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Agreement on EU citizens' rights

The UK government has now reached an agreement with the European Commission on citizens' rights. The agreement will provide EU citizens and their family members living in the UK certainty about their rights after the UK leaves the EU and, most importantly, allow them to stay in the UK. The agreement can be accessed via the University's Brexit pages, here

(13 Dec 2017)


Essential maintenance to the University's IT network - Saturday 16 December

CIS will be undertaking urgent repairs to IT network equipment on Saturday, 16 December. This work means that between 9am-12noon on this day there will be no network access (including deskphones) at the following locations – Biology (including LSSU), Mountjoy 1-4, Psychology, Maiden Castle and Hallgarth House - with a small risk that DUBS and Palace Green Library may also be affected. If you will be on-site at one of these locations on this date, read on so you know what to do in the event of an emergency.

(8 Dec 2017) » More about Essential maintenance to the University's IT network - Saturday 16 December


Help your students avoid stress at the start of term

At the start of every term checks are carried out to make sure that our students’ computers have the latest anti-virus and anti-spyware updates and system patches. It’s an important process that keeps their devices and the University's networks secure. If their computer doesn’t pass through the scan – they won’t be able to connect it to the University’s network. Please help CIS to get students connected smoothly. If you’re teaching or meeting with students next week, please remind them to look out for an email from the IT Service Desk over the Christmas break, and to scan their devices early. 

(8 Dec 2017) » More about Help your students avoid stress at the start of term


Information security incidents and weaknesses

Reporting information security incidents and weaknesses in a timely manner is essential to effective management of our information security risks. Working collaboratively, the Information Governance Unit and CIS have implemented improvements to the CIS Service Desk capability that allow Durham University users to report information security incidents and weaknesses through a new online form and via existing Service Desk contact mechanisms. Incident report tickets are routed to an Information Security Incident Response Team who will investigate in confidence. This approach allows us to speed up investigation and processing time, giving us time to embed reporting and management processes in advance of the EU General Data Protection Legislation becoming enforceable in May 2018.

(8 Dec 2017) » More about Information security incidents and weaknesses


Last Dialogue Signposts for 2017

We will be sending out the last Dialogue Signposts for this year on Friday, 15 December. If you have anything that you would like to add, the deadline for last entries is Friday, 15 December at 12noon. We will be back in the New Year on Friday, 5 January 2018.

(8 Dec 2017)


November 2017 Senate Papers are now available

The open internal papers and reports for November 2017 Senate are available to staff and students to view here. (University username and password required).

(8 Dec 2017)


Proud of our positive contribution

Sir Thomas Allen, our Chancellor, and Professor Stuart Corbridge, our Vice-Chancellor, have written about the breadth and depth of the positive contribution the University makes to the communities that host us. Read their article here

(8 Dec 2017)


Road Closure - Church Street

Please be aware of a road closure impacting Church Street from Monday, 8 January until Monday, 22 January 2018. The road will be closed from 7.30am until 6pm daily for Northumbrian Water, to excavate and construct a new manhole sewer and drainage. Please click on this link for the alternative vehicle access plan for this period of time. During this time, all bus services will be diverted along Hallgarth Street including the Arriva services X12/56/57/57a/evening 56A and a pedestrian route will be available through the works site, to allow access to Kingsgate Bridge. If you have any questions, please contact Kevan Weetman, Interim Business Resilience Manager.

(8 Dec 2017)


Reminder - Staff Travel Survey

A polite reminder that the travel survey will close on Friday, 15 December. The survey data will be used to provide informed data to assist with the implementation of the Estate Masterplan. It would be most helpful if staff could take a minute and complete the survey. Please note that if you have already completed the survey there is no need to take this again as all details have been saved. Thank you to all staff who have to-date completed the Go Smarter Travel Survey. 

(6 Dec 2017)


Final reminder - Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing's Funding Call 2017/2018

The WRIHW invites proposals for funding for research within the Institute’s remit that is designed to lead to the submission of an externally-funded large grant proposals within 12 months of completing the WRIHW grant. Please note that all funds should be spent in the academic year 2017/18. We would also expect all applicants to be associated with a Wolfson-affiliated Special Interest Group or Centre. 

(5 Dec 2017) » More about Final reminder - Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing's Funding Call 2017/2018


NUS staff-student sexual misconduct survey

NUS Women’s Campaign has launched research into staff-student sexual misconduct in higher education. Share your experiences to aid understanding of the problem, and responses to it. The survey closes on Friday 15 December. To participate, please click here

(5 Dec 2017)


Team Durham Cricket Camp

Bookings are open for the Team Durham Cricket Camp running from Tuesday, 2 January until Friday, 4 January 2018. The camp will run 10am to 3pm each day for ages 7-11 and is run by the MCCU Centre of Excellence coaches so it is sure to be a fantastic and fun couple of days of cricket. Please visit here for full information and and to book a place.

