A conversation for staff and students at Durham University - contributions welcome, opinions wanted.

Welcome to another issue of Dialogue magazine – your platform for sharing your stories with our Durham community.

Did you know that cave art was our first real form of visual communication or that giant galaxies we see today grew from tiny fluctuations imprinted in the very first instants in the life of our universe? Have you heard about how some of our fantastic staff celebrated successes from awards recognition to marathon running and fundraising for local charities?

Be sure to read all about it and more in this edition of our magazine.

We would like to share more of your exciting stories with everyone in future issues of our digital magazine.

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Dialogue highlights

Matriculation 2021: Welcome to Durham

At the end of September, as a whole University community, we had the honour of welcoming all our new students formally to Durham through our wonderful tradition of Matriculation – a rite of passage for those joining us to begin their studies.

RIBA National Awards 2021 - Teaching and Learning Centre

We are delighted to announce that our Lower Mountjoy Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) has won a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) National Award 2021, an award given to buildings across the UK in recognition of their significant contributions to architecture.

Our new Virtual Learning Environment, Learn Ultra, is here!

This academic year, as part of the University 2020-2027 Digital Strategy, we bid farewell to our old Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) duo, and we welcome the new Learn Ultra.

Our new Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan

Our Energy and Sustainability Team, with guidance from the Environmental Sustainability Strategic Planning Group (ESSPG) reviewed our sustainability data, targets and action plan, with the aim of creating an ambitious new sustainability strategy.

Discover my world

Carbon rocks

Professor Robert Hilton from our Department of Geography has found a missing link in the natural carbon cycle through the study of rocks.

Modern history cave art produced to celebrate new video game

One of our archaeologists has helped to create modern history as cave art to celebrate the launch of a new video game.

Durham inspires

Greenspace and COP26

Representatives from Durham University are attending the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, following confirmation that we have been granted provisional observer status for this year’s event.

Durham Academics recognised in two of the Nation’s most coveted literary awards

Our Department of English Studies celebrated the phenomenal success of two of its own - Sunjeev Sahota and Kayo Chingonyi. Both have recently received recognition of their work, from the Booker Prize and the Forward Prize for Poetry respectively.

Prestigious award for galaxy evolution research

Did you know that giant galaxies we see today grew from tiny fluctuations imprinted in the very first instants in the life of our universe?

Greenspace update

In Epiphany Term 2020 we started to work with the EcoCampus Scheme. This helped us develop, implement, and maintain an environmental management system in line with international standards.

Supporting women to succeed in High Performance Computing

We’re delighted to play a key role in improving diversity and opportunity for women in High Performance Computing (HPC).

A world of opportunity

Thought apprenticeships were just for school leavers? Discover how they’ve opened up a world of opportunity for some of our staff.


Marathon adventure for Mike

Dr Mike Crawley, Assistant Professor in Anthropology, spent 15 months in Ethiopia researching the lifestyle and ways of the country’s running culture.

Running in support of refugees

Professor Thomas Wynn from our School of Modern Languages and Cultures participated in his first ever marathon, the Brighton Marathon, raising £1,504 for the West End Refugee Service.


Do you have a story to share? We want to hear from you! Get in touch via dialogue@durham.ac.uk.