Academic Culture in Trevs

We are renowned for being one of the most academic colleges, with our results consistently the highest out of all the colleges year after year. Academic rigour is rewarded, and there are a number of opportunities available for those who demonstrate academic excellence.

Travel Bursaries

  • The Trevelyan Trust awards travel bursaries to a total value of £1,500 every year for academic related travel and fieldwork
  • The SCR awards travel bursaries to the value of £500 for travel on a non-academic voluntary or charitable project
  • The Marion Zunz Travel Bursary, of £500, is awarded to a student for overseas fieldwork related to the natural world and ecological and sustainability issues


  • Scholarships are available for students of Classics and Chinese, or to further study and travel in China
  • The James Knott scholarship is awarded to outstanding students in the North East.
  • Susan and Nigel Martin scholarships are awarded to the student in second year with the highest overall result.
  • The Joan Bernard Scholarships are awarded to Language and Music students with the highest results in second year.

Annual Prizes

Book Awards

  • Students from the North East of England are eligible for book awards

Scholarships and Bursaries

A number of scholarships and bursaries are awarded to Trevelyan undergraduates in the course of their studies. (please see above.) Although the College does not offer entrance scholarships, there are a number are available centrally from the University – please see
  • Durham Grant
The 2017/18 Durham Grant will provide extra financial support of £2,000 per year to full-time home undergraduates who do not already have an undergraduate degree and whose household income as assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) is less than £25,000. The Durham Grant is non-repayable, and you will not have to apply for it. Please find more information through this link.


  • Trevs Talks (based on TED Talks) occur in the bar every term. 15 minute snippets given by our resident Fellows or external speakers.
  • Our Dissertation Open Mic Night, given by Masters students is occurring on Monday 13th November. Get down the bar if you want inspiration for your third year dissertation.
  • IAS Fellow lectures are often hosted in Trevs buildings. For more information about open lectures given by the Institute of Adanced Study please see the Durham website.

Academic Formal

The very first formal of Michaelmas term is ‘Academic Formal’, where all the new freshers will see the award winners receive their prizes. Certain scholars are also given a tag on the back of their gown to indicate their academic prowess. Award winners and scholars also are given a garden party in Summer Term as a thank you for their contribution to the Trevs academic ethos.