Congratulations and Welcome to Mary’s

Dear Fresher,

Firstly, a massive congratulations on your results, and secondly, welcome to St Mary’s College!

It is such a pleasure to be able to welcome you into our community here at St Mary’s. No matter what your interests are, I am sure you will have a brilliant university experience and make memories and friends that will last a lifetime.

Mary’s is known across Durham University as the friendliest college and the community spirit and welcoming atmosphere will become evident from the moment you arrive. Whether it is the team of Freshers’ Reps, the JCR Welfare Team, the Student Support Staff or fellow Mary’s students, there will be so many people to help you settle in and answer any questions you may have.

Starting at university, amidst all the excitement, can also be daunting and it is completely normal to be slightly nervous about moving away from home and into a new environment. The first week may be overwhelming, and I know that I definitely struggled at points, but please remember that you are not alone! Even though you may not realise it, I can tell you from personal experience that almost everyone feels or has felt the same way.

The best piece of advice I can give you is to relax and be yourself. There are so many opportunities to get involved in different areas of college life; you will make friends with people who are like-minded and will soon get into your own routine. I would also encourage you to try something new, even if you would never have thought of getting involved in it before coming to university. This is a great way to meet new people and you might even discover a new talent you never knew you had!

Now, a bit about me. You’re probably wondering what on earth a JCR President is and what they do. I just graduated with a degree in English, having spent the last 3 years having the time of my life at Mary’s. The role of the JCR President is to oversee the student body in college, including events, sports teams, societies etc. – if it’s a part of college, I’ll be there. The job lasts a year, and I live and work in college, so I’ll be around all the time!

Please feel free to come and see me either in the JCR office or in my flat (both are located in the Fergusson building on the first floor of the West Wing, just above the Dining Hall) or catch me any at point if you have any problems, or if you just want to say hello. Also, if you have any questions before you arrive please feel free contact me on the email below. No question is too small or silly – if you’re thinking it, the chances are someone else is too! The same goes for any of the Freshers’ Reps – they are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. There is a huge amount of support available here, so if you need anything please just let us know.

Mary’s has become a home away from home for me over the past three years, and I am so excited to welcome you into the community here and for you to experience all of the exciting opportunities that college life offers. The pages below should have all the questions you need to know but in the meantime, if you have any other queries, questions or concerns, I am only a phone call or email away. For now, please join our Facebook group for incoming Freshers: Please note that this is the only official Facebook group for Mary’s freshers. Please be aware of any other Facebook events claiming to organise Induction Week events, as these are almost always fake (unfortunately there is no Durham-wide water fight!).

Once again, congratulations on your outstanding results, and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Luke Wagner

St Mary’s JCR President 2017/18


Tel: 0191 33 45933