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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Student Support

As an anthropology student at Durham, you will be supported in a range of ways tailored to your individual needs. This ranges from pastoral care and counselling services, to financial support and advice, through to job and employment guidance. Support is available at the departmental, college or university level.

Departmental Support 

Advisor system

From your very first day you will be assigned an academic member of staff - an advisor - who will see you through all three years of the degree. Initially this involves explaining the timetable, how to get to lecture theatres, and how to hand in coursework. As you progress, advisors will provide you with tailored feedback on grades and how to improve your work, as well as career advice and all-important references for when you apply for jobs.


The university's electronic teaching interface, DUO (Durham University Online), is an essential support mechanism. Via this system you can instantly access module handbooks and reading lists, submit coursework and view feedback on marked coursework, participate in online discussions, and read about upcoming university and departmental events.

Disabilities Support

Within the Department we have dedicated Disability Officers who can be consulted about, and provide support to, students with disabilities. Where needed, students are also supported through Durham University's Service for Students with Disabilities (DUSSD). Students with disabilities receive support in the form of extra time in examinations, appropriately-prepared slides and reading materials, provision for physical access on field trips, etc. Concessions are also granted for Serious Adverse Circumstances, such as bereavements or serious illnesses. The department is also committed to equal opportunity and has dedicated Harassment and Diversity Officers.

Student-Staff Liaison Committee

We are always keen to hear about ways in which we can better support our students and improve our teaching and provision. The Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) provides a forum for students to give feedback to academic staff in a constructive and supportive manner.

College Support 

Durham is one of the few universities to have a college system that provides pastoral and academic support to students in addition to that provided by individual departments.

Colleges provide not only accommodation but also welfare support, personal development guidance, and the opportunity to interact with students from a range of degree programmes. Find out more about the Durham College System.

University Support and Facilities

University Library

The main university library (the Bill Bryson Library) is directly opposite the Department of Anthropology. It is stocked with multiple copies of textbooks that are required reading for anthropology modules, with many on short term loans to ensure that copies are always available. The libraries have private study areas, computer terminals, and bookable study spaces for group work. Find out more about the Durham University Library service.

Counselling Service

The Counselling Service offers a professional standard of service in counselling for those who are finding that their difficulties are hard to manage and/or affecting their studies.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre (CEEC) provides a wide range of services to undergraduate students. It provides careers information, advice and guidance directly to students and graduates, organises employment fairs, runs CV workshops and much more.