**2018 sports, societies, committee, welfare budgets**
Ben Firth (FACSO)7 months ago


Run a sport? Society? Committee? Steve?  Want to know how your budgets calendar year?

Click my face (scroll down, over there -->) and check out my files, under Budgets.  The allocated amounts you can claim for are in the yellow column in the pdf!!

Any questions or queries, get in touch with my wonderful assistant Flo Ryan at

More info, LGBTQ+ Sexual Health and World AIDs Day
Emily Thomas (Female Welfare Officer)9 months ago

Kit and Liam have some more useful information on STIs and have written a bit about LGBTQ+ Sexual Health and services avaiable, please have a read:


We hope you are enjoying SHAG week so far! ğŸŒŸToday we are focusing on Chlamydia, Thrush, LGBTQ+ sexual health and C-Cards.



Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in the UK, with 202,546 cases in 2016 in England.

Chlamydia is more common in women, and the contrary is true for Gonorrhoea.

Chlamydia is a leading cause of death in koalas (along with deforestation so remember to recycle!!)

The initial symptoms of chlamydia often go unnoticed, so health professionals recommend being proactive and having regular STI checks.

Chlamydia is very treatable and can be cured by a short course of antibiotics. The NHS also offer free Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea tests, which can be ordered online at the following link:,-children-and-sexual-health/sexual-health-services/free-online-testing.aspx. These tests can be delivered to your door and are completely confidential.

Welfare also supply free Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea tests, which involve just a quick wee in a cup! Don’t forget, we have free coffee, tea and hot chocolate (if you don’t quite need the loo when you come down!).



Thrush can affect both men and women, but it is far more common in women.

3/4 women will experience thrush at some point in their lives.

Thrush is not strictly an STI, but can come on after sex.

There are various types of thrush including vaginal thrush and oral thrush.

Thrush occurs when the fungus, candida albicans, which usually lives in harmony with other bacterias in the warm, moist areas of the body such as the genital area and mouth, becomes overgrown and induces thrush symptoms.

Whilst thrush can usually be treated with over-the-counter medicines, sometimes a prescription from the GP is necessary, particularly if this is your first experience of it. Here are the NHS’s guides to thrush in women, men and oral thrush - what the common symptoms are, how to treat it and when to see a doctor.




Research has shown that LGBTQ+ individuals face health disparities linked to societal stigma and discrimination which can have negative affects on both their physical and mental health.


The NHS recommends that EVERYONE who is sexually active, but particularly gay and bisexual men should have a sexual health check up at least every six months. This is important as with some STIs there are no symptoms.


Gay men are at higher risk of HIV and other STDs, this is especially true amongst ethnic minorities in the UK.

Lesbian and bisexual women are susceptible STIs such as herpes, genital warts and chlamydia.

Lesbian women are less likely to get preventative services for cancer.


All the information that has been previously sent around about sexual health is just as applicable to LGBT individuals as it is to others. But for some more specific resources for members of the LGBT community, this NHS website is a good place to start:,-children-and-sexual-health/sexual-health-services/lesbian,-gay,-bisexual-and-trans-services-(lgbt-services).aspx

This is a really useful source with various health fact sheets,  information and further links to supporting organisations.

For more advice, support and information the LGBT Foundation can be a really useful resource as well, it also has a helpline and email support service:


Our local sexual health clinic is St. Margaret’s Health Centre in Crossgate, but here is a link to the various centres around County Durham that can help you decide which service is the best place for you, if you need it.,-children-and-sexual-health/sexual-health-services/which-clinic-is-right-for-me.aspx.


Today is World AIDs Day and we will be having a film night in the welfare room watching 'Philadelphia' so please join us! xx 

ğŸŽ‰SHAG WeekğŸŽ‰, one of the best and most highly informative weeks of the academic year.
Emily Thomas (Female Welfare Officer)9 months ago

SHAG stands for sexual health and guidance and the welfare team are hoping to raise awareness of sexual health issues and how you can access services. We are holding some events and sending some emails you might be interested in.


Please make use of the SHAG pack on your corridors and the leaflets given.


Watch out for DIAL A DOUGHNUT this evening – ask a q about sexual health and get a doughnut delivered to an place (within college) of your choice xx


Frazer and Tom’s Short Guide to three common STIs:




This is a bacterial STI that can be passed on during sexual intercourse, though around 50% of women and 10% of men don’t experience symptoms so can be easily missed. 

For women, burning sensation whilst urinating, pain in the lower abdomen during or after sex and bleeding are the the vital symptoms observed. 

For men, white or yellow discharge from the tip of the penis, tender testicles and a burning sensation when urinating are the vital symptoms observed.

Gonorrhoea is easily diagnosed with a urine test and a quick swab, then a course of antibiotics to get rid of it quickly and easily!


