Interested in volunteering and getting involved in Durham? Join panelists from around the university (SCA, DUCK), college (Hatfield Nepal), and independent charities to learn more about application processes and what to expect.
Split into two different sessions, this event is geared towards students looking to achieve a 2.1 or 1st! The first session from 6:30-7:30 will be a panel of STEM students. There will then be a 10 minute intermission with tea and biscuits. Then, the Humanities and Social Sciences panel will begin and last about an hour. Come to your respective session for insights into coursework and how to ace them!
Come hear Dr. Eleanor Loughlin talk about useful study skills and how to absorb more information faster from books/articles! A distinguished academic and programme manager for academic skills at Durham, she is a useful point of contact and has a wealth of experience to help students.
2-5pm [ISM room, C stairs, Hatfield College]
Looking for some extra feedback on your writing? Worried you're making the same mistakes or that your arguments read like a deflated balloon? Afflicted with a bad case of procrastinitis or Writer's Block Syndrome (WBS)? Concerned by the fact that English isn't your first language but you don't want that to hold you back?
Then sign up for a 15-minute drop in 'writing therapy' session with one of our Junior Research Fellows and Durham post-doctoral researcher, Dr Ladan Cockshut, who also worked as an editor and writer for a decade before pursuing her academic career. She'll look at your work, diagnose your problem, and prescribe some bespoke tips and feedback aimed at helping you improve your writing going forward.
To sign up, please email Ladan directly (email@example.com) and provide the following information:
- your current year of study
- degree level
- the name of your course
- what 'problem' area of writing you'd like to focus on during the session.
Appointments will be given on a first-come, first-served basis (up to eight slots available for this session). You will also be asked to bring along a sample of your writing on paper or a memory stick (1-2 pages is ideal).
Get advice on how to get the best chance at getting the job experience you need.
This talk will be given by Hatfield’s Senior Man, Harry Dow, and SHAPED’s Careers’ and Lions’ Rep, Juliette Chinal. The talk will be about how to write a great cover letter and a fantastic CV, how to handle interviews and competency based questions, and should help you prepare if you are considering applying for internships. This talk will be especially good for any students considering careers in the banking, finance, or in consulting.
This event will be an opportunity for free food, networking, and to hear a presentation about the Fast Stream - the Government's leadership development scheme for talented people.
The presentation will set out some of the core facts about the Fast Stream, including:
- Key info about the scheme - salaries, scheme lengths, development opportunities
- The 15 different schemes available for graduates - from the generalist scheme which puts you into varied and profile roles across Government, to the specific Diplomatic, Finance, Commercial and Digital options
- Some of the high profile pieces of work Durham alumni in the outreach team have been involved in;
- Info about the application process - this multi-stage process is already open, and closes on 26 October; in 2015 there were over 20,000 applications and nearly 1000 appointments. We'll talk through some tips to guide applicants through
One of the speakers will be Durham Graduate (2015), George Miller:
- Has worked in communications and public policy research
- After joining the Fast Stream, he's worked in high profile Government policy roles, both in HMRC's Anti Money Laundering Supervision team, and in the cross- Departmental Cities and Local Growth Unit
- Has taken part in writing legislation, shaping Government's Industrial Strategy, and is currently on a secondment building affordable housing in London
This is aimed at science students who want to gain more information and advice about their dissertation.
In this session, students are introduced to the general features of dissertations (both library-based and empirical) and are given tips and ideas about how to make their writing process as smooth and as efficient as it can be.
Teaching Fellow and EAP co-ordinator Michelle Joubert will be returning from last year to give the talk.
Joanne Smallwood, Graduate Recruitment Specialist at Bond Dickinson LLP, will be leading a practical workshop around assessment centres. Assessment centres are now a standard fixture in the graduate recruitment process, so mastering them is vital to landing your dream job! Whether you are interested in a legal career or not, this session will give you an insight into how best to approach things if you reach assessment centre stage.
This is a great chance for bioscience students of all years to get some tips and advice on subject-specific essay writing. The session will be led by a tutor from the department, who will explore example essays to explain how to produce the highest quality work and get the most marks.
Hatfield alumna Lizzie Coxhead always wanted to work for the BBC, and now that she's there, she's sure Durham was the key. Actually, it was being a Hatfielder that made the difference. Come for a brief talk from Lizzie on Durham and life inside BBC Radio!
Come and quiz our panel on their experiences on years abroad and in industry. Spending a year studying abroad or working in industry can be hugely beneficial, and will really help your CV. If you are considering either, come along to find out what they are really like and whether they are for you.
As always, you are welcome to submit questions in advance.
To round off the Blast Off series, we will be looking at tutorial presentations and summaries. You may have already given a tutorial presentation, but chances are it was formative. To ensure you are ready for when summative presentations come along, this session will cover the basics of what is needed, and how to structure a summary.
It is a fact of life that you will fail at something at some point. If you never do, then you are clearly not putting yourself out there enough. In this session we will highlight the importance of failure, and how it can actually be massively beneficial in the long run.
University essays are a little different to those you have done before, as they require you to go and find the information yourself. This session will take you through effective techniques for note-taking and reading, to prevent you wasting time reading entire books - you will seldom need to read a book cover to cover! It will also take you through the importance of structuring your essays.