(5 Dec 2017)


Mission Christmas appeal - Donate a gift

Cash for Kids’ ‘Mission Christmas’ appeal aims to raise money and donations for disadvantaged children who are at risk of not receiving a gift on Christmas Day. The appeal launched on Monday, 13 November and aims to collect gifts for over 47,000 children living in poverty in our region. The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre is a registered collection point for Durham University staff who would like to donate to the appeal. Staff are invited to donate new, unwrapped gifts of any value which would be suitable for children and young people aged 0-18 years. Donations will be collected at both the Durham and Queen’s Campus Careers Centre offices based in the Palatine Centre and Ebsworth Building respectively. The deadline for donations is 5pm on Thursday, 14 December. Full information about the appeal can be found online or contact Laura Smith in the Careers Centre on extension 41440.

(4 Dec 2017) » More about Mission Christmas appeal - Donate a gift


Regional 3 Rivers Learning and Teaching Conference: Call for Papers

The call for papers for the 2018 3 Rivers Learning and Teaching Conference to be based at Newcastle University on 6 July 2018 is now open. Papers should be focused on one of the following areas:

  • Transforming assessment
  • Embedding employability
  • Student access, retention, attainment and progression in higher education
  • Internationalising higher education
  • Flexible learning
  • Student engagement through partnership
  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Education for Sustainable Development

The call closes on 21 February 2018 and further details, including how to submit, can be found here

(1 Dec 2017)


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know ... you can send a Christmas e-card from the Greenspace website? Sending a Christmas e-card saves both the production and travel associated with sending paper cards. Last December, over 2,700 e-cards were sent.

(30 Nov 2017) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week


Update from Legal Services

From Monday, 18 December the legal.support@durham.ac.uk email address will no longer be in use and emails sent to this address will not be forwarded to the department. Their new email address is already operational, legal.services@durham.ac.uk, so for any new work requests, or if you need to contact Legal Services, please use the new email address.

(30 Nov 2017)


ESRC IAA - Developing Community University Partnerships

There are six places open to Durham University colleagues to attend the ESRC IAA Capacity Building Programme on Tuesday, 30 January between 10am and 4pm in the Partners Room, Newcastle University Business School. This one day course will encourage course participants to develop their community university partnership work. Co-developed and co-facilitated by a member of the UK Community Partner Network (UK CPN), the course will draw on research into how effective partnerships are negotiated and enacted in an ethical way. To register, please click here.

(29 Nov 2017) » More about ESRC IAA - Developing Community University Partnerships


Sexual Violence & Misconduct Operations Group (SVMOG)

The latest update from the Sexual Violence & Misconduct Operations Group (SVMOG) can be seen here. If you have any questions, please email: durham.svmog@durham.ac.uk.

(27 Nov 2017)


Dissertation Writing Support

The Academic Writing Unit at the English Language Centre offers dissertation writing sessions which can be tailored to departmental/subject specific requirements. These range from introductory sessions on the basics of writing dissertations, plagiarism and criticality to more specific sessions such as writing literature reviews or results and discussion chapters. Sessions are arranged on an ad hoc basis and can be organised throughout the academic year. For more information or to arrange a session/s, please contact the Academic Writing Unit at academic.writingunit@durham.ac.uk.

(24 Nov 2017)


Multiple Award Successes for Environmental Sustainability

Van Mildert College were winners of the EAUC Community category and the Altogether Greener Voluntary Group of the Year category for their outstanding Outreach and Volunteering Activities. Six student-led projects support local families, young people, schools, the elderly and promote environmental conservation. The projects work across the North-East with a range of community partners including Aycliffe Secure Centre, County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service, and a range of local primary and secondary schools. During the 2016/17 academic year, Van Mildert students completed over 6,300 volunteer hours. The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics won the Climate Change category for the extensive adoption of sustainable technologies reducing the impact of the development. The Green Move Out scheme were also a Finalist in the Green Gown Awards. Thank you to everyone who made this possible. For more information on the awards and list of finalists and winners, visit here.

(24 Nov 2017)


Centre for Catholic Studies 10th anniversary celebratory conference

The Centre for Catholic Studies celebrates its 10th anniversary with a conference entitled 'Catholic Theology in the Public Academy: Searching the Questions, Sounding the Depths'. The conference will take place between Wednesday, 18 April 2018 and Friday, 20 April 2018 in Durham. Registration and the call for papers is now open. More information can be found here.

(23 Nov 2017) » More about Centre for Catholic Studies 10th anniversary celebratory conference


Strategic Business Projects

Do you know a company or organisation facing a challenging business issue? Durham University Business School may be able to help via a Strategic Business Project carried out by an MBA or Masters student. If you know a company that may be interested, please share the opportunity outlined with them. The deadline for submission of project scopes is Wednesday, 31 January 2018. Learn more about business projects here.

(23 Nov 2017)


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion e-learning

A new online e-learning course, 'Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' is now available on duo under the 'My Organisations & Online Training' section of the homepage. The course is open to all staff and is designed to raise awareness of key aspects of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. It is delivered as a series of chapters which staff can work through at their own pace and convenience. All staff are encouraged to undertake the training. If you have any questions relating to Equality and Diversity Training please email Michelle Taylor.

