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Department of Earth Sciences

Congratulations and Welcome

Congratulations on securing your place in the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University!

We very much look forward to welcoming you in October and to working with you over the coming three or four years. We pride ourselves on our excellence in research and teaching and we are all looking forward to you joining us in October. The Durham Earth Sciences community is a lively, friendly group of people including undergraduates, postgraduates, postdocs and staff, committed to the pursuit of knowledge in the Earth Sciences. You will be an integral part of life in the Department.

Online Enrolment — Module Enrolment — Induction Events — Pre-Arrival Checklist — Arthur Holmes Geological Society — Additional Information — Contacts

Online Enrolment

(Information on how to enrol online and log on to DUO)

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme. You will receive two emails (24 hours apart - please check the account you supplied at the point of application) with your username and password for accessing University IT facilities.

The emails are sent out after your acceptance of your place at Durham has been processed. You will use these throughout your studies, but the first thing you should do is complete enrolment. This secure area is accessed by logging into Durham University Online (DUO), the University's networked learning environment. You can access DUO here.

Once you have logged in successfully click on the “Banner Self Service” then “Student Enrolment Pages” button. You complete online enrolment by confirming or updating your personal details and agreeing to the University’s rules and regulations. Completing Enrolment will give you access to your personal email address and access to view information from your department and college in DUO.

If you enrol early enough, you will also have the opportunity to upload a photograph for your campus card (student ID card) which means you won't have to queue for a card upon arrival.

Module Enrolment

Module registration is a two stage process which includes:

  • Selection of modules
  • Approval of modules

The first stage is where you confirm your programme of study and choose your optional modules. The second stage of the process is where department(s) approve your choice of modules. More information on module registration can be found here. Degree Flow Diagrams showing progression and required modules can be found here. If you are unsure about registration, there will be the opportunity to discuss module choice during Induction Week, on Tuesday 30th September.

Department of Earth Sciences – Induction Events 2014 

Your first week in Durham – Induction Timetable We have put together a package of induction activities for new undergraduates, which will take place between from Monday 29th September to Friday 3rd October. 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 sporting commitments. A number of sessions are repeated to allow you several opportunities to take part.

Date & Time

Student Meetings and Locations

Staff Details

Monday 29th September 14:00 – 16:00

Earth Sciences Students*

Welcome and Introductory Talk, Including a guide to the library

Room ES228/229, Earth Sciences Department, Science Site

Dr James Baldini

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Tuesday 30th September 9:00 – 10:00

Natural Sciences Students

Welcome and Introductory Talk

Room ES231, Earth Sciences Department, Science Site

Dr James Baldini

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Tuesday 30th September 9:00 – 5:00

Registration and Module Approval

Earth Sciences and Natural Sciences Students

Room ES228/229, Earth Sciences Department, Science Site

Mrs Janice Oakes

Departmental Administrator

Thursday 2nd October 9:00 – 12:00

Field Trip Introduction, Allocation of Academic Advisers, and Group Meetings

Earth Sciences, Natural Sciences Students, other students choosing one optional module.

Room ES228/229, Earth Sciences Department, Science Site

Dr Jonathan Imber

Friday 3rd October 08:30 - 17:30

Induction fieldtrip to Bowlees, County Durham

Earth Sciences & Natural Sciences

The Bus will collect at the top of the hill on the Science Site outside the Mountjoy building

Click here for more information

Dr J Imber

Field Trip Coordinator

* “Earth Science Students” includes all students who have been accepted for the following degrees: F600 Geology, F630 Environmental Geoscience, F644 Earth Sciences, F643 Geoscience and F662 Geophysics with Geology.

Main University Induction Week Events

The University has organised a schedule of activities which will take place from the weekend of Saturday 27th / Sunday 28th September to Friday 3rd October for all of our new undergraduates and postgraduates (from Wednesday 24th September for international students). This timetable has been designed so College and sport events do not clash with any of your academic departmental activities, allowing you to meet all your academic induction commitments.

Use the University Induction Week Events Timetable as a guide to plan your weeks activities.

Pre-arrival Checklist

You should have received the following information prior to your arrival:

  • IT log-in details for DUO, so that you can regularly keep up to date with staff communication and select modules.
  • Fresher’s welcome pack: Welcome letter from Head of Department, Prof. Jon Gluyas.
  • Email from our Departmental Administrator, Janice Oakes on the module selection and allocation process.
  • Reading lists.

 If you have not received any of this information, then please contact Janice Oakes, Departmental Administrator, 0191 334 2310,

Arthur Holmes Geological Society

The Arthur Holmes Geological Society is named after the first professor of Geology at Durham, who was a pioneer of radiometric dating. It is one of the largest departmental societies in Durham and is an integral part of every Earth Scientist’s time at the University. The AHGS, as it is often known, is a long established student run body at Durham University involving undergraduates, postgraduates and staff.

The society organises guest lectures, field trips and a range of other events to benefit members and enhance their experience at University. The guest lectures, which are held regularly throughout the year, are given by both those who work in academia and in industry. The events also allow chances for socialising. The society also tends to organise a much anticipated ball in second term. You may join the society at any time of year but there will be a talk during the departmental induction at the start of term and we will be present at the DSU fresher’s fair. 

Additional Information

Meet your Departmental Advisor – Thursday 2nd October, 09:00 - 12:00

In addition to your subject tutorials you will be allocated a Departmental Advisor. Your advisor will meet with you each term and be responsible for providing academic progress reviews and study advice throughout your degree. It is important that you meet regularly with your advisor so they are in a position to write references for you during and after your time in Durham.

Induction fieldtrip – Friday 3rd October 08:30 - 17:30

Trip Leader Dr Jonny Imber

The fieldtrip will visit exposures of Carboniferous sedimentary rocks and the Permo-Carboniferous Whin Sill, near Bowlees in Teesdale.

The study area lies within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which was the first area in Britain to be awarded the UNESCO-endorsed status of European Geopark. The North Pennines have considerable economic importance for the lead-zine-barite-fluorite mineralization, much of which is associated with faults and veins that cut Carboniferous strata.

We will work in small groups and, at the outcrop, introduce you to:

  • the use of field observations to stimulate geoscientific discussion and research;
  • the importance of geoscience to understanding and exploiting natural resources;
  • the importance of three-dimensional and four-dimensional thinking in geosciences;
  • key topics you will study in more detail throughout your Level 1 course.

The Bus will collect at the top of the hill on the Science Site outside the Mountjoy building

For more information about the Earth Sciences degree programmes, please contact:

Mrs Janice Oakes Departmental Administrator & Registration Coordinator
Department of Earth Sciences
Science Laboratories
Durham University
Tel: 0191 334 2310
Fax: 0191 334 2301


Dr James Baldini
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Earth Sciences
Science Laboratories
Durham University
Tel: 0191 334 2334
Fax: 0191 334 2301