Welcome to the Department of Earth Sciences. We are delighted that you have chosen to study here in Durham and look forward to meeting you when you start in October. The next few years will be exciting, challenging, rewarding, and – I hope – fun. You will join a community of staff and students who are passionate about our teaching and research and produce outstanding outcomes. We are also friendly, approachable, and collegiate, and take pride in ensuring that all our work is done in a fair and transparent way. You will be supported and encouraged at all stages of the degree programme, and every person in the department is valued for the unique contributions they bring. Be prepared to work hard, but also take the time to relax, to follow other interests in live, and to immerse yourself into life in your colleges, clubs, and communities. For those of you who are unfamiliar with North East England, it is a region with a lot to offer in life beyond the University; please take the time to explore it well.
There has never been a more important time to study the Earth Sciences. The way we live on Earth is changing rapidly and needs to change to deal with the global challenges we face through climate change and environmental pressure. More and more of our research and teaching is tied to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and we are committed to producing graduates who have the skills, knowledge, and ambition to achieve these goals. All our degree programmes reflect these changing priorities, and we are excited by the start of the new Climate Science degree. You enter the department as undergraduate students; you will leave as our colleagues. We are always inspired by the success of our graduates and look forward to the start of a connection that we hope lasts for years, far beyond your time in Durham itself.
On a personal note, I was an undergraduate student in Durham myself (a long time ago). I will soon start the privileged job of being Head of Department. It has been very fortunate to have had a career in Earth Sciences, both inside and outside of the University, and fitting that as I start the next phase of my career, you are starting on this step in your own journeys. Again, I give you the Department’s warmest welcome on joining us and look forward with real pleasure to getting to know you all throughout your time at Durham Earth Sciences.
Professor Mark Allen
Congratulations, I was elected as a course representative last year, encouraged by the value that the staff placed on the student voice. Students and staff representatives meet regularly to discuss queries and concerns raised by their year group and collaborate to improve the student experience. It might be something you consider getting involved with too. I will continue acting as an approachable figure for students, working collaboratively with staff and look forward to meeting you all.
Our departmental Sharepoint Site provides further information. You should select your optional modules before you arrive in Durham.
Information, including advice on module choices, is available via our SharePoint Site. You will need to submit your optional module choices in advance of your arrival in Durham and by Tuesday 20 September, via the online registration system.
Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme. After your acceptance has been processed you will receive two email messages from firstname.lastname@example.org which provide:
Once you have been able to complete your online enrolment you will be given access to your personal @durham.ac.uk email address. This will allow you to access important information from the Earth Sciences Department through both our virtual learning environment (Blackboard Learn Ultra) and a dedicated SharePoint site.
You are encouraged to check your e-mails for important updates from Durham University, your allocated college and the Earth Sciences Department as you prepare to join us.
The Timetable has been designed so College events don’t clash with any of your academic departmental events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle into student life.