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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.

Latest news and events

Our newsletter includes details of St Chad’s College hosting the historic coming together of the seven North East local authorities and the UK government to sign the devolution deal ahead of this year’s regional mayoral election.

On top of this, you can also read about our Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen O’Brien and our Chancellor Dr Fiona Hill being named in the Chronicle’s list of the top 100 inspirational women in the North East.

We also have details on the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) praising Durham for its sector-leading policies relating to the gender pay gap.

You can also find out how we gave sixth form students an experience of what university life is like at Durham via the Elephant Group Spring Conference.

And we’re celebrating a gold medal being awarded to Anna Weatherburn from our Engineering department Event Durham taking home a silver award at the 2024 North East Tourism Awards. 

Meanwhile, you can read about some upcoming events at our Oriental Museum.

The first of these is on Friday 12 April to celebrate Vaisakhi, the Sikh celebration of New Year and the following day we will be holding celebrations to mark Eid-Al-Fitr and the end of Ramadan.

We also feature details about a performance being put on at the Gala Theatre involving schoolchildren from across County Durham.

Research highlights

Meanwhile, our academics have continued to produce impactful research.

Key highlights include our involvement with ReNU+ and how this will help the UK government to progress towards its Net Zero aims for a low carbon economy.

Read about our involvement in a project helping to develop a diverse range of future leaders for the sustainable energy sector.

Additionally, you can also find out more about a study in our Department of Sport and Exercise Science on the reasons why behind young people are avoiding being physically active.

We also cover the publication of a report from Dr Natalie Sedacca from our Durham Law School, which revealed some worrying vulnerabilities for migrant workers in the UK’s agriculture and care sectors.

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