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Things I didn’t know about Durham

It’s hilly and sunny The first thing that I noticed when I arrived in Durham was how sunny the weather was. I had heard a lot about the rainy weather in the UK so I came here expecting the weather to be really terrible all the time, but Autumn in Durham is really sunny and…

Making Durham’s campus hedgehog-friendly

Not everyone is aware of the plight of British hedgehogs. Since the start of this century, studies have estimated a drop by around 50% in their numbers. If, like me, you care deeply about all wildlife, this news is extremely concerning. Hedgehogs are wonderful creatures – unique, vital to ecosystems, and yes, adorable. How to…

Introducing Scoop Durham: easy on the wallet, easier on the earth!

The images included ion this blog are from he first Scoop store in Cambridge. We are a new initiative in Durham called Scoop, our aim is to bring an affordable, plastic-free alternative where students and the local community can purchase non-perishable food goods at a price which competes with local supermarkets. All of us are…

Lessons from Durham University

Having thoroughly enjoyed my time at Durham University, I thought I would share a few of my personal lessons and thoughts. Hopefully, this will give you some tips if you are off to Durham Uni or other universities. Most importantly, university is what you make of it. Going to uni doesn’t guarantee you a great…

Volunteering Online for Summer in the City 2020

Summer in the City festival After finishing my online exams on 1st June, I dreaded the lull in productivity that comes after revising intensely for weeks, and began looking for something worthwhile to do. Since all the end-of-year and graduation celebrations had been postponed, I had more spare time in June than I’d anticipated. I’d…

Commuting Around Durham

Hello everyone, It can be hard to know what commuting around a new city will be like, in this video I give you an idea of how I travel around the city and what the distances and methods of transport are like. Enjoy the video! Carina FontHi, my name is Carina and I'm a second-year…

Q&A about Durham student life

Carina FontHi, my name is Carina and I'm a second-year from St Mary's studying Marketing and Management. Around uni I'm Publicity and Communications Officer for Mary's, a brand ambassador for Enterprise Rent-A-Car and am involved in arts, dance and yoga around uni as well as sharing my uni experience on my YouTube channel Carina Mae!

Clapping for carers

On Thursday March 26th people across the UK leaned out their windows for the first time to applaud the NHS. At Ustinov College’s Sheraton Park, our porter Ray, captured the moment and it was posted on Ustinov’s social media, but students at Ustinov’s Brackenbury location took part as well.   Ustinov – A Caring college I’m so…

Working together to support the Durham City community

After learning about the spread of Covid 19 throughout the UK, I realised that it would become a nationwide issue very quickly, and so I wanted to help, but was unsure how to. After seeing the County Durham Facebook page, and the call for people to produce smaller, localised mutual aid groups, I decided to…

Staying in Durham… and staying in

Life in Durham is a bit strange at the moment, to say the least. I’ve decided not to return home to London, which means that for the foreseeable future, most of my time will be spent in my single-story house in Durham with the three housemates who’ve also chosen to stay. It sounds like a…

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