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Durham University

Department of Mathematical Sciences

The Department

Induction, term and exam dates

  • For first-year students, the academic year begins on 01 October 2018. The induction and registration period runs 01 - 07 October.
  • For continuing students, registration takes place at the end of the Easter term in the previous year.
  • Term dates for 2018-19:
    • Michaelmas term is 8 Oct 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
    • Epiphany term is 14 Jan 2019 - 22 Mar 2019
    • Easter term is 29 Apr 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
    Teaching takes place in Michaelmas and Epiphany terms and in the first three weeks of the Easter term. For future terms, see
  • Exam dates: The main examinations period is in the Easter term. There is a resit examinations period in August. You can find the dates at All undergraduate students must keep these times free and consult the final copies of the examination timetables before making any other commitments. The full examinations timetable appears on The timetabling department will email students each year when the timetable becomes available.
  • All new students are sent information on enrolment, registration and verification before they arrive in Durham. Enrolment is where you check, confirm and update your personal information held by the University, and accept the University's regulations. Registration is where you check, confirm and sign up for the modules and programme you are studying. Verification is where you provide us with evidence to prove your identity. You can enrol online before you arrive in Durham, and should complete the whole process within your first week.

    Continuing students will enrol and register in June (continuing students do not need to verify their identity).

    Further information on enrolment, register and verification for new and continuing students is available online:

Key Contacts

The first point of contact for issues referring to a particular course or module should be the relevant lecturer. The consultation may be

  • immediately after the lecture
  • by calling on them in their office
  • by email.

For more general questions or difficulties you are encouraged to consult your Adviser. For issues affecting academic progress the Course Director is the main point of contact. For issues involving University registration for mathematics modules, please see the Director of Registrations, and for issues relating to tutorials and timetabling, please see the Director of Support Teaching. For more serious problems you may wish to consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Head of Department.


All students on honours mathematics programmes, and students on Natural Sciences/combined honours programmes taking two or more mathematics modules, are provided with a departmental advisor.

Teaching management:

  • Head of Department:
    Prof John Parker (CM202,
  • Deputy Head of Department:
    Prof John Hunton (CM318,
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies:
    Prof Steve Abel (CM214,
  • Department Disability Representatives (DDR):
    Ms Beverly Forster (CM201,
    Mrs Sharon Etherington (CM201,
  • Chair of Staff Student Consultation Committee A (SSCC A):
    Prof Steve Abel (CM214,
  • Chair of Staff Student Consultation Committee B (SSCC B):
    Dr Ostap Hryniv (CM309,

Examinations management:

  • Chair of Board of Examiners:
    Prof Peter Craig (CM314,
  • Secretaries of Board of Examiners:
    Dr Anthony Yeates (
    Dr Alexander Stasinski (

Course directors:

  • 1H Course Director:
    Dr Sunil Chhita (
  • 2H Course Director:
    Prof Victor Abrashkin (
  • 3/4H Course Director:
    Dr Daniele Dorigoni (
  • Natural Sciences Course Director:
    Dr Wilhelm Klingenberg (
  • Other programmes Course Director:
    Dr Ostap Hryniv (

Departmental Governance and student representation

Responsibility for all academic programmes in mathematical sciences rests with the Board of Studies. The head of department is chair of the Board of Studies. There is an Education Committee, chaired by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, which has responsibility for the monitoring and development of learning and teaching in all undergraduate programmes and modules. Responsibility for assessment and the award of degrees rests with the Board of Examiners.

Durham is committed to developing academic communities of staff and students, communities which draw on the expertise and experience of both groups to reflect on and enhance the quality of the educational opportunities the University offers. Central to this approach is student representation on committees and groups with responsibilities for the student experience.

Students play an active role in the governance of the department, through student representatives on the Staff-Student Consultative Committees (SSCCs) and on the Board of Studies. The Staff-Student Consultative Committees exist to provide an effective means of communication between staff and students. They meet once per term.

Staff-Student Committee pages

At the university level, students are represented on: Senate, Education Committee, Research Committee, Quality and Standards Sub-Committee, Student Experience Committee. Students are also represented on all Faculty Education Committees.

Expectations and commitments

In joining the Mathematical Sciences department at Durham, you join our mathematical community. As a member of that community, you are expected to take responsibility for your education, and to participate actively in the learning opportunities provided by the department. You can in turn expect that staff will communicate clearly what work is expected when, and support you in developing as an independent learner, providing appropriate feedback to allow you to assess your own performance. Detailed expectations are summarised on a separate page: Expectations of and for students.


The department communicates information to students

  • by email to their personal email account
  • through this handbook and other departmental webpages
  • through student representatives on SSCC.

Timetable information is displayed on notice boards in the department.

Lecturers may also convey information on particular courses

  • through announcements in lectures
  • through announcements on duo or on course webpages.

Students should ensure they check their email regularly and note the timetable information displayed on notice boards, particularly at the start of the year when timetables may change frequently. Information on student's timetables can also be accessed through the "My maths timetable" link.


Durham University Mathematical Society, affectionately known as MathSoc, gives people with an interest in mathematics an opportunity to meet away from lectures and provides a number of valuable services to members.

Join at the fresher's fair, or email us any time: membership is 7.50 for life (6 if you pay at the fresher's fair), or 4 for a year.

Mathsoc: Necessary and Sufficient

Other information on student life is available from Durham Student's Union. Their student handbook is also a useful resource.

Student records

Your Department record file contains some or all of the following:

  • Your plagiarism forms
  • Copies of emails and letters received from you and sent to you

Lists of student names are used in the preparation of registers for tutorials, practicals and examples classes and in the examinations. All such Departmental computer files are registered under the Data Protection Act. Each student’s marks for all examinations and assessed work are confidential to the members of the Board of Examiners of the Department; aggregate marks for each module are known to the members of the Faculty Board of Examiners, College Principals and Senior Tutors, the Examinations Department, and the individual student.

Smoking and Mobile phones

Please note that (i) smoking is not allowed in any University building, and (ii) mobiles must always be switched off in teaching rooms.