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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Welcome Pack

You should also receive these documents through the email address that you registred at the point of application. Please email if you have not received this information.

Please find below documents for your information:

  • Link one - Sociology and Criminology Level 1 module outlines;
  • Link two - Sociology and Criminology Regulations;
  • Link three - Student Registration Instructions;
  • Link four - Map of Durham University;
  • Link five - Room, Building and Map Reference

Welcome Letter:

Ref: welcome.letter.doc

6th September 2019

Dear Student

Welcome to Durham University. We are delighted that you have chosen to study with us in the Department of Sociology. You’ve joined a very special undergraduate student community with our joint and single Honours programmes in Sociology and Criminology, and we look forward to working with you over the next three years.

During Freshers Week, you will attend a range of induction events held by both your college and your academic department(s). The purpose of this letter is to invite you to your formal induction into the Department of Sociology and to your academic programme of study.

Welcome and Induction

A welcome web page has been devised to provide you with a) vital guidance regarding the registration process and b) an Induction Planner which gives you a complete timetable of induction activities (Department, College and University) for your Programme of Study. We hope that you will find this information useful in preparing for the start of your degree. Please note that all induction activities are compulsory unless stated within the planner. Please do ensure that you check this page regularly as the Induction Planner, in particular, will be subject to change. Please visit:

The first Department Induction Session will take place on Monday 30th September 2019 between 14:00-14:30 pm in Room ER201 (Elvet Riverside 2) where Professor Catherine Donovan (Head of Department) and colleagues will welcome you and provide some key information about studying with us. You will then get an opportunity to meet the Director of UG Studies and ask lots of questions!


Within the programme regulations there are opportunities for you to take optional modules within and outside of the Department, allowing for a more varied programme of study. Prior to making your choice, it is important that you read the attached Sociology and Criminology level one module outlines booklet and the Regulations, both of which have been designed to aid the decision process (checking for prerequisites or co-requisites and ensuring that the module is accepted by the programme regulations). Once you have chosen your optional modules please visit our Undergraduate Module Registration page to start the registration process.

Should you wish to choose a module outside of your Programme of Study you can review your choices through the web link below:

It is advised that you register prior to your arrival to allow the approval process to take place, and to procure the best chance of securing a place on any module that may have a cap on numbers. However, should you wish to receive advice or guidance prior to making your decision, there will be an opportunity to speak to a member of the team at the end of the Tuesday Induction Session. Please note that you will need to complete module registration by 5.00 pm on Tuesday of Freshers week.

Further guidance regarding registration can be found in the enclosed document.

Year Tutors

All full-time and part-time undergraduate students are assigned a Year Tutor. The scheme is intended to provide an additional layer of academic and personal support to students that individual module tutors may not be aware of, and to provide students with a specific point of contact in order to give information, discuss careers, post-graduate applications, write references etc as well as help with general matters concerning your degree programme. Please note that the list of Year Tutors with the dates, times and venues of when you should meet with them will be provided at the Induction on Monday 30th September 2019.

We have allocated approximately 30 minutes for you to meet with your Year Tutor and the rest of the students in your academic advisor group. This is an important opportunity to get to know your academic advisor and other students in an informal setting.

Finally, please remember to regularly check the welcome web page at the web link below which gives important information about the University Induction Week Events and the registration process:

We realise that finding your way around new processes and preparing for further education can be daunting. We would like to make your transition to University Education as easy and enjoyable as possible, so please get in touch ( should you have any concerns or questions.

We look forward to meeting you on the 30th..

With kind regards,

Dr Andrew Orton

Director of Education