Issue 22      

Welcome to your August edition of Dialogue magazine.

Although the summer holidays are well underway there is still a lot going on around the University. 

Our Women@DU network has recently launched a photo exhibition to celebrate inspirational women across our University community. We spoke to two of the women featured.  

Also in this edition:

- we caught up with Dr Farshad Arvin about his recent visit to a County Durham primary school and his latest project developing a micro-robotic platform to interact directly with honeybee queens

- we’ll give you ideas of how to improve your health and wellbeing this summer

- we talked to members of the Castle Theatre Company ahead of taking their Summer of Shakespeare tour to the US to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Finally, in Dialogue 20 we introduced our ‘Things to do’ website where you can find out about all our visitor attractions and the amazing choice of events and activities they deliver. If you are out and about during the holidays visiting some of these attractions or are taking part in some of the activities, why not take a picture and share your day out with us?

Send your images to and we’ll feature them in our September issue of Dialogue.


Having Tea with the VC

As part of this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations, we offered the opportunity for two students to have ‘Tea with the VC’ and speak to Professor Karen O’Brien about her experiences in higher education, her role as Vice-Chancellor and Warden, and their own career aspirations.

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Celebrating Women@DU

Women@DU is our network that brings together staff from across the University who identify as women.

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Careers Adviser wins Award for Excellence

Careers Adviser Stephen (Stevie) Nash recently won a prestigious award from the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS).

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Durham’s world leading status confirmed

“Durham is a globally outstanding centre of teaching, learning and research excellence, and we are pleased to see this reflected in the QS World University Rankings 2024.”

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Making a Difference is back

As we prepare for this year’s Making a Difference event on Monday 4 September, we ask Deborah Beel, Organisation Development Business Partner, what colleagues can expect from the event this year.

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Share your day out with us

With summer and school holidays well underway, there are lots of exciting events and family-friendly activities planned across our visitor attractions.

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Discover my world

Exploring historical friendship between women

For International Day of Friendship, which took place on 30 July, we spoke to Associate Professor Amanda Herbert from our Department of History about the importance of friendship between women in the early modern era.

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Robots spark primary school pupils' imagination – in conversation with Dr Farshad Arvin

County Durham primary school pupils were inspired by a recent visit from one of our computer scientists Dr Farshad Arvin and his robots.

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Durham inspires

All's well that ends well as theatre company returns to the US

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of 'Mr William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies', better known to us today as the First Folio.

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Improving health and wellbeing this summer

Even though the weather might say differently, summer is definitely here!

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Success for the Durham Internships & Collaborative Enterprise (DICE) Project

A new report commissioned independently has highlighted the success of the Durham Internships & Collaborative Enterprise (DICE) Project and its transformative effect on businesses in County Durham.

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Team tackles city run challenge

Last month saw hundreds of athletes take to the streets as part of the Durham City Run Festival.

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A day in the life of Volunteer and Engagement Officer Stacy Porter

In this edition of Dialogue magazine, we find out more about Stacy Porter, Volunteer and Engagement Officer in the Student Enrichment Directorate.

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Professor Simon Rees is making his Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut this summer

Our very own Professor Simon Rees will be taking his newly created science show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

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Meet our award-winning electrical apprentice Reece Spurdens

Electrical apprentice Reece Spurdens joined the University aged 19, initially working in retail at the Mountjoy Centre.

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