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WELCOME  TO  CUTH’S! ....................................................................................... 5 User’s  Guide .............................................................................................................. 5 Meet the Exec - Vice-President’s  Welcome ............................................................. 6 Meet the Exec - President’s  Welcome ...................................................................... 8 CUTH’S  HISTORY .................................................................................................. 9 Meet the Staff .......................................................................................................... 11 The SCR ................................................................................................................... 13

WHAT IS THE JCR? ............................................................................................. 13 Meet the Exec – the  Treasurer’s  Welcome ............................................................ 14 Our Facilities ........................................................................................................... 15 The Bars............................................................................................................... 15 The Bar Steward .................................................................................................. 15 Jobs ...................................................................................................................... 16 The Library .......................................................................................................... 16 Meet the Exec – The (Assistant)  Librarian’s  Welcome ........................................ 17 Gyms & Other Sporting Facilities ........................................................................ 18 Music Room ........................................................................................................ 18 Computer Rooms ................................................................................................. 19 JCRs..................................................................................................................... 19 Green Machine..................................................................................................... 19

SPORTS AND SOCIETIES ................................................................................... 20 Meet the Exec – Sports’  and  Societies’  Chair’s  Welcome .................................... 20 Induction Week Fair ............................................................................................ 21 New Societies ...................................................................................................... 22

SOCIAL EVENTS................................................................................................... 23 2

Meet the Exec – Social Chair .................................................................................. 23 Big Events............................................................................................................ 23 Formals and Smaller Events ................................................................................ 24 Committees – Social Comm ................................................................................ 25

WELFARE .............................................................................................................. 25 Meet the Exec – Female  Welfare  Officer’s  Welcome ............................................ 25 Meet the Exec – Male  Welfare  Officer’s  Welcome ............................................... 26 Resident Wardens ................................................................................................ 27 Committees – Welfare Comm .............................................................................. 27 Security ................................................................................................................ 27 Health Care .......................................................................................................... 31 Contacts ............................................................................................................... 31

REPRESENTATION .............................................................................................. 31 Meet the Exec – Chair’s  Welcome ......................................................................... 32 JCR Officers – The  Senior  Returning  Officer’s  Welcome ................................... 34 Committees – Standing Comm ............................................................................ 35 International Students ............................................................................................ 35 Meet the Exec – International Students  Rep’s  Welcome ...................................... 36 Arriving in Durham ............................................................................................. 37 Postgraduate and Mature Students........................................................................ 38 Meet the Exec – Postgraduate  and  Mature  Students’  Rep’s  Welcome................ 38 Committees – Postgrad Comm............................................................................. 39 Advice from Previous Mature Students ............................................................... 39 Livers Out ................................................................................................................ 40 Meet the Exec – Livers  Out  Rep’s  Welcome ......................................................... 40 College Families .................................................................................................. 41 3

The  Durham  Student’s  Union ................................................................................ 41 Meet the Exec – The  Senior  DSU  Rep’s  Welcome ................................................ 41 DSU Exec ............................................................................................................ 42 What does the DSU do for us? ............................................................................. 43 DSU/Team Durham Induction Week Fair ............................................................ 44

ADVICE ................................................................................................................... 44 Checklist of what to bring ....................................................................................... 44 Grants, Bursaries and Loans .................................................................................. 46 How much will University cost? ............................................................................. 47 Things  we  wish  we’d  known  before  coming  to  Durham ....................................... 48 FAQs ........................................................................................................................ 49

EPILOGUE.............................................................................................................. 51 The Rest Of Durham ............................................................................................... 51 Other Colleges and their Bars .............................................................................. 51 Eating Out ............................................................................................................ 53 Durham’s  Bars ..................................................................................................... 54 Life Outside Durham ........................................................................................... 55 Useful Phone Numbers ............................................................................................ 55 Glossary ................................................................................................................... 56 Songs ........................................................................................................................ 59 Freshers’  Week   ....................................................................................................... 62

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Welcome  to  Cuth’s!
This is your education Hello and welcome to Durham University, one of the finest Universities in the country, and to St  Cuthbert’s  Society,  the  finest   collegiate  body  in  Durham.    I’m   Mike, the vice-president for this year.    I’ll  introduce  myself  properly   soon, but first, here are a few useful definitions to help make sure the handbook makes sense! User’s  Guide The Small Print - Please note that this handbook is the work of members of St Cuthbert’s  Society  Junior  Common  Room  (JCR).    In  it  they  will  attempt  to  give  an   overview  of  what  life  is  like  at  Cuth’s,  and  try  to  give  you  some  idea  of  what  will   happen when you arrive. However, only minimal efforts have been made to check the accuracy of this work, so apologies in advance for any omissions/errors. If you treat it as a faultless guide to life in Durham, then on your own head be it. The views in this  book  in  no  way  represent  the  views  of  Durham  University  or  St  Cuthbert’s   Society. They may not even represent the views of the person expressing them. The JCR accepts no liability for any injuries caused as a result of reading this handbook (paper cuts, insanity brought on by confusion, back injuries caused by over-packing etc.). This handbook is not to be ingested, and is not suitable for use by children under  the  age  of  16.    You  have  been  warned,  so  don’t  sue  us... Here are a few helpful definitions to get you started: St  Cuthbert’s  Society  is  one  of  the  sixteen  colleges  of  Durham  University  (we’ll  tell   you  about  the  others  later.    They’re  not  as  good).    St  Cuthbert’s  Society  is  often   abbreviated  to  Cuthbert’s  or  more  simply  Cuth’s. What’s  the  difference between a Society and a College? Cuth’s  was  originally   founded  by  students  who  did  not  like  the  rigid  structure  of  college  life.    Cuth’s   performs the same role as all of the other collegiate bodies – you will live, eat, socialise together and be looked after on-site by full-time Society staff – but we pride ourselves on having independence of thought and action and on always listening to our  members  (that’s  all  of  you).    We  also  pride  ourselves  on  catering  for  everyone’s   tastes and preferences and welcoming everyone no matter whom. Unlike the Colleges,  everyone  who  works  in  the  Society’s  bars  and  library  are  Cuth’s  students.     We are immensely proud of our heritage and our name – St  Cuthbert’s  Society  – 5

reflects the nature of our introduction into the University (more on that later), and we therefore  almost  always  refer  to  ‘The  Society’. What does being a Society mean to the students? It basically means that everything we do aims to include and privilege every one of our members (any student who is lucky  enough  to  be  at  Cuth’s).    It  means  that  our  members  are   encouraged to be as involved as possible and are given responsibility over the things that they want to organise and run. It also means that we welcome local, postgraduate, mature and international students, and regard them as an integral part of our JCR activities and organisation. St.  Cuthbert’s  Society’s  Junior  Common  Room (or  JCR,  as  we’re  too  lazy  to  say   the  whole  thing…)  is  an  independent  charity  and  Student’s  Union,  existing  for  the   benefit of  its  members  (which  is  a  complicated  way  of  saying  it’s  a  body  to  look  after   your  interests).    To  quote  a  cliché,  it’s  a  body  of  students,  run  for  students  by   students. Cuth’s  has  two  licensed  club  bars. One  on  the  Bailey  (referred  to  as  ‘Cuth’s  Bar’  or the  ‘Bailey  Bar’)  and  a  one  at  Brooks  House  (referred  to  as  ‘Brooks’,  or  occasionally   ‘Brooks  Café’).  Events  are  on  at  both  throughout  freshers’  week! ‘Gratia  Gratiam Parit’  – our  motto.    Literally  translated,  it  means  ‘Friendship   begets  friendship’.    This  refers  to  diversity  and  friendliness  of  Cuth’s,  which  has  had   a reputation for inclusivity and welcoming everyone in for the past one hundred and twenty  odd  years  and  we’re  not  about  to  change  that  any  time  soon! Meet the Exec - Vice-President’s  Welcome (Brooks House, Flat I.0; cuthberts.jcr-vicepresident@durham.ac.uk) Hello again. I hope that brief introduction will help  make  things  a  bit  clearer,  but  if  not,  don’t   worry, there are plenty of people you can ask to explain things! My name is Michael Foulkes, most people call me Mike or Mikey, and I will be the  JCR’s  Vice-President for 2013/14. So, why do I  get  to  be  the  first  to  welcome  you  to  Cuth’s?    As   Vice-President it is my job to write the Handbook that  you  are  now  reading,  though  luckily  I’ve  had   quite a lot of help with this one! Make sure you read it all, there will be a test when you arrive (there  won’t,  but  read  the  whole  thing  anyway,  it’s   full  of  good  information  and  you  won’t  have anything else to do over the summer!). The Vice-President also minutes all of the meetings of the committees and JCR, as well  as  sending  round  a  weekly  newsletter  to  let  you  all  know  what’s  happening (if you want anything included in it, just drop me an email at cuthberts.jcrvicepresident@durham.ac.uk before  midday  on  Sundays  and  I’ll  send  the  newsletter   round on Sunday evenings). The Vice-President  is  also  in  charge  of  what’s  known  as   6

‘stash’  – the  Durham  word  for  college  clothing.    There’s  a  section  about  stash  at  the   end of the Handbook. So, aside from being Vice-President,  who  am  I?    I’m  a  second  year  PhD  student,   studying 17th Century French theatre. I did my undergrad (French and German) and Masters (17th Century French theatre) at Durham, and so this is now my 7 th year at Cuth’s  and  I  still  love  it  here!    I’m  also  a  fairly  active  member  of  the  Boat  Club,  so  if   you’ve  got  any  questions  about  rowing,  Modern  Languages,  postgraduate  life   or Cuth’s  in  general,  feel  free  to  get  in  touch! So before I hand over to Serge Chapman for his Presidential address, here are a few bits  of  advice  that  I  couldn’t  fit  anywhere  else  in  the  Handbook.    They’re  mainly   degree  based,  all  the  Cuth’s  stuff  comes  later!  Don’t  be  afraid  of  the  computer  rooms  or  libraries.    They  can  be  a  bit   intimidating  at  first,  especially  if  you’re  not  particularly  good  at   computers.    If  you’re  unsure  about  anything,  just  ask  a  member  of  staff  – they’re  always  there  to  help!     Learn  to  discard  information.    This  is  difficult  to  do,  but  you  can’t  use  all   those notes in one piece of work. Keep to what is relevant, though the other notes may be useful for later revision. Also, concentrate on what you do well and enjoy. Remember that you are here as students, so your degree should come first, but  that’s  not  to  say  you  need  to  lock  yourself  in  your  room  the  entire   time!    You’ll  find  it  much  easier  to  concentrate  if  you  take  some  time  off   and meet up with people. Seeing other people is an excellent way of ensuring  you  don’t  go  crazy  staring  at  a  computer  all  day. Try to get involved as much as possible. University is probably the last time you will have so many opportunities to do different things. Go to a JCR meeting, attend a debate at the Union, try a new sport, audition for a play,  set  up  your  own  society.    Even  if  you  don’t  like  the  idea  of  any  of   those, then the simplest one is just talk to someone who you would not normally  have  spoken  to.    Cuth’s  is  a  massive  melting  pot  of  different backgrounds  and  you  can  learn  something  from  everyone,  so  you’d  be   foolish to waste this amazing opportunity!

Right,  that’s  enough  from  me,  over  to  someone  far  more  important  and  interesting...

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Meet the Exec - President’s  Welcome (House 8; cuthberts.jcr-president@durham.ac.uk; 07919921048) Hello  everyone  and  welcome  to  St.  Cuthbert’s  Society!  My  name  is  Serge  and  I  shall   be your President! This year shall be my fourth in Durham having studied an undergraduate course in Anthropology over the last 3 years. I enjoyed my course but throughout my time at Durham, it has been the Junior Common Room that has given me the most joy. The Junior Common Room is responsible for the social events, sports and societies, student welfare provision, facilities  and  representation  that,  as  students  at  Cuth’s,  you   will have access to and hopefully will get as much from as I have! Flicking through these pages you will find many a student who has given up their time and energy for the benefit of other students, each helping to create a better student experience. Crucially, these people alone are not the Junior Common Room, you are. As a student of St. Cuthbert’sFa Society you are a part of the Junior Common Room, whether you hold a position on a committee, participate in or run a sport or society or just turn up to the JCR meetings, you can set the tone for what you want from your student experience. All you need do is participate! From when it was first set up in 1888  as  a  “non-collegiate  body”, Cuth’s  was  the   traditional home for eccentrics, oddballs and misfits, united by their diversity and liberal attitudes. Now after 125 years, a lot has changed for us. The University employs full-time college staff, offers rooms within the University and has reduced the dogmatic rules which governed college life. Saying  that,  we  haven’t  forgotten  our  roots.  The  JCR  is  as  diverse  as  ever  and  we   encourage students from all walks of life to find a home here at Cuths. We are also a registered independent charity, set-up for the benefit of our members, meaning we are partners of the college and University in making sure you have the best Uni experience possible. As JCR President, I am charged with this responsibility and am answerable to you. So if there is something you like and want more of, tell me and if there is something you hate and want less of, tell me. Please check out our website, www.cuths.com for more information about Cuths and like our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/Cuthsfreshers2013for regular updates  on  what  is  going  on  in  Fresher’s  week  and  beyond  and  to  ask  questions  of  our   wonderful team of reps. Other than that, I hope you have a wonderful time here, get as involved as your academic  schedule  will  allow  you  to  and  enjoy  all  that  Cuth’s  has  to  offer  (whilst  also   offering something back)! Serge Chapman President 2013/14 cuthberts.jcr-president@durham.ac.uk 8

Cuth’s  History
A body of non-collegiate students in a collegiate university, it was neither a college nor not a college; it was in the University but not wholly of it We’re  very proud of our history, and the anniversary of our 125th year obviously marks a great chance to celebrate it, and we will be having loads of events throughout the  year.    So  to  get  you  into  the  spirit,  here  is  a  brief  history  of  Cuth’s  from  its   inception. In 1832, the University only had one college, known as University College, situated in Durham Castle. In 1846 this was followed by Hatfield Hall (previously  the  servants’  quarters  for   the Castle, a fact we like to remind them of on an all too regular basis!). Prior to 1888, a significant number of students registered for degree courses, but chose not to be allocated to a college. They were known as the ‘unattached’,  because  they  had  chosen  not  to  attach  themselves  to  a  particular  college.   The unattached regularly held informal meetings at the City Tavern (now the Market Tavern). It was at one of these meetings, on 25th October 1888, that they agreed to set  up  St.  Cuthbert’s  Society  with  the  objective  of  giving  a  dimension,  other  than  the   academic, to their lives in Durham. They therefore decided to form an association ‘with  the  avowed  purpose  of conserving their interests, and making their influence, as a separate and distinct class of students, felt in relation to the existing University Societies and Clubs; and for the purpose of overlooking and guarding their interests both individually and collectively’.  This  was  subsequently  approved  by  the  Vice   Chancellor  and  St  Cuthbert’s  became  the  first  Society  within  the  University  of   Durham. It was agreed that they should organise debates, concerts, lectures and sports teams in order to broaden the horizons of their members, who had previously only concentrated on the academic aspect of University life. From 1888 to the beginning of the First World War, the Society had a membership of under fifty, but successfully took part in all activities of the University. During the inter-war period, membership slumped and there were several occasions where the University  authorities  considered  closing  the  Society  down.  St.  Cuthbert’s  was  closed   for the duration of the Second World War but was re-opened in 1946 by the ‘Refounders’  (hence  ‘Refounders’  House’  at  Parson’s  Field).    They  were  mainly  men   who had served in the armed forces and wanted to complete their degree courses or had decided to take up opportunities to follow professional careers. In 1947, St. Cuthbert’s  Society  became  the  recognised  designation  for  noncollegiate  students,  in   other words people who had not directly applied to one of the colleges. This year also saw  the  appointment  of  a  Principal  with  the  responsibility  of  managing  St  Cuthbert’s   Society. At this time, there were no permanent buildings that the students could use. Over a period of six years they moved from one set of rooms to another so that the Society could meet and members could talk to their tutors. It was during this period, 9

in 1948, that  a  new  St  Cuthbert’s  Society  came  into  existence.  This  was  the   organisation recognised by the University Council as the home of non-collegiate students, with its new (though temporary) common rooms on Church Street. It was to be a body that, from its inception, was brought under the umbrella of University Council who would make provisions for its budget and be responsible for the appointment of the new academic and administrative staff. However, the inception of this new Society did not amount to the termination  of  the  original  St  Cuthbert’s   Society. In fact, that original Society still continues to this day in the form of what is now known as the Junior Common Room – “an  association  of  students  for  the   promotion of mutual benefit and welfare [that] enjoys a much greater degree of autonomy  than  any  other  JCR  in  the  University.”  (Henry  Tudor,  Society  Historian,   1988). In 1952 the Society obtained 12 and 13 South Bailey. Once there,  St.  Cuthbert’s   started to expand, and by the end of the decade membership was nearly 300. The 60s, 70s and 80s were mainly consolidation years. Membership remained at 300 but the Society expanded on the Bailey and added several houses in the City to its housing stock. In 1988 it was decided that the Society should increase its membership in order to help the University expand. From 1988 to 1997 numbers increased from 300 to nearly 1200. In 2005, St Cuthbert's Society moved towards its current state with the acquisition of three of the four Buildings at the Parsons Field Site; Refounders’  House,  Fonteyn   Court  &  Parson’s  Field  Court.  This  was  the  final  year  where  some  first  year  students   were scattered all over the city in houses rented by the Society. In 2006, the construction  of  Brooks’  House  was  completed  allowing  for  the  first   occasion in Society History where all first year and many returning students lived in college accommodation. The  latest  chapter  of  the  Society’s  history  took  place  in  March  2011.  Changes  in  the   law meant a vote on whether to merge the JCR – the original Society – with the University, or whether to continue as an independent organisation. The members overwhelmingly voted to remain independent. To summarise what we are today, allow  me  to  end  this  brief  trip  into  the  past  on  a  quote:  “The  Cuthbert’s  community was always mature, confident and intelligent, yet sometimes a little crazier than the other  colleges!”  (Norman  Askew,  Chairman  IMI,  Taylor  Woodrow,  Cuth’s   Alumnus). If you are interested in the history of our Society, then you can read: St  Cuthbert’s  Society 1888-1988: The History of a modest but exciting institution in the University of Durham by  Henry  Tudor.    Copies  can  be  found  in  Cuth’s  library  or   via the online stash orders. 10

Meet the Staff
The staff are the people behind the running of the Society, who make sure that you get your food, electricity and general peace of mind while you are here. Principal – Elizabeth Archibald (019133 43404; e.f.archibald@durham.ac.uk) – Elizabeth is responsible for all matters relating to the management of the Society and her office is on the second floor of 12 South Bailey. She is a Professor of English who specialises in King Arthur, so if you are interested in the Arthurian legends, she is definitely the person to talk to! She has started to introduce more academic based events  to  Cuth’s,  using  her  impressive  contact  list  to  find  some  extremely  interesting   guest  speakers,  and  also  introducing  the  ‘Senses  Symposia’. Vice Principal/Senior Tutor– Sharon Richardson (019133 43390; sharon.richardson@durham.ac.uk) – Sharon is responsible for the management of the academic  support  operations  of  St  Cuthbert’s  Society  which  include  admissions,   Student Support Service, discipline and the college mentor system. Her office is on the  second  floor  of  12  South  Bailey.    Sharon  has  worked  at  Cuth’s  for  7  years,  and   before  that  was  Head  of  the  Careers  Advisory  Service  at  Queen’s  Campus. Assistant Senior Tutor – Barbara Harrison (019133 43403; barbara.harrison@durham.ac.uk) – Barbara’s  job  is  to  work  with  Sharon  on  the   Student Support Service, providing another point of contact for any welfare issues you might have, or even just the chance to have a friendly chat. Her office is on the top floor of 12 South Bailey. Bursar and Club Secretary – Chris Finnemore (019133 43408; c.a.finnemore@durham.ac.uk) – Chris looks after the financial side of the Society, as well  as  directing  the  accommodation  and  catering  services.    You  probably  won’t  have   much to do with him, as you should contact the accountant, Bev, in relation to University or Society bills. Chris is also our elected Club secretary for our two outstanding  bars,  although  he  doesn’t  have  much  to  do  with  the  daily  running  of   them, which is done by the Bar Manager and Bar Steward. Facilities Manager – Sue Cole (019133 43384; s.m.cole@durham.ac.uk) – Sue deals with all of the accommodation bits. If you have a problem with your accommodation, or need a new room key, or anything related to your accommodation,  speak  to  Sue.    Sue’s  office  is  on  the  ground  floor  of  12  South  Bailey,   opposite the reception Accountant – Beverley Garrett (019133 43385; beverly.garrett@durham.ac.uk) – Beverley  is  the  Society’s  accountant,  so  if  you  ever  need  to  pay  a  bill  (and  you  will!)   or have any problems or questions regarding your bill go and see her. Her office is on  the  ground  floor  of  12  South  Bailey,  next  to  Sue’s. Head Chef – Marc Reavley (019133 43394; marc.reavley@durham.ac.uk) – Marc is in charge of the catering, so should you have any special dietary requirements, speak to him and he will see what he can do for you.

