Issue 21      

Welcome to your July edition of Dialogue magazine.

We have officially welcomed acclaimed foreign affairs expert Dr Fiona Hill as our 13th Chancellor. Fiona was installed as the ceremonial head of the University in a historic ceremony in the inspiring surroundings of Durham Cathedral.

Also in this edition:

- as the Durham Miner’s Gala approaches, we caught up with Professor Ray Hudson who has spent much of the last 50 years researching the North East region, including our coal mining communities.

- we’ll tell you about a new project, which was launched to help colleagues from across the University consider their digital capabilities

- we are introducing you to three colleagues who have taken up new roles in our Student Support Services.

We find out more about Andrea Cairns in our ‘A Day in the life of…’ feature and say farewell to Liz Waller, our Director of University Library and Collections, who will be retiring at the end of July.

Finally, we look back at our first ever Fun Day at the Botanic Garden, which saw over 700 visitors enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the Garden. 


An historic celebration to welcome our new Chancellor

We celebrated the installation of our 13th Chancellor, Dr Fiona Hill, on Thursday 29 June in the beautiful setting of Durham Cathedral.

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Durham enjoys third annual Greenspace Festival

In June, we hosted the third annual Greenspace Festival at Grey College.

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Liz is ready to embrace the pleasures of retirement

At the end of July, we say farewell to Liz Waller, our Director of University Library and Collections, who will be retiring from her role at the University.

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Durham Regatta makes big splash

Durham Regatta returned for its 190th edition in June for two days of exciting racing.

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Discover my world

A catch up with Professor Ray Hudson

It’s almost that time of year when more than 200,000 people attend the Durham Miners’ Gala in a celebration of trade union values and the mining communities of County Durham.

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Durham inspires

Benefits from making small changes to the way we work

Colleagues from the HR and Organisation Development (HROD) teams are part of a pilot programme focused on bringing our Working Principles to life.

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Increasing your digital capabilities

You might be able to send emails, surf the web and create a Word document. But are there other digital skills you could be missing?

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Major changes at Boldon House

The next few months will see some major changes at our Boldon House building in Pity Me.

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Meet our Student Digital Leaders

Did you know Computer and Information Services (CIS) employs a team of Student Digital Leaders who work on projects and initiatives that improve Durham’s digital experience?

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Supporting our students

In this edition of Dialogue magazine, we meet three team members who have taken up new roles in our Student Support Services.

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Two wheels good

Everyone knows that cycling is good for so many reasons. Good for your health, good for your pocket and good for the environment.

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A day in the life of Andrea Cairns

In the next of our regular series to highlight the work of colleagues, in this edition of Dialogue Magazine, we find out more about Andrea Cairns, Senior Events and Customer Services Manager in our Accommodation and Commercial Services.

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Celebrating our winning volunteers

We’d like to congratulate all the winners of this year’s Durham University Volunteering and Outreach Awards, our annual awards celebrating the positive impact the work of our volunteers has on individuals, the community, and our partners.

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Having fun at the Botanic Garden

Our Botanic Garden celebrated the start of summer with its first ever Fun Day, hosting a day of family-friendly activities across the 10-hectare site.

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Royal honour for pioneering Classicist

Congratulations to Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, our Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History, who has received an MBE from King Charles III for Services to Education in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours.

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