We aim to enhance the personal development of our students in a range of ways, and we proactively engage our alumni community and networks in this mission. Alumni offer support financially or by connecting students to once-in-a-lifetime work experience or opportunities.
The 1972 Club Student Opportunities Fund
From touring the UK as part of a Shakespeare production, to volunteering at refugee camps or participating in sporting competitions, this fund provides grants for extra-curricular activities that contribute to your personal development.
The Sara Pilkington Personal Development Fund
This fund is specifically for undergraduates receiving a Durham Grant or additional financial support as part of their Student Finance package. It contributes to activities which enhance personal and academic development. Previous recipients have toured New Zealand with the DU rugby squad and walked the whole perimeter of Wales!
The Collingwood Undergraduate Research Internship Programme
Want to find out how autonomous robots understand their environment, how people respond to fear, or study the origins of war propaganda? This programme provides paid opportunities for undergraduates to work alongside leading Durham academics on cutting-edge research projects for 6-8 weeks over summer.
Great Ideas: Collingwood and Grey College Crowdfunding Platform
Got an idea? If you need funding to kickstart a project (as an individual, group or club/society), or wish to raise additional funds for a planned activity, you can fundraise on Great Ideas, a crowdfunding platform shared by Collingwood and Grey College (greatideas.hubbub.net).
Internships and Opportunities
Each year we secure a number of exciting opportunities for students over the summer vacation.
Opportunities vary each year, but previous students have interned with MGM Casinos in Vegas, researched HIV in Zambia, marshalled with Sir Andrew McFarlane (President of the Family Division), carried out community research in County Durham, worked on maritime security in the Gulf of Oman, and shadowed on a movie set!
Our 2018 publication, A Path Through The Wood, features reports from students who took part in some of those activities.
Collingwood’s Undergraduate Research Internship Programme
Collingwood College’s donor-funded Undergraduate Research Internship Programme enables undergraduates to spend 6-8 weeks of their summer vacation working alongside distinguished Durham professors and researchers, making valuable contributions to existing and ongoing research projects, which are often at the forefront of academic discovery. The interns receive a donor-funded stipend and College accommodation thorough their internship; this ensures that this programme is accessible to all, including those who might otherwise have to work over the vacation to fund their education. Find out more: www.durham.ac.uk/collingwood