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Congratulations and Welcome

Message from the MasterProfessor Ann MacLarnon

Welcome to Hatfield College - and congratulations on your academic success!

We are looking forward to meeting you when you come to Durham to join Hatfield College in September. Present students and staff will make every effort to ensure you feel very welcome and supported from the start.

Hatfield is a thoroughly modern-minded College with roots in the traditions of the past - we were founded in 1846. Above all, we are a community living and working alongside and supporting each other. Our students come from near and far, from large cities and small towns, from many different backgrounds and experiences, and are studying for degrees across the full subject spread. Our ethos is #AllOneHatfield, as expressed in our recent declaration which recognises the enriching value for all of a diverse, inclusive community of equals.

Our student Common Rooms are important parts of our community in College. You will be contacted in September about joining the Middle Common Room, which is open to all our postgraduate students.  The MCR plays a key role in putting on a variety of events for its members, social, intellectual, and general interest, as well as supporting students with information and advice, and representing students' views in College and the broader university. The MCR greatly enhances the quality of their members’ experience of College life; it is a key, central feature of our College community.  I do hope you join the Hatfield MCR and take an active part in College life.

You are welcome to contact us if you have questions via or for urgent queries telephone +44 (0) 191 334 2610.

Lastly, beware fake Facebook pages about Induction Week in Durham. Only follow links from documents and links in or through this website with "" in the relevant part of the address. If you are not certain that a Facebook page or web link is genuine, do contact us.

I very much look forward to welcoming you in Hatfield in September.

Professor Ann MacLarnon


Welcome from the Vice-Master and Assistant Master

We would like to extend to you a very warm welcome to Hatfield. We are all looking forward to meeting you when you arrive in Durham to begin an exciting new venture in your life. Our aim is to help you to be the best you can be

Our focus at Hatfield is to provide a safe, supportive, motivating and enjoyable collegiate environment that enables all of its members to grow intellectually and socially. We are #AllOneHatfield and we are very proud of the diversity of our College community. Our College is recognised as a friendly and welcoming place which applauds leadership, creativity, innovation, teamwork and excellence. The College has a lively programme of sport, music, theatre, volunteering and art - along with a range of opportunities designed to support your personal development, intellectual curiosity and future employability. During your time at Hatfield, we trust that you will have a truly unique experience that will lay the basis for a life-long, mutually rewarding relationship with your College, Durham University and the people and communities of North East England.

The main part of our roles as Vice-Master and Assistant Master is to help you to make the most of your time in Durham. We want you to develop as a person whilst you seek to attain the best degree you are capable of. We also work to offer support to those who face pastoral or personal issues during their time at Hatfield. Our doors are always open so please do pop in and say hello!

James Armitage

James Armitage headshot

Heather Bell

Assistant Master
Photograph of Heather Bell, Assistant Master



Welcome to all our new members! We look forward to you joining the Hatfield community. Durham is an amazing place to live and study - and being part of your College is one of the defining aspects of the Durham experience.

Keerthi Vasishta
MCR President



Essential Action - start now

We know this is a busy time for you and that you are excited and busy as you prepare to come to Hatfield College. Even so, you need to complete the essential steps below before coming to Durham.


Find out what you need to do...

Enrol online

Enrolment opens six weeks before the start of your programme.
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Pre-arrival Tasks - Part One

Once you have completed the online enrolment, please complete all of the tasks set out here in Part One.
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Pre-arrival Tasks - Part Two

Once you have completed the tasks set out in Part One, please complete the essential reading here in preparation of your arrival to Durham.
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Meet your MCR Reps

An introduction to the students who play an important role in settling you into the Hatfield community
Hatfield students at matriculation



Your first week in Durham – University Induction Week Events Timetable

The Timetable has been designed so College events don’t clash with any of your academic departmental events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle into student life. Details of College events will be updated once confirmed.

To help you keep track of where you need to be, and what you need to do during your first busy days at university, in your College and your Department, we have created a day-by-day University Induction Planner. This should help you to plan your schedule, so you don't miss anything - from being issued with your Campus Card or meeting the staff in your Department, to trying out for a sports team or joining a student society.
Your Personal Induction Planner
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Student updates

Check out our student blogs to read more about life at Durham from our students. Don't forget to follow us on social media!


What to bring to University

Read our top recommendations to add to your packing list ready for your arrival at Durham.

Welcome to Durham – and stop worrying!

Moving to University can be a daunting prospect but there’s no need to worry, you’ll feel right at home here.
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Get in touch

If you have any queries about any of this information or any aspect of coming to Durham please contact us.

Hatfield College

Durham University

North Bailey




College Admissions Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 2610

College Reception   Tel:  +44 (0) 191 334 2633