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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 life in the College. Do join the Junior Common Room (if you are an undergraduate) or the Middle Common Room (if you are a postgraduate). You will be contacted about this in September. The Common Rooms play an essential part in organising activities and events, and in providing resources and facilities which support and enhance the quality of their members' experience of College life, as well as representing students' views in College and the broader university. The student Common Rooms are a very important, central feature of our College community.

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of College, Hatfield Bursaries are awarded to new Home undergraduate students from lower income households, covering some costs of College life, including JCR membership. Do check out the details if you think these might apply to you.

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, as our College motto says, 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
Congratulations on getting into Durham! I’m Humam, Hatfield’s newly elected Senior Man, which is the equivalent to JCR President, and have just graduated with a degree in Economics. I’m glad to welcome you to Hatfield and I hope you’re excited to begin your university experience. Being a member of the Hatfield JCR will enable you to take more out of university life such as playing sports, attending events, joining committees, and having your say in how Hatfield is run. See you all soon!

Humam Quader
Senior Man (JCR President)



Essential Action - make a start

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, it is essential that you complete the 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

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 JCR 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.

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.
Durham Cathedral and Framwellgate Bridge over the River Wear

Hatfield College Junior Common Room

Hatfield JCR (Junior Common Room) is a student led charitable organisation operating within Hatfield College to provide community and opportunities for undergraduate students.