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University and City: Growing together

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Schools invited to join student-run debating programme

A student-run debating programme is returning for a second year – and local schools are invited to get involved.

(13 Nov 2018) » More about Schools invited to join student-run debating programme


Charities share nearly £30,000 raised through Durham University Community Fund

Thirteen charities have received a total of nearly £30,000 through a supported giving initiative.

(7 Nov 2018) » More about Charities share nearly £30,000 raised through Durham University Community Fund


North East bakers invited to help 'soul cakes' rise again

Soul cakes, made to a 1604 recipe

Great British Bake Off may be over for another year, but North East bakers are invited to fire up their ovens in an attempt to bring one of the region’s traditions back to life.

(6 Nov 2018) » More about North East bakers invited to help 'soul cakes' rise again


'Hidden gem' with Royal heritage opens its doors

A ‘hidden gem’ church with links to the Royal family is opening to the public on a regular basis for the first time in decades.

(5 Nov 2018) » More about 'Hidden gem' with Royal heritage opens its doors


Developing a ‘Durham for All’

Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Corbridge explores how the University is sharing its facilities and expertise for the benefit of both the University and local communities.

(1 Nov 2018) » More about Developing a ‘Durham for All’


Boxing clever – how Durham University is helping adults in recovery through the ‘gentleman’s sport’

Participants in a University-run boxing programme have told how the project has aided their recovery.

(26 Oct 2018) » More about Helping adults in recovery through boxing


Diwali celebrations at the Oriental Museum

On Friday 9th November 2018, from 6-8pm, Durham University’s Oriental Museum will be celebrating Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights. 

(22 Oct 2018) » More about Diwali celebrations at the Oriental Museum


Students help young people commemorate Armistice

Three student volunteers are helping young people commemorate 100 years since the First World War ended.

(22 Oct 2018) » More about Students help young people commemorate Armistice


Play with time at Oriental Museum exhibition

Yasmin and Florence Bird experiment with the When the Dust Settles artwork

Visitors to the Oriental Museum can explore the physics and philosophy of time at a new interactive exhibition.

(19 Oct 2018) » More about Play with time at Oriental Museum exhibition


Get involved in a fun-packed festival of science

Children and families can conduct amazing experiments and create their very own inventions at Durham University’s Celebrate Science festival this October half-term. The free event offers three fun-packed days of children's events, activities, workshops and experiments.

(17 Oct 2018) » More about Get involved in a fun-packed festival of science


Student health campaigner honoured by Prime Minister

English Literature undergraduate Sophie Ainsworth, who campaigns to raise awareness of invisible illnesses in schools and education, has been honoured by the Prime Minister.

(15 Oct 2018) » More about Student health campaigner honoured by Prime Minister


Government Minister heralds our outreach work

Government minister, the Rt. Hon Damian Hinds MP, visited the University to hear about its efforts to support disadvantaged, talented, young people from North East England to go to university and flourish there.

(8 Oct 2018) » More about Government Minister heralds our outreach work


Public event: Let's make education fairer

Durham Marriott Hotel, Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3JN, Saturday 10th November, 11am to 2pm

(5 Oct 2018) » More about Public event: Let's make education fairer


Durham University students help the environment and local charities

Eco-conscious students have raised money for local charities as part of the Green Move Out scheme run by Durham University, County Durham Furniture Help Scheme (CDFHS), Durham County Council and Durham Constabulary.

(4 Oct 2018) » More about Durham University students help the environment and local charities


University’s new science training is electric for primary school teachers

Durham University has become the first university in the country to run a new training programme for primary school teachers on how to teach children about electricity. 

(3 Oct 2018) » More about University’s new science training is electric for primary school teachers


Working in partnership with our local community

Professor Stuart Corbridge, the Vice-Chancellor, discusses how the University is encouraging positive citizenship among our students.

(27 Sep 2018) » More about Working in partnership with our local community


Miniature Mountaineering at the Oriental Museum

A new exhibition will star two vintage Action Man figures, fully equipped and dressed in appropriate climbing gear, as they re-enact famous Himalayan climbs at Durham University’s Oriental Museum.

(17 Sep 2018) » More about Miniature Mountaineering at the Oriental Museum


World-leading researchers to speak at Saturday Morning Science

Some of Durham University’s world-leading scientists will seek to inspire members of the public in their chosen field when an annual series of talks returns later in September. 