(17 Nov 2017)


Honorary Degrees for Winter Congregation 2018

Jonathan Ruffer, Wendy Shepherd and Dr Chris Terrill will receive honorary degrees at the Winter Congregation this year. You can view further details here and register your attendance at the ceremonies here by Sunday, 17 December 2017.

(17 Nov 2017)


Call for Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing (WRIHW) Funding 2017/18

The WRIHW invites proposals for funding for research within the Institute’s remit that is designed to lead to the submission of an externally-funded large grant proposals within 12 months of completing the WRIHW grant. Please note that all funds should be spent in the academic year 2017/18. We would also expect all applicants to be associated with a Wolfson-affiliated Special Interest Group or Centre. Full and comprehensive guidelines are available here, as well as an application form which must be used. Applications should be submitted by 12pm on Friday, 22 December 2017.

(16 Nov 2017) » More about Call for Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing (WRIHW) Funding 2017/18


Discipline-specific academic writing support

The Academic Writing Unit at the English Language Centre offers bespoke departmental courses on academic writing. These sessions are tailored to departmental/subject/assignment specific requirements and range from introductory sessions on academic writing in your discipline, plagiarism and criticality to sessions dealing with specific writing tasks. Sessions are arranged on an ad hoc basis and can be organised throughout the academic year. For more information or to arrange a session/s, please email academic.writingunit@durham.ac.uk.

(15 Nov 2017)


Take your career to the next level

If you would like to get the skills you need to build your career as an effective manager staff scholarships are available on selected online and blended learning programmes at Durham University Business School. Click here to learn more about the Online MBA, and MA Management (part-time) programmes. For more scholarship details please email Lindsay Duke, Student Recruitment Manager.

(14 Nov 2017)


Academic visitors

The University welcomes visiting Academics who may wish to come to Durham whilst on sabbatical to pursue independent research. The University has a process in place for departments to follow and this is available to view here. As a reminder, all visitors to the University from outside the EEA who require a visa/immigration stamp to enter the UK (unless coming for one day or less) under the Academic, Business or PPE visitor routes are required to have an enhanced eligibility check when they arrive and before they perform any work if applicable under the terms of their visa. If you have any questions please contact hr.ukvi@durham.ac.uk.

(10 Nov 2017)


Three Rivers Learning and Teaching Conference

The annual regional learning and teaching conference for next year will be on Friday, 6 July 2018 at Newcastle University and will focus on 'Sharing excellence in learning and teaching: supporting students and staff through good practice, innovation, and collaboration'. The call for papers will be released in the New Year, but for those wishing to attend, the date is now fixed. More details can be found here.

(10 Nov 2017)


Maiden Castle car park

Please note due to the high volume of traffic on BUCS Wednesdays the car park at Maiden Castle will be closed to all staff and students. This closure applies every Wednesday during Term 1 and Term 2. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any question please contact laura.green2@durham.ac.uk.

(9 Nov 2017)


One-to-one consultation service

If you have students on your degree or other programmes who are struggling with their academic writing, or who you feel would benefit from additional academic writing support, you can advise them to book a one-to-one academic writing consultation with the English Language Centre's Academic Writing Unit. Students can have up to three 45 minute one-to-one consultations each term and these are generally based around an assignment submitted by the student for discussion. This is not an editing or proofreading service but provides individually focused academic writing tuition. Consultations can be booked at the consultations service webpage.

(9 Nov 2017)


Police availability/safety and social responsibility messages

Durham Police University Liaison Officer (DPULO), Rebecca Carey, is extending her availability for private one to one or small group meetings in the Palatine Centre. She is now available on Thursdays between 1.30pm and 3.30pm in the Student Support Hub, PC063. Students may drop in or contact Rebecca in advance - rebecca.carey@durham.pnn.police.uk.

(9 Nov 2017) » More about Police availability/safety and social responsibility messages


UK Top 4 for Durham University Business School in The Economist Which MBA? Ranking 2017

Durham University Business School’s full-time MBA programme has been recognised as one of the world’s top programmes by The Economist, in its Which MBA? Ranking results 2017. The Durham full-time MBA programme is now ranked 4th in the UK and 57th globally. In this prestigious ranking, the School is in the top 10 globally for student quality, personal development and education experience, and diversity of recruiters. For further information about the programme, please visit the Full-time MBA programme webpage.

(3 Nov 2017) » More about UK Top 4 for Durham University Business School in The Economist Which MBA? Ranking 2017


Invitation to Winter Congregation 2018

If you wish to share in the fantastic celebration of our students' achievements at Winter Congregation then please confirm your place in the Staff Procession or request staff tickets by Sunday, 17 December here.

(20 Oct 2017)


Erasmus+ Staff Mobility 2017/2018

The Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Programme allows for up to five days of mobility for both academic and non-academic staff across Europe. Travel and Subsistence Funding is granted for Teaching and Training activities across partner institutions in Europe along with preparatory visits for setting up new Erasmus+ partnerships. For further information, please see the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Website

(25 Sep 2017)


Durham wins 'Best Student Community' Award.

