Newsletter 7th Mar



Karaoke Night: Friday 8th March @ Sheraton bar 9pm

MarioKart tournament: Sunday 17th March @Sheraton bar 8pm       

Holi Festival at the Oriental Museum: Saturday 23rd March @Oriental Museum 12pm 

Ustinov’s Castle formal Dinner: Thursday 28th March @University College 7pm  

Greetings, Ustinovians

Hello and good afternoon to all you Ustinovians! How are you going so far? Working hard or hardly working, am I right? Good luck to all your deadlines and exams! If you are a student with a disability or other medical condition you may qualify for exam support. You can arrange this by contacting Disability Support on 0191 3348115 or to arrange an appointment to discuss this. The deadline for this is Friday 22nd March 2019. If you have any questions about this you can contact the welfare team. In addition, a warm reminder to Ustinovians to keep in touch with your mentors. If you haven’t heard from your mentor for a while, please remember to check your junk/spam folders in both your durham and personal email accounts so you won’t miss some interesting events. Now, it’s time for our fantastic events!

Karaoke Night

Ustinov’s favourite event returns this Friday with the chance to listen to your talented (and not so talented) friends performing all your favourite songs at our Karaoke night!
As this event falls on international women’s day we will be encouraging performances of songs from your most inspiring female artists. And guys this doesn’t give you an excuse not to perform, this is your chance to “feel like a woman” Karaoke will be kicking off at 9pm in the Bar and will run till midnight. More information can be found:

MarioKart Tournament

By popular request we are holding a MarioKart tournament on the GCR Wii on next Sunday! There will be prizes! Sign up before 20:20 to be added to the tournament bracket. You choose your preferred character and car and we choose the tracks.
We’ve had some offers from people with Switches so the plan is to other games to play whilst you wait to compete. If people want to bring laptops/ other portable consoles then we’ll try and get as many accessible sockets as possible. More information can be found:

Holi Festival at the Oriental Museum

Welcome the spring season to Durham with a special Holi festival on Saturday, 23 March 2019, 12:00 – 17:00
The Oriental Museum invites Ustinovians to come celebrate the Indian festival of Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours. Each ticket provides entry to an outdoor countdown powder throw with music ranging from Bollywood, classic Indian Holi songs, Bhangra and upbeat pop music. Inside the museum you can hear the traditional story of Holi, enjoy Holi arts and crafts, and explore our South Asia and South East Asia galleries.
Each ticketholder will be provided with one FREE bag of coloured powder and there will be the opportunity to purchase additional bags. The powder is environmentally friendly and skin-kind.
Delicious food and refreshments will be available to purchase from the Asian Food Project and the Oriental Museum cafe.
Tickets are now available to purchase via Eventbrite. Please note that there are ‘general’ and ‘family’ slots as follows:
· 1.00pm – 1.45pm General (with entry to the museum and craft activities from 12.00pm)
· 1.45pm – 2.30pm Family (with entry to the museum and craft activities from 12.45 pm)
· 2.30pm – 3.15pm Family (with entry to the museum and craft activities from 1.30pm)
· 3.15pm – 4.00pm General (with entry to the museum and craft activities from 2.15pm
· 4.00pm – 4.45pm General (with entry to museum and craft activities from 3.00pm)
Please contact Charlotte at the Oriental Museum on 0191 3345694 or by email at for more information about this event. More information can be found:


Ustinov’s Castle formal Dinner

Ever wanted to dine in Durham Castle’s great hall like Harry Potter did? Well now is your chance!
On Thursday 28th March. Ustinov’s Castle formal will let you experience a formal at University College and a chance to wine and dine at the fanciest location in the university.
This formal dinner will be hosted in Durham Castle’s Great Hall beginning at 19:00, with the chance to buy a drink from the Undercroft Bar from 18:00, so make sure you’re there early to get a drink and get some Instagrammable photos of the Castle!
Tickets will be on sale from Saturday the 9th with the sign up form going live at 18:00 on the Saturday. The link to the sign up form will be posted closer to the day so keep an eye on your emails and the group to make sure you don’t miss it. More information can be found:
If you have any questions about this formal, please come along to the office or send an email to

A reminder to Ustinovians who live out: please don’t forget to collect your access card at reception with your student ID. One ID for one card.

Weekly riddle

What belongs to you, but other people use it more than you?

The answer to last week’s riddle: The man did exactly as he said he would and wrote “your exact weight” on the paper.

Photo of The Week

Thanks to the trip guide and mentors for bringing us a very good mining trip!                          Photo credit: National Coal Mining Museum

If you’re a budding part time photographer and would like to submit a photo for the ‘Photo of the week’ segment, please send your submission to:

That’s all for this week’s newsletter. Hope you will enjoy these events in next couple of days! Please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions about the newsletters or if you’d like to contribute in any way!

Best Wishes,
Xinxin Yan
GCR Press Secretary

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