(14 Sep 2018) » More about World-leading researchers to speak at Saturday Morning Science


Ustinov College celebrates first year at Sheraton Park

The University’s Ustinov College is celebrating one year since it moved to a new home at Sheraton Park.

(10 Sep 2018) » More about Ustinov's first year at Sheraton Park


Heritage Open Days: special event

Come along to the Oriental Museum on Saturday 8 September from 3pm, for a fascinating, free curator-led tour of the galleries telling the stories of the people who have donated their collections to the museum: dukes, diplomats, travellers, missionaries and many more. Booking is not required and entry is free this weekend. To celebrate this month's Heritage Open Days, entry to the museum is also free on Sunday 9 September, Saturday 15 September and Sunday 16 September.

(7 Sep 2018)


Local artists find a home at Durham University

The University is to support two local artists by welcoming them to work from its theatre.

(4 Sep 2018) » More about Local artists find a home at Durham University


Supporting young people from all backgrounds through their education journeys

Professor Stuart Corbridge, the Vice-Chancellor, writes on our commitment to supporting young people.

It has been wonderful to see the happy faces of young people collecting their A-level and GCSE results recently.

(31 Aug 2018) » More about Supporting young people from all backgrounds


State school students helped to reach university

Durham University has run two summer schools to help bright students from under-represented backgrounds reach university.

(29 Aug 2018) » More about State school students helped to reach university


600 children enjoy sixth annual Durham University summer camps

Over 500 young people aged four to 18 have enjoyed holiday camps run by Durham University this summer – and another 100 are expected for the final week of camps next week.

(23 Aug 2018) » More about 600 children enjoy sixth annual Durham University summer camps


Summer schools help young people prepare for university

Over 300 young people have taken part in Durham University summer schools aimed at helping them reach their full potential.

(14 Aug 2018) » More about Summer schools help young people prepare for university


Local charities get American help, thanks to Durham University

Two local charities have benefitted from some American support, thanks to Durham University.

(3 Aug 2018) » More about Local charities get American help, thanks to Durham University


Summer in the City

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, explores what is happening at the University over the summer.

(3 Aug 2018) » More about Summer in the City


Investing in a state-of-the-art sports facility

Work has begun on a major new sports and wellbeing facility at the University’s Maiden Castle site in the south west of the City in North East England.

(2 Aug 2018) » More about Investing in a state-of-the-art sports facility


Answering your questions

In advance of June's 'University and City: Question Time' event, the University invited members of the public to submit questions for the Vice-Chancellor.

(1 Aug 2018) » More about Answering your questions


Durham University supports local writer to develop new show

Durham University has helped a Durham-born writer return to her roots in developing her next theatre show.

(25 Jul 2018) » More about Durham University supports local writer to develop new show


Thirteen charities to benefit from Durham University Community Fund

DURHAM University and County Durham Community Foundation are joining forces to support 13 good causes in the first year of a supported giving scheme.

(24 Jul 2018) » More about Thirteen charities to benefit from Community Fund


School students explore big questions of science at Durham University

Students from two schools in North East England explored how computers mimic the human brain and the size of the Universe on a visit to Durham University. 

(19 Jul 2018) » More about School students explore big questions of science at Durham University


Durham University receives donation to provide scholarship for County Durham residents

Durham University has received a generous gift to set up a scholarship fund for prospective students living in County Durham. The Brian Cooper Scholarship Fund will provide an annual scholarship to a local student in need of financial assistance.

(16 Jul 2018) » More about Durham University receives donation to provide scholarship for County Durham residents


Harnessing innovation to tackle water challenges

Durham University researchers have worked with global, national and local companies to tackle water-related challenges as part of a major innovation festival.

(16 Jul 2018) » More about Harnessing innovation to tackle water challenges


Archaeologists reveal castle's medieval secrets

Medieval mysteries, hidden beneath the grounds of a 900-year-old British castle, have been uncovered during a major archaeological excavation.

(3 Jul 2018) » More about Archaeologists reveal castle's medieval secrets


Honouring the physicists of the future

Durham University has honoured the next generation of scientists at its annual Schools Physicist of the Year awards.

(3 Jul 2018) » More about Honouring the physicists of the future


Why and how we are growing

Professor Stuart Corbridge, the Vice-Chancellor, discusses how and why the University is growing.

(29 Jun 2018) » More about Why and how we are growing


Students honoured for science outreach

Two Durham University students have been honoured for their work to inspire communities to get involved in science.

