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Russell Crowe visits Durham Student Theatre (DST)  
Russell Crowe visits Durham Student Theatre (DST)
Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe is visiting the University from Los Angeles this week following a long-standing invitation from our Chancellor, Bill Bryson. The three-times Academy-award nominee is to give a private Masterclass to selected members of DST, followed by a special film screening and Q&A to an invited student audience. The experience for the students involved will be priceless and a wonderful 'parting gift' to the students from the Chancellor who is to step down from his role at the end of the year. Durham is delighted to host Russell Crowe and we hope he stays in touch.
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Durham University Professor Wins Internationally Renowned Gruber Cosmology Prize  
Durham University Professor Wins Internationally Renowned Gruber Cosmology Prize
A world-leading Durham University expert has won "the greatest accolade in cosmology" for collaborative work recreating the growth of the Universe. Professor Carlos Frenk, Director of Durham's internationally-renowned Institute for Computational Cosmology, was one of four scientists to share in the 2011 Cosmology Prize of The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation.
New Bishop of Durham Announced  
New Bishop of Durham Announced
Durham graduate The Very Rev Justin Welby (Theology, St John's College 1989-92) has been appointed as the Bishop of Durham. Please see 
Photo courtesy of BBC website.
Prince Charles meets Durham Music Expert in Documentary on the Composer of ‘Jerusalem’  
Prince Charles meets Durham Music Expert in Documentary on the Composer of ‘Jerusalem’
A Durham music expert features alongside Prince Charles in a programme about the composer of some of Britain's best known anthems. Professor Jeremy Dibble from Durham University's Department of Music spent an hour with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales discussing the music of Sir Hubert Parry as part of a unique BBC documentary.
Durham University Academics Honoured by Royal Society  
Durham University Academics Honoured by Royal Society
Two leading Durham University academics have been appointed as new Fellows of the Royal Society - the UK's prestigious national academy of science. Professor Tom McLeish, Professor of Physics and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, and Professor David Milner, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, join a list of 44 new Fellows drawn from universities and institutions across the UK and eight new Foreign Members drawn from Commonwealth countries.
'Top-Down' Partnerships in Public Health Have Little Impact  
'Top-Down' Partnerships in Public Health Have Little Impact
Partnerships in public health have little demonstrable positive impact on addressing issues such as obesity or alcohol abuse, according to a new report. Although partnerships are popular as a way of tackling cross-cutting issues, the Durham University study shows there is little evidence to suggest partnerships have any impact on outcomes, and can merely be 'expensive talking shops'.
Appointed Members Crucial to Lords’ Independence, Constitutional Law Expert says  
Appointed Members Crucial to Lords’ Independence, Constitutional Law Expert says
The Government should resist calls for the House of Lords to become an all-elected body if it's to keep the independence and expertise it needs to scrutinise legislation, according to a constitutional law expert. Professor Gavin Phillipson (pictured), of Durham Law School, said it was vital that "the populist clamour for a 100 per cent elected chamber" was not allowed to overwhelm considered argument.
  Institute of Advanced Study - An Evening with Sir Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate
Durham University is hosting an Evening with Sir Andrew Motion, at the Royal Society in London on 15 June 2011. The deadline for booking onto this event is 8 June 2011. The evening will be a wonderful opportunity to hear Sir Andrew read from his latest collection of poems and answer questions about his writing and the role of Poet Laureate, a position he held from 1999 until 2009. Click through from title for more information.
  Official Launch of the Business Innovation Gateway
CPI, NETPark, and Durham University are delighted to announce the official launch of the Business Innovation Gateway and invite you to join them at the Printable Electronics Technology Centre, NETPark, 15th June at 12 noon.
  Wolfson Guest Lecture: 'Challenges for Global Health - from diseases to health systems'
The Wolfson Institute would like to invite local alumni to its Guest Lecture to be delivered by Professor Marcel Tanner, Director, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute on the Challenges for Global Health – from diseases to health systems at "Challenges for Global Health. The lecture will take place at D004, Ebsworth Building, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton on Thursday 16 June 1pm – 2:30pm.
  New York Terrace Party – in aid of 'Save a Child'
Durham alumni and their guests are invited to attend a New York Terrace Party on Monday 13 June from 7:30pm on East 54th Street. This is a joint event hosted by the Durham University alumni and Edinburgh University Alumni Club of New York, and will support the charity 'Save A Child', which sponsors deprived Indian children.
  Durham University Visitor Attractions and Family Fun
Please click through to see the Event Programme 2011 for Durham University Visitor Attractions in Durham at the Botanic Garden, Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology, Oriental Museum and Palace Green Library.
  Events Diary 2011
Please click through to see a list of all up and coming alumni events.
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Durham Graduate Les Williamson remembers...  
Durham Graduate Les Williamson remembers...
Durham graduate Les Williamson (College of St Hild & St Bede 1967-70) remembers...
Bede coxes, Durham Regatta, June 1968 - In those days, Durham Regatta was held mid week; two afternoons. School children got the time off and came down to the Bede landing to see the young "Sirs" who had just finished teaching practice at their school. We thought that we should make a bit of an effort for our home regatta, setting the clock back 50 years.
Photo shows "Fiery" Fred French and Les Williamson (right).
