Issue 15      

Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of Dialogue Magazine for 2023.

There's a lot going on around the University and this month we’ll look ahead to some of the upcoming activities on the University’s Wellbeing Calendar.

Winter Congregation has just ended, where we celebrated the successes and achievements of our graduates. In December, we were pleased to announce Fiona Hill as our new Chancellor.

Also in this edition, you can find out about: the University joining the Nature Positive Universities Alliance as a founding member; how Programme Manager Johanna Waite (Department of Computer Science) gained the accolade of being one of 100 women named the top tech talent in the country; and the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Ogden Centre.

Finally, Dialogue caught up with some of our colleagues who celebrated their long-service at an awards dinner at Durham Castle in December.

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US Presidential adviser Fiona Hill announced as new Chancellor

Fiona Hill, an acclaimed foreign affairs specialist and authority on Russian and European geopolitics, is to be our next Chancellor.

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What we achieve together

We recently announced the findings of an independent report looking at the contribution Durham University makes to the economic social and cultural vibrancy of Durham City, County Durham and North East England.

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Healthy start to 2023

As we welcome in 2023, Dialogue looks forward to some of the upcoming activities on the University’s Wellbeing Calendar and asks: can you share your events with us?

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EDI Staff Network Updates

Michaelmas term was a really busy time for our staff networks, marking events from Black History Month to Transgender Day of Remembrance and everything in between.

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Celebrating with our new graduates at Winter Congregation

Celebrations at Durham Cathedral have drawn to a close for our Winter Congregation.

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Discover my world

Identifying Future-Proof Science

Professor Peter Vickers from our Department of Philosophy launched a new book, Identifying Future-Proof Science, on 30 November 2022.

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Durham inspires

Award win for TechUP Programme Manager

Johanna Waite became one of the TechWomen100 for 2022 in December.

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Double success for Sue Black

Professor Sue Black has gained a new role with the Chartered Institute for IT as well as being named in the Diversity Power List.

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Durham joins Nature Positive Universities Alliance

We are delighted to join the Nature Positive Universities Alliance as a founding member.

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Ogden Centre celebrates 20 years!

The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics has celebrated its 20th anniversary.

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Wellbeing: you said, we did!

Over the past year, colleagues from across Durham have been working hard to improve the wellbeing of staff and students.

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What difference does the REC make?

We were very pleased to receive confirmation of our Race Equality Charter (REC) Bronze award in 2022. But what does the REC actually involve and what impact does it have? Dialogue finds out more.

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Celebrating our long-serving colleagues

December saw 55 of our colleagues and their guests celebrating their long service at an awards dinner at Durham Castle.

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