December in Durham is always very festive with the Christmas markets, carol services and celebrations all the way until term ends. For me this year has been even more festive than most as being MCR (Middle Common Room) Social Sec at Trevelyan College I have been running some of our celebrations.
In the summer of 2014, I was offered an internship by the Anthropology department to spend four weeks working in the Parent-Infant Sleep Lab. The lab is headed up by Prof Helen Ball and Dr Charlotte Russell, who are experts in their fields no less! They are not only heading up the Sleep Lab but are also co-ordinators of Infant Sleep Information Source (ISIS), an online project making infant sleep research accessible to health professionals and parents. My role whilst I was there was to help code video data for an on-going study called the Bedside Crib Project and to come up with a ‘genius idea’ to increase recruitment of potential participants.
From the 4th-7th February 2015, the 40th anniversary of Durham Drama Festival (DDF) took place. The week involved ten shows, four industry professional judges, a special guest of honour, six professionally led workshops, a launch party and an awards ceremony. The week was an enormous success, and as this year’s Festival Director I can say I am so proud of everyone involved (over 60 students, from all years) and what we have achieved.
It was late one Wednesday night in March and I had just succeeded in dying my hands a bright Durham purple. “Well at least it’s the University colours” quipped my housemate. This hand dying effort was not some bizarre fashion statement but instead an unfortunate side effect of the spray paints I was using to make my ‘Vote for Joely’ banners.
Standing in the shadow of the magnificent Cathedral, fully donned in graduation robes and smart shoes, I couldn’t help but smile. The day was cold and grey, as so many English afternoons are, but it didn’t matter. I felt radiant. I beamed with the effervescent energy of one who has achieved a new level of accomplishment. Continue reading
When I tell people I’m off to prison, I normally get a confused look. In fact, I go to prison pretty regularly – usually once or twice a week – and I’ve been going for the past year and a half. But rather than serve time for some crime I’ve managed to keep secret, I go to serve tea and toast, chat to visitors and play in the ‘jungle’ (aka, the play area in the visits room).
When I came to Durham, I think it’s fair to say that I wasn’t in great shape; physically or mentally. One of the greatest experiences I have had during my two years here at university has been the opportunity to take part in sport. It has helped me not just personally, but also in working towards my degree in Natural Sciences.