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Durham Global Week News
Durham Global Week Edition

Welcome to this special issue of Newswire! With the inaugural Durham Global Week taking place from 4-11 March, this month’s email will help you celebrate your connection to Durham’s global reach, whether by participating in an event such as World Fest, or by discovering the impact of the University’s global research and activities.

A Durham Global Awards ceremony on Friday 10 March will also recognise individuals and teams who have made significant contributions to furthering international collaboration and understanding from across the University. Congratulations to all nominees and we look forward to the announcement of the winners during Durham Global Week.

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Durham MBA ranks first in UK for value for money

The Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2023 has ranked the Durham MBA (Full-time) 1st in the UK, 5th in Europe and 12th in the world for value for money. 

This reveals the exceptional return on investment for our full-time MBA graduates, as they realise an average increase of 92% on their salaries three years after graduating. 

Professor Cathy Cassell, Business School Executive Dean commented: “We are conscious of the investment made by students who decide to embark on an MBA, and we seek to add value with differentiating activities, so that our graduates stand out in their job markets and impress prospective employers”. 

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Study UK Awards 2023 reveals global Durham alumni finalists

We are thrilled that five Durham alumni have been named as finalists in the prestigious Study UK Alumni Awards 2023.  

Congratulations to Eithar Alangari (Ustinov College, Arabic/English Translation, 2013-15), Chris Boyd (Ustinov College, Archaeology, 2009-10), Philippe De Raet (MBA, 2004-10) and Sugandha Yadav (St Mary’s College, Law, 2014-17)! 

Further congratulations to winner Iynna Halilou (Van Mildert College, International Relations, 2010-13), in the Business and Innovation category.

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International Women’s Day 2023

On International Women’s Day (Wednesday 8 March), we are sharing women's stories and recognising their astounding achievements. As we strive for a gender-equal world, we also celebrate the international and multicultural diversity that defines Durham University in Durham Global Week.

Discover more about our amazing women, from new generation astronaut Dr Rosemary Coogan, to environmental entrepreneur Dr Natasha Boulding (pictured), and more.

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Another Global Lecture in the Series

We were delighted to welcome Reverend Professor David Wilkinson in February for the latest in our Global Lecture Series. ‘Extinction and survival of Religious Belief in a Science Dominated World’ was enjoyed by guests from more than 20 countries as we offered the event in a hybrid format.

A recording of the event and a supporting article are available.

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Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

We are deeply saddened by the devastating earthquakes in Southern Turkey and Northern Syria, and offer our condolences to all who have lost loved ones. Our thoughts are with those who may be struggling to contact friends and family as the situation continues to unfold.

Academic researchers from across the University are currently offering expert comment and analysis. For those wishing to offer support, several charities are running emergency appeals, including the Disasters Emergency Committee.

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New Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost appointed

Professor Mike Shipman has recently been appointed as the University’s new Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost and will take up his position on 1 August 2023. He will lead on University-level resource planning and infrastructure, and will have an active role in the delivery of Durham’s refreshed University Strategy, ensuring that equality, diversity and inclusion is firmly integrated into strategic planning.

Currently Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick, Mike will bring formidable experience with him.

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Durham Global Week Events
World Fest
Durham Global week has already had a strong start with World Fest, a student-led celebration of diversity at the Students’ Union in Durham. A whole host of nationalities and cultures was represented; from Canadian to Chinese, Swiss to Malaysian, and more. Visitors browsed the stands to broaden their cultural horizons, sampled cuisines from around the world and took part in a wide range of activities and workshops.
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Global Lecture: Democracy in Turbulent Times
Distinguished alumnus Lord Darroch of Kew (Hatfield College, Zoology, 1972-75) joins us on Monday 6 March from 6pm – 7pm for a conversation with the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA). Lord Darroch will share his views on the current state of Western Democracy in the aftermath of Brexit, the Trump presidency, and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. 
Palatine Kitchen Takeover

Tuesday 7 – Thursday 9 March 2023 

This tastebud tour around the world will see Durham staff and students take over the kitchen in the Palatine Centre during lunch service to showcase their culinary specialities. Lunch service from 7-9 March (inclusive) will allow you to purchase diverse menus, from Turkey to France, India to Japan. Funds raised by this event will support a range of charities, selected by each Takeover team. 

Language Encounters

Tuesday 7 – Thursday 9 March 2023, 6.30pm 

Language learners and international alumni are invited to join us for a series of social events across the University focusing on different languages and cultures. Intended to bring together those learning languages and native speakers to deepen inter-cultural awareness across University communities.

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‘Flee’ screening

Wednesday 8 March 2023, 12pm 

Representing the School of Modern Languages & Cultures, Durham’s BFI (British Film Institute) partnership and Curzon Artificial Eye, we bring you ‘Flee’. This screening at the Gala Theatre in Durham tells a poignant story of belonging and the search for identity. Includes a short introduction and followed by a panel discussion. 

