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

Welcome to February’s edition of Dialogue magazine.

The end of January saw our first ever Inspiring the Extraordinary Awards, celebrating the great work of our colleagues in Professional Services.

Also in this edition:

• a new report is calling on men’s professional football clubs to tackle pervasive sexism and misogyny in the sport
• what’s involved in receiving and retaining the Athena Swan Charter and the cultural change it brings about, and
• how a new project will support people at Durham to improve their digital capability and career development by gaining internationally recognised digital qualifications.

Dialogue also caught up with a truly inspirational colleague from our Business School as she prepares to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the World Transplant Games in Perth this April.

Finally, we say farewell to John Hemingway who will be retiring at the end of February after nearly four years leading the University’s IT strategy.

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

Dialogue highlights

Commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

Holocaust Memorial Day took place on 27 January and was marked across Durham.

Helping you improve your digital capabilities

Improving your digital capabilities and skills is one of the most effective ways of progressing your career.

Professional Services inspire the extraordinary

The inaugural Professional Services: Inspiring the Extraordinary Awards ceremony took place in January.

We've launched our Biodiversity Strategy!

Our Biodiversity Strategy for 2022-2032 is the culmination of many years of work by our staff and students. Biodiverse environments have been proven to increase the quality of life. We already have an enviable green and biodiverse Estate, with fascinating wildlife on the doorstep of almost all departments and colleges.

Discover my world

Women and Football Fandom

A new report is calling on men’s professional football clubs to tackle pervasive sexism and misogyny in the sport. It also recommends that a national hotline is set up so women can report incidents safely and action is taken.

Research inspires podcast drama about tobacco addiction

Research by our Anthropology department has provided the inspiration for a podcast drama looking at the history of smoking and tobacco addiction.

Durham inspires

John Hemingway retires

Farewell to one of our UEC members, Chief Information Officer John Hemingway, who will be retiring at the end of February after nearly four years leading the University’s IT strategy.

Switch-off success!

We have saved a huge 83096 kWh* of energy so far in Michaelmas Term, as we continue with our university-wide Switch Off campaign – which saw many of you pledge to make simple changes, from switching off lights and appliances when not in use, to only heating rooms when needed.

Making strides in gender equality

You may have heard of the Athena Swan Charter but read on to find out more about what’s involved in receiving and retaining an award and the cultural change it brings about.

Insights

Meet the colleague heading to the Transplant Games

Dialogue speaks to a truly inspirational colleague, Vic Horan from our Business School, as she prepares to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the World Transplant Games in Perth this April.

Contribute

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