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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Student Support and Wellbeing

As a Durham student you'll find a wide support network available to you while studying at the University.

Student safety

The University is committed to providing a safe environment in which our students can live and study and our student safety page provides you with information on things you can do to help keep yourself and your fellow students safe. If you have any specific concerns, please raise them via your college student support office.

Diversity and Equality

The University has a Diversity and Equality mission to embrace diversity by promoting and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work and study environment that enables all members of our University community to achieve their full potential.

Nursery facilities

Our University Nursery in Durham caters for children from 6 weeks to school age. It is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday throughout the year.

Healthcare and GP Services

At Durham University we take the health and well being of our students very seriously. When you arrive at Durham, you are advised to register with a local GP practice. Please make sure that your college knows which practice you are registered with.

Counselling Service

The Counselling Service is a team of trained and experienced practitioners to help you manage any difficulties that are impacting your successful engagement with your studies and with University life.

Disability Support

Disability Support offers advice and guidance to both prospective and current students within the University. We also arrange appropriate provision for disabled students, as well as offer support to those who think they may have a disability.


Every college provides a sense of community and belonging, which stays with you all the time you are a student here and long after you leave!

Chaplaincy and Faith

Discover what Durham and the surrounding area has to offer in the form of faith support and different faith communities.


Keeping your finances under control is vital to enjoying your time at University. Find out how to manage your money as a student, and who to turn to if things go wrong.

Community Engagement

We are proud of the positive contribution we make to Durham City, economically, culturally, socially and through our world-leading research.

Mature Students

Some of our mature students have been looking for a change of career or a stimulating course to study in retirement, but we are happy to consider applications from mature students, whatever your particular circumstances.

Durham Students Union

Our Durham SU exists for a purpose: We’re the champion of every Durham student. We’re interested in the things that matter to them. We stand up for their rights. We bring them together. We celebrate their success.

Sexual Misconduct and Violence

We recognise that sexual misconduct and violence such as rape and harassment are matters of international concern. Through our Sexual Misconduct & Violence Operations Group, we are focused on making Durham a safer place to live, work and study.

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Support for Care Leavers and Estranged Students

We are committed to supporting all those who have the merit and potential to succeed on one of our degree courses regardless of background. We particularly welcome applications from those who have spent time in care.

Informing parents

The University is aware of the current debate within the sector and in the media about student consent for their university to alert parents where there are concerns about their health and wellbeing. The University already recognises that occasions arise when the University needs to consider whether information about students should be shared with parents or other external partners whether or not consent has been given. The circumstances where this may apply could include but is not limited to the following:

  • Where it is believed that someone is at serious risk, from a physical or mental health perspective.
  • Where there is a child protection concern.
  • Where required by a court of law or the Police to provide information.

We are in the process of considering the legal and practical implications of going beyond situations such as those noted above and we will need to consult extensively with our students to determine the best approach to be adopted in the future.

Mr Sam Dale, Director of Student Support and Wellbeing
26th July 2018