Academic insights, career resources and a global support network – Durham’s new virtual events series is here to help our community during Covid-19 and beyond.

It goes without saying that we are all facing immense challenges during this unprecedented time. As the Covid-19 pandemic redefines much of our world, it is more important than ever to bring our community the most relevant and useful resources that Durham University can deliver.

With this in mind, we are inviting our global community of students, alumni, donors, staff and friends of Durham to attend a series of online events featuring esteemed academic, professional and guest speaker experts from across the campus, and global Durham community.

Wherever you are in the world, from Durham to Durban and wherever you are at home, from the kitchen to home office, join us for this exciting series featuring:

LEARN
Academic insights and expertise – bringing you the latest Durham thinking and intellectual discussion around Covid-19 and the challenges it poses now, and in the future for us all;

DEVELOP
Careers support
– a series of discussions, workshops and resources to help you manage your career and professional life at this challenging time;

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Social networking
– engage in fun and socially interactive occasions bringing the community together to have more good times and to look after each other throughout this difficult time.


LEARN
Organising for Resilience: Understanding the Challenge and Identifying Ways Forward

Friday 5 June 2020, 6-7pm (AST)

We would like to invite our alumni in Jordan to a Durham Inspired: Live in Lockdown virtual event hosted by Chapter Leader, Rima Ali, and Dr Christopher Williams, Associate Professor in Management at Durham University Business School.

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A Sense of the City: Live Careers and Financial Markets Outlook, Webcast and Student Q&A

Thursday 11 June 2020, 1pm BST / 8am EDT / 8pm CST

Senior Durham University city leaders – Vice Chairman of BlackRock, Sir Robert Fairbairn and Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman William Russell – will join colleagues from the University to discuss the outlook for recent and forthcoming graduates working in financial services around the world.

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Tackling Domestic Abuse and Lockdown Interventions

Thursday 18 June 2020, 6pm (BST)

Professor Nicole Westmarland, Director of the Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) talks to us about the work that she was doing before Covid-19 on a pilot project trialling online group work with perpetrators of domestic abuse in Minnesota, US and how she and other CRiVA members have used their research to support domestic abuse interventions during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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NETWORK
Mary's Day 

Saturday 20 June 2020, all day

The President of St Mary's JCR would like to invite alumni of the College to a virtual Mary's Day.

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Risk and Decision Making in the Covid-19 Pandemic

Wednesday 24 June 2020, 6pm (BST)

Understanding the current position and the potential policy avenues is an intensely complex problem. Durham’s Institute for Hazard, Risk and Resilience is working on a framework for risk and decision making for non-medical professionals. Professor Julian Williams takes us through their approach.

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Your Professional Profile

Thursday 25 June 2020, 6pm (BST)

Join this interactive session with our Durham careers team as they guide us through how to put yourself out there when looking for a first job or a post-Covid change. Areas covered will include networking, social media, LinkedIn and speculative approaches.

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Gloucester

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The BIG Durham Talent Show - Semi-final Event

Wednesday 1 July

We will be showcasing Durham's finest talent from alumni, students, staff and friends and you will have the chance to vote for your favourite and see them in the Final event. 

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Covid-19 and Supply Chain Risk Mitigation Strategies

Thursday 2 July 2020, 6pm (BST)

Professor Kiran Fernandes Associate Dean for Internationalisation and Professor of Operations Management at Durham University Business School talks us through research undertaken at Durham examining data of over 1,739,669 UK companies. The research team argue that companies can adopt several strategies like improving managerial decision-making capability, enabling end-to-end visibility, increasing collaboration to connect supply chains and leveraging advanced technologies such as the Artificial Intelligence to be resilient and innovative.

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Gloucester

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The BIG Durham Talent Show - Final Event

Wednesday 8 July

Who will be crowned the winner of our first ever virtual Big Durham Talent Show? Tune in to vote for your favourite!

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Your Entrepreneurial Self - An Enterprising Mindset

Thursday 9 July 2020, 6pm (BST)

Join this interactive session with our Durham careers team as we consider how developing entrepreneurial skills and mindset can help you achieve more impact in your career.

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A Look Behind the Scenes of Durham’s Special Collections

Wednesday 22 July 2020, 6pm (BST)

Our colleagues from the Archives and Special Collections team join us to share some of the treasures they are privileged to work with and look after for future generations.

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Your Business Idea

Thursday 23 July 2020, 6pm (BST)

Got a great business idea but not sure what to do next?

Durham’s Enterprise team join us to discuss some options of how to take a great idea forward.


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Covid-19 and Reporting On Your Sustainable Development Goals

Thursday 30 July 2020, 6pm (BST)

What does Sustainable Development mean for you and your business? Now, more than ever, we need to work together to look after each other and the world around us. How do we balance our human development goals with sustaining that world? And how do we quantify the extent of our impact?

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Effective Job Applications

Wednesday 5 August 2020, 6pm (BST)

Our careers team join us to give some practical advice on applying for new opportunities, whether for your first job, a new challenge, or getting back into the job market.

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The Greatest Scientist You've Never Heard Of

Thursday 6 August 2020, 6pm (BST)

Professor Giles Gasper, Principal Investigator, shares with us an introduction to Grosseteste and to the major international collaboration around Grosseteste’s writings that is The Ordered Universe Project.

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Skills for the Future

Thursday 13 August 2020, 6pm (BST)

In an ever-changing world, developing the right skills to advance your career has never been more important. Join us to find out more about what skills will be necessary in a digital employment environment, in this interactive session with our Durham careers team.

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The Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
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0191 334 6305
alumni.office@durham.ac.uk

The full team are currently working out of the office due to Covid-19 and we are not picking up any physical mail. Please do get in touch with us online or on the telephone for anything time-sensitive.