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St Aidan's College

St Aidan's College Welcome

Dr Susan Frenk, Principal

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 host Durham Pride and Durham City of Sanctuary and to host the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities, the Centre for Jewish Studies, 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.

Warm wishes

Dr. Susan Frenk


Welcome from the JCR President

Welcome future Aidanite!

My name is Clara Ohayon and I am your Junior Common Room (JCR) President for the coming year. I was elected last February by the undergraduate community of St Aidan’s to be your chief student representative this year, after having graduated from my degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in July.

I want to congratulate you for making it into one of the best universities in the country and, most importantly, for becoming a member of St Aidan’s College. As you may gradually come to realise within your first months at Durham, St Aidan’s will become your home away from home and I simply can’t wait to meet you all.

Over the next year, I will become a familiar face and a point of contact for anything and everything. My job is to head the activities of the JCR, the student body of Aidan’s, which range from sports teams, committees and welfare to societies, the college shop and all the events that happen throughout the year. While Durham University will provide you with a degree, college will provide you with everything else and the people you will meet by being involved in college life will make your time at Durham special and memorable.

At St Aidan’s, we pride ourselves on providing an open, inclusive, diverse and welcoming atmosphere in everything we do. Our team of Freshers’ Representatives (Freps) are looking forward to warmly welcoming you and helping you settle in from the moment you arrive. If you have any questions, big or small, or something you would like to discuss about Durham or St Aidan’s, please do not hesitate to send me an email at For more information about the JCR and lots more, head to our website, Make sure you also join the Facebook group for your year: “St Aidan’s Freshers 2018 (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 College

My name is Justin Beese, and I am the current President of the Senior Common Room (SCR). The SCR is a unique postgraduate community at Durham University. Members of the SCR come from all aspects of the Universities community, but mostly it is made of postgraduate students. Through this community, with collaboration with the Junior Common Room (JCR), you will experience an unforgettable time at St Aidan's. We are here to help you get the most out of the collegiate experience. From a warm induction week welcome, to sports teams and societies, the student communities within St Aidan's will provide you with an opportunity to meet fantastic new people and try wonderful new activities. My advice to newcomers is twofold: it is never too late to try something new, and immerse yourself into the community!

Your first week in Durham – Induction Week Events Timetable

We have put together a schedule of activities which will take place from Wednesday 26th September for International students and from Monday 1st - Friday 5th 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.

The College's Induction Plan is available here.

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.

Enrol Online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme. After your acceptance has been processed you will receive two email messages from 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 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
  • 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.

Contact Details

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 – or 0191 334 5832

Link to college page


“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,"

Stefan Klidzia

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.)

Felix Culas

Recent Graduate