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Durham Inspired Live: Doug the Pug and the Anonymous Gym Girl – The Secret Psychology of Influencer Marketing

Thursday 9 March 2023, 6pm

In collaboration with Durham University Business School, Professor Mike Nicholson shares his expertise on how to create successful global brand content in this informative and engaging guest lecture.

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Global Week 2023: Alumni Meet-up in Singapore

Thursday 9 March 2023, 7pm (SGT)

Whether you are located in Singapore, or just passing through, this event will be a great chance to get together with fellow graduates in a relaxed, fun setting.

Once On This Island

Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 March 2023, 7.30pm 

At the Assembly Rooms Theatre in Durham, this musical sees an island of storytellers come together to tell the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl from a little island who falls in love with a stranger. Crossing borders and themes, Once On This Island will transport viewers to a cultural crossroads.

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Holi Festival 

Saturday 11 March 2023, 12pm 

Join students and community volunteers when they celebrate the spectacular Indian festival of Holi at Durham’s Oriental Museum. A full day of activities includes brightly coloured powder and dancing to Bhangra hits and upbeat pop.

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Vice-Chancellor’s inaugural receptions in the USA 

We cordially invite alumni to join our new Vice-Chancellor and Warden, Professor Karen O'Brien, and senior University colleagues, for a series of USA receptions: 

San Francisco - 25 April, from 7pm 

Seattle - 26 April, from 7pm 

New York - 28 April, from 7pm

These evenings will be opportunities for intimate groups of Durham’s alumni and supporters to meet our new VC and hear more about current and forthcoming University events, including plans to support our growing alumni networks. We will also be joined by Professor Gordon Love (in San Francisco and Seattle) to hear the latest developments in the Department of Computer Science and student and graduate enterprise support at Durham.

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Upcoming alumni events

Durham Inspired Live (Virtual): Recovering Shakespeare 
Thursday 9 March 2023 6-7pm
Join Tony King, Head of Collections Care and Conservation, and Danielle Westerhof, Rare Books Curator, to learn the story of Shakespeare’s First Folio, and how it was recovered.

Durham Alumni Gathering in Stockholm 
Thursday 23 March 2023, 6pm (CET) 
Join Dr Zsófia Tóth, Stockholm Alumni Chapter and MSc Management students for an informal networking event at the Klubbarnas Klub in Stockholm. 

St Chad’s Alumni After Hours in London 
Thursday 23 March 2023, 6pm 
St Chad’s alumni, students and friends are invited to join College Principal, Dr Margaret Masson; Vice-Principal, Dr Victoria Brown; and Head of Development & Alumni Relations, Lindsay Young for an informal after work event at The Loose Box, London. Free welcome drink included. 

Durham University Business School Alumni Gathering in Bangkok 
Saturday 25 March 2023, 6pm (ICT) 
Business School alumni are invited to join Durham University Business School for an informal gathering at the Orchid Café in Bangkok. This event is free to attend, and a seafood buffet will be served. 

Durham University Alumni Gathering in Tokyo 
Monday 27 March 2023, 6pm (JST) 
If you’re in or around Tokyo, why not come along to this relaxed gathering taking place at St George’s Bar? Reconnect with fellow alumni, network and find out about University developments. Attendees will receive a welcome drink on arrival. 

Durham Inspired Live (in person): Sports tour and talks  
Thursday 20 April 2023, 2pm 
Join us for a tour of the extensively redeveloped Sports Centre and talk featuring Dr Paul Chazot from the University’s Department of Biosciences and the Wolfson Research Institute, who will highlight his work in drug and light therapy for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Katie Binks (Student Volunteering and Community Partnerships) will also address the impact of University-community partnerships.

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Alumni get together in Exeter

Our Exeter Alumni Chapter was proud to host its first post-Covid19 event recently in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum Café. They welcomed 17 alumni to reminisce about their time in the North East. Before everyone departed, a viewing of the famous Gerald the giraffe was recommended!

The chapter hopes to hold another event in the spring. To be connected with the Exeter Alumni Chapter, or any other, please get in touch.

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Share your story with us! 

We are looking for alumni volunteers to share their stories and would love to hear your experiences of studying at Durham and what you have done since graduating.  

We are particularly keen to hear from Engineering, Chemistry and Arts & Humanities alumni but would love to hear your story, whatever your discipline.

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Class Notes

Rod Bolitho (Grey College, German, 1963-67); has published a new book, ‘Language-Sensitive Teaching and Learning’, offering resources for educators; including activities and tasks involving analysis of audio, video and written texts. 

Andrew Buchan (St Cuthbert’s Society, Modern Languages, 1997-2001)
; stars as Col McHugh in new BBC One drama ‘Better’. This five-part crime drama TV series explores the complexities of (dis)honesty, corruption, loyalty and family bonds. Available on BBC iPlayer.