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Food Services Manager – Dawn Purdy (019133 43396; dawn.purdy@durham.ac.uk) – Again, any issues with food, get in touch with Dawn. Bar Manager (at time of writing, vacant) and Bar Steward- Shawnee Mark (cuthberts.bar@durham.ac.uk) – The Bar Manager and Bar Steward are responsible for the upkeep and (profitable) running  of  both  of  Cuth’s  Bars  (Brooks and Bailey). The Bar Steward is a sabbatical position, much like the President. However, it is a University position rather than a JCR position. That being said, both the Bar Manager and Bar Steward work extremely hard to cater for students and are always looking for feedback. Society Chaplin – Barnaby Huish (019133 43400; cuthberts.chaplain@durham.ac.uk) – Barnaby is an Anglican parish priest with care of two churches in Durham: St Margaret's and St John's. Having read Modern Languages at Durham, he went on to study theology at Oxford and served as a priest in Darlington and St Albans before moving back to Durham. Undergraduate Admissions Secretary – Ann Peart (019133 43387; ann.peart@durham.ac.uk) – Her office is in the reception of 12 South Bailey. Postgraduate Admissions Secretary – Joyce Elliot (019133 43386; joyce.elliott@durham.ac.uk) – Her office is also in the reception of 12 South Bailey. Receptionists – Joanne Franklin (Bailey am; 019133 43400; cuthberts.reception@durham.ac.uk); Margaret Thompson (Bailey pm; 019133 43400; cuthberts.reception@durham.ac.uk); Carol Philipson (Parson’s  Field;;   019133 46596; carol.philipson@durham.ac.uk) – Reception on the Bailey is open from 9am-5pm,  and  at  Parson’s  Field  from  10am-3pm. You can collect post from reception  and  they’re  the  people  to  get  in  touch  with  if  you  haven’t  heard  which  room   you’re  in. Porters – Wayne Turfrey, Dennis Doran, David Nichols, Clive Waites, Richie Lumley, Peter Braithwaite and Peter Ditchbourne – The porters are the people you  will  see  all  about  Cuth’s,  looking  after  the  buildings  and  making  sure  that  all  is   well and safe in your accommodation. There is 24 hour cover, 7 days a week. There will be a list of contacts for them in every house on the notice board or available at reception. They are very friendly, so if you see them around, stop and have a chat with them. The friendlier you are to them, the more likely they are to help you quickly and willingly! Resident Wardens- Phil Bolton (Parson’s  Field;;  07584364847),  Bailey Resident Warden (at time of writing, vacant) (Bailey; 07584 364736) - The resident wardens work with Senior Tutor and Student Welfare Team to provide out of hours welfare support to students who may find themselves with a problem in the middle of the night. If you wish to have a chat or need to speak to someone urgently, please get in contact with your friendly resident wardens! However, if you find yourself locked out of your room or wish to make a noise complaint, please get in contact with the porters.

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Housekeeper – Mandy Patterson (019133 46593; Amanda.patterson@durham.ac.uk) – Mandy is in charge of housekeeping, so if you have any  issues  with  your  room,  get  in  touch  with  her.    Her  office  is  in  Refounders’   House, next door to the computer room. Cleaning and Catering Staff – far too many of them to list by name, but suffice it to say that they are brilliant and extremely friendly. Definitely people who you want to keep onside, so make sure you are always polite and friendly to them. They do a lot of  hard  work  which  often  goes  unnoticed,  so  the  occasional  ‘please’  or  ‘thank  you’   won’t  go  amiss.    Nor  would  a  cup  of  tea  or  a  box  of  chocolates at the end of term. Given the state of most student rooms and kitchens it will be the least they deserve! The SCR The SCR (or Senior Common Room to give them their full title) is made up of academics from the University, Fellows, College Mentors, members of the local community and alumni. They should not be confused with the Senior Management! The SCR are similar to the JCR, but their members are no longer students. Led by the SCR President - Ian Harrison, they organise many social and academic events such as Guest Nights and also Difficult Discussions. They also take a lot of responsibility for lovingly  taking  care  of  Cuth’s  gardens and are always looking for students with green fingers to chip in! We do arrange joint socials with them, so you will get to meet their members and they are always worth talking to as they have a wealth of brilliant stories. St  Cuthbert’s  Association St  Cuthbert’s  Association  is  the  alumni  organisation  for  St  Cuthbert’s  Society.    The   alumni are anyone who went to Cuth’s  and  has  now  graduated.    As  with  the  SCR,  you   don’t  need  to  worry  about  what  they  do  just  yet,  but  you  will  become  members  when   you graduate, and will then be able to take part in all of the events they organise. If you do see any of the alumni wandering  round  Cuth’s,  stop  and  say  hello.    They’re  all   very keen to relive their student days, so if you have a chat with them they will almost certainly buy you a drink!

What is the JCR?
The  Junior  Common  Room  (or  JCR)  is  the  student  body  of  Cuth’s.    Unlike  most of the  other  colleges,  every  student  of  Cuth’s  (whether  undergraduate  or  postgraduate   and regardless of year, age or nationality) is a member of the JCR. You can either be a contributing member or a non-contributing member. Contributing members pay £35 per year (£105 for the 3 years of an undergraduate course), and in return for this may  use  all  of  the  facilities  Cuth’s  has  (library,  gyms,  common  rooms,  music  room   and bars), may join sports teams and societies, and attend formals and JCR meetings. They may also stand for any JCR position as well as proposing or seconding motions in meetings. Non-contributing members are any members who do not pay the £35. They  are  not  allowed  to  use  any  of  the  JCR’s  facilities,  are  not  allowed  t o join a sports team or society, JCR social events or JCR meetings until they become contributing members. 13

You’re  probably  wondering,  well  that’s  all  very  well  and  good  but  what  do  I  actually   “get”?    I’ll  let  our  JCR  Treasurer  Ben  Hamer  answer  that  question,  but  first  he’ll  t ell you a bit about himself and his role…. Meet the Exec – the  Treasurer’s  Welcome (House 8; cuthberts.jcr-treasurer@durham.ac.uk) Hi  all  and  welcome  to  Durham!    I’m  Ben,  a  third   year History student  and  the  JCR  treasurer.    I’m   also  the  editor  in  chief  of  Durham’s  official   student newspaper, Palatinate, so please direct all  complaints  about  it  to  me!    As  Treasurer  it’s   my job to act as a killjoy/the sensible one and prevent everyone from spending all  of  the  JCR’s   money on frivolous things. My main job during the year is to organise the budgets for the Sports and Societies to make sure they have enough money to keep performing at the highest level. I look forward to meeting you all in October Ben Hamer JCR Treasurer Committee-Finance Comm To help Ben, he has a group of finance gnomes, normally called Finance Comm, who are there to ensure the proper financial management of the JCR, make sure the Treasurer  isn’t  doing  anything  they  shouldn’t  be  doing,   and to make sure the JCR members  don’t  do  anything  that  will  financially  ruin  the  JCR!    The  committee  is   made  up  of  the  President  of  the  Society,  the  JCR’s  Vice-President,  the  JCR’s   Treasurer, and various Finance Comm members. Most of the Finance Comm members are elected at the first JCR meeting of the first term, so if you want to get involved and like looking after large amounts of money, Finance Comm is a fairly easy way in! So what do you get from it? The money you pay to the JCR will be spent on the JCR facilities, for example, we have recently spent £2,500 updating the music room in Fonteyn, have completely renovated  the  gym  at  Parson’s  Field,  and  are  close  to  completing  renovation  of  the   gym on the Bailey. The library has a large annual budget to allow them to buy any books you want, saving you from having to buy them or fight for them at the University library. The money also goes to the sports and societies and  we’re proud to say we spend more money on our sports and societies than any other college. This means that you get to benefit from better and newer equipment and, thanks to the new JCR grants introduced last year, better coaching and training. The £35 also goes towards our budget for social events. So for £35 you get – a  year’s  membership  to  two  gyms;;  a  year’s  membership  to  a   music room; a  year’s  library  membership  with the ability to order any book you need; 14

the chance to join some of the best equipped sports teams and societies in the University (though most of them do still charge additional  subs,  but  they’re  still   cheaper than student memberships are elsewhere); and some of the best socials in Durham. Not to mention the chance to develop yourself personally by standing for a JCR position or getting some money to help you get on a coaching course. All of that for  just  £35  a  year?    It’s  not  a  bad  deal  really! IMPORTANT NOTE If you are still unconvinced however and wish to opt out of the JCR please get in contact with the President, cuthberts.jcr-president@durham.ac.uk and the charge will be removed from your first accommodation bill.

Our Facilities
The Bars There  is  a  sign  above  the  door  of  the  Bailey  bar  saying  “Don’t  let  your  degree  get  in   the  way  of  your  education”.    This basically means that while you are at University, you have a fantastic opportunity to learn about life and the wider world. Our bars are an ideal place to start learning about things other than your degree, simply by talking to as many people as possible. Who would have thought that bars could be good for your education?The person in charge of the bars is the Bar Steward, Shawnee Mark, so  she’ll  tell  you  more  about  them  after  introducing  herself... The Bar Steward (House 12, cuthberts.bar@durham.ac.uk) Hi,  I’m  Shawnee  and  I’m  your  Bar  Steward  for  2013 -2014. Cuth’s  is   lucky to have two of the best and busiest college bars in Durham, and I am responsible for running them and making sure you get the most out of them. I will ensure the bars are stocked up with your favourite drinks and snacks, the sports you love are available to watch and there  are  plenty  of  events  and  nights  to  ensure  your  Fresher’s  year  is   the best it can be. The bars at Cuth's are also a great way to make some extra money whilst seeing your friends and meeting new people and I will be asking for applications in first term for students who are interested in working behind the bar. The main thing I would like to stress is that the bar is for student s  and  as  such  I’d   love to hear any opinions, suggestions or comments from you guys – I would love to work closely with you to make sure the bar is the best it can be for you. See  you  in  Fresher’s  week!  x Shawnee Mark Society Bar Steward

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Our bars are open longer than any other college bar, which makes them a perfect place to relax in the early evening or after playing sports. Both bars open at 12:30 at the weekend, which makes them perfect if you want to watch a sporting event, or just enjoy not having any lectures! During the week Brooks opens at 3pm and has plenty of  tables,  making  it  a  slightly  more  social  place  to  work  if  you’re  fed  up  of  your   room, have to do group work or just fancy a pint of Fanta and a bag of crisps while working.    It’s  also  a  very popular  place  for  sports  teams  to  go  to  ‘recover’  after  their   training sessions on Wednesday afternoons since the Maiden Castle sports pitches are only about 5 minutes away. The Bailey bar opens at 5 during the week. Both bars are open until 11pm from Monday-Thursday, then until midnight on Friday and Saturday and 10:30pm on Sunday. Both bars have full Sky TV packages and will show whatever people want, though if two big events clash one will be shown at Brooks and the other at the Bailey. Both bars also have new sound systems and access to Spotify and music channels. Both bars also have darts boards and pool tables, as well as a selection of board games and Itboxes to give you a chance to win some money on quiz games. On a similar note, there is a weekly Pub Quiz, held in Brooks bar on a Sunday at 8pm, which is a great chance to win some money, or just have a good time rejoicing in your collective ignorance of weird facts!

Jobs As Shawnee mentioned, the bar always needs members of staff, and like the library, everyone  who  works  behind  one  of  our  bars  is  a  current  student,  so  if  you’re   interested in a job, look out for an email from Shawnee asking for applications, then send her your CV. No previous experience is necessary! The Library Like all of the other  colleges,  Cuth’s  has  our  own  library  (named  after  a  former   Senior Tutor, Charles Holmes) to save you trekking up to the University library and fighting to get a book out of there. Unlike any of the other colleges, our library is entirely student run and is a great way to earn some cash in your free time. If you are interested in a job at the library, send an email to cuthberts.jcr-library@durham.ac.uk or come along to the library stall at the Freshers’  Fair.    We  don’t  currently  have  a   Librarian, but we do have an Assistant Librarian, so over to Harriet Rawet to give you all the information you will ever need about our library... 16

Meet the Exec – The  (Assistant)  Librarian’s  Welcome (House 8; cuthberts.jcr-library@durham.ac.uk) Hello! I'm Harriet and I will be your Assistant Librarian for the coming year. All the colleges have their own library and Cuth's in no exception. It's located on the ground floor of House 8 and the code to get through the front door is 512 (you have to turn the handle to the right, gets me every time). The library is only for Cuth's students so you can often find books in there that have already been snapped up in the main library, and if there's an academic book you want that we don't have, you can request it and we'll get it for you. You do this using the book request form in the library section of cuths.com. Opening hours are 11am-8pm on weekdays and 12pm-6pm on weekends, but these are extended to 9am-9pm in exam time. Your campus card works as your library card too so you're automatically registered. You can take out up to 15 books at a time and the standard loan time is three weeks, although some of the more popular books in the main library are only available on a shorter  loan  but  they’ll  be  available  in  our  library  for  3  weeks,  so  you  don’t  need  to   worry about getting them back as soon! If a book is overdue you get charged 20p per day late and if you have a fine of £5 or more you won't be able to take out any more books until you pay it off. You can only pay your fines at the main library and not at Cuth's, but if it's more than £5 then you can pay it online too. This is important because if you have outstanding library fines they won't let you graduate! Cuth's library is run entirely by students, so if you're interested in getting a job there then just email cuthberts.jcr-library@durham.ac.uk See you soon! Harriet Rawet x JCR Assistant Librarian 17

Gyms & Other Sporting Facilities Cuth’s  has  two  gyms,   both of which are now equipped with professional equipment. On the Bailey (in House 8) is the weights gym, and at Parson’s  Field  (in   Refounders’  House)  is   the cardiovascular gym. Both are open throughout the day and can be accessed via key codes. The Bailey gym is usually closed at night, and although  you  can  still  use  the  one  in  Refounders’  throughout  the  night,  please  be   considerate and remember that people will be trying to sleep above it! Before you use the gym, you must be given a full induction by our Gym Manager (Andrew Rutherford), to make sure you know how everything works but more details about that will be available when you get here. Also on the sports front, we have our own tennis courts, just behind House 12 (the key is available from Reception), as well as the best college boathouse (even the other colleges say so!), and some of the best boats in Durham – up until very recently even the University Boat Club borrowed our top boat! Last year we also bought a new pool table for the Brooks JCR, which those who know about these sort of things claim is the best college pool table in Durham, as well as a new darts board at the Bailey. We also have our own croquet set, basketball and netball hoops and table tennis table, as well as providing plenty of kit for our other sports teams. Music Room Last year the JCR spent £2,500 refurbishing the music room in Fonteyn Court, complete with a piano, a bass head and bass cabinet, combo bass amp, guitar head and speaker cabinet, drum kit, a mini PA system and mixer, two microphones and infinite mic stands and music stands. The key is available from the porters’  office  in  Brooks.    For   the other societies, we also have a dark room on the Bailey for developing photos. Currently none of the other societies have their own dedicated room, but can freely and easily book either the conference room in House 8, or the dining hall in House 12, which is where most of the drama productions are staged. 18

Computer Rooms There  are  computer  rooms  on  both  sites,  in  Refounders’  and  House  8  (by  an  odd   quirk both are virtually next door to the gyms...), so if your laptop is broken or you don’t  have  a  printer  you  can  use  them.    As  with  the  gyms,  you  can  use  the  one  in   Refounders’  all  the  time,  but  House  8  may  be  locked  at  night.    The  computer  rooms   mean that you  don’t  have  to  bring  a  laptop  with  you,  though  it  is  still  advisable.    You   won’t  need  a  printer  (though  it  will  save  you  a  mild  amount  of  hassle  and  mean  you   suddenly make lots of new friends when deadlines are approaching) as we have several and all of the departments will have plenty as well. JCRs Both sites also have a JCR, which stands for Junior Common Room, which, as well as  being  the  name  given  to  the  student  body,  is  also  an  actual  room.    That’s  where  the   pigeon holes and post lists will be displayed and also where the newspapers are kept if  you  want  to  keep  abreast  of  what’s  happening  in  the  real  world.    The  one  at  Brooks   has  a  pool  table  and  giant  TV.    Sadly  the  Sky  deal  doesn’t  extend  to  the  Brooks  JCR   but  you  can  use  it  to  play  DVDs.    You  don’t need to book the JCR, though the pool team may be using the pool table for a match in the evenings, but unless there is a match on, the pool table can be used by anyone (it costs 30p per game). The Bailey JCR is rather short on space, but there is a TV room in House 8 if you feel like watching a DVD in the evenings. Green Machine The Green Machine is our name for all of the technical equipment we own, like lights, UV cannons, all of the equipment for a silent disco and various other technical things that I  don’t  know  the  name  of!    Fortunately  we  have  someone  more  technically   minded  in  charge  of  the  Green  Machine,  but  we’re  always  on  the  lookout  for  people   to  help  with  it,  so  if  you’re  interested  in  tech  stuff,  look  out  for  our  Green  Machine   Technician, Charlie Hudson, who will teach you the important life skill of being able to connect two wires together without electrocuting yourself!

