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Alumni and Development Office Internship at St. John's College

This post is a 50% role (17.5 hours per week). The post holder will be working to assist with the varying tasks that are carried out in the Development and Alumni Office at St. John’s College. A full job description and details on how to apply are on the St John’s College website.

(28 Apr 2017)


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did You Know … May is National Walking Month? So why not take a lunchtime stroll to see the blue bells in Great High Wood. Visit the Greenspace walking website for fun walking tips and other local walks.

(28 Apr 2017) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week


Honorary Degrees for Summer Congregation 2017

Dr Rob Catty and Sir Andrew Motion will receive honorary degrees at the Summer Congregation this year. You can view further details at www.durham.ac.uk/ceremonies/honorary and register your attendance at the ceremonies at www.durham.ac.uk/ceremonies/congregation/staff.

(28 Apr 2017)


Invitation to Summer Congregation

If you wish to share in the fantastic celebration of our students' achievements at Summer Congregation then please confirm your place in the Staff Procession or request staff tickets by Sunday, 11 June at www.durham.ac.uk/ceremonies/congregation/staff.

(28 Apr 2017)


Marshals needed for Summer Congregation 2017

Staff are invited to get involved at Summer Congregation by volunteering to marshal. You will be working with colleagues from across the University to provide advice and guidance to students, guests and staff attending ceremonies. Please sign up at www.durham.ac.uk/ceremonies/congregation/marshals by Monday, 29 May. Instructions and training will be provided in advance and lunch plus cakes/refreshments will be supplied in the Cathedral Restaurant.

(28 Apr 2017)


Mode of Travel Survey 2017

The University’s Mode of Travel Survey 2017 for staff and students will be launched on Wednesday, 3 May and all are encouraged to take part. Results gained from the survey will assist in reviewing progress against our targets and help to develop new ideas/initiatives for alternative modes of sustainable travel and aid the implementation of the University’s Sustainable Travel Plan 2014-20. By completing the survey, staff and students will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Amazon voucher. A link to the survey will be available on the Greenspace website.

(28 Apr 2017)


More Homestay Accommodation needed for International Students

Do you enjoy hosting visitors in your own home? Could you offer a warm welcome to international students attending short courses in Durham this summer between Sunday, 28 May and Saturday, 5 August? If so, the English Language Centre would love to hear from you. They are looking for more hosts with a spare room who could provide half board accommodation. In return for your friendly welcome, we offer a generous remuneration and the full support of our homestay coordinator. For further details, please contact Chris and Clare at homestay.elc@durham.ac.uk.

(28 Apr 2017)


Opportunities to research and teach with the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, AIMS

AIMS and Next Einstein Initiative is a pan-African network of Centres of Excellence for post-graduate training, research and public engagement in maths-related disciplines. They aim to fulfil the founder’s Ted-talk dream of creating conditions in Africa ‘so that the next Einstein may be African.’ Their primary function is to teach one-year Masters courses with Research Centres and Schools Outreach programmes also featuring in their expanding portfolio. With the VC soon to sign a partnership agreement with AIMS, opportunities exist for Durham University research colleagues in all spheres of science to teach and research with AIMS. A competitive internship to support the teaching of short maths courses to existing teachers in South Africa is also available. Please read on to find out more and join us at CM 107 (Maths Department) on Tuesday, 16 May between 4pm and 5.30pm. Please register your interest with Victoria.Bainbridge@durham.ac.uk.

(28 Apr 2017) » More about Opportunities to research and teach with the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, AIMS


Staff Survey 2017

Have you completed the Staff Survey yet? Look out for an email from durhamuniversity@orcsurvey.co.uk. Let us know what you think. Over 1,000 members of staff have already responded. Leading the way on response rates is the Marketing and Communications Office with 63%. For a full list of response rates please visit here

(28 Apr 2017)


University League Tables

The results of the 2018 Complete University Guide were published on Wednesday, 26 April with Durham University ranked in 6th place overall. As well as this, three Durham departments were top ranked in their subjects – English, Music, and Education. For further information please visit here.

(28 Apr 2017)


Waste Not, Want Not

Students from Castle and Hild Bede have worked with University Catering to set up a new initiative: Waste Not, Want Not; aiming to reduce food waste and help students or other members of the local community who may be struggling to afford food. The students collect unused soup, salad and sandwiches, which are still safe to consume, from catered College kitchens and University cafes, which would have otherwise been thrown away. The students can be seen outside the Students’ Union every Friday during term time from 6pm. At the first food give away, the students gave food out to over 90 people!

