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Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre

Suitable Vacancies

Durham University maximum working hours policy

At Durham University we have a policy in place as to the maximum number of hours we would recommend students to be working during term time. As such, we are unable to promote any vacancies that would require students to work more than the recommended amount.

For full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students we recommend no more than 12 hours per week.

There are no restrictions from the University on the number of hours that students can work during vacation periods so we are happy to advertise any such vacancies. Please click here for our term dates.

Please bear in mind that International Students may have further restrictions on the number of hours they can work whilst studying. Further information can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website:

The UK Government Home Office states that if you are a Tier 4 student who is permitted to work, you must ensure that you work your permitted hours (20 or 10 hours) into a 7-day period starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday.

If you work irregular hours and/or have more than one employer you will need to retain records of how many hours you work on any given day, to ensure that you do not breach the Tier 4 working conditions.

The Student Employment Service has worked with a variety of local employers to help recruit students for a wide range of positions. Here are some examples of work undertaken by our students;

  • Events Staff
  • Bar/ Catering Staff
  • Sales Consultants/ Retail Assistants
  • Telesales
  • Call Centre
  • Administration
  • Data entry
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Brand Ambassadors/ Promotional work
  • Sports/ Dance/ Drama coaching
  • Web design/ Social Media management
  • Receptionists
  • Translation work

As long as it is a legitimate opportunity that meets our employer guidelines, code of practice and terms and conditions (see below) then we are happy to advertise it to our students.

Positions that we are unable to advertise

At present, we do not advertise the following types of jobs to our students;

  • Self-employed positions
  • Freelance positions
  • Working in a private home (eg careworker, nanny, tutor etc)
  • Unpaid work (unless a genuine volunteering opportunity from a registered charity or a short term work shadowing opportunity)

For further information, please see our Employer Guidelines, Code of Practice and Terms and Conditions


Durham City

The Palatine Centre
Durham University
Stockton Road

Tel: 0191 334 1437

Opening Times:

Mon - Fri 9am- 5pm

Queen's Campus, Stockton

Ebsworth Foyer
Ebsworth Building 
TS17 6BH

Tel: 0191 334 0202
Fax: 0191 334 0204

Opening Times:

Mon - Fri 10am - 4:30pm (term time)

Mon - Fri 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 4.30pm (vacations)