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 Covid-19 and the challenges it poses now, and in the future 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;

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.

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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The Power of the Network

Wednesday 12 August 2020, 6pm (BST)

Dr Joanna Berry, basing her work on the 'Strength of Weak Ties', will tell you some real life – and life-changing - networking success stories. See them brought to life in conversations with some of her own network, Durham alumni and others. She will give you evidence of how true networking activity and attitudes can create significant, credible and potentially life-changing opportunities.

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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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Durham’s Scottish Soldiers Project – Behind the Scenes I

Thursday 27 August 2020, 6pm (BST)

In November 2013, two mass graves were discovered during construction work at Durham University’s Palace Green Library, on the City’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. This discovery generated an extensive period of analysis led by experts in our world-leading Department of Archaeology.

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Bread and Wine Online

Thursday 3 September 2020, 6pm (BST)

We will be joined by Rev Dr Pete Phillips, Director of Durham’s Centre for Digital Theology, along with other Durham theologians past and present from around the globe as they look at doing church online, this hot topic massively accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic with church attendance in a number of polls quadrupling.

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From ‘Forgotten Workers’ to ‘Key Workers’

Wednesday 9 September 2020, 6pm (BST)

The Covid-19 pandemic must ensure the end of zero-hour contracts and their lack of employment security.

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A Pandemic of Breathlessness

Thursday 10 September 2020, 6pm (BST)

Join Professor Jane Macnaughton and Dr Sarah McClusky as they share insights from the Life of Breath research, exploring findings on the experience of breathlessness and the cultural significance of the breath, as well as sharing practical and creative tools which can be helpful and empowering for anyone experiencing breathlessness - whether it is caused by Coronavirus or COPD.

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Medieval Mysteries

Thursday 22 October 2020, 6pm (BST)

Our colleagues from Libraries and Archives were such a huge hit in their Behind the Scenes event, we've invited them back for another! This time, we're taking inspiration from one of THE most iconic of medieval buildings - Durham Cathedral.

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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