Genital warts


This is a viral infection that causes small fleshy growths on the skin around the genital or anal area. Being the second most common STI in the UK, it’s surprising to find that you can pick up this through mere skin to skin contact. 

If you notice and redness or bleeding in that area, consult your local GP as there are several treatments available for you.




This too is a viral infection that causes cold sores, typically painful blisters or sores develop which can cause itching and tingling.

Once you are infected, the virus remains dormant but it is controlled through antiviral medicines and can be manageable over time. 

Postgraduate Research Seminar - 28th November.
Lily Hulatt (MCR President)10 months ago

Hey Grey! 

This may seem random, but even though I'm the (relatively) new MCR President for Postgraduates, Fourth Years and Mature Students, I can promise this post might interest some of you Undergraduates, final years, 4th years, or anyone thinking of doing Masters or PHD. 

Basically, the MCR will be having a Postgrad Research Seminar on 28th November from 7.30pm at Holgate. It is organised by the Postgraduate Mentor, who we individually contact to say we want to present a subject to the MCR.  

It is a pretty chill night where everyone takes a break from studying or eating biscuits, and can go see MCR people give a talk about anything they like. This ranges from their subjects - like Physics, English Literature (a personal favourite), Psychology, Computer Sciences, Translation, etc. - or hobbies and interests like Chinese desserts, Rap music, and Dinosaurs. The reason we do this is to help develop public speaking skills, bolster our confidence, and share studies and hobbies we really love with our friends and fellow students. I myself have done a few talks, and have always enjoyed the lowkey atmosphere and continuous support as I shared my passion for literature and tv shows with people just as devoted to their subjects.

Undergraduates are welcome!! We would love to see new faces, and it gives you guys the chance to see what sort of fields we focus on for our individual research, and maybe inspire some ideas to pursue for your own career ideas.

Talks are usually 15 minutes each, and there are refreshments and nibbles to consume (for nerves ofc). 

If you want further details, or even give a talk yourself, please contact the Postgraduate Mentor (and MCR Treasurer because he didn't have enough hats to wear already) Marcus Lancashire at 

Lily x.

George Stanbury (Senior Students' Union Representative)10 months ago

Hey Grey!

Starter for 10: How are Grey doing in University Challenge?

Today was the beginning of the intercollegiate University Challenge, with the dream of TV Screens and being savaged by Paxman not too far away for some esteemed eggheads. Grey absolutely boshed through their starter questions, ruining Castle, JoBo, Snow and a rogue Wildcard team to top their group!

They face the knockouts next Saturday, so if you want to follow Henry Woolhouse's journey to this year's University Challenge hottie or you just want to laugh at Cam Yule, do come along and support - it'd be much appreciated! Keep up to date with it here:

Bonus Questions - This week in the SU:

When's the next Union Comm meeting? 

Tomorrow at 5pm in the Bar - do come along if you're interested in finding out the inner workings of the SU and how we'll be supporting the SU's accommodation fees campaign! 

When are NUS Delegate Nominations open? 

NUS Delegate nominations are now OPEN until this Friday! If successful, you get to represent Durham at the NUS Annual Conference in Glasgow and make a real difference to student politics across the country. Whether you're a Rees-Mogg in disguise or a low-key Corbynista, strong opinions on how to make our student experience better are most welcome! You can nominate yourself here:

What do I do if I want to find out more about anything related to the SU? 

Get in touch, you donut. Anything you need to know about the SU, whether a society exists or you need help with setting one up then I'm your go-to-guy. Facebook or email, whatever floats your boat! 

Union Love, 

George xoxo

Housing talk this Thursday!
Rachael Graham (Representatives Officer)10 months ago

Elliot and George, the livers out reps, will be giving a talk in the dining hall this Thursday night from 8:30PM about choosing a house for next year.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you stop to consider the options before signing, such as the right group size, people to live with, area, pricing (most prices don't include bills!) and other factors. The talk will cover these and more - make sure to be there!  

Don't Miss Out...
Miranda Van-noorden (Chair)11 months ago

Hey Grey! Hope first term is serving you well and that you are all settled into your new homes.
The first JCR meeting of the term will be on  Sunday 29th October in the dining hall at  8pm.

Taking up positions in the JCR is a great way to get more involved in college life, meet new people and you can even bung it on your CV. So if you are interested in running for any of these roles please contact me to find out more.

Quite a few roles are bye elections due to students graduating, this means that the role needs to be filled but will not be a year long position. 

Husted Roles:

Careers Officer
Is your CV on point? Willing to help promote and organise careers opportunities and events? 

Student Trustee (bye election)
Fancy being the trustee of a charity? 

