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

Welcome to the March edition of Dialogue magazine. There is lots going on around the University.

This month, we have an update on the work to support the refresh of our University Strategy. We also find out about why volunteering is an important part of student life at Durham.

Also in this edition:

- new research has revealed for the first time that Vikings likely brought animals with them in boats when they invaded Britain in the ninth century.

- meet our Student Community Wardens.

- Project Lead Gareth Lawson explains how pro:NE can help students of colour into postgraduate research and beyond.

Finally, we’re asking all pet lovers to send us images of their pets in preparation for National Pet Day on 11 April. So, don’t be shy! Send your images to dialogue@durham.ac.uk and we will feature them in April’s edition of Dialogue.

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

Dialogue highlights

Celebrating LGBT+ History Month

In February we celebrated LGBT+ History Month honouring the heritage of the LGBT+ community worldwide.

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Update: Strategy Refresh – Purpose & Values

Staff and students have been getting involved in an update to the University’s 10-year Strategy.

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Growing an award-winning team at the Botanic Garden

Over the next few months, Dialogue is highlighting some of the winners of the inaugural Professional Services Inspiring the Extraordinary Awards.

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Let’s celebrate our furry friends

Tuesday 11 April is National Pet Day, and we’d like you to help us celebrate by sending us images of your pets.

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Discover my world

ECLAS science-faith project secures £6m grant

It’s great news for our Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science (ECLAS) project, based at St John’s College. The £6.2 million grant is to encourage bishops and senior Christian leaders worldwide to engage with science.

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First solid scientific evidence that Vikings brought animals to Britain

New research has revealed for the first time that Vikings likely brought animals with them in boats when they invaded Britain in the ninth century.

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Durham inspires

Durham's apprenticeship programme 

Did you know that the University currently offers a degree apprenticeship in management?

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Celebrating National Student Volunteering Week

Volunteering is an important part of student life here at Durham, with over 3,000 registered student volunteers. We also have more than 90 registered student-led projects, community partners, Colleges and departments providing over 100 opportunities for people to get involved with.

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Chemistry PhD student shortlisted in prestigious awards

Chemistry PhD student Rob Ives has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious STEM for Britain competition.

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How you can get involved with Greenspace in 2023

From Fairtrade Fortnight to conservation projects, here's how you can get involved.

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Meet our Student Community Wardens

The team offer peer-to-peer support for livers-out and form part of our community liaison approach.

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Nadia Siddiqui named among top 75 notable academics

We’re celebrating two prestigious awards for Associate Professor Nadia Siddiqui, from our highly rated School of Education.

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North-East network for equity

Project Lead Gareth Lawson explains how pro:NE can help minority ethnic students into postgraduate research and beyond.

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Blue plaque recognition for Ustinov College

A Durham college building that has served generations of students for more than a century has been awarded a blue plaque to celebrate its historic significance.

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