Issue 29       March 2024

One year on from its launch, our Digital Capabilities project is continuing to help colleagues make the most of rapidly changing digital technology.

Dialogue caught up with Dr Aarron Atkinson-Toal and Reece Spurdens to find out how they have benefited from two very different apprenticeship routes at Durham.

Meet Dr Tom Hamilton a historian of France and Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries with a focus on the Wars of Religion and their aftermath and read about Rosi Jelfs and her passion for fitness.

In our last edition of Dialogue, we asked for your funniest or naughtiest pet stories and here we are putting your pets in the spotlight.

Finally, to mark World Book Day 2024, we’re inviting you to share your book recommendations with us. If you love reading, please send us the title/s of your favourite book/s and we’ll recommend them to colleagues in our next edition of Dialogue magazine.

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National Love Your Pet Day – your pets in the spotlight

To celebrate National Love Your Pet Day, we asked colleagues from across the University to send in their heart-warming, funny, or plain mischievous stories about their beloved pets – and you delivered!

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A look inside mental wellbeing initiatives with Claire Hunter and Matt Walker

University Mental Health Day on 14 March is designed to inspire conversations, take action and create change.

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Embracing the joy of reading

Some people say there's nothing like a good book and the availability of books today is unprecedented. Whether it's reading on our smartphones, computers or tablets, or heading to a book shop or ordering online, instant access to a wealth of literature has never been easier.

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Discover my world

Unveiling the complexity of addiction - a conversation with Jesse Proudfoot

Jesse Proudfoot is an Assistant Professor in our Department of Sociology. His research focuses on drug use among marginalised and people from racial minorities, the politics of drug policy and treatment, and the relationship between addiction and structural violence.

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Sixteenth-century historian explores legal landmarks amid religious conflicts

Dr Tom Hamilton is an Associate Professor (Early Modern European History) in our Department of History.

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Durham inspires

Shakespeare returns to the Assembly Rooms for International Women’s Day

Durham University Classical Theatre introduce their new performance of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.

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From apprentice to assistant professor - how apprenticeships can transform careers

Modern apprenticeship training is helping to transform the careers of colleagues working across Durham.

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Helping colleagues use technology with confidence

One year on from its launch, our Digital Capabilities project is continuing to help colleagues make the most of rapidly changing digital technology.

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From horticulture student to Botanic Garden Manager: Peter Thomson's journey and daily routine

For this edition of Dialogue, we spoke to Peter Thomson our Botanic Garden Manager.

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Rosi Jelfs shares her passion for fitness

Rosi Jelfs is a Senior Manager in our Research & Innovation Services and leads a team that is responsible for the day-to-day management of research systems, which support the end-to-end research lifecycle.

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