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My Journey from Durham Law to the Civil Service

From the start of my time at Durham, careers had been on my mind. Having studied Law, I had planned to train as a solicitor after University. There is a rigid timeline of applications for insight days, internships, vacation schemes in order to eventually gain a training contract. Unlike others, the preparation for a career…

Teacher David Olusoga on Windrush

The buzz in Redhills on the evening of December 9th made it clear how pleased the audience felt that David Olusoga’s lecture had been successfully rescheduled, after being postponed from its original date during Black History Month. However, as Olusoga rightly pointed out, perhaps its new date was even more poignant; taking place days before…

Observing far-off galaxies

Cover shot – The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope – with myself barely visible in front. Photo credit: Ugnė Dudzevičiūtė. As a PhD student in astrophysics, an exciting possibility is being sent to a telescope in some exotic, faraway location for observing – making sure the telescope operates properly and getting data for your own research.…

More memories of Parish 1970

David Breeze, University College The interviews at Castle and the History Department in 1961 clinched it for me; I was captivated by Durham. When I arrived in September 1962, my first tutor was Eric Birley, Professor of Romano-British History and Archaeology. Towards the end of term he mentioned that the university ran an archaeological training…

Bristol trainees informed to study at SS Great Britain due to...

Overcrowding in libraries and a severe shortage of desks have led to students at the University of Bristol being offered places to study at the SS Great Britain. The university’s history department has told students looking for somewhere quiet to revise during the January exam period that they can reserve desks at the site in…

Merry Christmas from the Northern Lights!

Here’s our cover of Pentatonix’s ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’. We’ve been up to so much this term, singing at Christmas markets and balls, and having lots of festive fun. Keep an eye out for our video post on Christmas Day! Follow us here Durham University Northern LightsThe Northern Lights are Durham University's most…

Arctic Chill with Chris and Phil

‘The Arctic’, a location deemed wild and pristine; a land so North that jumpers are mandatory all year round. As a BSc Geography student, The Arctic module offered a field trip to Tromso, Norway. I can honestly say that the people I have met on the field trip both on and off the geography course…

Fifty years of memories– Parish 1970

Angela Braga (nee Hall), St Mary’s College The view from Durham station is surely one of the finest in the world, and arriving there for my interview as a nervous 17 year old, I was blown away.  I knew I had found my place.  I loved it all: the trunks being sent on ahead by…

Why Terrific British Bake Off’s Henry Bird will commemorate Christmas in...

Earlier this month, student and Bake Off star, Henry Bird was interviewed by The Times. With Henry’s kind permission, we can share this with you. And so it begins. Frantic phone calls from relatives asking what you want for Christmas, questionable arrangements of carols ringing out in shops, and the irrational impulse to walk around…

A short adventure to York

As beautiful as our little city, Durham, maybe, we sometimes need to evacuate and indulge in a day trip with our friends. Whilst looking for affordable places to visit, our criteria being: good Christmas Markets, further away than Newcastle, but not far enough as for The Trainline to make us pay the equivalent of plane…

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