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English Language Centre

Welcome to Durham University English Language Centre

Congratulations and Welcome

Congratulations on securing your place to study in the English Language Centre and at Durham University. We very much look forward to welcoming you in October and to working with you over the coming year.

The English Language Centre is a lively, friendly group of people, and you will be an integral part of life in the Centre. We are committed to the pursuit of excellence in the study and practice of teaching and the English language, and we pride ourselves in our expertise in the field.

We are all looking forward to you joining us and contributing to the work of the Centre, and to supporting you during your study at the University.

Steve Kirk, Head of Department

Student Registration

There are three stages to the registration process:

  • enrolment
  • module registration
  • verification of identity

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.

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 from your department about registering for your programme and modules. You should follow the advice given about whether to complete registration for programmes and modules before you come to Durham or whether to wait until you arrive before making final choices so that your department can give you further advice and information.


If you require assistance through the enrolment process, please contact your college or department. Further guidance is available on the Student Registry website . If you have a technical problem, please contact the CIS Service Desk at

Individual Programme Induction Information and Events

Detailed information about individual programme induction activities is given on the pages to the left. Attendance at departmental-based activities is compulsory and have been planned around the main University, College and sporting events wherever possible so that they do not clash.

Your First Week in Durham - University Induction Timetable

The University has put together a package of activities which will take place from Wednesday 28 September for all new undergraduate and postgraduate students. This timetable has been designed to avoid clashes with departmental events and many of the events are repeated to allow you several opportunities to take part.

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

Contact Information

All members of the English Language Centre are looking forward to meeting you in September/October and supporting you during your studies at Durham University.

Should you have any questions on any aspect of your arrival in Durham or study in the English Language Centre, please contact Gillian Scott, Departmental Administrator, via

Message from the Head of Teaching and Learning

'Through our highly qualified and expert staff, the English Language Centre provides the highest quality support and academic programmes for students at Durham University. We provide diverse and targeted support for international students in particular, but our expertise and years of experience are also applied in our MA programmes, teacher training and preparatory Pre-sessional courses. Whether you are a home or international student at the University, we look forward to meeting you and hope you will come to us if you need academic writing and literacy support.'

Student Testimonial

'Being a student at the ELC gives you the chance to be a part of an intercultural community with students and staff from many different backgrounds. Make the most of your induction week! You will meet your future classmates and get to know the ELC facilities better. It's also the perfect opportunity to gather all the advice and information that you need for a smooth start to your MA programme'

Maja Goetting

MA TESOL 2012-13