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.


Dunelm Days 2020

Monday 30 November - Saturday 5 December 2020

In a united celebration of International Volunteer Day (IVD) on Saturday 5 December, we're partnering up with the University's Student and Staff Volunteering Team to invite alumni, students and staff to get involved with IVD chat and opportunities to celebrate the spirit of support and your Durham connection at the end of a challenging year!

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Dunelm Circle: A Celebration of Legacies
Borders Research in a Shifting Landscape
Professor Philip Steinberg, Director, Centre for Borders Research

Monday 30 November 2020, 2-3pm (GMT)

IBRU, our Centre for Borders Research, is the world’s leading research centre on international boundary making and dispute resolution. It delivers tangible impact by offering unique training and consultancy and carrying out research. Its approach comes from an understanding of the need to view international boundaries and law through the prism of the changing shape of the world.

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A Culture of Volunteering: the shape of effective volunteering in a post-pandemic world

Wednesday 2 December 2020, 6pm (GMT)

As part of our Industry series, in this session we will focus on volunteering, non-profit and the third sector. The overarching theme for the discussion will be ‘the shape of effective volunteering'.

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Introducing Our Western Art Collection

Thursday 3 December 2020, 6pm (GMT)

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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Gin-gle Bells - An Evening with Durham Gin

Wednesday 9 December 2020, 6pm (GMT)

A whirlwind tour through the history of Gin, including the Thirty Years’ War, the Gin craze in the 18th century and the rise of British sea power, through to the modern rise of craft Gin with Jon Chadwick of Durham Distillery. Along the way, Jon will be showing us some classic Gin cocktails that you can make at home.

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Tackling an Old Foe: Understanding New Ways to Kill Tuberculosis

Thursday 10 December 2020, 6pm (GMT)

Scientists have discovered a new way of killing the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB), using a toxin produced by the germ itself. 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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Eat Medieval

Wednesday 16 December 2020, 6pm (GMT)

In the run up to the holidays, we take a look back at the Christmases of the past with the customs of medieval Christmas, the origins of carols and Christmas songs, and above all, the food.

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Shining Light on Medieval Manuscripts

Thursday 28 January 2021, 6pm (GMT)

Chemists and historians have been working together since 2013 to illuminate medieval manuscripts. Professor Andy Beeby of the Department of Chemistry talks to us about the amazing discoveries the team has made, how the scribes and artists created the vibrant and creative illuminations in these manuscripts, and how the team work with these books – taking samples or using methods that preserve the original materials.

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Development and Alumni Relations Office
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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