Katie Strick

Katie Strick
Durham University


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Are you actually offended by these bad taste outfits?

Is Ebola too touchy? Pistorius too soon? We’ve rounded up the most offensive Halloween costumes of 2014 – tell us which ones you think have overstepped the mark

Commonwealth names: meet the students competing in Glasgow

11 days, 11 athletes: ahead of tomorrow’s opening ceremony, Katie Strick meets some of the student hopefuls set to compete at Glasgow 2014…

36 Things You’ll Only Understand If You Go To Castle

Running to Klute, Hogwarts banter, and fanta in the Undie: 36 things you’ll only understand if you go to Castle

29 things you’ll only understand if you’re a Durham BA Geographer

Pre-arrival tasks, fieldtrips and colouring in: 29 things you’ll only understand if you’re a Durham BA Geographer

Hatfield lose Erg Challenge for 7th year running

A 3006m defeat: once again, Castle are crowned champions of the annual 6 hour Castle-Hatfield rowing marathon.

Giant duck lands on Science Site

“What the duck is going on?”: Charities Kommittee flies in inflatable bird from China to celebrate DUCK Week.

Colleges boycott Team Durham fees

“We’re angry because there was a lack of information, and a lack of warning”: colleges refuse to pay Team Durham fees after subs double from last year.

Not another Tignes movie: Durham students piste out of their minds

Sun, snow, stunts and surprises: check out the contenders for the Tab Tignes Video Awards 2014 and VOTE for your favourite now!

Tab Tignes Video Awards 2014

COMPETITION: The Tab are on the lookout for the best ski trip video of 2014! WIN: A tricolour of wine and social media fame presented by filterview.tv!

Plans for New Durham College

Uni and Church sign agreement, with talks of former Catholic seminary becoming a Durham college.

Body Formally Identified as Sope

Tributes have been paid after a body found in the River Wear last week has been formally identified as that of missing student Sope Peters.

Battle of the Bachelors

Rhymes, candles, and lectures in black tie: check out the contenders for ‘Best College Proposal 2013’ and VOTE for your favourite now!

Tab’s Top Dinner Parties

Pot Luck Parties, Tinder Dinners and Randoms Suppers: The Tab brings you the top dinner party ideas from around Durham!

It’s Coming!

Conundurham: we don’t know who they are. We don’t know where they are. All we know is they’re coming, and they’re coming tomorrow…

BREAKING: Sope Peters’ Mum Visits Durham

It’s been 3 weeks since Hatfield student Sope Peters went missing; today his mother arrived in Durham from the US to help with the appeal to trace him.

Marry Me!

COMPETITION: The Tab are on the lookout for the best college proposal of 2013!

Lumiere Build-Up: 3 Days To Go

BREAKING NEWS: UFO lands at the Science Site. With 3 days until the big opening, The Tab checks out the build-up for the big day all across the city…

Students Rescued From “Reckless” Cathedral Roof Climb

A helicopter and two police fire crews were called out last Friday night to rescue four drunk Durham students who were found climbing on the roof of the Dean’s house, part of the cathedral.

Lights Out!

VIDEO: Check out what it was like for 21 lucky students and staff who got the chance to eat dinner in total darkness…

Major Search Launched for Missing Hatfield Student

Police are searching the area for missing Hatfield second year, Sopefoluwa Peters, who disappeared on Tuesday night.

Dinner In The Dark

Ever wondered what it would be like to eat in total darkness? Now’s your chance! The Tab catches up with Caspian James, organiser of tonight’s event…

DUS Decides Against Banning Blurred Lines

Students choose real feminism over banning Robin Thicke’s latest hit…

Grey Win Best Frep Film 2013!

Over the last week, nearly 3,000 of you voted for your favourite college frep film, and the Tab are excited to finally announce that GREY are the winners of this year’s competition with almost half of the votes!

Freppin’ Fantastic 2013

Once again our college freps have been hard at work to win the title of Best Freshers’ Week Video in Durham…Vote for your favourite frep film now!

Former Professor Worries Uni Project Went ‘Beyond’ Academia

A former Durham University professor has alleged that a research project was used by America to gather intelligence on Iran.


A bottle has been discovered in Durham Cathedral containing a mysterious hundred-year-old message.

Top in UK for Quality of Life

Freshers, get excited – survey reveals we’ve beaten 90 British universities to the top spot for student quality of life!


It’s what you’ve all been waiting for… an underground Ping Pong Bar!

Durham nightlife slammed by Which?

It’s official: Durham’s nightlife is some of the worst in the country.

What’s the Matter?

Check out The Tab’s exclusive interview with Matter magazine, a fledgling news publication advocating Slow Journalism, launched last week.

Library Donates a Day of Fines to DUCK

Durham University Library is donating over £1000 worth of fines to DUCK, over double the average daily takings.

