At a glance...
One of the oldest colleges in the University,
St Chad's is spread out among superb historic locations in mediaeval Durham. We pride ourselves on maintaining the very highest academic standards,
with students studying for everything under the sun in a relaxed, open, supportive atmosphere. We're
small enough to make our claim to
being a community more than mere rhetoric, but we're also large enough to
give people plenty of scope simply to be themselves.
The College is remarkably situated, occupying a dramatic site just fifty metres from Durham Cathedral -- a World Heritage Site. Beyond the back gardens, the land falls away into the wooded gorge of the River Wear which girds the high peninsula, once the citadel of the Prince Bishops and a symbol of Norman power.
Chad's students come from all over the UK, from Europe and from over twenty different countries overseas. A large majority of our UK students come from the state sector, and everyone who can make the grades is invited to apply.The College has the best possible completion rates of any higher education institution in the UK, and Chad's students do remarkably well: for several years now, virtually all of our students graduated with a good first or second class degree. What's more, over ten years, out students have had the highest employment rate in the University.
Ideally-sized at just over 500 students, the College offers students the twin advantages of being part of a small, supportive, historic liberal-minded college, while being fully part of one of the larger and best universities in Britain.
The College is particularly committed to internationalism, co-sponsoring, for instance, the Ruth First Fellowship, which brings a postgraduate from Southern Africa to study for a year. In addition, we sponsor a project in South Africa itself, where our students volunteer at St Matthew 's High School in the Eastern Cape.
An exceptionally-strong academic tradition...
Each student is assigned a College tutor, who is generally a member of the University's teaching staff or a professional from the North East. Tutors are there to support students and to help them find their way through college and university structures. Tutors are often the first port of call if a student is facing difficulties - whether he or she simply wants someone discreet to speak to or wants more particular help.
The Collegiate Studies Programme
To help students make the most of their time at university, St Chad’s has a unique Collegiate Studies Programme (CSP). CSP offers students opportunities to acquire a range of life experiences and skills to complement those obtained through university courses. CSP aims to help students develop their critical abilities and self-knowledge. The programme also gives students an opportunity to get out of Durham and to discover the rich social and economic history of the North East. The programme also offers one-off modules in management and people skills, which are useful for employment, volunteer service and life in general.
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