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Sports and Societies
Cuth’s  is  rightly  extremely  proud  of  its  wide  range  of  sports  and  societies,  which   cater for all tastes,  needs  and  abilities,  so  whether  you’re  a  semi-professional footballer, or someone who just likes a kick about, then sign up, because there will be something  for  you!    In  recent  years,  Cuth’s  has  regularly  been  one  of  the  top  two   college rugby teams in  the  men’s  game,  while  the  ‘B’  team  were  in  the  Premiership   last year. The rugby success is not limited to the men, with the women dominating their  league,  and  regularly  providing  up  to  half  of  the  University’s  Women’s  Rugby   squad.    Our  women’s  football  team have also enjoyed recent success, winning the cup last  year,  while  the  men’s  football  team  finished  runners-up in the league, as did both the  men’s  and  women’s  hockey  teams.    The  men  and  women’s  badminton  teams  won   their respective leagues and our men’s  rowing  squad  were  the  fastest  college  crew   throughout last year, and were the only Durham college to go to the qualifiers for Henley Royal Regatta over the summer. Our Big Band is the best in the University, and is regularly invited to perform in other colleges and for the Vice-Chancellor, while our choir have sung in Durham Cathedral, York Cathedral and Hexham Abbey. Cuth’s  Drama  Society  perform  a  range  of  different  plays  throughout  the  year,  all  of   which have received recent excellent reviews. If you’re  less  competitive,  we  have  several  non-competitive sports teams, like the Climbing Club, and many of our sports teams will cater for the more amateur level players, as evidenced by the large number of football and pool teams, both of whom range from Premier  Division  ‘A’  teams,  down  to  ‘E’  or  ‘F’  teams.    Or  perhaps  you   want the opportunity to try something new at University? None of our sports teams or societies require any previous experience, so you can pick up anything from scratch or after a break. Two of the most popular sports teams for complete beginners are Ultimate Frisbee and the Boat Club, especially as rowing is a very stereotypical Durham sport! Or you might discover a talent for Art or Drama you never knew you had! Whatever your interests or  level,  Cuth’s  can  cater  for  you,  and   if  we  can’t  then  you  can  always  start  your  own  team  or  society. Over now to the man whose job it is to oversee this plethora of teams and societies, Rich Root... Meet the Exec – Sports’  and  Societies’  Chair’s  Welcome (cuthberts.jcr-sportsandsocs@durham.ac.uk) Welcome  to  Cuth’s  you  lucky  pumpkins.  I’m  Rich  Root  and  I’ll   be  the  Sports’  and  Societies’  Chair  for  your  first  year.  That  means   I can help you get involved with all our societies and sports teams as well as making sure they all run smoothly. I’m  sure  you’ll  soon  realise  that  Cuth’s  has  better  societies  than   all of those other pesky colleges, and you can see a list of them just over a few pages. Please get in touch with specific societies if you have questions before you arrive, or have a chat with me when you get here. See you soon! 20

Rich Root JCR Sports and Societies Chair Induction Week Fair This takes place during the afternoon of the second Saturda y  of  Freshers’  Week,  held   in the dining hall, and is your chance to sign up for the sports and societies that interest you. All of the sports and societies will set up a table, usually with photos or bits of kit to show you exactly who they are. Some of them might also have free food... Most people usually sign up for just about everything, even if they have absolutely no experience of it, but if you do miss signing up, you can either email Rich, or have a look in both JCRs, where there is a list of email addresses for all of the sports and societies. That exact list has been meticulously copied out for you below,  so  if  you’re  really  keen  you  can  email  people  before  you  arrive! Art Society Badminton Club Basketball Club Big Band Boat Club (Rowing) Choir Christian Union Climbing Club Cricket  Club  (Men’s) Cricket  Club  (Women’s) Cuth’s  Real  Ale  and  Cider   Appreciation Society Darts Club Drama Society Football  Club  (Men’s) Football  Club  (Women’s) Hockey Club (Men’s) Hockey  Club  (Women’s) Mixed Lacrosse Club Netball Club Pool Club elisa.beeley@durham.ac.uk james.horne@durham.ac.uk 21 l.r.morrell@durham.ac.uk george.goldhagen@durham.ac.uk s.a.appleton@durham.ac.uk alexander.kirton@durham.ac.uk elizabeth.ricketts@durham.ac.uk j.k.m.tsang@durham.ac.uk j.j.fenney@durham.ac.uk j.d.somerton@durham.ac.uk cuthberts.boatclub@durham.ac.uk natasha.richardson@durham.ac.uk rebekah.prince@durham.ac.uk a.r.bloom@durham.ac.uk joseph.snow@durham.ac.uk joseph.snow@durham.ac.uk cuth.aleandcider@durham.ac.uk

Rugby  Union  Club  (Men’s) Rugby  Union  Club  (Women’s) Squash Club Tennis Club Ultimate Frisbee Club

s.e.cuthbert@durham.ac.uk miriamgannon@googlemail.com j.a.mitchison@durham.ac.uk k.c.lam@durham.ac.uk edmund.barry@durham.ac.uk

Most of the sports and societies will also have a Facebook page or group (called something fairly obvious if you want to search for it) so you can also try contacting them that way and a few may even have Twitter pages! New Societies So,  you’ve  had  a  look round  the  fair,  but  couldn’t  find  the  sport  or  society  you  were   looking  for?    Well,  not  to  worry,  you  can  always  start  it  yourself!    To  do  this  you’ll   need to submit a motion to a JCR meeting (we usually have two or three a term) and you’ll  need  to  get  fourteen  people  to  support  you  (it  sounds  like  a  lot,  but  shouldn’t   be too difficult, since there are about 1,300 students in Cuths...). To make things a bit clearer,  here’s  a  recent motion that helped to create a new society to illustrate the process: This JCR Notes [this section tells everyone the current situation]     The lack of a society dedicated to appreciating the wonder and magic of cider and ale The  wide  range  of  lager,  spirits  and  “alcopops”  available  at  Cuths  Bar The love for Ale and Cider that burns in the heart of some students The ability of students to create societies and clubs for the benefit of students of the society The  students  of  St.  Cuthbert’s  Society  would  b enefit from a society dedicated  to  the  promotion  and  appreciation  of  Ale  and  Cider  in  Cuth’s   Bars and in external events

This JCR Believes [this section is why the current situation should be changed]: 

This JCR resolves [and this section is how we want to change it]  To create the Cuths Ale and Cider Appreciation Society for the promotion and appreciation for Ale and Cider.

Proposed by: SC Seconded by: RK, LM, AM, BA, CC, KM, BS, LT, AT, BR, KR, AR, SR, RG (so  this  shows  the  14  people  who  seconded  the  motion,  there’s  nothing  to  stop   you having more than 14 seconders though). If you do want to set up a new society or have any questions about it, send an email to Rich (cuthberts.jcr-sportsandsocs@durham.ac.uk) who will help you through all of the  steps,  especially  as  he’s  very  keen to increase the number of societies we have, so will be eager and happy to help! 22

Social Events
You will of course need something to help you relax from all the hard work you have to  do  and  from  all  of  the  sports  &  societies  stuff  you’ll  be  doing  when  not in lectures. Happily,  Cuth’s  has  one  of  the  best  social  calendars  of  the  whole  University,  so  over   now to our master of ceremonies, the Social Chair, Gabriel Currie Meet the Exec – Social Chair (cuthberts.jcr-social@durham.ac.uk) Kia  ora  and  welcome  to  Cuthbert’s  – probably the best  college  in  the  world.  I’m  Gabe  and  I’m  your   Social Chair! Congratulations on your results and place here – now we begin the fun. But  first,  a  bit  about  me:  I’m  a  fourth  year Spanish student, so I spent last year in various corners of the world reliving the gap yah I never had. In what little spare time I have I like walking up mountains, Due South (yes, you can borrow the box set), going to Klute, appreciating terrible music, and running around Yorkshire with the Army. My job as social chair is to organise and run the many social events in college this year, beginning of course with Freshers’  Week  2013.  With  the  help  of  the wonderful  team  of  freshers’  reps,  you will be introduced to all that is great and good about Cuths, University and Durham. We’ve  got  loads  of  great  events  planned  which  should  cover  most  people’s  tastes,  so   do come down and meet everyone. It’s  not  just  about  Freshers’   Week. With the help of the elected Social  Committee  I’ll   be putting on acoustic nights in the bar, formals in the dining hall, balls, feasts, parties,  college  nights  in  town,  silent  discos,  as  well  as  Cuth’s  Day:  our  very  own   music festival. There really is something for everyone. I’ll  be  around all week so please do come say hi, and join me for a drink in one of our wonderful  bars.  If  you  have  any  questions  (before,  during  or  after  freshers’)  then   please contact me via the email above. I hope you have a truly awesome time not just during this week but for the rest of your  time  here;;  remember:  Durham  firmly  believes  your  degree  shouldn’t  get  in  the   way of your education. Good luck. Gabe Currie JCR Social Chair Big Events Cuth’s organises one big event per term, the Winter Ball (22nd Nov) just before Christmas, the 23

Feast of St Cuthbert (28th Feb) just  before  Easter,  and  Cuth’s  Day  (21st June) after exams. The Winter Ball is a formal meal held in an external venue and the Feast is another  formal,  held  in  Cuth’s.    Both  also  have  events  afterwards  so  if  you  don’t  want   to  go  to  the  meal  (or  more  likely,  can’t  get  a  ticket  as  they  sell  out  fast!)  you  can  still   go  along  to  the  events  afterwards.    Cuth’s  Day  is  the  big  event  of  the  year  that   everyone can go to as the capacity is not limited in the way it is for formal meals. Cuth’s  Day  is  your  chance  to  celebrate  the  end  of  exams.    It’s  held  in  the  gardens  on   the  Bailey,  the  Bailey  bar  is  open  from  10am,  and  we’ve  got  two  stages  featuring   music  from  current  Cuth’s  students  and  big  name  groups,  for  instance in recent years we’ve  had  Yadi,  5ive,  Mr  Hudson  and  S  Club! Formals and Smaller Events Obviously  we  don’t  just  have  the  three  big  events,  we  also  organise  a  wide  variety  of   events,  whether  they’re  themed  (like  Chinese  New  Year,  Halloween,  Valentine’s Day), formal meals or something slightly more intellectual! Formals are black tie dinners, where you wear a posh suit and bow tie or a full length evening dress (if  you’ve  ever  seen  a  film   set  in  a  casino,  you’ll  be  wearing   what  they’re  wearing).     We have a large number of formals planned (18 in total) starting from your first few days in Durham and going right the way through to mid-June. We normally have two a month (so one a fortnight, usually held on Wednesdays) but in October we will be having one every week, so you will have plenty of opportunities to get some wear out of your dinner jackets or posh frocks! For those of you who want to be organised, or just want to start filling up your diary, the dates of the formals in first term will be: September 26th (for International and Postgraduate students); October 3rd (Undergraduate Freshers); October 9th; October 16th (the Prize Giving Formal); October 23rd (the Foundation Formal); October 30th, November 13th; November 27th; December 10th and 11th (the two Christmas Formals). Last  year  Cuth’s  started  to  focus  on  providing  some  more  academic  based  events   mainly, but not exclusively, for Postgraduates. We introduced the Research Forums, at  which  postgraduates  get  to  talk  about  the  research  they’re  currently doing, and a spin off from that in which final year undergraduates are given one powerpoint slide and five minutes to talk about their dissertation. We also had several guest speakers come in to talk on topics ranging from the Northern Lights to Speech Writing, as well as the inter-disciplinary  ‘Senses  Symposia’,  at  which  people from different fields talked about a sense from their particular viewpoint. These are all things that we hope to continue this year, beginning with talks on Sunday, October 6 th at the Bailey, 24

starting at 8pm. If you would like to talk at one of these events, then please get in touch  with  the  Postgraduate  and  Mature  Students’  Rep (currently held by the President). If  you  don’t  feel  like  you’re  at  a  stage  where  you  could  presen t anything yet then come along anyway, the talks are a brilliant way to find out what other people  are  doing,  and  you  might  find  there’s  some  overlap  to  what  you’re  working   on! While the speakers are almost always Postgrads or invited guests, undergraduates are invited along as well and last year we had a brilliant turn out of Freshers  at  all  of  the  talks.    So  if  you’ve  come  to  University  to  actually  learn   something (a shocking idea...) then these talks will be perfect for you! Committees – Social Comm Now clearly  Gabe  can’t  organise  all  of  the  amazing  events  Cuth’s  has  and  do  a   degree and remain sane, without a bit of help. So he has a committee made up of a Major Events Manager (who helps organise the big events like the Winter Ball and Cuth’s  Day),  a  Sponsorship Officer, a Formals Manager (who is in charge of the events  in  Cuth’s),  a  Publicity  Officer,  a  Photography  Officer  and  various  Reps  for   each year group from first years through to postgraduates. All of these are elected in the first JCR meeting of  the  first  term,  so  if  you’re  interested  in  helping  to  make  sure   the  socials  are  run  well,  or  thought  that  the  events  in  Freshers’  Week  were  so  good   you have to help keep things at that standard throughout the year, then get in touch with Gabe and run for a position on Social Comm!

Welfare
Your welfare is obviously a key concern, we want to make sure you have as good a time  as  possible  at  Cuth’s,  which  is  why,  in  addition  to  the  staff  support,  we  also  have   two JCR Welfare Officers. They are there to provide a confidential signposting service and will also anonymously provide condoms through the Condom Fairy. They  are  both  ‘on-duty’  from  8am-8pm, which means they can be contacted via mobile or though a face-to-face meeting. You can of course get in touch with them after 8pm, but please bear in mind that they have to study for their own degrees as well & need some free-time, so if you do need to talk to someone after 8pm, get in touch with the Resident Wardens. Durham also has Nightline, a confidential, nonadvisory, anonymous phone service run by students who can be contacted between 9pm and 7am. More on the Resident Wardens in a minute, but first a few words from our JCR Welfare Officers, Eleanor Harby and Luke Talbot. Meet the Exec – Female Welfare Officer’s  Welcome (Brooks House, Flat I.0.1; Mobile 07503 429 158; cuthberts.jcrfemalewelfare@durham.ac.uk) Hello, freshers! I'm Eleanor Harby, a second year psychology student. I will be your female welfare officer for this year. "What does that mean?" I hear you whisper with excitement and anticipation. Basically, I'm available to listen to any problems you might have and signpost you to the right places. Of course, the weekly 25

drop-in sessions I’ll  be  holding  aren't  exclusively  for  personal  or  academic  problems.   If you want a good old rant or even just a friendly chat, come on by! I have free chocolate!! You'll be seeing me around in fresher's week. I'll be the one serving water and toast as well  as  busting  out  some  sweet  moves  in  the  silent  disco  (#Welflair).    I’ll   be around throughout the year to listen to any problems you might have, whatever they are BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WELFARE IS FOR!!! I shall wait with bated breath for your arrival. Eleanor Harby JCR Female Welfare Officer Meet the Exec – Male  Welfare  Officer’s  Welcome (Mobile 07584 048 694; cuthberts.jcr-malewelfare@durham.ac.uk) My name is Luke Talbot, I am a third year Natural Sciences student and I am going to be your Male Welfare Officer in the coming academic year. I see Eleanor has already introduced herself and the role of the Welfare Officers  so  I  won’t  bore  you  and  go  through  it  twice!  I  will   be  around  in  Fresher’s  Week, so feel free to come and say hi! Along with Eleanor, I will be holding weekly drop-in sessions- twice the chance to come and see one of us if ever you need to! Throughout the year, we will be running various campaigns so keep an eye out. Hope you are all having a good summer and cannot wait to see you all! Luke Talbot JCR Male Welfare Officer Condom Fairy As well as running Drop-Ins and Campaigns, both welfare officers carry a plethora of sexual health supplies (condoms, lube, pregnancy tests etc.) that are free of charge to use. This service is affectionately known as The Condom Fairy. You can get access to these by getting in contact with either welfare officer via email with a preferred way of dropping these off to you. However practicing safe sex isn’t  just  about  having  the   right protection and taking the right precautions, it is also about asking whether you are  doing  something  you’re  comfortable  with  and  whether  you’re  doing it with the right person. Many students come to university with very little sexual experience and our advice is to wait till, at the very least after, Freshers’ Week before making decisions to get involved in the sexual side of life (if at all)! That being said both welfare officers and resident wardens are on standby to talk to confidentially about any concerns you may have.

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Resident Wardens The  Resident  Wardens  are  two  members  of  University  Staff  who  live  in  Cuth’s  and   are paid to offer out of hours welfare support (in other words from 8pm to 8am). Phil Bolton is the resident warden  at  Parson’s  Field  (Mobile  07584  364  847),  and  lives  in   Brooks House Flat D3.1, and combines his resident warden work with his day job as a teaching fellow in the German department. The bailey warden (Mobile 07584 364 736) lives in House 8. The previous Bailey resident warden left in July (for a job in Stockton of all places!) and the college staff are currently in the process of hiring someone  to  take  over.    At  the  time  of  going  to  press  (I’ve  always  wanted  to  say   that...)  we  don’t  know  who  will  be the resident warden for the Bailey but we do know that they will be in place by the time you get here! Both of them will be delighted to have  a  chat  with  you,  whether  it’s  about  welfare  or  you  just  want  to  talk.    Their   mobile phone numbers are also on display around both sites, so if you do need any support after 8pm, get in touch with them. Committees – Welfare Comm Welfare  Comm’s  job  is  to  ensure  the  smooth  running  of  the  JCR’s  Welfare  Support   Structure, and to raise awareness of all of the campaigns being run. The Welfare Comm  is  made  up  of  the  President  of  the  Society,  the  JCR’s  Vice-President, the two JCR Welfare Officers, and two JCR Assistant Welfare Officers, one male and one female as well as the LGBTa (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Officer and Students with Disabilities Officer. Welfare Comm can then recruit Welfare subofficers,  who  help  them  but  aren’t  members  of  Welfare  Comm. For this year the Assistant Female Welfare Officer is Sam Tobin and the LGBTa Officer is Hannah Wade. The positions of Assistant Male Welfare Officer and the Students with Disabilities Officer are both still open.

