Support your College

Over the years gifts from our alumni and friends have made an enormous difference to our community – from unlocking opportunities for those otherwise unable to attain them to encouraging academic and personal growth through our award and bursaries scheme. Your continued support is also helping to ensure that the beautiful Durham Castle, which we are proud to call home, is able to inspire the next generation of students and visitors.

Opportunities Fund

We hope that you enjoyed your time at Castle – whether it was just a few months as part of a DU fellowship or as a student for a year, three years or even longer pursuing your university degree.

Being a member of the College gives staff and students access to opportunities to learn and develop, the tools to make a positive impact on our community, and a chance to gain important skills in a supportive and respectful environment.

We know that for some of our students it can be hard to access these opportunities or to join professional networks. Thus, we have introduced the Castle Opportunities Fund.

The Castle Opportunities Fund plays an important role in supporting students by enabling them to pursue internship possibilities, attend academic conferences, take part in charitable activities, travel for academic pursuits, set up modest businesses or non-profits and more.

By supporting the Fund you help us ensure that our students feel empowered to participate in College life and are able to access the career and academic enrichment opportunities available, both in College and more broadly.

Support the Castle Opportunities Fund


We all know that personal, career and/or family circumstances can change. Over the past couple of years we received a number of enquiries from students who reported financial hardship either because of the strains that the pandemic put on their own finances or their families.

We believe that money should not be a barrier to accessing world class education and the co-curricular activities Castle has to offer.

Together we can make sure that our community feels supported and all our students can reach their full potential, irrespective of their financial situation.

Support the Hardship Fund

How you can give

University College is very fortunate to have its own independent charitable fund, the University College Durham Trust (Registered Charity no. 1151821).

There are a number of ways you can support the Trust, including regular or one-off online donations. 

Support the College Trust

If you have any questions about giving to University College, please contact us and we will be happy to help.