If there is something you think would make Grey a better place, there is no reason why it can't become a reality. 
Some examples from last year:
- oppose renewing Durham's contract with Mitie PLC, a company that runs detention centres criticised for human rights abuses.
- one new pool table for the JCR, to be owned by the JCR and to replace the one currently in use.

The deadline for submitting your nomination form and manifesto to the exec pigeon hole (in the post room) is Wednesday 25th October.  More informtation on submitting a motion can be found under 'Want to Submit a Motion?' tab and how to run for a role can be found under the 'Running for a Position' tab, both on my blog

Elected Roles:
Unlike husted roles, you do not need to submit anything prior to the meeting just turn up and hust. These roles will be voted on in the meeting, so bring your friends along!

1 LGBT+ Representative
Would you be happy to be a point of contact for LGBT+ students of Grey? Can you publicise LGBT+ events? 

Students Abroad Representative 
Can you represent the interest of students abroad? Are you able to make sure students are still in touch with college when away?

Mature Students' Representative (bye election)
Do you think you can help integrate mature students into college life? Can you represent the interests of mature students?

Commander-in-Chief of the Grey Army 
Think you could be the bastion of Grey College spirit? Do you know all the chants Durham has to offer?

4 Ordinary Members to the Food Committee
Fancy yourself as a foodie? Want to voice the JCR's opinions on college food?

Vegetarian Rep to the Food Committee
Got the goss on the veggie options? 

4 Ordinary Members of Finance Committee
Would you like your say on budgets for college events, sports and societies? Can you scrutinise financial motions?

Grey Matter Editor (bye election)
Do you fancy yourself as a quality satirist? Think you can do better than this? or this

Grey Matter Sub-Editor(s) 
Want to be the editor's righthand man/woman? Don't want the blame if nobody finds it funny?

Miranda xox

**Gym memberships**
Ben Firth (FACSO)11 months ago

Just a quick one from me folks.  Gym membership debts still haven't been added to accounts due to some website issues we've been experiencing - we're working to solve this in the next few days.  In the mean time, you should all have gym access if you've inducted!


George Stanbury (Senior Students' Union Representative)1 year ago

Hey Grey,

Congratulations on making it through the year - I hope you're all happy with your results and looking forward to a well-earned rest this summer!
Before you forget Durham for a while, I'm here to tell you about a wonderful opportunity - to become one of Grey's new SUBJECT LEADERS!

What is this, you may ask? Well, as one of our lovely Subject Leaders, you'll be there for students, old and new, to help them with any questions or problems they may have about your course and, if you'd like, to help your course bond with some cracking socials (dress as your subject's a personal fave). The time commitment is as much or as little as you make of it, so there's flexibility to fit it in with your other commitments!

So, think Social Sec for your subject, with a side of discussing which lecturers/modules are worth avoiding! What's more, it's a great thing to add to your CV, showing leadership, organisation, great communication skills and an acute interest in your chosen field of study!

You can apply by yourself, or in a pair, and we're looking for Subject Leaders in every course, including Nat Sci and Combined/Liberal Arts/whatever my degree's now calling itself. To apply, just fill out this 5-minute form by the 1st July:

If you have nay questions or want more info, get in touch by email or Facebook - I'd love to hear your ideas for the year!

Enjoy your summer guys!

George Stanbury (Senior Students' Union Representative)1 year ago

Hey Grey! 

Brexit means Brexit but does an election vote mean you'll vote? I know there's loads to do at the moment but this a quick one to get you to REGISTER TO VOTE! It's been shown time after time that students are less likely to vote than older people, so REGISTER TO VOTE

To REGISTER TO VOTE, click here:

When you REGISTER TO VOTE, don't forget that you can register at home or in Durham but not both as this is a general election (voting in both constituencies is ILLEGAL). Think tactically about where your vote could matter more if you wanna be sly, but remember you'll need to vote by post (get it sent to Grey!) or proxy if you want to vote in your home constituency. 

On voting day, I'll be walking people to polling stations from Grey in case you don't know where to go (though not too early, it's the day after Phoenix Ball). 


The SU is running a campaign to reduce accommodation costs because, in short, they're disgustingly expensive. If costs had risen with inflation over the last 9 years, you'd only be paying about £5775 for a term-time catered room instead of the £6940 livers in will pay next year. Because that price is an absolute mare, the SU want the cost of living in to be lowered - to find out more and sign the petition they're running, have a look here:

There'll be a protest and a competition later in term and I'll be in touch with more deets post-exams!

Congrats for getting to the end of this - if revision gets too much and you need a comforting ear, tweet Stormzy. There's an off chance he might do something amazing like give you £9,000, which he did yesterday to help one of my friends so she can pay for her Master's at Harvard!

Union Love,