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February 2021
Wallace and Gromit Producer Funds New Theatre Scholarship
Alumnus David Sproxton (Geography, Collingwood College, 1973-76), co-founder of the Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations, the studios behind Wallace and Gromit, is sponsoring a brand new scholarship.
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Durham Alumnus scores a spot in 2020 Forbes ’30 Under 30’ list
Whittled down from over 15,000 nominees, 2016 graduate Nathaniel Barling (Social Sciences Combined, St Mary's College, 2013-16) secured a spot in the prestigious list.
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In Conversation: on the Vatican Museum and the National Gallery
Directors Dr Barbara Jatta and Dr Gabriele Finaldi were hosted by Durham's Professor Stefano Cracolici in their first ever global public event as part of a new series.
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Queen's New Year Honours 2021
Following the announcement of the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2021, we would like to congratulate and celebrate the achievements of our alumni and friends who are honourees in this year’s list.
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Last chance for UG applicants before extended UCAS deadline
A recommendation or advice from someone who has already been to Durham can be invaluable. If you know anyone who is considering an undergraduate application this year, we have some new webpages to help with finding out why Durham is the choice for them.
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Highest Ever Rankings for Durham MBA
The Durham MBA (Full-time) has been recognised as one of the top programmes in the world by The Economist Which MBA? Ranking 2021: 2nd in the UK, 11th in Europe, and 38th in the world.
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Upcoming Events
DUHKS Alumni Social
Saturday 30 January at 8:00 UTC - 31 January at 11:00 UTC
The Durham University Hong Kong Society and the Durham University alumni chapter in Hong Kong are organising a joint event, for students, young graduates, and alumni mentors.

Dunelm USA Cocktail Hour

Thursday 4 February 4
6pm EST, 5pm CST, 4pm MST, 3pm PST

Celebrate the end of Dry January and begin Wet February in style with the Dunelm USA Cocktail Hour.

Global Lecture Series: International Security in a Fast-changing World
Wednesday 10 February, 6pm (GMT)
Our speaker is Michael Rühle, a member of the International Staff of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), based at the Alliance’s Headquarters in Brussels.

In partnership with the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums - The Cult of Raphael with Professor Stefano Cracolici.
Monday 15 February, 4-5pm (GMT)

Professor Cracolici is Professor of Italian Art and Literature here at Durham, and is currently serving as Francesco de Dombrowski Visting Professor at the Villa I Tatti, Harvard University. 

In partnership with the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums - Unlocking a Hidden Heritage: Developing the Historical Collections of the Venerable English College in Rome with Professor Maurice Whitehead.
Wednesday 3 March 2021, 4-5pm (GMT)

Alumnus Professor Whitehead is currently Director of Heritage Collections at the Venerable English College, Rome, and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University.

Getting the Most from Your LinkedIn Profile
Wednesday 3 March 2021, 6pm (GMT)

Find out how to make your profile work for you, hear about the New Rules of Networking - and the number one way to advance your career in 2021, as well as learning two little-known ways to boost your job search results.

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Dunelm Days 2020
Thank you again to everyone who got involved with Dunelm Days 2020. For many of us last year, Dunelm Days was different to usual times; however, some of our alumni in China were fortunate enough to get together in person to celebrate their connection and pride of being a Durham graduate.

We were very excited to hear that our new Alumni Chapter in Nanjing used Dunelm Days as an opportunity to launch the group, meanwhile alumni in Beijing organized an event with Profession Lu Feng from Peking University on ‘Slow Down or Speed Up for China Economy in 2021'. Career insights were shared in Shenzhen over afternoon tea, whilst hearing from the Founder of an online skin care brand.

Class Notes
David Budgen (Physics, Grey College, 1966-72) has just published his latest book, Software Design: Creating Solutions for Ill-Structured Problems

Jeff Cousins (Engineering, Collingwood College, 1975-78) has been awarded the ACM SIGAda Robert Dewar Award for Outstanding Ada Community Contributions.

Jack Edmondson (History, Hatfield College, 1996-99), Deputy CIO of the Oxford University Endowment Management (OUEM) office discusses his career story and investment philosophy with The Money Maze Podcast.

Chris Howard
(Business Administration, John Snow College, 2008-11) has been included in the OUTstanding LGBT+ Future Leaders 2020 lists for his ongoing work within diversity and inclusion.

After forty years of service as the Honorary Librarian of The Cricket Society, the Society and British Society of Sports Historians have named a new national cricket award in Howard Milton's (History, Hatfield College, 1965-68) honour.

Gareth Price (Music, University College, 1983-86) made the final six for the BBC Carol Competition.

Emma Russo (nee Richardson) (Physics, Van Mildert College, 2007-11) has recently been awarded the Daphne Jackson Medal by the Institute of Physics

Hips and Dips Podcast have released an episode with current GB international and ex Durham Hockey player Rhys Smith (Geology, St Mary’s College, 2015-18).

Mark Wong
(Philosophy, Grey College, 2017-20) and his team of plant scientist at Impossibrew.Co have launched an alcohol-free beer.
St Cuthbert's Society
Maintaining a sense of community is challenging, at the moment. We are organising some online talks and Formals this term, including a discussion of the current American political situation, and Burns Night with virtual haggis! 
St John's College
Stay connected with the John's community by joining in with our weekly Masterchef competition and earn points to win College merchandise.
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Hatfield College
Hatfield are offering alumni the chance to contribute to our 175th Anniversary Exhibition to be held later this year. We invite contributions in a variety of ways 
please email Grace if you would like to contribute or join in or attend an event.
University College
We invite you to join us for the 2021 University College Reunion Weekend. The reunion will be held September 10 – 12, optimistically here at “home” - Durham Castle. We hope that you can join us for this opportunity to catch up with friends and learn a bit about life today in University College.
Van Mildert College
Join the Van Mildert College Trust for a fantastic virtual wine-tasting evening, with an Argentinian theme.
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Live Well with Pain, Footsteps Festival 2021 has been developed by people who live with pain and professionals in pain management, Footsteps Festival takes a creative approach to living well with persistent pain. The first event on the Festival main stage is Step into Singing... perfect for Covid rehab and lockdown blues. 
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Business School
Series Two of The Lemonade Principle podcast starts on the 1st February. Join us as we speak with influential Durham alumni from around the world, starting with the CEO of Coltraco Ultrasonics, Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter OBE but until then you can catch up on all 11 episodes of Series One wherever you get your podcasts.
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Centre for Catholic Studies
Sir James MacMillan’s recent lecture on Catholicism and Music is now available on the CCS’s new YouTube channel.
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Experience Durham
Despite the national lockdown, Durham students got involved in a range of one-off activities and volunteering sessions to end 2020 on a real high.
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Law School
Durham Law Society are spearheading a mentoring scheme with the aim to match professionals in the legal industry with current students. Following a successful first launch matching 101 students with mentors, they are now looking for more mentors! Sign up or get in touch with the Law Society at
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