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May 2021
Alumni Fee Scholarship
Now available for 2021/22 applications

If you are considering advancing your academic and/or professional credentials, now is the time to make the most of your exclusive alumni discount on a range of Durham University postgraduate programmes, including our MA, MSc, and MBAs.

Last year, we provided over £1.2M in financial support through our Durham University Alumni Fee Scholarship, supporting more than 500 members of our graduate community. We also provide bespoke career development resources and tools through our Alumni and Supporter Engagement team to make the most of professional networking tools and your global alumni community.

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Durham a World Top 100 University for Sustainability
We have been ranked 87th in the world for our overall contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the latest edition of the annual Times Higher Education Global Impact Rankings 2021, which assessed over 1,000 universities from 94 countries to look at their progress towards the 17 SDGs.
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Church of England announce new project with Durham to support ambitious decarbonisation targets
The Church of England will be supported in their ambitious aim of achieving net-zero carbon by 2030 through a new partnership with Durham Energy Institute (DEI).
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Graduates crowdfund over £1M to launch the UK’s first green debit card
Two of our graduates Peter Kirby (Engineering, University College, 2011-15) and William Smith (Engineering, University College, 2011-15) have been working with colleagues at Durham to launch Tred - the UK’s first and only green debit card that helps users spend more sustainably.
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Upcoming Events
Adversity and Resilience in Times of Crises
Saturday 15 May 2021, 5pm HKT / 10am BST
Join the Durham University Hong Kong Alumni Chapter to hear from two leading voices in business and entrepreneurship offering their perspectives - Dr Joanna Berry and Professor Andrew Harrison.

Black Holes, Galaxies and the Evolution of the Universe
Tuesday 18 May 2021
Cosmology addresses some of the most fundamental questions in science. How did our universe begin? What is it made of? How did galaxies form? There has been enormous progress towards answering these questions and a coherent picture of cosmic evolution, back to a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang, is beginning to emerge. Join Professor Carlos Frenk CBE FRS, Professor Martin Ward, Professor Christine Done and Dr Chichuan Jin.

Cosmology and Cancer: Understanding Dark Matter And Improving Healthcare with Astrostatistics
Wednesday 19 May, 6pm (BST)
Dr James Nightingale with be joining us to discuss how astronomers at Durham University are working with UK healthcare professionals to share their insights and experience in in performing experiments they did not themselves design.

Books of All Sorts for Public Use Cosin’s Library in the 21st Century
Thursday 27 May 2021, 6pm (BST)
Over the last few years, Cosin’s Library has been closed to the public, whilst undergoing extensive conservation work. Come with us for a behind the scenes peek at what has been going on!

'Terrible, thanks for asking' Let's help lighten the load... with Dr Kasia Maksym
Saturday 29 May, 7.30pm (BST)
You are all welcome to join Hild Bede for their series of conversations about coping and caring inspired by Covid. Our second interviewee will be Dr Kasia Maksym, a Specialty Doctor and Senior Registrar at University College London Hospital, in their Maternal and Foetal Assessment Unit, overlooking high risk pregnancies, working in one of London's largest Covid-19 Hospitals.

Palace Green Library Post-Lockdown: What Have We Learned?
Thursday 15 July 2021, 6pm (BST)
How did we continue to maintain our duty of care of the collections and to develop access to them? What innovations have we developed and how have we managed to continue the core work? Colleagues working on archives, rare books, conservation, exhibitions, and learning and engagement during the pandemic will answer these questions, and more.

Thursday 4 November, 5.30pm (GMT)
Convocation is the annual meeting of alumni. We hear from the new Vice-Chancellor on the events of the past year, look ahead to the future, and give attendees the opportunity to ask your own questions. This year, Convocation will take place online as well as at in-person the Caledonian Club, London.

The Lemonade Principle podcast
The Business School's podcast series ends with a fascinating discussion with the CEO of the British Youth Opera, Dr Nicola Candlish, in which she outlines the devastating impact of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns on the arts sector as a whole, as well as how we can help the industry to recover when they are finally able to open their doors again.

