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The World Machine

The World Machine

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Find out how Durham University students worked together with leading academics to create the stunning simulations used in The World Machine, a collaboration between artists, cosmologists, historians, and philosophers, charting the birth of modern cosmology, taking viewers on a journey through the stars and galaxies.

At Durham University we want you to be able to excel academically but we recognise that academic success is only half the story.

To help you really make the most of your experience with us and develop a broad range of skills to equip you for your future career and life, we provide a huge variety of extra-curricular activities. We encourage you to get involved, either through your college or at University-level, in whatever you are interested in so that you can develop skills and experiences far beyond the walls of the lecture theatres.

Whether you want to volunteer for charity work, stage a play, sing in a choir, or captain a college sports team, you will find many opportunities for joining in, mixing with different people and simply trying something new.

By trying out new activities you might even find that you develop a passion for something you had never even considered before! And if joining a club or society at University-level seems a bit daunting, you can get involved in many of the activities in the smaller setting of your college instead.

Student Experience at Durham University

Student Experience at Durham University

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Find out what you can get involved in at Durham University.

There are endless opportunities and activities for getting involved.

  • Over 200 different clubs and societies to join 
  • Opportunities to play for one of over 500 sports teams across 18 different sports 
  • Take part in one of 60 student theatre productions every year 
  • Raise money for a range of 120 charities 
  • Volunteer with a choice of 50 local community projects.


Durham graduates are currently ranked:

  • 34th in the world by large employers (QS World University Rankings 2018) 
  • 5th in the UK (The Times and The Sunday Times University Guide 2018).

Andrew Frawley, MChem graduate.

“I have played in both the Durham University Palatinate Orchestra (DUPO) and Durham University Orchestral Society (DUOS) during my time as an undergraduate. I have also sung in St Mary’s College Chapel Choir throughout my degree and had the opportunity to record a CD and go on tour to Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Nice with the choir. Not only have these helped me to continue playing and singing but I have met loads of friends through these groups.

Outside the university I have been heavily involved in local Scouting. On arrival in Durham I found a local scout group and joined as an adult volunteer. I now run the Cub Scout section there, providing loads of great activities and giving fantastic opportunities to local young people. This has given me a chance to meet some non-student Durham residents and give something back to the local community.”

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