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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 College also has a number of staff dedicated to student development and support. The Vice-Master & Senior Tutor, Assistant Senior Tutor, and the Master provide guidance on academic and other issues, and the Chaplain gives advice on spiritual matters. The Vice-Master & Senior Tutor, Assistant Senior Tutor, and the Chaplain can also help with personal difficulties, and work 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 Academic Advisor (who is a member of their academic department, and available for consulatation on academic matters).

There is also a wider support network within the University to help to support you during your time at Durham.

The University Disability Support Service offers support for students with disabilities of all kinds. We encourage students who have been offered a place to contact the Disability Support Service before arrival, so that you can discuss any appropriate provision that we can make during your time at University.

The Counselling Service is a team of trained and experienced practitioners that offers help to manage any difficulties that are impacting students' successful engagement with their studies and with University life.

The University also has a network of Chaplaincy and Faith Support that offers spiritual guidance and signposting to students of all faiths and none.