Security Durham is a safe and secure city – but please be sensible about your safety! As with any place, Durham can have its problems and it is very important you take care of yourself and your belongings; if you follow your common sense, this should be easy. Try not to walk alone at night. Walk home in groups, or get a taxi. Or the DSU-run Nightbus runs every night from 9pm to 3am, has stops all over the city and only costs 50p. If you do walk home, keep to well-lit  streets  and  don’t  walk  along  the  riverbanks.   DSU have a supply of Attack alarms for sale at around £2. They are small and discrete and can be put in a handbag (if you have one, carry it with  you!).  Don’t  have   an  attitude  of  ‘It  won’t  happen  to  me!’  Everyone  should  carry  them,  as  they  can  be   enough to frighten away an attacker. Room/Building Security When you are in your accommodation always be alert. NEVER leave your room unlocked, even when you just pop out for a few seconds. ALWAYS lock your door! 27

-Don’t  leave  your  keys  in  the  door  or  lying  around. -When you go out close all your room windows: if a lock is fitted, use it. -Be aware of strangers in/around your accommodation and never let anyone in unless you know who they are and are sure they are supposed to be in the accommodation. If you  have  any  doubts,  you  should  call  the  Society’s  staff  (0191  3343400)  or  porters   (0191 33 43470). -Ensure that you lock the main entrance to your accommodation and encourage others to do the same. -Avoid putting your name or room number on your key ring in case they get lost or stolen. (If your key comes with a tag with this information on, take the tag off!) -Use fire exits only in an emergency, not as a short cut. -Report any suspicious activities and strangers to the Society staff (0191 3343400) or porters (0191 33 43470), University Security (0191 3342222) or the Police (0345 60 60 365). Keeping your Stuff Safe -The most commonly stolen items from student accommodation are TVs, videos, hi-fi gear (including CDs), and your computers. -Never leave your valuables on open view: keep them out of sight if you can. -Do not leave your valuables in communal areas – these areas are often very easy to get into and things have gone missing in the past. -Obtain insurance cover for your valuables or check your parents’ home insurance to see if you are covered under their policy. -List all your valuable property and note serial numbers and descriptions; if your gear is stolen your insurers will need this information. -Consider marking your property with a post-code; the cheapest method is by using an ultra-violet pen. A property-marking scheme will be organised by the JCR and the Police. Use it! (See Marking Your Property section below.) -Stickers are available to say that your property has been marked. Remember criminals want their job made easy – so thieves do not like identifiable property. -Report any theft or loss immediately to the Police and University Security. If the item is insured, you will need to provide a police record to make your claim. Cash -Look after your cash, chequebook, cash cards and credit cards. -Avoid carrying large quantities of cash. -Keep your cheque card and chequebook in separate places. -Keep  your  PIN  number  to  yourself.  Don’t  write  it  down. -Don’t  leave  purses  and  wallets  lying  around. -Look after your purse and wallet, especially in a crowded place. A wallet in a back pocket is an easy target for a thief. -Sign your credit and bankcards immediately upon receiving them. -When using cash machines try to go in daylight hours. Go with a friend if possible. -Look around before inserting your card/entering your PIN and do not count your money in full view of strangers. -Report any theft or loss immediately to your Bank and the Police. Out on the Town -When you go out, take extra care of your belongings. -Do not leave your bag (keep it fastened), purse or wallet unattended. 28

-If  you’re  in  a  café,  bar  or  restaurant,  hook  your  foot  or  a  chair  leg  throu gh the straps of your bag to prevent it being snatched. Always keep an eye on it – DON’T  hang  it   on the back of your chair. -When  you’re  shopping  and  trying  on  clothes,  keep  an  eye  on  your  bag. -Be aware of pickpockets. -Again, if you have anything stolen, report it to the Police as soon as you can. -If  drinking,  don’t  get  so  smashed  you  don’t  know  where  and  who  you  are. -Keep an eye on your drink. Getting your drink spiked is not common but it does happen. -If you suspect you are being followed, head to a public place – bars and clubs will often have people inside cleaning up who will usually be fine with you waiting there or using their phone if you explain your situation to them. Getting Around -When using a taxi, always sit in the back behind the driver. Also, be wary of getting into  a  car  which  is  ‘child-locked’  and  never  be  afraid  to  demand  to  be  let  out.  If  the   driver stalls or refuses, call the police. -If you are female and travelling alone, you can explain your situation to the taxi firm and possibly get bumped up the list. -Each taxi in Durham has a two digit number displayed on it – this identifies the car and driver. Make a note of it before you get in the taxi. -Avoid out of the way bus stops and quiet areas of bus stations and railway stations. -Sit as close to the bus driver as possible. -If you are pestered by someone on a train or a bus, complain to the driver or guard. -Never hitch-hike or accept  lifts  from  strangers.  (Unless  it’s  for  DUCK  on  a   sponsored hitch-hike – and even then, use your common sense!) Your Bike -Always lock your bike when you leave it, even if it is only for a minute or so. -Solid locks, such as a D-Lock are far better than chains. -Fasten it to something solid, e.g. a bike rack, lamp post or railing – but  don’t  leave  it where it will get in the way. Try to use the provided cycle racks. -Don’t  leave  it  unattended  in  the  city  area  at  night,  even  if  it  is  secure. -Postcode it. -Wear protective headgear and bright colours whilst cycling. -Use lights in poor visibility and when it is dark. -Remember, a lot of Durham City Centre is pedestrianised – so do not ride your bike in these areas. University Security -The University provides a specialist Security Service. As a student you will have their protection and they can be contacted 24 hours a day on 0191 3342222 -You can now also contact the Police’s  University  Liaison  Officer  PC. Philip Raine on 0345 6060365. -If you have a crime committed against you while on University property, report all details to Security in addition to the Police and Society staff. -Always carry your campus card. It is not only essential for using many of the University’s  services;;  it  is  also  required  under  the  University’s  regulations.  Be  ready   to produce your card if requested by the Security staff or other authorised persons. 29

-UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS STATE THAT YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE IDENTIFICATION IF REQUESTED TO DO SO WHILE IN UNIVERSITY PROPERTY. -The University operates a Community Liaison Patrol and a Community Hotline which residents and students can use to report problems involving students. -Upon receipt of a report the Community Liaison Patrol will deal with the matter as quickly as possible, attending the location if necessary. -The Patrol (and other members of University staff) have the authority to request that individuals believed to be members of the University identify themselves. -If you need Security assistance – telephone Internal 2222 or External (i.e. from mobiles) 0191 3342222 -If you need the Community Liaison Patrol – telephone 0191 334 2222. Property Marking -Mark it to keep it – make thieves think twice! – property marking is your second line of defense against thieves. -Nobody wants to be burgled and lose their valuable property, so property marking has  to  make  sense.  It’s  a  way  in  which you can help the police to protect you by deterring burglars and tracing more stolen property. -Deter would-be thieves by marking your property with your own postcode and your house or flat number (or the first two letters of the name of your house). Then, if your property is stolen it will be much easier to trace, as it can be positively identified as yours. -If  you  move,  just  place  an  ‘X’  at  the  end  of  your  old  postcode  and  mark  your   property again with your new postcode, as described above. -Take a good look around your room. Consider all the things you would be sorry to lose or find hard to replace, then mark them! Remember that anything remotely useful or attractive is resalable. -For instance, all your electrical and mechanical goods, household appliances, furniture, pictures, ornaments, CDs and tapes, in fact anything can be a target of thieves. -Permanent marking: Engraving and punching identifies your property for good. Inexpensive tools and kits for the job can be bought from DIY shops and ironmongers. Improvising by scratching to save yourself the outlay is acceptable but might need a little extra care. -Punching with a hammer and a set of punches bearing marking information. Use only on heavier metal – items such as bicycles. N.B. Aluminium is easily damaged by punching and should not be marked in this way. -Invisible marking: For valuable property which might be devalued or spoiled by visible  marking,  there’s  an  invisible  ultra-violet marker. Burglars cannot see it, but if something marked is stolen the police can identify it with a special ultraviolet lamp. UV markers are available from the President and Livers Out  Rep  free  of  charge.  It’s   important to remember that UV marking fades and will need to be renewed every so often. -Where you mark your property matters – particularly if you are using the engraving method.  If  you  prefer  the  mark  to  remain  out  of  sight,  you’ll  obviously  choose   somewhere behind or underneath the article. The really important thing to remember 30

is to select a surface that  can’t  be  removed  without  spoiling  the  basic  appearance  or   performance of the article. -Burglars hate marked property – so  use  ‘Marked  property’  stickers:  It  pays  to  have   these visible. Place tickers strategically – anywhere a burglar might force an entry. They are an effective deterrent, and are available free from the Durham Police Station. Health Care University Health Centre or Claypath Medical Practice Green Lane 26 Gilesgate Durham Durham DH1 3JX DH1 1QW Tel: 0191 386 5081 Tel:0191 333 2830 When you arrive in Durham, you should register with the University Health Centre. On  the  Tuesday  of  Freshers’  Week  there  will  be  a  medical  registration  at  Brooks  from   2:30pm-5:30pm, so that is your best chance to do it, though if  you  can’t  make  that,   you can also just go along to the Health Centre and do it there. Contacts Society staff - 0191 33 43400 Porters - 0191 33 43470 University Security and Community Liaison Patrol - 0191 33 42222 The Police - 0345 60 60 365 University Health Centre - 0191 386 5081 JCR Welfare Officer (Female) – 07503 429 158 JCR Welfare Officer (Male) – 07584 048 694 Resident Warden (Bailey) – 07584 364 736 Resident  Warden  (Parson’s  Field)  – 07584 364 847

Representation
Right,  now  that  you’ve  heard  what  your  membership  of  the  JCR  will  get  you,  it’s   time  to  hear  how  the  JCR  is  run.    And  before  you  skip  this  section,  it’s  actually  very   important  because  it  will  let  you  know  who  to  go  to  if  you’ve  got  a  problem  and  how   to go about solving it! How is the JCR run? Essentially like a democratic government. Each year students are elected to positions on the executive committee (or Exec) to fulfil specific roles. They then carry out these roles for one academic year, and report back to you at the JCR meetings, which happen two or three times a term, and are held in the Bailey bar.    Any  contributing  member  of  the  JCR  may  attend  the  JCR  meetings  (and  you’re   all  strongly  encouraged  to  come  along!),  where  we  discuss  issues  relating  to  Cuth’s   and try to improve things for current and future students. At the meetings, the Exec will  report  on  what  they’ve  done  since  the  last  meeting,  and  you  can  ask  them   (relevant) questions. Motions will also be submitted, discussed, possibly amended and then voted on. At this stage  you’re  probably  wondering  how  a  bunch  of   disorganised students manage to have an organised meeting. Well, the JCR Chair is elected specifically to keep the meetings to order and to be impartial in all 31

discussions. This seems like the opportune moment to introduce the person tasked with this difficult role, so over to Cressida Peever... Meet the Exec – Chair’s  Welcome (cuthberts.jcr-chair@durham.ac.uk) My name is Cressida Peever and I am your JCR Chair for the year! I am a final year English Lit student, interested in journalism and theatre. My role ensures that JCR meetings run smoothly, fairly and in line with the constitution, and it is also my responsibility to encourage as many of you as possible to come to meetings and give your opinion about how  Cuth’s  is  run.  If  you  have  any   questions about the JCR, or even anything at all, please contact me and I’ll  endeavor  to  answer  your  questions   to the best of my ability! Cressida Peever JCR Chair

So,  you’ve  heard  from  Cressida,  and  been  enthused  with  a  desire  to  attend  a  JCR   Meeting.    What  should  you  do?    Well,  it’s  very  simple.    All  you  have  to  do  is  keep  an   eye out for posters or emails telling you the date of the next meeting (our first meeting of this year is provisionally scheduled for October 14th), then head along to the Bailey bar at the appointed time (usually 7:30pm). Then after the meeting you can hang around for a couple of drinks and a chat. Supposing you want to change something in Cuth’s?    In  that  case  you’ll  need  to   submit  a  motion  to  a  JCR  meeting.    This  sounds  intimidating,  but  again  in  reality  it’s   simplicity itself! Motions have three steps – This JCR Notes (state some facts); This JCR Believes (your opinion); This JCR Resolves (what  you  want  to  do).    Here’s  an   example from a previous meeting to make things a bit clearer: JCR Improvement Motion I. This JCR Notes: [these are the facts] - That the condition of the House 8 TV room has deteriorated over the past few years and is in need of refurbishment - That Brooks JCR, while in a better condition, could also use some improvements 32

II. This JCR Believes: [this is why those facts should be changed] - Improvements to both the House 8 TV room and the Brooks JCR would create better social areas on both sites and provide a nice place where JCR members can relax with friends outside of the bar

III. This JCR Resolves: [this is how we want to change them] - To spend up to £5,000 on improvements to both the House 8 TV room and the Brooks JCR Every motion needs a proposer and a seconder. The proposer will briefly speak on behalf of the motion to explain it, and answer any questions. The motion will then be discussed, and changes may be suggested. So in the above example, someone might have suggested that £5,000 was too much and we should spend less. This is known as an amendment. Someone who suggests an amendment it is not opposed to the motion, but merely wants to change it slightly. Amendments are voted on separately, and if passed will become part of the motion. If there are no further amendments, then the motion itself will be voted on. If there is no opposition, the motion may be passed  on  a  ‘general  aye’  (everyone  shouts  ‘aye’  if  they  agree).    If  there  is  opposition,   someone will speak against the motion, and we will then vote by a show of hands. All  of  this  sounds  quite  complicated,  but  in  reality  it’s  not,  it’s  just  hard  to  explain!     The easiest way to understand motions and meetings is to come along to one, watch and ask questions. If you do have questions, everyone on the Exec adores this sort of thing  (we  wouldn’t  be  on  the  Exec  if  we  didn’t  love  JCR  Meetings!),  so  will  be  very   happy to talk to you about it. The first motion that we have to discuss at the first JCR meeting is this: Re-painting the Weights Gym I. This JCR Notes -The crumbling paintwork in the Bailey Weights Gym -The large proportion of men who use the Gym relative to the few women who use the gym due  to  the  “atmosphere  of  masculinity” II. III. This JCR Believes If the gym looked more presentable, members would treat it with greater respect. That women should feel just as comfortable in the gym as men. This JCR Resolves To repaint the gym to make it a more attractive space To repaint the gym pink so as to make the space less masculine. Proposed by Serge Chapman Seconded by Mike Foulkes 33

If you have an opinion on this motion and wish to voice it (after-all,  it’s  your   money and your gym), please attend the first meeting on the 14 th of October. The other thing that happens in JCR meetings is elections. We have a separate person who runs those, called the Senior Returning Officer or SRO, who takes over from the Chair  for  elections.    As  there  aren’t  always  elections,  the  SRO  has  less  responsibility   than the Chair, so is a JCR Officer, but is not on the Exec. Time for them to introduce themselves, so step forward Lydia Morrell JCR Officers – The  Senior  Returning  Officer’s  Welcome (cuthberts.jcr-sro@durham.ac.uk) Hi! I'm Lydia Morrell, a second year Anthropology student and your Senior Returning Officer. Essentially, this means that I organise JCR elections- your chance to vote for the students who manage different parts of Cuth's. Everyone you'll hear from in this booklet has been voted into their position, and my job is to make sure that elections are fair. In the first JCR meeting of term (it'll probably be on October 14th, but trust me- you'll know about it when the time comes!) several positions that Freshers usually run for will be elected. You'll hear more from me about what these roles are and how to run in due course, but if you're interested and want to know more, feel free to get in touch! Holding a position in first year is a great way to get involved in the JCR and college life in general. Can't wait to meet you all! Lydia x JCR Senior Returning Officer In  Cuth’s  we  have  three election methods, which are as follows: Method (i) – a week long process, with nominations normally closing at midday on the Monday. Candidates need a proposer and seconder, an A4 manifesto and 20 posters. There are also husts held on a Tuesday evening in the Bailey bar. Voting opens at midnight following the husts and remains open until 4pm on Friday, and is carried out via an online system. Every contributing member of the JCR has a Single Transferable Vote (STV – I’ll  explain  it  more  fully  later).    The  results  are  announced   at 5pm in the bar, except for the results of the Presidential election, which are announced from the balcony of House 8. Method (ii) – forms are handed out and collected at the JCR meeting at which the election will occur. A proposer and seconder are needed, but nothing else. The names of the candidates are read out and those at the meeting will be asked if there is a call to hust. If the call to hust is made (or there are more candidates than positions), there will be a hust, followed by a vote held at the meeting by a show of hands. Method (iii) – this method is reserved for those special positions and awards unique to  Cuth’s.    Nominations  are  made  by  the  names  of  candidates  being  shouted  from  the   floor. The Chair will then call out the name of each candidate, and the members present shall cheer for the winner of their choice. It is then left to the Chair’s   discretion who the winner will be  (according  to  the  Standing  Orders  “The  Chair’s   34

judgement shall be wholly questionable and open to disagreement, argument, heckling  and  physical  onslaught”). There are quite a few positions available for next year, which you can run for at the first JCR meeting of the year. Sadly you are all ineligible for two of them (Librarian and Assistant Bar Steward, since you have to have worked in the library/bar for at least two terms before you can run), but can run for all of the other positions. These are: Postgraduate and Mature Students Rep; JCR Stool; Junior Returning Officer; DUCK (Durham University Charities Kommission) Rep; Webmaster; Music Room Manager; Junior DSU Reps and roles on various committees like Social Comm, Finance Comm, Standing Comm and Postgraduate Comm. If you are interested in a position  then  get  in  touch  with  Cressida,  Lydia  or  Serge  and  they’ll  point  you  in  the   right direction. Committees – Standing Comm Standing  Comm’s  job  is  to  interpret  the  JCR’s  governing documents, to investigate complaints against the JCR, advise the JCR on motions and to advise the SRO in matters pertaining to elections. Essentially, they have to check that everything the JCR is doing is in accordance with our constitution and standing orders. Standing Comm is made up of the President of the Society, the JCR Vice-President, the JCR Chair,  the  JCR  SRO,  the  JCR  Stool  (the  Chair’s  deputy),  and  three  Junior  Returning   Officers. The three JROs are elected in the first meeting of the new academic year, so if you want to get involved straight away, this is an excellent way to get right into the heart of things without having too much responsibility.

Trustees As  previously  mentioned  (only  three  or  four  times…),  Cuth’s  JCR  is  an  independent charity that works in partnership with the University. Although the JCR members and JCR Executive committee run a large proportion of day to day college life, just like any other charity we have a Trustee Board who is legally and financially responsible for the Junior Common Room. The Trustee Board is made of alumni, specialists, the president and current students who are elected via Method (i). While the position carries a heavy and scary amount of responsibility it is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about management, budgeting, human resources and legal requirements when running a charity. They have the ultimate say in how the JCR is run (although will not step in except under special circumstances) so are well worth a mention. If you have any questions or interest about being a trustee, please get in contact with the president; cuthberts.jcr-president@durham.ac.uk.

