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Durham University

Experience Durham

Non Core Activities

Students can participate in as many non-core activities as they want or can. Students will then reflect on their participation in these non-core activities, to demonstrate how they have developed two graduate attributes per area of the programme. Non-core activities can be chosen by students according to their interests, according to their lifestyle and areas of development they'd like to focus on.

Most activities that students will already participate in across the University can be included, provided that the student is an active participant (not just a social member), some examples being:

  • Seminar series or talks (College, Academic Departments, Academic Societies),
  • Student peer support roles (Frepping, Welfare, etc.),
  • Volunteering and outreach through College, SU or Experience Durham,
  • Assembly or Committee Member,
  • SU Course Rep,
  • JCR Officer role,
  • Work placements,
  • Internships,
  • Durham Student Ambassador role,
  • Leadership, participation, or performance in committees, clubs, and societies across Colleges, SU, or Experience Durham,
  • Any activity undertaken outside the university whilst the student is enrolled as a student. Including part-time work, care responsibilities, volunteering, work experience, and more.

We have also created some new kinds of activities to supplement the range of non-core activities available to students. These are Masterclasses and Discovery Zones.

  • Masterclasses are short activities delivered by leading experts and academics, but available to students studying all disciplines. Examples include The Cosmos with Carlos Frenk; Eating To Learn with Carolyn Summerbell; Reading Irish Poems with Stephen Regan, and Citizenship in the Modern World with Tom Brooks.
  • Discovery Zones are interactive research-led activities designed and delivered by Postgraduate Research students, for Undergraduate students. Examples include: a Colour Constancy Workshop, a three week research project for supported progression and foundation students, volunteering with refugees, a four day Workshop series focusing on representation of Torture before and after 9/11, a panel discussion on “Belief and Belonging” at University, and archive research on local Durham history.

Students will use a collection of their non-core activities to reflect on how they have developed two graduate attributes for each of the three areas of the award. This will allow students to fully explore the transformational side of their extra- and co-curricular activity; channeling their passions, no matter what they are, into their personal development.

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