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A new-look website for the University

From next week, you will notice some changes in our website, as we launch our new website homepage and top level pages. This marks a key moment in our new external digital presence as we position ourselves even more effectively in an increasingly competitive international market and enhance the experience of our website users. Following the launch, the project team will continue to migrate content over to our new website. This means some pages will re-direct you back to the old website as the project team work on the remaining content.

(18 Jun 2021) » More about A new-look website for the University


Power Shutdown to Mountjoy site

Durham University has received notification form Northern Powergrid that they need to undertake works on the 20KV High Voltage (HV) substation at St. Marys College. To accommodate this request a full power shutdown to the entire University Upper and Lower Mountjoy site will take place on Saturday 17 July 2021 from 8am - 2pm. All buildings with the exception of Mountjoy and Rowan will be closed to staff and students for the duration of the power shutdown. Properties at Collingwood College, Grey College and Hollingside Lane will remain open but will be affected by a small power interruption on Friday 16 July at 4.30pm and Sunday 18 July at 4pm lasting only 30 seconds while a generator is connected. Bill Byson Library will close at the normal time on Friday 16 July and will reopen as usual on Sunday 18 July 2021 so infrastructure improvements to the HV supply can be undertaken. These works are being coordinated with the Northern Powergrid shutdown to reduce future power interruptions.

(18 Jun 2021) » More about Power Shutdown to Mountjoy site


Summer vacation opening times

As of Saturday 26 June, we enter the University vacation period and will be adjusting our opening times. For the duration of the summer period, we’ve removed all limits on the number of individual study spaces you can book. Opening times are as follows:

For more information, please visit our website.

(18 Jun 2021)


Help stop the spread of Covid-19 in our University and community

 We are aware of a number of coronavirus cases amongst our community. Please continue to be vigilant in following the Covid-19 guidance, even as we enjoy the opportunities that the end of term and easing of restrictions brings.

We strongly encourage anyone studying or working in Durham to take two LFTs per week and we remind our entire community to use our internal reporting systems to inform us of Covid-19 symptoms, a positive test result or periods of self-isolation. In the coming weeks you may also be asked to participate in surge testing. This is targeted testing to proactively find and isolate cases of Covid-19, helping to prevent the spread of the virus.

Thank you for all that you are doing - by working together, we can continue to protect our community.

(11 Jun 2021)


Updated Covid-19 guidance: North Tyneside

The UK Government has issued new guidance for people living in areas where the new Covid-19 variant is spreading. This includes North Tyneside. Please visit gov.uk to find out more. You should continue to work from home if your role enables you to do so. This guidance applies to colleagues living in all areas of England.

(28 May 2021)


Covid-19 Contact Tracing

You may be contacted by the University or NHS contact tracing teams if:

  • You have had a positive Covid-19 test result
  • You have been identified as a close contact of someone who has recently tested positive for Covid-19

We encourage everyone to engage with Covid-19 contact tracing to help control the rate of reproduction (R), reduce the spread of the infection and save lives.

Visit gov.uk to find out what to do if you are contacted.

(21 May 2021)


HR Policy

HR & OD has incorporated some new and some revised leave polices into one space on the HR policy website under the title 'Other Leave Policy'. This policy covers the following types of leave: Bereavement leave, Emergency leave / time off for dependants, Fertility treatment leave, Jury Service / time in court, Leave of absence, Magistrate’s duty, Unpaid leave, Reservists leave and Special discretionary leave. For more information please have a look at the policy document.

(21 May 2021)


'A Breath of Fresh Air'

Come along to Durham University’s Tent on the Racecourse for a ‘Breath of Fresh Air', on 25 June 12 noon-3pm, where Durham University Classical Ensemble and Durham University Palatinate Orchestra join forces to deliver a series of pieces by composers including Bach and Shostakovich. The concert will be in a festival style and audience members will be able to preorder drinks in our venue. Book now in groups of up to six to avoid disappointment – deadline for tickets is 22 June with no tickets available on the day. For tickets go to the Music Durham website.

(18 Jun 2021)


A date for your diary: 3 Rivers Regional Learning and Teaching Online Conference

The 15th Regional Learning and Teaching Conference is fast approaching. Building upon the success of previous partnership events held by the North East region’s universities – Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside, we invite our teaching community to exchange knowledge as part of learning in higher education. Please book a place here.

(18 Jun 2021) » More about A date for your diary: 3 Rivers Regional Learning and Teaching Online Conference


Adventures of an underwater archaeologist

Join underwater archaeologist Gary Bankhead in discussing his diving adventures into the River Wear and his discovery of over 13,500 objects dating from as early as the 12th century. Several of these objects have been featured in the online exhibition Hidden Stories from the River Wear. The talk will be held on Zoom on Thursday, 24 June 2021 at 6.30pm. Please email archaeology.museum@durham.ac.uk for a link.