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Welcome  to  Durham  and  England!    If  all  of  this  talk  about  ‘colleges’,  ‘common   rooms’  and  ‘societies’  has  left  you  feeling  confused,  then  don’t  worry!    Unfortunately   they  are  all  quite  difficult  to  explain  unless  you’ve  had  some  experience  of  them,  but   basically,  Cuth’s  will  look  after   the non-academic side of your time at University, from accommodation to social life and your well-being. Having said that, the easiest way to find out what a college is, is to get as involved as possible in what we do! You could try something typically English, like cricket or rowing,  or  something  you’re   more familiar with. Or just sit in the bar and meet people from a different culture. Traditionally Cuth’s  has  always  been  the  most   welcoming college for everyone, regardless of their background, and  that’s  a  reputation  that  we’re   keen  to  keep  up!    So  don’t  worry,   everyone is incredibly friendly and more than happy to chat, but if you do have any questions or issues, the International Student’s  Representative  is  there   to help you out. Over to Catherine Ainsley... Meet the Exec – International  Students  Rep’s  Welcome (cuthberts.jcr-international@durham.ac.uk) Hi Freshers! My name is Catherine Ainsley and I am your International Students Rep for this year! I am originally from England but grew up in America and Singapore and therefore know how it feels to live in a new country and the need to have a family type support system here in Durham. Cuth’s  is  one  of  the  largest  and  most  diverse  student   bodies in Durham and during your time here you will be meeting fellow students from all over the world. As your International Rep my task is to represent you, solve your issues and speak in the interests  of  all  the  international  students  in  Cuth’s.  I   36

will make sure that the international students get the help they need to make the transition as smooth as possible and make their time here in Durham into a great experience. So if you are feeling homesick, need help coping with linguistic or cultural barriers, or just want to hang out with other international students for awhile, I am the person to come to! Throughout the year I will organize social activities and events to further help this transition  into  Durham  social  life,  both  specifically  for  Cuth’s  and  alongside  the   university wide ISA (International Students Association). If you have any questions, issues or ideas, do not hesitate to get in touch. I am looking forward to meeting you all, international or non-international, and hope you enjoy your first year in Durham and  at  St  Cuthbert’s  Society. Catherine Ainsley JCR International Rep Arriving in Durham When  you  arrive  in  Durham  you  will  have  a  few  things  to  sort  out,  but  don’t  worry,   we’ll  give  you  plenty  of  help!    You’ll  need  to  register  with  the  college,  get  your   passport/visa checked and collect a campus card, all of which can be done any time from 9am-5pm from Wednesday-Friday,  so  you’ve  got  plenty  of  time,  and  we’ll   make  sure  there’s  someone  around  to  show  you  where  to  go.    It’s  probably  also  a   good idea to set up a bank account and get a British mobile phone (or sim card) as it will be cheaper for you in the long term. With phones, try to either get a sim card for your  existing  phone,  or  buy  a  cheap  phone  as  it’s  not  really  worth  getting  an   expensive  one  that  you  can’t  use  when  you  get  home.    Most  banks  will  offer student accounts but might need to see proof that you are a student, so you might need to wait until  you’ve  got  your  campus  card  before  setting  one  up.    You’ll  probably  need  your   visa and passport a lot during the first few days but after that you won ’t  need  it  very   much  so  it’s  usually  safest  left  in  your  room,  though  you  might  need  some  form  of   identification to buy alcohol, cigarettes or get into nightclubs. Lastly, language problems. The main thing if you are having issues communicating is not to panic or get  frustrated!    If  you  are  having  issues  in  lectures,  the  University’s  English  Language   Centre  offer  a  range  of  courses  to  help  you  improve.    If  you’re  having  problems  in   day-to-day life then the School of Modern Languages offer a tandem partner scheme where you get partnered up with someone who wants to learn/practise your native language and you can arrange between you how best to work. Or you can just practise on people you live with! Before we move on to the next section, just a quick word on College Families. These get discussed at more length later on, but essentially they are where two second year students look after Freshers who study the same subject as them, and this includes international students. They are well worth getting involved in since they help you to meet new people from different backgrounds who can help you deal with life at Durham whether you need help settling in to English life or just working out what the lecturers expect from you. 37

You will also be provided with an International Family, who will be much like your College Family but made up of people from different parts of the world who will be invaluable for finding out more about adjusting to a different culture. The first event for International Families is Saturday 23rd October at Brooks Bar at 8pm.

Postgraduate and Mature Students
Cuth’s  has  always  had  a  tradition  of   welcoming and including everyone, so unlike  most  other  colleges,  we  don’t   have a separate Middle Common Room  for  Postgraduates,  as  we  don’t   like the idea of segregating them away, so instead we make sure the Junior Common Room can cater for any needs they might have. So if you are a postgraduate or a mature student, join in with all of the Induction Week events,  but  if  they  aren’t  all  to  your  taste,  then make sure you at least go to the Sports and Societies Fair. The Sports and Societies are open to anyone who has paid their JCR  Membership  fee,  so  if  you’ve  played  a  sport  previously,  or  been  part  of  a  society   before, or want to try something new, then head  along!    Even  if  you’ve  played  a  sport   in  the  past  but  can’t  anymore  (because  of  injuries  or  whatever)  and  still  want  to  be   involved, all of our teams could do with coaches and referees, and the JCR can help pay for you to go on courses to get extra qualifications. Even if you want to concentrate on your studies, do remember to take a break occasionally, and head to the  bar  for  a  quiet  drink,  especially  in  the  afternoon  when  there’s  usually  a  more   relaxed atmosphere. The person charged with making sure  you  don’t  feel  you’re   missing out is the Postgraduate  and  Mature  Students’ Rep,  who  hasn’t  yet  been   elected, so if you are keen to get involved, this is your chance! Meet the Exec – Postgraduate and Mature Students’ Rep’s  Welcome  (written  by   a previous incumbent, who is now Vice-President...) (cuthberts.jcr-postgrad@durham.ac.uk) Hello! Doubtless you were hoping to hear from someone else for a change but sadly you’ve  got  to  put  up  with  me  again.    As  I’ve  mentioned  somewhere  else  I’m  currently   in my second year as a PhD student, and in my first year I was the Postgraduate and Mature Students’ Rep,  so  I’ve  been  dragged  in  to  fill  the  gap  (and  encourage  people   to  run  for  the  position...).    Cuth’s  has  an unusual attitude towards Postgrads and Mature students, which surprises some people when they first arrive but which we think  works  well.    Unlike  most  other  colleges,  where  you’re  treated  like  the  poor   relation who no-one listens to and who gets locked away  in  the  MCR  and  isn’t   allowed  to  have  any  fun  or  speak  to  anyone,  at  Cuth’s  you’re  treated  just  like   everyone else. We offer exactly the same advantages as all of the other colleges, we have regular Research Forums, with big name guest speakers as well as giving our postgrads a chance to present their work, formals exclusively for postgrads, meals for mature students, priority booking for some events, the lot! What makes us different is that, unlike most of the other colleges, you can all use every fac ility  that  Cuth’s   38

offers and can attend every event we organise (with two exceptions – the Graduands meals  at  the  end  of  the  year  are  for  graduating  students  only,  and  postgrads  can’t   come to the Formal on the Thursday of Induction Week but you get a welcome meal the  week  before  so  don’t  miss  out).    You  also  won’t  spend  your  entire  time  being   made to feel like a second-class citizen (naming no names but this definitely happens elsewhere in Durham!), being given weird looks every time you enter the bar or being frowned on for talking  to  people.    Sadly  we  don’t  have  a  room  with  a  fireplace  where   you can smoke cigars and drink brandy while sitting in leather armchairs but then nowhere else in Durham does either! Before I move on, just a quick word on College Families. These get discussed at more length in a minute, but essentially they are where two second year students look after Freshers who study the same subject as them, and this includes postgraduates and mature students. They are well worth getting involved in since they help you to meet new people and pass on your knowledge and experience as well as being a great way  to  help  you  deal  with  life  at  Durham,  whether  you’ve  come  from  a  different  uni   (we  do  quite  a  few  things  differently...)  or  haven’t  been  to uni before and want a few tips  on  what  the  lecturers  are  looking  for.    We’ll  also  be  organising  postgraduate   families to help the postgrads meet people in different subjects and often from different cultures. Committees – Postgrad Comm Postgrad Comm is there to make sure that the Postgraduate Students are as well represented as possible and to make sure that they have a chance to be involved. The Committee  is  made  up  of  the  President  of  the  Society,  the  JCR’s  Vice-President, the JCR’s  Postgraduate and Mature Students’ Rep, a Postgraduate Social Rep, a Postgraduate International Rep, a Postgraduate DSU Rep, a Postgraduate Library Rep, and four other Postgraduate Reps. The four reps with specific roles are expected to help both the Postgraduate Rep, and the JCR Exec member responsible for that area  (so  the  Postgraduate  International  Rep  works  with  both  the  JCR’s  Postgraduate   and Mature Students’ Rep,  and  the  JCR’s  International  Rep).    The  8  reps  are  all   elected in the first meeting of the first term, so this is a great chance for postgraduate students  to  get  involved  right  from  the  start  of  their  time  at  Cuth’s,  even  if  they  don’t   want to have too much responsibility. All of the reps must be postgrads. Advice from Previous Mature Students I’m  aware  that  everything so far has been a bit Postgrad-centric, so this section is devoted to the Mature students. Throw off the Imposter Syndrome – many mature students feel that they are at University under false pretences and that someone will eventually try to throw them out. This is ridiculous, you have earned your place by hard work, determination and commitment, so make the very most of everything and ENJOY IT! Recognise your biological clock and use it. Ask yourself what time of day is best for you to work and for how long you can concentrate, then plan accordingly. Keep some time for yourself and for domestic or social activities.

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Non-mature students are OK. Other students will be just as much in awe of you as you are of them. Try to make friends with all age groups  and  nationalities.    It’s  a   great opportunity to mix with a very wide range of people, and you are just the sort of adventurous person to take the initiative in getting to know people. Exchange ideas. Discussing your work and ideas, sharing notes and reading each other’s  work  is  perfectly  acceptable  (just  avoid  plagiarism).    Working  with  others   helps you to pinpoint what is expected of you academically. Mature students often form their own study support groups, asking second and third year students along to give advice. Try to make friends with people in your classes. This sounds like a fairly obvious one, but it can be harder than you think. It is easier to get talking to people in a classroom or a lab environment than it is in lectures. Introduce yourself to people and perhaps arrange to meet up beforehand and go along together. You can also try and go  through  work  together,  it’s  a  great  way  to  get  over  any  academic  problems  and   meet new people. Bring a friend along. You might want to get involved  in  something  but  don’t  want  to   go alone. The best solution is to take a friend with you for moral support. If you feel that you are not coping, ASK PEOPLE! Your tutors, Student Support Service, Counselling Service, Mature Students’ Rep or JCR Welfare Officers will all be able to help. Try to relax and enjoy your time at University. Finally,  get  involved  in  Cuth’s!    We  are  here  to  help  you  get  the  most  out  of  your   university experience and we can only do that if we get feedback from you. If we are not offering events that interest you, let us know and we will try to arrange something that does.

Livers Out
Most of our Freshers will live in society accommodation during their first year, but we do have a few who live out. Also, most of you will choose to live out in your second  year,  though  it  is  possible  to  live  in  for  your  entire  time  at  Cuth’s  if  you  want!     Anyway, when it comes to the tricky matter of choosing houses and house-mates, you’ll  probably  be  grateful  for  some  help,  in  which  case  you’ll  turn to the Livers Out Rep, Millie Tanner... Meet the Exec – Livers Out  Rep’s  Welcome (cuthberts.jcr-liversout@durham.ac.uk) Hiya,  I’m  Millie,  and  can  I  first  congratulate  you  on  making  it  to  the  best  c ollege in Durham – welcome  to  Cuth’s!   As  many  of  you  will  be  “living  in”  this  year  (that   is, living in college accommodation), you might think my job has little to do with you – but you’re  wrong!  The  first  thing  I’ll  be  doing  is   organising you some College Parents – it’s  a  fun   tradition  here  at  Cuth’s  to  assign  you  some   40

‘parents’.  They  are  second  or  third  year  students  who  do  your  subject,  and  can  give   you  lots  of  helpful  advice  on  module  choices  etc.  More  on  Parents’  Night  later  but   make  sure  you’re  there – it’s  one  not  to  be  missed! I’ll  also  be  around  to  support  those  of  you  who  want  to  “live  out”  of  college  in  your   second  year:  I’ll  be  organising  Find-a-Housemate events and giving you lots of information  on  the  different  residential  areas  of  Durham.  I’ ll also be liaising with Durham  Students’  Union  (the  big  dogs)  to  help  you  make  sure  you’re  not  signing  a   dodgy contract. If  you’re  a  student  living  locally  in  your  first  year,  I’m  here  to  support  you  with  any   problems you might have, and to make sure you’re  getting  just  as  much  from  Cuth’s   as those living in! So please do get in touch with me if you have any concerns or problems  with  attending  Freshers’  Week.  I’d  encourage  you  to  come  along  to  as   much as you possibly can –it’s  a  great  opportunity  to  get  to know your fellow freshers, sign up for our huge range of sports and societies, and learn a lot about what Cuth’s  and  the  JCR  can  do  for  you. I look forward to meeting you all after the summer! Millie x JCR Livers-Out Rep As she mentioned in her welcome, Millie also organises the College Families. At this point  you’re  probably  asking  yourself,  what  on  earth  is  a  College  Family?    Well   ponder no more... College Families When  you  arrive  at  Cuth’s  you  will  be  given  ‘college  parents’,  who  do  the  same   degree as you (or a very similar one). The idea is that your parents will be able to give you and your college siblings some subject specific advice and answer any subject related questions you might have, as well as making sure you have a good time by arranging some family get togethers! The college parent system is organised by  the  Livers’  Out  Rep,  so  Millie  has  spent  her  summer  desperately  trying  to  make   sure everything runs smoothly! The first event takes place on October 12 th, in Brooks bar starting at 8pm when you will get to meet your families and your parents will entertain you and look after you!

The  Durham  Student’s  Union
Like  all  other  Universities,  Durham  has  a  Student’s  Union,  which  in  Durham  is   extremely active. All of the colleges are represented at DSU meetings, so we can make  sure  they  don’t  do  anything  we’re  opposed  to  and  so  that  they  get  some   feedback  from  the  colleges.    The  Cuth’s  representative  for  this  year  is  Carl  Okunubi... Meet the Exec – The  Senior  DSU  Rep’s  Welcome (cuthberts.dsurep@durham.ac.uk) Hey there, and welcome to the lovely Cuths! My name is Carl and I am your student 41

representative  at  the  Durham  Students’  Union  (DSU)  this  year.  My  job   entails representing Cuths and the university as a whole at the DSU assembly, and also feeding in information about the DSU to Cuths. Oh and the smooth running of the college University Challenge competition. Most importantly, my role is to make sure all of you are aware of the support and services that the DSU provides. In my spare time I am a third year Physics student and live out in the viaduct. I was also Social Sec and Beneficiaries Manager of Foodcycle Durham which is an organisation that reduces food waste and provides free meals for the community. I am a  keen  member  of  the  Rugby  team  and  also  attend  King’s  Church  Durham. Hopefully I will get to speak to all of you at some point and that you have an enjoyable  Fresher’s  Week.  I  will  be  working  at  Cuths  bar  during  the  year,  so  if  any  of   you want to get to know more about the things I am involved with, I am always happy to have a chat. See  you  in  Fresher’s  Week  and  make  the  most  of  the  years  you  spend  at  Cuths.  This   is the beginning of the rest of your life... Carl Okunubi JCR Senior DSU Rep Carl also has some Junior DSU Reps to help him, and they are elected at the first JCR meeting of the Michaelmas term, so this is another great chance to get involved from the very start, this time on both a collegiate and a University level! DSU Exec The following people will be in charge of running the various arms of the DSU for this academic year. All DSU posts are sabbatical, so everyone who holds one graduated last year. President – Dan Slavin (Biomedical Sciences, Stephenson).As President Dan will be responsible for getting more students involved with, and participating in, the Union. Dan will be the lead student representative; chief spokesperson and figurehead of the Union. Dan will be the primary liaison with the University, Common Rooms, and the National Union of Students. Academic Affairs Officer – David  Morris  (History,  St  Aidan’s).    David  will   represents students on education-related matters to make sure their education meets their expectations, whether teaching, research or support services such as the library. David will support Academic Reps and makes sure the course and faculty representative system runs successfully. He will oversee academic evaluation projects including the National Student Survey and Quality Assurance Agency audits. Activities Officer – Krystina  Warrington  (Natural  Sciences,  St  Cuthbert’s).    As   Activities Officer Krystina will make sure student groups (societies, fundraising groups, volunteering groups and student media) run effectively. She will support student groups in organising events and activities. Krystina will make sure student groups have the resources they need; campaigning for more resources where necessary; and makes sure resources are allocated fairly. She will help student groups 42

to measure how effective they are, offering advice and support to help them become more successful. Communities Officer – Grace Abel (Sociology, Collingwood).As Community Officer Grace will promote student health and wellbeing. She will work to improve nonacademic facilities within the University for students. Grace will champion equality and diversity, supporting and coordinating Associations, liberation and rights campaigns. Grace will help to make accommodation (college and private) better so students can focus on their degree, and champions  the  Union’s  work  in  the   community, including charity fundraising. Development Officer – Chris Pocock (Mechanical Engineering, Trevelyan). Chris will  develop  programmes  and  initiatives  to  enhance  students’  skills  and  graduate   qualities through participation in extra-curricular activities. He will develop relevant training for officers, student group leaders, course/faculty reps, other volunteers and common rooms. As Development Officer Chris will be responsible for the delivery of training, skills programmes and projects in conjunction with Student Groups, student media, charity fundraising, volunteering and other student organisations. He will liaise with the University on issues regarding personal development and employability.

What does the DSU do for us? Representation and Democracy The Union is totally democratic and represents student opinion and concerns to the University, campaigning on your behalf. There are lots of DSU positions, minor and major, which are a great experience and opportunity to meet different people. Societies Durham boasts more societies than any other student union in the country so there is bound  to  be  something  you’re  interested  in,  but  if  there  isn’t  you  could  always  start   your own! Dunelm House This is the concrete monstrosity in town which is home of Kingsgate Bar and Riverside Café. Welfare A variety of services, including personal advice and guidance. Contact the DSU Advice Centre on 0191 3341775 Media Palatinate (our student newspaper) & Purple Radio – which is presented by student DJs and always welcomes new talent, so feel free to get involved. Associations

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LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Association), Mature Students, Postgraduate, Students with Disabilities and International Students all provide support and social networks for students. Charities Through their charity group DUCK (Durham University Charities Kommission), Durham has one of the largest and most successful student charity organisations. They organise a wide range of activities, such as rag raids, Jailbreak, trips abroad and a  giant  duck  race  on  the  river.    If  you’re  interested  they  send  round  frequent  emails  to   let  you  know  what’s  happening,  so  keep  an  eye  out. Go to www.dsu.org.uk to find out more! DSU/Team Durham Induction Week Fair Very  similar  to  the  Cuth’s Fair, but with slightly different societies. Definitely worth popping in to, if only for all of the free stuff you can pick up! The DSU Societies Fair is held in Dunelm House, the Team Durham Sports Fair is held in Elvet Riverside. The DSU Fair will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, but some societies will only be there on one day, so make sure you go to both days! The Sports will all be there on Tuesday, as the second day is usually held in Stockton.

