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Want to know more about how we interact with our local community?

Our monthly Community Newsletter explores the news, events, and research both at Durham University and in the city itself. 

This month we're supporting Durham Christmas Festival which runs from 1 December to 3 December.

It's a great chance to get some Christmas shopping done with more than 200 independent traders operating in the city.

We’re also reminding everyone that our visitor attractions will close for several days over the Christmas period, and we detail their festive opening hours in December’s newsletter.

Latest news

Our newsletter also features University news that might interest our local community.

This includes how we're working with our fellow North East universities; Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside for the Festive Food Drive 2023. 

Throughout November we accepted donations of food, toiletries and pet food at more than 30 donation points spread across the University estate.

This month all the items will be distributed by charities to North East residents who need a little extra help this Christmas.

We also introduce our new Executive Dean (Science), Professor Clive Roberts, who will take up his new role on 4 March 2024 and give an insight into our recent 'Meet the Chancellor' event with Dr Fiona Hill.

Research highlights

Our academics continue to conduct impactful research and we’ve highlighted some of this work in the Community Newsletter.

This includes how our archaeologists worked with an international team that excavated a fascinating Bronze/Iron Age stela from a dig in south-west Spain.

The stela – a funerary stone slab with carvings depicting an important individual – challenges long-standing interpretations of how the carvings represent gender and social roles in prehistoric times.

Meanwhile, our cosmologists have found an answer to why spiral galaxies like the Milky Way are largely missing from part of our Local Universe called the Supergalactic Plane.

We also have some positive funding news to share as we’re leading a partnership to train the next generation of social scientists after more than £28m in funding was awarded to a special initiative.

Find out more

  • You can read December’s newsletter in full here 
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