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School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (ECS)

Information for New Students

Welcome to the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Welcome from the Head of School

I'm delighted that you've chosen the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (ECS) for your degree studies. I'm sure that your time in Durham will be both intellectually inspiring and personally rewarding. As a collegiate university, Durham has much to offer in terms of social, sporting and musical life and is a fantastic place to spend three or four years as an undergraduate. I hope that you'll find the academic side of your life stimulating also. Our aim during your degree course will be to give you the best undergraduate education possible, providing an encouraging, supportive and intellectually challenging environment where you can develop your skills and enhance your employability. You will also be exposed to (and actively involved in) some of the cutting-edge research that goes on in the School. I look forward to meeting you in Durham this October.

Prof Jon Trevelyan

Online Enrolment

The Student Enrolment System 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. 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 your online enrolment. This secure area is accessed by logging into Durham University Online (DUO), the University's networked learning environment. You can access DUO via - click on the "Banner Self Service" link once you have logged in successfully. 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 Registration
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 at:

Your first week in Durham - University Induction timetable

The University has put together a package of induction activities which will take place between Wednesday 7th October and Friday 9th October.

Attendance at 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.

Use the University Induction Week timetable to plan your week's activities.

Teaching Starts Monday 12th October

Your induction ( all new undergraduates ) into the School will start at 2pm on Monday 5th October Location: Room CLC202 (Calman Learning Centre)

Head of School will introduce you to the School. He will offer some advice relevant to your study areas. Following this, other staff will give short presentations on:

(i) Health and Safety issues

(ii) Our intranet (DUO) which you will use regularly to access course information and submit certain coursework

(iii) The structure and choices available to you on your particular degree courses

As part of your induction you will meet with your academic advisors on Tuesday 6th October and make decisions about your free elective classes (you will register for these)

On Wednesday 3rd October you will be involved in College activities and take part in the Fresher’s Fair. More information pertaining to your specific course (including a timetable of activities) will be posted here nearer the start of term and available through links on this page.

Other usefil links:

Finding your way around

University Induction Planner


University Library

Welcome to your College

What's On guide