Durham University APPG

First Registered: 23/10/2019 • Last updated on: 29/12/2021

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To facilitate discussion between Durham University, parliamentarians and other interested parties; to build a bridge between academia and policy-making, highlighting the research and teaching excellence at Durham University and how that might help inform policy challenges in County Durham, the North East and beyond.

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Recent Documents related to Durham University

1. Written evidence submitted by Durham Students' Union (HEFSB25)
23/09/2021 - Bill Documents

Found: (Freedom of Speech) Bill Written evidence submitted by Durham Students’ Union (HEFSB25) Submission to Committee

2. Durham University - written evidence
05/09/2018 - Inquiry: The Social Impact of Participation in Culture and Sport - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: Written evidence - Durham UniversityWritten evidence submitted by Durham University Response to the Digital

3. Durham University
23/10/2019 - APPGs

Found: To facilitate discussion between Durham University, parliamentarians and other interested parties; to

4. subject experts
24/09/2020 - Department for Education
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Found: Children's Bureau RAISE Dr Fiona Vera- Gray (Durham University) Stonewall GEO (LGBT) 4. Basic First Aid

5. PHE research: annual review
01/05/2020 - Public Health England (PHE)
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Found: nvestigator Supervisory team Project title University Claire Jenkins Tim Dallman, Prof David Gally

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Durham University

1. Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill (Eighth sitting)
16/09/2021 - Public Bill Committees

1: such as the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham. The amendments will ensure that, in these collegiate - Speech Link
2: Benches—who have been to the likes of Oxbridge or Durham and who would be more familiar with them. I do - Speech Link
3: clubs and affiliates are responsible to the university and have to comply. Are we saying that there - Speech Link

2. Higher Education and Research Act 2017 (Further Implementation etc.) Regulations 2019
05/06/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: -awarding powers or the right to call itself a university. Since its formation on January 1 2018, and as - Speech Link
2: which is university title. The OfS assumed responsibility for determining applications for university title - Speech Link
3: individual research councils and definitions of a university in previous legislation, replacing them with - Speech Link

3. Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill (Seventh sitting)
16/09/2021 - Public Bill Committees

1: speak and research of significant minorities of university students and teachers in the UK are being inhibited - Speech Link
2: subsection (2).”It does not say that all else in the university must be brought to a halt, or that this is the - Speech Link
3: by my right hon. Friends the Members for North Durham and for Hayes and Harlington and my hon. Friend - Speech Link

4. Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill
12/07/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: the point made by the right hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones), had Darwin been suppressed, that would - Speech Link
2: sexual violence cases, which are rife on our university campuses. On the deep principles that he holds - Speech Link
3: a matter of principle, every student at every university in every corner of the country should have the - Speech Link

5. Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (North East of England) Regulations 2020
12/10/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland. Families in these areas are no - Speech Link
2: Public health directors were ignored, NHS and university lab capacity was overlooked and, as the Institute - Speech Link
3: those job losses is obviously not far behind. University students, already fearful for their future, are - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Durham University
1. Durham University: Freedom of Expression
asked by: Julian Lewis
... (b) require such speakers to submit their speeches to the Union in advance and (c) cancel the invitations to such speakers or require that additional speakers should also be invited; what the legal basis is for student unions to exercise such powers against speakers whom they judge to be controversial; what recent assessment he has made of whether universities are meeting their obligations to (i) protect freedom of speech and (ii) exercise any necessary restrictions on speaker invitations by student societies which pose an identifiable threat to students on campus; and what assessment he has made of whether those obligations require review.

2. NHS: Durham
asked by: Richard Holden
... what NHS facilities in the Durham county council area are under PFI contracts; and what the (a)(i) start and (ii) end date is and (b) other terms and conditions are of those contracts.

3. Railways: Durham
asked by: Richard Holden
... whether his Department received representations from (a) Durham county council and (b) the previous Member for North West Durham on re-opening a rail link to Consett between the end of April 2017 and 14 November 2019.

4. Durham Prison
asked by: Richard Burgon
... to which prison the modern scanning equipment that staff in HMP Durham noted had been promised was diverted to.

5. Schools: Durham
asked by: Grahame Morris
... what resources his Department provides to Durham County Council for (a) the extension and modernisation of dilapidated school buildings and (b) the construction of new schools.

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7 Current APPG Officers
Mary Kelly Foy Portrait
Mary Kelly Foy
Chair & Registered Contact
Labour - City of Durham
Joined: 2nd June 2021
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Mary Kelly Foy MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 0207 219 3000.

Email: mary.foy.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Rachael Richards, Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3LE. Tel: 07880 413 629

Email: Rachael.l.richards@durham.ac.uk

No benefits in kind are on record for the Durham University APPG

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Durham University APPG

Former APPG Officers
Victoria Prentis Portrait
Victoria Prentis
Vice Chair
Conservative - Banbury
Joined: 23rd October 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Huw Merriman Portrait
Huw Merriman
Conservative - Bexhill and Battle
Joined: 23rd October 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
Lord Suri Portrait
Lord Suri
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 23rd October 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
1 APPG Membership
British Sikhs