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  Appointment of Chancellor
Alumni are invited to submit suggestions for our new Chancellor to succeed Bill Bryson who is stepping down at the end of 2011. Further information on the appointment process and an online form can be found here. You will need to provide your alumni ID number when submitting suggestions and comments. This number is printed on the coversheet for Durham First which you should have received recently. For further information please contact alumni.office@durham.ac.uk. If you would like to know your ID number, please state your full name, degree subject, college and class year. Thank you.
  General News
Long-lost Shakespeare First Folio is centrepiece of Durham University Treasures exhibition - opens January  
Long-lost Shakespeare First Folio is centrepiece of Durham University Treasures exhibition - opens January
A rare Shakespeare First Folio stolen from Durham University 12 years ago will go on public display next month for the first time since its theft. The 17th Century Folio will form the centrepiece of a new exhibition - The Treasures of Durham University - which will open to the public at the University's Palace Green Library, in Durham, on Saturday, January 15, 2011. The exhibition, which will include a number of other University treasures and manuscripts, is the inaugural exhibition in the new Wolfson Gallery, which has undergone a £2.3m refurbishment, funded in part by a £500,000 donation from the Wolfson Foundation.
  International Alumni Relations Survey – Thank You for Your Overwhelming Support
Thank you so much to those who took the time to complete the International Alumni Relations survey last month.  Over 5,100 alumni completed the survey to the very last question and an amazing 20 percent of respondents self-identified as alumni volunteers.
  Institute of Advanced Study and St Mary’s College invite established British artist Chris Gollon back to Durham - and Fine Art Offer for Alumni
Ex-IAS Fellow and leading artist Chris Gollon exhibited this month in the City of London with Henry Moore, Tracey Emin and Anthony Caro in 'Commission', a large survey exhibition of public commissions for religious spaces spanning the last 40 years. Gollon's most recent work is now showing at IAP Fine Art, London.
  Contestants needed for BBC4's quiz show "Only Connect"
Victoria Coren presents the fifth series of the popular BBC Four quiz show Only Connect where knowledge will only take you so far: patience and lateral thinking are also vital. It’s all about making connections between things which may appear, at first glance, not to be connected at all. We’re looking for teams of three players who share a common passion, ability or profession, to pool their combined wits to solve fiendish conundrums and vexing puzzles. Only Connect: the quiz where general knowledge meets lateral thinking.
Click through to read how to apply.
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.
  The Foreign & Commonwealth Office alumni event
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office would like to invite you to join the Minister for Europe at a special event being held to raise awareness of career opportunities in the European Civil Service on Monday 7th February 2011 at 2pm at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London. The EU needs people with a wide variety of academic backgrounds, including lawyers, economists, auditors, IT and even nuclear inspectors. If this sounds like you, and you have (or would be prepared to acquire) some French or German language skills, you could be just the person we’re looking for.
  Events Diary 2011
Please click through to see a list of all up and coming alumni events.
Five Colleges on One Naval Ship  
Five Colleges on One Naval Ship
When Lisa Lee (Grey 01-05, Chemistry) joined HMS Somerset at the end of 2009 as a Leading Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineer), little did she know that she would be in the company of the Commanding Officer, Commander Andrew Burns Royal Navy (Hatfield 89-92, Geography), and an Officer of the Watch, Lieutenant Amy Skinner Royal Navy (Mary’s 01-04, Archaeology).  Prior to sailing for a 6 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in May; Somerset embarked another alumnus, Revd Matt Godfrey (University 88-91, Theology) as the Ship’s Chaplain, a call he answered later in his life after some time in Uruguay playing professional football! At the mid-way point of the deployment, Somerset welcomed yet another Durham Graduate, Sub-Lieutenant Alex Marshall Royal Navy (Josephine Butler 06-09, Geology and Geophysics).
Pictured here HMS Somerset off the Al Basrah Oil Terminal.