(28 Apr 2017)


Call for Participants - Anthropology and Engineering: an interdisciplinary approach to water infrastructure

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), in collaboration with the University of South Florida, invites anthropologists and engineers to a research workshop aiming to develop a new interdisciplinary approach to the design and development of water infrastructure. The workshop, to be held between Monday, 22 May and Thursday, 25 May, will focus on articulating a joint theoretical framework and methods through which this can be employed; composing a joint funding proposal; and instigating several outputs. For those interested in participating, please contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk.

(27 Apr 2017)


Language learning opportunities this summer

Registration is now open for the Centre for Foreign Language Study’s summer language courses.Nine week development and nine day intensive courses are available, offering the opportunity to study to a schedule which suits your summer plans. Languages available include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish – in a range of levels. All courses are open to staff, students and members of the public for a fee. For more details and to register, please visit the website.

(27 Apr 2017)


Latin America Travel Grants - Now Available

As part of the University’s Internationalisation Strategy to build long term links in Latin America, the International Office is offering a number of mobility grants of up to £1,000, kindly supported by Santander Universities. Eligible countries are: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, with priority given to Brazil, Mexico and Chile. The deadline is Thursday, 11 May. For further information please see the International Office website or contact jonathon.murphy@durham.ac.uk.

(26 Apr 2017)


Goodbye Garden Party for Professor Tim Burt, Master of Hatfield College - 1 July 2017

Professor Tim Burt will be leaving Hatfield College and Durham University at the end of this academic year, after over two decades of service. To celebrate Tim’s 21 years as Master at Hatfield, the College is hosting a Garden Party on Saturday, 1 July. The Garden Party will be held in the College from 3.00pm– 11pm. If you would like to come to the Garden Party, please make your booking here.

(25 Apr 2017)


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know … you can watch the day-to-day activities of two pairs of blue tits nesting via live video feeds? Watch these on the Biodiversity page of the Greenspace website.

(21 Apr 2017) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week


Road works on Elvet Hill Road and Millhill Lane

As part of the University's New World Programme, the Network project, which is providing a new resilient network for the University, requires the digging of trenches to house fibre optic cables, which will cross Elvet Hill Road and Millhill Lane at various points. This will take place between Monday, 24 April and Friday, 26 May and while the roads will remain open, traffic management services will be in place. Read on for full details of the specific locations affected.

(21 Apr 2017) » More about Road works on Elvet Hill Road and Millhill Lane


National Student Survey

The National Student Survey 2017 closes on Sunday, 30 April. Students will return for Easter Term on Monday, 24 April. Please encourage your final year undergraduate students to complete the survey online at www.thestudentsurvey.com

(20 Apr 2017)


ZapatistA Pop-Up Burrito Bar on Durham University Campus

ZapatistA pop-up burrito bar will be landing on Durham University Campus this weekend! Serving hot tasty burritos and fajitas to tingle your taste buds, get yours outside the Bill Bryson Library on the square from 11.30am to 3.00pm this Saturday, 22 April and Sunday, 23 April.

(19 Apr 2017) » More about ZapatistA Pop-Up Burrito Bar on Durham University Campus


Language learning opportunities this summer

Registration is now open for the Centre for Foreign Language Study’s summer language courses. Nine week development and nine day intensive courses are available, offering the opportunity to study to a schedule which suits your summer plans. Languages available include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish – at a range of levels. All courses are open to staff, students and members of the public for a fee. For more details and to register, please visit the website.

(18 Apr 2017)


Library 24/7 - Extended Cafe Opening Times

To support with Library 24/7, the Library Café and Calman Café will be open extended hours from the start of the Easter term.

(10 Apr 2017) » More about Library 24/7 - Extended Cafe Opening Times


New Sandwich Supplier Trial

Try something different this spring. Scribbles, a brand new sandwich supplier, is coming to the Bill Bryson Library and newly refurbished Upper Mountjoy Café. Starting on Tuesday, 18 April and available for six weeks only, we are excited to offer a brand new range of sandwiches, salads, snack pots and fruit juices from this innovative and high quality supplier.

(10 Apr 2017) » More about New Sandwich Supplier Trial


National Student Survey

The National Student Survey remains open until Sunday, 30 April. Please continue to encourage your final year undergraduate students to complete the survey over the Easter break. The survey can be completed at www.thestudentsurvey.com

(7 Apr 2017)


Resurfacing work

Works to resurface New Elvet Traffic Light Area will commence on Saturday, 22 April 2017 and are anticipated to take four days to complete. To enable the works to be carried out quickly and in a safe manner, for both the contractor and members of the public, it is necessary to carry out the surfacing in stages under various road closures.