Claudine Moore Passionate Alumni Ambassador  – well positioned to raise Durham’s brand profile across the pond  
Claudine Moore Passionate Alumni Ambassador  – well positioned to raise Durham’s brand profile across the pond
Claudine Moore studied her Masters at Durham between 1997-1998. A native Brit, she moved to America 11 years ago and following a successful career working in senior management positions at some of the biggest global Advertising and PR agencies in the world, went on to become the founder and CEO of C.Moore Media, an international PR company based in New York. Claudine recently featured in the UK Powerlist: Britain’s Top 100 Most Influential Black People and was honoured on the Network Journal’s 40 Under forty honourees for 2011. When asked about all her success, Claudine notes her experiences at Durham University. She is an active participant at Durham alumni mixers in New York, and her affiliation with Durham has led to her becoming very well acquainted with key figures at British Consulate here in New York. Claudine sites her Durham University experience as such an enriching and pivotal one to her success. 
We are honoured by and proud of all our alumni across the world. To tell us your story please contact alumni.office@durham.ac.uk.

  Durham Summer Festival 2011
A host of Durham’s best musicians will perform a mixture of their own songs and covers at the inaugural Durham Summer Festival 2011 later this week on Sunday 5th June. This free Summer Festival has been organised by Durham graduates Jonathan Middleton and Charlie Whitcombe, in partnership with a host of local businesses including Bandwagon and The Cellar Door Restaurant. Click through from title for more information.
Strong Grimsvötn Volcanic Eruption may Indicate a Shorter Activity Phase  
Strong Grimsvötn Volcanic Eruption may Indicate a Shorter Activity Phase
Following new eruptions from Iceland's most active volcano, Grimsvötn, a leading earth scientist at Durham University says that the relative strength of the initial eruption of the Grimsvötn volcano may mean a shorter duration and less disruption.
  Targeted Regeneration could be Key to Boosting Coalfield Communities
Decades after the pit closures, coalfield communities still face significant health problems and economic difficulties, according to new research. A Durham University-led study shows that health problems including long term limiting illnesses such as chronic arthritis, asthma and back problems, are significantly more likely in some of these areas.
Community Development ‘used’ for Political Gain in Big Society Agenda  
Community Development ‘used’ for Political Gain in Big Society Agenda
The practice of community development is being hijacked by the Coalition Government to suit its own political purpose, according to the editor of a new book out last month. Professor Gary Craig from Durham University's School of Applied Social Sciences says 'the Coalition Government has turned its back on the practice of community development as we know it' and makes the comments as the Coalition Government marks its first anniversary this week.
There’s No Magic Number for Saving Endangered Species  
There’s No Magic Number for Saving Endangered Species
A new study offers hope for some species such as the Siberian Tiger that might be considered ‘too rare to save', so long as conservation efforts can target key threats. The findings have important implications for conserving some of the world's most charismatic endangered species, which often exist in populations far smaller than the many thousands of individuals that earlier studies had argued were necessary for viability.  Charismatic examples include the mountain gorilla, which now number 1,000 or less, the approximately 450 remaining Amur or Siberian tigers, the 180-500 remaining mature Philippine eagles, and the 70 wild Puerto Rican parrots.
  Durham's Lacrosse Vision has Some Seeing Stars
In the United States and Canada lacrosse is a professional sport and remains a popular discipline within the collegiate system, yet in the United Kingdom its profile is minimal. However there are clubs trying to change that. Durham University has one of the most prominent and successful clubs in domestic lacrosse, retaining the British Universities and Colleges Sport championship in 2011.
The university runs a scheme offering scholarship to talented American players who are keen to study at postgraduate level, a measure that has been pivotal in the club's rise to the top. For the full article please see http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/front_page/13622157.stm.
News from Sport  
News from Sport
For more news from Sport please see www.teamdurham.com.
Durham University Rugby at the Middlesex 7s  
Durham University Rugby at the Middlesex 7s
Summer is here which means the Vauxhall Middlesex 7s aren’t far away! An essential date in every rugby fans diary. This year due to their excellent performance at BUCS Durham will be joining the likes of Samuari, England Help for Heroes, Wales, Brazil, the Army and London Scottish in what will no doubt be a fantastic day of rugby on 9th of July. With adult tickets from £20 and kids go free the Vauxhall Middlesex 7s is a great day out for groups of friends and families alike. We’re offering you the perfect excuse for a reunion and to come along to support Durham with this exclusive offer – use the promotional code DURHAM before the 26th June to take advantage of 2 for 1 on all tickets. The first 20 people to book also get a £5 beer/food voucher. Go to
www.middlesex7s.com for more info and to book your tickets.
  News from Trevelyan College
Trevelyan College has just produced a new short (5 minutes) film to encourage those considering to Durham to apply to Trevs. We thought that you, as an alumnus/alumna might like an opportunity to see it!
  News from Hatfield College

Please click through from the title to hear of news and events from Hatfield 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 St Chad's College
Click through to read news and events from St Chad's College.
  News from Van Mildert Association
Van Mildert Reunion Weekend will take place on Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd July 2011 in college - so book now to avoid disappointment!
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  News from St Mary's College
St Mary's College alumni and guests are invited to join the Society Committee for a buffet lunch from 12.30pm on Saturday 18th June, the cost is £11.25 per person to include wine. The deadline for booking is 13th June. The annual St Mary's College Garden Party will follow the buffet from 2:00 - 4:30pm on the SCR Lawn. Admission is £2.00 for adults and the event is free for children. Guests will enjoy a bubbly reception with activities in the grounds to include cream teas, games, stalls, and the annual hat competition. The culmination of the afternoon’s events will be a fundraising auction with all proceeds going to support the College Art Fund.
On Sunday 19th June the JCR are organising the annual Mary's Day celebrations so it will be an exciting celebratory weekend – please do come and join us! For more information or to book please contact Karen Fisher at karen.fisher@durham.ac.uk or telephone 0191 334 7001.
  News from Business School
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