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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 our week-long celebration of just under 6,000 Durham students graduating at Durham Cathedral as well as recognising our new honorary graduates.

We have covered the recent visit from our Chancellor Dr Fiona Hill to Bishop Auckland Hospital and the appointment of Ian Armstrong to drive our biodiversity strategy.

We have shared details of a fantastic performance as part of a St Chad’s College music outreach project, an OBE for our Geography researcher Harriet Bulkeley and a look at the winners from our annual Volunteering Awards.

Furthermore, our newsletter has shone a spotlight on our community sport programme, while we have also looked ahead at the Durham students and graduates who will compete in the Paris Olympics this summer.

If that wasn’t enough, we also highlighted a blue plaque being installed at the former Durham home of Helena Rosa Duncombe Shafto OBE, who was the first honorary Freewoman of Durham.

Upcoming events

There are lots of events taking place this summer, including at our Oriental Museum, which is hosting an event in recognition of the Japanese Tanabata Festival on Saturday 6 July and an archaeology trail the following weekend.

We have shared details of the Durham City festival, which runs from Thursday 18 July until Saturday 20 July, the return of Durham Fringe Festival from Wednesday 24 July and a look ahead at a Teddy Bear’s Picnic being held at our Botanic Garden on Monday 12 August.

Research highlights

Meanwhile, our academics have continued to produce impactful research, including our archaeologists who are part of a team aiming to uncover the mysteries of a “lost” house at Auckland Castle.

We detail our involvement with the launch of a new national geothermal centre and a project involving researchers from our School of Modern Languages and Cultures, which will see visitors to Bowes Museum trialling state-of-the-art eye-tracking glasses that will record their eye movements.

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