Issue 33       July 24

Welcome to the latest edition of Dialogue magazine, celebrating our Durham community. 

We’re committed to maintaining our estate of high-quality habitats and to ensure our flora and fauna continue to flourish. We spoke to our newly appointed ecologist Ian Armstrong who leads on implementing our Biodiversity Strategy.

At 80 Professor Nancy Cartwright remains energetic and forward-thinking. Her remarkable contributions to philosophy and the University are a testament to her academic brilliance, generosity of spirit and hard work. We caught up with Nancy to delve into her career.

We met with our Head of Admissions, Miriam Clift, to explore her role and the admissions process, and we discover more about our efforts in widening access and participation with our Deputy Academic Registrar (Access, Recruitment and Admissions) Jon Batty.

We shine a spotlight on the dedicated team in our Housekeeping, Cleaning and General Services who ensure a professional and proactive approach across all our non-residential buildings. Plus, read about Claire Cook from Research and Innovation Services and her rewarding hobby involving our canine friends.

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Introducing our first Esports Hub

Kylie Kendrick, a Technical Specialist in our Computing and Information Services Department, brought her love of video games to life by creating our first Esports Hub. This is a new space on campus where students can come together to play, train and compete in Esports.

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New Biodiversity Manager Ian Armstrong’s vision for sustainability

To ensure our flora and fauna continue to flourish, we recently appointed ecologist Ian Armstrong to lead on implementing our Biodiversity Strategy.

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Wellbeing in focus

We look back at our first Wellbeing Fortnight, where Professional Services colleagues participated in activities to enhance their health and wellbeing.

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Celebrating our award-winning volunteers

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Durham University Volunteering and Outreach Awards, celebrated at the annual dinner on Thursday 6 June. We spoke to Professor Simon James from our Department of English Studies, who won the award for Best Educational Effort.

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Discover my world

National Geothermal Centre to supercharge geothermal energy

We're playing an intrinsic role in harnessing the UK’s potential for geothermal energy advancement, through the launch of a new, collaborative centre.

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Philosophy of Life: In conversation with Professor Nancy Cartwright at 80

Professor Nancy Cartwright’s exceptional contribution, not just to philosophical studies, but also to the life of the University, arises from a combination of academic brilliance, generosity of spirit, and tireless hard work.

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Durham inspires

An insight into running Open Days

Over 20,000 students and visitors joined us at our latest Open Days last month. Dialogue caught up with colleagues to find out what goes into making the days run smoothly.

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Driving diversity: our commitment to inclusive access and participation

We welcome students from all backgrounds and encourage anyone with talent and potential to explore what the University has to offer. Deputy Academic Registrar, Jon Batty, talked to us about our access and widening participation agenda.

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From application to acceptance: inside Admissions with Miriam Clift

Have you ever wondered what is involved in dealing with the thousands of applications we receive each year? We spoke to Head of Admissions, Miriam Clift, to discover more about our admissions process.

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Global connections: How our International Staff Network brings colleagues together

Our International Staff Network aims to create a supportive environment for all members of our community, and a space to share experiences and build social networks. We spoke to founding member Gina Wrobel to find out more.

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In the spotlight - Housekeeping, Cleaning and General Services

This month we focus on our colleagues working in Housekeeping and Cleaning Services, General Services and the Postal and Delivery Service.

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Paddles and paws: Claire Cook’s support for hearing dogs

Claire Cook, a Business Development Manager in our Research and Innovation Services Department, tells us more about her rewarding hobby.

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