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Carol service in Durham cathedral – Monday 8 December

On Monday 8 December the annual carol service in Durham Cathedral, hosted by the Durham Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (DICCU) takes place! For this event, over 3000 students come together for a traditional Christmas carol service led by Durham University Choral Society. Christmas refreshments will be served afterwards in various venues around Durham.

The service starts at 7.30pm, but you should aim to arrive by 7pm as it tends to gets really busy! A few MCR members will meet on the cobbles at 6.30pm to walk down to the Cathedral; please feel free to join them!

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Carols in Trevs – Tuesday 9 December

Come along to the Trevelyan College Carol Service, which will be held on Tuesday 9th December at 8 pm in the Dining Room. It will be led by Ashley Wilson (Chads College Chaplain) along with Trevs Choir, Chamber Choir and Orchestra.

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JCR and MCR Christmas Formal – Thursday 11th and Friday 12th December

In this Christmas themed week there will be two Christmas Formals! The JCR Formal takes place on Thursday 11 December and the MCR Formal on Friday the 12th. Sign up for these formals has now closed. The dress code for both events is black tie, no gowns.

Below are the details for both formals:

JCR Formal – 11th December

The meal will cost £4.50 for Livers In and £6.50 for Livers Out. As it’s Christmas formal, there will be some other events on afterwards – the panto and carols. Even if you aren’t in formal, feel free to come down and enjoy. Menu is as follows:

Deep fried camembert with red currant syrup and mixed salad
Roast turkey Ballantine wrapped in bacon, pigs in blankets, gravy and cranberry sauce
Vegetable and feta wellington with tomato fondue
( roast potatoes, roast parsnips, carrots and brussel sprouts )
Christmas pudding with brandy sauce
(Veggie friendly)

MCR Christmas Formal – 12th December

Join your fellow MCR, on the last night of term for one last big event of 2014! The meal will cost £8 for livers in/£10 for livers out. There will be a champagne reception in the bar, a DJ afterwards, and a few festive surprises throughout the night! The Menu is:

Leek and potato soup with flaked smoked haddock, chive cream and truffle oil
Leek and potato soup with poached egg, chive cream and truffle oil
Roast breast of duck, gratin potato, spiced red cabbage, squash and port sauce
Butternut squash, leek and mushroom wellington with tarragon and grain mustard cream
White chocolate and winter berry cheesecake

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Bar opening times during the Christmas holidays

The bar will close on Sunday the 14th of December for the Christmas holidays. It will open again around the 7th of January for the Winter congregation.

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IVSC Summer teaching positions in China


IVSC is recruiting 70 volunteer teachers for summer camp projects in the idyllic southern town of Yangshuo阳朔 as well as other locations including Changsha, Lingshan and Pingjiang. Lonely Planet says of Yangshuo that “pedalling across the rice fields through Yangshuo’s soaring limestone peaks is often the top experience of travellers in China.” The programme provides free bed and board, free TEFL certification, Chinese classes and some remuneration. Travel scholarships are usually available through universities.

Programmes run from 7th July-15th August TBC with some flexibility. Schedules vary between the different schools but generally involve 3-6 hours of English classes per day followed by outdoor activities. Students are aged between six and sixteen, every week teachers accompany the students on fun summer-camp activities. As an example, activities in Yangshuo include; bamboo rafting, rock climbing, camping, caving, touring rural villages such as Xingping, cycling, swimming in the Li river, tubing, Kayaking, white-water rafting and general sports. Teachers will also assist with other summer camp activities including interviewing foreign tourists in the town centre, cookery classes, film-making, and karaoke parties. There are also ample opportunities to study mandarin, martial arts, or cookery, and to go out in the evenings to enjoy the restaurants and nightlife.

In house TEFL certification, Chinese classes, advice regarding visas, free accommodation and food are all offered. Some schools will be able to remunerate teachers. There is no programme fee of any kind, IVSC has been working with UK students since 2007. For more information please contact or view our website Positions are offered on a rolling basis.

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Research Buffet 28th November

Hey all,

Attached is a list of names for those who are attending the research buffet tonight!

Don’t forget you will need to pay Chris West.

28th Nov Research Buffet Names

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MCR Meeting minutes

You can find the minutes of both the first and second MCR meeting here:

MCR Meeting I (2 October 2014):

021014 MCR Meeting I

MCR Meeting 2 (20 November 2014):

201114 MCR Meeting II

Apologies for the delay in posting the first meeting’s minutes!

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Tier 2 elections

Voting in these elections has now closed and the results are in:

Durham Students’ Union Committee Representatives:

- Anthony Meffe
– Alex Serafimov​

Sports Representative:

- Khamis Al-Jubouri

Due to technical problems the candidate letters could not be posted earlier. I attach them here for your information:

Trevelyan College Tier 2 Elections candidate letters

We currently have no candidates for Music Representative. If you would now like to consider going for this position, please contact Maddie: ​

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Matriculation photo – collection reminder

Could the following people please collect their matriculation photo from Jenny Clapp:

Rebecca Au
Hang Lok Cheung
Helen Greetham
Joanna Janus
Volker Loesch
Jiayi Mo
Jingyu Zhang
Chong Zhang

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