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Durham Global Week

We live in an interconnected world, which is rapidly changing and face global challenges such as climate change, urbanisation, and migration, affecting how the world works. Brexit, Covid and new technologies have added to these challenges for the Higher Education sector.

Durham is a global and inclusive university attracting a diverse student and staff community to study and work here. An international dimension cuts across all aspects of University activity supported by our international partners to deliver cutting edge research and provide opportunities for students and staff to gain an international experience.
Durham Global Awards
Students Smiling with Globe

Establishing Durham Global Week

Through the establishment of Durham Global Week as an annual event, we would like to recognise, celebrate and learn from Durham’s role as a global university.

A group of international students walking, sitting and chatting in the street

Our key objectives are:

  • Celebrating and recognising the contribution of our international students and staff to the culture and life of the university and the wider region. The diversity of our student and staff bodies presents an enormous opportunity for increased understanding and respect for other cultures both within the university and in the wider communities within which we are based.
  • Highlighting the importance of global citizenship/awareness for our home students and providing them with a broader perspective on the world we live in. It is more important than ever for our students to understand the wider world and their place within it to help them to thrive in this globalised world, reach their full potential, and learn how they can play their part in finding solutions to some of the global challenges we face.
  • Recognising and learning from the contribution made by the University in addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, working together with partner universities, governments, alumni and other key stakeholders across the world.

 

University student
"I am delighted that, through Durham Global Week, we can recognise the contribution of our international staff and students, celebrate some of the amazing work that is going on and learn from each other in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding. I hope you will join with me in making it a great success".

Professor Claire O'Malley
Pro-Vice Chancellor Global

Durham Global Awards

The launch of Durham Global Awards will allow the University to recognise and celebrate particular individuals and teams, staff and students, who have made a significant contribution to furthering international collaboration and understanding across the University in support of the objectives above.

The awards will be presented at an annual ceremony at the end of Durham Global Week, with the first event taking place in March 2023.
Durham Global Awards
Durham student celebrating

When will it be? How can I get involved?

The inaugural Durham Global Week will take place from 4 - 11 March 2023 incl. (week 9 of Epiphany Term).

There will be a mix of signature events, including the Durham Global Awards ceremony, and open events.

One or two signature events will be scheduled each day of Durham Global Week with a much larger number of open events delivered right across the University.

If you would like to propose an open event to be branded as part of Durham Global Week, please complete the expression of interest form.

  • Signature Events

    These events will focus on different aspects of Durham’s global strengths (e.g. research and scholarly activity, languages and culture, student experience/global citizenship) some of which will include participation by external partners, eminent scholars/experts and other stakeholders.
    Meeting overseas guests
  • Open Events

    These will be a mixture of student and staff led events, with no restrictions on size or concept, except that they must meet a number of criteria to be branded as part of Durham Global Week. We actively encourage scheduling events with a global focus which are already being planned in that week.
    Student at large interactive screen

Signature Events

These events will focus on different aspects of Durham’s global strengths (e.g. research and scholarly activity, languages and culture, student experience/global citizenship) some of which will include participation by external partners, eminent scholars/experts and other stakeholders.
Meeting overseas guests

Open Events

These will be a mixture of student and staff led events, with no restrictions on size or concept, except that they must meet a number of criteria to be branded as part of Durham Global Week. We actively encourage scheduling events with a global focus which are already being planned in that week.
Student at large interactive screen

Signature Events

Led by staff, departments, students and societies, our signature events will highlight cultural diversity across the University.

A small sample of our signature events, with many more to follow.

Holi Festival 2023

Holi, the Indian Spring Festival, is known as the Festival of Colours when friends and family celebrate by throwing brightly coloured powders over each other.
Crowd of people taking part in the powder throw at Holi Festival. The people are jumping in the air and are covered in coloured powder.

Global Goals Summit

The Global Goals Summit is Durham University’s signature youth summit, a local convening of young people who want to make a true impact on global challenges.
Sustainable Development Goals on a transparent background

World Fest

Run by student societies and featuring dance performance and lessons, World Fest will celebrate the cultural diversity of students at Durham University.
Dancers from World Heritage Event