Durham University has been awarded 'Best Student Community' in this year's National Student Housing Survey, highlighting the positive impact of the collegiate system and Durham's wider student experience offer. The survey is based exclusively on direct feedback from over 34,000 students across 200 universities and colleges across the UK. Read more about the award here

(8 Sep 2017)


New Travel Management Contract

Following a robust and successful tender process, the University has appointed Dawson and Sanderson as its travel management provider. Many thanks to those departments who formed part of the evaluation panel. Whilst Dawson and Sanderson were the previous provider, this new contract has some fantastic benefits, including the introduction of a one stop shop and a bespoke online self-booking tool. Also individual transaction fees will not be charged under this new contract.

(1 Sep 2017) » More about New Travel Management Contract


REF Database Training Courses

For the academic year 2017/18 there are now four courses on the use of the REF database available for booking. Access to the REF database and the courses is limited to staff who are responsible for collating data for REF and have been nominated by their Head of Department or Director of Research.For the latest news and more general information on REF please see the internal webpages

(8 Aug 2017)


University Travel Cover - New Travel Summary

Where cover for travel on University business has been confirmed to be in place via the Viator system, and for trips commencing on or after Tuesday, 1 August 2017, please take a copy of the new Travel Summary which replaces the previous document. The new Travel Summary can be accessed here. If you have any queries, please contact Barbara Dick on b.k.dick@durham.ac.uk or on extension 49267.

(3 Aug 2017)


University Strategy feedback

Our University Strategy 2017-2027 is a living document and we continue to welcome constructive engagement in its delivery. If you have comments or suggestions, you can make them here or email university.strategy@durham.ac.uk.

(6 Jul 2017)


Internationalisation Strategy now online

Our new Strategy 2017-2027 includes proposals to significantly internationalise the University. We will internationalise our student body, open an International Study Centre at Queen’s Campus and partner with peer institutions around the world. Find out more here.

(28 Jun 2017)


Travel Security Training - Control Risks

The University now has access to online travel security training through Control Risks which is aimed at travellers going to medium and high risk areas on University business. A number of staff from the International Office have completed the training and positive feedback has been received. The training module can be accessed here and the training takes approximately 50 minutes.

(23 Jun 2017) » More about Travel Security Training - Control Risks


Education Strategy online now

We want to deliver world-class education that is challenging, enabling, research-led and transformative. Our University Strategy 2017-2027 includes ambitious proposals including for a new Centre for Teaching and Learning, an Education Laboratory and a new Fair Access Strategy. Find out more at www.durham.ac.uk/strategy2027/education

(13 Jun 2017)


Research and Engagement Strategy now online

As a University, we prize academic independence and curiosity driven research. Our University Strategy 2017-2027 includes ambitious proposals to deliver research that is world-leading and world-changing across the whole University. These include building critical mass across the University and investing £2.8 million annually in our new Chancellor’s Scholarships for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Find out more at www.durham.ac.uk/strategy2027/research

(8 Jun 2017)


People Strategy now online

As a University, our people are our biggest asset. Read how our University Strategy 2017-2027 will ensure we offer the best careers and recruit the best staff from around the world at: www.durham.ac.uk/strategy2027/people

(1 Jun 2017)


Staff 'sleep out' to fight poverty

Several colleagues recently spent a night sleeping out in Durham Cathedral to raise money to fight homelessness and poverty, as part of the CEO Sleepout. They raised more than £1,000, and the event raised nearly £25,000 in total. Well done to all who took part.

(18 May 2017)


Winter Congregation 2018

The timetable of ceremonies for Winter Congregation 2018 has now been published at here. Printable versions of the timetable by ceremony or by department are available. For any queries please contact the Ceremonies Unit at congregation@durham.ac.uk.

(30 Mar 2017)


International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is on Wednesday, 8 March. This is just a final reminder that we are organising a day of tweeting where we promote the work of women within the University. We would like as many people as possible to get involved by sending tweets, so if you haven't already done so, please contact catherine.foster@durham.ac.uk for further details. 

(1 Mar 2017)


Agreement on EU citizens' rights

The UK government has now reached an agreement with the European Commission on citizens' rights. The agreement will provide EU citizens and their family members living in the UK certainty about their rights after the UK leaves the EU and, most importantly, allow them to stay in the UK. The agreement can be accessed via the University's Brexit pages, here

(13 Dec 2017)


Essential maintenance to the University's IT network - Saturday 16 December

CIS will be undertaking urgent repairs to IT network equipment on Saturday, 16 December. This work means that between 9am-12noon on this day there will be no network access (including deskphones) at the following locations – Biology (including LSSU), Mountjoy 1-4, Psychology, Maiden Castle and Hallgarth House - with a small risk that DUBS and Palace Green Library may also be affected. If you will be on-site at one of these locations on this date, read on so you know what to do in the event of an emergency.

(8 Dec 2017) » More about Essential maintenance to the University's IT network - Saturday 16 December


Help your students avoid stress at the start of term

At the start of every term checks are carried out to make sure that our students’ computers have the latest anti-virus and anti-spyware updates and system patches. It’s an important process that keeps their devices and the University's networks secure. If their computer doesn’t pass through the scan – they won’t be able to connect it to the University’s network. Please help CIS to get students connected smoothly. If you’re teaching or meeting with students next week, please remind them to look out for an email from the IT Service Desk over the Christmas break, and to scan their devices early. 