(28 Jun 2018) » More about Students honoured for science outreach


Staff and students honoured for voluntary work

Staff and students have been honoured for their community work at the annual Durham University Volunteer Awards.

(25 Jun 2018) » More about Staff and students honoured for voluntary work


Vice-Chancellor hosts public Question Time

Durham University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Corbridge, has hosted a Question Time-style debate.

(22 Jun 2018) » More about Vice-Chancellor hosts public Question Time


Award recognises commitment to responsible drinking

The National Union of Students (NUS) has awarded Durham University and Durham Students’ Union its ‘Alcohol Impact’ accreditation.

(19 Jun 2018) » More about Award recognises commitment to responsible drinking


Durham success at charity football tournament

Congratulations to New College Durham, who were runners-up in the national KickOff@3 football tournament finals in London. 

They were up against 20 other teams, including Bishop Auckland College.

The national finals followed a regional tournament held at Durham University's Maiden Castle in March. 

(19 Jun 2018)


New Oriental Museum exhibition celebrates the birth of modern Japan

A new exhibition has opened at Durham University’s Oriental Museum. The Emperor’s New Clothes: Transforming 19th Century Japan explains how Japan transformed into the modern nation we see today during the Meiji Era (1868-1912 CE).

(19 Jun 2018) » More about New Oriental Museum exhibition celebrates the birth of modern Japan


Student honoured with environment award

A Durham University student who has dedicated her free time to arranging a two-day conference on climate change has been recognised with an environment award.

(19 Jun 2018) » More about Student honoured with environment award


Students help stage mental health charity fun run

Durham University students are helping a Durham-based mental health charity stage a 24-hour fundraising relay run.

(11 Jun 2018) » More about Students help stage mental health charity fun run


New Community Liaison Officer starts work

A new link person between Durham University and its local communities has begun work.

(7 Jun 2018) » More about New Community Liaison Officer starts work


Unleash your artistic skills at free event

Anyone who wants to have fun with arts and crafts is invited to Durham Town Hall on Thursday 14 June to learn new skills from North East creative businesses and to contribute to new community artwork.

(5 Jun 2018) » More about Unleash your artistic skills at free event


A classical start to the Durham Festival of Arts 2018

Durham Festival of Arts 2018 opened with a spectacular ‘Beyond The Realms’ concert in the City’s majestic Cathedral.

(4 Jun 2018) » More about A classical start to the Durham Festival of Arts 2018


Introducing the Durham University Community Newsletter

The University has published the first edition of a Community Newsletter.

(1 Jun 2018) » More about Introducing the Durham University Community Newsletter


Students bring the generations together

A SECOND World War veteran is learning new tricks, thanks to a Durham University project aimed at bridging the generation gap.

(1 Jun 2018) » More about Students bring the generations together


New 'super festival' to debut across Durham in celebration of the arts

For the first time this summer, a number of organisations are coming together to celebrate Durham City’s art scene, in a collaborative new festival debuting on Friday 1 June.

(31 May 2018) » More about New 'super festival' to debut across Durham in celebration of the arts


Put your questions to the Vice-Chancellor

Durham University is inviting residents, businesses and organisations to put their questions to the Vice-Chancellor.

(30 May 2018) » More about Put your questions to the Vice-Chancellor


Community work attracts national praise

DURHAM University’s hockey club won national praise for its innovative community work.

(24 May 2018) » More about Community work attracts national praise


Supporting local artists to thrive

Durham University is using its historic theatre to expand its role in supporting local artists.

(23 May 2018) » More about Supporting local artists to thrive


Durham University and Northumbrian Water sign partnership to tackle water challenges

Durham University and Northumbrian Water have joined together to help tackle water-related challenges and opportunities affecting society and the environment.

(21 May 2018) » More about Durham University and Northumbrian Water sign partnership to tackle water challenges


The Future of the University - public lecture

The final lecture in the 2017/18 IAS and University College series, ‘The Future of the University’ will be delivered by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Corbridge, on Wednesday 30 May 2018 at 8pm in the Senate Suite, University College. Attendance is on a first come, first served basis. Please contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk if you have any questions in relation to this event.