(18 Jun 2021) » More about Adventures of an underwater archaeologist


Greenspace Festival

We excited to announce that our first Greenspace Festival will be taking place on Wednesday 23 June from 1pm-3.30pm. We've invited 20 incredible sustainable businesses, researchers and student groups from Durham and across the North East to showcase their work that tackles climate change and drives sustainable development. For more information, please visit our web page.

(18 Jun 2021) » More about Greenspace Festival


IMEMS: History of the Book online

Durham University's History of the Book Conference 2021 - Organizing and Disorganizing Knowledge will take place on 8 September 2021 - 9 September 2021. The call for papers deadline is 30 June. Please send an abstract of max. 250 words, along with your name, affiliation and title to admin.imems@durham.ac.uk.

(18 Jun 2021) » More about IMEMS: History of the Book online


IMEMS/Blackfriars Eat Medieval: Fit for a king

This is an online course for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own kitchen. Our online cookery school will take place from Monday 28 June - Friday 2 July 2021. The cost of the course is £125 per person with a 25% discount for IMEMS members (email admin.imems@durham.ac.uk). To book your place, please click here

(18 Jun 2021) » More about IMEMS/Blackfriars Eat Medieval: Fit for a king


Inviting applications - College Mentors at St John's College

Do you want to be part of a friendly and welcoming college community on the Bailey? Would you like to mentor a small group of new students, help them settle in to university life at Durham, support their personal development and perhaps introduce them to the North East?

(18 Jun 2021) » More about Inviting applications - College Mentors at St John's College


MAMs Network Research Project: The impact of Covid-19 on mothers working in UK Higher Education Institutions

Thank you to all members of the Durham University community who participated in and supported the UK-wide MAMS Network research project "The impact of Covid-19 on mothers working in UK Higher Education Institutions". Review the findings and view our info video here: Let's Network : Mothers and Mothers-to-be Support (MAMS) Network - Durham University. Follow us on Twitter: @at_mams To join MAMS, please contact Michelle Dixon: michelle.dixon@durham.ac.uk

(18 Jun 2021)


Music Durham Cathedral concert

Tickets are still available for Music Durham's annual Cathedral Concert, which this year with the theme of Joy. Featuring many of our incredibly talented music ensembles, the concert is on Monday 21 June at 7.30pm with reduced audience numbers, so get your tickets now.

(18 Jun 2021) » More about Music Durham Cathedral concert


Palaeography and Latin online school

This online school will take place between 19 July and 30 July and you can apply by filling in this form by 5pm on Sunday 27 June. The cost of the course is £650 (Bursaries of £300 available for those without access to other sources of funding).

(18 Jun 2021) » More about Palaeography and Latin online school


Reminder: Join a bike ride around Durham as part of the Greenspace Festival

Enjoy cycling and would like to explore areas around Durham City? Why not join a bike ride, led by a British Cycling qualified Ride Leader, who will lead an 8 mile easy cycle ride on Wednesday 23 June 2021, starting at 1.30pm from ‘The Tent’ on the Racecourse along Green Lane. All part of the Greenspace Festival. Please book your place by visiting the Lets Ride website

(18 Jun 2021)


Research Culture Café

The second Research Culture Café will be held on Wednesday 7 July at 1pm. ‘Research Culture Cafés’ are an opportunity to raise challenges around research culture, discuss the values upholding research integrity, and share best practices for a positive research environment. The meeting will be held online but to facilitate open discussion numbers will be limited to 15 attendees. Please register here.

(18 Jun 2021)


Schools Engagement and Outreach coffee morning

After the success of our first Schools Engagement and Outreach coffee morning, we are delighted to announce the next one will take place on Wednesday June 30 at 10am-11am via MS Teams. For the focus of this month’s session, we have two colleagues from the International Office and MLAC who will showcase how they currently engage with schools /colleges. Come along to share best practice, meet new colleagues involved in outreach and find out more about what outreach activities and events are currently on offer within the University.

(18 Jun 2021) » More about Schools Engagement and Outreach coffee morning


Ustinov Annual Conference

We are delighted to open registration for the Ustinov Annual Conference 2021. This virtual conference is going to be held on Saturday, 26 June 2021 from 9.30am - 3.30pm.

(18 Jun 2021) » More about Ustinov Annual Conference


Women@DU Round up of the Year

Join us on Tuesday 6 July between 12 noon - 2pm for a chance to network with other women across the University and help determine our programme for next academic year. Lorna and Jane will also give a brief update on how the Women@DU Network has been involved in some important EDI advances in the University working with the other staff networks, and you’ll have the chance to feedback on what kinds of activities you’d like to see next year from the network. It will be great to see you there. Tickets are available here.

