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Durham University Sutton Trust Summer School

A Day at a Sutton Trust Summer School

At a Durham University Sutton Trust Summer School no two days are the same!

We pack each day full of useful academic classes, informative guidance sessions and exciting social activities led by leading academics, admissions experts and current university students, your 'student mentors'. Throughout the residential you usually have an opportunity to try numerous social activities and in the past we've done dodgeball, mug painting, cupcake decorating and debating. We also hold a celebration evening at the end of the week which is a great opportunity to celebrate completing the Sutton Trust Summer School.

A rough outline of a day at the 2017 Summer School was as follows:




Breakfast and gather for academic sessions

9am -12 noon

Academic Sessions in departments

12 noon- 1pm

Lunch in academic groups


Academic sessions in departments

5pm - 6pm

Return to college/chill out time


Dinner in Mentor groups

7pm - 8.30pm

Social Activities in College

8.30pm -10pm

College Challenge (whole Summer School Group Event)

10pm - 11pm

Mentor Group time and then free time before curfew at 11pm

What do I need to bring?

We will be in contact with you nearer the time to give you information about what to bring and any subject specific information you might need. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the Summer School.

“1.Comfy shoes for walking between classes
2.Haribo for that extra spurt of energy
3.A toothbrush and toothpaste (an essential that people always forget!)
4.Smart clothes. We have a formal dinner at most residentials and it's always nice to get dressed up
5.A can-do attitude and be keen to get involved!”

Top 5 things to bring from a Sutton Trust Student Mentor

Contact us

The Sutton Trust Team, Durham University

Access and Engagement

The Palatine Centre,

Stockton Road



0191 334 9119