(8 Dec 2017) » More about Help your students avoid stress at the start of term


Information security incidents and weaknesses

Reporting information security incidents and weaknesses in a timely manner is essential to effective management of our information security risks. Working collaboratively, the Information Governance Unit and CIS have implemented improvements to the CIS Service Desk capability that allow Durham University users to report information security incidents and weaknesses through a new online form and via existing Service Desk contact mechanisms. Incident report tickets are routed to an Information Security Incident Response Team who will investigate in confidence. This approach allows us to speed up investigation and processing time, giving us time to embed reporting and management processes in advance of the EU General Data Protection Legislation becoming enforceable in May 2018.

(8 Dec 2017) » More about Information security incidents and weaknesses


Last Dialogue Signposts for 2017

We will be sending out the last Dialogue Signposts for this year on Friday, 15 December. If you have anything that you would like to add, the deadline for last entries is Friday, 15 December at 12noon. We will be back in the New Year on Friday, 5 January 2018.

(8 Dec 2017)


November 2017 Senate Papers are now available

The open internal papers and reports for November 2017 Senate are available to staff and students to view here. (University username and password required).

(8 Dec 2017)


Proud of our positive contribution

Sir Thomas Allen, our Chancellor, and Professor Stuart Corbridge, our Vice-Chancellor, have written about the breadth and depth of the positive contribution the University makes to the communities that host us. Read their article here

(8 Dec 2017)


Road Closure - Church Street

Please be aware of a road closure impacting Church Street from Monday, 8 January until Monday, 22 January 2018. The road will be closed from 7.30am until 6pm daily for Northumbrian Water, to excavate and construct a new manhole sewer and drainage. Please click on this link for the alternative vehicle access plan for this period of time. During this time, all bus services will be diverted along Hallgarth Street including the Arriva services X12/56/57/57a/evening 56A and a pedestrian route will be available through the works site, to allow access to Kingsgate Bridge. If you have any questions, please contact Kevan Weetman, Interim Business Resilience Manager.

(8 Dec 2017)


Reminder - Staff Travel Survey

A polite reminder that the travel survey will close on Friday, 15 December. The survey data will be used to provide informed data to assist with the implementation of the Estate Masterplan. It would be most helpful if staff could take a minute and complete the survey. Please note that if you have already completed the survey there is no need to take this again as all details have been saved. Thank you to all staff who have to-date completed the Go Smarter Travel Survey. 

(6 Dec 2017)


Final reminder - Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing's Funding Call 2017/2018

The WRIHW invites proposals for funding for research within the Institute’s remit that is designed to lead to the submission of an externally-funded large grant proposals within 12 months of completing the WRIHW grant. Please note that all funds should be spent in the academic year 2017/18. We would also expect all applicants to be associated with a Wolfson-affiliated Special Interest Group or Centre. 

(5 Dec 2017) » More about Final reminder - Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing's Funding Call 2017/2018


NUS staff-student sexual misconduct survey

NUS Women’s Campaign has launched research into staff-student sexual misconduct in higher education. Share your experiences to aid understanding of the problem, and responses to it. The survey closes on Friday 15 December. To participate, please click here

(5 Dec 2017)


Team Durham Cricket Camp

Bookings are open for the Team Durham Cricket Camp running from Tuesday, 2 January until Friday, 4 January 2018. The camp will run 10am to 3pm each day for ages 7-11 and is run by the MCCU Centre of Excellence coaches so it is sure to be a fantastic and fun couple of days of cricket. Please visit here for full information and and to book a place.

(5 Dec 2017)


Mission Christmas appeal - Donate a gift

Cash for Kids’ ‘Mission Christmas’ appeal aims to raise money and donations for disadvantaged children who are at risk of not receiving a gift on Christmas Day. The appeal launched on Monday, 13 November and aims to collect gifts for over 47,000 children living in poverty in our region. The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre is a registered collection point for Durham University staff who would like to donate to the appeal. Staff are invited to donate new, unwrapped gifts of any value which would be suitable for children and young people aged 0-18 years. Donations will be collected at both the Durham and Queen’s Campus Careers Centre offices based in the Palatine Centre and Ebsworth Building respectively. The deadline for donations is 5pm on Thursday, 14 December. Full information about the appeal can be found online or contact Laura Smith in the Careers Centre on extension 41440.

(4 Dec 2017) » More about Mission Christmas appeal - Donate a gift


Regional 3 Rivers Learning and Teaching Conference: Call for Papers

The call for papers for the 2018 3 Rivers Learning and Teaching Conference to be based at Newcastle University on 6 July 2018 is now open. Papers should be focused on one of the following areas:

  • Transforming assessment
  • Embedding employability
  • Student access, retention, attainment and progression in higher education
  • Internationalising higher education
  • Flexible learning
  • Student engagement through partnership
  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Education for Sustainable Development

The call closes on 21 February 2018 and further details, including how to submit, can be found here

(1 Dec 2017)


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know ... you can send a Christmas e-card from the Greenspace website? Sending a Christmas e-card saves both the production and travel associated with sending paper cards. Last December, over 2,700 e-cards were sent.

