Issue 01      


Welcome to our first digital issue of Dialogue - a new way for us to share and discuss all that we do here at Durham. Dialogue magazine has been an important part of internal communications with staff and students for many years and unfortunately we had to stop the production early in 2020 due to Covid-19. However, communicating and engaging with you all in a positive way is really important to us.

This is your magazine and there is so much going on around the University, even in these unprecedented times, that is positive. We’d like to use Dialogue as a tool to showcase the good work and demonstrate our pride in our people.

We would like to see a true dialogue where you feed back on content, help inform future content and make the magazine as engaging as possible. Digital Dialogue is the mechanism to tell your stories and acknowledge achievements. While we have always told great stories about our University community, we want to make sure we are focusing on you - the people who are making a difference.

We’re excited to be back and we’re looking forward to receiving all your great stories.


Writing a more equitable world archaeology

At Archaeology in Durham, we strongly believe that world archaeology must be rewritten more equitably, with a greater contribution from scholars based in the Global South.

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Orbit building opens to support technology and science firms

July saw the opening of our £1.4m Orbit centre at NETPark in Sedgefield, a University Enterprise Zone purpose-built to provide support to technology and science SMEs.

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Welcome to a new Vice-Chancellor and Warden

We are excited to welcome Professor Karen O’Brien to Durham as our new Vice-Chancellor and Warden joining us on 4 January 2022. Professor O’Brien will be our 25th Vice-Chancellor and will succeed Professor Stuart Corbridge, who will retire at the end of July.

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Discover my world

Our space research is out of this world!

From observing super massive black holes to understanding newborn babies there’s more to Astronomy and Cosmology than you think.

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Unearthing England in your own time

From Hadrian’s Wall to urban Tyneside, our Archaeology Department have access to some of the best historical sites in the UK right on our doorstep. These last few months, they’ve been working incredibly hard to ensure that these remain accessible to all.

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Our partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Our academics have been working with colleagues at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for decades on a whole range of research projects.

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Meet the dogs that can sniff out Covid-19

Asher may just look like a cute cuddly dog but he is much more than that.

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Happy and sad music differs across cultures

New research by Music experts here at Durham has shown that what you feel when you listen to a piece of music could depend on your background.

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Durham inspires

Durham Alumnus scores a spot in 2020 Forbes ’30 Under 30’ list

Recent Durham graduate, Nathaniel Barling, has secured a spot in Forbes’ annual ’30 under 30’ list.

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Our Rugby Club receives national award for activities off the pitch

Congratulations to Durham University Rugby Football Club (DURFC) winners of the annual Student Rugby Football Union ‘Core Values’ award.  

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Event Durham colleagues run our Incident Control Centre

At the outset of lockdown back in March 2020, our Event Durham Team colleagues were redeployed to create, staff and run the new Incident Control Centre (ICC). 

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Academic entrepreneur takes her research from lab to life with biofilm spin-out

Professor Ritu Kataky is progressing her research closer to commercialisation with support from our university partnership, Northern Accelerator. 

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Making music across the world

As a musician, nothing beats being able to play your music with others. The pandemic made that delicate choreography challenging – but not impossible – as our Music Department has shown.

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The show must go on

Durham’s annual Drama Festival went ahead this year, despite lockdown restrictions. The Festival celebrated its 47th anniversary, with all of the performances online, rather than on the stage.

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Join the Greenspace Movement

The original Greenspace identity was created in 2010, to bring together all of our environmental plans, policies and procedures.

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A happy retirement to Professor Stuart Corbridge

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you and happy retirement to Professor Stuart Corbridge. Stuart joined us as Durham’s 24th Vice-Chancellor and Warden in September 2015.

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Hidden Talents - John Hemingway

An interview with John Hemingway, Chief Information Officer at Durham University.

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50 Years of Women at Cuth’s

In October 1969 St Cuthbert’s Society admitted eight women students, after much debate in the Junior Common Room (JCR).

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Ustinov College marks the centenary of its namesake

In April, Ustinov College marked what would have been the 100th birthday of the late Sir Peter Ustinov, former Durham University Chancellor and namesake of Ustinov College.

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Bringing the ‘heartbeat’ of Kilauea volcano home

Professor Claire Horwell and Professor Ed Llewellin, volcanologists from the Department of Earth Sciences, have had a one-of-a-kind rug made, inspired by the eruption of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii.

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