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Hello and welcome to the House Committee at the Graduate Society, in the University of Durham,  Web Page. This page is designed by students for students and it is an attempt to familiarise prospective students with the Graduate Society as well as to give information for what's on to our current students. Enjoy your surfing!!!!

The Graduate Society

GradSoc, founded in 1965, by Prof. W.B. Fisher and it is now the third largest college in Durham. The Society has over 1100 members, which makes it the largest postgraduate college in the country. The title ‘Society’ means that under fifty-percent of our students live in Society accommodation although this has changed with the advent of the new Howlands site on South Road. All students are equal members of the Society. The main society offices are located at 30, Old Elvet, which is distinguished by its balcony, originally constructed to view the public hangings outside the court opposite.
GradSoc students now live in a number of locations round the city, the Parsons Field Site off Old Elvet by the prison comprises of Fisher House, Parsons Field House (PFH), Fonteyn Court and Parsons Field Court. The main bar is in PFH). City center accommodation is also found at Palatine House (Church Street), Kepier House and Kepier Court (at the top of Claypath), 29, 34 and 38 Old Elvet and in Shincliffe Hall, in Shincliffe Village. The new Howlands site is on South Road (past the other hill colleges). There are common rooms in most blocks. Laundry facilities are available in PFH I, Howlands barn, Shincliffe hall and Kepier. GradSoc depends on tolerance and understanding for others, for us all to live together in relative harmony. People have different ideas about noise levels, smoking and kitchen etiquette. There are rules but people usually manage to settle disputes informally and the house reps are there to help.



Other Colleges in Durham

There are only  thirteen colleges in Durham, since two are called societies plus two more colleges in Stockton campus. The colleges tend to be grouped into two main sections, the "Hill" colleges and the "Bailey" colleges. Two colleges, including the Graduate Society do not fit into either camp.
Bailey colleges are the oldest in the university and are found on the Bailey (next to the cathedral). There are five in total: Hatfield, University College (Castle), St. Chad's, St. John's, and St. Cuthbert's Society. Castle and Hatfield have a reputation (largely deserved!) for recruiting heavily from - public schools, while St. John's has a large number of seminary students.
Hill Colleges are situated on the hill behind the library and are the newer Durham colleges. There are six: Grey, St. Mary's (the only remaining single sex college), Trevelyan, Van Mildert, Collingwood, and St. Aidan's. The remaining colleges are St. Hild and St. Bede, and the Graduate Society, situated on opposite sides of the river Wear by the racecourse. Finally, there are now two more Durham university colleges : the John Snow and the George Stephenson comprising the Stockton campus.

Durham City

Durham is a small city (around 30,000 inhabitants) whose skyline is dominated by the magnificent Norman cathedral and castle. The proximity of Durham to Newcastle is a major attraction for many students since it provides the benefits of a large city without the disadvantages of living in one. Durham is also situated close to the beautiful countryside of the North Pennines and Northumberland. The university in Durham dates back to 1832 and now consists of fourteen colleges. With around 8,000 students now attending the university, it has a considerable impact upon the local community.


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The H.C will like to thank Robin Widdison and Gillie Cawthorne for  allowing us to use their images in our Web Page. 

Page designed and maintained by George Semertzakis. Last modified 26 April 2001. Comments welcome.