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My opportunities at Durham.

Third-year Natural Sciences student Mahek Vara talks about what her time at Durham means to her, and the exciting opportunities she has explored during her time here. Mahek VaraHi, I am a third-year Natural Sciences student and founder of code camp!

Why study for a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)?

When I began my Master of Business Administration (MBA) five years ago, I had one clear goal: to graduate. My plan was to go back to school, challenge myself, and return to work. It was a one-off adventure that I wanted to embark upon to refresh my life. Upon completing my MBA, however, I felt…

What to bring as an International Student

Note – this blog was written before the covid19 pandemic, however, much of the advice is still relevant. View all the advice for new and returning students here. After 6 long years in the UK I am now in settled status, I am very much an EU student. I came to the UK at the…

A short overview of the UARCTIC Network and the opportunities it...

Cover shot – A view of Nuuk, October 2017 What is the UARCTIC? When I started studying the Arctic Region and its indigenous peoples, I had little knowledge about its features and peculiarities. After moving to Rovaniemi at the end of 2016, I started to acquire a better understanding of the European Arctic, but I…

My year abroad, and how the pandemic has affected my plans

As you may know, the third year of all language degrees in the UK is dedicated to spending time overseas, developing your language skills and immersing yourself in the culture of the countries whose languages you study. This has been a bit different this year due to what has been happening in the world. In…

Visiting Switzerland and Germany from home

As part of my MSc in Islamic Finance, I signed up for a study trip to Frankfurt. Throughout the academic year, I got more and more excited about going to Frankfurt and combining this with a trip to my family in Stuttgart, but then COVID-19 happened. I ended up traveling to Stuttgart earlier than expected…

A day in the life of a (very keen) Classics student

A note is necessary before we start – I absolutely love studying and am an unashamed workaholic (we love a bit of nerdiness). This little snapshot into my day to day life may seem, but is not meant to be, daunting. What should be taken from this, is just how much you can do here…

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…

Coping with the quarantine

In the UK your local pub has, and rightfully so, had to close its doors amidst COVID19 fears, imagine being in quarantine in Spain since 16 March. This is my situation. I managed to get onto one of EasyJet’s last flights to Spain in the following days, after a concerning call from my mum, who…

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…

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