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April 2020
A message to our alumni and friends...

We are heartened to see Durham's global community coming together in creative and comforting ways to support each other through these strange, challenging times.

Thank you to all of you who have contacted the University to send best wishes to our staff and students; your messages and gestures of goodwill are deeply appreciated. 

At this time, we want to be one of your go-to resources and have included links in a Durham Online Resources section below where you can access various content.

For now, we send you and your loved ones our best wishes from all of us here in Development and Alumni Relations - stay safe!

For the latest information on Durham University’s COVID-19 planning and response, please visit our official information page.

New scholarships for students from North East England
Our growing portfolio of North East scholarships, funded and driven by the passionate support of our alumni and friends around the world, is removing economic barriers to unlock the vast potential of local students, enabling them to broaden their own horizons through the opportunities that come with a Durham degree. Thank you to all of you who support scholarships at Durham University.
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Durham subjects ranked among best in world
We have once again been named as one of the world’s leading universities across a number of our subjects in a new international league table. The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 put us in the world top 10 for Archaeology (fourth), Theology and Religion (fourth) and Geography (tenth).
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Durham Online Resources

During this time, you may want to take advantage of some of the resources and support we have to offer, make the most of our partnership with FutureLearn and access free online courses, or explore the archive of the Durham Castle Lecture Series, all filmed and available on the website. Team Durham are also helping us to keep active at home with online workouts to help keep your body and mind healthy.

Events Update
Due to the current circumstances, we are postponing upcoming in-person events and will be contacting guests directly about these. We will keep in touch as the situation develops.
Networking in Prague
A big thank you to the Durham University Czech Republic Alumni Group for hosting a wonderful evening of networking in Prague, with special guest speaker His Excellency Nick Archer MVO (English Literature, St Chad's College, 1979-82), British Ambassador to the Czech Republic.
Virtual Events
Keep an eye on your inbox for our virtual events that are in the planning process now.

If you have a topic you would like to discuss or contribute to, please get in touch.
Class Notes
Lou Abercrombie (Mathematics, College of St Hild & St Bede, 1993-96) is an author whose debut novel, Fig Swims the World, goes on sale on 2 April. She visited Writhlington School and talked to Year 7 and 8 students about her book, inspiration, and writing.

Jason Ash
(Politics & History, St Cuthbert's Society, 1994-97) and Emma Ash (Philosophy, Collingwood College, 1994-97) have founded the app YoungPlanet to help cut the number of toys going to landfill and swap your children's toys for free.

Michael Bond
(Natural Sciences, Hatfield College, 1987-90) has written a book called Wayfinding: The Art and Science of How We Find and Lose Our Way.

Michael Cassell's (Russian, Collingwood College, 1979-82) web resource,, includes a range of programmes to combat stress and anxiety, and is currently FREE to access for all.

Paul Ellis (Modern Languages, Grey College, 1991-95) has co-authored his second education book: The Trainer Toolkit: A guide to delivering training in schools.

Lisa Firth
(English Literature, Collingwood College, 2000-03) has won the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Award 2020 with her book A Question of Us, written as Mary Jayne Baker. The award was presented by comedian Jenny Eclair at a ceremony in London on 2 March.

Rowena Godfrey (French, St Mary's College, 1970-74) has published a memoir, Uncommon: Two years in northern Cameroon, about her experiences working as a British Volunteer 1974-76 and her travels to towns and villages in Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad.

Alexandra Jackson (Economics, University College, 2003-06) explains what it is like to be a female fund manager as part of International Women's Day.

Dr Rebecca Webster née Orme (Psychology, Van Mildert College, 2010-13), has contributed to articles in the WHO essential reading for the Coronavirus pandemic.
Collingwood College
Collingwood’s Woodplayers wowed audiences with their recent run of Chicago in The Mark Hillery Arts Centre. The show received a 5 star review in the Palatinate, and DST reviewers described it as one of the most successful musicals in Durham!
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Hatfield College
Check out the various ways that our fellow Hatfielders and friends can keep in touch with the Hatfield Association.
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St Cuthbert's Society
The latest issue of our biannual alumni magazine, the Cuthbert’s Chronicle, is now online
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Ustinov College
Thank all of those alumni who shared their stories for the upcoming edition of The Ustinovian. We are continuing to work on the magazine and hope to be able to publish in the coming months. We are always appreciative of your support.
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Van Mildert College
Our thoughts are with all members of the Van Mildert College community during these uncertain and challenging times. 
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Centre for Catholic Studies
Read our quick guide to the CCS’s highlights from March 2019 to March 2020, including major research projects and some alumni news.
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Each academic year, the Geography Department welcome members of our alumni community back to the Department to take part in talks to help our current cohort of students with their career choices. Thank you to all who took part this year.
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Team Durham
Team Durham athletes, Annabel Fredericks and Lara Tegner, who are both studying General Engineering, have been selected as two of the 30 first-ever beneficiaries of the Santander Universities STEMships initiative.
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