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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Arrival and induction

Earth Sciences - Virtual Tour

Earth Sciences - Virtual Tour

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Welcome to the Department of Earth Sciences!

We are very pleased that you have chosen to study at Durham. We hope you will enjoy your time with us and achieve all your academic goals.

Departmental Induction

It is important that you attend the compulsory induction sessions in the Department. These will be live on-line sessions via Zoom. In these sessions, we will explain many details about how our department works and our expectations from you during your time at Durham. I will look forward to meeting you then! Details of the Induction can be found at the following link:

Enrol Online

Enrolment opens six weeks before the start of your programme. The deadline for module registration will be 22nd September 2020.

After your acceptance has been processed you will receive two email messages from which provide:

  • Your Computing and Information Services (CIS) username
  • How to derive your CIS password and guidance on how to access the system

The messages are sent 24 hours apart and are sent to the email address you provided when you applied so it’s important to let us know of any changes to this information.
The emails are sent to the personal email address you provided when you applied, so it is important that you keep us up-to-date with any changes to this information by contacting the Student Records Team at You may also need to monitor your spam folders to see if the messages have arrived there.
After you have received both emails you will need to:

  • Change your password
  • Log into Durham University Online (duo)
  • Choose the “Banner Self Service” link in duo under “External Tools”
  • Choose Registration and Enrolment
  • Enrol with the University
  • Upload a photograph for your campus card

You will receive information in your departmental Welcome letter about registering for your programme and modules. It is important that you do not register for your programme and modules before you receive advice and guidance.

Verify your identity with your college, collect your campus card and get online

You should aim to upload your photograph and complete enrolment by 22nd September. Once you have arrived on campus your college will ask you to provide proof of your identity and hand out your campus card.

If you are unable to come to Durham for the first term due to travel restrictions or serious health concerns and plan to study online you will still need to have your identity verified. Your college will make arrangements with you to verify your identity at the start of term through an online Teams/Zoom meeting and keep your campus card until you are able to collect it.

Use your User Name and Password to connect to 'DU Student' - the dedicated WIFI network for students. Find out how to get connected.