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Facebook chief inspires gender equality programme for Durham students

Sheryl Sandberg’s global best-seller on gender equality in the workplace, Lean In, is inspiring a new generation of undergraduates studying on ’traditionally male‘ degree subjects at Durham University. 

The Facebook Chief Operating Officer says she is “truly honoured” by the introduction of her book into the engineering curriculum at Durham University, a move believed to be a first for the UK Higher Education sector.

All first year undergraduates on the engineering courses at Durham University – male and female - must study and critically assess Sandberg’s book, ‘Lean In’. Essays are assessed as part of their degree course.

The book urges women to take a more proactive approach to progressing their careers – to ‘lean in’ to work or put themselves forward for opportunities – whilst also stressing the importance of men taking a more active and equal role in the home.

The Durham University move is just one initiative intended to address the internationally acknowledged ‘leaky pipeline’ in subjects where women gradually drop out at different stages as their career progresses, for example to have a career break.

You can read the full story and watch a short video about the scheme.

(7 Mar 2016)


Celebrating 150 years of Durham’s alumni community

Durham University is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the formation of its first alumni society, which was formed by graduates of the University on 31 May 1866 in London.

The alumni society continues to this day as the Dunelm Society, which is organising a series of celebratory events in London to mark the anniversary.

Do you remember the first time you saw Durham?

(28 Feb 2016) » More about Celebrating 150 years of Durham’s alumni community


Durham student elected Chair of Commonwealth Youth Council

Durham postgraduate student Kishva Ambigapathy has been given the responsibility of engaging 1.2 billion of the world’s young people in global issues.

MSc student Kishva has been elected as the new Chair of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), the largest and most diverse youth-led organisation in the world, representing young people in 53 Commonwealth countries.

For more information, you can read the full story and watch a short video on our postgraduate web pages

(25 Feb 2016)


An international Christmas

Not all Durham University students will be travelling home for the holidays. In this interview for BBC Radio, some of our international students explained how they will be celebrating the festive season here in Durham.

(20 Dec 2015) » More about An international Christmas


Olympic Torch given warm welcome on University’s Racecourse

Matt Baker lighting the Olympic Cauldron, crowds at The Racecourse, Paul Collingwood at Durham Cathedral, Naomi at torch handover

Thousands of people celebrated the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Durham City on the University’s Racecourse this weekend.

(18 Jun 2012) » More about Olympic Torch given warm welcome on University’s Racecourse


Durham Declares as University Fees Market Takes Shape

Students in lecture

England's third oldest university, renowned for the quality and employability of its graduates, has announced plans to charge a headline fee of £9,000 per year to undergraduates from 2012.

(16 Mar 2011) » More about Durham Declares as University Fees Market Takes Shape