  Durham University - UK pioneer in smart grid technology
A consortium from the Durham Energy Institute (DEI) led by Phil Taylor (Engineering and Computing Sciences) has won Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Project, which at £54M represents the UK’s largest Smart Grid project to date. The project 'Customer Led Network Revolution' is a collaboration with three major industrial partners: CE Electric UK (formerly NEDL and YEDL - who own and operate the network and must keep the lights on in 3.8 million households), British Gas (the largest UK energy supplier and pioneer of Smart Meters), and EA Technology (experts in industrial deployment of energy technology).
  Durham Energy Institute plays key part in low-carbon "Customer-led Network Revolution"
Households and businesses in the north of England will be among the first in Britain to benefit from the introduction of a smarter electricity grid as a result of a £54 million project involving Durham University. The project is led by CE Electric UK and involves Durham University's Durham Energy Institute, British Gas and EA Technology. The project, which will involve around 14,000 homes and businesses centred in the north of England, is aimed at producing knowledge to help electricity customers across the country reduce both their energy costs and their carbon emissions.
Early years’ initiatives, such as Sure Start, are failing the poor, eight-year study shows  
Early years’ initiatives, such as Sure Start, are failing the poor, eight-year study shows
Early years initiatives for pre-school children are not delivering improvements in language and numeracy development, according to leading education experts. Experts, conducting one of the largest surveys to date of the development of 117,000 children starting primary school in England over eight years, found that despite a raft of early years' initiatives, such as ‘Sure Start', basic levels of development in early reading, vocabulary and maths have remained largely unchanged. Researchers from the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University who conducted the study say the findings highlight the need for a review of early years' initiatives and whether they are reaching those children most in need, particularly children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Tigers and polar bears are highly vulnerable to environmental change  
Tigers and polar bears are highly vulnerable to environmental change
Large predators are much more vulnerable than smaller species to environmental changes, such as over-hunting and habitat change, because they have to work so hard to find their next meal, according to a new study. Scientists matched studies of predator populations to the abundance of their prey and found that the largest species, such as lions, tigers or polar bears, had much greater declines in population due to diminishing food supplies than smaller species, such as weasels or badgers.
  News from Sport - Durham scales new heights
The January points up-date for British University Sport saw Durham move into a remarkable  2nd place ahead of all universities except, of course, the (currently) unbeatable ‘University for Sport’ Loughborough. Click through from the title to read more news from sport and see  http://www.teamdurham.com/.
  News from St Mary's College
St Mary's College Hockey Club - Old Boys Weekend - current members of St Mary’s Hockey club are organising an event to take place on Saturday 29th January for any St Mary’s alumni member who has an interest in hockey or seeing old friends in Durham.  The event will include hockey matches for those who wish to play, followed by an evening meal in College.  You are also welcome to attend if you would prefer to watch from the sidelines and join in with just the evening meal. (Click through on the title for more details.)
  News from Hatfield College
The Hatfield Association Winter Dinner will take place in College on Friday 14th January 2011. Reception at 7:00pm  followed by dinner at 7:30pm.    Details may be obtained from Cynthia on c.a.connolly@durham.ac.uk.
  News from Department of Psychology
DATE FOR DIARY - Celebrating 10 Years of Applied Psychology - Friday 24 & Saturday 25 June 2011
The first students from the Applied Psychology programme at Queen’s Campus graduated in 2001.  To celebrate this anniversary and the achievements of the programme over the past 10 years we are holding a celebration event June 2011, and would like to invite you as well as other graduates from the programme. The event will run from lunchtime on Friday 24 June to lunchtime on Saturday 25, and we have a number of activities planned. Please put this date in your diary, and further details of the event will follow in the New Year, along with a booking form. Please help us with the event planning - let us know if you would be interested in attending this event by emailing Ruth Jowett Undergraduate Programmes Co-ordinator with "June Reunion" in the subject line.
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