Since its launch in 2014, Dunelm Days has been an annual event for our alumni and supporter community all around the world. It’s a great opportunity to get together informally to celebrate a shared connection with Durham University, to catch up with old friends and to meet new ones.
After a break of two years, we are delighted that the global celebration went ahead once more in 2022 - a fantastic way to make new connections, take a trip down Memory Lane and renew your Durham pride! The events were a great success; in fact, of those completing our feedback survey to date, more than 75% felt that their relationship with their local alumni community – and with the University was ‘strengthened’ by the Dunelm Days celebrations.
Dunelm Days is only made possible thanks to the incredible support and enthusiasm of our global alumni community. Organised by Durham graduates around the world, nearly 40 events (most in-person and some online) took place this year, bringing together over 400 alumni, supporters, friends and family in 20 different countries and five continents.
“Lovely people, good atmosphere, and many generations of Durham alumni were represented.” (Community member, Zürich)
The local hosts planned some great activities; there was crazy golf in Cambridge, frisbee, BBQ and live music in Shenzen and even a tour of a whiskey distillery in Dublin - but not only were there some fantastic events, as a result of Dunelm Days we have brand new alumni chapters in Rome, Delhi and Santiago.
“Great opportunity to connect with other alumni - especially when living outside the UK. I have very fond memories of my time at Durham so it was lovely to continue that sense of community.” (Community member, Washington DC).
In 2023 we are looking forward to lots more global events across all areas of the University – if you would like to host or attend an alumni event near you, we would love to hear from you.
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