(30 Nov 2017) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week


Update from Legal Services

From Monday, 18 December the legal.support@durham.ac.uk email address will no longer be in use and emails sent to this address will not be forwarded to the department. Their new email address is already operational, legal.services@durham.ac.uk, so for any new work requests, or if you need to contact Legal Services, please use the new email address.

(30 Nov 2017)


ESRC IAA - Developing Community University Partnerships

There are six places open to Durham University colleagues to attend the ESRC IAA Capacity Building Programme on Tuesday, 30 January between 10am and 4pm in the Partners Room, Newcastle University Business School. This one day course will encourage course participants to develop their community university partnership work. Co-developed and co-facilitated by a member of the UK Community Partner Network (UK CPN), the course will draw on research into how effective partnerships are negotiated and enacted in an ethical way. To register, please click here.

(29 Nov 2017) » More about ESRC IAA - Developing Community University Partnerships


Sexual Violence & Misconduct Operations Group (SVMOG)

The latest update from the Sexual Violence & Misconduct Operations Group (SVMOG) can be seen here. If you have any questions, please email: durham.svmog@durham.ac.uk.

(27 Nov 2017)


Dissertation Writing Support

The Academic Writing Unit at the English Language Centre offers dissertation writing sessions which can be tailored to departmental/subject specific requirements. These range from introductory sessions on the basics of writing dissertations, plagiarism and criticality to more specific sessions such as writing literature reviews or results and discussion chapters. Sessions are arranged on an ad hoc basis and can be organised throughout the academic year. For more information or to arrange a session/s, please contact the Academic Writing Unit at academic.writingunit@durham.ac.uk.

(24 Nov 2017)


Multiple Award Successes for Environmental Sustainability

Van Mildert College were winners of the EAUC Community category and the Altogether Greener Voluntary Group of the Year category for their outstanding Outreach and Volunteering Activities. Six student-led projects support local families, young people, schools, the elderly and promote environmental conservation. The projects work across the North-East with a range of community partners including Aycliffe Secure Centre, County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service, and a range of local primary and secondary schools. During the 2016/17 academic year, Van Mildert students completed over 6,300 volunteer hours. The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics won the Climate Change category for the extensive adoption of sustainable technologies reducing the impact of the development. The Green Move Out scheme were also a Finalist in the Green Gown Awards. Thank you to everyone who made this possible. For more information on the awards and list of finalists and winners, visit here.

(24 Nov 2017)


Centre for Catholic Studies 10th anniversary celebratory conference

The Centre for Catholic Studies celebrates its 10th anniversary with a conference entitled 'Catholic Theology in the Public Academy: Searching the Questions, Sounding the Depths'. The conference will take place between Wednesday, 18 April 2018 and Friday, 20 April 2018 in Durham. Registration and the call for papers is now open. More information can be found here.

(23 Nov 2017) » More about Centre for Catholic Studies 10th anniversary celebratory conference


Strategic Business Projects

Do you know a company or organisation facing a challenging business issue? Durham University Business School may be able to help via a Strategic Business Project carried out by an MBA or Masters student. If you know a company that may be interested, please share the opportunity outlined with them. The deadline for submission of project scopes is Wednesday, 31 January 2018. Learn more about business projects here.

(23 Nov 2017)


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion e-learning

A new online e-learning course, 'Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' is now available on duo under the 'My Organisations & Online Training' section of the homepage. The course is open to all staff and is designed to raise awareness of key aspects of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. It is delivered as a series of chapters which staff can work through at their own pace and convenience. All staff are encouraged to undertake the training. If you have any questions relating to Equality and Diversity Training please email Michelle Taylor.

(17 Nov 2017)


Honorary Degrees for Winter Congregation 2018

Jonathan Ruffer, Wendy Shepherd and Dr Chris Terrill will receive honorary degrees at the Winter Congregation this year. You can view further details here and register your attendance at the ceremonies here by Sunday, 17 December 2017.

(17 Nov 2017)


Call for Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing (WRIHW) Funding 2017/18

The WRIHW invites proposals for funding for research within the Institute’s remit that is designed to lead to the submission of an externally-funded large grant proposals within 12 months of completing the WRIHW grant. Please note that all funds should be spent in the academic year 2017/18. We would also expect all applicants to be associated with a Wolfson-affiliated Special Interest Group or Centre. Full and comprehensive guidelines are available here, as well as an application form which must be used. Applications should be submitted by 12pm on Friday, 22 December 2017.

(16 Nov 2017) » More about Call for Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing (WRIHW) Funding 2017/18


Discipline-specific academic writing support

The Academic Writing Unit at the English Language Centre offers bespoke departmental courses on academic writing. These sessions are tailored to departmental/subject/assignment specific requirements and range from introductory sessions on academic writing in your discipline, plagiarism and criticality to sessions dealing with specific writing tasks. Sessions are arranged on an ad hoc basis and can be organised throughout the academic year. For more information or to arrange a session/s, please email academic.writingunit@durham.ac.uk.