Francesca Gresswell (Josephine Butler College, Criminology, 2018-21); has been profiled by the Newark Advertiser about the company she launched in the final year of her University studies during Covid-19 lockdown - Riviera Iced Tea

John Ingham (University College, History, 1977-84); correcting John’s details from our February issue as it has been discovered that two John Inghams attended University College. Apologies for any confusion caused.

James McGrath (Graduate Society, Theology, 1995-98); has released a pioneering new book, ‘The Bible and Music’. Offered digitally, this is the first open textbook from publishers Private Academic Library Network of Indiana that invites readers to experience its material first hand through interactive video and audio clips.

Roger Spitz (Graduate Society, Corporate and International Finance, 1991-92); has launched a series of books, ‘The Definitive Guide to Thriving on Disruption’ focusing on making sense, decision-making, and responding to our complex and unpredictable world.

Do you have news you would like to share with the wider alumni community? Keep us up to date by using the link below.

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Book College accommodation

Looking to stay in Durham? Book overnight accommodation with breakfast at Durham Castle or Hatfield College in University vacations and receive a 15% alumni discount. 

Click the link below and complete the purple booking section at the top to check availability, entering ‘DUNELM1837’ in the promotional code field to activate your discount. Payment is required at the time of booking, and you’ll receive a confirmation email which includes booking details and cancellation terms.

Please note: due to the historic nature of the buildings within the Castle, rooms are not wheelchair accessible.

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Collingwood College

Collingwood’s 50th Golden Anniversary celebrations continue apace, with the College holding a series of Reunion Dinners and events to mark the occasion.  

Collingwood alumni are invited to join in by booking a space or table at the relevant event to enjoy a drinks reception, three-course meal with wine, tea and coffee, plus evening in the college bar.

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St Cuthbert's Society
Point of Clarification
Last month, we reported that St John's College was the first undergraduate college to become mixed, in 1973.
For the avoidance of doubt, St Cuthbert's Society first opened its doors to female students in 1969.
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St Aidan’s College

St Aidan’s College is running several events that alumni are warmly invited to. Book your place below.

Wednesday 8 March – Celebration of International Women’s Day with an online panel.

Thursday 9 March – College’s Holi Festival Formal

Monday 13 March – Public lecture and reading at the College with Banipal Fellow, author Habib Abdulrab Sarori

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Stephenson College

Stephenson students recently volunteered in local schools, sharing Lunar New Year traditions. This outreach project culminated in a celebration in Durham Town Hall. School pupils learned and performed songs and dances with the College’s East Asian students.

Stephenson also invites alumni to join an informal Out-of-Hours Gathering at The Foundry Project in Manchester on Tuesday 28 March from 6pm.

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Ustinov College

Originally founded by Durham County Council in 1921 as a women-only teacher training college, Neville House (part of Ustinov College) was formally recognised by the City of Durham Parish Council with a blue plaque unveiled at the end of January.

Ustinov will also be supporting the University's ‘Language Encounters’ event as part of Durham Global Week by hosting a Korean Language Café.

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Van Mildert College

Van Mildert hosted the latest in its ‘Critical Conversation’ series in February. Entitled ‘Are we living in a post-secular society?’, the College welcomed Mathew Guest, Professor of the Sociology of Religion; Rachel Mann, Anglican Priest and Feminist Theologian; and Muhammad Zulkifly, President of Durham University’s Islamic Society in an open discussion facilitated by Gavin Wort, Durham University’s Lead Chaplain.

Departments and Societies
Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences: new programme

Find out more about the new MSc Physical Activity, Health and Society.

This new programme examines inequalities across physical activity, health and society. The programme also explores the vital role of physical activity in society, from policy and public health to the spaces and places which enhance, shape, and curtail movement.

Read more in an interview with Programme Director Katie Di Sebastiano, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

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Durham Law School: Visit from alumnus Toby Hooper KC

In a joint venture, Grey College and Durham Law School welcomed alumnus and donor Toby Hooper KC (Grey College, Law, 1969-72) on 20 January.

Toby led a session on ‘Pathways in Law’ discussing the various career options open to those with a law degree. Students and staff are incredibly grateful to Toby for being so generous with his time and advice.

International Centre for Moral Injury: Transatlantic perspectives on the present and future of moral injury
The International Centre for Moral Injury (ICMI) at Durham University launches in April with a conference entitled ‘Transatlantic Perspectives on the Present and Future of Moral Injury’. Organised in conjunction with international partners, this conference will promote dialogue on moral injury and support for people experiencing it. The programme includes speakers from across the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences.
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Music Durham: Northern Lights reaches UK final of international competition

A cappella student group Northern Lights has reached the UK final of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. Having won the North and Scotland quarter-finals, they now compete for the UK title at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London on Saturday 25 March. This would secure them a place in the grand final in New York in April. 

Why not support the group by booking tickets to the UK final? 

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Gifts from Durham University Retail Office  
Here at the Retail Office, we strive to provide staff, students and alumni with the best possible merchandise, to commemorate their time here at Durham. With stock ranging from stationery and jewellery to clothing and glassware, there is sure to be something that will take your fancy.
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