Newswire December 2017
December 2017
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our alumni and friends.
student support honoured
Outstanding Student Support Honoured
Durham University has been recognised for its commitment to student support. At the 2017 Times Higher Education Awards we were Highly Commended in the Outstanding Support for Students category.
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Atom bank and visit Durham University
Atom bank along with musician, tech entrepreneur and philanthropist visited Durham to find out more about how the University is engaging young people in science and technology.
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International Study Centre
Durham University International Study Centre (ISC) is celebrating a highly successful first term.
The ISC, based at the University’s Queen’s Campus in Stockton-on-Tees, opened in September 2017.
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University attractions are a big hit at Lumiere
Lumiere has been declared a resounding success with Durham University’s attractions and expertise playing a major part in the UK’s biggest light festival.
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secret santa shanghai
Shanghai Secret Santa Christmas Party
Join alumni and friends at a Christmas party to celebrate together the fantastic year of 2017 and embrace the best wishes of the forthcoming 2018! 
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Comex II
Comex II
The 50th anniversary of the Comex II coach tragedy was marked by a memorial service in Durham Cathedral.
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DunelmOTTAWA Christmas knees-up
DunelmOTTAWA, a group of Ottawa, Canada Durham alumni, held their annual Christmas knees-up in Dunelm-style at Dunelm on Saturday 9 December.

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Class notes
Danielle Bartram (Education (Secondary), Ustinov, 2011-12) has published Forty Pence Each Two For a Pound.

Katie Falkingham (Sport, Health & Exercise, Grey, 2012-15) was named Sports Journalist of the Year.

Andrew Hemmings (History, University College, 1965-68) had his book Secret Newport published by Amberley Publishing.

Michael Keigwin (Business Administration, 2005-07) recently collected his MBE at Buckingham Palace for his contribution to wildlife conservation. 

Congratulations to William Oldroyd  (Theology, St Cuthbert's Society, 1999-2002) whose film ‘Lady Macbeth’ recently scooped five British Independent Film Awards.

Simon Ratsey (Geography, Hatfield, 1965-68) has published 
The Little Blog of Lucanus.

David Roche (Psychology, Hatfield, 1980-83) has published The Lyrical Loo Book of the Year - Just Where You Left It - Family Rhymes for Modern Times.

Hector Strickland (Economics & Finance, Stephenson, 2009-12) is involved in  the Talisker Atlantic Challenge next year, rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean for charity. 

Robert Swan (General Studies, St Chad's, 1976-79) and his son will embark on a new South Pole challege.

Leah Tether (Modern Languages, University College, 1999-2003) has published Publishing the Grail in Medieval and Renaissance France.

Tristan Watson (Psychology, St John's, 2001-04) and Richard Carter (Software Engineering, Collingwood, 2006-09) feature in the North East LEP's #LiveWorkandStay campaign. You can see their stories here.
Season’s Greetings from Castle. We would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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We hope you enjoy the latest edition of Wood Words, which should be arriving through your letterbox in the next few weeks. Merry Christmas from all at Collingwood and we hope to see you in the New Year!
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Make sure you sign up to the Hatfield Association Winter Dinner in Hatfield on Friday 12 January. It is set to be a wonderful evening with cheese and merriment, so sign up now to make sure you don’t miss out!  
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Hild Bede
It was an action packed Michaelmas term at Hild Bede – and we’re looking forward to a full programme of events and activities in 2018!
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John Snow
John Snow College are delighted to invite all of our alumni to our annual reunion event at The Botanist, London, on Friday 9 February. Make sure you secure your place by following the link below, spaces are limited so be quick! Hope to see you all there! 
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St Aidan's
The Aidan’s Alumni Association AGM took place during the annual Recent Graduates' Weekend in College on the 17-19 November.
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St Cuth's
Join other Cuth’s alumni for a festive drink this December in London or Cambridge. All welcome!
To all our alumni, best wishes for the holiday season and we hope you all have a relaxed and peaceful Christmas with friends and family!
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St John's
You are invited to join us for after work alumni drinks in London on Thursday 25 January. We hope to see you there! 
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St Mary's
A roundup of Michaelmas Term 2017, written by Mary’s students, will be emailed to all our alumni next week. In the meantime, here’s a reminder of the details of our upcoming London Drinks Event on Friday 5 January. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Exciting news at Stephenson - we now have a Blog called The Stephenson Express for all students, alumni and staff! If you would like to write an article for our blog then please submit it to with your name and the year you graduated.
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Van Mildert
Van Mildert
A massive congratulations goes to staff and students from Van Mildert, who were winners of a Green Gown Award. As winners of the Community category, Van Mildert College Outreach will now take part in the International Green Gown Awards competition in Marseille, France in May 2018. Bon chance!
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arts and humanities
Increased Alumni Discount for MAs in Arts and Humanities
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is trialling for two years an offer of a substantially increased alumni tuition fee discount of 25% for all of our taught postgraduate programmes.  
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Centre for Catholic Studies
The Centre for Catholic Studies celebrates its 10th Anniversary in April 2018 with a conference entitled Catholic Theology in the Public Academy: Searching the Questions, Sounding the Depths. All welcome.
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Durham University Business School
Congratulations to Stephen Tunnicliffe (MBA 2003, and BA 1994) on winning the 2016/17 Durham University Business School Mentor of the Year award.
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International Office
International Office visit to Pakistan
Alumni groups in Karachi and Lahore met with Sharne Procter,  Director of International Office, during her visit to Pakistan in November. 
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