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Our first ever Durham Global Week (4-11 March) was a chance to celebrate, recognise and learn from the international, multilingual and multicultural diversity that defines us a global university.

The week was a resounding success, with over 40 international-themed events as well as the inaugural ever Durham Global Awards.  

Staff and student-led events took place across colleges, the main campus and the International Study Centre at Queen’s Campus, Stockton. They included panel discussions, workshops, language taster sessions, world music and dance, an international movie viewing, Holi Festival celebrations at our Oriental Museum and international cuisines served up at World Fest and during a charity takeover of the Palatine Centre Café.

Staff and students at the Durham Global Awards
Staff and students at the Durham Global Awards

Durham Global Week was scheduled to include International Women’s Day, when we celebrated the success of women at Durham, sharing their stories and recognising their astounding achievements.

Our alumni community also marked the week with a range of events, including guest lectures from Professor Mike Nicholson (Professor of Strategic Marketing, Director of Education) and Lord Kim Darroch (the UK’s former Permanent Representative to the EU, National Security Advisor and US Ambassador).

At the Global Durham Awards on Friday 10 March, teams and individual members of staff were recognised for their contribution to Durham’s global research, partnerships and reputation. The winners included:

  • Gill Ramsey (Award for Professional Services)
  • St Aidan’s College (Global College Award)
  • Mary Fender (Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • Dr Penelope Johnson (Local to Global Award)
  • Sam Dale and Katie Stobbs (joint winners of the Respect, Fairness and Equity Award)
  • Durham University Student Volunteering and Outreach (Global Experience Award)
  • Alexandra Hart (Global Volunteering Award)
  • Dr Markian Prokopovych (International Partnership Award)
  • A Department of Archaeology team including Prof Mike Church, Prof Robin Coningham, Prof Rebecca Gowland, Dr Kristen Hopper, Dr Mark Manuel and Dr Dan Lawrence (The Global Curriculum Award)

International cuisines served up at World Fest
International cuisines served up at World Fest

A new section of our website was launched during the week, highlighting the research and work of our staff, students and international alumni community that continues to have significant global impact. Our academic staff conduct boundary-breaking research to transform lives and make a difference both at home and around the world.

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