Soundtrack: The Durham Story

The Tab gives you an exclusive preview of the original soundtrack for The Durham Story documentary, being premiered this Friday in Castle’s Great Hall.

Durham Ranked 6th by Guardian

Durham has risen in the league tables to 6th place, according to the Guardian’s new University Guide 2014.

Rotten Day for the Library

Library evacuated due to sewer leakage that smelt like ‘fish and piss’, on the same day that they featured on BBC 6pm News headline for spending £1.4m on art in the new wing. Not the best day for the Bill Bryson…

Landslip Threatens Durham Regatta

A section of St Oswald’s vicarage garden has collapsed into the river, causing potential problems for ‘The Henley of the North’.

DUBC Win BUCS Regatta for 10th Year Running

After an oarsome weekend of racing at BUCS Regatta, DUBC have been crowned ‘the winner of the games’ for the tenth year in a row!

There’s a new castle in town

Check out the Science Site’s latest addition – a bouncy castle!

‘The Durham Story’: The Hunt is on!

Ever fancied yourself as a bit of a cartoonist? Alex Morgan introduces his up and coming documentary ‘The Durham Story’ and appeals for modern-day cartoon artists to get involved…

COMING SOON: The Durham Story

TRAILER: The Tab gives you a sneak preview of up and coming documentary ‘The Durham Story’, written and presented by student Alex Morgan.

Fresher wins £21,000 car on Sat Night Takeaway

Aidan’s fresher Charlie Greenwood starred on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, winning himself 20 great prizes including a £21,000 Volvo C30 and two holidays!

‘Business as usual’ at Klute, but sale inevitable

Yesterday the listing went live on a property website, but surely Durham’s most legendary club can’t be for sale?

Palatinate faces a ‘Conundurham’

Have Palatinate got a new rival? Durham’s satirical new paper proves a raging success.

Equal rights one step at a time

A group of Durham students will spend this coming Friday in high heels to support International Women’s Day.

Fabio’s crowd kick up a stink

Fabio ‘unamused’ after guests left choking and spluttering in suspected stink bomb prank.

Uni to snap up Elvet Riverside Hotel?

Durham University is in take-over talks concerning the Three Tuns Hotel, a 50 bedroom hotel opposite the Elvet Riverside lecture rooms.

Palatine Centre slammed as ‘monstrous’

Durham’s new £50m headquarters has been condemned for being a ‘townscape disaster’ by The City of Durham Trust.

Introducing: Durham Desserts

Ever wondered how they do it? Read The Tab’s exclusive interview with Durham’s latest delivery service.

All Shaken Up

It’s the craze that’s taken Durham by storm – Vote for your favourite Harlem Shake video now!

Valentine’s Day Pay Protest

Tomorrow, campaigners for increased staff wages will beg the vice-chancellor to “have a heart”.

Clumsy Oriental Museum Thieves Jailed

Two men have been jailed for stealing £2m artefacts from the University Oriental Museum and then forgetting where they left them.

Klute smashed up

Klute manager “appalled” after mirrors smashed, lights punched and drinks stolen in estimated £20,000 worth of annual damage.

Who’s Behind The White Mask?

They’ve been spotted wandering the streets of Durham, and now they’re counting down to 7pm on Thursday…but who are they and what are they planning?

The NOVA Effect

Even the most typically stereotyped chino clad, polo donning Durhamite must have heard of Durham’s biggest new night: the notorious NOVA.

Too much ice for solo North Pole trek

Too cold? Durham graduate Tim Williamson has had to postpone his record-breaking North Pole expedition because it’s not cold enough!

Geography Lecturer Backs Snowmen

Durham’s Dr Sim Reaney has supported the theory that building snowmen can help to prevent flooding after an Environment Agency spokesman suggested that such structures would slowing down the process of thawing.

Money Worries Disrupt Studies and Cause Drop-Outs

A new study by the NUS has shown that over half of students find it hard to concentrate because of financial pressures. About three-quarters of those surveyed regularly “worry about not having enough money to meet basic living expenses.”

Novice Cup 2013

It’s the race that everyone’s talking about… The Tab gives you the lowdown on all of the action, scores and snaps of this year’s snowy and much anticipated Novice Cup!

Durham University team clinches Morgan Stanley challenge

An eight-strong team of students from Durham University beat off stiff competition from six other UK institutions and won £5,000 for a charity helping young people with disabilities in a challenge set by global financial services firm Morgan Stanley.

NOVA claims victory in soft porn publicity war

Charlie Gardiner-Hill talks to NOVA co-founder Yousef Al-Qatami about soft porn marketing, the philanthropy of opening up ‘edgy’ to all and the secret to breaking the familiar curse of failure suffered by other Durham ‘alternative’ music nights.

Durham ranked sixth by grad employers

Durham has come sixth in a list of universities targeted by the UK’s largest graduate recruiters, according to a surprising new survey.

