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College of St Hild and St Bede


Alumnus (pl. alumni, fem. alumna) noun; a former student. From 'alere', to nourish.

Whether you have only just graduated, or haven't seen Durham for years, you will always be part of the College of St Hild and St Bede. Despite the distance, you remain an integral part of our College community and we welcome former students to get back in touch with us.

How can I remain involved with College?

  • Volunteer as a Hild Bede Career Mentor
  • Engage with our social media platforms (below)
  • Update your contact details to receive invitations to reunions

Newswire January 2018

Message from the Principal: Happy New Year and College Day 2018

I would like to wish all our alumni a somewhat belated Happy New Year and we hope to welcome you back to College at one of our events during the course of 2018.

Just a reminder that, due to changes to the University Calendar, our annual College Day is moving a week earlier and will take place this year on 28 April 2018.

Scholarly Activity

Institute of Advanced Study Fellow’s Public Lecture

We are delighted to welcome Dr Francesca Fulminante from the University of Roma Tre as our Institute of Advanced Study Fellow. This Fellowship is intended to provide scholars with the time and space to immerse themselves in their research, released from competing professional demands. As the IAS Fellow resides in Bede Cottage for the duration of the Fellowship, a tranquil and inspiring environment is guaranteed.

Francesca is an archaeologist working on urbanisation in the Mediterranean during the 1st millennium BC with particular emphasis on Rome and the surrounding region. Her latest research provided the material for her IAS Fellow’s public lecture All Roads Lead to Rome – But Where Did They Come From? Transport networks, interaction and the emergence of cities in ancient Italy, held in the Joachim Room on 22 January. This proved to be exceptionally well attended and launched what promises to be a thought provoking programme of IAS Public Lectures.

Continuing in an academic vein, all are warmly invited to the series of monthly talks organised by our SCR. They offer an opportunity to engage with cutting edge research in a relaxed atmosphere - and there’s plenty of time to take part in the Q&A sessions which follow. A warm welcome awaits with tea, coffee, wine and nibbles provided. The next talk, Why is this song stuck in my head? The psychology of the ‘earworm’ experience, will be given by Dr Kelly Jakubowski. Kelly’s PhD research (completed in 2015) focused on developing new behavioural and computational methods for studying musical imagery and involuntary memory for music (including the phenomenon of having an ‘earworm’, or tune, stuck in one’s head). As we have all experienced earworm, we expect this talk to prove very popular, so please save the date: 5 February.

Scholarly star Professor Carlos Frenk is the Ogden Professor of Fundamental Physics and Director of the Institute of Computational Cosmology of Durham University. His talk on 5 March, Cosmic Architecture: How our universe was built, poses fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and the formation of galaxies and other structures. You’re cordially invited to join in the current conversation on topics such as the physics of dark matter and the properties of dark energy; a lively Q&A session is guaranteed.

All SCR talks take place between 19:30 – 21:00 and are held in Hild Bede’s Senior Common Room unless otherwise stated.

If you require any further information about the SCR talks, please contact Laura Chuhan Campbell at

Feasting and Fun

The first formal of the Epiphany term took place on 23 January and celebrated Burns Night. Our Chef created a traditional menu with a contemporary twist which not only featured haggis with whisky sauce, but also vegetarian haggis and root vegetable casserole with a Scottish cheddar scone, followed by cranachan cheesecake with raspberry coulis. The Selkirk Grace was given by SRC President, Eliot Mather, with his customary verve.

As we go to press, we are looking forward to the SCR Burn’s Night supper on 27 January and will report on proceedings during the next issue of Newswire.

Our next Formal welcomes in the Chinese New Year on 15 February. Please click on the link below for a 'taster' of our menus. If you would like to attend, please email for bookings and cost.


SCR Sunday lunches are held twice a term and are extremely enjoyable occasions, where alumni, members of the SCR and College Officers come together to enjoy a delicious meal accompanied by their families (young children welcome). So do please think about coming along to join us if ever you are in Durham on those dates. Again, please get in touch with if you want to find out more.

Sharing your stories with our alumni community

All alumni are invited to send contributions to the Alumni Association Newsletter which is designed to provide a more 'chatty' supplement to the Alumni Association Magazine. We will be using it to provide you with information on the previous year's events in College, but this is above all your space, where you can make new friends and connect with old ones, let them know how you are getting on and exchange information with them. So please let us have anything you would like to share at or by 'snail mail' at the usual address: College of St Hild and St Bede, St Hild's Lane, Durham, DH1 1SZ.

A Date for your Diary

The annual Sounding of Retreat takes place on 21 April to which all alumni are invited. Each year, we commemorate the Anniversary of the Second Battle of Ypres in which the Bede College Contingent served. Please email College Secretary Julie Blake if you plan to attend this special service.

Keep in Touch

Please contact our Alumni Development team: or 0191 334 8531. We will be happy to help you with any alumni related queries.

Upcoming Alumni Events
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Events for March 2018

You can also check out Dunelm - the Durham University Alumni Community online.
Here, you can gain free access to JSTOR (online journals service), book yourself up for an alumni event, and also set up a dunelm email forwarding address for life.

Purchase official Hild Bede memorabilia

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