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The Amnesty International 2019 Trainee Conference

The Human Rights Centre, in Shoreditch, London, is not a space of sorrow, but one of creation, activism and young people. We felt this the moment the team of Amnesty International Durham walked through the doors. The colourful art, motivational quotes on the walls and positive ambience in the building would sink into your pores…

Speaking at the Environment Strike

One of the reasons I feel so proud to be at Durham University is that I constantly see my fellow students empowering themselves to stand up for what they believe is right. It’s inevitable that sometimes, we will feel that the university should make certain changes or update old policies. Last Friday, the issue on…

24 Hours of Football for Charity

For most final-year students at Durham, the start of Michaelmas term is dominated by talk of three things: dissertations, exams and job applications. I’ll be honest, I say most students because some of us have had our attention firmly fixed elsewhere. Whilst I’m sure my laid-back attitude to job-hunting will eventually catch up with me,…

The reality about Gilesgate from among its own homeowners

Contrary to popular belief, I can confirm that living in Gilesgate is not that bad. Yes, students do live here and yes, we have fun too. My biggest worry when signing my house in an area that is often joked about on Durfess was the hills. Durham is a hilly place and it seems in…

Accept the Waste

I’d like you all to think back to a time where you got royally p*ssed off at something. Was it today, yesterday or last week? For me, it was the 6th of May 2019. At this point, I was a 2nd year and living out of college, which meant I was unable to get food…

A Throwback to Lumiere 2017

While my fellow blogger Marina has been compiling her top tips for navigating the UK’s biggest lights festival (now in its tenth year), I’ve taken up the challenge of recollecting the last time Lumiere took over Durham. One of the reasons I call it a ‘challenge’ is that when the festival last took place, I…

Survival Guide to Lumiere 2019

I’m addressing you, freshers and second years. You, for whom the word Lumiere still means nothing, or you French-speakers who still simply think it signifies light. From 14 – 17 November 2019, Durham illuminates its streets with artwork in its biennial festival: Lumiere. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the acclaimed festival, with 37 artworks,…

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…

Should I remain or should I go?

And no, this isn’t an article about The Clash (or Brexit) The cover shot was taken at Yangshuo, China. The idea of living a year away from home can be daunting, almost as daunting as knowing you’ll come back to Durham as a fourth year, to find many people you knew have graduated. Can the adventures…

A Day in the life of a Durham Uni Hockey Gamer,...

I have just submitted my Masters at Durham, where I had the pleasure of spending the last year and a half as an athlete, coach, and student.  A native of Maryland in the United States, I was drawn to Durham for its top-notch academics, as well as its elite hockey program. In addition to playing…

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