Alumni Community Events

We host a wide range of events throughout the year for all of our alumni and friends - you can access most of them online wherever you are! We look forward to welcoming you back to the Durham community and sharing the chance to catch up with old friends and to make new connections.

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See the Durham Inspired: Live series

NanoBattleBots: Defender of Mankind

Wednesday 15 September 2021, 6pm (BST)

Our ‘nanomachines’ are the ‘laser-guided missiles’ in humanity’s fight against cancer. They ‘burst’ cancer cells by drilling into them, leaving healthy cells alive. This precision-guided approach could be a versatile treatment for many types of cancer with minimal side-effects. Join Robert Pal, Associate Professor of Chemistry to talk about this fascinating research.

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Durham Alumni Evening in Nyon, Switzerland

Thursday 16 September 2021, 6pm (CEST)

Durham alumni and guests are invited to join the Durham University Switzerland Alumni Chapter for an informal gathering over drinks in, Nyon, near Geneva.

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COVID-19 Detection Dogs - The Research

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 6pm (BST)

Asher may just look like a cute cuddly dog but he is much more than that. He, along with some of his canine friends, have been trained to sniff out Covid-19 in people and the initial results show they can do it very reliably. Join Professor Steve Lindsay, from our Department of Biosciences, to learn about the findings from this widely publicised study.

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COP26 Tree Climate Change

COP26: What Would Success Look Like?

Thursday 30 September 2021, 6pm (BST)

Join us for an evening panel discussion hosted by the Durham Alumni Energy Chapter anaylising the upcoming COP26 conference. There will be an opportunity for Q&A and the event will include an optional breakout session at the end for those wishing to network and continue the discussion.

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Crystal Structure in Pharmaceuticals

Thursday 14 October 2021, 6pm (BST)

Ever heard of blue tomato ketchup? Seen hair-like braids on the nanoscale? Professor Steed from our Department of Chemistry takes us on a journey through the wonders of polymorphism – multiple types of crystal packing in solids. Polymorphism is now big business in areas such as drugs, agrochemicals and explosives.

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Diamonds: An Intriguing Past, A Scintillating Future

Wednesday 27 October 2021, 6pm (BST)

Since time immemorial diamonds have been a source of fascination to mankind. Join Durham alumna, (Castle, 1996-2000), Joanna Park-Tonks for a thrilling journey through the history of diamonds - their intriguing past which captured the imagination of many and more recently their evolving future as man has devised a way to create laboratory grown diamonds.

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Neville’s Cross College Centenary 1921-2021

Saturday 23 October 2021

Neville’s Cross College Association, the association for all former students, has arranged a celebratory reunion which is to be held on Saturday 23 October, starting at 11am until 4pm..

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RAC Club


Thursday 4 November, 5.30pm (GMT)

Convocation of Durham University will take place at the Caledonian Club, London.

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Dunelm Society Annual Dinner 2021
Guest speaker: Sir Thomas Allen, Chancellor

Thursday 4 November

This year’s annual dinner in London will be held at the prestigious Caledonian Club in London’s Belgravia. All Durham University alumni are welcome.

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Lumiere 2021

18 to 21 November 2021

We're working on some exclusive alumni opportunities around the festival. Click the link to get updates on the latest developments.

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0191 334 6305

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