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Durham maintains ranking as top five UK university  
Durham maintains ranking as top five UK university
Durham University has maintained its position as a top five UK university, according to a new league table. The Complete University Guide 2012 ranked 116 of the country's Higher Education institutions. Durham was highest in the UK for the amount it spends on facilities for education, social and leisure purposes, such as its colleges and sports facilities.
 
  General News
 
Returning Strauss declares ‘first-class’ loyalties - England Captain is honoured by university mentors  
Returning Strauss declares ‘first-class’ loyalties - England Captain is honoured by university mentors
History-making England cricket captain and Ashes hero, Andrew Strauss received yet another accolade at Lord’s on his return to the UK, as Durham University, where Strauss fashioned his cricketing skills, awarded him with an honorary degree.
 
  Durham University could share in Government funding to develop collaborative research with private industry
Durham University's research expertise was recognised last month with the offer of a major share in Government funding to develop collaborative research with private industry. Subject to a formal offer, the University could receive £1,275,000 under the joint funding award to support collaborative research with Procter & Gamble (P&G) involving the University's Departments of Chemistry and Physics and the Biophysical Sciences Institute.
 
  New “In-Focus 3D” system developed for medical use – and to avoid gaming console injury!
Durham University and the University of California, Berkeley have been working together on a new system of 3D vision which will avoid the headaches and sickness caused to some 3D gaming console players and cinema goers. It can also be used in more effective, non-intrusive surgery and can even help in the more efficient diagnosis of disease. In-Focus 3D has been developed jointly by Durham's Biophysical Sciences Institute (BSI) working with colleagues from Berkeley.
 
  Maths programme boosts low achievers’ skills
A scheme to improve maths among primary school children is effective but expensive, according to researchers. An evaluation of Every Child Counts (ECC) for the Department of Education, conducted by researchers from the universities of Durham, Birmingham and York, equated the improvement to seven additional weeks' progress in numeracy skills for each child.
 
  Durham graduate named as next Bishop of Salisbury
Revd Nicholas Holtam (Geography 1972-75 Collingwood) has been named as the next Bishop of Salisbury after approval from Downing Street and the Queen. He will be consecrated officially later in the summer. For the full story please see this link.
 
 
Durham University study examines how outreach can support UK’s disadvantaged communities  
Durham University study examines how outreach can support UK’s disadvantaged communities
Durham University is undertaking a national study looking at the role the UK's universities can play in supporting disadvantaged communities. The research aims to help universities use their resources to respond to their local communities' needs in the difficult economic climate.
 
 
Durham students on target for promising careers  
Durham students on target for promising careers
Durham University students have overcome tough competition to win internships with two of the world's leading professional services companies. Economics student Sarah Spriggs and Andrew Moore, who is studying physics, were both successful at the annual TARGET jobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards held at London's Canary Wharf.
 
  Durham University Retired Staff Association (DURSA) – inaugural event this summer
Dr Keith Orford, former Dean and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Science) has formed an association of staff who have retired from service with Durham University. The main purpose of the association is to maintain the knowledge, experience and contacts of the retired staff within an enlarged academic community, for the mutual benefit of the University and the retired staff. The association's inaugural meeting was last September and communications will be coming out soon to retired staff about available benefits to joining members. DURSA are hosting their first event, a dinner to be held on Friday 10 June, at 7:00pm for 7:30pm in the Joachim Room of the College of St Hild and St Bede.
 
  Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2011
Durham University's Development and Alumni Relations Team has been shortlisted for the “Outstanding University Fundraising Team” category of the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2011. The nomination came from the success of last year's Chancellor's Appeal. Due to the generosity of alumni, Durham University is now able to offer postgraduate education to 25 Afghan women. The shortlist appears in the Times Higher Education publication. Please see this link for more details.  The Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday 16 June at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
 
 
Hollywood star Russell Crowe to join teaching staff at Durham...Maybe!  
Hollywood star Russell Crowe to join teaching staff at Durham...Maybe!
Hollywood star as a drama teacher at Durham? Russell Crowe could be on his way to the North East. The New Zealand-born star of Gladiator, Robin Hood and A Beautiful Mind has said that he would like to teach drama at Durham University. He tweeted to his friend Bill Bryson, who is our current University Chancellor: "Hey Bill, didn't you promise me a knighthood if I taught at Durham? Let's get this going." Read the full story in the Friday (6th May) Northern Echo or see this link.
 