(15 Nov 2017)


Take your career to the next level

If you would like to get the skills you need to build your career as an effective manager staff scholarships are available on selected online and blended learning programmes at Durham University Business School. Click here to learn more about the Online MBA, and MA Management (part-time) programmes. For more scholarship details please email Lindsay Duke, Student Recruitment Manager.

(14 Nov 2017)


Academic visitors

The University welcomes visiting Academics who may wish to come to Durham whilst on sabbatical to pursue independent research. The University has a process in place for departments to follow and this is available to view here. As a reminder, all visitors to the University from outside the EEA who require a visa/immigration stamp to enter the UK (unless coming for one day or less) under the Academic, Business or PPE visitor routes are required to have an enhanced eligibility check when they arrive and before they perform any work if applicable under the terms of their visa. If you have any questions please contact hr.ukvi@durham.ac.uk.

(10 Nov 2017)


Three Rivers Learning and Teaching Conference

The annual regional learning and teaching conference for next year will be on Friday, 6 July 2018 at Newcastle University and will focus on 'Sharing excellence in learning and teaching: supporting students and staff through good practice, innovation, and collaboration'. The call for papers will be released in the New Year, but for those wishing to attend, the date is now fixed. More details can be found here.

(10 Nov 2017)


Maiden Castle car park

Please note due to the high volume of traffic on BUCS Wednesdays the car park at Maiden Castle will be closed to all staff and students. This closure applies every Wednesday during Term 1 and Term 2. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any question please contact laura.green2@durham.ac.uk.

(9 Nov 2017)


One-to-one consultation service

If you have students on your degree or other programmes who are struggling with their academic writing, or who you feel would benefit from additional academic writing support, you can advise them to book a one-to-one academic writing consultation with the English Language Centre's Academic Writing Unit. Students can have up to three 45 minute one-to-one consultations each term and these are generally based around an assignment submitted by the student for discussion. This is not an editing or proofreading service but provides individually focused academic writing tuition. Consultations can be booked at the consultations service webpage.

(9 Nov 2017)


Police availability/safety and social responsibility messages

Durham Police University Liaison Officer (DPULO), Rebecca Carey, is extending her availability for private one to one or small group meetings in the Palatine Centre. She is now available on Thursdays between 1.30pm and 3.30pm in the Student Support Hub, PC063. Students may drop in or contact Rebecca in advance - rebecca.carey@durham.pnn.police.uk.

(9 Nov 2017) » More about Police availability/safety and social responsibility messages


UK Top 4 for Durham University Business School in The Economist Which MBA? Ranking 2017

Durham University Business School’s full-time MBA programme has been recognised as one of the world’s top programmes by The Economist, in its Which MBA? Ranking results 2017. The Durham full-time MBA programme is now ranked 4th in the UK and 57th globally. In this prestigious ranking, the School is in the top 10 globally for student quality, personal development and education experience, and diversity of recruiters. For further information about the programme, please visit the Full-time MBA programme webpage.

(3 Nov 2017) » More about UK Top 4 for Durham University Business School in The Economist Which MBA? Ranking 2017


Invitation to Winter Congregation 2018

If you wish to share in the fantastic celebration of our students' achievements at Winter Congregation then please confirm your place in the Staff Procession or request staff tickets by Sunday, 17 December here.

(20 Oct 2017)


Erasmus+ Staff Mobility 2017/2018

The Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Programme allows for up to five days of mobility for both academic and non-academic staff across Europe. Travel and Subsistence Funding is granted for Teaching and Training activities across partner institutions in Europe along with preparatory visits for setting up new Erasmus+ partnerships. For further information, please see the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Website

(25 Sep 2017)


Durham wins 'Best Student Community' Award.

Durham University has been awarded 'Best Student Community' in this year's National Student Housing Survey, highlighting the positive impact of the collegiate system and Durham's wider student experience offer. The survey is based exclusively on direct feedback from over 34,000 students across 200 universities and colleges across the UK. Read more about the award here

(8 Sep 2017)


New Travel Management Contract

Following a robust and successful tender process, the University has appointed Dawson and Sanderson as its travel management provider. Many thanks to those departments who formed part of the evaluation panel. Whilst Dawson and Sanderson were the previous provider, this new contract has some fantastic benefits, including the introduction of a one stop shop and a bespoke online self-booking tool. Also individual transaction fees will not be charged under this new contract.

(1 Sep 2017) » More about New Travel Management Contract


REF Database Training Courses

For the academic year 2017/18 there are now four courses on the use of the REF database available for booking. Access to the REF database and the courses is limited to staff who are responsible for collating data for REF and have been nominated by their Head of Department or Director of Research.For the latest news and more general information on REF please see the internal webpages

(8 Aug 2017)


University Travel Cover - New Travel Summary

Where cover for travel on University business has been confirmed to be in place via the Viator system, and for trips commencing on or after Tuesday, 1 August 2017, please take a copy of the new Travel Summary which replaces the previous document. The new Travel Summary can be accessed here. If you have any queries, please contact Barbara Dick on b.k.dick@durham.ac.uk or on extension 49267.

