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Durham University

Durham Centre for Academic Development

New Starters

Welcome to Foundation!

We look forward to your arrival in September and hope that you will enjoy your time with us, from Freshers Week until the final results day.

To ensure that you are fully prepared for the start of your foundation year, we will be sending you information as the new academic year approaches. We will also be providing information on the website, so keep an eye on this page for news.

You should also engage with your college, who will have been in contact with you. If they have not, please contact them directly.

If your questions are not answered, please contact us using the details on this website.

The Foundation Programme Team

Your first-week in Durham

We have put together a schedule of activities which will take place from Monday 28th September to Friday 2nd October for home undergraduates.

Use the Online Induction Planner to plan your first week’s activities by College and Department.

The Online Induction Planner has been designed to let you know where you need to be and when, according to your Department and College Induction activities and events.

Attendance of all department-based activities is compulsory and we have tried to plan the week’s activities so that wherever possible they do not clash with any other college, university or sport commitment, many of which are repeated to allow you several opportunities to take part.

Information for new students

We have created a powerpoint presentation with information for new starters. Please click here to take a look.

We also have a quick guide to accessing Blackboard Learn ULTRA. Please click here to open a copy.

Don't forget, if you have any questions or need further suppport, please email us at

New student presentation