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

Welcome to our final edition of Dialogue magazine for 2022.

We've got lots of great articles this month, including a conversation with Dr Monika Nangia, who joined us as Academic Registrar in May, and a look back at the career of our Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost Antony Long as we say farewell to him on his retirement.

As we approach the festive period, we share some ideas on how you can keep well this Christmas.

At the beginning of November, the University launched a new SharePoint intranet. Dialogue has taken a look at how this helps you in your roles.

Also in this edition, you can find out about: a new book on improving school systems worldwide for disadvantaged students; the projects that have been supported by the EDI Fund so far; and how you can make the most of your Senior Common Room memberships.

Finally, we’d like to wish you all a restful winter break and all the best for the new year.

Please continue to share your stories with us at: dialogue@durham.ac.uk

Dialogue highlights

A decade of the Palatine Centre

2022 marks the iconic Palatine Centre’s tenth anniversary.

Leading our Student Support and Wellbeing

Supporting our students to achieve their very best while at the University is crucial. It’s also vital that we ensure our staff are fully trained and equipped to be able to support them to do so.

New intranet helps colleagues in their roles

At the beginning of November, we launched our new SharePoint intranet to help you more easily find the information you need in your role.

Providing specialist support

Dialogue has been chatting to Kate Augarde, our new Head of Counselling and Mental Health Services. Kate and her team work alongside Rachel Dickens in Student Support Services, providing specialist support services to our students.

Working together to move Boldon House forward

Major University projects need colleagues from a range of departments to work together and provide their expertise to help the projects succeed.

Discover my world

Physics award for historian

Dr Joseph D. Martin, Associate Professor (History of Science and Technology) in the Department of History, has been named as a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Researchers launch new book on improving school systems worldwide for disadvantaged students

Pioneering academics from our top-rated School of Education are introducing a new book that presents detailed research into how poverty affects student opportunities and underachievement in schools.

Durham inspires

Collingwood College turns 50

Dialogue takes a closer look at Collingwood as it celebrates its 50th birthday.

EDI Fund: successes so far

Read about the projects that have been supported by the EDI Fund so far, and note the deadlines for this year’s applications.

Farewell to Antony Long

When Antony Long joined Durham University as an undergraduate in 1985, he had no idea he’d still be with the University almost 40 years later!

Keeping our staff well this Christmas

For some people, Christmas can be a stressful, overwhelming and lonely time.

In conversation: Robin Donald

Dialogue magazine catches up with Robin Donald, Assistant HR Director for Reward and Recognition, on the latest benefits and offers that are open to all members of staff on a University contract.

Supporting local charities this Christmas

Each year staff and students help support local charities via the Christmas Wish tree initiative, which helps provide much-needed support to communities in the North East.

Insights

Leaving the hustle and bustle for Durham

Dr Monika Nangia joined us back in May as our new Academic Registrar. Dialogue Magazine caught up with her to see how she’s settling in and to find out more about her.

Making the most of SCR membership

Don’t let those Senior Common Room event invitations languish in your inbox!

The importance of local MP collaboration

Visitors are always welcome on our campuses, and this is especially the case when it comes to local friends of the University such as MP for Sedgefield, Paul Howell.

Contribute

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