Advice
You’ve  probably  got  a  million  and  one  questions  you  want  to  ask  by  this  point,  but   I’m  going  to  try  to  pre-empt  them  based  on  what  people  normally  ask.    If  I  don’t   answer your question in this section (or elsewhere in the Handbook), then please do ask it! To begin with – What should I bring with me? Checklist of what to bring An alarm clock – students have a deserved reputation for being lazy, so an alarm clock is vital to make sure you get to lectures on time and looking vaguely presentable, as opposed to rushing in 10 minutes late wearing whatever clothes you managed to grab in a mad panic! If you want to save on packing, mobile phones can double as alarm clocks. Bed linen – you can buy a pack from college, otherwise you’ll  need to bring your own. The same goes for pillows (plus if you bring them yourself you can sleep on the way up – unless  you’re  the  one  driving...). Black tie – Some  events  are  specified  as  ‘black  tie’,  which  means  formal  evening   wear, so dinner jackets, bow ties, posh frocks etc. It will very quickly become very expensive if you have to hire one for every event, so buy a cheap one, as it will work out cheaper in the long run. Camera – vital for catching the important moments. Also, your parents will probably pester you for photos of the cathedral in different sorts of weather (mine are 44

always asking for photos). Again, a phone can do service as a camera, but the quality may not be as high. Cheque book and guarantee card – it’s  a  lot  easier  and  safer  to  pay  for things like balls  or  subscriptions  by  cheque  as  it  means  you’re  not  carrying  around  large  amounts   of  money  and  don’t  have  to  go  past  the  cash  machines.    Remember  to  make  a  note  of   your card and account numbers and helpline number in case you lose them. This is also a good idea for phone numbers, as most people tend to lose their phone at some point! Coat hangers – aren’t  provided  and  means  you  can  keep  your  clothes  vaguely  tidy   rather than strewn across the floor. Another one that parents will appreciate. Computer and printer – you  don’t  have  to  have  your  own,  as  there  are  free   computers  and  printers  in  Cuth’s,  at  the  University  library  and  in  departments.     However, it makes life easier if you do have your own (especially your own laptop), as then you can waste time on the internet without leaving your room. Owning a printer will make you very popular around deadlines... Cough/Flu medicine – essential  to  fight  off  the  effects  of  the  famous  Freshers’  Flu.     A rudimentary first aid kit would not go amiss (plasters, Lemsip, Strepsils, paracetamol etc). Crockery and cutlery – some of the accommodation will have pots and pans left over from previous years, but generally crockery is a good investment since, if you are careful, it will last into your life after university, and save you having to buy it then.    Even  if  you’re  fully  catered  it’s  probably  worth  bringing  the  basics  as  you   might want a snack at some point. Decorations – are allowed (and encouraged) to make your room feel a bit more homely. Just be warned that you will be charged for any damage, so only use drawing pins on the notice boards. Departmental information and student loan forms – obviously essential for registration. Fancy dress – many social events in Durham involve some form of fancy dress, so anything  you  have  at  home  will  come  in  handy.    Witches’  hats,  kilts,  togas,  toy  guns,   school uniforms and animal costumes will all be useful. Hat, scarf, umbrella, wellies and gloves – Durham is very cold in the winter, and it rains a lot. Be prepared... Insurance – probably more something to check. Most household policies bought by your parents/yourself will cover your stuff at university providing it is in a locked dwelling.    All  policies  vary  though,  so  best  to  check,  and  if  you’re  not  covered   insurance  doesn’t  cost  much  and  is  definitely  worth  it,  if  only  for  the  peace  of  mind. Internet banking – not vital, as all payments can still be done the old fashioned way, but  it’s  a  lot  more  convenient.    Your  tuition  fees,  accommodation  payments  and  other   payments (one off or regular) can be easily set up and performed rapidly online. Think  about  setting  up  a  direct  debit  so  you  don’t  have  to  pay  fees  face-to-face, it will be done automatically. 45

Laundry Bag – makes it easy to carry clothes to the washing machines. Lamp – not all of the rooms have one, and some of them may be in awkward positions.    Having  said  that,  I’ve  never  needed  a  lamp  while  I’ve  been  at  Cuth’s,  so   it’s  very  much  a  personal  choice.    If  you  think  you  will  need  one  then  bring  one  in   case your  room  doesn’t  have  one  (you  can  always  send  it  back  home  if  you  don’t   need it). National Insurance Number – will be needed for filling out student loan forms, or if you  want  to  get  a  job  in  Durham  (unless  you  don’t  want  to  be  paid...). Paperwork – bring up anything relating to your student loan, tuition fee and anything you’ve  been  sent  by  Cuth’s  or  your  department,  you  never  know  when  you’ll  need  it! Photo ID (Passport/Driving Licence) – will be needed for filling out forms, and also can be used as ID on a night out. Sensible shoes – Durham has cobbles and hills, lots of hills. You will also have to contend with rain and snow, and because everything is so close together, you will be doing a lot of walking. Blisters are not fun, nor is slipping and ending up flat on your face.    Broken  ankles  really  aren’t  fun.    By  all  means  bring  nice  shoes  to  go  with   formal  wear,  just  make  sure  you’ve  got  trainers  and  wellies  as  well.    Durham  is  the   only place where I have seen people in a nightclub wearing wellingtons... Sports Kit – some sports teams will start having trials as early as the first week, so you might not have time to buy kit, so come equipped. Suit/Smart clothes – several events will require you to look smart, from matriculation down to socials, so bring a lounge suit or smart business wear. Tea/Coffee/Similar – even  if  you  don’t  drink  it  yourself,  always  useful  to  have  some   in to offer other people. Towels – aren’t  provided,  and  you  will  need  them,  so  bring  some  up. USB drive – extremely useful to save work onto, and to transport files around. Similarly Dropbox, which is free, comes in very handy as it updates automatically, so you  don’t  need  to  worry  about  your  laptop  crashing  mid -essay. Young  person’s  railcard – will save you quite a bit on train travel and is relatively cheap at £20 for the year. What about money? Grants, Bursaries and Loans Durham has a wide range of grants, bursaries and loans, full details of which can be found at http://www.dur.ac.uk/undergraduate/finance/loans/. If you need any help with financial matters, then get in touch with the Senior Tutor (Sharon Richardson) or Assistant Senior Tutor (Barbara Harrison), who can help you with budgeting or applying for grants. The DSU also offer free confidential financial advice and debt counselling.

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If,  once  you’ve  started  at  Durham,  you  are  unexpectedly  in  need  of  financial  support,   you  can  apply  to  the  Access  to  Learning  Fund  through  Cuth’s  (ask  Sharon  or  Barbara   for help). The award values depend on circumstances and evidence of hardship. Durham also offers grants to people who wish to become involved in extra-curricular activities  but  cannot  afford  to.    Details  are  available  through  Cuth’s,  and  will  usually   be emailed round. Similarly the JCR has started offering 4 grants of £200 each to members of their sports or societies in order to aid their personal development and the development of their sport or society (so to pay for coaching courses and so on). These are awarded in the Easter term. Some departments will also offer scholarships to non-final year students based on their grades, and may also offer travel funding if it is relevant. Student parents are eligible for Child Tax Credits paid by the Inland Revenue and Child Benefit, as well as Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Income Support. Lastly it may be worth asking your parents for financial help. This can sometimes be a touchy area, so it is worth sitting down and discussing it with them before you leave. If nothing else, they may be willing to cover the cost of books, or transport home. How much will University cost? This  section  is  designed  to  help  you  work  out  a  budget  for  the  year,  so  that  you  don’t   run out of money too quickly! Remember though that all of the prices below are estimates, so try to personalise your budget as much as possible. Accommodation, Food, Utilities and Insurance – accommodation  at  Cuth’s  costs   between £4,230 and £5,995, and is paid for termly (so divide the amount you are paying by 3 to work out how much to set aside per term). If you are self-catered, you will normally need to spend about £25-30 per week on food. There are no extra utility charges, but you may need to take out contents insurance, which is approximately £40 for the year. Course costs (excluding tuition fees) – you  shouldn’t  need  to  spend  more  than  £7£13 per week, though this will depend on what you are studying. Will you need to purchase specialist equipment or pay for field trips? As for any text books, you won’t   need to buy all of the books on your reading list, as they should all be in the University  library  or  Cuth’s  library.    If  you  want  a  core  text  book  and  it’s  not  in   Cuth’s  library,  let  us  know  and  we’ll  order  it  in,  thus  saving  you  money!    Also  in   some departments, students from previous years will sell their old text books if they no longer need them, which may be cheaper than buying new books. Transport – everything in Durham is within easy walking distance, although people will often cycle too. The only travel you will need to pay for will be between university  and  home,  in  which  case  it  is  worth  getting  a  Young  Person’s  Railcard   (cost £20 but get you 1/3 off journeys so you can quickly make it back) or looking into season tickets. Unless you are commuting in or have a specific need (e.g. disability)  it’s  not  worth  bringing  a  car  up  as  parking  is  extremely  limited  and  very   expensive. During term time, there is a free bus between Durham and Stockton. 47

Clothes and Toiletries – try to be careful with your budget for clothes and toiletries, and aim to spend less than £10 per week on them. If you are looking for new clothes or shoes, some shops will give you a student discount, or it might be worth simply asking for them as a Christmas or birthday present.    As  for  gowns,  Cuth’s  students   generally  don’t  wear  gowns  (apart  from  at  graduation),  so  it’s  probably  easiest  to  hire   one as and when you need it. Formal-wear (black tie) is more common, so it is worth investing in this, especially as it will last you longer than a gown (since your gown changes depending on your academic status). Mobile phones – Hunt around for good monthly contracts with free texts, or if you don’t  use  your  phone  much  try  to  stick  to  a  pay-as-you-go weekly budget. It might be worth trying to guilt trip your parents into paying your phone bill if you will be calling  home  regularly.    The  University  provides  free  internet  access,  so  you  don’t   have to have that on your phone. Leisure – can be quite expensive! Try to set yourself a limit (I manage on about £30 per  week).    Durham  is  comparatively  cheap,  but  don’t  let  this  fool  you,  as  people   sometimes end up spending more than they would normally because it is cheaper (getting a cheap takeaway twice a week can be more expensive than getting one expensive one a week). If you are planning to watch live TV in your room, you will need a TV licence, so budget for that. Having said that, both bars have Sky TV and you can watch catch-up TV (like BBC iPlayer) without a licence,  as  long  as  it  isn’t live. Jobs while at University – the University recommends not spending more than 10 hours per week in a part-time  job,  and  don’t  get  a  job  if  you  think  it  will  affect  your   studying. However, it is relatively easy to find part-time work within the University, both  of  the  Cuth’s  bars  employ  Cuth’s  students,  as  does  the  Cuth’s  library,  and  the   University cafes also employ students. If you already have a part-time job at home, it is possible (depending on the company) to transfer to the Durham branch, though  it’s   probably not worth travelling to Newcastle as that wastes time and money. As University holidays are very long, that is normally the best time to look for part-time work and try to save up for the following year. Overdrafts and Credit Cards – most high street banks will offer student accounts with interest free overdrafts of around £1,000, and these can be a good way of supplementing your income and managing your money. Again, look around and see if you can get a good deal (some banks will offer freebies). Also, think about if you will be spending time abroad, and see if any banks will allow you to withdraw money for free abroad, as this will save you setting up another account in a foreign country or being charged. Credit cards should be avoided, as they involve high levels of interest and strict monthly payment schedules with severe penalties for nonrepayment. Things  we  wish  we’d  known  before  coming  to  Durham Don’t  buy  all  your  books  as  soon  as  you  get  here  (or  before  as  some  of  my  friends   did). The College library stocks most of the main textbooks for subjects (and if they don’t  you  can  always  request  they  buy  it)  and  if  we  don’t  have  it  in  Cuth’s,  the  main   48

library most probably will. Overdue library fines mount up quickly and get rather large so make sure you get books back on time - you can check and pay online Bring every bit of fancy dress you have as fancy dress and themed nights are a massive part of the Durham nightlife; so dig out the fairy wings and make sure they are packed. Durham is very much in the North of England and apparently the winters up here are much colder so make sure you bring plenty of warm clothing. In your first year you need 40% to pass (although good marks will stand you in good stead and you need 50% in most subjects to do a Masters course). We  aren’t   encouraging  you  to  do  no  work  in  your  first  year  but  you’re  a  Fresher,  make  the  most   of it. Your  room  isn’t  just  a  place  to  sleep,  you  have  to  live  in  it  too  so  anything  that  makes   your room homely and distinctly yours is really appreciated when you get here. News  spreads  incredibly  quickly  in  College,  so  it’s  very  hard  to  keep  the  events  of  a   drunken night a secret. You have been warned. If you wish to talk confidentially, however, the student welfare officers, resident wardens and senior tutors are always there with a friendly ear. FAQs “What  are  the  addresses?” – If  you’re  living  on  the  Bailey,  the  postal  address  is  12   South  Bailey,  DH1  3EE,  and  if  you’re  living  on  Parson’s  Field  it  is  Brooks  House,   Green Lane, DH1 3JP. You can put your room number and house instead of 12 South  Bailey  or  Brooks  House,  but  if  you  don’t  it  will  still  get  here!    Those  are  also   the  postcodes  you  should  use  if  you’re  using  a  satnav  to  get  here  and  the  addresses   you  should  ask  for  if  you’re  getting a taxi from the station. “How  do  I  get  internet  access?”  – A  crucial  question!    Every  bedroom  in  Cuth’s  has   wired internet access, so you plug an ether net cable into the wall and connect it to your  laptop  and  you  have  internet!    If  you  don’t  know  what an ether net cable is, or don’t  have  one,  don’t  worry,  you’ll  be  given  one  when  you  arrive.    If  you  have  one   already, then feel free to bring it with you. As for WiFi, there are currently only three places where you can get WiFi access: the two bars and the library. If you want to know how to connect to the wireless, CIS have a helpful webpage here http://www.dur.ac.uk/cis/wireless/. Obviously you need internet to see it, so check it while  you’re  still at home. “How  and  when  do  I  pay  for  my  accommodation?” – the easiest way to pay is to set up a direct debit account with the University, via this link https://www.dur.ac.uk/direct.debits/. Then they will take the money out of your account on December 1st, February 1st and May 1st. “What  do  I  need  for  my  room?” – with  most  of  the  rooms  it’s  worth  bringing  a   lamp,  but  don’t  bring  a  kettle,  toaster  or  mini  fridge  as  you’re  not  allowed  them   (they’re  a  fire  risk). All of the kitchens will have kettles, toasters, microwaves, fridges and freezers. If you get a couple of plates, bowls, mugs and glasses, a set of cutlery, basic set of pans, a sharp knife and a wooden spoon you should be all set. 49

You can pick all  of  that  up  for  about  £30  in  Tesco’s  and  it  can  be  used  once  you   move  out  as  well,  so  it’s  a  worthwhile  investment.    Couple  of  other  things  people   don’t  always  think  about  – oven gloves (you can use tea-towels, but getting burnt isn’t  worth  the  risk)  and  Tupperware, because you will inevitably overestimate how much to cook, but if you have Tupperware you can freeze it and save it for another day. “Am  I  allowed  to  decorate  my  room?”  – Yes. Pretty much the only rule on this is try not to damage the walls. So only use drawing pins on notice boards, and use blu tack for everything else. Otherwise go for it! Your room will look a bit like a barren prison cell when you arrive, so bring up some posters to make it more homely. “What  about  the  laundry?” – Cuth’s  has  excellent  laundry  facilities.    At  Parson’s   Field we have seven washing machines (six of which have washing powder included, so  you  don’t  need  to  worry  about  buying  any!)  and  four  tumble  dryers.    At  the  Bailey   there are 4 washing machines (three with detergent pre-loaded) and three dryers. A wash normally takes 20-25 minutes, and costs £2.50, while a dry takes 30 minutes and costs 50p. When you arrive you will be given a fob for the laundry, which you can top up in Brooks bar or in the Bailey JCR. Please note that the machines will only  accept  notes.    Also,  don’t  lose  your  fob,  as  you’ll  lose  any  money  that  was  on   there, and have to pay for a new one. There will be an iron and an ironing board in the kitchens. “What  about  parking  when  we  arrive? ” – Probably more an issue for your parents, but  one  we’ve  got  a  simple  solution  to!    When  you  arrive,  we  will  have  teams  of   Freshers’  Reps  (or  Freps)  to  help  you.    One  team  will  be  on  traffic  control  duty  at   each  site,  so  when  there’s  a  space,  they  will  call   you forward and get someone to help you  unload.    Once  you’ve  unloaded,  we  ask  that  your  parents  drive  down  to  park  out   of the way, then come back to meet you. They will have plenty of time to help you settle in afterwards and it will make everything flow more smoothly! “What  do  I  need  for  registration?” - This depends on which subject you do. If you are studying a single honours degree you will go down to that department for possibly an introductory talk and then you will register for your compulsory modules – you do this by getting a member of staff from your department to sign an important piece of paper for you. You may then be able to choose some elective modules – you have to make sure that none of your electives clash with your compulsory modules (as hard as you try you cannot be in two lectures at once!) but you can pretty much sign up to anything. If you are doing a joint honours or combined honours degree your registration can be a little more difficult and we advise that you read through any info you get from your department before arriving and have a good idea of which modules you want to do (there may still be some compulsory ones) from here you will visit each department individually to sign in. With a fully completed form you can receive your Campus Card (student card). It  all  sounds  very  complicated  but  if  you  are  well  prepared  it’s  not  – and we will be have representatives from most subjects ready to answer questions in the dining hall at breakfast on the mornings of registration, so don't worry about it! 50

“What  happens  if  I  have  a  complaint?” – The first thing to say is that all complaints will be treated confidentially (unless it involves a crime or dangerous situation).    Secondly,  any  constructive  complaints  you  have  will  help  make  Cuth’s   better,  so  please  don’t  be  afraid  to  speak  up!    After  that  it’s  just  a  question  of  who  to   speak to. As a general rule the Exec will know who you should speak to, so if in doubt get in touch with them. Otherwise, for food issues talk to Dawn Purdy or Marc Reavley, for accommodation issues go to Sue Cole, and for noise complaints speak to either the porters, the JCR Welfare Officer or the Resident Wardens. There is also a formal complaints procedure for serious issues. Please refer to the University Complaints Procedure for more information: http://www.dur.ac.uk/university.calendar/volumei/codes_of_practice/complaints_pro cedure_for_students/

Epilogue At last the wheel comes full circle Right, well this is virtually the end of the Handbook, I hope that somewhere in it there was some useful information and that you now feel slightly more prepared for life  in  Cuth’s.    If  you  do  have  any  questions,  then please ask them, if nothing else this Handbook should have given you a lot of different ways to get in touch with people, all of whom will be happy to help. If you need it there is a list of phone numbers included in this section. So to finish up, here is a guide to the rest of Durham, along with a few useful terms you  might  need,  and  the  Society’s  songs.     I look forward to seeing you all in October!

