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Josephine Butler

College Welcome

New Undergraduates and Postgraduates

Congratulations and Welcome From The Principal

I am very pleased to welcome you as a new student to Josephine Butler College and congratulate you on achieving a place with us at Durham University. 

Starting a new course at university is a significant life change and I am delighted that you will be with Josephine Butler College as you embark on this. The College is here to support your academic activity, but primarily exists to enable you to engage with the scholarly, social, charitable and sporting activities which make Durham’s education unique. When you arrive, you will be greeted by staff and representatives from the common rooms (who organise much of the activity within the College). You will join existing students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, in taking part in the broadest possible educational and social experiences.

You will be introduced early on to the range of opportunities to take part in volunteering, internship programmes and seminar series as well as join arts, music, sports and theatre groups. 

All of us look forward to welcoming you to Butler and supporting you in making the most of your time here and in contributing the most you can to our collegiate community.

Adrian Simpson

The Principal

Josephine Butler College

Welcome From The JCR President - James Bowmer

I’m James, and I’ll be your Junior Common Room (JCR) President for 2017-2018. Having just graduated, I’ll now be working hard to ensure that you have the best possible introduction to college and university life. The JCR is the undergraduate student body here at Butler, run for students, by students. The JCR works to provide the student body with opportunities and support, including societies, sports, committees, welfare, accommodation advice, services, social events and much, much more.

As well as running the JCR, I also lead the Executive Committee, consisting of 12 other Butlerites, and act as a student representative at both a College and University level to ensure that Butler students have their voice heard.

Josephine Butler prides itself on being the youngest and subsequently one of the most innovative colleges. We are a diverse, inclusive and welcoming community, offering an unrivalled number of opportunities to ensure that there truly is something for everyone. Life at Butler provides you with an invaluable experience to add to your academic degree.

I can be found in the JCR office throughout the year, and my door is always open, so please pop in with any questions, queries or ideas, or even just to say hello!

For now, congratulations on getting your place at the best college at Durham, and enjoy the rest of your summer holiday. We’ll be in touch soon with more information about college life, arrivals and Freshers’ Week, and we are looking forward to meeting you very soon!

Welcome from the MCR President - Steve Bradbury

Hi, my name is Steve, and I am the President of Josephine Butler College’s Middle Common Room (‘MCR’) – the representative body for postgraduate students of the College – for the coming year. May I firstly offer you a hearty ‘Welcome to the College’! Our community is made up of postgraduate students, mature students as well as those students in their fourth year of study on an undergraduate course. We exist to enhance your University experience, and whether you live in university-owned accommodation or in private housing elsewhere, we invite and encourage you to be a part of the MCR community.

We organise a range of academic and social events throughout the year such as Scholars’ Suppers, at which postgraduates are encouraged to present their research to their peers in a relaxed atmosphere; inter-MCR Formal Dinners which take place across each of Durham’s colleges; evenings out for 10-pin bowling or the cinema; and informal 'meet to work' afternoons in local coffee shops to name just a few.

The function of the MCR extends beyond organising events, and myself as President, together with the elected MCR Executive Committee, represent the College’s postgraduate students to College and University management.

Student Registration - UG and PG

There are three stages to the registration process:

  1. Enrolment
  2. Module Registration
  3. Verification of Identity

1. Enrolment

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme.

After your acceptance has been processed you will receive two email messages from which provide:

  • Your Computing and Information Services (CIS) username
  • How to derive your CIS password and guidance on how to access the system

The messages are sent 24 hours apart and are sent to the email address you provided when you applied so it’s important to let us know of any changes to this information by contacting the Student Records Team at You may also need to monitor your spam folders to see if the messages have arrived there.

After you have received both emails you will need to:

  • Change your password
  • Log into Durham University Online – duo
  • Choose the “Banner Self Service” link in duo under “External Tools”
  • Choose Registration and Enrolment
  • Enrol with the University
  • Upload a photograph for your campus card

2. Module Registration

You will receive information from your department about registering for your programme and modules. You should follow the advice given about whether to complete registration for programmes and modules before you come to Durham or whether to wait until you arrive before making a final choice so that your department can give you further advice and information.

Key Dates

  • Enrolment and upload of photograph should be completed 12 calendar days before your start date
  • Module choices need to be made by 5 pm on Tuesday of Induction Week (information and advice on module choices will be given in departments on Monday and Tuesday of induction week).

3. Verification of identity

Verification of identity takes place at your college. You will need to bring either your current passport, current UK Driving Licence or current European Identity Card. If you are a UK student and you do not have any of these forms of identification you can bring your original Birth Certificate. After you have had your identity verified you can then collect your campus card.


If you require assistance through the enrolment process, please contact your college, department or further guidance is available on the Student Registry website at If you have a technical problem, please contact the IT Service Desk at


1. If you are an UG Fresher or Erasmus/Exchange Student, please complete the TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF (complete on-line) Please complete and submit by midnight Sunday 3rd September 2017


If you have any questions please just ring us on +44(0)191 334 7271 or email us on

3. Personal Induction Planner

We have put together a schedule of activities which will take place from Wednesday 27th September for International students and from Monday 1st October to Friday 6th October for home undergraduates.

Use the Personal Induction Planner to plan your first few weeks’ activities by College and Department.

This has been designed to let you know where you need to be and when.

College events won't clash with any of your academic department events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Fresher’s, find your way around and settle in to university life.

4. Accomodation

As a 'fresher' you are expected to live in college. Accommodation is provided for you, and you have no need to reserve it. New first year students will be required to arrive in College on Sunday 1 October 2017 between 9:00am and 4:00pm. Please see our FAQ's for more information about arrivals.

International Students may arrive from Wednesday 27 September and should contact the International Office for details of their 'Meet & Greet Service'. The International Office organises a coach transfer service, you will need to book on-line for this service before Sunday 17 September.

You will meet the Administration Team on Sunday 1 October in the College Bar who will verify your identity and give you your welcome pack and University Campus Card if you successfully uploaded a photo 2 weeks prior to arrival. The Fresher's Reps will then assist you in moving in and settling into College.

You will receive an email in September from which will give you the information you require to fill in your "Particulars of Offer" (licence agreement). If you have not received notification of your Particulars of Offer (licence agreement) by 18th September please email the Butler Admissions Team urgently.

5.Use the Registration Checklist to keep on track

Please complete these forms by midnight on Friday 8th September 2017.


Student Support

The College has a comprehensive system of student support, you will meet your College Mentor and Mentor Group early in the Term. Mentors meet with you in groups on Tuesday or Thursday evenings between 5.30pm and 7.00pm.

Car Parking

Parking on University Premises

Students will only be entitled to apply for a permit to park on University premises if they:

  • have an exceptional medical need and are in possession of a blue badge;
  • live in University premises and have academic commitments requiring them to travel to locations not easily accessible by public transport (e.g. some PGCE students);
  • have other exceptional circumstances;
  • represent the University in elite sports, in which case they will be eligible to apply for a permit for Maiden Castle/Queen’s only.

More information on car parking can be found here

Getting Here By Car

While you would ordinarily get to Butler by driving through Durham City and out South Road (the A177), we would strongly recommend that you avoid the city centre on Freshers' Sunday - there will be heavy congestion caused by Freshers getting to other colleges. Instead leave the A1(M) further south, travel along the A167 and then come in to Durham on the A177, the College being found on your right. For more detailed instructions see these directions.