(21 May 2018) » More about The Future of the University - public lecture


Jurassic Park viewing and discussion

Watch Jurassic Park and discuss it with an animatronic dinosaur zookeeper on Monday, 4 June at 6.30pm at Ustinov College, Sheraton Park Café, Sheraton Park. There is no need to sign up and free food and drinks will be provided. For further information please email ustinov.cafesci@durham.ac.uk

(19 May 2018)


Van Mildert College - Recital

Van Mildert College is hosting a recital by three Durham University alumni (Matthew Morgan, Emily Penn and Michael Hickman) on Thursday, 31 May at 6pm. The performance, titled ‘English and Irish Treasures’ features music by Benjamin Britten, Arnold Bax, Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Butterworth, Ernest John Moeran and Hamilton Harty. Tickets to attend are £7 and are available on the door. The recital will be followed by a dinner at 7.30 pm – tickets for this are £12 per person. To book for dinner please email vm.development@durham.ac.uk.

(18 May 2018)


Community work wins international acclaim

The community outreach and volunteering work undertaken by Durham University’s Van Mildert College has been recognised as among the best of any college or university anywhere in the world.

(17 May 2018) » More about Community work wins international acclaim


Sharing community feedback to inform next steps

Durham University held its first 'University and City: Growing together' community engagement event at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham City, on Thursday 12 April. 

(14 May 2018) » More about Sharing community feedback to inform next steps


Students and schools raise £3,000 for charity with fun run

Durham University students and children from 11 schools have raised £3,000 for charity by taking part in a sponsored fun run.

(10 May 2018) » More about Students and schools raise £3,000 for charity with fun run


Northern premiere of 'Jesus Hopped The A Train'

The Assembly Rooms Theatre, in partnership with resident theatre company Elysium Theatre are thrilled to announce the northern premiere of ‘Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train.’

(9 May 2018) » More about Northern premiere of 'Jesus Hopped The A Train'


Olympic hope turns coach and mentor for younger rowers

A Durham University rowing star is helping coach and mentor young people hoping to follow in her footsteps.

(8 May 2018) » More about Olympic hope turns coach and mentor for younger rowers


Buddha’s Birthday celebrations at the Oriental Museum

Durham University’s Oriental Museum will be celebrate Buddha’s Birthday on Saturday 19 May, from 1-5pm.

(7 May 2018) » More about Buddha’s Birthday celebrations at the Oriental Museum


Douai/Ushaw 450th Anniversary Lecture

This lecture entitled 'The Restoration of the English and Welsh Seminaries in the Aftermath of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars' will be presented by the Revd Dr Peter Phillips (Diocese of Shrewsbury) at Ushaw College on Monday 21 May. More information and online registration is available here.

(4 May 2018)


Universities combine in £3.9m scheme to connect businesses with research

The North East’s universities are joining forces under a £3.9m scheme to connect the region’s businesses with research to encourage growth and job creation.

(3 May 2018) » More about Universities combine in £3.9m scheme to connect businesses with research


Celebrate Japanese Children's Day

Saturday 5 May, 1pm to 3pm
Oriental Museum

Celebrate Japanese Children's Day, make a cool carp banner, dress up in our fantastic array of kimonos and post some selfies.

Advice for parents and caregivers:

  • Drop in (any time between 1pm and 3 pm) unless otherwise stated.
  • This activity is included in the Museum admission price and is generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11.
  • Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

(2 May 2018)


Durham Festival of the Arts

DFoA is back for its fourth year, bigger and better than ever! With events celebrating music, theatre, and artistic excellence in Durham there is truly something for everyone. The festival will run from Friday, 1 June until Monday, 25 June and will encompass 14 music concerts, 14 theatre productions, a black box series, performance workshops, community masterclasses, an art and photography exhibition and so much more! Led by students, this year there is more for the local community to get involved in than ever before, so please head to the website to find out all about what’s on offer and plan your DFoA adventure.

(30 Apr 2018)


Durham student wins national award for volunteering

A DURHAM University student who has devoted many hours to helping young people enjoy sport and physical activity has won a national award for her volunteering.

(30 Apr 2018) » More about Durham student wins national award for volunteering


Arty Crafty Durham

Would you like to learn a new craft or skill, taught for free by one of the North East's artists or craftspeople? Could you help a creative business to develop and refine their craft workshop ideas? The Creative Fuse North East project at Durham University has brought together artists, creatives and craftspeople who are looking to develop new ideas and want some feedback on their work. Please read on for booking arrangements.

