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Durham University

St Cuthbert's Society

Development Officer's Blog

Welcome to Cuth's Freshers 2016

Well it's about that time again! This week has seen the arrival of over 350 new Cuth's students, our biggest intake to date. Both the college and the JCR have been working hard to ensure that all the new students are made to feel welcome and able to settle in. I have been helping out where needed (including an eventful couple of hours behind the reception desk), but have mainly been collecting various nostalgia-inducing photos of matriculation, the college photo and some of the Freshers events for the alumni community. You'll be able to see some of them on our Facebook and Twitter pages very soon.

This week has also seen the arrival of other new faces at Cuth's. Dr Charlie Pemberton, a postdoctoral fellow in theology, has assumed his role as our new Lay Chaplain and will also be running our Difficult Dialogues series of talks over the coming year. These talks tackle the tough issues of the day. In the past we've had discussions on the legalisation of drugs, the possibility of a just war, and the stigmas attached to mental health. We are also pleased to welcome our IAS Fellow for this term Professor Massimo Leone from the University of Turin. Professor Leone works on visual and cultural semiotics and will be presenting his research at the IAS Fellow's Lecture here in the Dining Hall of 12 South Bailey on Thursday 3rd November. All alumni are welcome and encouraged to join for this talk.

Otherwise, in the land of alumni relations itself, the focus for the last few weeks has been on preparing for the new academic year, particularly with regard to our Careers Angels. The Careers Angels scheme consists of alumni who have volunteered to provide careers advice and guidance to Cuth's students.This is a really useful scheme and a great way for our alumni to stay in touch with Cuth's (if you would like to offer your expertise, you can sign up here), so I would like to thank all our alumni who have given up their time for this. Over the next couple of weeks, I will also be putting together our new alumni website, which will be linked up with the Dunelm community, so watch this space!

First week on the job

9 September 2016

So it begins! The best way to learn a new job is to get on and do it, and that was certainly the case here. Last weekend from 2-4 September, we hosted our annual Alumni Reunion Weekend and the theme for this year was 'A Celebration of Sports and Societies'. It was great to meet many of our alumni over the weekend and to hear their stories from their time here at Cuth's. I was particularly amused to hear tales of the old JCR president handovers, which took place on the river with a 'punt battle', the victor earning their presidential stripes by knocking their predecessor into the water. Safe to say, times have changed a bit!

This is also a good opportunity to extend thanks to our alumni for sending in their old photos. We now have a new display up in 12 South Bailey, featuring the many sports teams and societies that Cuth's has nurtured over the years. The boat club came off particularly well with a number of contributions from the '50s and '60s, courtesy of alums Albert Hodgson and Keith Jones.

With the reunion weekend now over, I have been using this week to familiarise myself with the job, meeting the sabbatical officers from the other colleges, and sketching out plans for the upcoming year. I have big footsteps to follow: the last two officers, Cressida Peever and Harriet Rawet, as I'm sure you all know, have set very high standards for the role, and I hope I will be able to reach them this year!

Contact Harry


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