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World-renowned opera star Sir Thomas Allen installed as Chancellor of Durham University  
World-renowned opera star Sir Thomas Allen installed as Chancellor of Durham University
World-renowned opera star Sir Thomas Allen has been officially installed as the Chancellor of Durham University. Sir Thomas, 67, received the Chancellor’s robes and cap and took the oath of office at a ceremony in Durham Cathedral. He was appointed as the University’s 12th Chancellor in October last year, taking on the role from author Bill Bryson who attended the ceremony to hand over the robes of office to Sir Thomas.
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  General News
 
Summer Congregation 2012  
Summer Congregation 2012
Congratulations to all Durham University students who graduated last week and who now join the Dunelm alumni community. Following Sir Thomas Allen's installation as Chancellor, 3,366 graduands from over 80 countries attended the Congregation ceremonies in Durham Cathedral over four days. Images of the occasion, including unique photographs taken from the top of the Cathedral tower, will be available for registered Dunelm users to download. Please click here to visit the Dunelm website.
 
 
Biddy Baxter and Jeremy Vine awarded honorary degrees by Durham University  
Biddy Baxter and Jeremy Vine awarded honorary degrees by Durham University
Two former Durham University students who went on to become prominent figures in the BBC have been presented with honorary degrees to mark their outstanding achievements.
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  Durham alumnus becomes new BBC Director General
George Entwistle (Philosophy & Politics, University College, 1980-83) has been announced as the new Director General of the BBC. Currently the controller of BBC Vision, overseeing all of the corporation's TV channels and programme-making departments, he will begin his new role on 17th September 2012. George joined the BBC as a news trainee 23 years ago, going on to edit Newsnight before being promoted to several senior roles, including Acting Controller of BBC4. He will now be challenged with improving the BBC’s programming at a time when the licence fee has been frozen while also implementing a cost-cutting strategy. We wish George the very best in his new role. A profile is available at bbc.co.uk.
 
  Durham ranked fifth in Good University Guide
Durham has been ranked fifth in the Good University Guide (Times), up from sixth last year. Durham University is now a top five University in all three major UK league tables for 2012 (Sunday Times, Good University Guide and Complete University Guide) having improved our position year on year for the past few years. To be alongside Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and Imperial in the top five in all three league tables is a remarkable achievement. Almost all of Durham’s academic departments are in the top ten; particular congratulations go to Theology and Religion for topping their subject table and to Education, History, Chemistry, Classics, English, Geography, Modern Languages and Middle Eastern Studies for being in the top three in the UK in their discipline.
 
 
New exhibition at Palace Green Library to celebrate culmination of major conservation project  
New exhibition at Palace Green Library to celebrate culmination of major conservation project
Durham University is celebrating the end of a major conservation project at Bishop Cosin’s Library on Palace Green with an exhibition outlining the achievements of the Library's original founder, former Bishop of Durham, John Cosin. The conservation of the Library has taken two years of painstaking work at a cost of £350,000 and the Library will continue the tradition of public access which has been in place since it was first established in 1669.
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An exhibition 1,300 years in the making – Lindisfarne Gospels come to Durham  
An exhibition 1,300 years in the making – Lindisfarne Gospels come to Durham
In the summer of 2013 one of the world’s greatest books, the Lindisfarne Gospels, will be on show in a unique exhibition in Durham University’s Palace Green Library. The exhibition is part of a partnership between Durham University, Durham Cathedral, Durham County Council and the British Library.
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Durham University and the Olympics  
Durham University and the Olympics
Durham University partnered with Durham County Council in hosting the Olympic torch relay. The torch arrived in Durham to a big public celebration on the evening of Saturday 16th June (despite the rain). For more information and photos see here.
 
 
New version of Jerusalem goes solo and England song rediscovered  
New version of Jerusalem goes solo and England song rediscovered
The rousing song Jerusalem and other musical classics have been recorded for the first time as they were originally conceived nearly 100 years ago, following work by Professor Jeremy Dibble, a musicologist in Durham University's Music Department.
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Durham University expert elected as Vice-President of Science  
Durham University expert elected as Vice-President of Science
A leading Durham University researcher has been elected as Vice-President of Science by the Institute of Physics (IOP). Professor Tom McLeish, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), has been elected as Vice-President of Science and will serve on the IOP's council for a four-year period from 1 October 2012.
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Convocation 7th November 2012  
Convocation 7th November 2012
Convocation will take place at Middle Temple Hall, London from 6pm to 6:45pm on Wednesday 7th November 2012. This is an opportunity for alumni to gather and hear the Vice-Chancellor's address with updates from the University. Convocation is followed by the Dunelm Society Annual Dinner. You are encouraged to attend both, but are requested to book separately for each event. Please register your attendance for Convocation here and you can see who else will be there at this link.
 
 
Dunelm Society Annual Dinner 7th November 2012  
Dunelm Society Annual Dinner 7th November 2012
The Dunelm Society Annual Dinner will take place on 7th November 2012 at Middle Temple Hall, London. The evening will begin at 6:45pm with a drinks reception followed by dinner at 7:30pm-10:15pm. The after-dinner speaker is General The Lord Dannatt, Chief of the General Staff 2006-09. The dress code is lounge suit or business attire. Tickets are priced at £75 per person and are available online here or by sending a booking form to Christina Steinmuller at the address on the booking form. You can see who else will be there at this link.
 
  Events
  Durham After Hours in Cambridge
The Durham After Hours in Cambridge will take place on Tuesday 10th July 2012. An area has been reserved on the top floor of B Bar for Durham graduates and guests to meet for drinks (food can be ordered for those wishing to eat). The event is free to attend with a cash bar available throughout the evening. Please register your attendance here and see who else will be there at this link.
 
