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Durham University

Durham University STEP

Durham University STEP

Durham University’s Space to Explore Potential (STEP) was a brand new programme for 2020. We are delighted to be working with Reach Society to make this programme happen and grateful for the Society's support.

STEP offers a dedicated space for young black students, who are typically underrepresented at Durham University, to explore not only their own potential, but all that Durham has to offer as a potential university destination.

STEP: September 2020 Update

What happened in 2019/20?

Following government guidelines, since March 2020 the STEP team have run all activity remotely. The STEP summer school was therefore run online through MS Teams.

In our pilot year of STEP, we were pleased to run a three day programme of both live and asynchronous activity. Throughout the summer school the students had a full offering of academic, social, IAG and Durham University life sessions. For reference, the programme timetable can be seen here. Programme highlights included:

  • 45 students accepted onto STEP

  • 5 academic subjects

  • Talk from the Durham University ACS society

  • Inspirational keynote speech from Dr Jason Arday

  • Guaranteed, conditional offer for students successfully completing the programme

What next for 2020/21?

In light of ongoing restrictions around COVID-19, Durham’s STEP Team has taken the decision to cancel all face-to-face activity until the end of December 2020. We are not expecting to launch recruitment to STEP 2021 until later this year and it is highly likely that parts of the 2021 programme will be online.

We are currently planning our 2021 programme of events and will be monitoring the Government and Durham University guidelines closely. The safety of our students and staff is paramount and will remain central in our decision as to if and when it is appropriate to deliver face-to-face events again. Our hope is that we will be able to deliver some COVID-19 secure face-to-face events by summer of 2021. However, we are working hard to ensure contingency measures are in place if this is not possible, such as activities taking place online.

We will provide updates on our planning later this year, to hear about these updates please sign up to the STEP 2021 mailing list on our Contact Us page. Alternatively, these webpages will be updated when more information is available.

Contact Details

Access & Engagement
Palatine Centre
Durham University
Stockton Road
DH1 3LE
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