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Sunday Seminar Series

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 - a highlight being the Sunday Seminar Series. 

The format

Throughout 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 either virtually on Zoom, or in person 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.

Sunday Seminars are a great way to practice presentation skills or prepare for a conference.


Free wine is provided at these events, and they are a great way of hearing about what other MCR members are studying and researching. Follow the series on Facebook here


Inter-Common Room Sunday Seminars

Approximately once per term, Castle MCR arranges an Inter-common room seminar between Castle and another common room or College at the University. We have previously collaborated with Hatfield MCR, Chad's MCR and Castle SCR!


At Castle MCR, we believe in creating a relaxed atmosphere where people are encouraged to share their Academic work with the broader Durham University community, and the Inter-MCR Seminar provides a great platform for this and making new networks!


Any questions about Sunday Seminars or academic opportunities in the MCR? 

Email our Academic Officer at:

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