St Aidan's College Welcome
Congratulations and Welcome from the Principal
Welcome to St Aidan's, where I hope you will spend some of the happiest and most interesting years of your life. This is the rainbow College, a multicultural, multi-faith community, which is proud to co-host Durham Pride and Durham City of Sanctuary and to host the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities, a Jewish Studies Fellowship, the University Islamic chaplaincy and collaborations with artists, writers and social entrepreneurs across the region and the world. You will make lifelong friendships with people from all backgrounds, personalities and academic subjects, choosing your own pace in settings that range from quiet, informal, small scale encounters to imaginatively themed extravaganzas in the Dining Hall. Whether you decide to explore the cultural forums and Language Evenings, volunteer in local community engagement projects, develop new or familiar forms of expression in the Creative Writing Course or Arts activities, contribute your ideas and energies to annual celebrations like Chinese New Year or to our environmental Green Network or help to sustain our participation in a wide spectrum of sports, you will be encouraged and inspired. In Aidan's, staff and students work together in mutual respect to try to create an atmosphere in which everyone can flourish. So take your time and enjoy settling into your new home.
Dr. Susan Frenk
Welcome from the JCR President
My name is Luke Hollander and I am your Junior Common Room (JCR) President for the coming year. Before I finished my History degree last July, I was elected by the undergraduate community of St Aidan’s to be their chief student representative.
I want to congratulate you for all your hard work paying off and getting into one of the top universities in the country, and on top of that becoming part of St Aidan’s College. Over the next year, I will become a familiar face to you all. My job is to head the activities of the JCR, the JCR being basically all of the undergraduate students at St Aidan’s. This can be anything from sports teams, committees and welfare to societies, the shop and all the events that happen throughout the year. Alongside all the people you will meet at university, all these activities help to make your time at Durham, and St Aidan’s, truly special and memorable. Of course your degree is the central reason you are at university, but there is so much on offer to provide the complete university experience at St Aidan’s.
At St Aidan’s, we pride ourselves on providing an open, inclusive, diverse and welcoming atmosphere in everything we do. You can expect a warm welcome from the moment you arrive from our team of Freshers’ Representatives (Freps). If you have any questions about anything Durham or St Aidan’s related or any worries at all, please do not hesitate to send me an email at email@example.com or give me a call on 01913345702. For more information about the JCR and lots more, head to our website, www.st-aidans.com. Make sure you also join the Facebook group for your year: “St Aidan’s Freshers 2017 (Official)” where you can ask any questions for the freps to answer, and meet your fellow new Aidanites.
For now, I hope you have a great end to the summer and I look forward to welcoming you in October!
Welcome from the SCR President
Welcome to St Aidan’s
Are you ready for a fantastic year? I'm Madeline Line, and I'm the president of the Senior Common Room of St Aidan's College (SCR for short). The SCR is a unique postgraduate community at Durham University. Members of the SCR come from all walks of life, with a wide range of academic focuses and interests. We pride ourselves both on that diversity and the high level of participation in college life. Whether you're living on-site or in town, we're here to help you get the most out of the collegiate experience. You'll meet new friends, try new things, join exciting societies, and attend wonderful social and academic events throughout the year. I'm excited to welcome you in person to our community and I wish you all the best for your time with us.
Your first week in Durham – Induction Week Events Timetable
We have put together a schedule of activities which will take place from Wednesday 27th September for International students and from Monday 2nd - Friday 6th October for all first year undergraduates.
Use the Online Induction Planner to plan your first week’s activities by College and Department.
The Online Induction Planner has been designed to let you know where you need to be and when, according to your Department and College Induction activities and events.
The Timetable has been designed so College events don’t clash with any of your academic departmental events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle in to college life here at St Aidan's College.
College Induction Timetable
This will be available after mid-September 2017. Please check again nearer the time.
Undergraduate College Welcome Pack
If you have met your offer from the University, you will receive a College Welcome Pack from us later in August. This will be in the form of a link in an email from us that will take you to another part of our website. You will also receive a small pack from us in the post. Later in the month we will contact you about College accommodation; such correspondence will be sent via email.
Undergraduate Accommodation Licence Agreements
In order to confirm your accommodation in the College, you will need to complete a contract prior to your arrival at Durham. Once your Room Allocation has been confirmed the College will send you information about completing the Licence Agreement contract. Licence Agreements are completed online.
Insurance Cover for Students
Basic contents insurance cover for items in your room is included as standard for student residents in all University accommodation. Further information will be provided here.
Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme. After your acceptance has been processed you will receive two email messages from firstname.lastname@example.org which provide:
- Your Computing and Information Services (CIS) username
- How to derive your CIS password and guidance on how to access the system
The messages are sent 24 hours apart and are sent to the email address you provided when you applied so it’s important to let the University know of any changes to this information by contacting the Student Records Team at email@example.com. You may also need to monitor your spam folders to see if the messages have arrived there.
After you have received both emails you will need to:
- Change your password
- Log into Durham University Online – duo https://duo.dur.ac.uk
- Choose the “Banner Self Service” link in duo under “External Tools”
- Choose Registration and Enrolment
- Enrol with the University
- Upload a photograph for your campus card
You will receive information from your department about registering for your programme and modules. You should follow the advice given about whether to complete registration for programmes and modules before you come to Durham, or whether to wait until you arrive before making final choices, so that your department can give you further advice and information.
Verification of identity
Before you can your collect your Campus Card in Durham, you will be required to provide proof of your identity.
We accept the following photographic identification as proof of identity: current passport, current UK driving licence or current European identity card. If you are a UK student and you do not have either of these forms of identification, you may supply your original Birth Certificate.
We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to St Aidan’s College.
If you have any queries about any of this information or any aspect of coming to Durham please contact:
- College Admissions – Emma Wilson – firstname.lastname@example.org or 0191 334 5832
Link to college page http://www.dur.ac.uk/st-aidans.college/
“On behalf of everyone here at St Aidan’s, we very much look forward to welcoming you to our College and to Durham University. St Aidan’s prides itself on its inclusive, friendly and supportive community. We encourage all students to get involved in the life of the College, and to ask for support and guidance whenever this is needed.
I look forward to meeting you soon. With all good wishes,"
Vice-Principal & Senior Tutor
"I've felt at home since day one. St Aidan's lives up to its reputation as the Rainbow College by welcoming people from all backgrounds." (View of an international student from Malaysia.)
Year 2, Economics