The Rest Of Durham
Occasionally  you  may  want  to  venture  forth  from  Cuth’s  to  see  what  the  rest  of   Durham has to offer, or to sample the bright lights of Newcastle. In that case, here are a few places you might want to visit, though this is far from a complete list. Please note that all of the reviews are ludicrously biased & based on the preferences of the reviewer, the best way to find out about these places is to go there for yourself! Other Colleges and their Bars Collingwood – Sometimes  known  as  the  ‘conference  centre’  because  of  its   appearance and the fact that it hosts conferences out of term time. Situated next to the Botanic Gardens, near the top of the Hill, Collingwood was the first mixed college in Durham. Grey – Another Hill college, and although steeped in tradition, they know how to throw a party, with their annual Bonfire night firework display a must see. 51

Hatfield – The  college  everyone  loves  to  hate,  but  don’t  take  this  too  far,  the   occasional reminder will be enough! The second oldest college in the University, established in the servants quarters of the Castle, they have a reputation for being stuck up. Joesphine Butler – Also  known  as  Butler,  Jo  Butler  or  ‘Butlins’,  this  is  the  newest   college in the University, founded in 2006. Bizarrely proud of a mound that separates them  and  Ustinov.    Mind  you,  as  they’re  so  far  out  of  town,  they  don’t  have  much   else to get excited about! St  Aidan’s – Hosts an annual beer festival, which is always popular. Originally a Society, they took on College status when they moved into their current location on the Hill. They are very proud of their buildings, which were designed by Basil Spence. St  Chad’s – The smallest college in Durham, but very friendly. Housed in a former Anglican  seminary  on  the  Bailey.    They’re  now  so  small  it  seems  as  though  they  have   to get the entire college out to field a sports team! St  Cuthbert’s – the best. St Hild and St Bede – Originally two colleges (St Hild for women and St Bede for men). Situated off the Gilesgate roundabout, and so slightly out of the way of the other colleges. Usually regarded as a Bailey college when push comes to shove, despite  the  distance.    A  very  sporty  college,  rivalling  Cuth’s  for  the  title  of  second   largest college. St  John’s – Our friendly, religious neighbours, and one of the few colleges to actually  own  their  buildings.    Like  Chad’s,  a  very  small college, and their building on the Bailey calls to mind an underground burrow. The bar was designed for people who are about 4 foot tall, so a lot of stooping is required! Contains a large number of trainee priests. St  Mary’s – The last college to become mixed, it was women only until 2005. Situated at the bottom of the Hill, it is traditionally the last stop on a bar crawl, before heading  to  Cuth’s  for  last  orders! Trevelyan – Usually  known  as  ‘Trevs’,  they  are  a  vibrant  bunch,  putting  on  many   shows and social activities. All of their facilities are under one roof, and all of the rooms seem to be hexagonal, which is very bizarre. University – Known by all as Castle. The first college to be founded and situated in the Castle. It has an extremely nice  bar,  but  they’re  quite  touchy  about  letting   outsiders in and frequently have the main gates closed to prevent anyone but Castle students getting in. Also tends to attract some stuck up people. Ustinov – Comfortably the largest college in Durham, Ustinov is for postgraduate students only. Because of this, and because of the fact that it is the furthest college, situated right at the top of the Hill, there tends to be little incentive to go there, although their bar does have a fine selection of whiskies. Van Mildert – Another Hill establishment, named after the founder of the University. A hospitable environment with a good social calendar, though most 52

events are held in college. Like Butler with their mound, Mildert are excessively proud of their lake. John Snow and George Stevenson – The two Stockton colleges. As Stockton is a two hour round trip away by bus there tends to be little interaction, and so little is actually known about the two colleges on that campus. Eating Out Now  obviously  you  won’t want to spend your whole time eating college food or whatever you can cook for yourselves, so luckily Durham has plenty of options when it comes to eating out, whether you want a quick coffee, a restaurant or a takeaway. Almshouse (0191 386 1054) – a cafe on Palace Green, homemade food and good view of the cathedral and castle. The sort of place your mother will want to go at least once during your time at Durham. Ask (0191 383 2567) – an Italian chain restaurant, near the Gala theatre. Bella Italia (0191 386 1060) – just before Framwellgate Bridge, underneath Cafe Rouge. Standard Italian food, quite expensive, but excellent views of the river on a nice day. Caffe Nero (0191 384 9444) – next door to the Post Office, small selection of cakes and will give you  a  voucher  card  if  you’re  going  to  be  a  regular  customer. Cafe Rouge (0191 384 3429) – on Framwellgate Bridge, French food, a nice change from the large number of Italian restaurants in Durham, but can be a bit pricey. Chiquitos (0191 370 6470) – near the Gala theatre, above Loveshack. Mexican food, and a great selection of it, but not cheap. Costa (0191 383 0082) – in the Prince Bishop shopping centre, small array of cakes and food, bit less student orientated, which can be a nice change. Court Inn (0191 384 7350) – just on the corner of Elvet Crescent, on the route between  the  Bailey  and  Parson’s  Field. Excellent Sunday lunch, and really good, solid, filling English food at low prices. Also a pub, but not recommended for just drinking in, as they push the drink prices up in order to keep the food cheap. Esquires (0191 375 7578) – next to Framwellgate Bridge, opposite Cafe Rouge. Lovely riverside location and good coffee. Hide (0191 384 1999) – on Saddler Street on the way from the Market Place to the Bailey. Lovely restaurant that is popular with students, especially at lunch time, slightly more expensive, but definitely worth it. In Shanghai (0191 375 7333) – a riverside restaurant, just below the Gates Shopping Centre. Chinese style buffet, doubles up as a proper restaurant in the evenings. La Spaghettata (0191 383 9290) – just outside the marketplace, heading towards the Cathedral,  the  restaurant  is  on  the  first  floor,  with  Fabio’s  bar  on  the  top  floor.     Known as Spags by everyone. Top value Italian and very popular with students because of the low prices and large bottles of wine. No disabled access. 53

Nando’s (0191 384 5424) – near the Gala theatre, above Loveshack. A Portuguese restaurant selling mainly chicken. Excellent food. Oldfields (0191 370 9595) – near the Gala theatre, a short way up Claypath. Best restaurant in Durham, but the most expensive because of this. Pizza Express (0191 383 2661) – on Saddler Street, near La Spaghettata. An upmarket version of Pizza Hut, the starters and cheesecake are recommended. Rajpooth (0191 386 1496) – on Claypath, probably the best Indian restaurant in town, does student discounts on some days. Tango Burger (0191 384 0096) – specialises in burgers, as the name would suggest! Reasonably priced, again a nice  change  if  you’re  fed  up  of  Italian. On Elvet Bridge. Treats (0191 384 5620) – another one of the many cafes in Durham, provides extremely generous portions of cake! Vennels (0191 375 0623) – hidden away slightly between Waterstones and the Edinburgh Woollen Mill, large portions and excellent cakes. Also has outdoor seating in summer Zen (0191 384 9588) – just beyond the Court, next to Elvet Crescent and opposite the Court Inn. Specialises in Thai food, but quite expensive. Of course there are other restaurants, this is just a choice selection. If you fancy something  a  bit  cheaper  or  can’t  be  bothered  to  walk  back  after  lectures,  there  are  also   cafes on the Science site and in the DSU (and at Maiden Castle) serving snacks as well as proper meals. Be warned  that  there  aren’t  any  cash  machines  on  the  Science   site  or  at  Maiden  Castle,  so  have  some  money  with  you,  as  they  won’t  always  take   card payments. Durham’s  Bars Durham is blessed with a wide variety of bars and pubs and, although none of them match up to either of our bars, they are well worth a visit. After all, variety is the spice of life... Boathouse – Near Elvet Bridge, a late licence bar, and very stylish, but can be quite expensive. Dun Cow – Opposite Old Shire Hall on Old Elvet, a small pub with bags of character. Full Moon – Bottom of Old Elvet, a decent pub with a good selection of real ales, and hosts a very good real ale festival. Has an excellent beer garden by the river. Jimmy  Allen’s – Underneath Elvet Bridge, near Klute. Spread across three floors, they have  good  drinks  promotions  and  it’s very popular for its proximity to Klute. Lloyd’s  – Near  the  Gala  Theatre,  similar  to  Weatherspoon’s  pubs,  but  has  music  and   a tiny area for dancing, so a half-way  house  if  you’re  going  clubbing.    Next door to Loveshack, so not a bad place for a final drink before going there. 54

Market Tavern – In the market place, next to the indoor market. The pub where Cuth’s  was  founded  and  consequently  a  place  of  pilgrimage  for  every  Cuth’s  student!     A proper old pub. New Inn – Practically on the Science site, an excellent choice for between lectures refreshment  that  the  library  can’t  quite  match.    Also  serves  food,  which  comes  as  a   blessing  if  you’re  stuck  at  the  library  all  day. Swan and Three – On Elvet Bridge, an  excellent  pub,  with  prices  that  rival  Cuth’s,   also very student friendly. Varsity – Next door to Hide, a chain bar that is very good for sports matches on the rare  occasions  that  they’re  not  being  shown  in  Cuth’s.    Also  do  good  low-priced food. Life Outside Durham At  some  point  while  you’re  at  Cuth’s  you  may  want  to  escape  the  Durham  ‘bubble’.     Here are a few suggestions for where to go: Durham County Cricket Club, Chester-le-Street (0191 387 1717) – Hosts an Ashes Test Match this summer, an excellent place to enjoy the post-exam sunshine, tends to be lively for 20/20 matches. Gateshead International Stadium (0191 433 5700) – International athletics stadium. Kingston Park, Newcastle (0191 214 5588) – Home of the Newcastle Falcons rugby union team. Newcastle Racecourse (0191 236 2020) – One of several racetracks in the area, a fun day out. The highlight is the Northumberland plate festival at the end of June. The Riverside, Middlesbrough (0844 499 1234) – Home of Middlesbrough Football Club. St  James’  Park, Newcastle (0844 372 1892) – Home of Newcastle United Football Club. Stadium of Light, Sunderland (0871 911 1200) – Home of Sunderland Athletic Football Club. Sunderland Dogs (0191 56 86 200) – Hugely underrated and cheap night out Useful Phone Numbers Cuth’s  Reception  (Bailey)  - 0191 334 3400 Cuth’s  Reception  (Parson’s  Field)  – 0191 334 6596 Cuth’s  President  - 0191 334 3398 Cuth’s  Male  Welfare  Officer  – 07584 048 694 Cuth’s  Female  Welfare  Officer  – 07503 429 158 Cuth’s  Resident  Warden  (Bailey)  – 07584 364 736 55

Cuth’s  Resident  Warden  (Parson’s  Field)  – 07584 364 847 Cuth’s  Porters  – 0191 33 43470 Cuth’s  Senior  Tutor  – 0191 334 3390 Cuth’s  Assistant  Senior  Tutor  – 0191 334 3403 Cuth’s  Facilities  Manager  – 0191 334 3384 Cuth’s  Undergraduate  Admissions  Secretary – 0191 334 3387 Cuth’s  Postgraduate  Admissions  Secretary  – 0191 334 3386 Main University Switchboard - 0191 334 2000 Claypath Medical Practice - 0191 374 6888 University Health Centre - 0191 386 5081 Health and Safety Office - 0191 334 2660 Service for Students with Disabilities - 0191 334 8115 International Office - 0191 334 6328 English Language Centre - 0191 334 2230 Colleges Office - 0191 334 6129 University Library - 0191 334 3042 DSU Reception - 0191 334 1777 Team Durham Reception (Maiden Castle) - 0191 334 2178 Computing and Information Service - 0191 334 2700 Departmental Contacts – go to the University website (www.dur.ac.uk) then select the Departments section, choose your department and the phone number should be in a box on the right hand side. Mac’s  Taxis  – 0191 384 1329 Paddy’s  Taxis  – 0191 386 6662 Pratt’s  Taxis  – 0191 386 4040

Glossary Alumni – Anyone who has graduated from their degree, and in our case from St Cuthbert’s  Society. Brownie Bomber – The Society’s  drink,  it  contains  half  lager,  half  cider,  a  shot  of   Malibu, peach Taboo and blackcurrant and is sprinkled with love. Its strong stuff, you have been warned. 56

Cardiac Hill - the highly descriptive name given to the extremely steep hill that runs down through  the  science  site,  linking  a  group  of  the  lecture  buildings.  But  don’t   worry, it is possible to make it to the top without suffering a heart attack and for those sensible people not willing to take the risk, there is an alternative route. CIS – possibly  still  referred  to  as  ITS  by  some  of  the  older  students  who  haven’t   realised the name has changed. This stands for Computer and Internet Services, and as the name suggests, they deal with all of your computer or internet problems. Their number is in the list of contacts, and will also be on your campus card, and is definitely one to keep handy! Their offices are in the Palatine Centre on the Science Site. Chunder - A word for vomit. If you are doing this then you need to stop drinking and seek help. A word of advice, if you throw up in University property not only will you make yourself instantly unpopular with the students and staff around you but will also have to pay a fine of at least £35. DLB – Short  for  De  L’Isle  Booth  (one  of  our  first  Presid ents), this is an award given to up to 6 graduating students who have been exemplary servants of the JCR. This award confers honorary life membership of the JCR. You also get a silver cross to wear. En-Suite Online – normally abbreviated to ESOL, this is the Durham University internet  service.    All  rooms  in  Cuth’s  have  internet  connections  through  ether  net   cables and they are super fast. Fancy Dress- Fancy  dress  is  not  uncommon  across  college  bars  and  the  town’s  bars   and  clubs.  Essentially  it’s  putting  on a costume to make yourself look thoroughly ridiculous. Widely encouraged during Freshers Week as it levels the playing field, everyone looks as ridiculous as each other. Just keep it clean and inoffensive. Formative work – Any work that is formative does not count towards your final mark,  it’s  just  there  as  something  for  you  to  learn  from.    That  doesn’t  mean  you  can   get away with not doing it though! Lad/Ladette- An often self-given term to denote qualities of abrasive, aloof and attention seeking behaviour. Best avoided even if its use is fully  “self aware and ironic”. Lecture – A meeting of people in which the notes of the professor become the notes of the students without passing through the minds of either. For science students these will make up the majority of your learning in your first two years, arts students get a framework to work from. Most lectures are non-compulsory (this is different to optional!) but attendance is strongly recommended as you will be examined on their content. Lounge Suit/Cocktail Dress – Different to a Black Tie in that it is less formal. Essentially while at a Black Tie event you would be expected to roll up in a full length evening dress or a tuxedo and bow tie, at event marked Lounge Suit/Cocktail Dress it is acceptable to wear a short dress or be expected to wear a business suit. The formal  in  fresher’s  week  is  Lounge  Suit/Cocktail  Dress. 57

MC - MC  refers  to  Maiden  Castle,  the  University’s  main  sports  centre,  and  if  you’re   involved in either college or university sports then  there’s  a  good  chance  that  this   may become your second home. Michaelmas, Epiphany, Easter – The names of the Durham terms. Michaelmas is the Autumn term (October-December), Epiphany is the Spring term (January-March) and Easter is the Summer term (April-June). Practical – Science students only. Fairly self-explanatory, remember your schedule and  any  equipment  you  might  need.    Make  sure  you  turn  up  on  time,  as  some  won’t   let you in after the safety briefing. Quorum – Quorum is the term used for the number of people required to be at a JCR meeting  in  order  for  the  meeting  to  have  any  power,  so  it’s  basically  a  way  of   ensuring that the meetings are representative. According to the constitution, we need 5% of the members to be present in order for quorum to  be  reached.    Currently  that’s   about 65 people. If, at any time during a meeting, someone present feels that the meeting  is  not  quorate  (in  other  words,  there  aren’t  enough  people  there),  they  may   ask the Chair to count how many people are present, and if quorum has not been reached the meeting must end and no further business may be conducted. Re-Open Nominations (RON) – A candidate in all of our elections, RON is the candidate  you  should  vote  for  if  you  don’t  want  anyone  who  is  standing  to  win.    If   RON wins an election, then the election has to be re-opened for new nominations, which means that different candidates will stand second time around. Seminar – Once  termed  ‘pooled  ignorance’,  things  haven’t  changed  much.    It’s   basically a small lecture with participation encouraged. As they are smaller in size than lectures, your absence is more obvious! Single Transferable Vote (STV) – According  to  Wikipedia  ‘a voting system designed to achieve proportional representation through ranked voting in multi-seat constituencies’.    In  practice  what  this  means  is  that  you  list  the  candidates   in order of preference. Then the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. There will then be a second count, during which the second-preference candidate of anyone whose first-preference candidate has been eliminated, will be added to the votes their second-preference candidate got in the first round. So if the person you voted for is eliminated in the first round, your second choice candidate will get your vote in the second round. This then keeps going until one candidate has 50% of the votes. If you  managed  to  understand  that  you’re  well  qualified  to  run  for  SRO  or  get  a  degree   in politics! Summative – A dreaded word, as unlike formative work, summative work counts towards your final mark. If you have trouble remembering which is which, then remember that lecturers will take the sum of your summative work to make your final grade, whereas formative work is just a guide to your recent form. Tutorial – A small number of students assigned to a tutor for the course. You will meet  for  an  hour  to  discuss  parts  of  the  course  you  don’t  understand,  go  over  past   work and be set work for the next tutorial. 58

Workshop – Similar to a seminar but based on completing tasks and answering questions. Useful, as they usually happen before an exam and so give you a clue about the format of the exam. Songs With all of the songs, musical ability and tunefulness should be sacrificed for enthusiasm and volume. Thank  God  Van  Mildert  Didn’t  Want Me – to be sung boisterously at the end of JCR Meetings  to  the  tune  of  Battle  Hymn  of  the  Republic/John  Brown’s  Body When I first came to Durham I was such a nice young man, But now the Ex and Brown has caused much shaking of the hand, Cirrhosis of the liver is the one foreseeable end, I’m  a  student  down  at  Cuth’s  on  the  South  Bailey Chorus – Thank  God  Van  Mildert  didn’t  want  me, Thank  God  Van  Mildert  didn’t  want  me, Thank  God  Van  Mildert  didn’t  want  me, So  I  ended  up  in  Cuth’s  on  the  South  Bailey I found accommodation: it was only eight miles out, I  had  an  awful  landlady  who’d  scream  and  stamp  about. I  started  out  a  nice  young  man,  now  I’m  a  drunken  lout, Thank  God  the  bar  is  open  down  at  Cuth’s,  2,  3,  4... Chorus I once went to a lecture and it nearly made me weep, The lecturer went on and on until I fell asleep. To think my whole future lies with such a boring creep, Thank  God  the  bar  is  open  down  at  Cuth’s,  2,  3,  4... Chorus I met a very nice young girl, she said she came from Trevs, I asked her for a coffee  and  she  said  let’s  go  to  bed. I went to get some bubble-gum, but the bastard had none left, Thank  God  the  bar  is  open  down  at  Cuth’s,  2,  3,  4... 59

Chorus And now the time has come for me to leave this wonderful place, To go into the big wide world and fall flat on my face, But  I’ll  be  back  each  Cuth’s  Day  just  to  see  all  my  old  mates, And  get  drunk  again  down  in  Cuth’s,  2,  3,  4... Chorus Angels – to the tune of the Robbie Williams song I sit and wait Does an angel contemplate my fate And do they know The places where we go When  we’re  grey  and  old ‘Cause  I’ve  been  told That salvation lets their wings unfold So  when  I’m  lying  in  my  bed Thoughts running through my head And I feel that love is dead I’m  loving  Cuthbert’s  instead. And through it all she offers me protection A lot of love and affection Whether  I’m  right  or  wrong And down the waterfall Wherever it may take me I  know  that  life  won’t  break  me When  I  come  to  call,  she  won’t  forsake  me I’m  loving  Cuthbert’s  instead. When  I’m  feeling  weak And my pain walks down a one-way street 60

I look above And  I  know  I’ll  always  be  blessed  with  love And as the feeling grows She breathes flesh to my bones And when love is dead I’m  loving  Cuthbert’s  instead. And through it all she offers me protection A lot of love and affection Whether  I’m  right  or  wrong And down the waterfall Wherever it may take me I  know  that  life  won’t  break  me When  I  come  to  call,  she  won’t  forsake  me I’m  loving  Cuthbert’s  instead.

STASH The  section  you’ve  all  been  waiting  for…  The  Stash  Orde r! One of the best ways to show your college pride is to buy stash! Whether this is a t-shirt, hoodie or a very fashionable body warmer, all  come  with  the  Cuth’s  crest  and  almost  whatever  personalisation   you would like! We have three orders a year (one for each term) however we offer you the opportunity to order over summer and collect your hoodie from  us  when  you  arrive!  To  order,  simply  follow  the  links  below… http://www.cuths.com/stash.htmlhttp://phoenixprint.co.uk/cuths/ You could even be as cool as these guys!

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Please note that the order finishes on the 8th September, so the company can get it to us by the time of your arrival! In order to collect it from us,  just  select  the  “collect  from  college”  option  for   your delivery. There is no better way to show your college pride! Order Now!