  Events
  Alumni Get-Together in Melbourne
The Alumni get-together in Melbourne will take place at Ridley College, University of Melbourne from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Friday 13th May 2011. Tickets cost AUS$30 - payable on the evening - to include drinks and nibbles. Please register your attendance online or for more information please email alumni.office@durham.ac.uk or our alumni volunteer for Melbourne, Lindsay Hutchinson at lindsayhutchinson@hotmail.com. The Alumni Relations Team would like to thank Lindsay for organising this event.
 
  Upcoming Alumni Events in China
Later this month a group of professors from Durham University Faculty of Science will be visiting China and they would be delighted to meet all alumni and their guests at a series of events. Professor Andrew Deeks (Pro-Vice-Chancellor Science) will be travelling with Professor Patrick Hussey (Head of the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences), Professor John Evans (Head of the Department of Chemistry), Professor John Gluyas (Head of the Department of Earth Sciences), Professor Roger Crouch (Head of the Department of Engineering and Computer Sciences), Professor Paul Mansfield (Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences), Professor Martin Ward (Head of the Department of Physics) and Professor Charles Heywood (Head of the Department of Psychology).
 
 
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.
 
  Events Diary 2011
Please click through to see a list of all up and coming alumni events.
 
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  Sports
 
Durham victorious at BUCS Rugby Union Men's Championship Final at Twickenham  
Durham victorious at BUCS Rugby Union Men's Championship Final at Twickenham
Durham and University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) played out an epic encounter at RFU Twickenham on Wednesday 27th April with both teams attacking style making for a very open game which was only decided by a last-minute penalty. It was Durham who prevailed with only two points separating the teams at full time, with the final score 25-23 to Durham.
 
 
News from Sport  
News from Sport
For more news from Sport please see www.teamdurham.com.
 
  College
  News from the College of St Hild & St Bede
Please click through to read about two reunion events at the College of St Hild & St Bede.
 
  News from the Hatfield Association
Click through to read details of future alumni events.
 
  News from St John's College
The Cundy Christian Unity Lecture entitled ‘The Big Society, the Big Picture, the Big Vision: Ecumenism in the 21st Century’ will take place from 7.30 pm on Wednesday 1st June 2011 at Leech Hall, St John’s College, 3 South Bailey, Durham, DH1 3RJ. The guest speaker will be Dame Mary Tanner. For more information or to register your attendance please contact Dorothy Greenwell at 0191 3343500  or email d.m.greenwell@durham.ac.uk.
 
  Other news from Colleges
For more information and news from Durham University colleges please follow this link.
 
  Department
 
Durham Global Security Institute - inaugural lecture by General Stanley McChrystal  
Durham Global Security Institute - inaugural lecture by General Stanley McChrystal
The Durham Global Security Institute (DGSi) brings together world-leading researchers and practitioners spanning seven departments of Durham University with its diverse global network of partners to focus on the interface between defence, development and diplomacy in the contexts of conflict prevention, humanitarian intervention and post-conflict stabilisation and peacebuilding. The Institute launched last week in London to over 400 guests where the audience was addressed by General Stanley McChrsytal, former US Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, who delivered a fascinating lecture from his own personal insights – "Ends and Means: Balancing a Complex Counter-Insurgency Effort".
 
  News from Theology
‘The Presences of Christ: in honour of Professor Lash’. On 30th June 2011, in recognition of the award of an honorary doctorate for Professor Nicholas Lash, Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies, in association with the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain, and The Tablet, will be hosting a day-long academic conference. Click through for more details.
 
  News from Applied Psychology
Applied Psychology 10th Anniversary Event  - Ten years ago the first students graduated from the Applied Psychology degree at Queen’s Campus. Over the years over 800 students have gone through the programme and we hope you (and your families) will be able to come and join us to celebrate this anniversary. The event will begin with lunch at midday on Saturday 18th June and the afternoon will include a programme of talks, lab tours and demonstrations as well as a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones before a dinner in the evening. There is no cost for the event, but places do need to be booked, so please book your place as soon as possible. Please visit www.survey.bris.ac.uk/durham/anniversary to book your place.
 
  News from Durham Business School
Click through to read the latest news from Durham Business School.
 
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