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Terms and Conditions


All users need to abide by the terms and conditions of this site. The Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions and users are encouraged to  review them periodically.

1. Online community membership


The online community is open to alumni, students, staff and other friends of Durham University.  Some content is restricted to particular users who have registered and been accepted by the University, or whose registrations are pending acceptance..

Student access


Current University students are able to register for the Dunelm community, however they are not able access all the functionality that is available to alumni members.  They are not provided with access to the profile information (contact details, business details etc) that is marked public by an alumni or friend of the University.

Alumni registered users can offer to be contacted by students for careers advice and mentoring.  They can choose to remove themselves from the list of alumni who can be approached in this way at any time.  It is not our intention to disclose the email addresses or other contact information of alumni offering to help students in this way.  Such advice could be given without such disclosure, unless the alumni volunteer decides to do so themselves.

Business school student access


Students from the business school have access to all the functionality that is available to alumni.  Many of these students are distance learners or are working whilst studying and therefore benefit from the networking opportunities afforded by this online community.

2. Directory searches


Directory searches allow users to trace fellow peers and identify others with a connection to Durham for professional networking purposes.  Any communications between members of the community as a result of using these directories should conform to professional standards and, if a complaint is received, the University reserves the right to exclude an alum from the community.  

Only information which users have marked as public will be viewable by other alumni.

3. Alumni Personal Profile and the Data Protection Act


Your personal profile is only viewable by yourself unless you specifically select for it to be shared with other users of the community.  The details that you view are those that we have recorded on the University alumni database.  

If they are not correct, then you can update them.  You will immediately view the details but they will be verified by us before they are formally accepted as changes.  We will endeavour to do this within three working days of receipt of your update.  If we are unable to accept the change, we will contact you and your profile will revert back to the original details prior to your amendment.

To fully participate in the community, we urge you to mark as much information as you are comfortable with to be visable to other community members.

If you choose to make your data visible to other alumni by clicking the relevant check boxes in the Update my Profile pages, then you are deemed to have consented that this data may be disclosed to others who reside both within and outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). This precise geographic definition is required because any information displayed on the Internet is regarded as having potential for disclosure outside the EEA, and the Data Protection Act 1998 requires that you explicitly consent to such a disclosure.

All information collected from users will be used by the University in accordance with the purposes provided to the Information Commissioner under Data Protection legislation.  In summary, the information will be used exclusively for advancing the interests of the University, including fundraising, promoting links between the University (including Colleges) and its former students and for providing services to alumni and friends.  

We can assure you that your details will never be disclosed to an independent third party, with the exception of the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) to whom we are required to provide details for the purpose of a survey of new graduates.  If you have specific preferences about the way we contact you, please do not hesitate to let us know.

You may also be interested to read our Privacy Policy.

Users should realise that whilst they can change their details from public to private, other users may have retained their details and therefore may still make contact.  

4. Email communications


We want to communicate with you about opportunities to stay involved including reunions, other special events, services we can offer you and ways you can continue to support the University.  Email is a cost-effective way for us to do this.  By registering for the online community, and providing your email address, we will contact you for the above purposes.

However, if you have specific preferences regarding the type of email communications you want to recieve, or wish to subscribe to a monthly email newsletter, Newswire, then please let us know.  You can subscribe to Newswire from the Publications page

You can use the Mailing Preferences page to opt out of any general email communications from us.  We will however use your email address to contact you if you request a specific service eg. book an event or use email forwarding.

5. Email forwarding account


The email forwarding service is offered free of charge to alumni, former staff, graduating students and friends of the University, solely at DARO's discretion and may be terminated at any time, although there is no intention to withdraw the service.  DARO and the University cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage due to the failure or termination of the service, although we will make reasonable efforts to let you know in advance of foreseeable service interruptions.

Any email name may be requested by the alumnus/a. Unless the name has already been taken, this will normally follow the form: username@dunelm.org.uk

Any email name which could be construed as offensive or which could bring the University into disrepute will be removed.

The service may be used for personal purposes only. It is not intended as a business service (e.g. a helpdesk or ordering email address) and DARO reserves the right to terminate the service if substantial business use is evident.

While DARO and the University will never attempt to gain access to the content of emails, their complete security cannot be guaranteed since email is not a secure transmission medium.

The use of a dunelm.org.uk address does imply any approval of or recommendation by Durham University in respect of a user of the service, or of the content of any email or any other use of the service which the user may make, and may not be represented as such. Any user who attempts to imply that the address represents such an approval or recommendation is likely to have her / his account terminated.

Use of a Dunelm email address as the origin or reply-to address in unsolicited junk email (spam) is forbidden.

The deliberate sending of email infected with virus or other malicious attachments is forbidden.

6. Event registrations


If you register for one of our events, we may display your name so that other potential attendees know who is already booked.  If you specifically inform us that you do not want your name to appear then we obviously will ensure that your wish is respected.

We will not include the names of guests that you book under such lists of event attendees.

7. Roll of Honour


It is our intention to publish a list of the names of our donors on the web pages.  The list will be updated every October to reflect those making gifts within the last University financial year.  You are able to opt out of this list and we can remove your name at any time. 

8. Content


Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained on our website is correct at the time of publication.  Please notify us at help@dunelm.org.uk if you notice any omissions or inaccuracies.

9. Trading name


In March 2005 a review of the Durham brand resulted in a change of name and logo.  Whilst its legal title is to remain unchanged as the 'University of Durham', the University will now generally be known as 'Durham University', which in legal terms amounts to the use of a trading name.

Durham University and the Durham University Logo are registered trade marks of the University of Durham trading as Durham University. All rights reserved.