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Scholarly community

Durham Colleges are first and foremost scholarly communities: special and distinct places supporting a shared community life and the common purpose and ideals of scholarship.

A postgraduate's primary focus will always be their department and their studies but our colleges offer an environment where postgraduate students can share their scholarly experiences. Whilst Ustinov College caters only for postgraduates, all of our Colleges welcome postgraduates, recognising the important contribution they can make to the college community.

Colleges can also play a significant role in intellectual development, taking academic interests outside the lab, library or study room. The cut and thrust of intellectual debate takes place in college kitchens, dining rooms, over coffee during the day or a drink in the bar in the evening, and in the various college social spaces. The college environment enables students from across different departments to meet and engage in interdisciplinary dialogue both informally and, increasingly, through lectures, seminars or conferences held in college.

Postgraduates have the opportunity to help organise such activities and to attend those given by other students or academic staff. These activities are generally open to students from across colleges, as well as to part-time students, whether a member of a college or not.

Sharing Postgraduate Research

Many colleges hold regular seminars and café discussion groups, organised and led by postgraduate students. These events encourage interdisciplinary discussion and sharing of ideas, as well as the opportunity to develop presentation skills. Events are run conjunction with research institutes, such as the Institute of Advanced Study and include the Ustinov Semiar Series, Cafe Politique, Cafe Scientifique and Cafe des Arts.

What's On Guide

For details of events happening in and around the University, from theatre and music to sport and exhibitions check out the What's On Guide.