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University partnership boosts economy of UK Plc  
University partnership boosts economy of UK Plc
A ground-breaking partnership between two of the country's top universities is helping to attract significant funding for scientific work in the North. The Angel Alliance of Durham and Newcastle universities, established in 2008, has helped secure major grants from Government and a number of national research centres to further important work in a range of scientific disciplines. (photo L-R Professor Chris Higgins (Durham University) & Professor Chris Brink (Newcastle University).
 
  General News
  Durham brings technical and scientific depth to collaborative research with commercial partners
Durham University is part of a consortium awarded a £5.3m grant from the UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills' new Regional Growth Fund (RGF) scheme. Led by multinational corporation Procter & Gamble (P&G), the consortium is one of the successful applicants to be offered a grant from the scheme. The award will contribute towards a combined strategic investment of £14m by the consortium, over a three year period, to establish a Centre of Excellence in Methods and New Technologies for Surface Modification and Cleaning (CEMENT) in the North East of England. The consortium comprises P&G's Newcastle Innovation Centre, Durham University, Peerless Systems and the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI).
 
  News from the University Shop (just in time for Christmas!)
Due to popular demand, the Retail Office is pleased to introduce their new range of Durham University baby and childrenswear, available from mid-December. Made from the softest cotton and available in a variety of colours, you can be sure to find the perfect Christmas gift. Log on to www.durham.ac.uk/shop to view the current full range of official Durham University merchandise, including our recently launched new Fairtrade clothing collection and our ever improving gift range.
 
  Events
  Events Diary 2012
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What's on in Durham: public lectures, seminars, exhibitions, music, sport, student productions and more!  
What's on in Durham: public lectures, seminars, exhibitions, music, sport, student productions and more!
Alumni living in the Durham area or visiting Durham may like to view the University's event listings for the local area. Please see the 'What's on' guide here.
 
  Correction
The editors wish to apologise for an error made in last month’s issue of Newswire. Professor Mike Bentley is an  Expert in Quaternary Environmental Change within Durham’s Geography Department. Professor Dave Petley is the Executive Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR).
 
  Alumni
 
The Congo – In the Steps of Stanley  
The Congo – In the Steps of Stanley
Durham graduate, Robert Chalmers (St John's College, History 1972-75), tells us about his recent trip to the Congo. I have, for many years, wanted to journey down the Congo and the stories of Stanley, Livingstone, Speke, Baker and Burton, the great nineteenth century explorers of Africa have always held out a great fascination for me. Click through from the title to read the story of Robert's incredible experience.
 
 
 
Teaching Awards 2011  
Teaching Awards 2011
A Durham graduate was the recipient of a special accolade at the prestigious Teaching Awards 2011. Rachael Keeble, a Van Mildert College alumna, graduated with a degree in law in 2009 but then decided to take up a career in teaching. After completing her PGCE Rachael took up a post at Severn Banks Primary School in the Forest of Dean which has been described as a school facing inner city problems in a rural setting. Such was Rachael’s passion and determination to succeed she received the award for ‘Outstanding New Teacher of the Year’. Whilst on a recent visit to Durham, Rachael’s boyfriend Haydn Walsh – also a Van Mildert alumnus – proposed to her in the cathedral and they plan to marry next year. Our congratulations go to both of them for what has been a truly memorable year. 
 
  Class of 2006 - a chance to win £1,000
Futuretrack www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ier/futuretrack is the longitudinal study tracking the career development of the 2006 cohort of applicants to HE being conducted by the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick on behalf of HECSU. Survey participants can enter a prize draw for prizes of £1,000 or £100.
 
  Durham University Air Squadron - Alumni Reunion
Mr Peter W Ellis (University College 1943) would like to hear from former members of the first Durham University Air Squadron (circa 1943). If you would like to contact Peter please write to him via Alumni Relations Office, Durham University, University Office, Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HP.

 

 
  Academic
 
Durham leads national cancer care audit, helping to improve early detection of the disease  
Durham leads national cancer care audit, helping to improve early detection of the disease
Three quarters of patients with symptoms of cancer in England are assessed, investigated and referred within a month of presenting to their GP, according to research led by Durham University.
 
 
Personalities of mothering marine mammals may not cope with rapid environmental change  
Personalities of mothering marine mammals may not cope with rapid environmental change
Grey seals have different types of personality that affect the extent to which they guard and care for their young, according to new research. Researchers from Durham University and the University of St Andrews, Scotland, looking at seal colonies in Scotland, found that seal mothers are often unpredictable and adopt a wide variation of mothering styles when it comes to checking on their pups. Some are very attentive while others are not, the researchers found.
 
 
Durham University chemistry expert receives prestigious academic honour, delivering industry benefits through research  
Durham University chemistry expert receives prestigious academic honour, delivering industry benefits through research
A Durham University expert, Dr David Hoyle, has won a prestigious national academic honour for his research in rheology - the study of soft matter. The award, the Vernon Harrison Annual Doctoral Prize 2011, is conferred by the British Society of Rheology and is open to any person who has successfully submitted a thesis on rheology from higher education establishments throughout the UK.
 
  Sports
 
News from Sport  
News from Sport
For more news from Sport please see www.teamdurham.com.
 
  College
  News from Hatfield College
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  News from St Aidan's College
Following an exceptionally successful reunion in September 2011, photographs and accounts of which can be found at here, St Aidan's College are organising reunions for the next two years. Click through from the title to read more.
 
  News from St Mary's College
St Mary’s College Annual Reunion 2012 will be held in College from Friday 21st September to Sunday 23rd. Look out for information on the website during the next few months about the prospective programme for the weekend.
 
  Department
  Exclusive discount on MBA fee for Durham University alumni
As part of their ongoing commitment to Continued Professional Development, Durham Business School is pleased to offer their alumni a £5,000 discount on the Full Time MBA programme. This offer is available exclusively to Alumni of Durham Business School and Durham University. Click through from title to read more.
 
  News from Business School
The final Global Get Together date for 2011 is Thursday 8th December. Agora, the Durham Business School Alumni Service, urge you to organise an event with the Local Association in your area. This is a great excuse to catch up with fellow DBS alumni and reminisce about old times. As always, this date is just a guide and events should be organised to fit around your own schedules. If you manage to get an event organised, we would love to hear all about it. Send your photos to dbs.alumni@durham.ac.uk.
 
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