(7 Apr 2017) » More about resurfacing work


Language learning opportunities this summer

Registration is now open for the Centre for Foreign Language Study’s summer language courses. Nine week development and nine day intensive courses are available, offering the opportunity to study to a schedule which suits your summer plans. Languages available include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish – in a range of levels. All courses are open to staff, students and members of the public for a fee. For more details and to register, please visit the website.

(6 Apr 2017)


Participants needed for Psychology Department research

The Durham Psychology Department is looking for participants aged between 18-35 to take part in a simple reading and auditory perception experiment. If you would be interested in participating, or have any questions about the study, please email kaja.j.mitrenga@durham.ac.uk@durham.ac.uk.

(6 Apr 2017) » More about Participants needed for Psychology Department research


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)


Latin America Travel Grants - Now Available

As part of the University’s Internationalisation Strategy to build long term links in Latin America, the International Office is offering a number of mobility grants of up to £1000, kindly supported by Santander Universities. Eligible countries are: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, with priority given to Brazil, Mexico and Chile. The deadline is Thursday, 11 MayFor further information please see the International Office website or contact jonathon.murphy@durham.ac.uk.

(23 Mar 2017)


MediaLit 17

In June CODEC will be running their 8th annual MediaLit course – five days with expert speakers offering diverse theological reflection and engagement with digital culture, communications, and media. Open to anyone interested in engaging with digital media. Please read on for more information.

(23 Mar 2017) » More about MediaLit 17


Reminder - Durham Learning and Teaching Awards

There is still time to apply for the following annual awards:

  • Enhancing the Student Learning Experience Awards - Applications are welcome until 5pm on 7 Aprilfor further details please click here
  • Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Awards - Applications are welcome until 5pm on 17 Mayfor further details please click here

For further details on any of these awards please contact acad.dev@durham.ac.uk

(21 Mar 2017) » More about Reminder - Durham Learning and Teaching Awards


Save the date

ESRC and EPSRC IAA will be holding a Capacity Building Workshop on Monday, 19 June at The Beehive, Newcastle University. This half day event is in conjunction with Durham University and will give staff in both institutions opportunities to network and share ideas. A draft programme will follow shortly however to register your interest in this event please click here and forward this post to anyone who you think would be interested in attending.

(21 Mar 2017) » More about Save the date


Christian staff prayer group

A Christian prayer group for University staff meets fortnightly on Tuesday lunchtimes. The purpose of the group is to pray for one another and our workplaces. Meetings take place in St Mary's College Chapel from 12.30pm-1.15pm, with the next meeting being on Tuesday, 21 March. Future dates are 4 and 8 April and 2, 16 and 30 May. The group is open to University staff of all Christian backgrounds and experiences. For more information please email mark.a.tallentire@durham.ac.uk .

(17 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)


DUPS Withdrawal from The Transfer Club Arrangement

One of the changes in the Durham University Pension Scheme (DUPS) last August meant the scheme would withdraw from membership of the Public Sector Transfer arrangement from Tuesday, 1 August. Therefore, it is recommended that should you wish to investigate a transfer into DUPS you do so prior to July 2017 to ensure you are provided with the more generous terms.

(17 Feb 2017) » More about DUPS Withdrawal from The Transfer Club Arrangement


Do you need MORE BOOKS?

Struggling to get hold of the book you need? Tell the Library and we’ll buy more books!

(13 Feb 2017) » More about Do you need MORE BOOKS?


Do you have a student who needs support with academic writing?

If so, 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 for discussion. This is not an editing or proofreading service but provides individually focused academic writing tuition. Students can book a consultation at the consultations service webpage. You can also contact us directly for more information at academic.writingunit@durham.ac.uk.

(10 Feb 2017)


National Student Survey

Final year undergraduate students will have the opportunity to participate in the National Student Survey 2017 (NSS) from Monday, 23 January. The survey is very important to both the University and Durham Students’ Union, and only takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. Please encourage all final year undergraduate students to respond to the survey at www.thestudentsurvey.com. The Department and College with the highest response rate will receive £500 to spend on its students. For further information, please contact alyson.bird@durham.ac.uk.

(17 Jan 2017)


Travel Management Service Update

Work is currently under way to renew the University’s Travel Management contract, which will include a one stop shop online self booking tool for all travel related bookings. The current contract with Dawson and Sanderson will run until Friday, 30 June. For the remainder of the contract with Dawson and Sanderson the option of delivering tickets via their in-house courier service will no longer be available. Multiple other options of having your tickets delivered are available, details of which can be found on the Procurement’s buyer guide web page.

