Full-time students come into the community with a wide range of experiences and interests, some direct from other colleges or university; others have considerable work experience, some are single, others are married. The community includes families, of course, and partners and children are valued members of the community.
The Common Room is the centre of the College's social life, with a licensed bar and a busy diary of events. If you're a musician, you can join in with a variety of music making; if you're into sports, there's a football and cricket field, plus a croquet lawn.
Worship is central to College life, and through a regular pattern of prayer and worship we learn to engage more deeply with God. The rhythm, simplicity and continuity of the offices provide space for prayer, worship and reflection on Scripture in an otherwise busy day.
A typical week in term time would involve 7.30am Eucharist, 9am Morning Prayer, 4.30pm Evening Prayer and 9.30pm Compline. Students are expected to attend Morning and Evening Prayer but other worship is optional. On Wednesdays at 11.45am the whole community usually gathers for a Sung Eucharist.
Students, who come from a wide diversity of traditions, are encouraged to bring variety to this pattern of worship by preparing and leading creative liturgy and worship in weekly small groups and for the whole College, usually instead of Monday's Evening Prayer.
As students come from diverse backgrounds with differing prior qualifications and experience we offer a wide range of flexible academic routes. Students either enrol with the Durham University Common Awards programme or for University of Oxford degrees. Depending on which course you take, training will be for two or three years based on the university calendar. When you visit, we will take time to listen to your circumstances and discuss the most suitable options with you.
The aim of our training programmes is to prepare the whole person for mission and ministry in today's world. Modules in both mission and ministry help to develop an understanding of the mission of God and the tasks of ministry, and modules in human development and pastoral practice equip you to know what it means to live a fully human life and how pastoral care is responsibly exercised. There are additional optional courses in pastoral psychology, covering topics such as group dynamics, conflict, sexuality, mental health issues and human identity.