FAQs

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What are the benefits of being a GCR member?
How do I become a GCR member?
How do I join a sports team, club, or society?
How do I start a GCR affiliated sports team, club, or society?
Where do I buy a formal ticket? And how many tickets can I buy?
How do I put on an event?
Can I reserve the projector in the bar?
How do I join the gym?
What does the poetry inscribed upon large stone tablets around Sheraton Park mean?
Other questions…


What are the benefits of being a GCR member?

There are so many! Being a member of the GCR provides  you with:

  • A welcoming community that hosts weekly Pub Quizzes and Movie Nights, as well as open mic nights, Formals, parties, and other events throughout the year!
  • FREE Induction Week Activities!
  • Discounted tickets to Formals, trips, and other GCR events
  • Free usage of the swimming pool and the ability to purchase a gym membership!
  • Facilities such as the bar projector, pool tables, DVD rentals, and anything else you find in Sheraton Park!
  • The ability to represent Ustinov in a Team, Club, or Society
  • FREE invitation to the Summer BBQ!
  • Really, the benefits are limitless. If you aren’t already a GCR member, find out below how to become a part of this incredible community!

How do I become a GCR member?

Whether you live in Ustinov College (Sheraton Park or Keenan House) or live out, you received an e-mail from the University at the beginning of the academic year asking if you wish to opt-in to paying to be a member of the Ustinov GCR. Please opt in! The university will then charge you the membership fee and forward your name to us.

For those who chose to opt out and have since decided they would like to join, we ask that you pay £40 to the GCR Office during our office hours.


How do I join a sports team, club, or society?

The best time to meet all our teams, clubs, and societies is the Clubs & Societies Fair during induction week! The next one will take place on Sunday the 30th September from 2pm in the Sheraton Park café area. Here you can meet members from all the societies in person and find out more about them.

If you cannot make it to the Clubs & Socs Fair or if you would like to find out about the available societies in advance, check out the full list HERE! Contacts for all teams, clubs, and societies are listed there, so that you can get in touch with the captains and presidents.


How do I start a GCR affiliated sports team, club, or society?

Starting a society is easy! Simply follow the steps described HERE. GCR affiliated teams, clubs, and societies can apply for GCR funding to use for their activities.
For any further questions, please contact the Clubs & Societies Officer: cs.ustinovgcr(at)durham.ac.uk


Where do I buy a formal ticket? And how many tickets can I buy?

Formal tickets can be purchased at the GCR Office during our open hours. Ticket prices vary depending on the location and how much they charge us. However, GCR members can always get cheaper tickets than non-members!

You may buy 1 ticket for yourself and 1 ticket for someone else, either GCR member or non-GCR member. No one is permitted to purchase more than 2 tickets.

For the 2018/19 Year, the formal schedule is as follows:

  • 6 October – Induction Formal
  • 1 November – Bonfire Night Formal
  • 13 December – Christmas Formal
  • 26 January – Burns Night Formal
  • 5 February – Chinese New Year Formal
  • 28 March – Castle Formal
  • 3 May – Honours Formal
  • 6 June – Summer Ball at Beamish Hall

How do I put on an event?

The first step to putting on an event is filling out the Events Booking Form to reserve a space. This is sent directly to the college and they will contact you regarding your reserved location. Remember to advertise your event on social media and send in a newsletter item request form so your event will be featured in the weekly GCR newsletter!


Can I reserve the projector in the bar?

Yes! Simply fill out the projector booking form to reserve your program!


How do I join the gym?

All GCR members are eligible to apply for gym membership. Find out more about the gym and the membership application process HERE!


What does the poetry inscribed upon large stone tablets around Sheraton Park mean?

It is a complex cryptographic cipher, which when decoded will reveal the Secret of Sheraton Park.


What is underneath the mound?

We dare not ask.


I still have a question that wasn’t answered on this list – where do I go now?

Find the appropriate GCR committee member here!