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Chair of Council Joe Docherty, Vice-Chancellor Karen O'Brien and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Global Claire O'Malley meet Hillary Clinton

Members of the University were delighted to meet Hillary Clinton on a special visit to our region earlier this month. The ex-US Secretary of State was a speaker at the annual South Shields lecture, a free public event organised by former South Shields MP David Miliband, and sponsored by a number of partners, including Durham University.

Mrs Clinton spoke to a packed audience from the local community, covering topical issues such as gun violence, Trump’s re-election bid, online misogyny, and Brexit. She also paid tribute to The Queen on her Platinum Jubilee, describing her as “a remarkable unifier and symbol for a long time in [UK] history.”

The visit was a particularly personal one for Mrs Clinton, whose great grandfather was originally a coal miner from County Durham. When accepting the invitation to speak, she remarked, “in some ways I feel I will be coming home!”

Image left - right: Mr Joe Docherty, Chair of University Council; Mrs Hillary Clinton; Professor Karen O'Brien Vice-Chancellor; and Professor Claire O'Malley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Global