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Supporting students, in the (virtual) classroom and out

(29 January 2021)

We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic and studying remotely has meant a lot of change for our students. So we’re going the extra mile to support their learning and all-round wellbeing.

In our Biosciences Department, students are benefitting from loads of great initiatives to support their academic and personal development. And it’s been really encouraging to see how students themselves have often taken the lead.

On the academic side:

  • Study buddies: students are getting together to form small study groups so they can support each other while studying remotely
  • Academic advisors: our staff are keeping in regular contact with their students, discussing both their studies and also possible careers

Beyond their studies:

  • Perfect Planet discussion group: we’ve set up a weekly discussion for first-year undergraduates, which takes place after each episode of the BBC series Perfect Planet
  • Multi-faith group: we’re setting up a student-led multi-faith group, which will host talks on faith and science
  • ‘In conversations with…’ sessions: staff talking about their career, to get students thinking about theirs
  • A book club, which will soon be exploring the inspirational nature and ecology book ‘Wilding’ by Isabella Tree
  • Plus Durham Biology Society (BioSoc) are organising exciting events such as fitness classes, competitions and student socials.

Explore the big questions…

Studying Biosciences at Durham involves addressing fundamentally important questions facing humankind, from food security to sustainability in industrial processes, mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and the impact of climate change on life on earth.

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