UNIVERSITY COLLEGE  

MIDDLE COMMON ROOM

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Academic Events

The MCR is a distinctively scholarly community, and one of the great benefits it offers to our members is the chance to share work with each other and learn about interesting subjects beyond our own disciplines, to become more well-rounded and broadly educated. To that end, we hold a range of academic events throughout the year.

Sunday Seminars

On the last Sunday of every month during term-time MCR members are invited to give talks of approximately ten minutes, followed by questions, to an audience of other MCR members in a very casual and encouraging atmosphere in the MCR.

 

The subject is anything related to their work – e.g. an introduction to the field or their methodology, or a discussion of a recent finding or paper of theirs – and the audience will of course be primarily non-specialists from a range of disciplines.

 

Free wine is provided at these events, and they are a great way of finding out what other MCR members actually do.

The Castle MCR Lecture Series

The outward-facing Castle MCR Lecture Series is a more formal chance for MCR members who are further along in their studies, with significant findings to report, to showcase their work to a wider audience from all three common rooms in Castle and people from outside the College and the University.

 

The lectures take place twice per term, in the stunning setting of the tapestried Senate Room, and are approximately 40 minutes long, followed by questions.

Academic  Committee

The Academic Committee is a way in which Members of the MCR can get involved in academic events without having to present. The Committee, run by the Academic Officer, is responsible for organising all the MCR's academic events throughout the year. The Committee also strives to find new ways to provide the MCR Members with helpful information to assist them in their academic endeavours. If you have questions please contact the Academic Officer, Melissa Jackson, at melissa.e.jackson@durham.ac.uk.