FRESHERS WEEK ITINERARY
So,  now  for  the  bit  you’re  all  interested  in  – Freshers’  Week!    To  help  make  sure  you   all get settled  in  and  to  make  sure  that  all  our  events  run  smoothly  we  have  Freshers’   Reps, who are second or third year students who have given up a week of their holidays  to  make  sure  you  have  a  great  introduction  to  Cuth’s.    They’ll  help  you   move into to your rooms, show you where everything is, help you settle in and make sure everything goes according to plan, so if you need anything or have any questions hunt them out! You can ask them questions at www.facebook.com/Cuthsfreshers2013 and  if  they  can’t  help  you  check  out  our  website,   www.cuths.com for more info. So it is  time  we  heard  from  their  leader…  Angus Wood, the Senior Intro Week Rep! Freshers’  Week  – Senior Intro Week Rep’s  Welcome (angus.wood@durham.ac.uk) Hello Freshlings! I’m  Angus,  a  third  year   Physical Geography student and your Senior Intro Week Rep. It is my job, along with a dedicated team of reps, to ensure that Fresher’s week is one of the best weeks of your  life.    By  coming  to  Cuth’s  you  have   become part of one of the largest, friendliest and best colleges in Durham. Fresher’s week is your chance not only to get to know your fellow  Cuth’s  men  and  woman,  but  to  learn , with the help of the rep team, how college and university life works. The rep team is made up of people from every year and a wide variety of courses and interests. We will be there from the start, to help you move in and get settled. From then, we will be around day and night to answer any questions you may have about college, and to direct you to various university and college events that are running throughout the week. Our primary concern is that you enjoy yourselves,  so  if  you’re  ever  at  a  loose  end  or unsure of anything, come and find one of  us  for  a  chat.  Because  of  the  close  community  within  Cuth’s,  many  of  the  rep  team   will become your friends, even if they are responsible for the occasional early morning wake up call. Angus Wood JCR Senior Intro Week Rep 62

Fresher’s  Week  Wristband The  most  important  piece  of  kit  for  Fresher’s  Week,  granting  you  access  to  all  the   Cuth’s  activities  and  club  entry  throughout  the  week  is  your  wristband.  These  will  be   available upon your arrival for the low price of £30! We have a whole raft of events going on every day and evening to help you feel more at home and introduce you to life  at  Durham  and  when  you  see  what  is  planned  I’m  sure  you’ll  agree  it  is  an   absolute bargain. If you have any further enquiries, please get in touch with the President at cuthberts.jcr-president@durham.ac.uk.

Freshers’  Week  Timetable
Wednesday, September 25th – The very first day when the international students start  to  arrive.    We’ll  have  Freps  around  to  help  you  move  all  your  stuff  in  and to welcome you to Durham. During the day (anytime from 9am-5pm) we will help you to collect your campus cards and get your visas checked. The University will also be offering IT Introduction Sessions throughout  the  day,  which  last  30  minutes.    Then  we’ll have a relaxed evening (to help those of you who are struggling with jet lag!) playing board games in Brooks bar, starting from 4pm and going on until 11pm but you can pop in and out throughout the evening or arrive a bit late if you need to. We will also introduce you to a key part of student life by spending the evening eating pizza! Thursday, September 26th – Pretty similar to Wednesday as more of the international  students  arrive,  so  again  we’ll  help  with  campus  cards,  registration  and   visas (9am-5pm), and show you round Durham and give you an opportunity to meet the staff, with tours leaving Brooks House every hour from 11am-2pm. The postgraduate students also start to arrive on Thursday. In the evening there will be a welcome meal for everyone who has arrived since Wednesday and after we’ll  be   hosting a Pub Quiz in the Bailey Bar starting at 8pm and then head out for some slightly higher class cocktails afterwards. Friday, September 27th – For the internationals and postgraduates this is another chance  to  deal  with  the  admin  side  of  things  if  you  haven’t  had  time  yet  (again  9am 5pm), and there will be more tours of Durham during the day if you missed out on those (as on Thursday, these will be every hour from 11am-2pm). Starting at 1pm we will take you  for  a  picnic  on  Palace  Green  (an  area  of  grass  between  Durham’s   cathedral  and  castle)  to  give  you  a  chance  for  some  touristy  photos  with  Durham’s   two most famous buildings. For new students living out in the town there will be a welcome meal hosted by the college at 1pm with an opportunity to meet your representative, Millie Tanner. Then at 2:30pm we will set you 10 tasks to complete that  will  test  your  new  knowledge  of  Cuth’s  and  Durham!     In the evening there will 63

be a welcome event at Ustinov College which we will take all international and postgraduate students to, giving you an opportunity to meet students from other colleges and share experiences of your first few days in Durham! Saturday, September 28th – Undergraduate students arrive and the Freps will help you to move all of your stuff in, before taking you up to the Bailey for dinner. When you arrive we will bombard you with bits of information that you will need throughout the week/year, including a wristband that allows you access to all of the events  we’ll  be  running  throughout  the  week  and  without  which  you  won’t  be   allowed  in,  so  don’t  lose  it!    While  they  are  getting  settled  in,  the  postgrads  and   internationals will be taken on a tour of the cathedral starting at 1pm and can then get their wristbands for the events. In the evening we will have a graffiti white t-shirt party in the Bailey bar. If  you  attended  a  post  application  open  day  then  you’ll  know   what this is but, if not, you are encouraged to scribble all over each other (hence the white t-shirts). We will have a bungee run in the garden and a film screening in the dining hall alongside the event so there is plenty going on to give you a chance to meet lots of new people. FANCY DRESS – WHITE T-SHIRT.

Sunday, September 29th – For most of you this will be your first full day in Durham! So,  to  help  you  get  settled  in  we’ll  be  organising tours every hour from Midday  to  3pm.    We’re  going  to  have  an  British   and International themed day, with a British fete at Brooks starting at midday and running until 4pm, complete with BBQ,  picnic  food,  Pimms  and  fairground  games,  and  if  it’s   raining,  well  that  will  just  make  it  feel  more  authentic  won’t   it! Straight after that you can show off your general knowledge in our Brooks Bar Pub Quiz (which will be a weekly event every Sunday during term time). In the evening we will turn International with props, costumes and food from around the globe beginning at 8pm in the Bailey bar.    You’ve  got  an  early  start  on  the  Monday  (and  will   64

probably be recovering  from  travelling/Saturday’s  excitement)  so  an early night is recommended. FANCY DRESS – BRITISH/INTERNATIONAL. Monday, September 30th – This is the day when you will be officially welcomed to Cuth’s  by  Serge  and  Elizabeth,  and  be  given  some  important  t alks about life in Durham, all of which starts at 9am, so our wonderful team of reps will be your alarm calls, waking you up so that you are ready to leave from  Parson’s  Field  and  the   Bailey  at  8.40am.  Welcome  to  Uni  life…we  did recommend an early night on Sunday! There will be some departmental activities during the afternoon from 1pm5pm but what you have to do depends on your department, so they should let you know where to be and when. This is basically a chance for your department to tell you all the admin  stuff  you’ll  need  to  know  before  starting  your  course,  and  will   make  your  lives  considerably  easier!    Today’s  theme  will  be  Zoo/Jungle,  so  we’ll  be   getting in a mobile zoo at Brooks from 2pm-6pm, then from 8pm in the Bailey we will have various animal related things going on, including some more bouncy inflatables for you to rumble in the jungle! You will also get your first chance to sample  Durham’s  nightlife  on  Monday  with  a  trip  to  Studio  nightclub  (but  only  after   Cuth’s  has  closed  at  11pm). FANCY DRESS – JUNGLE/ANIMAL.

Tuesday, October 1st – The serious stuff continues during the day with your departments from 9am-12:30pm. Tuesday is also the day of the Experience Durham Fair  from  12:30pm  in  Elvet  Riverside.    This  bizarre  name  is  Durham’s  convenient way of referring to all of the University run sports teams, music groups and theatre groups, so if you are interested in that sort of thing, sign up on Tuesday afternoon! However,  if  you  don’t  fancy  dedicating  too  much  time  to  a  sports  team  or  don’t feel that  you’re  quite  up  to  University  standard  as  a  musician,  then  fret  not!    Cuth’s  has   our own Sports and Societies Fair on Saturday, so you can sign up for things there too. In most cases we offer exactly the same teams as the University do, though there 65

are a few sports you can only do at University level (like American Football). Importantly you will have to do your medical registration today at Brooks from 2.30pm till 5.30pm. This allows the university medical team to get you on the system here in Durham and saves you a lot of grief and waiting time when you can ill afford it (pun unintentional). While  you  wait,  the  reps  will  show  you  around  the  Parson’s   Field  site  and  make  sure  you  are  acquainted  with  all  the  facilities  Cuth’s  has  to  offer!   In the early evening we will have a meeting for all mature students in college with speakers from the Mature Student Association at the Bailey. We hope we can discuss what more we can do for you here at Cuths and also just give you a chance to meet up and chat. Later on in the evening at 8pm, we will take you back in time to Ancient Rome, transforming the Bailey bar into an arena with gladiator jousting and chariot racing. After that we will take you to another  of  Durham’s   nightspots,  Jimmy  Allen’s.    FANCY DRESS – TOGA (we’ll  make  a  video  to  show   you how to make a toga from bed sheets, or you can youtube it). Wednesday, October 2nd– Wednesday is traditionally a formal day as it is the day when you will be matriculated. This is a formal ceremony, held in Durham cathedral, to  mark  your  official  entrance  in  to  the  University.    It’s  very  similar  to  graduation,  but   at the other end of your time at Uni. You all get to dress up in smart business wear (and gowns if you want) and sit in the beautiful cathedral feeling special. All of the Freps will be hanging around outside when you come out armed with pots and pans to make a ridiculous din to celebrate you guys officially becoming part of Durham University. This year you will be matriculating at 4pm (which means you avoid getting up early) however at 2pm we will get everyone together in the garden of House 12 to  take  the  Freshers’   Photo. This is a nice souvenir of one of the rare occasions everyone will be all together looking vaguely presentable. 66

Wednesday is also the  first  day  of  the  Durham  Student’s  Union  Freshers’  Fair  held  in   the DSU, which is your chance to sign up to the University Societies. These are different  to  the  Cuth’s  Societies  (though  some  of  them  might  overlap),  so  please  go   along in the morning to check it out, if only because Dominos & Krispy Kreme have been known to give away loads of free stuff! Again, you might have some departmental stuff during the day but it all depends on what you are studying, so make  sure  you  know  if  you’re  meant  to  be  somewhere  as  we  don’t  get  told  what  the   departments  are  doing,  so  won’t  be  taking  you  (though  we  can  direct  you  if  you’re   lost). After making you feel grown-up during the day, we will then take you back to the 90s featuring cheesy music, dungarees, double denim, and the like. However it all begins by showing some classic TVs shows like the Fresh Prince and Friends in Brooks  JCR  from  6pm,  then  heading  up  to  the  Bailey  at  8pm,  though  if  you’re  in   need of a night off (or really like Friends) the film night will carry on at Brooks until 10pm. Wednesday nights in Durham are traditionally associated with the nightclub Loveshack, so we will be taking you there to round out the night. FANCY DRESS – 90s. Thursday, October 3rd – Day  2  of  the  DSU  Freshers’  Fair,  when a different round of Societies will try to persuade you to join them. Most Societies will only be there for one  day,  so  if  you  couldn’t  find  the  one  you  want  on  Wednesday,  don’t  despair  as   they will be there on Thursday. Also, more people will be giving away free stuff (if you go to both days you will never have to buy another pen as long as you live...). There will also be more academic welcomes on Thursday as everyone starts to gear up for the start of term on Monday. Some of the Uni sports teams or music/theatre groups will be holding trials on Thursday afternoon but you should hear about that if you signed up to them on Tuesday. From 2:30pm we will be organising some tie dying in the Brooks courtyard so you’ll  have  a  memento  of   the week and to help you prepare  for  Friday’s  UV   night. On Thursday evening you will get another chance to show off your finery (lounge suits and cocktail dresses) at the Freshers Formals. We will build on that by having an evening themed around James Bond, complete with a Casino in our chill out area (disclaimer – we  definitely  don’t  endorse  or  encourage   gambling,  since  you’re  already  losing  enough  money  to  the  University  with  tuition   fees, you  won’t  be  playing  for  real  money!).    We  will  then  end  the  evening  in   appropriate style  by  going  to  Durham’s  most  famous  nightclub  Klute,  famous  for   67

being the worst nightclub in Europe! FANCY DRESS – LOUNGE SUITS/COCKTAIL DRESSES/JAMES BOND. Friday, October 4th – Friday  involves  more  academic  welcomes  (there’s  a  lot  of   admin to get through!).    With  the  academic  welcomes  you  won’t  all  necessarily  have   something on every day, it will depend on your course and department when they want to see you so some of the luckier ones may get a day off at some point. In the afternoon we have organised a mini-golf tournament at Brooks from 2pm, which will also be your chance to collect the tie dyes you made on Thursday. In the evening we will  roll  out  our  silent  disco  and  UV  paint  for  a  UV  night  in  Cuth’s,  complete  with   glowsticks, lights and all sorts  of  other  cool  stuff.    If  you  haven’t  been  to  a  silent   disco before they are great fun! We give you a set of headphones with three channels and  three  Cuth’s  students  will  be  DJ-ing, so you can flick between each one, which means that if you have a particular  aversion  to  a  type  of  music,  you’ve  still  got  two   other  channels  to  listen  to.    Also,  you’re  free  to  sing  along,  regardless  of  musical   ability or knowing the words, as no-one  else  can  hear  you!    Cuth’s  will  be  turning   into a nightclub itself on Friday, with the bar and silent disco both running until late, so  you  don’t  have  to  leave  at  all (until you get kicked out...)! FANCY DRESS – UV RAVE.

Saturday, October 5th – Now  that  you’ve  had  a  chance  to  look  round  the  DSU  Fair   and the Team Durham fair, we will try to dazzle you with our own Sports and Societies Fair beginning at 2pm and giving you the chance to join some of the most successful sports teams and societies in the University, so come along and sign up to as many things as possible! Saturday is also your chance to celebrate everything that is  great  about  Cuth’s  as  we  will  be  hosting  a  Cuth’s  themed  party  at  the  Bailey  from   8pm. This is your chance to dress up as St Cuthbert, a tiger, a penguin or simply cover yourself in green or get inventive and come up with something else to represent Cuth’s.    Afterwards  we  will  take  you  back  to  Studio  at  11pm,  although,  since  it  is  a   Saturday,  both  of  the  Cuth’s  bars  will  be  open  until  midnight,  so  if  you’ve  had   68

enough of clubbing for one week you can hang around in the bars for a bit longer! FANCY DRESS – CUTH’S.

Sunday, October 6th – Last  day  of  Freshers’  Week  and  a  slightly  gentler  day,  since   by this point a week of partying will have taken its toll (trust me on this!). During the day  we’ll  be  showing various feel good movies down at Brooks and in the evening we will have our first Postgraduate Research Event of the year, followed by port and cheese, just to remind you all that you will have to do some studying at some point while  you’re  at  University! Everyone is welcome to come to these, they are designed to  give  Cuth’s  Postgrads  a  chance  to  talk  about  what  they  are  doing  in  front  of  an   audience, but they are also great to listen to as you can either hear about something you’re  studying  or  learn  about something totally new!

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Do’s  and  Don’ts  of  Freshers’  Week DO get involved in ALL you can. There's no telling where you can find a great new hobby, not to mention get to know people and make new friends. From trying new team sports and building friendships to getting involved in drama (don't be afraid to audition, as previous experience isn't required!), to even taking up a new job in college, the BEST advice is to get involved. NOW is the time to make memories - so why not make the most of it? DO be friendly! Remember, everyone is in your very situation, so feeling lonely is only natural - open your door, invite people in for snacks! DO get  down  to  both  sites!  There  is  plenty  going  on  during  Fresher’s  Week  at  both   Parson’s  Field  and  the  Bailey  and  you’d  miss out on half the stuff your wristband lets you go to if you only stuck to the one venue. Plus a hell of a lot of potential friends and  Cuth’s  facilities! DO sleep  for  a  week  solidly  before  you  get  here;;  you’re  going  to  need  it!  Also   attempt to get some napping  done  during  Freshers’  Week  because  you’ll  be  up  all   night every night, and will probably be woken up early most mornings (especially the dreaded Monday morning alarm call!). DO get an agenda and keep track of all your future academic commitments. Everything will seem a bit overwhelming at the beginning, but once you get to meet your tutors and attend your first lectures/tutorials, you'll find it will all slowly fall into place. Be sure to find out where your seminars are held well before having to show up there! DO go out and have a good time, but DON'T come back to college at night alone stick to your group. Durham is just as nice and peaceful as it seems - but there is no need for anyone to take chances. DO actually go to your academic commitments; after all you are here to get a degree. Those  dreaded  9  o’clocks  on  a  Thursday  morning  (after  Loveshack  Wednesday)  are   understandably  often  missed,  but  don’t  make  a  habit  of  it,  or  you  may  end  up  getting   over your head (and therefore having a mental breakdown in the run up to exams!) Just attempt to balance play with a little bit of work. DO take pictures and decorate your room to make it feel nice and homely. This is the place you'll be spending the whole year in and quickly settling in very much depends on you! Returning to a fun, warm and inviting room will make you feel right at home and even make work seem a lot easier! DO attempt to stay on the good side of the College staff, especially the porters, cleaners and catering staff. Stay on their good side and they will help make life easier (my cleaner always let me stay in bed as she cleaned around me). However if you get on their bad side, they can be sweet-talked with a bag of crisps and a friendly note. Just remember that the porters are nowhere near as scary as they look. The cleaners can  be  very  chatty,  but  if  you’re  not  in  a  rush  then  spend  5  minutes  chatting  to  them   70

and  they’re  much  more  likely  to  be  understanding  when  you  haven’t  done  the   washing up! DON'T be afraid to ask questions. There will pretty much always be someone around you can get your answers from. Whether it be something about doing your laundry (or even finding the laundry room!), where to get that toothpaste you forgot to bring with you, don't hesitate to ask around! If your new friend/floor mate can't answer, then try one of the fresher reps or male/female welfare officers! There is no point in you suffering in silence, since help is always close at hand! DON’T leave  your  room  unlocked.  You  will  receive  warnings  in  Freshers’  W eek about the dangers of external thieves, but the real threats come from those who lie within college. Take it from someone who knows, finding your mattress, pillows and entire bedding in the bath is definitely not as funny as it sounds, especially when you’re  tired  and  desperate  for  bed.   DON’T get  so  drunk  that  you  vomit  everywhere.  It’s  not  fun  and  it  will  stink  out   your room for weeks and make your floormates and your cleaner hate you. If the porter finds out (which he probably will because you will need something to clean it up with!) you will be charged £50. DON’T trophy (or steal as everyone from outside Durham would call it) from other colleges. It will seem like the best idea in the world when you are drunk, but when you wake up the next morning with some form of college service, or police warning, it will seem like a much worse idea. Other colleges do not take lightly to you using paintings of their staff to decorate your room! Please find out more about the stash order going on before you get here on page 61 and above all DO READ THE REST OF THIS HANDBOOK!

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