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Grey College

Postgraduate Welcome

Peter Swift - Grey College Vice Master

Welcome from the Vice-Master

A very warm welcome to Grey College as you prepare to begin your postgraduate studies here. All the members of Grey College are looking forward to your arrival and hope that you have a happy and successful time here.

Postgraduate study is somewhat different to life as an undergraduate student, but you should all find it an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Grey College provides a pleasant environment for you to excel in your chosen discipline, as well as providing ample opportunities for you to get involved with a wide range of activities and pursuits outside your studies.

I look forward to meeting you all on Friday 28th September at the College’s Official Postgraduate Induction and Welcome event, and then getting to know you further throughout the academic year.

Dr Peter Swift


Welcome from the MCR

Hi there! A very warm welcome to the postgraduate community at Grey.

Throughout the year, postgraduate members of Grey College come together for a great number of social and academic events such as formal meals, movie nights, research seminars, cheese and wine evenings, PhD meet-ups, and cultural celebrations, as well as smaller daily events like after lunch coffee and tea in the MCR (the Phoenix Room). WE hope you will love this community as much as we do, and we wish you all the best with your studies here.

What happens now?

On Friday 24th August 2018 you will receive an email with various attached documentation, detailing lots of important information and things which you must do before your arrival at Grey College.

If you have recently changed your email address, please ensure that you inform the College at It is imperative that this information is up-to-date otherwise we will not be able to send you your welcome pack and any further information required.

Other than that, please read through the information on this page so you can find the relevant information for you.

Accommodation, Arrival and Verification of Identity

Accommodation in Grey College for all Postgraduate Students who have opted from it commences on Wednesday 26th September (for All Students). All students should have arrived in Durham by Friday 28th September. (Please note that the dates are different if you are registered for a PGCE programme.)

Upon arrival at Durham ALL students must come into the College Student Support Office to be registered and identified, and to collect their Campus Card and their College Arrival Pack. This pack will contain final details of all the College events and social activities taking place during Induction Week. TheCollege Student Support Office is open at the following times to do this:

  • Wednesday 26 September: 14.00 – 16.00;
  • Thursday 27 September: 10.00 – 12.00 & 14.00 – 16.00
  • Friday 28 September: 10.00 – 12.00.

For further information regarding the International Office Meet and Greet service can be found here.

College Induction Events

The College and Middle Common Room (MCR) have put together a programme of events to enable you to settle into life at Grey College, commencing on Wednesday 27 September. In particular, please note the following three important and compulsory events:

  • Official College Induction and Welcome, Friday 28 September at 17.30 (5.30 pm), followed by dinner;
  • College Photorgraph, Wednesday 3rd October at 14.00 (2.00 pm);
  • College Matriculation in Durham Cathedral, Wednesday 3rd October at 16.00 (4.00 pm);
  • College Welcome Formal Dinner, Wednesday 10th October at 19.15 (7.15 pm).

Supplementary Information to your welcome letter

All of the supplementary information detailed at the end of the Welcome Letter can be found here. Please read it carefully

College Information:

Master's Letter

Postgraduate and MCR Welcome Letter

Welcome from the JCR President

JCR Alternative Handbook

University Information:

Student Registration

Postgraduate Welcome Guide

University Sport Letter

How to Pay University Charges

University Enrolment

Enrolment information for your programme of study as Postgraduate Students can be found here. By completing this, you will ensure that you get access to University IT facilities, the Library and your student card (Campus Card) as quickly as possible.

Enrolment is where you check, confirm and update your personal information held by the University and accept the University's regulations. You will also be able to review your programme and core module information. All new students will receive a message to your personal email account informing you when you can log onto the system.

There is lots of guidance within the student enrolment system but you will find it useful to have the following information to hand before you begin:

  • Term time address and telephone details;
  • Emergency contact details;
  • Tuition fee payment information including sponsor details where applicable.

New students also have the opportunity to upload a photograph so that your campus card can be ready for collection on your arrival at Durham.

Contact Details

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to Grey College. If you have any queries about any of this information or any aspect of coming to Durham please contact either:

Dr Peter Swift – Grey College Vice-Master


Kellie Stephenson – Student Support Administrator

Telephone no: 0191 334 5639