  Class of '87 and '88 - 25th Year Reunion London
If you were at Durham University from 1984 to ‘87 or ‘88, come along to a 25th year reunion gathering at The Cut Bar, Young Vic Theatre, The Cut, London SE1 on Saturday 14th July from 6 pm onwards, and see how many people you can recognise. It will be a drinks gathering in the theatre's first-floor bar area with access to part of the balcony. The event is free to attend with a cash bar throughout. Please contact Charlotte Parry (charlotteparry@btinternet.com) or Catherine Platt (cplatt55@hotmail.com) for more information. Please register your attendance here and see who else will be there at this link.
 
  Alumni Drinks Reception Singapore
Durham alumni and their guests are invited to attend a drinks reception at Timbre, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, #01-04 Singapore, 179429, on Monday 9th July from 7:00 – 9:00pm. Click through from title to read more.
 
  LLADS Summer get-together Pegasus Farm, Almonte, Eastern Ontario
The LLADS (Liquid Lunch Alumni of Dunelm Society) Summer get-together will take place at the home of Kieran and Peggy Broadbent at Pegasus Farm, Almonte, Canada on Saturday 15th September 2012. It will be a 'pot luck' dinner for Durham alumni and their guests. For more information or to register please contact Martin Yates at myates@kingston.net. The Alumni Relations team would like thank Kieran and Peggy Broadbent for hosting this event and Martin Yates for organising it.
 
  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.
 
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  Sports
 
Durham University rowing cox selected for the Paralympics  
Durham University rowing cox selected for the Paralympics
Durham University student and rowing cox, Lily van den Broecke, has been selected to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Lily’s selection comes only a couple of weeks after winning Gold at the Munich World Cup with her crew. She joins Durham University student and wheelchair fencer, Gemma Collis, who has been selected to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Click through from title to read more.
(Image provided by Intersport Images/GB Rowing Team.)
 
  College
  News from the College of St Hild & St Bede
Rich Winnick, Dave Worden and Barry Patterson were students at Bede College during 1970-71 on an exchange scheme with Penn State. They would love to hear from classmates whose friendship they enjoyed while at Bede College. Please contact Rich at rich.winnick@verizon.net. Click through from title to read more news and events from the College of St Hild & St Bede.
 
  News from Hatfield College
The Annual Reunion Weekend will take place on 31st August to 2nd September and the London Reunion on 14th September. Please click through from title for more information and news from Hatfield College.
 
  News from St Aidan's College
The St Aidan's College reunion weekend will take place on the weekend of 21st -23rd September 2012: Matriculates from 1945 -1962. This year the invitation is extended to King's, St John's and University College alumni as well. To register or for more information please see here. Click through from title to read more news and events from St Aidan's College.
 
  News for King's College alumni
St Aidan's College extends the invitation to all King’s College alumni to join them at the alumni reunion weekend on 21st – 23rd September 2012: Matriculates from 1945 – 1962. See the website for details of the weekend's events. To register or for more information please see here.
 
  News from St John's College
St John’s welcomes alumni back to College on 14th - 16th September, with special focus on the Class of 2007. For more information, including a booking form, please see this link. You can also use a special Facebook event page for information updates, co-ordinating travel plans, making suggestions and volunteering to organise informal events. Make it an event to remember! Bookings received before 30th July attract a discounted price. All bookings must be received by 12th August. Click through from the title to read more.
 
  More news from St John's College
Recognising the close relationship between St Aidan’s and St John’s, particularly between 1945 and 1962, the St Aidan’s Alumni Association extends a warm welcome to any Old Johnians who matriculated between 1945 and 1962 to join them on their forthcoming Reunion Weekend 21-23rd September. See the website for details. Note that events and accommodation at St Aidan’s can be booked through St Aidan’s College but please contact the Domestic Manager on 0044 (0) 191 334 3877 at St John’s College to book bed and breakfast on the Bailey.
 
  News from University College
St Aidan's College extends the invitation to all University College alumni to join the alumni reunion weekend on 21st – 23rd September 2012: matriculates up to 1962. See the website for details of the weekend's events. To register or for more information please see here.
 
  News from St Cuthbert's Society
The St Cuthbert's Society Alumni Weekend will take place from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September. For more information, or to read more news from St Cuthbert's Society, please click through from the title.
 
  News from Trevelyan College
The Trevelyan College alumni event in London will be held on Thursday 20th September 2012, 5.30pm to 8.00pm. This year we are holding a special early evening get-together aimed specifically at alumni who first came to Trevs in 1972, 1982, 1992 and 2002. The aim is to provide an opportunity for you to have an informal catch up with your friends, acquaintances and staff from Trevs over drinks and canapés at a picturesque (but sadly not hexagonal!) central London venue. If you have friends from other years at Trevs or husbands, wives, partners etc. who'd like to come, then please bring them along - they'd be very welcome. There'll also be some current students at the event, so you can find out what life is like in College in 2012!
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  News from Van Mildert College
Van Mildert College is delighted to announce the election of its first Fellow, Professor Brian Tanner, Dean of Knowledge Transfer and the recent recipient of the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion. He is a former tutor, past President of the SCR and Chair of College Council. The Van Mildert Trust together with the Fenman Trust have appointed two new postgraduate scholars: Soren Böck will be developing green fuels in the Chemistry Department and Hannah Ryley will be attached to the English Department, investigating the recycling of Medieval manuscripts. Both were selected on academic merit from a field of 55 applicants. Finally, College has just appointed its first Sabbatical Development Officer. Vicky Brown will be working with the Van Mildert Trust, the Van Mildert Association and University's Development and Alumni Relations Office in her new role. Primarily Vicky will be laying the ground work for the College's 50th Anniversary in 2015. Current happenings are reported in the College’s newsletter, the Mildert Messenger, available for download here.
 
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