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Durham University

Trevelyan College

New Undergraduates 2020

Welcome from the Principal

Congratulations on obtaining a place at Durham University and at Trevelyan College. This is an achievement of which you should be extremely proud.

I am looking forward to welcoming you to Trevelyan in September. You will have plenty of opportunities to get to know me and my staff team when you arrive – in the meantime, you can take a look at our College staff pages to find out more about us. Your first days at University will be very exciting but they will also have their challenges, so please do come and speak to one of us if you have any questions or worries, or if you would just like to chat.

Please make sure you read our induction webpages carefully and fill in all the necessary paperwork in good time. This will ensure that your arrival is as smooth and problem-free as possible. The Trevs Induction Checklist is a good way of keeping track of the things you need to do before you arrive – just keep hold of a copy and tick off actions as you complete them. If you have any questions please do contact us on or 0191 334 7057.

Finally, I just want to say a few words about the wonderful community that you are joining. Trevelyan is an exceptional community that values diversity, curiosity, and consideration. It is a supportive and inclusive environment in which you will be encouraged to be the very best you can be – through trying new things, meeting new people, and discovering new talents. I would like to encourage you to fully embrace the many opportunities that lie ahead of you – to step out of your comfort zone and truly explore without limits.

Professor Adekunle Adeyeye

Principal of Trevelyan College

Welcome from the JCR President

Firstly, congratulations on receiving your place at Durham University— but you’ve done one better, welcome to Trevelyan College (unequivocally the best college!). I truly believe that the Durham experience is unique and that this will make all your hard work worth it. You will encounter so many opportunities at Trevelyan – not only intellectual challenges, but also opportunities to immerse yourself in theatre, sports, arts, music and even more!

You might be wondering “what is a JCR”? The answer is a “Junior Common Room”, essentially a mini-Students’ Union for Trevs undergrads, which you can join when you arrive. My job is to oversee the general running of the Common Room and represent the JCR’s views to the College Officers and the University, which I do as head of a thirteen-member strong executive committee. As well as representing and ensuring the views of students are heard, the JCR facilitates most of the unique Durham experience— from Formals to Balls, and from sports teams to Fresher’s Week, the JCR does it all! These are all organised by students for students, which makes it even easier to get involved and enjoy right from your first steps inside Trevs. In short, the JCR will become a large part of your Durham experience, and provides the best student experience that money can buy. To enjoy this truly life-changing escapade and join the wonderful community we have, please do not forget to opt-in online for JCR membership— if you have any questions pertaining to this, please do get in touch.

Trevelyan College is more than just a strangely hexagonal shaped building in brown brick, it is the central hub of a diverse and wide-ranging community. As one of Durham’s smallest Colleges, Trevs prides itself on its inclusive and close-knit community, as well as being architecturally designed to foster life-long friendships in our hexagonal landing groups. Trevelyan College and the JCR are doubtlessly a winning combination, providing a framework for social events, societies (sports, music, theatre, art, debating, etc.), charity and outreach projects with the local community, and welfare signposting services. If you have a hobby or an interest, there is most likely an opportunity to get involved!

I would like to end with a small disclaimer about this year, which will undoubtedly be an unusual one! The JCR is committed to ensuring that you all have a great experience from when you arrive in September. This year will bring unique challenges and greater uncertainty about what may happen throughout the year. However, as a community, we will adapt and maintain the things that make Trevs great. More information about this will be released in due course and as we move through Michaelmas term.

If you have any questions/concerns/issues, please do get in touch with me.

Alistair Stark

JCR President, Trevelyan College

Covid-19 Information

The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We are busy modifying our services, facilities, and programmes to ensure that you can have a great year with us, complete with all of the signature Trevelyan experiences, while remaining safe. Our frep team are hard at work creating a Freshers Week schedule that will welcome you to Durham in (socially distanced) style. This will not be a normal year at Trevelyan, but it will be a great year nonetheless.

Please make sure you take a look at Durham University’s Covid information pages to get an idea of what to expect on campus, from classrooms to co-curriculars.

We are very proud of all of our students for the mature, considerate, and community-minded attitudes that they have demonstrated throughout the pandemic. We would like to ask all of our incoming students to take a similar approach. All students will be provided with a PPE pack including fabric masks. We ask that you wear these masks in accordance with the government guidelines. There will also be College-specific regulations to help us to keep everyone safe while still allowing you to have as normal an experience as possible. These regulations will be communicated to you over the summer, so please keep an eye on your emails. It is very important that you cooperate with these regulations in order to keep every member of our wonderful community safe – our College community, our University community, and our local community.

Student Arrivals

We will be handling our arrivals process differently this year to ensure that we keep our staff and students safe and socially distanced where necessary. For Home (UK) students, this will mean arriving during a pre-allocated time slot.

Please read our 2020 Undergraduate Arrivals page for up-to-date information about the arrivals process for home and international students, including quarantine regulations.

2020 Induction Checklist

We've put together a 2020 Induction Checklist to help you keep track of everything you need to do before you arrive. You need to submit several important documents by Monday 24th August 2020, so please take a look as soon as possible.

We recommend that you print out this checklist and tick things off as you go.

Documents To Submit ASAP

The following online documents must be completed as soon as possible. Please refer to our downloadable 2020 Induction Checklist for further info.

Please note that the deadline for submitting a room allocation form has passed. You will still be guaranteed a room in College, so please don't worry!

Please make sure you have read Durham University's induction 2020 information.

Contact Us

Principal: Prof Adekunle Adeyeye

Acting Vice-Principal: Dr Rose Newman

Trevelyan College
Elvet Hill Road
DH1 3LN 

0191 334 7000

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