(6 Jan 2017)


Have you borrowed money online? Participants needed

Durham University and Newcastle University are looking to talk to people about their experiences of accessing and using short-term credit products through digital devices like smartphones, laptops, PCs or tablets. Short-term credit products might include payday loans, guarantor loans or purchases from weekly payment stores. Discussions will last between 45 minutes and 1 hour and take place at a time and place convenient to you. Participants will be given a £20 shopping voucher as a thank you for their involvement in the research. If you would like to take part, please contact Rachel Gordon: rachel.gordon@newcastle.ac.uk

(14 Dec 2016)


Receive your voicemails via email

Do you miss important voicemails because you're working away from the office? We've added a new feature to our telephony service so you can now receive an email attachment of each voicemail you receive. Read on to find out how to set it up.

(29 Sep 2016) » More about Receive your voicemails via email


See inside CIS

CIS is now on Instagram. Find us at Instagram.com/durhamuni_cis to be kept up to date about new services, learn more about existing services to ensure you’re getting the most from them, and get an insight on the work we do to keep the University’s IT services running for over 20,000 users.

(28 Jul 2016) » More about See inside CIS


Social events

Buddha's Birthday Special Event

Join us for crafts, meditation and traditional Buddha bathing on Saturday, 13 May at the Oriental Museum, as we celebrate Buddha's birthday. The event is open to all, and will be held between 12pm and 5pm. Free entry for students and Durham University staff on production of a campus card. The Museum will be decorated with paper cranes and coloured lanterns. A yoga session will be held at 2.45pm and the meditation sessions will be held at 2pm and 3.30pm. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are suitable for all. We look forward to welcoming you to this special day.

(28 Apr 2017) » More about Buddha's Birthday Special Event


Durham City Scout District - Volunteers needed

The Durham City Scout District are looking for volunteers to help run Beaver, Cub or Scout groups across the Durham City area (usually evenings), and for help in other roles, for example administration. Commitment can be either weekly, monthly, during term, outside of term, or as you are available. The area covers Coxhoe to the south, Waterhouses to the west, Newton Hall to the north and Belmont to the east, with about 10 groups meeting in different locations. If you are outside this area, we can put you in contact with other groups. To get involved, please contact John Little at dc@durhamcityscouts.org.uk or speak to anyone that you know who is involved in scouting.

For other volunteering opportunities please visit the staff volunteering web pages.

(28 Apr 2017)


Morton Feldman in Durham

Come along to the Concert Room in the Music Department on Palace Green for a unique opportunity to hear one of the great masterpieces of the twentieth century cello repertoire. Morton Feldman's "Untitled Composition for Cello and Piano", also known as "Patterns in a Chromatic Field" is a 90 minute piece, written in 1981, that combines Feldman's signature delicate and quiet music with a hypervirtuosity that makes this work not only one of the greatest, but also one of the least-performed cello and piano duos of the last century. The concert will take place on Monday,1 May at 7.30pm, and admission is free. This event is made possible with support from the Insitute of Advanced Study and the Earle Brown Music Foundation. 

(28 Apr 2017) » More about Morton Feldman in Durham


Ukulele Group Lessons

Ukulele group lessons are to be held at St Aidan’s SCR on Thursdays, 12noon until 1pm. We would welcome new members, from beginners to intermediates. The group is friendly and the sessions are fun. If you would like to know more, please contact Bernardine.King@cem.dur.ac.uk.

(28 Apr 2017)


In Conversation with Cafe Scientifique and Cafe Politique - Privacy Under Surveillance

Science and politics collide in this joint event.

(25 Apr 2017) » More about In Conversation with Cafe Scientifique and Cafe Politique - Privacy Under Surveillance


Children's Rave

Big Fish Little Fish is bringing its Father’s Day Children’s Rave to Durham Students’ Union.

Treat the kids (and dads!) to a fun filled day out. More information is available here and tickets can be purchased here.

(13 Apr 2017)


Phoenix Theatre Company presents 'Romeo & Juliet'

Enter a world where the commodity is women, men fight for power and a pair of star-crossed lovers try to break the violent circle of death and despair. Experience the retelling of Shakespeare’s classic love story in a Mad Max-esque style world on the 11, 12 or 13 May at the Assembly Rooms Theatre.

For more information visit click here, or join the Facebook event here.

