Issue 02      

Welcome to our second digital issue of Dialogue Magazine – our new way of sharing and discussing all that we do at Durham. We'd like to thank you for your contributions to date and encourage you to keep sending them to us.

There is so much going on around the University, which we would like to share with everyone and really showcase the good work of our community.

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Welcome to Durham, Carlene!

We’re delighted to welcome Dr Carlene Firmin, MBE, to our Department of Sociology.

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In Absentia Degree Conferral 2021

This summer almost 5,000 of our students from 90 countries around the world, graduated and joined our international alumni community, with degrees conferred virtually.

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Discover my world

The Astra project: promoting sustainable communities

The University has secured not one but two Marie Skodowska-Curie funding grants from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

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Gigantic helium balloon to launch space telescope

Our astronomers are part of an international team building a new kind of telescope to measure the properties of dark matter.

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The story of our mining communities after the pits closed

A new book charts the story of mining communities in the North East and south Wales through the words of the people in the former pit villages.

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Record-breaking whale migration raises conservation questions

Professor Rus Hoelzel, from our Department of Biosciences has collaborated with three other researchers to used genetics to identify the birthplace of a grey whale.

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Why some people like ‘sad’ music

Music has amazing potential to inspire, motivate and bring people together across cultures.

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Durham inspires

Durham leader announced as Athena Swan panel Chair

We are helping to raise the bar on gender equality standards across Higher Education institutions.

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Energy and Sustainability here at Durham

At Durham we’re developing new ways of thinking, shaping a better future for people and planet… but we can’t do it alone. Together we can make an impact.

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On target for sporting recovery

In July, we were pleased to support the #Madeatuni Energising Places campaign, showing how universities are creating healthier and more active places

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Top 20 in UK for student satisfaction

Our overall student satisfaction rating is 81%, placing us in the Top 20 in the UK and Top 4 in the Russell Group of elite UK universities.

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Students celebrated Olympic success

We’ve been glued to our TV screens as Tokyo 2020 has captured the heart of the nation.

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