Alumni Community Events

We host a wide range of events throughout the year for all of our alumni and friends - you can access most of them online wherever you are! We look forward to welcoming you back to the Durham community and sharing the chance to catch up with old friends and to make new connections.

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See the Durham Inspired: Live in Lockdown series

Durham Inspired: Private event with Professor Sir John Bell of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine team: Back on Track after COVID

Thursday 15 April 2021, 6pm (GMT)

Join Robert Senior, Chair of the University’s Durham Inspired Campaign and former CEO Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi, as he explores the complex road to recovery from the global pandemic with two expert speakers from the Durham University community: Durham parent Professor Sir John Bell, and Durham alumnus Professor Bryan Morton CBE.

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Dunelm USA Book Club: The Sweetness of Venus: A History of the Clitoris

Wednesday April, 21st
6pm EDT, 5pm CDT, 4pm MDT, 3pm PDT

We are excited and honored to invite you to the first Durham Inspired: Live In Lockdown US Book Club event, featuring author Sarah Chadwick (Arts Combined, Collingwood College, 1984-87) in conversation with Griff Fairbairn (Arts Combined, St Mary's College 1984-87) about her new book The Sweetness of Venus: A History of the Clitoris.

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Launch of the Durham Alumni Energy Chapter

Thursday 29 April 2021

Join us for the launch of our alumni chapter dedicated to our graduates with a professional or personal interest in the Energy Sector.

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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. Black holes play an important role in galaxy evolution, and they are also intriguing objects to study in detail. Durham’s collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences spans a whole range of scales, from understanding what happens to material very close to a black hole, to the structure of our universe across cosmic time.

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'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 us for our series titled 'Terrible, thanks for asking' Let's help lighten the load... A 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.

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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.

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RAC Club


Thursday 4 November, 5.30pm (GMT)

Convocation of Durham University will take place at the Caledonian Club, London.

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Guest speaker: Sir Thomas Allen, Chancellor

Thursday 4 November

This year’s annual dinner in London will be held at the prestigious Caledonian Club in London’s Belgravia. All Durham University alumni are welcome. Our guest speaker will be the Chancellor of Durham University, Sir Thomas Allen, CBE. Champagne will be served before the three-course dinner from 7.00pm.

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Lumiere 2021

18 to 21 November 2021

We're working on some exclusive alumni opportunities around the festival. Click the link to get updates on the latest developments.

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0191 334 6305

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