(13 Apr 2017)


Jonathan Parker: Familiarity and Mystery

The Jonathan Parker Symposium and Exhibition Launch will be held in the Sir James Knott Hall, Trevelyan College on Friday, 28 April starting at 1.50 pm.

For further information please use the following link www.dur.ac.uk/trevelyan.college/events/ or contact Charlotte Imlach (trevelyan.collsec@durham.ac.uk).

(12 Apr 2017) » More about Jonathan Parker: Familiarity and Mystery


Christian staff prayer group

A Christian prayer group for University staff meets fortnightly on Tuesday lunchtimes. The purpose of the group is to pray for one another and our workplaces. Meetings take place in St Mary's College Chapel from 12.30pm-1.15pm, with the next meeting being on Tuesday, 21 March. Future dates are 4 and 8 April and 2, 16 and 30 May. The group is open to University staff of all Christian backgrounds and experiences. For more information please email mark.a.tallentire@durham.ac.uk .

(17 Mar 2017)


Saturday Morning Physics!

This week's session on Saturday, 15 October 10.30am-12.30pm is presented by Professor Richard Bower and is called 'The Big Bang Show'. How does the Universe begin? This question has pre-occupied human thought for more than 3000 years. But contemporary cosmologists think they know the answer. We’ll explore our place in the Universe, what the Universe is made from and the evidence for the expansion of the Universe. We’ll discuss how astronomical and cosmological observations have led to the big bang model in which the Universe is created in a cosmic “big bang”, a hot explosion of matter. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lectures Theatre, Rochester Building and all are welcome, no need to pre-book.

(10 Oct 2016) » More about Saturday Morning Physics!


Lectures and seminars

Joint RCUK and Durham University Regional EDI Event

We are delighted to announce that Durham University and RCUK are hosting an event to launch the RCUK's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan within the North East of England. The event will take place on Wednesday, 10 May, 10am-4pm in the Kingsley Barratt Lecture Theatre, Calman Centre (CLC407). If you are able to attend, would like to nominate a representative, or have any questions please contact catherine.foster@durham.ac.uk as soon as possible and no later than close of play on Thursday, 4 May.

(28 Apr 2017) » More about Joint RCUK and Durham University Regional EDI Event


Narratives and Economics - a Talk by Paul Omerod (Economist and former IAS Fellow)

This talk will take place on Thursday, 4 May at 12.15pm in the Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Palace Green. The concept of narratives is gaining traction in economics. The 2016 American Economics Association Presidential address by Robert Schiller was on this topic. The basic idea is that a change in policy may not have a unique outcome because of the way in which it is interpreted, the dominant narrative around it which emerges. Paul illustrates the talk with examples of current policy, such as austerity, and the continuing crises in the Euro. He also gives examples of how modern computer science techniques can identify narratives, giving policy makers for the first time a systematic way of influencing them. Registration is essential. Anyone wishing to attend must register at enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk.

(28 Apr 2017)


Research Seminar: Practice, Sensibility and Moral Education

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, 10 May at 1pm in ED134 at the School of Education. The seminar will be led by Professor David Bakhurst from Queen's University, Ontario. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact ed.finres@durham.ac.uk.

(28 Apr 2017) » More about Research Seminar: Practice, Sensibility and Moral Education


'Squabbling, Babbling, Feeling: What did Exile do to Early Modern Catholics from Britain and Ireland?’

Professor John McCafferty, University College Dublin will give this lecture as part of the Ushaw Lecture Series at Ushaw College at 6pm on Thursday, 4 May. The lecture will be preceded by a drinks reception at 5.30pm. All are welcome. To register, please email hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk. If you need help with transport between Durham and Ushaw College, please contact Jane at ccs.admin@durham.ac.uk or on 0191 334 1656 by 9am on Tuesday, 2 May. For directions, please see www.ushaw.org.

(27 Apr 2017)


A Day of Knowledge and Wisdom: Your Chance to Astonish the World

The Junior Common Rooms of John Snow College and Stephenson College are pleased to invite you to attend our annual cross departmental and inter-collegiate conference 'A Day of Knowledge and Wisdom: Your chance to astonish the world' on Tuesday, 30 May between 11am and 4pm in F009 Wolfson Building, Queen's Campus. This free event will see undergraduates, masters and PhD students showcasing their research through oral or poster presentations. The day will also feature a key note speaker, Kate Welch, and the judging of a poster competition with prizes awarded. In addition, lunch and free refreshments will be provided in the poster hall for those in attendance.

(27 Apr 2017) » More about A Day of Knowledge and Wisdom: Your Chance to Astonish the World


Institute of Advanced Study - Easter Term Events 2017

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) has a wide variety of events this term including lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2016/17 Scale programme. Most events, and in particular lectures, are free to attend and open to all. For a full list of events, please click here.

