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Day in the Life of a 3rd Year Maths Trainee

As a mathematics student, people often assume that my day is completely full of contact hours – and, to be fair, in the first and second year it was! But, as I’ve moved into the third year, my contact hours have really dropped, meaning I’ve had to learn how to manage my own time effectively.…

Durham gets finest ever lead to Bridgestone World Solar Obstacle 2019

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge – a 3022km race across central Australia, cruising at highway speeds using less power than a hairdryer; with over 50 teams from 24 countries competing it is easily the largest and most exciting Solar race in the world. We went out as a team of 16 engineers from Durham University…

Essay Composing

One of the most frequently asked questions by Freshers (and, indeed, a query often shared by finalists) is…well, what does my department want from me? You’ve escaped the world of decodable mark-schemes. A simple inclusion of a key word no longer garners easy points. Rather, it all sounds a bit…wishy-washy. Essays are particularly slippery beasts.…

Durham University … of Witchcraft and Wizardry?

Cover photo credit lillyrose92 Reaching the end of the first week of term is always a good feeling, but nothing quite beats spending Friday afternoon standing in the Great Hall of Durham Castle, wearing my gown, and helping a new cohort of students to be sorted into their houses. If like me you’re a bit…

A PhD Trainee Abroad

During the Spring semester of 2019, I left Durham to participate in a three-month research and training visit to the United States as part of the Overseas Institutional Visit scheme for PhD students funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Workshop in Experimental Economics My visit began at the Graduate Student Workshop in…

Music Structure PhD

There are a number of different aspects to the busy life of a musician in Durham, not all of them conducive to producing lots of work! They do, however, add up to a truly immersive experience, which simply couldn’t be replicated. I’ll attempt to describe it here. My PhD differs from most in that it…

An Option, Personal View on Variety

This piece was originally written by Clarissa in June 2018 for Impact Magazine, Durham University Business School’s award-winning thought-leadership and news magazine. As a mixed-race, White British & Black Caribbean female, having recently worked in the City of London for a Japanese bank covering the Nordic countries, I have a personal perspective on the topic…

From stopping working mathematics to a PhD in Robotics

There is something special about knowing your robots so well that you can tell what is wrong by the noise it makes. Initially, it feels like learning another language and with time, it becomes second nature. It is not just the noise, but the movements, the delay in responding to a command from the RC/Computer.…

Blitz Beach

Crosby beach is not your typical seaside experience, instead of sand and shells, this strip of beach is covered in bricks, tiles and the rubble of people’s lives. Liverpool was hit badly in the Blitz, with many parts of the city centre and surrounding housing areas levelled by hundreds of bombs. After the war, a…

My First-Generation University Experience

I attended Durham University to study Anthropology from 2015 – 2018. I was the first person in my family to go to university, I came from a working-class background and I had to do a summer school to get into the University. At first, I found the transition from sixth-form to university quite difficult. My…

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