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

Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of Dialogue Magazine for 2024.

As we look ahead to our 2024 Staff Survey, we reflect on actions taken since the last Staff Survey in 2021 and share examples of where these actions are making a difference.

We spoke to Callum Hornsby from our Accommodation and Commercial Services to find out about the department’s Succession Planning Programme and his TikTok talk with HRH The Princess Royal.

Dialogue says a fond farewell to Dr Tim Hammond as he heads off for retirement, and as we celebrate 35 years of volunteering at the University, we are shining a spotlight on the service at Durham.

And finally, Riia Chmielowski a PhD student from our Department of Archaeology tells us about her passion for historical re-enactment.

If you'd like to share a story with us, please email: dialogue@durham.ac.uk

Dialogue highlights

New Year, new ways of working

A new year gives us an opportunity to think about refreshing how we work and whether there are small changes that we could make to our day-to-day working practices to better support our work/life balance.

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Taking paw-sitive steps towards wellbeing

We recently went along on one of Grey College’s wellbeing dog walks, organised by their Assistant Principal, Judith Barbaro-Brown.

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How you can help to create a better workplace

Our people are our greatest asset, and your voice matters. Your feedback from the 2021 Staff Survey has led to important and impactful changes to the way we work.

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Organise an event for Durham Global Week 2024

Durham Global Week will take place from Saturday 24 February to Sunday 3 March 2024. This is a designated period in our University calendar, where we recognise, celebrate and learn from the international multi-lingual, multi-cultural diversity that defines us a leading, global University.

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Discover my world

Lucy Atkinson explores Newcastle’s witch trials

Lucy Atkinson is a creative writing PhD researcher in our Department of English Studies and her research investigates witchcraft literature.

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Durham inspires

Durham to Dubai: Durham professor travels overland to COP28

Professor Andrew Russell from our Department of Anthropology made his way to the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai using as much overland public transport as possible (mainly buses and trains) as one of six University delegates.

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Shining a spotlight on volunteering at Durham

Whether you’re thinking about volunteering in 2024, or are just curious about the opportunities available, now is a great time to consider how you could get involved.

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TikTok talk with HRH The Princess Royal after prestigious award win

Our Accommodation and Commercial Services (ACS), within the Estates and Facilities Directorate, has received the Princess Royal Training Award, which was awarded by HRH The Princess Royal herself at a ceremony in St James’s Palace.

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Celebrating our extraordinary colleagues

We are celebrating our annual Professional Services: Inspiring the Extraordinary Awards on Wednesday 24 January at The Mount Oswald Hub.

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Dr Tim Hammond’s retirement leaves a legacy of innovation and partnerships

After 24 years at the University, Dr Tim Hammond, Managing Director of Research and Innovation Services, retires from his role on Wednesday 31 January.

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Insights

Bringing Education to all: Dr Billy Moses Jr’s path from India to Durham

In this edition, we learn more about Billy Moses Jr, Assistant Professor in our Department of Computer Science.

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Exploring Durham’s energy evolution with Senior Energy Manager Tom Bray

Tom Bray is a Senior Energy Manager in our Estates and Facilities Department. Dialogue spoke to Tom to discover more about his focus on energy use here at Durham.

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Riia brings the Middle Ages to life through Historical Re-enactment Society

Riia Chmielowski also known in the “Current Middle Ages” as Kareina Talventytär is a postgraduate research student in our Department of Archaeology.

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Contribute

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