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Collingwood College

Personal Development

Collingwood is committed to supporting the personal and career development of its students. There are three key strands to this:

  • Careers Services
  • Extra-Curricular Funding Opportunities
  • Internship Opportunities

Careers Services

Throughout the year, Collingwood hosts a number of careers events for its students. Using our extensive alumni network, we are able to offer events covering a wide range of career paths. As well as events, we can put students in touch directly with alumni with experience in the fields that they are interested in to get one-on-one advice.

In addition to the support provided by the college, the university Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre offer a range of services to help students with their careers and employability skills.

Extra-Curricular Funding Opportunities

The 1972 Club Student Opportunities Fund

The 1972 Club Student Opportunities Fund is a College fund that helps support the cost of special projects and travel for purposes which:

  • are broadly academic;
  • will contribute to personal development;
  • will contribute to career development;
  • or which will bring distinction to the College, either directly or by association.

It is for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Collingwood College who are enrolled on a (minimum of 3 year) course at Durham University. Full guidelines are available on the application form linked at the bottom of this section.

Following feedback from applicants, we have altered some of the Fund's guidelines to give a more adequate indication of suitable projects. We have also renamed the Fund to reflect its income stream; donations from alumni & friends of Collingwood maintain the Fund.

Read reports from recipients of the Special Projects and Travel Fund here.

2016/17 deadlines are:

Michaelmas- Friday 2 December 2016

Epiphany- Friday 3 March 2017

Easter- Friday 12 May 2017

Please breakdown the cost of your project & travel as much as possible; the fund is not intended to support 'lump-sum' style donations to other charitable causes.

Please note: you are welcome to submit an application before the deadline, but it will only be assessed once the deadline has passed.

For more information please contact: collingwood.alumni@durham.ac.uk

1972 Club Student Opportunities Fund application form download

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The Sara Pilkington Personal Development Fund

- providing life-affirming opportunities for Collingwood students.

The Sara Pilkington Personal Development Fund has been established by Sara's parents. Jonathan and Jools always encouraged Sara to embrace opportunities which would develop her as a person, broaden her life experiences and give her a rich understanding of the world around her. As Sara's opportunities to gain from such experiences were sadly cut short, her parents have chosen to establish this fund so that other Collingwood students who might not otherwise be able to access similar character-building and life-affirming experiences can receive the necessary financial support to do so.

Read reports from previous recipients here.

The fund is open to all undergraduate students of Collingwood College who are enrolled on a (minimum of 3 year) course at Durham University and who are in receipt of a maintenance grant and/or overseas equivalent.

There will be three deadlines for the consideration of applications per academic year (one application deadline per term).The deadlines for this academic year are:

2016/17 deadlines are:

Michaelmas- Friday 2 December 2016

Epiphany- Friday 3 March 2017

Easter- Friday 12 May 2017

Please note- you are welcome to submit an application before the deadline, but it will only be assessed once the deadline has passed.

Applicants will receive a decision within four weeks of the application deadline.

Please read the terms and conditions carefully, as not all students will be eligible. To discuss this opportunity, or for further information, please contact Collingwood Alumni & Development Officer.

Forms may be printed or completed electronically. Please note, from 2016/17 you are required to submit a supporting letter from a referee.

Sara Pilkington Personal Development Fund application form download

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Internships

Collingwood College Undergraduate Research Internships

Thanks to the generosity of an alumnus, Collingwood College are delighted to offer four Collingwood students the opportunity of funding (equivalent to an entry-level salary, this year £234.50) for a 6-8 week, paid research internship within an academic department of Durham University during the summer of 2017. These internships are a great way to earn an income for part of the summer, whilst also adding valuable paid work experience to your CV and giving you a taste of life in research. Applicants should arrange details of their proposed internship prior to submitting an application for funding.

Collingwood undergraduates from all years of study and all departments may apply, and applicants must be enrolled on a (minimum of 3 year) course at Durham University. However, due to the nature of the programme, funding for finalists will be limited to a single award. Therefore, final-year applicants will need to demonstrate excellence in their proposed project's contribution to personal and academic development.

Read reports from previous awardees here.

2016/17 application forms can be downloaded here.

Resources

The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) Internship

In addition to students individually arranging their participation in a research project, in 2016 CEM offered applicants the opportunity to participate in a project related to widening participation in higher education. This was a very successful programme and so CEM are now offering a new internship for summer 2017. There are two projects to choose from, but only one internship available:

1) Review the latest research into reading for meaning and why some children experience reading comprehension difficulties- More information here.

2) Investigate children's educational attainment in relation to a range of background factors- More information here.

If you would like to apply for one of these internships at the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, please fill out the form below and submit it to Jess Hughes, Collingwood Alumni and Development Officer.

2016/17 CEM internship application form can be downloaded here.

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