(18 Jun 2021)


Cycle coaching for cycling novices

Interested in cycling but would like to gain a little more confidence? Coaching sessions are being offered to students and staff to allow them to gain confidence on balance, how to use gears, bike suitability and technique. At present no dates have been arranged as we are gauging interest. Sessions will be free and will last for two hours. It will be essential for those interested to have their own bike. To register interest, please email greenspace.staff@durham.ac.uk, advising if you will be available during June and July.

(11 Jun 2021)


Health and well-being scoping exercise

As part of the Health Strategy at the University, the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing would like your opinion on the current training for PhD students who have an interest in health and well-being research. If you are a PhD student, supervisor, or other academic, your views would be most welcome. The questionnaire will take around six minutes of your time and will go a long way to improving our PhD training provision, and fulfilling core aims of the Health Strategy. Thank you for your input - you can access the questionnaire here. Closing date for responses is 27 June 2021.

(11 Jun 2021)


Join the Greenspace bike ride around Durham

Enjoy cycling and would like to explore areas around Durham City? Why not join a bike ride, led by a British Cycling qualified Ride Leader, who will lead an 8 mile easy cycle ride on Wednesday 23 June 2021, starting at 1.30pm from ‘The Tent’ on the Racecourse along Green Lane. All part of the Greenspace Festival. Please book your place by visiting the Lets Ride website.

(11 Jun 2021)


Participants needed for sports and exercise study

What's in it for you? Body composition analysis, dietary analysis and nutritional advice, maximal strength test and training guidance. Read on to find out more.

(11 Jun 2021) » More about Participants needed for sports and exercise study


Student Art Prize awards

You are invited to the Student Art Prize award announcement via Zoom on Wednesday 23 June, 6.30pm - 7.30pm, where the three prize-winners will be announced and livestreamed from the University's Teaching and Learning Centre. Sign up here.

(11 Jun 2021) » More about Student Art Prize awards


The Tent on the Racecourse

The arts festival is now in full swing, offering theatre, music, dance and entertainment until 25 June. Join in the fun this weekend when the Big Band and Jazz Band present the Big Summer Festival. Visit the website for details of all activities and to book online.

(11 Jun 2021)


Upcoming Teaching and Learning workshop

DCAD's next Teaching and Learning workshop facilitated by Professor Simon Rees, will explore the nature of creativity in science and how to teach for and with creativity in science. Teaching for creativity involves developing pedagogical strategies that promote creative thinking while teaching with creativity involves developing strategies to promote creative approaches to teaching. To book onto the workshop please visit the training booking system. Further details can also be found on the Teaching and Learning Workshop sharepoint site

(11 Jun 2021)


Durham SU's Riverside Bar and Café is back

The sun is here, exams are over, and Riverside Bar and Café is back. Get back to pints from £2.50, big screen sport and riverside views with your friends. And we’ll be putting all profits back into your societies, campaigns and student representation.

(4 Jun 2021) » More about Durham SU's Riverside Bar and Café is back


Footprint 2021 - a free online environmental conference

Footprint is back and will be taking place virtually on 11 - 12 June. The delegates attending will vary in scope from across the UK and we hope to encourage open discussions around climate change over the course of the two days. Everyone is welcome to attend. This will be the third year that this conference is held and has previously taken place in Durham’s Town Hall. You can find out more information and register for your free ticket from our web page

(4 Jun 2021)


Free online live launch invitation - Jericho: An Ancient City Revealed

A group of MA Museum and Artefact Studies students at Durham University have been developing an online exhibition called 'Jericho: An Ancient City Revealed' as part of their course, alongside Durham University’s Oriental Museum. The exhibition centres on pioneering archaeologist Dame Kathleen Kenyon and her influential work at the site of Ancient Jericho/Tell es-Sultan - one of the oldest cities in the world. The project centres on the museum’s fantastic collection from Kenyon’s excavations at Tell es-Sultan, including objects which have never before been displayed. The exhibition will be launched alongside a podcast series and educational resources on 10 June. If this event is of interest to you or your colleagues, please RSVP by sending an email to zoe.a.rankin@durham.ac.uk by Wednesday 9 June, 5pm.

(4 Jun 2021) » More about Free online live launch invitation - Jericho: An Ancient City Revealed


Re: Tension - Educational film screening and workshop discussing institutional racism within UK HE

Re:Tension explores the reality of how racism, micro-aggressions and unconscious bias can function in academic institutions. Please join us to watch this powerful film, and to discuss and share your ideas on how to tackle racism in our UK universities with a focus on Durham University.

(4 Jun 2021) » More about Re: Tension - Educational film screening and workshop discussing institutional racism within UK HE


Italian course at St John's

This intermediate level Italian language course runs online on Teams every Friday, 7pm-7.55pm, for six weeks starting Friday 4 June 2021. The teacher is a native Italian speaker, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with a PG-cert in Academic Practice and with years’ experience in teaching and the sessions will be highly interactive. All fees will be donated to support St John’s College and its activities during the pandemic.

