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Durham University

Supported Progression

Supported Progression - FAQs

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List of FAQ categories

SP events and activities

+Are all the events compulsory?

We recommend you attend every event as they all form an important part of your SP journey. Attendance at events will form part of your successfull completion of the programme, which you must do in order to be eligible for the guaranteed offer. However, you will not be penalised if you miss an event (e.g. the launch event or spring residential) for genuine reasons such as illness. 

Attendance overall is important. If you miss more than one event in a row without good reason we may withdraw you from the programme and offer the place to someone else. It is not possible to attend the summer school if you haven't attended any of the previous events and you must attend the summer school in order to successfully complete the programme. 

Please note that for the 2021 cohort some or all events may be virtual given the ongoing pandemic. Updates will be communicated to successful students.

+Are the events free to attend?

Yes! There is no charge for attending any event and we offer to organise your transport or reimburse you for travel within certain limits. The exception to this is that we can't arrange or reimburse travel where students are attending events where their parent/carer is also attending e.g. the Next Steps event in Year 13. 

If finance is ever a barrier to you attending an SP event please get in touch with the SP team. Please note that for the 2021 cohort some or all events may be virtual given the ongoing pandemic. Updates will be communicated to successful students.

+Is there a dress code for any of the events?

Please note that for the 2021 cohort some or all events may be virtual given the ongoing pandemic. Updates will be communicated to successful students. The below information relates to in person events:

There is no formal dress code for any of the events. Please just dress appropriately (thinking about the weather, suitable for walking etc.) and casually. The exceptions to this are if your subject requires you to wear anything for safety reasons e.g. Chemistry students will be given further guidance about safe lab-wear. 

On the summer school you will have the opportunity to attend a formal dinner. Formal dinners are a big tradition at Durham but on the summer school we don't enforce a strict dress code. Most students will take the opportunity to dress up a bit but if you don't want to or if you don't have anything formal to wear that isn't a problem. You certainly don't need to buy anything especially for it!

+What do I have to bring with me to events?

Please note that for the 2021 cohort some or all events may be virtual given the ongoing pandemic. Updates will be communicated to successful students. The information below related to in person events:

For smaller events you don't necessarily need to bring anything with you. We provide stationery and resources for all of our activities, though you may be asked to bring something with you that you've been given at a previous event. For example, you may be given handouts etc. at the spring residential and have to bring them with you to the seminars in summer term. 

For residential activities your packing list is likely to be much longer. We will send you a full list of things to think about bringing (and what not to bring!) in advance. Please note you are never expected to bring specialist equipment or clothing and rarely expected to buy anything especially for the events. 

Contact Us

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

T: +44 (0)191 334 9126

E: supported.progression@durham.ac.uk

I: @durhamuni_sp