(27 Apr 2017) » More about Institute of Advanced Study - Easter Term Events 2017


Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) Events - Easter Term

The next seminar of the 2016/17 'Landscapes' series entitled "Navigating spaces? Geographical Encounters and the Multiple 'Mapping Worlds' of Later Medieval Bristol" will be delivered by Professor Keith Lilley, Queens University Belfast, on Tuesday, 2 May, 5.30pm in the Palace Green Library Learning Centre. For full details and to register for this event please click here.

(27 Apr 2017) » More about Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) Events - Easter Term


International Conference: Catholicism, Literature, and the Arts: 1850 to the Present

Registration is now open for this conference, which will take place in Durham on 5-7 July 2017. This conference is organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University and Ushaw College and is supported by the Centre for Poetry and Poetics and the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture at Durham University. For further information please visit here.

(27 Apr 2017) » More about International Conference: Catholicism, Literature, and the Arts: 1850 to the Present


Reminder - The Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue 2017

The speaker for the 2016/17 annual lecture will be Harriet Lamb, CEO of International Alert, Europe’s largest peace building organisation. The lecture, entitled 'Beyond Bombs and Bandaids: The Prospects for Peace', will take place on Thursday, 4 May at 6.15pm in the Rosemary Cramp Theatre in the Calman Learning Centre. Please be aware the venue will not be accessible until 6pm. Booking is essential for this event. If you would like to attend please confirm your attendance and that of any guest you wish to bring with louise.bellenger@durham.ac.uk or ring 49354 or alternatively register online.

(27 Apr 2017) » More about Reminder - The Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue 2017


Early Stage Researcher Conference

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing is pleased to host its second annual Early Stage Researcher Conference on Monday, 12 June, 9am to 5pm at the University, Lower Mountjoy. Please read on for further information.

(25 Apr 2017) » More about Early Stage Researcher Conference


The 'Bottom Billion': Wealth Inequality and Social Mobility

In this workshop on Wednesday, 3 May, 6pm at Ustinov College the aim is to explore the current situation of wealth inequality and social mobility in different countries around the world, think about the impacts to economic and social life and reflect on the potential obstacles to global citizenship. Come along and share your ideas. Refreshments will be provided. For more information please email ustinov.seminar@durham.ac.uk.

(25 Apr 2017) » More about The 'Bottom Billion': Wealth Inequality and Social Mobility


Ustinov College Cafe Scientique presents: Critical thinking, the media and policy decision making in a post-factual world

Dr Graham Smith, Lead Scientist and Head of Wildlife Epidemiology and Modelling at the National Wildlife Management Centre, DEFRA will host this lecture on critical thinking and policy decision making. This talk will question our critical thinking abilities, look at how we can better assess modern media output, and how government policy decision making is actually performed. Very timely and exciting for a post-factual world. The event will take place on Thursday, 4 May at 6.30pm, Ustinov College. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be provided. For further information please contact ustinov.cafesci@durham.ac.uk.

(25 Apr 2017)


IHRR Postgraduate Forum - Save the date

The third Postgraduate Forum for the 2016/17 academic year will be held on Wednesday, 14 June in W007, Geography between 12noon and 4pm. If you are interested to present your work or for more information please contact Hanna Ruszczyk, Postgraduate representative of the IHRR h.a.ruszczyk@durham.ac.uk.

(24 Apr 2017) » More about IHRR Postgraduate Forum - Save the date


An Army of Workers - The story of Chinese Labour in World War One France

Professor Paul Bailey (Department of History) will give a talk for the Friends of the Oriental Museum on the role of Chinese labour in World War One France, on Wednesday, 10 May, 7.30pm to 9.15pm. The lecture will be held in room EH103, Elvet Hill House and all are welcome. 

(20 Apr 2017) » More about An Army of Workers - The story of Chinese Labour in World War One France


ESRC IAA capacity building workshops with Professor Mark Reed

Professor Mark Reed will be delivering two sessions: the first will be on social media management and being a better ‘digital academic’. The second is about working with policy makers and designing effective policy briefs. Both events are open to Newcastle University and Durham University and are supported by the Economic and Social Research Council. Please note that spaces are limited, so both events are open to social science researchers only. In addition the policy event is open to Policy Academy fellows. If you have any further questions about the event, please email the HaSS research team hass.researchteam@ncl.ac.uk or contact Durham ESRC IAA Manager, Elaine Grieveson on esrciaa@durham.ac.uk.

