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Durham First

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Engineering - Class of 1968

The School of Engineering Celebrates 40 Years

Durham's School of Engineering will soon celebrate the 40th anniversary of the very first graduation of its students, and is organising a reunion weekend to recognise the event.

The event is planned for the weekend of 13/14 September 2008 and will comprise a number of activities that will engage alumni with current staff and students of the School, and help re-establish relationships that may have been lost. The School is offering a 10% early bird discount against the published prices for activities on all registrations made up to, and including, 30 June 2008.

Further information about the planned programme of activities, and how to register on-line, is available on the School's alumni web pages at

Email or call on +44 (0) 191 334 2649 to obtain a registration form.

Durham Modern Languages Alumni Association

This summer will see the launch of The Durham Modern Languages Alumni Association, for graduates of the departments of Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. It will be inaugurated at a special event at St John's College on Saturday 5th July (guest speaker and details to be announced). In the meantime, we are looking for enthusiastic alumni network members to form a Social Committee. They will join Professor Maber (President of the DMLAA) and Dr Boris Wiseman (Alumni Officer) and will take part in the development of alumni networks and the organisation of social events. Anyone interested in having an active role on the Social Committee please contact Professor Maber ( or Dr Boris Wiseman ( All of our alumni will be automatically made members of the DMLAA.

If you would like to make an advanced booking for the event on the 5th July, which coincides with the Durham Summer Festival, please contact Heather Fenwick to request a booking form ( or The School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Elvet Riverside, New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3JT). Further details about the event will be available at

BBC Radio Durham

BBC Radio Durham was the first county radio station in Britain and was opened by the Postmaster-General on 3 July 1968. It was also the first station to close, in August 1972 and the staff were relocated to Carlisle. Another Durham first was a live student programme ‘University Termtime'. Many who reported or presented subsequently developed long-lasting careers in the BBC. The best-known today is Gavin Hewitt of BBC Television News.

Some of the pioneers are planning a 40th anniversary reunion in Durham on Saturday 27 September and they would like to invite anyone who worked at BBC Radio Durham in whatever capacity, BBC staff or freelance or student volunteer. If you would like to attend, please contact Nigel Holmes on or 01228 560617.

What's On at the University

With a host of unique cultural attractions appealing to thousands of visitors every year, from museums to the Botanic Garden, a wide variety of performances and exhibitions to see, and extensive programme of public lectures to attend, the University really can offer something of interest to just about everyone.

Check out Durham University’s 'What's on Guide' at