extremely full, with lots of people, tables, sweets, chocolates and sign-up sheets. Basically, it looked a little chaotic and was slightly claustrophobic. But it was a good chance to see what was on offer. There was one ‘society’ that really stood…
College varsity challenge, Stevo -v- Butler
CollegesSportStudent experience

College varsity challenge, Stevo -v- Butler

The inaugural College Varsity match between Stephenson College and Josephine Butler College , held this term, is sure to go down in the annals of history as a clash for the ages. Dubbed ‘The Battle of the Howlands’, it was truly about much more than sport. The University’s decision to move Stephenson college from its…
Letter to My First Year Self
CollegesStudent experienceUndergraduate

Letter to My First Year Self

Dear Fresher, Make the most of your first year at Durham. While you still need to pass and trying your best will set you up for the second and third year, don’t stress too much about your workload and try to have fun while you can! Trust me, by the time you get to the third year the things you were worried about in the first…
My transformation from UG to PG
PostgraduateResearchStudent experience

My transformation from UG to PG

The poet T. S. Eliot once noted that he measured out his life in coffee spoons. As a recent graduate, this is a sentiment I can relate to with painful certainty. For three years, I would embark upon a daily schedule of coffee breaks, punctuated with lectures, essay-writing, rowing, and the occasional appearance in Tutor…
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