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Durham University

Welcome to 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. 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.

“The College‚Äôs role is to provide you with a first class Wider Student Experience. Our goal is to help and encourage you to develop your life long personal qualities which add value to your academic achievements. We know these qualities are highly desirable by future employers, and critical in helping you become a global citizen. These qualities include intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, entrepreneurship, self-expression, leadership, teamwork, independence, and a strong sense of social responsibility.

This first class Wider Student Experience is achieved by working with you in a number of different ways. For example, by attending interesting lectures, workshops and debates on subjects beyond your degree studies you will develop your intellectual curiosity. Through engagement with our many sports clubs, art, music and theatre societies, and the Junior Common Room (JCR) of the College, you will develop your personal effectiveness. Through your engagement with our outreach and volunteering programmes you will develop your sense of belonging, values and responsibility. We will provide you with challenges and opportunities, and encourage your engagement and participation with everything we offer.

We also understand that University life at Durham, particularly if you are joining us from another country, can be daunting. Regardless of where you come from, most students need help and support at some point during their time at University. The College provides a first class student support service, with dedicated staff, to help you with any problems you may face.

Your personal safety and your mental and physical health, and also your happiness, are so important to us, and the College will provide you with all the support you need. The College staff are experienced in helping you with a whole range of issues, whatever your circumstances.

The new JCR President and their team will make you feel welcome, and your integration into student life at John Snow College a truly wonderful experience.

I look forward to meeting you.

Professor Carolyn Summerbell, BSc (Hons), RD, PhD, Principal, John Snow College