• Being a Hatfielder: Traditions and Hatfield Day

    Hatfield is truly a wonderful community, it provides all types of people with countless opportunities, wonderful support and fantastic societies. The community is unique, warm and welcoming, and if you get the change to be a Hatfielder, take that chance. 

  • What to expect during fresher’s, with some advice from my experience.

    I had my problems during fresher’s week and first impressions do have a huge impact, but it is just a week and not the end of the world if you don’t have an amazing time. I don’t think I spoke to a single frep during fresher’s week, but if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to ask anyone of us, we’re there to help you have a great time and settle into life at Hatfield. Of course, I hope you do have a great time and end up loving Hatfield as much as I do. 

  • Junior Ents

    One of my favourite parts of the role was the variety of it all, and should you choose to apply, you will find yourself doing everything from spending weeks planning bigger events such as the annual Michaelmas Ball, to spending your time decorating the bar for smaller events or themed formals, such as Halloween and Halfway Hall.

  • Getting Involved

    Getting involved in any of the Hatfield clubs and societies, is one of the best decisions you can make when coming to Hatfield. Freshers week can be overwhelming with the vast array of clubs and societies on offer at college and university level. But even though the continuous emails and notifications can be hard to keep on top of during the first few weeks, I would highly recommend participating in as many taster sessions as you can. You will definitely surprise yourself with what you enjoy.

  • Lion in Winter Ball - "Around the World in Eighty Days"

    ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ is a classic adventure novel by the French writer, Jules Verne, and it could not have more accurately themed this year’s Lion in Winter Ball (LIWB). LIWB is Hatfield’s biggest event, both in terms of scale (an action-packed 12-hour worth of games and entertainment for over 700 attendees) and glamour (a whopping £62 for just an entry ticket). Unlike other events, LIWB prides itself on the originality it offers, centring different themes every year. This year’s LIWB adapted the French title, to celebrate our diverse and inclusive college community.

  • Hatfield Day 2K17

    Fortified by college breakfast, the army of Hatfielders then carried out the tradition of storming the castle – in a calm and orderly fashion, of course  – sporting our uniform of white ‘Hatfield Day’ t-shirts.  We made our presence known in the quad of University College with our enthusiastic, if a little out of tune, singing. After a commemorative photo outside the infamous cathedral, we retreated back to Hatfield.  

  • "Try Something New"

    “Try something new.” It’s the mantra most people hear from their friends and family before they go off to university for the first time. As cliché as it sounds, it really is the best thing you can do. Ask almost anyone at Durham and they’ll likely tell you they tried something new when they were a fresher or at some point during their time at university. Chances are they probably don’t regret it either.  

  • 11 Tips for looking after yourself and making the most of Uni

    University is such an exciting step in your life, you are about to start an amazing adventure but like all big changes, it can also be challenging. It’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed, homesick and nervous at times, especially since Freshers’ Week can be such a full on week with so many new experiences to be had.  As the welfare team, we hope to help you make the transition as smooth as possible by offering a few tips that we wish we’d known before coming to Durham.

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