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

Welcome to another edition of Dialogue magazine.

Dialogue is your magazine and in this issue, you can find out about: 

After a two-year absence we finally welcomed our students back to the Cathedral to celebrate their success at Congregation, where we also awarded honorary degrees to five individuals who have made outstanding contributions in their industries.

We have details about how Triple-A, a ground-breaking new project, helps to make education more inclusive for autistic and neurodivergent children and young people, and how PhD student Jennifer Arthur investigated the formation of surface meltwater lakes around the world’s largest ice sheet.

You can also find out about the first ever cohort completing Durham Venture School, an accelerator programme for aspiring entrepreneurs, John Hemingway’s outstanding contribution to IT, together with news about the Greenspace Festival.

In this issue of Dialogue, you can have your say about transport and travel through the Integrated Sustainable Travel Plan Survey, and give us your feedback about our very own Dialogue magazine. Your feedback is important to us and will help us develop in future.

If you have any stories or suggestions for future editions of Dialogue magazine, please share them with us at: dialogue@durham.ac.uk.

Dialogue highlights

100 Moments that Rocked Computer Science

100 Moments that Rocked Computer Science, Professor Sue Black’s podcast which made the Apple Top-10 in its first series, is back for series two! Once again Sue takes listeners on an entertaining tour of computing history, one ground-breaking moment at a time.

Cosin’s Library opened its doors after major conservation work

The historic Cosin’s Library has re-opened its doors to visitors after being closed for several years. Essential conservation work has been completed and the library and its collections are now more accessible and enjoyable than ever before.

Graduation success

One of the highlights of our year is seeing our students graduate.

It’s an honour

Many congratulations to our recent Honorary Graduates.

Discover my world

Understanding surface melting around the world’s largest ice sheet

A first-of-its-kind study led by PhD student Jennifer Arthur in our Department of Geography, has investigated the formation of surface meltwater lakes around the world’s largest ice sheet on Antarctica, offering new insights into the potential impact of recent climate change on the frozen continent.

Triple-A - pioneering work to make classrooms more inclusive

Dr Mary Hanley, co-director of the Centre for Neurodiversity and Development within our Department of Psychology, tells us about Triple-A, a ground-breaking new project to help make education more inclusive for autistic and neurodivergent children and young people.

Durham inspires

Centre for Advanced Instrumentation hosts Thai knowledge transfer programme

The Centre for Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI) has hosted two researchers from the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) as part of an Official Development Assistance project funded by STFC-Newton Fund.

Durham Venture School

The first ever cohort has just completed Durham Venture School, an accelerator programme for aspiring entrepreneurs.

John Hemingway’s outstanding contribution to IT recognised in national award

Our Chief Information Officer (CIO), John Hemingway, has been awarded CIO of the Year at the UCISA (Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association) Awards 2022. These awards recognise, celebrate, and promote the outstanding achievements and innovation of staff supporting technology in UCISA member organisations.

The Business School says farewell to Professor Susan Hart and announces new Interim Executive Dean

Durham University Business School has appointed Professor Kieran Fernandes to the position of Interim Executive Dean, following the retirement of Professor Susan Hart.

The Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy is a government scheme to fund apprenticeship training. It's providing opportunities for new and existing staff to develop with professionally delivered accredited courses.

Integrated Sustainable Travel Plan Surveys 2022

Our Integrated Sustainable Travel Plan Surveys are now open and all staff and students are encouraged to have their say. The surveys play a key role in finding out whether measures we've put in place helped us to reach the targets set out in our Integrated Sustainable Travel Plan 2020-25.

Greenspace Festival 2022

Plans are underway for the second annual Greenspace Festival, which will be held this year on Thursday 16 June, from 2pm-7pm in Collingwood College.

Insights

Digital Dialogue – have your say

The production of our printed Dialogue magazine stopped over the pandemic, and we introduced our Digital Dialogue magazine last year with the first edition going live in July 2021. Can you help us develop the magazine even further?

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