(29 Apr 2018) » More about Arty Crafty Durham


Language courses available this summer

The Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish this summer. All are open to staff, students and members of the public. A range of levels is available, offering the opportunity to start learning a language as a beginner, or to develop your existing language skills. Please see the website for full details of days, times and fees.

(29 Apr 2018)


Consultation begins on three estates projects

Durham University and Durham County Council have begun consultation on three estates projects proposed for Durham City.

(27 Apr 2018) » More about Consultation begins on three estates projects


Artists invited to showcase work at new festival

A new visual arts festival is coming to Durham – and artists from North East England are being invited to get involved.

(25 Apr 2018) » More about Artists invited to showcase work at new festival


Reducing our impact on the environment

Durham University has become the first university in the North of England – and the second in the UK – to join a new campaign aimed at reducing plastic waste.

(25 Apr 2018) » More about Reducing our impact on the environment


Julian Trevelyan Piano Recital

Trevelyan College is delighted to present a Piano Recital by Julian Trevelyan taking place on the evening of Wednesday 25 April at the Concert Hall in the Department of Music. Julian will be performing pieces by Byrd, Toppett, Granados, Ravel, Chopin and Mozart. The proceeds raised will go to support the experience and development opportunities for students of Trevelyan College with the assistance of the Trevelyan College Trust. Doors open at 7pm with the performance commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12.00 (Main Floor) and £5.00 (Gallery – available to students only). Please visit here to purchase your tickets.

(20 Apr 2018)


Seminar shows value of arts and heritage to North East England

The role of the arts and heritage in supporting the economy and life of North East England will be explored at a seminar.

(20 Apr 2018) » More about Seminar shows value of arts and heritage to North East England


Musicon Concert Series 2017/2018

Come along on Tuesday 24 April at 7.30pm to the final concert of the current Musicon series at Durham Town Hall for the return of the highly popular Brodsky Quartet. Tickets are priced at only £10 and £4 for students, and can be purchased from the World Heritage Visitor Centre, or online at www.musicdurham.org/musicon.

(19 Apr 2018)


Supporting young women to row for the top

Durham University is helping local schoolgirls achieve their rowing ambitions.

(18 Apr 2018) » More about Supporting young women to row for the top


Hundreds of children enjoy Durham University holiday camps

Over 200 children aged four to 16 have enjoyed Easter Holiday Camps run by students from Durham University.

(16 Apr 2018) » More about Hundreds of children enjoy Durham University holiday camps


University reaffirms commitment to community engagement

Durham University has reaffirmed its commitment to working with partners and neighbours, following a productive first community engagement event.

(13 Apr 2018) » More about University reaffirms commitment to community engagement


'Give Sita a Better Life' - fundraising campaign

In 2016 one of the English Language Centre's pre-sessional teachers, Sita Gartry, was involved in a life-changing road accident whilst cycling to work. Sita now lives with significant brain damage and physical impairment. Sita's family have set up a fundraising page which explains how you can donate and help buy a specially adapted vehicle for Sita, and help to fund a garage conversion to create a respite area with a bed and space for her essential medical equipment. The pre-sessional team and Josephine Butler college are working together to organise further fundraising efforts this summer.

(12 Apr 2018)


KOSMICA: Ethereal Things art exhibition

Spectacular images - created by our Institute for Computational Cosmology - of the cosmos will form part of the KOSMICA: Ethereal Things art exhibition at the new Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland, this weekend (14-15 April). A collaboration between scientists, artists and musicians, the event will explore the human connection with particle physics and the physics of the Universe through experiments, performances, music and poetry. Find out more here.

(12 Apr 2018)


Public Consultation to take place for three estates projects

Durham University and Durham County Council are holding a joint public consultation event on three estate projects proposed for Durham City

The University is inviting staff, students, residents and businesses to view and comment on proposals for a new Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building, and an Infrastructure project designed to improve pedestrian and movement for road users around both the University and the City.

(11 Apr 2018) » More about Public Consultation to take place for three estates projects


Conference: 450 Years Pioneering Catholic Education: Past, Present, Future

Ushaw College will celebrate the 450th anniversary of the founding of the English College at Douai with a conference entitled '450 Years Pioneering Catholic Education: Past, Present, Future'. The conference will take place Monday, 30 April and Tuesday, 1 May at Ushaw College. Speakers include Professor Eamon Duffy and HE Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi. Click here for more information.