(3 Aug 2017)


University Strategy feedback

Our University Strategy 2017-2027 is a living document and we continue to welcome constructive engagement in its delivery. If you have comments or suggestions, you can make them here or email university.strategy@durham.ac.uk.

(6 Jul 2017)


Internationalisation Strategy now online

Our new Strategy 2017-2027 includes proposals to significantly internationalise the University. We will internationalise our student body, open an International Study Centre at Queen’s Campus and partner with peer institutions around the world. Find out more here.

(28 Jun 2017)


Travel Security Training - Control Risks

The University now has access to online travel security training through Control Risks which is aimed at travellers going to medium and high risk areas on University business. A number of staff from the International Office have completed the training and positive feedback has been received. The training module can be accessed here and the training takes approximately 50 minutes.

(23 Jun 2017) » More about Travel Security Training - Control Risks


Education Strategy online now

We want to deliver world-class education that is challenging, enabling, research-led and transformative. Our University Strategy 2017-2027 includes ambitious proposals including for a new Centre for Teaching and Learning, an Education Laboratory and a new Fair Access Strategy. Find out more at www.durham.ac.uk/strategy2027/education

(13 Jun 2017)


Research and Engagement Strategy now online

As a University, we prize academic independence and curiosity driven research. Our University Strategy 2017-2027 includes ambitious proposals to deliver research that is world-leading and world-changing across the whole University. These include building critical mass across the University and investing £2.8 million annually in our new Chancellor’s Scholarships for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Find out more at www.durham.ac.uk/strategy2027/research

(8 Jun 2017)


People Strategy now online

As a University, our people are our biggest asset. Read how our University Strategy 2017-2027 will ensure we offer the best careers and recruit the best staff from around the world at: www.durham.ac.uk/strategy2027/people

(1 Jun 2017)


Staff 'sleep out' to fight poverty

Several colleagues recently spent a night sleeping out in Durham Cathedral to raise money to fight homelessness and poverty, as part of the CEO Sleepout. They raised more than £1,000, and the event raised nearly £25,000 in total. Well done to all who took part.

(18 May 2017)


Winter Congregation 2018

The timetable of ceremonies for Winter Congregation 2018 has now been published at here. Printable versions of the timetable by ceremony or by department are available. For any queries please contact the Ceremonies Unit at congregation@durham.ac.uk.

(30 Mar 2017)


International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is on Wednesday, 8 March. This is just a final reminder that we are organising a day of tweeting where we promote the work of women within the University. We would like as many people as possible to get involved by sending tweets, so if you haven't already done so, please contact catherine.foster@durham.ac.uk for further details. 

(1 Mar 2017)


Durham University Men's Staff FC

Training for the men’s staff football club takes place Wednesdays from 6.45pm-8pm on the 3G pitch at Maiden Castle. They also have two 11-a-side teams participating in the inter-college league in term time. The club welcomes players of all ages and abilities, and they hope to see some new faces soon. For further information please contact p.a.white@durham.ac.uk.

(8 Dec 2017)


Fun Christmas Charity Dog Show

Come along to Student Community Action's Christmas charity dog show on Saturday, 16 December. There will be a great variety of exciting classes and all breeds and crosses are welcome, no previous experience is needed! Entry is £1.50 per class and will open for registration at 9am with the judging commencing at 10.30am. All proceeds from the show will go to Stray Aid and Medical Detection Dogs. Please join the Facebook event for full info and updates.

(30 Nov 2017)


IHRR Workshop: Ethical dilemmas in practice

Ethical considerations are a fundamental part of research and as scholars people often grapple with how to ethically shape and engage their work. At times, it can be difficult to understand how to proceed. In this workshop, scholars from different departments will share ethical dilemmas they encounter. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 between 2pm and 4pm in the Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College. If you would like to learn more about this event, please contact Hanna Ruszczyk, the Post Doctoral Research Associate of IHRR on h.a.ruszczyk@durham.ac.uk

(13 Dec 2017) » More about IHRR Workshop: Ethical dilemmas in practice


Arts of Breath

Arts of Breath is a series of lecture performances, organised by the Life of Breath research project, exploring the role of breath in poetry, fiction, singing, dance and visual art. The lecture series launches on Wednesday, 15 November at 6.15pm in ER142, Elvet Riverside 1. Professor David Fuller will examine Charles Olson’s breath-related theories of poetic structure and how these ideas were taken up by other poets, including William Carlos Williams. To celebrate the launch, this first event will be followed by a drinks reception. The lectures are free and all are welcome.

(8 Nov 2017) » More about Arts of Breath


IHRR Current Research Activities

The Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience is hosting a seminar on Thursday 25th February from 12 -5 pm. The purpose of this seminar is to i) showcase the range and depth of research being undertaken in collaboration with IHRR; and ii) to initiate new research relationships across the University. If you are interested in attending this event please register at ihrr.admin@durham.ac.uk. Please note that we have limited numbers. For further information please see the programme here.

(17 Feb 2016)


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