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 current issues, challenges-faced and what the future looks like 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;

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

NETWORK
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.


INDUSTRY
Fuelling Innovation: Start-up Success in a Post-Pandemic Landscape

Thursday 15 October 2020, 6pm (BST)

Covid-19 has created huge and unprecedented changes to the way we work across all industries, roles and sectors, impacting companies big and small alike. This interactive panel discussion will examine the required 'fuel' for innovation.

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LEARN
The Dyslexia Debate

Tuesday 20 October 2020, 6pm (BST)

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

POSTPONED

Professor Corbridge

Convocation 

Wednesday 21 October 2020, 5pm (BST)

We hear from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Corbridge, on the past year and a view to the future along with the opportunity to ask your questions. Everyone is welcome to join and this year we're online so you can participate from wherever you are in the world.

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Bill Bryson Interviews Alderman of the City of London Alison Gowman
with Dunelm Society

Wednesday 21 October 2020, 6pm (BST)

Dunelm Society invites you to the 2020 Annual Dinner with a difference! Unfortunately, we cannot meet for a dinner this year but we are hosting a live online event featuring Durham’s 11th Chancellor and renowned writer Bill Bryson interviewing alumna Alderman of the City of London Alison Gowman (Law, Van Mildert College, 1974-77).
 
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LEARN
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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Professor Corbridge

NETWORK
Welcome to Singapore!

Tuesday 27 October 2020, 6.30pm (SGT)

Recently graduated and living or working in Singapore? Meet your alumni family by joining the Durham University Singapore Alumni Group for a fun virtual gathering where you can meet fellow Durham grads and find out how the Group can support you in your next chapter!

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Professor Corbridge

NETWORK
Early-career London Alumni Chapter Event

Thursday 29 October 2020, 5.30pm (BST)

Graduated from Durham in the last 5 years? Join the London Alumni Chapter for an online event to hear about how to find, hold and move jobs – even during a global pandemic!

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LEARN
Lockdown Lunchtime Tour of the Botanic Garden

Thursday 12 November 2020, 1pm (GMT)

The Botanic Garden at Durham has been closed to the public for most of this year now, due to the global pandemic. But life in the garden has not stopped!

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Hong Kong alumni event

NETWORK
Welcome to Germany!

Thursday 19 November 2020, 6pm (CET)

Recently graduated and living or working in italy? Connect with local alumni for a fun virtual gathering and find out how the network can support you in your next chapter!

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Global Lecture Series
Covid 19 - An equinox for news

Thursday 12 November, 4.30pm (GMT)

Fresh from covering the US election, we will be joined by John Ryley, Editor in Chief of Sky News who will discuss: Covid 19- An equinox for news. John will give a short presentation and then there will be a chance to put your questions to him.

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Professor Corbridge

Global Lecture Series
Inequality: why we should all care

Tuesday 24 November, 6.15pm (GMT)

Events of 2020 have revealed, perhaps more starkly than ever, the huge inequalities that exist in our society. We will be joined by Dr Wanda Wyporska, CEO of The Equality Trust to discuss with our own Professor Sue Black OBE, Inequality: why we should all care.

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LEARN
Behind the Scenes at the Oriental Museum

Wednesday 25 November 2020, 6pm (GMT)

Explore the new way of life at Durham University’s Oriental Museum during this digital world we now find ourselves in.

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LEARN
Introducing Our Western Art Collection

Thursday 3 December 2020, 6pm (BST)

Join us as we talk to Alix Collingwood-Swinburn, our Curator of Western Art, to find out more about the University’s collection of modern and contemporary art, our current projects and future plans for the collection

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LEARN
Tackling an Old Foe: Understanding New Ways to Kill Tuberculosis

Thursday 10 December 2020, 6pm (GMT)

Scientists have discovered a new way of killing the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB), using a toxin produced by the germ itself. An international team of researchers are aiming to exploit this toxin to develop new anti-TB drugs. Dr Tim Blower, Associate Professor in the Department of Biosciences, and Lister Institute Prize Fellow will share with us his work on the project and the potential real-world impact of their findings.

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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 alumni.office@durham.ac.uk