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Swimming all the lakes in the Lake District for EthiopiAid

Cover Image – Recceing Bassenthwaite Lake with views across to Skiddaw with my dad From the 3rd to the 13th of September I plan to swim the length of all 13 of the swimmable lakes in the Lake District, a distance of almost 70km, with my dad in support of EthiopiAid. I don’t really know…

10 Top Tier FAMU Events That Will Give You FOMO

In the capital city of Florida sits Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) on the highest of seven hills.  The university encompasses a haven for students from a myriad of cultures. The Historically Black College and University (HBCU) ranks as the number one HBCU due to the caliber of scholars that strike (pun intended) the…

Student Art Prize Winner – Hands of Acceptance

The background Although we don’t formally teach fine art at Durham, almost every college has its own active art society or art group, where students take part in workshops, meet artists, and develop their artistic skills through collaborative creativity. The Student Art Prize was launched in October 2019 to expand opportunities around creativity and to…

Memories of unusual Graduations!

Lucy Robinson & ‘Piglet’, Collingwood College, I graduated in 2000 with a BA in Theology and was awarded my degree by Peter Ustinov who was Chancellor at the time. Also attending the ceremony, hidden up my huge black sleeve, was my toy Piglet. Piglet had been present at all my exams, had sat with me…

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…

Students get the 3rd degree on Radio 4

In February this year, I found myself locking horns with my history professor in a battle of wits as part of the long-running Radio 4 show, the 3rd Degree. Personally, I am far more comfortable on the football fields of Maiden Castle or in the student bars across the hill and bailey than being quizzed…

Trevs Night 2020: We’ve Been to the Year 3000

Please note – this blog was written before the UK lockdown restrictions came into place. In early March 2020 Trevelyan College was taken to the Year 3000, and whilst nothing was underwater the college was transformed into a futuristic playground of food, drink, and entertainment. The event was organised by Junior Common Room (JCR) Social…

Why we all need to remember the Srebrenica genocide

I was relatively young when the Bosnian war started, in 1992. When it became clear that something terrible was going to start, we moved to another place to live with my grandparents. Not a single bomb exploded there during the four-year war. Explosions in the neighbouring city were violent enough to be heard in that…

Taking the Inter University Musical Theatre Festival online

It’s clear when looking at my university extra-curricular activities, that my interests are firmly centred around musical theatre. From my first production of ‘RENT’ in November 2017, to securing positions on multiple theatre committees, it seemed impossible to step away from the thriving theatre and music scene in Durham. Building on last year’s success Last…

TEDx Durham University

On  Saturday 7th of March, I had the pleasure to attend the TEDx Independent conference organised in our University. Set in St. Chad’s beautiful hall, with natural light shining through all day, the day was one to remember. ‘Ideas worth spreading’ is the slogan for TED, and their independently organised events TEDx, and the co-Presidents,…

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