Durhamite describes helicopter crash

A former Durham University student watched in horror this morning as a helicopter crashed into a crane and plummeted to the ground in flames just 100 yards from him in South Lambeth London.

Boxers dealt knockout blow

Boxers bar closed as police reveal coke snorting, bottle throwing and girls locked in the loos

Durham Students Receive Peace Awards

Two Durham University students have received awards for organising a mass peace campaign in Northern Ireland.

Snow warm welcome

Brace yourselves for a snowy start of term… 

Ear ‘bitten off’ in Urban Oven attack

A former model has undergone £10,000-worth of reconstructive surgery on his ear after a vicious and unprovoked attack in Durham’s Urban Oven takeaway.

Will Durham have Britain’s first gay bishop?

Should sexuality be an issue in the church? Have your say.


Councillors approve plans to build over 200 privately-run flats in Durham, despite lack of University support and “student ghetto” complaints by residents.

Rocketing Rent

Local councillor urges university to create another college to combat rapidly rising house prices

The Dangers of Accommodation

University representative warns about housing risk for international students, saying that “often photographs can give an illusion”.

Groundbreaking Graphene Research Wins Award

Durham University has won a prestigious award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology’ in the annual Times Higher Education competition.


Durham graduate, Jimmy Higham, who tragically lost his battle with cancer last year, has made it into the iTunes Top 40.


All teaching activites scheduled to take place in Elvet Riverside 1 and 2 tonight and tomorrow have been cancelled due to major flood damage.


Floating trees, flooded pubs, travel chaos – and the Environment Agency say the River Wear won’t even reach its peak for at least another day…

The ‘Durham Student-Nights’ Sham

Are you friends with ‘Durham Student-Nights’ on Facebook? If so, DELETE THEM NOW!


Durham University’s new neuroimaging centre was opened today by Paralympic gold medallist, Lily van den Broecke, at the James Cook University Hospital.


Astounding new research by Durham University has revealed that unborn babies not only hiccip, swallow and stretch in the womb, but they also yawn.

An Englishman’s Home Is His Castle

Struggling to find accommodation for next year? How about the royal treatment?!

Durham’s Quest For Real Women

A recent study by Durham University scientists has revealed just how heavily body preferences among British women are influenced by what is seen in the media.

Castle master defends ousted BBC boss

Master of University College, David Held, has defended George Entwistle, recently resigned Director-General of the BBC and former Castleman, saying, “He will be a real loss to the BBC”.


Two girls have been fined £50 each for discarding cigarettes outside Elvet Riverside, even though no cigarette disposal bins have been provided in the area.

Oarsome Inspiration

Olympic Gold Medalists return to Durham University to inspire next generation


Bishop of Durham and former oil industry worker, Justin Welby, is set to become the new Archbishop of Canterbury.

Stockton house sells for less than a year of tuition fees

A house in Port Clarence, just 25 miles from Durham, has sold for £14,000 at auction.

Confessions of a dartboard bandit

Students have kicked off after a mystery thief has anonymously admitted to stealing and then returning the Undie’s dartboard, damaged.

Trick or treat?

Check out some of the most hilarious, twisted and random Halloween costumes from around Durham and VOTE for your favourite now!


Two doughnut-crazed fans wait outside Durham’s new Krispy Kreme store for seven and a half hours for the grand opening


Red Cross on standby after reports of Nova gas being deployed in the Hundred Beers War

Freppin’ Fantastic

Freps across Durham have been busy dancing, running races and filming all the drama from Freshers’ Week… Vote for your favourite college frep film now!

Man charged with spying on student in shower

He denied allegations of spying on a student in the shower at Trevs in June.

Palatine Centre Opens Doors

Today Durham’s new Palatine Centre officially opened its doors after a four year, £50million development programme.


With an astounding 50 applicants applying for each grad job, PETER HANTON speaks to some finalists about the hectic hunt for work

Durham’s Calendar Girl

Durham PhD student Alison Auld has appeared as a role model in a new calendar to showcase the real face of female scientists.

Your Secrets Are Out

New Facebook sensation ‘Durham Unay Confessions’ has taken off, with over 1,700 likes in just a week. Could this be the new ‘Overheard in Durham’?

Notes from a Grateful University

Durham University Main Library renamed after legendary man of books, Bill Bryson


Durham has moved down a place in the prestigious Sunday Times University Guide 2013, now fourth after Cambridge, Oxford and Bath, but it’s not all bad news for the University…

Dodgy Donations

Conservative MP Robert Halfon describes Durham University’s acceptance of a £2.5 million donation from an ex Kuwaiti PM as “astonishing”.

Durham’s Golden Girl

Durham student Lily van den Broeke on winning a gold medal at London 2012.

Floody Hell

Students report cars underwater and eels in boathouses amid huge flooding…but is Klute safe?

Castle Student Wins Come Dine With Me

Donal the ‘Doughnut’ wins Come Dine With Me in Exam Week