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Colleges and wider student experience

Personal development and support

Your college community is there to encourage your development and growth.
Whether it be your friends coming to watch a play you are in, or having a conversation with Student Support staff during a difficult time, members of your college will support you and allow you to flourish.

Whatever your previous experience, within your college you will have opportunities to challenge yourself and try something completely new, with the support from staff and fellow students to achieve it. You could become a Sports Club Captain, hold a position on the Common Room Executive, join the cast of a theatre production, organise a Summer Ball or take an active role in one of the many volunteering and outreach projects run through your college.

St Chad’s 'Intern: NE'

In November 2017, staff and students at St Chad’s College were joined by the North East England Chamber of Commerce and leaders of the North East business community for the launch of the College’s new regional graduate retention initiative, Intern: NE.

Through engagement with a North East business or organisation via internships, Chad’s students are more likely to consider working in the region after graduation. This scheme enables personal development and regional retention of prized talent and energy, giving North East businesses early access to Chad’s graduates.

Collingwood College "Pitch For It"

Collingwood developed a new event Pitch for It. Students were invited to present three minute pitches to a panel of senior University staff, including Owen Adams, PVC Education & Student Expereince, to request a portion of funding from the College’s Alumni "1972 Club" Student Opportunities Fund.

This generated some interesting, creative and entrepreneurial ideas and six projects were funded , including initiatives to lead debating clubs in Durham Schools and to support homeless women in the North East.

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"Colleges encourage new experiences and new understandings: they are places to discover new interests, to live adventurously and, indeed, to dream."

- HM Evans & TP Burt The Collegiate Way