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

After taking up his position as our new Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost last summer, Dialogue caught up with Professor Mike Shipman to find out more about him and what attracted him to his new role at Durham.

We spoke to Joanne Race, Director of Human Resources and Organisation Development, about DU Professional, our new initiative for Professional Services colleagues to support with personal and professional skills development.

Meet the Durham alumna who first broke the Post Office story we're all talking about and read about Charlie Hedley from our University and Collections Department and her time teaching Karate at local clubs.

Finally, Tuesday 20 February is National Love Your Pet Day, a day you get to show your pets just how much you love them. Whether they have two legs, four legs or none, hooves, fins, paws, or claws we would like to hear the funniest or naughtiest stories about your pets.

If you’d like to share a story with us, please email dialogue@durham.ac.uk and we will feature them in March’s edition of Dialogue. 

Dialogue highlights

Helping you navigate the DU Hub – introducing our ‘Working at Durham University’ site

It’s been over a year since we launched our new University intranet on SharePoint, the DU Hub. Since then, the site has had over 3 million visits from staff and students.

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Supporting Professional Services colleagues

We've launched a new initiative for Professional Services (PS) colleagues and spoke to Joanne Race, Director of Human Resources and Organisation Development to find out more.

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Role and region were the big draw for new Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

Having spent almost 20 years at the University of Warwick, Mike Shipman was looking for an exciting new opportunity.

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Discover my world

Durham chemist Dr Patrycja Brook joins prestigious development programme

Dr Patrycja Brook from our Department of Chemistry has been selected to be part of the Academy of Medical Science’s SUSTAIN leadership and career development programme.

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Meet the Durham alumna who first broke the Post Office story we're all talking about

The prosecution of 983 UK Post Office workers accused of financial crimes due to faulty accounting software represents the biggest single series of wrongful convictions in British legal history, according to the UK's CCRC (Criminal Cases Review Commission). Durham alumna Rebecca Thomson played a key role in uncovering this injustice.

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Durham inspires

Navigating spiritual paths with Durham's Buddhist Chaplain

Dr Robert Bluck joined the University in September last year as our new Buddhist chaplain.

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Nominate now for the Student Employee of the Year Awards – celebrating outstanding students and employers

The annual Student Employee of the Year Awards (SEOTY) recognise and celebrate the achievements of students who combine part time work with their studies.

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Congratulations to our winners of the Inspiring the Extraordinary Awards

At a special ceremony on Wednesday 24 January, around 140 people attended to celebrate the winners of this year’s Inspiring the Extraordinary awards.

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Behind the scenes: A day in the life of Assistant Principal Deborah Monk

In this edition, we find out more about Deborah Monk, Assistant Principal at Van Mildert College.

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Beyond the books: Charlie Hedley achieves 2nd Dan in Shotokan Karate

Charlotte (Charlie) Hedley, a Customer Services Co-ordinator in our University Library and Collections department, manages day to day customer services tasks and our Library Disability Support services. Outside of work, Charlie is a qualified instructor of Shotokan Karate.

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