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Durham University

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Student Support

Academic advisers

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 adviser. Your adviser should be your first point of contact for assistance with general academic matters and planning your degree programme. Advisers can also help with planning for life after graduation, and can supply references for employment or further study. There is a separate summary of the adviser system.

Course directors

The course directors are responsible for general oversight of the curriculum and the student experience for a particular cohort of students. The level 1, level 2 and level 3/4 course directors are responsible for students in the single honours programme. The Natural Sciences course director is responsible for students on natural sciences, combined arts, and combined social sciences programmes as well as students on the BA in Education and Mathematics. The Other programmes course director is responsible for students on all other programmes taking modules in mathematics. You are welcome to contact your course director at any time, particularly for feedback on the overall structure of the programme: choices available, relation between different modules, etc.

Study skills

One of the Department’s goals in your education is to try and make you an independent learner by the time you leave university. The department has compiled extensive advice on studying and working effectively, and a description of key skills developed through the degree programmes. Support for previous knowledge is provided through "Brush up your skills", which is a respository of mathematical skills that can (and should) be used to refresh knowledge learnt in previous years which will be required for your present and upcoming courses.

Library resources

The University Library automatically stocks the items in the textbook lists for each module. Colleges generally have their own libraries, providing some essential books and study space.

We welcome suggestions for other useful mathematics texts related to lecture courses and projects. All books purchased will be held in the Main University Library.

Under reciprocal agreements students of this University are allowed to study in the libraries of other universities (of which they are not members) in, or near, their home towns during vacations. If you wish to make use of this vacation facility, you should simply apply directly to the library concerned, presenting your campus card. The services that are available vary from library to library.

Disability Support

The Disability Support service aims to provide advice and practical support so that students can minimise the effects of their disability and make the most of their time here.

Disability Support can provide information, advice and assistance to any student whose studies are affected by a disability. This includes specific learning difficulties, and medical or mental health conditions.

Disability Support is located:

  • in Durham, at The Palatine Centre, Durham University, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3LE. This building is adjacent to the University's Main Library on the Science Site.
  • in Queen's Campus, in the Student Services area on the ground floor of the Holliday Building.

More information is available from the Disability Support webpages:

There is a designated Departmental Disability Representative (DDR) who is the person to be contacted regarding any concerns, requirements or problems in studying in the department - see under key contacts.

Counselling service

Free and confidential time-limited counselling is provided by a team of professional counsellors to help students of all years with personal, emotional and mental health difficulties, particularly when the problems affect your studies.For further information, or to make an appointment, please visit the Counselling Service webpages:

Careers advice

The Careers centre (CEEC) provides careers education, information and guidance related to employment, postgraduate study and professional training. Careers Advisers work with academic departments to provide all Durham students and graduates with tailored career and employability support.

Online resources including website, blog and Facebook page, have been established to enable you to collaborate with CEEC and improve your access to relevant information.

Information is also available from alumni and current students so that you can benefit from their experiences. Employer-led workshops offer you the chance to develop your skills and improve your understanding of the graduate workplace. The Durham Award, developed in partnership with students and employers, formally recognises extra-curricular activities and gives you the opportunity to think about the skills you have gained and how to market these to an employer; helping you stand out from the crowd.

For further information, or to make an appointment, please visit:

The Department additionally has made some specialist careers information available in the "Maths Undergraduates" module in duo.

English Language Centre

Durham University provides English language and literacy support as part of the university's overall tuition package which is provided free of charge to Durham University students. All students wishing to receive this support are required to take the University's English language assessment so we can provide you with the tuition you need and help you join the most appropriate classes.

The University also provides a range of interactive English language activities via the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) toolkit which you can access from your personal computer in your University College room or any other computer in the University. The EAP toolkit is located on the in-sessional webpage in DUO. Once you have taken the English language assessment and are registered for in-sessional support, you will have automatic access to the toolkit.

For further information please contact the English Language Centre via their webpages: