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Behind the scenes of University Obstacle: Durham group talks

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with a rare breed of university students: those who not only sit down in front of the telly on a Monday night and find themselves answering more than a couple of Jeremy Paxman’s scathingly delivered questions, but who are now seeing themselves on those very screens, just…

Motivating ladies leaders of the future

As students we are taught that at the end of the day it is just a desk, a pen and an exam paper which comes between us and our dream job. We learn to work independently. This is the opposite of a working environment, where you are a cog in the wider machinery of the…

‘Opera by the Lake’ with Sir Thomas Allen

In May 2019 I received the first email about Opera by the Lake and in the following October was invited to a meeting at Van Mildert College with the Deputy Principal, Dr Victoria Brown, and the college’s Arts Fellow, Matthew Morgan. This was to be the beginning of a nine-month project which was to culminate…

Hindu Society and events

Coming across the country from a household with a deeply religious Hindu atmosphere to Durham was a new experience in my life. In Durham I faced the regular challenges that people face when they first go to university. However, by my second term last year I had made many great friends who came from varying…

Dance your socks off for charity

During my time as a student, I have independently created two brand new societies at St. John’s College to bridge the gap between sports and societies. Since 2018, I have been running weekly one-hour dance fitness sessions at St John’s, recently with Naomi Wimsett as my co-choreographer. These are always so much fun, a great…

A date with the world: Valentine’s Day Environment Strike

Three months on from Durham University’s first Climate Strike (which you can read about here), students gathered again to urge the University to declare a climate emergency and step up its response to the climate crisis. Poignantly held on Valentine’s Day, this was an occasion for showing love to the planet

Commemorating Variety at Durham: Castle’s ‘Distinct Week’

One of the things that surprised me about Durham when I first arrived here was that I immediately felt so welcomed. I mean, I hardly expected not to be embraced by the existing college community, but coming from London – where so many people at my school shared my ethnicity, cultural experiences, and religious upbringing,…

Organising Durham College’s first Vegan Honest

Saturday 25th January marked a special occasion not only for myself and the rest of the Vegetarian and Vegan Society executive committee but for Durham as a whole. After months of meetings, emails, phone calls, and form-filling, our idea to host Durham’s first Vegan Fair in celebration of Veganuary finally came to fruition (if you’ll…

A story of Ugly Vegetables and fruit

Did you know that roughly 20% to 40% of fruit and vegetables in the UK, get discarded before they reach supermarkets because of their ‘ugly’ appearance? Yet, they are perfectly nutritious and tasty to eat despite their aesthetic imperfections!  Determined to make a difference and change the stigma around wonky fruit and vegetables, The Ugly…

The dangers and benefits of brand-new writing

With the Durham Drama Festival in full swing, showcasing a series of student new-writing pieces, there seems like no greater time to reflect on this crucial part of theatre-making. For there is, quite simply, no play without its playwright. Consistent new-writing is key to ensuring that the future of theatre reflects the diversity and changeability…

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