Welcome to University College
The collegiate system at Durham University is unique, and for us very special. University College (often known across the university simply as ‘Castle’) is a wonderful place where we are fortunate, as a university community, to live and work. The Castle is an integral part of a World Heritage Site, with the magnificent Durham Cathedral at the southern end of Palace Green as one of our nearest neighbours.
Important and magnificent though the setting of Durham Castle is, colleges are much more than simply physical places. We are, at our heart, a scholarly community. As such, we welcome bright, diligent prospective students who are committed to being part of our community and to working to the highest academic levels. We anticipate this to be at the very top of prospective Castle student priorities when considering expressing a preference for University College. In addition, principally through our Junior and Middle Common Rooms, we take pride in offering a huge range of extra-curricular activities, which we encourage all students to become involved in. From Castle Community Action (CCA), the college’s highly-successful and student-led volunteering section, to our many clubs and societies, we aim to offer a rounded education in which students can take the lead on their own academic and personal growth.
Being part of a collegiate community means, amongst other things being open to learning from each other. We very much welcome students who are applying to Durham University expressing us as a preference from a full range of backgrounds. Working with academic departments and university professional services (such as counselling) we aim to support all our students such that all are able to achieve to their full potential.
So, if the above sounds for you please come along to one of our open days https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/visit/postoffer/ we would be delighted to meet you and answer any questions that you may have.
Latest Lecture Videos
Durham Castle Lectures, by Professor Alex de Waal
In this lecture, I argue that understanding these phenomena requires a deeper analysis of the dimensions of political disorder. I further suggest that a starting point for such theorization is the historic experience of persistently turbulent post-colonial societies and ‘fragile’ states. Based on such perspectives from the political margins, I develop a five-fold typology of disorder: lawlessness, chaos, incommensurability, instrumental disorder, and revolutionary disruption. Each of these is simultaneously beyond the frontier of political normalcy and embedded at the heart of power.