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University College

Personal Development and Support

The College Officers and JCR Executive provide support to the undergraduate members of the College with advice and guidance on a wide range of matters.

There is an elected JCR Welfare officer, who is supported by a team of assistants, and they are often the first point of contact. Students also organise Awareness Weeks, to highlight welfare issues, e.g. alcohol abuse, mental health problems and dealing with disabilities. The Vice-Master & Senior Tutor and the Master provide guidance on academic and other issues, and the Chaplain gives advice on financial matters. The Vice-Master & Senior Tutor and the Chaplain can also help with personal difficulties, works in close co-operation with other support agencies.

University College has a mentor system which aims to give all undergraduates the opportunity to get to know, on an individual basis, a member of staff from whom they can seek advice on both personal and academic matters. The mentor, in turn, keeps an eye on their students’ general progress and encourages them to make the most of their time in Durham. Whenever possible a mentor will be allocated to a student from the same or a closely related subject area. The academic role of a mentor is largely advisory and students are also encouraged to engage with their Personal Development Plans (PDPs).