Available now in your podcast app, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

We’re also now planning Series 3. If you’re interested in finding out more or even joining us on the show you can email Chris Roberts for a chat and more info at

Dunelm Society Annual Dinner
This event has now reached capacity with a reserve list. If you would like to be added to the reserve list please email Sandra Jones at
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Top Talent & Influencer Agency MD Selected for Cannes Lions Jury
Managing Director of ITB Worldwide, alumna Emma Shuldham nee Gregson (Hatfield College, Ancient History, 2002-05), has been selected for the prestigious 2021 Cannes Lions ‘Entertainment’ category Jury, sitting alongside industry leaders from major brands including Twitch, Unilever, NBC and Ogilvy. 
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Cancer Research UK appoints Bayo Adelaja (University College, English Literature, 2009-2012) as new Trustee
Cancer Research UK’s Council of Trustees plays a vital role in setting the organisation's agenda. Adelaja joins 15 other Trustees on the board, chaired by Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.
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Class Notes
Chris Atkin’s (College of St Hild & St Bede, Social Sciences Combined, 2008-11) non-fiction book (Just As Well) It’s Not About The Bike has recently been published.

John Fellas (College of St Hild & St Bede, Law, 1980-83) looks back on the impact of Covid-19 on the practice of international arbitration over the last year.

David Pennant (St Chad’s College, Education, 1973-74) has made 39 videos to teach English for beginners.

Catherine Racine (St Chad’s College, Theology, 2011-17) has recently published Beyond Clinical Dehumanisation towards the Other in Community Mental Health Care: Levinas, Wonder and Autoethnography - Psychology and the Other.

During the recent Lockdown, Hannah Samano (College of St Hild & St Bede, Modern Languages, 2011-15) has founded Unfabled, an e-commerce startup for women’s health and wellness.

Congratulations to the alumni founded Time for Geography on winning the prestigious Highly Commended Publishers Award at
Geographical Association for this great alumna presented video on Sustainable drainage systems.
Collingwood College
Collingwood thrives on inspiration and aspiration, which is why we are so proud of our students Ed Whelan and Cameron Pulham. They managed to make a full length feature film, during a global pandemic and their final year as undergraduates. Audition, which was filmed in various Durham locations, is the story of a wide-eyed, ambitious student who auditions for a role which could change his life.
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St Aidan's College
Like many of us, the St Aidan’s Senior Common Room has been tossed and turned on the ever tumultuous and unpredictable Covid wave; plunged into uncertainty, we nevertheless determined with our new Executive Team early in the new year, to rise to the challenge of adapting our usual events and activities to correspond with our new remote and virtual lifestyles.
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St Cuthbert's Society
On Thursday 1 April a social event including a Durham-themed quiz was organised by the Alumni Association. The quiz was hosted by Amy Kuner (JCR President 2018-19), and was followed by time for catching up with old friends.
It won’t be possible to have an in-person reunion this September, alas, but we plan to have a series of online events for graduates from different decades at which the Principal can say goodbye, and introduce her successor Prof Tammi Walker.
St John's College
Are you considering further study? We are pleased to offer an Alumni Accommodation Bursary to Johnians returning for a postgraduate course.
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Trevelyan College
Trevelyan College JCR cordially invites you to Trevelyan College Summer Ball 2021!* This year we will be hosting the Ball on the 25 June at Derwent Manor, just outside of Durham. We’re very excited to announce that we have plenty of room for alumni, especially those who graduated last year and were unable to have a final Summer Ball. Tickets will be £80, including transport there and back from Durham, welcome drinks and a three course meal as well as some fantastic music and entertainment. Tickets will be released soon and you can follow the event here. To be kept up to date please sign up for the Summer Ball Alumni mailing list.
*event dependant on COVID restrictions
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University College
We were extremely saddened by the news of the death of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and would like to express our sincere condolences to his family and friends. This month Castle joined other institutions throughout the country in flying our flag at half-mast.
Find out more about Royal Visits to Castle
Find out more about our upcoming virtual seminars – all are welcome.
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Business School
Ollie Phillips, Durham graduate and former English Rugby Union player and Olympian, is working with Durham University Business School to deliver an exciting new leadership programme. The Durham Leadership Challenge is a unique physical and managerial experiential learning exercise, combining an endurance cycle ride across the north-east England countryside with managerial problem-solving.
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The Department of Geography is delighted to announce a series of upcoming lectures from current members of staff, showcasing some of the exciting research that is happening within the department. The talks will last approximately 1 hour, with time for questions and discussion, and will be delivered online. They will also be recorded, so if you can’t make the live event, you can catch up at your leisure. 
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Law School
Legal Networking in the Time of COVID – a Durham success story by Alice Mount – Penultimate Year Human Geography (BA) Student, St Aidan’s College
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Volunteering and Outreach
Durham University Student Volunteering and Outreach (DUSVO) have created The Durham Student Cookbook to fundraise for their 50+ charitable projects; the book contains over 50 recipes donated by Durham students, alumni, clubs and societies. Get yours here!
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