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Durham University

Engaging with Communities: Arts - and performance - based collaborative training

Speed Dating Event

© Centre for Social Justice & Community Action

Tuesday 11th June, 2013. 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Grey College, Holgate Room, Durham University, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LG

The aim of the speed dating event is for representatives from community groups and organisations to meet postgraduate researchers and academic staff from across the University to find out more about each other and explore possibilities for collaborative research on any topic.

It is an informal event, fuelled by scones, tea and coffee, simply for people to find out each other's work and explore if there are any potential research synergies.

To register for this event please email:


The room is laid out with tables around which people circulate at regular intervals in order to get to know new people. Everyone is allowed five minutes at each ‘stop’, after which you are expected to move on or continue further discussions about potential research links around a side table loaded with scones, tea and coffee (to fuel the interactions).

If you would like more information or have any access requirements, please contact This event is run in partnership with the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action at Durham University.

This event is support by an AHRC Collaborative Skills Development grant and a Centre for Academic Research Development (CARD) events and conference grant, Durham University.


The meeting will take place in the Holgate Room, Grey College. It is about 30 minutes walk from the city centre. The postcode is DH1 3LG. College Phone Number: 0191 334 5900.

Durham City / University Maps (Grey College is #8 on this map).

On foot / cycling from the city centre

From the Marketplace, facing the statue of the Horse (Marquess of Londonderry) take the left hand street out of the marketplace (past Greggs the bakers). Turn left onto the street leading over Elvet Bridge, heading towards the Swan and Three Cygnets. When you reach the main road, turn right and come past the Elvet Riverside lecture theatres and the Student Union. At the traffic lights, bear right onto Church Street and continue straight ahead. At the crossroads, go straight on, past the Main Library and the entrance to the Science site. The first turn off to your left is for Grey Grey and Collingwood Colleges.

By Bus

From stand D in the Bus Station, the 5, 5a and 5b run every 15 minutes throughout the day Monday - Saturday. If you ask to get off at the Collingwood Stop. Grey College is right beside Collingwood College.
Alternatively, if you get on any of the Park and Ride buses marked PR2, they will bring you to Ustinov College. Walk down the hill for 3 - minutes and the second turn off to your right in Grey College.

By Rail

Durham Station is situated on the main East Coast line between Kings Cross and Edinburgh, and as such there is a train approximately every 30 minutes throughout the day. It is a short walk into town from the Train Station.

By Car

From the North or South (A1M)

Exit at Junction 62 (to Durham City). You will travel down a dual carriageway for 1.5 miles. At the roundabout, go straight ahead towards the City Centre. You will go down a hill. Stay in the left hand lane and just before the next roundabout, take the left filter lane. The Marriott Royal County Hotel is on your left. Go straight ahead at the traffic lights. Move into the right hand lane and filter slightly right up the hill. You will come to a crossroads with traffic lights. The New Inn is on your left. Go straight through the traffic lights and up the hill. Grey College is the second left turn. Reception is situated up the drive and directly in front of you.

From the West

Drive on the A167 to the Cock of the North roundabout (junction with the AI77). Take the Durham A177 exit into South Road and follow it for approximately half a mile. Go past the Howlands Park & Ride. Grey College is to your right.

There are 20 spaces are available in the College but these are subject to availability. Please ask for a permit at reception.

Alternatively, the car park at the Howland’s Farm Park and Ride site is a 3-4 min walk (shown on the University map above).

Local Taxi Numbers

Grey College is a 5 minute taxi ride (about £3.00) from Durham Station. All the taxi drivers know the college, so you won't need to give them directions.

  • Tallas Taxis - 07808208324
  • Airport Express - 0191 3712352 / 07936585799
  • Carefree - 07540342450
  • Stanley Taxis - 0191 3723388
  • Sherburn Taxis - 0191 3723388
  • Elliott’s of Trimdon - 01429 881700
  • JD’s Taxis - 0191 3782555