Issue 19      

Welcome to your May edition of Dialogue magazine.

There is a lot to celebrate in May, starting with Star Wars Day on 4 May and National Space Day on Friday 5 May. Why not test your Star Wars knowledge with our out-of-this-world quiz?

The Coronation of His Majesty The King will take place on Saturday 6 May and will be marked with events across the country. If you are celebrating, let us know how. Send your images or stories to

Also in this edition:

- we’re featuring Adelle Fairclough, who won the Championing Respect, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award

meet our Chief Information Officer, James Crooks who joined Durham in February

- we focus on one of the departments that shone in this year’s QS World University rankings by Subject 2023: our Department of Theology & Religion.

In this edition we are introducing a new feature ‘A Day in the life’ and first up we find out more about Professor Helen Ball.

Finally, as the Durham City Run Festival and the Great North Run return this summer, are you planning on taking part? Do you have a training plan or a special reason for running? We'd love to hear from you –


May the 4th be with you – test your Star Wars knowledge

May the 4th is Star Wars Day. On this day, fans across the galaxy celebrate one of the most successful film franchises in film history.

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Award winner embeds EDI into careers services

Adelle Fairclough is someone who’s committed to ensuring the employability success of all students and graduates. So much so, that her work to embed equality, diversity and inclusion within Careers and Enterprise saw her pick up a Professional Services: Inspiring the Extraordinary Award earlier this year.

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Meet James Crooks our Chief Information Officer

James joined Durham in February as our new Chief Information Officer (CIO), bringing with him over 20 years’ experience. Most recently James was Director of Learning and Information Services for the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

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Put the steps in your spring

Spring is the ideal time to get out walking in the great outdoors. As Goldilocks might have said, it’s not too hot and it’s not too cold!

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Discover my world

A Day in the Life of Professor Helen Ball

In this new feature we find out more about Helen Ball, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre (DISC).

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In Conversation with Professor Santiago Fouz-Hernández

Professor Santiago Fouz-Hernández, from our School of Modern Languages and Cultures, showcased his specialist research on the film director, designer and artist Bigas Luna at The Bigas Luna Tribute in Los Angeles in March this year.

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Durham inspires

Inside Theology & Religion

Dialogue magazine focuses on one of the departments that shone in this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023: our Department of Theology & Religion, which ranked sixth in the world and is consistently recognised internationally as a leading department.

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Meet our Sexual Misconduct and Violence team

Discover more about the work our Sexual Misconduct and Violence (SMV) team do in this challenging area.

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What’s next for the work of the Respect Commission?

Nearly three years on from the publication of the Respect Commission’s report, Dialogue learns more about the progress that has been made and what’s next.

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Staff find advice on financial issues

Last month, colleagues in the Estates and Facilities Maintenance Services Team got the chance to find information to help tackle the cost of living at a special drop-in event.

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All your benefits in one place

Working at Durham comes with some fantastic benefits, but do you know what they are?

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Building a sustainable environment

The University has been awarded £1.13million for the installation of energy-saving measures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in a scheme delivered by Salix Finance.

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Help to build our inclusive culture

Read on to discover how you can help set the standards in our community.

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More than musical notes on a page: discover ethnomusicology with Dr Samuel Horlor

Why does music matter to people? We speak to Dr Samuel Horlor, a Teaching Fellow in Ethnomusicology in our Music Department, to learn more about how ethnomusicology can help us understand people’s experiences of music, or ‘musical life’.

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