Collaboration and teamwork is key in research so the Durrant group holds regular group socials to allow members to interact and unwind. Socials have included day trips to Brighton, walk in green parks, Hyde Park picnics, winter parties in James house!

James’ CBE celebration!

 On June 10th and 15th 2022, the Durrant group, CPE and Chemistry department celebrated James’ CBE award. James gave a great talk about his 30 years of solar energy research – why he choose it and how he serves photochemistry and solar energy research society by his research.

Class of Lockdown PhD celebration on August 30th, 2021

Finally we have celebrated the amazing achievements of the Durrantites who graduated with PhD degree during the pandemic year – Class of Lockdown - at the Princess Victoria! 

Walk in Richmond Park on May 30, 2021

After long waiting, from May 17th, up to 30 people were allowed to meet outdoors. We then organised a group walk in Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park on 30th May. It was a very nice sunny day with Nepalese food served for Lunch, followed by some volleyball and football. 



Christmas-2020 Celebration!

The final celebration of the year 2020 came in the form of a virtual Christmas party for the Durrantites and friends, hosted on Zoom. The festivities got under way by continuing the tradition of sharing a warm glass of mulled wine and unwrapping the gifts Santa had generously provided, including a personalised mug to bring a piece of the Durrant group to the work from home desk. We placed on our detective hats to match group members to their favourite winter season pictures and a surprising fact about themselves, where we learnt we work amongst Instagram royalty and football child prodigies! A hearty meal was shared over drinks, kindly provided through JustEat vouchers, as the evening ended with chatting and laughter in a new yet fitting way to celebrate the holidays together. 




Durrant group eyeing Brighton Shores from the top of i360 - Summer 2016

In 2016, a day trip was  arranged to a newly opened i360 tower in Brighton beach. The view  from the top was stunning! The group enjoyed famous fish & Chip lunch in the sandy beach. We all had lot of fun swiming, wave gazing,  shore walking and going to funfair at very end of the day. It was a real summer treat from James!



Caption: British Airways i360 Tower


Caption: A stunning view from top of the i360 tower

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Caption: Let's take group photo! Some are still missing!

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Caption: Sunbathing after famous fish and chip lunch!

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Caption: Group photo on the Brighton Beach

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Caption: A quick research Chitchat!

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Caption: Fun at the funfair

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Caption: Wave gazing!


Caption: Relaxing on the beach