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New Community Liaison Officer starts work

(7 June 2018)

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

Hannah Shepherd took up her role as the University’s first Community Liaison Officer (CLO) on Monday 4 June.

Hannah will seek to maintain and develop relationships between the University, its students and people who live and work in Durham City.

She will take a major role in the new Community Engagement Task Force as it develops and implements an Action Plan arising from issues identified both at the ‘University and City: Growing together’ community engagement event in April and subsequently.

Important link

Jane Robinson, Chief Operating Officer at Durham University, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Hannah to the University. She will play an important part in maintaining and developing relationships between the University and our local communities and partners.

“We are committed to working with our local communities to ensure a positive environment for all who live, work and study in our great City and we hope the appointment of our first Community Liaison Officer will help us achieve that together.”

Valuable experience

Hannah has gained considerable experience over 11 years working in a number of neighbourhood and housing roles for a local authority, most recently as Welfare Support Team Manager for South Tyneside Homes.

She studied English Language and Linguistics at Durham University, where she was a member of University College.

On taking up her new role, Hannah said: “I am so pleased to be starting this new role, joining the University at a time when it is really committing to improving relations with the local community.

“My history with Durham City goes back to when I was a student here and now I live, work and am raising my family in the City; so I am deeply invested in making this role work for a place I love and have done from the moment I set foot in it 19 years ago.”