(20 Apr 2017) » More about ESRC IAA capacity building workshops with Professor Mark Reed


CHESS Seminar Series 2016/17

The next CHESS seminar entitled 'The Sounds of Silence in the Law' will take place on Thursday, 25 May in the Senate Room, University College. The seminar will commence at 10am and all are welcome and refreshments provided. To confirm your attendance please contact the Centre Administrator at admin.chess@durham.ac.uk.

(18 Apr 2017) » More about CHESS Seminar Series 2016/17


The Second Annual WRIHW Early Stage Researcher Conference

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing is pleased to host its second annual Early Stage Researcher Conference on Monday, 12 June in Durham City. Click here for further information.

(11 Apr 2017) » More about The Second Annual WRIHW Early Stage Researcher Conference


Public Lecture: 'What Aristotle Doesn’t Know about the Common Good ...’

Dr Patrick Riordan SJ will give this lecture as part of the Centre for Catholic Studies’ series of Engagements with Catholic Social Thought and Practice, in Seminar Room B, Abbey House, Palace Green, at 5.30pm on Wednesday, 10 May.

For more details and to register, please visit the event’s booking page. Booking is preferred but not essential.

(8 Apr 2017) » More about Public Lecture: 'What Aristotle Doesn’t Know about the Common Good ...’


Alchemy, Astronomy, Witchcraft and Magic, c. 500-1700 AD

This eight-week community course, brought to you by Durham’s Medieval and Early Modern Student Association, will introduce you to the weirder and more wonderful side of medieval and renaissance culture. This course is for anyone who wants to learn more about our historical fascination with everything that comes under the broad umbrella of alchemy, astronomy, witchcraft or magic. For full details and to register a place on the course please click herePlease note that registration for the course will close on Friday, 28 April. Contact imrs.memsa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

(31 Mar 2017) » More about Alchemy, Astronomy, Witchcraft and Magic, c. 500-1700 AD


Research Seminar: Education, Conversation and New Learning Technologies

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, 3 May 2017 at 1pm in ED134 at the School of Education. The seminar will be led by Professor David Bakhurst from Queen's University, Ontario. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact ed.finres@durham.ac.uk.

(31 Mar 2017) » More about Research Seminar: Education, Conversation and New Learning Technologies


Developing policy and practice through participatory research

This workshop is designed for researchers who want to find ways to involve policy-makers and practitioners in research that helps to develop policy and practice.

(27 Feb 2017) » More about Developing policy and practice through participatory research


MediaLit 17

CODEC will be holding its eighth MediaLit training course from Monday, 12 June to Friday, 16 June 2017 exploring Christian ministry, communications and the media, with a special emphasis on digital culture.

(21 Feb 2017) » More about MediaLit 17


Spirituality and Recovery Conference

As more and more mental health service providers embrace a recovery approach to care, this conference will give opportunity to explore the role which spirituality has to play in such an approach. Can there be a recovery approach without taking spirituality into account? Does a recovery model open up new opportunities to ensure that attention to spiritual needs is routinely a part of assessment and care planning? Are ‘recovery’ and ‘spirituality’ simply two different words for the same thing when it comes to mental health care, or do they have their own distinct, but mutually enriching, meanings? This year's Spirituality and Recovery Conference will take place Wednesday, 12 July to Friday, 14 July. To book your place please click here.

(12 Jan 2017) » More about Spirituality and Recovery Conference


Saturday Morning Physics! - Building a star on Planet Earth

Fusion could provide an almost unlimited supply of energy. In this lecture, we will discuss the road-map for fusion energy as well as the technologically demanding, cryogenically-cooled superconducting magnets that will help fusion energy become a viable technology. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lecture Theatre, Rochester Building, 10.30am-12.30pm on Saturday 10 December.

(10 Dec 2016) » More about Saturday Morning Physics! - Building a star on Planet Earth


50th Anniversary Conference of the Social Policy Association (SPA)

This year's SPA Annual Conference: 'Social Inequalities: Research, Theory, and Policy - Durham University' will take place from Monday, 10 July to Wednesday, 12 July . 

(7 Dec 2016) » More about 50th Anniversary Conference of the Social Policy Association (SPA)


Saturday Morning Physics! - Magnets in the Cloud

The next Saturday Morning Physics session on 12 November will be presented by Professor Del Atkinson on Magnets in the Cloud.The talks will be supplemented by some hands-on activities after a coffee break. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lectures Theatre, Rochester Building, 10.30am-12.30pm. All welcome, no need to pre-book!

