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Durham University invites residents to help shape future growth

(15 March 2018)

Durham University is inviting residents, businesses and organisations to help shape its future growth.

The University is committed to working with residents, businesses, staff, students and other partners to ensure there is a positive environment for all who live and work in Durham.

As part of this commitment, it is hosting a community engagement event, titled ‘University and City: Growing together’.

This will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankland Lane, Durham City, DH1 5TA, on Thursday 12 April, from 5.30pm to 8pm. Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm and the event will start at 6pm.

The University had hoped to hold the community engagement event at Durham Town Hall on Friday 2 March. Regretfully, due to the adverse weather conditions it was necessary to postpone the event.

Community feedback

Jane Robinson, Chief Operating Officer at Durham University, said: “We have taken on board feedback from planning for the previous date that a larger venue may be required, a later start time would be preferable and we should avoid Friday evenings. We are also allowing more time for round-table discussions.

“We hope this will be seen as further evidence that we are willing to listen and committed to meaningful engagement with our local communities.”

In addition to round-table discussions, there will be brief presentations from Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University; Ian Thompson, Corporate Director of Regeneration and Local Services at Durham County Council; Dave Orford, Assistant Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary; and Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, City of Durham MP.

The event comes as the University is establishing a Task Force and recruiting a full-time Community Liaison Officer focused on working with local partners and residents.

Get in touch

The University is also making it easier for local residents to get in touch, through providing a dedicated email address,, and launching new Community web pages, which can be found at These web pages will also include news updates and useful local information.

The ‘University and City: Growing together’ event is open to all, subject to the capacity of the venue. To aid planning, anyone intending to attend is asked to register by emailing:; or calling 0191 334 9354.

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