(6 Apr 2018)


Language courses available this summer

The Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish this summer. All are open to staff, students and members of the public. A range of levels is available, offering the opportunity to start learning a language as a beginner, or to develop your existing language skills. Please see the website for full details of days, times and fees.

(6 Apr 2018)


North East universities unite to boost regional economy

Durham University is leading a new project which will see the North East’s universities join forces to commercialise research and boost the region’s economy, with £4.9m in Government funding from the Connecting Capability Fund (CCF).

(29 Mar 2018) » More about North East universities unite to boost regional economy


Sixty young people enjoy charity football tournament at Durham University

Sixty young people have enjoyed a charity football tournament at Durham University.

Boys and girls aged 15 to 17 travelled from across North East England for the KickOff@3 seven-a-side charity football tournament, which was held at the University’s Maiden Castle sports complex on Thursday 29 March.

(29 Mar 2018) » More about Sixty young people enjoy charity football tournament at Durham University


Durham Singers in concert at Ushaw College

In their Passiontide programme, the Durham Singers interpret works by composers from two very different worlds using the power of music to help us contemplate the end of life and whatever may lie beyond. The concert will take place on Saturday, 24 March at 7.30pm in the St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw College. Tickets are £12; students and under-25s £8; children 13 and under will get free entry.

From the Italian baroque, they sing deeply expressive settings by Domenico Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater, a medieval poem about Jesus's mother as she stands at the foot of the cross watching her son die; and Antonio Lotti’s Crucifixus, an exquisite 8-part gem, full of anguished harmonies depicting Christ's crucifixion.

In contrast to the lavish Italian outpourings of grief, there will be Hubert Parry's six Songs of Farewell, where he contemplates his own life as it is drawing to an end, but the music is also coloured by the tragedies of the First World War. These deeply personal and introspective songs, written in the last few years of his life, are very different to the ceremonial music that we often associate with him.

(26 Mar 2018)


Durham University invites residents to help shape future growth

Durham University is inviting residents, businesses and organisations to help shape its future growth.

(15 Mar 2018) » More about Durham University invites residents to help shape future growth


Durham World Heritage Site Lecture Series 2018

Chris Woodley-Stewart, Director of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, will give the lecture entitled 'The North Pennines Geopark - Durham's nearest neighbour in the UNESCO designated sites of the UK' on Thursday, 15 March at 6pm in room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green. The lecture is free to attend, however places are limited. Please confirm your attendance by emailing raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk.

(12 Mar 2018)


New tour highlights the 'hidden women' at the Oriental Museum

The Oriental Museum launched a new tour around the galleries, highlighting the ‘hidden women’ in the museum’s collections on Thursday, 8 March. It was International Women's Day and 2018 also marks one hundred years since the first women gained the right to vote in the United Kingdom. Numerous events and exhibitions are taking place across the country to commemorate this momentous moment in British history. The Oriental Museum is celebrating this anniversary by highlighting some of the often overlooked women from around the world represented in the displays. The self-guided tour will be available until 21 December. Visitors can pick up a guide at the museum front desk.

(9 Mar 2018) » More about New tour highlights the 'hidden women' at the Oriental Museum


Durham University offers free skills workshops for the North East’s artistic, craft and creative businesses

Creative businesses across County Durham and the wider North East are invited to take advantage of a programme of free business development and support workshops, hosted by academics from Durham University, this spring.

(6 Mar 2018) » More about Durham University offers free skills workshops for the North East’s artistic, craft and creative businesses


Celebrate Holi at the Oriental Museum

Families are invited to join the colourful spectacle of celebrating Holi, the Indian Spring Festival, at Durham University’s Oriental Museum this Saturday 3 March but this week’s snow has forced a few changes.

(2 Mar 2018) » More about Celebrate Holi at the Oriental Museum


Durham University Classical Ensemble presents: Evolutions and Revolutions

The University’s only orchestra dedicated to baroque and classical music will be performing Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, Bach’s Concerto for Oboe d’Amore in A major, Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in D minor and more. This exciting line-up is an exploration of genre, an exhibition of style, and a display of shared passion. The concert will take place on Wednesday, 7 March at 7.30pm in the Music Department at Palace Green. Tickets, which are between £4 - £7.50 are available here.

