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Students performing on brass instruments in the Cathedral

As a University, we remember the millions of people who have lost their lives in the line of duty. We are highly committed to supporting our Armed Forces and to marking Remembrance Day.

Supporting services colleagues

We have more than 200 staff who are either Veterans, Reservists, Officer Cadets, members of the Universities Military Education Committee or volunteer for a Service charity.

We are a recipient of the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award for our support of the Armed Forces. 

The Award scheme acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the Armed Forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.

Celebrating our diverse community

As a global university with students and staff from more than 120 countries, as part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we celebrate and commemorate very many anniversaries, festivals and special days.  

The University is marking Remembrance Day in several ways, including.

  • Jeremy Cook OBE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience), formerly a senior officer in the British Army, along with members of University staff, will attend Durham Cathedral Remembrance Service on Sunday 12 November. He will lay a wreath at the Cathedral’s war memorial.
  • Our student musicians are taking part in the Festival of Remembrance at Durham Cathedral on the evening of Saturday 11 November.  The concert fundraises for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the national charity of the British Army. 
  • Durham University Brass Band is taking part in the Remembrance Parade in Durham City on Sunday 12 November, with members of the armed forces and community group. 

Find out more

  • Read more about our support for the armed forces. 
  • Our researcher and war veteran, Revd Dr Brian Powers, carries out research into moral injury, common in war veterans.  This is where someone who has taken part in combat experiences has sustained negative moral emotions such as guilt, shame, contempt and anger, resulting from situations where they feel they have had to violate their own personal moral code.  Find out more here.
  • Book tickets for the Festival of Remembrance concert
  • Learn more about the Army Benevolent Fund.