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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience

Welfare and support

As a Durham student you'll find a wide support network available to you while studying at the University.

Student safety

The University is committed to providing a safe environment in which our students can live and study and our student safety page provides you with information on things you can do to help keep yourself and your fellow students safe. If you have any specific concerns, please raise them via your college student support office.

Students with disabilities

Our Disability Support service can advise you and organise special academic facilities if you have a disability and need some help. They will try to provide whatever support is necessary to enable you to study effectively and make full use of your opportunities at University, including support through the application and interview procedure, if required.

Diversity and Equality

The University has a Diversity and Equality mission to embrace diversity by promoting and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work and study environment that enables all members of our University community to achieve their full potential.

Faith support

Durham University is a multi-cultural, multi-faith community that provides opportunities for individuals to maintain and to explore their faith and beliefs. We provide a number of facilities for religious communities.


If you have any problems while you are with us, the University's Counselling Service offers a quiet and confidential place with trained counsellors to help you work through your difficulties.

Nursery facilities

Our University Nursery in Durham caters for children from 6 weeks to school age. It is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday throughout the year.

Healthcare and GP Services

At Durham University we take the health and well being of our students very seriously. When you arrive at Durham, you are advised to register with a local GP practice. Please make sure that your college knows which practice you are registered with. 

Support for care leavers 

The University is dedicated to supporting all prospective and current students with their individual needs. This includes dedicated support for those who have spent time in care.

Informing parents

The University is aware of the current debate within the sector and in the media about student consent for their university to alert parents where there are concerns about their health and wellbeing. The University already recognises that occasions arise when the University needs to consider whether information about students should be shared with parents or other external partners whether or not consent has been given. The circumstances where this may apply could include but is not limited to the following:
· Where it is believed that someone is at serious risk, from a physical or mental health perspective.
· Where there is a child protection concern.
· Where required by a court of law or the Police to provide information.

We are in the process of considering the legal and practical implications of going beyond situations such as those noted above and we will need to consult extensively with our students to determine the best approach to be adopted in the future.

Mr Sam Dale, Director of Student Support and Wellbeing
26th July 2018

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The Complete University Guide 2015