News in brief...
Calman Learning Centre
A new Science Site Lecture Theatre complex, called The Calman Learning Centre, was opened in summer 2007. The building represents the first major expansion of educational accommodation on the Durham campus since Elvet Riverside over 30 years ago, over which period the University has more than trebled in size. The new complex contains 4 new lecture theatres and a highly flexible multipurpose space for seminars, conferences, presentations and business meetings.
New college Principals for Collingwood and St Mary's
The University has appointed two new College Principals. Prof Edward Corrigan FRS is returning to Durham from his current role as Head of the Mathematics Department at York University to take on the role of Principal at Collingwood College and Prof Phil Gilmartin, who is currently Pro-Dean for Research at Leeds University, will be leading St Mary's College. The Principals-elect both have extremely strong reputations in research and teaching and will take up their posts in Durham in January 2008.
Durham no 1 UK city
Durham has been voted the Number 1 UK city in the annual Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards. Voters praised Durham for its user-friendly size, its value for money and the cleanliness of the streets. Readers also felt that overall Durham is an extremely pretty university city and that the people make it an amazingly nice place to visit. This ranking is a fantastic accolade and the fact that it pushed Edinburgh and London into second and third place is a major achievement for what the Editor of Condé Nast Traveller called a "jewel of a city".
Methodism chooses Durham
At its annual conference, the Methodist Church announced that the Wesley Study Centre, part of St John's College, had been selected as one of only three bases in the UK to provide full time ministerial training. The Centre was praised for its ability to provide experience of inter-faith and world mission perspectives. For the last few years the Wesley Study Centre has been one of the largest centres for Methodist Training, offering pre-ordination training, vocational studies and post graduate work for ministers and others working in the life of the church.