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Durham University

Welcome to Durham University's Common Awards website


The Common Awards Management Board provides oversight of the Common Awards programmes. The Board meets three times each year, with two meetings in Durham and one in London. At present, the Board includes representatives from Durham University, Ministry Division (including Theological Education Institutions [TEIs]), and two student representatives. The Common Awards team at Durham University facilitates the election process.

The role of Student Representative

The role of the student representatives to the Management Board is as follows:

  1. To be present at the relevant meeting(s) of the Common Awards Management Board that they have agreed to attend;
  2. To provide an oral update at the meeting on any feedback they have received from students at their TEI;
  3. To submit any items of student feedback that they wish to raise at the meeting to in advance of the meeting of the Management Board in order for the Chair of the Management Board to review the items to be raised;
  4. To report back to students on matters raised and discussed at the Common Awards Management Board.

If students have any queries about what the role of student representative to the Management Board entails, they are welcome to contact the Common Awards Team (at for further guidance.

Election process

All Common Awards students are invited to nominate themselves for the election.

~ Are you interested in being one of the Common Awards student representatives?

~ Would you like to have a say in the ongoing monitoring and development of the Common Awards on a national level?

~ Would you like to represent your fellow students and contribute to Common Awards decision-making and policy development?

Please note that we will reimburse travel and subsistence costs for student representatives, and we will provide advice and support to the representatives throughout the year.

If so, please consider standing for election!

To stand for election, please complete this self-nomination form and return it to the Common Awards Team ( by 31 January 2019.

Proposed Timetable for the elections

The proposed timeline for the 2018/19 election process is:

31.01.19: Candidates nominate themselves by this date

04.02.19: Candidate information is published on Durham’s Common Awards website and the election opens

28.02.19: The election closes. Each TEI counts its students’ votes

08.03.19: Each TEI returns its results to Durham’s Common Awards team

22.03.19: Durham’s Common Awards team announces the results of the election

30.04.19: Student Representatives attend their first Common Awards Management Board

How voting works

The Common Awards Management Board agreed the following:

'that an election process would be held at each TEI individually for students to vote for the candidates on the Common Awards website. Following their election process, each TEI would then provide the Common Awards Team with a list of all candidates who received votes in ranked order … [and] that once ranked preferences had been received from each TEI, the Common Awards Team would use a Single Transferable Vote system to identify the two candidates with the highest number of votes across all TEIs, by counting up first preference votes and removing the lowest ranked candidates and distributing those votes according to second preferences, continuing until two candidates had over one third of the votes each.’

If you have any questions, please contact the Common Awards team on