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John Snow College

About John Snow College

The College's role is to provide a friendly, safe and stimulating environment for your degree studies at Durham University's Queen's Campus. We are here to support and develop all aspects of your University life - academic, social, sporting and cultural - and to do so in a way that is relevant to the needs of students from a wide variety of social backgrounds, and with a wide variety of future career intentions.

Underpinning this is our belief at John Snow College that University education is about the opening of doors and the exploration of new ideas, and that the College itself can add an extra dimension to the specific Department-based learning involved in your degree programme.

“I am delighted to welcome you as a new member of John Snow College to our scholarly community. The College is one of two Colleges based at Queen's Campus at Stockton-on-Tees. John Snow College offers first class student social spaces and accommodation, and a world class sports centre. We are situated on a stretch of the river Tees, which is ideal for rowing. The campus is sited in an area of the North East of England which is particularly rich in opportunities for our students to access placements and volunteering opportunities.
Queen's campus is about 40 minutes on a free bus to Durham City, where the majority of students of Durham University are based. You may be aware that the College, and all students based at Queen’s campus, will be relocating to Durham City in summer 2018. 2017/18 will be a particularly exciting year for the College, as we host a number of celebration events to mark our wonderful years in Stockton, and plan for our onward journey.
The College is a community of about 700 students (undergraduates and post-graduates). Through societies and clubs, and volunteering opportunities, which are run by students of John Snow College (the junior Common Room, or JCR) we offer a wide range of activities which you are encouraged to engage with. In addition, all students of Durham University can join with any of the societies and clubs run by the Durham University Student Union, which is based in Durham City.
For many students, coming to University marks the first time of living away from home, and this brings challenges as well as new opportunities and new friendships. Enjoy your new life to the full, whilst remaining considerate of the needs of your fellow-students. If any difficulties should present themselves, please make sure that you tell us so that we can help you.
I look forward to meeting you in October, but meanwhile let me wish you a happy, exciting and successful time at Durham University and at John Snow College.

Prof Carolyn Summerbell, Principal John Snow College, June 2017