(12 Nov 2016) » More about Saturday Morning Physics! - Magnets in the Cloud


Saturday Morning Physics!

Some of the department's world class scientists will talk on their fascinating research topics including astrophysics, cosmology, materials science, lasers, quantum mechanics and particle physics. The talks will be supplemented by some hands-on activities after a coffee break. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lecture Theatre, Rochester Building between 10.30am-12.30pm on Saturday, 8 October. All welcome, no need to pre-book!

(5 Oct 2016) » More about Saturday Morning Physics!


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)


Need to know

Changes to the Expenses Policy

UEC recently approved changes to the expenses policy; an updated version is available here.

(28 Apr 2017) » More about Changes to the Expenses Policy


Durham DOES Update

Find out more about progress of the Durham DOES programme by attending one of the Town Hall meetings organised at Durham and at Queen’s Campus. The open meetings will include a presentation and time for questions and answers. They will be led by Jane Robinson, Chief Operating Officer (Durham) and Tim Clark, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Queen’s Campus) on:

  • Monday, 8 May, 11am to 12noon in CLC013, Sir Arnold Wolfendale Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham City
  • Thursday 11 May, 4pm to 5pm in D004, Ebsworth Building, Queen’s Campus

The meetings are open to all staff and will be an opportunity for you to find out more about the progress of the programme, how you can get involved and to ask any questions you may have about the programme to date. Please note that you do not need to book to attend these meetings but places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis on the day, up to the capacity of the room. If you would like to submit a question in advance, to be addressed at the meetings, you can do so by emailing your question to durham.does@durham.ac.uk. Alternatively, you can submit your question using our online form which gives you the option to remain anonymous. 

(28 Apr 2017)


Staff Interest Free Loan Scheme

To support all international staff, (including if applicable, EEA staff) with the costs associated with visa applications, applications for permanent residency or British Citizenship, the University will be launching an Interest Free Loan Scheme on Tuesday, 2 May. Staff who are appointed on an open ended contract, or on a fixed term contract of employment of two years or more, will be eligible to make an application for a loan. For further information please visit the Staff Interest Fee Loan Scheme page or email hr.ukvi@durham.ac.uk for more information.

(28 Apr 2017)


Voluntary Severance scheme now open

The Voluntary Severance (VS) scheme is now open and information about the scheme is available online at: www.durham.ac.uk/hr/policies/vs Voluntary severance is open to all staff who meet the criteria set out in the scheme documentation, with the same package offered to Academic and Professional Services staff. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, 26 May. The VS request will go to the appropriate line manager in the first instance but a University cross-disciplinary panel will be assessing all applications in line with criteria and making final decisions. If you have any queries or comments please speak with your line manager and/or refer to the FAQs which are available on the VS web page. Alternatively, please use the dedicated email address: hr.vs@durham.ac.uk

(12 Apr 2017)


Increase in spam emails - please be vigilant

CIS is aware of a recent increase in spam emails. In response to this we are accelerating our plans to improve the University’s spam filtering and within the next fortnight will implement changes to further reduce the number of spam emails received. Please continue to be vigilant when opening emails and attachments. If you receive an email that you believe to be suspicious, do not click on links within the email or open any attachments. Forward the email to phishing@durham.ac.uk and then delete it. Read on for a reminder about how to spot malicious emails.

(20 Oct 2016) » More about Increase in spam emails - please be vigilant


Milestone progress for desktop rollout

With a much improved user experience now available on over 1,200 computers across the University, the rollout of an all new desktop environment to student and teaching computers has officially passed the halfway mark.

If you use academic applications in teaching, we strongly encourage you to test your applications on the new desktop environment before the start of term. You can see the list of applications that are available so far here, and you can test them on any of the upgraded computers around the campus. 

1200 student and teaching computers upgraded to new desktop environment

(26 Aug 2016) » More about Milestone progress for desktop rollout


Changes to the large format printing service

We’ve updated the process of ordering large format printing at the IT Service Desk in the Bill Bryson Library. 

(25 Aug 2016) » More about Changes to the large format printing service


Do you use NPCS computers for teaching? New desktop coming soon

This summer will see the introduction of an all new desktop environment to student and teaching computers across the University. When we begin the next academic year, all NPCS machines (student and teaching machines) will have been upgraded to the Durham University Desktop Environment (DUDE). If you use NPCS machines when teaching, read on to find out more. If you don’t, look out for more information later in the year when we roll out the new desktop to staff computers.

(13 May 2016) » More about Do you use NPCS computers for teaching? New desktop coming soon


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