Academic insights, career resources and a global support network – Durham’s new virtual events series is here to help our community during Covid-19 and beyond.

It goes without saying that we are all facing immense challenges during this unprecedented time. As the Covid-19 pandemic redefines much of our world, it is more important than ever to bring our community the most relevant and useful resources that Durham University can deliver.

With this in mind, we are inviting our global community of students, alumni, donors, staff and friends of Durham to attend a series of online events featuring esteemed academic, professional and guest speaker experts from across the campus, and global Durham community.

Wherever you are in the world, from Durham to Durban and wherever you are at home, from the kitchen to home office, join us for this exciting series featuring:

Academic insights and expertise – bringing you the latest Durham thinking and intellectual discussion around current issues, challenges-faced and what the future looks like for us all;

Careers support
– a series of discussions, workshops and resources to help you manage your career and professional life at this challenging time;

Focused conversations
- featuring notable leaders and executives discussing the current challenges, solutions, and future of their industries;

Social networking
– engage in fun and socially interactive occasions bringing the community together to have more good times and to look after each other throughout this difficult time.

There is no cost to attend any of the events and they are open to all Durham alumni, wherever you are in the world. We'd love to see you.

Discovering Asia: Business Today in East Asia

Wednesday 7 October 2020, 12.30pm (BST)

For this online panel we will be focusing on East Asia, its significance in the global market and the impact of Covid-19 on business. We will cover topics such as the importance of digitisation, the humanisation of employees, and designing for resilience. 

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Doing Diversity Differently

Thursday 8 October 2020, 6pm (BST)

We have invited Chico Chakravorty, Founder of Doing Diversity Differently for this session on equipping organisational leaders with the confidence and skills to address the issues of race.

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Introducing Our Western Art Collection

Wednesday 14 October 2020, 6pm (BST)

Join us as we talk to Alix Collingwood-Swinburn, our Curator of Western Art, to find out more about the University’s collection of modern and contemporary art, our current projects and future plans for the collection

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Hong Kong alumni event

Welcome to the Hong Kong Alumni Group!

Tuesday 20 October 2020, 6.30pm (HKT)

Meet the Durham University Hong Kong Alumni Group at a short virtual 'Welcome' event.

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Professor Corbridge


Wednesday 21 October

The University's Convocation will take place from 5.30pm until 6pm. We hear from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Corbridge, on the past year and a view to the future along with the opportunity to ask your questions. Everyone is welcome to join and this year we're online so you can participate from wherever you are in the world.

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Medieval Mysteries

Thursday 22 October 2020, 6pm (BST)

Our colleagues from Libraries and Archives were such a huge hit in their Behind the Scenes event, we've invited them back for another! This time, we're taking inspiration from one of THE most iconic of medieval buildings - Durham Cathedral.

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Tackling an Old Foe: Understanding New Ways to Kill Tuberculosis

Thursday 10 December 2020, 6pm (BST)

Scientists have discovered a new way of killing the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB), using a toxin produced by the germ itself. An international team of researchers are aiming to exploit this toxin to develop new anti-TB drugs. Dr Tim Blower, Associate Professor in the Department of Biosciences, and Lister Institute Prize Fellow will share with us his work on the project and the potential real-world impact of their findings.

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Development and Alumni Relations Office
The Palatine Centre
Stockton Road

0191 334 6305

The full team is currently working out of the office due to Covid-19. We always love to hear from you but it may take us a little longer than usual to respond - especially by mail or telephone. Thank you for bearing with us. Please do get in touch with us online for anything time-sensitive at