(2 Mar 2018)


Importance of Being Earnest

Experience Durham isthrilled to announce the re-commencing of a staff play this year. Wilde’s ‘Importance of Being Earnest’ will take place in early May in The Assembly Rooms Theatre. Rehearsals will be once a week at Elvet Riverside. No experience is necessary just enthusiasm and a sense of fun! If you are interested in being involved Experience Durham is currently looking for actors, producers, technicians, stage management and costumes. If you would like to get involved please email theatre.manager@durham.ac.uk by Monday 5 March for more information and audition information.

(2 Mar 2018)


Tampon and Towel Donation Drive 2018

In recognition of International Women’s Day on Thursday, 8 March, members of staff from the PVC Colleges & Student Experience Office are working in partnership with staff and students across the University in organising a Tampon & Towel Donation Drive for homeless and vulnerable women in the North East. There are over 30 donation drop off points across the University from Monday, 5 March – Friday, 9 March. For further information including the list of donation drop off points please visit here.

(2 Mar 2018)


Hubert Parry – 100th Anniversary Concert at Durham Cathedral on Saturday 10 March

2018 is the 100th centenary of the death of Hubert Parry, arguably one of Britain’s most iconic and influential composers. To mark the occasion Durham University and Durham Cathedral are presenting a celebratory concert of his music on Saturday 10 March, 7.30pm at Durham Cathedral. Participants include Durham University Orchestral Society and Choral Society, Durham Cathedral Choir, Durham County Youth Choir and the Durham Cathedral Consort of Singers. 

(28 Feb 2018) » More about Hubert Parry – 100th Anniversary Concert at Durham Cathedral on Saturday 10 March


Environment Week 2018

Monday, 26 February sees the start of Environment Week with many activities, events and competitions for everyone. Throughout the week staff and students are encouraged to get involved and visit the different environmental stalls and talks with representatives about sustainability, reducing food waste, recycling, travelling by public transport, walking, cycling, volunteering in biodiversity activities and much more. A full schedule is available on the Greenspace Environment Week website.

More about Environment Week 2018

(23 Feb 2018)


Film screening

Jennifer Brea is an active Harvard PhD student about to marry the love of her life when suddenly her body starts failing her. Hoping to shed light on her strange symptoms, Jennifer grabs a camera and films the darkest moments unfolding before her eyes as she is derailed by M.E. (commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), a mysterious illness some still believe is 'all in your head'. The screening of the film will take place in the Department of Psychology on Wednesday, 14 March with the doors opening at 5.45pm. For further details and to book please visit here.

(23 Feb 2018)


Young future hockey stars get a masterclass from University top team

Young potential World Cup winners were treated to a special hockey skills clinic and tournament, hosted by Durham University’s Hockey Club.

(23 Feb 2018) » More about Young future hockey stars get a masterclass from University top team


Do you have a creative business on the side or know someone who has?

Durham University is launching a programme of support for the region’s artists and creative businesses as part of the Creative Fuse North East (CFNE) project. If you are a creative or digital practitioner or business, why not sign up for the first of a series of creative workshops? Inspire-a-thon, will help you channel your creativity to generate new ideas or products for your business. It will take place on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 between 9:30am-4pm at Ushaw College. Lunch is included. For more information, contact Alistair Brown (alistair.brown@durham.ac.uk) or Ladan Cockshut (t.l.cockshut@durham.ac.uk) on +44 (0)191 334 0471. 

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(19 Feb 2018)


Unwanted bicycles urgently required

Do you have a bicycle that you no longer use that could be donated for reuse? The University works closely with Recyke y’Bike, a local charity, to encourage students and staff to cycle around the city. They refurbish unwanted bicycles and would appreciate any donations. So if you have an unwanted bike lurking in your shed or garage, please dig it out and take it down to the Durham Recyke y’Bike store at 25 North Road, Durham DH1 4SG (open Wednesday-Saturday between 10am-5pm) where it can be refurbished and sold on.

(19 Feb 2018)


Student Volunteers take part in national event

From 19 to 25 February, Durham University students will take part in Student Volunteering Week 2018, a nationwide initiative that encourages university students to volunteer within their local communities. 

Students have a fantastic chance to learn new skills, improve post-graduate job prospects, and give something of value back to the local community – all as part of Student Volunteering Week 2018.

(16 Feb 2018) » More about Student Volunteers take part in national event


Durham University invites residents to help shape future growth

Durham University is inviting staff, students, residents, businesses and organisations to help shape its future growth. Find out more here

(7 Feb 2018)