We are incredibly proud to be one of the very few research institutes in the UK to offer research-led events for undergraduate students. The history of our student involvement initiative began in 2013-14, with a team of third-year undergraduate students led by our former PGR Convenors, Eszter Belteki and Oliver Bartlett, who organised several events throughout the year oriented towards encouraging undegraduate research. The initiative was gradually expanded to encourage students from all years of study to join the institute as "student representatives:" a group of self-driven individuals who were responsible for promoting the activities of DELI and who introduced many new events. The student representatives team was also heavily involved in the management of the DELI Law Blog (now retired), with students acting as section editors and news analysts for a number of years.
The incredible drive and creativity of our student representatives established a vibrant community within Durham Law School, consisting of over thirty representatives in 2017-18. At the moment, student representatives organise a range of recurring events. These include dissertation workshops for finalists, an Annual Debate for first- and second-year students, social events, and career workshops. Equally importantly, the team has a vital role in supporting the day-to-day running of the Institute.
We would like to express our gratitude to our former representives and PGR convenors for their hard work in supporting this initiative and the selflessness they have displayed over the years. We remain committed to expanding and improving the involvement of LLB, LLM and ERASMUS students in the Institute.