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:

Academic insights and expertise – bringing you the latest Durham thinking and intellectual discussion around current issues, challenges-faced and what the future looks like for us all;

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

Focused conversations
- featuring notable leaders and executives discussing the current challenges, solutions, and future of their industries;

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.

There is no cost to attend any of the events and they are open to all Durham alumni, wherever you are in the world. We'd love to see you.

Feisty 50 Fitness Challenge

11 January to 19 February 2021

Hey! Durham Alumni Community! Are you ready to test your fitness? 2020 has been a challenging year for us all, so let’s make sure we start 2021 off right.

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Concert Programming in the Pandemic: A talk with Manus Carey

Wednesday 20 January 2021, 1pm (GMT)

Join us for a short talk and Q&A from the Royal Northern College of Music’s Deputy Principal (Performance and Programmes) and Castle alumnus, Manus Carey.

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In Conversation: Dr Barbara Jatta, Director of the Vatican Museum, and Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery

Thursday 21 January 2021, 4pm (GMT)

We dive into this conversation with top arts professionals to explore the global arts sector's recovery from the pandemic period, with a special focus on the Vatican Museums and London's National Gallery.

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The Dyslexia Debate

Wednesday 27 January, 6pm

Professor Joe Elliott discusses issues relating to the ongoing debate that have followed from his appearance in a Channel 4 documentary in 2005, his publication of a book, The Dyslexia Debate in 2014, and much of his subsequent work

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Shining Light on Medieval Manuscripts

Thursday 28 January 2021, 6pm (GMT)

Chemists and historians have been working together since 2013 to illuminate medieval manuscripts. Professor Andy Beeby of the Department of Chemistry talks to us about the amazing discoveries the team has made, how the scribes and artists created the vibrant and creative illuminations in these manuscripts, and how the team work with these books – taking samples or using methods that preserve the original materials.

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Photo by Michał Parzuchowski on Unsplash

Dunelm USA Cocktail Hour

Date: Thursday February 4th
Time: 6pm EST, 5pm CST, 4pm MST, 3pm PST

Whatever time it is in Durham it’s always cocktail hour somewhere! So celebrate the end of Dry January and begin Wet February in style with the Dunelm USA Cocktail Hour.

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Global Lecture Series
International Security in a Fast-changing World

Wednesday 10 February 2021, 6pm (GMT)

How have the events of 2020 impacted on the world as we know it, and what does this mean for the future?

Our speaker is Michael Rühle, a member of the International Staff of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), based at the Alliance’s Headquarters in Brussels.

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The Cult of Raphael

Monday 15 February 2021, 4pm (GMT)

Speaker, Professor Stefano Cracolici is Professor of Italian Art and Literature at Durham University, currently serving as Francesco de Dombrowski Visting Professor at the Villa I Tatti, Harvard University.

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Unlocking a Hidden Heritage: Developing the Historical Collections of the Venerable English College in Rome

Wednesday 3 March 2021, 4pm (GMT)

Speaker, Professor Maurice Whitehead is currently Director of Heritage Collections at the Venerable English College, Rome, and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University.

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Getting the Most from Your LinkedIn Profile

Wednesday 3 March 2021, 6pm (GMT)

Find out how to make your profile work for you, hear about the New Rules of Networking - and the number 1 way to advance your career in 2021, as well as learning 2 little known ways to boost your job search results.  

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The full team is currently working out of the office due to Covid-19. We always love to hear from you but it may take us a little longer than usual to respond - especially by mail or telephone. Thank you for bearing with us. Please do get in touch with us online for anything time-sensitive at