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Helping teachers to de-mystify studying at Durham

(22 January 2019)

Close to 50 teachers and careers advisers have spent two days learning more about the University, in the hope of helping young people understand more about studying here at Durham.

Head teachers, subject teachers and careers advisers from 39 schools across the country attended the Higher Education Teachers and Advisers Conference 2019 at the University on 7-8 January.

What happened?

The annual conference, which is free to those attending, is aimed at helping school and sixth form staff inform their students of our admissions process, undergraduate courses and Colleges and advise them on their options.

There were talks from academic Departments, our Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions Office, our Residential Student Services Manager and a careers adviser, as well as a workshop on writing personal statements and references.

Delegates could also visit several of our Colleges and take a tour of the City.

Nearly half of the 47 delegates were from schools in the North East.

How did it go?

Participants said…

“This was my first visit to a university and it was very valuable.”

“Well planned and timetabled, great options and tours. Really good information and really enjoyed networking.”

“(I enjoyed) meeting the student ambassadors, meeting other colleagues, discussing issues between sessions, understanding the College system better, wide input into preparing for personal statements.”

Professor Alan Houston, our Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), who gave the keynote talk, added: “We welcome students from all backgrounds with the merit and potential to succeed. This event, provided to teachers and careers advisers free of charge, is part of our work to help to offer advice and guidance to their students about applying to and studying at Durham.”

For more information about our support for teachers and careers advisers, please click here.