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Reader of the month  
Reader of the month
The Reader of the Month for the September issue are newly weds Matthew and Sinead Andrews. Matthew studied Philosophy and Theology 94-97 and Seventeenth Century Studies 97-98 at St Chad's College. Sinead (nee Kear) studied Music 99-02 and Electroacoustic Studies 04-05 at St Chad's College.
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  General News
  Durham named as top ten UK university
Durham University has again been named as one of the UK’s top ten universities, according to a new guide.  The University was ranked eighth – equalling its highest ever ranking – in The Sunday Times University Guide 2008.
  University offers new awards for talented students
Durham University has launched 25 new scholarships for excellence, aimed at talented students who successfully apply to study here.  The competitive scholarships, worth £3,000 per year, will reward students who can demonstrate national and international excellence in sport, music or the performing arts.
Durham’s World Heritage Site expands  
Durham’s World Heritage Site expands
Durham’s World Heritage Site, which already includes the Cathedral and Castle, has been extended to include the Palace Green and some of the surrounding buildings.
Smart desks make sci-fi a reality in the classroom  
Smart desks make sci-fi a reality in the classroom
Schools are set for a Star Trek make-over thanks to the development of the world’s first interactive classroom by experts at Durham University.
Scientists find black hole “missing link”  
Scientists find black hole “missing link”
Scientists at Durham University have found the “missing link” between small and super-massive black holes. For the first time the researchers have discovered that a strong X-ray pulse is emitting from a giant black hole in a galaxy 500 million light years from Earth.
  Newcastle-Durham Beacon for Public Engagement
The Beacon for Public Engagement is a UK-wide scheme to pilot public participation in university research. A partnership between Newcastle and Durham universities, together with the Centre for Life, the Beacon has one simple goal: achieving a more joined up and strategic approach to getting people involved in research.
  Alumni reception in Tokyo
In conjunction with the visit by Professor Seth D Kunin, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, Durham graduate, Mr David Fitton (BA and MA, Durham 1977-79), Minister for the British Emabassy in Tokyo is kindly hosting a reception for Durham alumni in Japan. The reception will be held on Thursday 9th October at 18.30 - 20.00 at the British Embassy Tokyo.
  Events 2008
The Durham After Hours series of events continues through October with events taking place at Edinburgh, Cardiff, Norwich, Belfast, Oxford, Bournemouth, Carlisle, York and London. For more information or to see when the Durham After Hours event near you is taking place, please see www.durham.ac.uk/alumni/graduates/events
Olympic finish to epic cycle ride  
Olympic finish to epic cycle ride
Durham graduate Michael Raven, aged 22 has realised a dream and cycled from home in Coltishall, Norfolk to Beijing, China. Michael arrived in time for the closing weekend of the Olympic games.
Not your average bike ride!  
Not your average bike ride!
In less than two months David Perkins, an alumnus of St Cuthbert’s Society, will be embarking upon a trip like no other with his good friend Tom Skipper. On November 6th the two will travel to Ushuaia in Argentina to begin a marathon 7500 mile bicycle journey ending in Caracas, Venezuela.
Durham University alumni graduation week event in Paris  
Durham University alumni graduation week event in Paris
The Paris alumni met for drinks in Carr’s Pub in central Paris in late June. A group of about 12 people got together and were hosted by a chatty Bulgarian barman who provided some cool background music. They adopted an Oxford graduate from St Johns who couldn’t find his own Oxford alumni group in the same pub!
Durham University Modern Languages Alumni Association  
Durham University Modern Languages Alumni Association
The inaugural meeting of the Durham University Modern Languages Alumni Association took place on Thursday 18 September 2008 at the Royal Asiatic Society in London.
  News from Hatfield College
Hatfield Association: Winter Dinner in College will now take place on FRIDAY 10TH JANUARY 2009 and not Saturday 17th January 2007. Further details are available from Cynthia at c.a.connolly@durham.ac.uk or 0191 3342620.
  News from St Chad's
St Chad's College is to hold two reunion events during February 2009; a Southern Reunion to be held on Thursday 19th February and a Northern Reunion on Saturday 28th February.
  News from College of St Hild & St Bede
The College of St Hild & St Bede Old Boys Formal 2008 will begin with an Old Boys Weekend on Saturday 25th October 2008. For further information please email hild-bede.scr@urham.ac.uk or book your place by completing the booking form available at http://hildbedesrc.com/
  News from St John's College
St John's College Centenary Celebrations begin with a concert of Johnian musicians in Durham Cathedral on the evening of Friday 20th February 2009. The concert will feature 'Camerata' and 'Extreme Cellists' as well as the current St John's College Choir and Orchestra. The fun continues on Saturday the 21st with Special Lectures; Smoothie Bar; Book Launch; Cross Country Run, Table Tennis Tournament, etc. followed by a Buffet lunch, a Thanksgiving Service in the Cathedral and Celebration Dinner with current students and staff. For more information or to book your place please contact johns.alumni@durham.ac.uk
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