(28 May 2021) » More about Italian course at St John's


RTProjects fundraising

RTProjects will be hosting a fundraising event called ‘Run to the Sun’ on 19 and 20 June vía Zoom to promote awareness of suicide and suicide prevention! Please feel free to join - you can run literally anywhere (in your bedroom, in your garden, etc.). Watch the video or sign up today. Please feel free to email durham.minds@durham.ac.uk if you have any questions.

(28 May 2021)


Webinar - Black Holes, Galaxies and the Evolution of the Universe

The latest webinar in our Knowledge Across Borders series with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which attracted almost 600 registrations from 29 countries, is now available to watch online.

(28 May 2021)


Exhibition - Journeys: Reading the World

This exhibition builds on our 'Preparing for a Journey' exhibition launched earlier in the year and explores the themes of travel, adventure and exploration through rare books, diaries, maps and letters. Visit now to investigate the differences between travellers and tourists and examine the legacies of European exploration. You will also find out more about historic journeys to and from Durham, hear stories of pioneering women travellers and walk the fine line between travel fact and travel fiction. The exhibition looks just as good on desktop or mobile, so whether you are stuck at home or out on a journey of your own, why not visit today?

(21 May 2021)


Music, Sound and Maternity

You are invited to join Erin Johnson-Williams (Durham Music Department) and the Durham University MAMS Network for a roundtable discussion about sound, music, colonial history and maternity on Friday 18 June at 12 noon. This event is open to all and we hope to see you there. Please sign up for your free ticket here. For further information, please contact erin.g.johnson-williams@durham.ac.uk.

(21 May 2021) » More about Music, Sound and Maternity


Staff network coffee break

Our next informal staff network coffee break chat will take place (via Microsoft Teams) on Thursday 27 May at 3pm. With recent changes being implemented as part of the Government's Covid roadmap, now is a great time to chat about these changes and how they will hopefully positively affect you - such as places in Durham to eat, leisure activities available etc. This is the opportunity to chat to colleagues, those who have been here a while, those who have just joined and those who may still be due to arrive over the next few months; to support each other, discuss any challenges and issues faced at this time and to meet new people. Pop the event in your diary and just click on the link at the time.

(21 May 2021)


Ushaw College

Since 2015 Ushaw College has been developing its facilities to reflect its role as a significant heritage and cultural attraction in the North-East. It has had to reinvent its offer to respond to Covid-19 and now charges for admission to its gardens and grounds to help support the extensive estate, buildings and collections.

(21 May 2021) » More about Ushaw College


Christian staff prayer group

A number of Christian members of University staff meet regularly to pray together. Meetings take place fortnightly on Tuesday lunchtimes, in St Mary’s College chapel, from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Members are welcome to take their lunch. For more information, email: mark.a.tallentire@durham.ac.uk or j.p.moore@durham.ac.uk.

(17 Apr 2018)


A Green and Tidy Move Out

We’re staying conscious of the planet and our local neighbourhoods as our students move out this summer. Under the award-winning Green Move Out environmental scheme, at the end of the academic year, students’ unwanted belongings are collected and donated to local charities.

(18 Jun 2021) » More about A Green and Tidy Move Out


Available to listen now: 100 Moments That Rocked Computer Science podcast with Professor Sue Black OBE

Our brand new, top 10, 5 star rated podcast by Professors Sue Black and Gordon Love from the Department of Computer Science is now available to listen to and subscribe on all major streaming platforms. Search '100 Moments That Rocked Computer Science' or follow this link.

(18 Jun 2021) » More about Available to listen now: 100 Moments That Rocked Computer Science podcast with Professor Sue Black OBE


Communication site for Social Sciences and Health

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Health’s administration team is delighted to announce the launch of our Social Sciences & Health Faculty communication site. A one stop shop of SSH Faculty information for colleagues across the University. 

(18 Jun 2021) » More about Communication site for Social Sciences and Health


Durham University's Test to Release process

In consultation with Public Health England and Durham County Council, the University is currently operating a “Test to Release” scheme. Individuals who have had contact with someone who has tested positive may be released after one negative PCR result subject to testing using LFTs daily for a further six days before taking a final PCR to exit the process. Each case will be subject to an individual risk assessment, the key requirement being that you are able to avoid all contact with any positive cases while they are isolating. If you are in this situation and would like to be considered for Test to Release:

Please be aware that there is currently a high number of applications. Your enquiry will be dealt with as soon as possible.

(18 Jun 2021)


Encore Cloud downtime

In line with Panopto's bi-annual upgrade schedule and to enable the Panopto Cloud's new features, there will be mandatory downtime of the entire Encore service on 26 June, with an expected start time of 9pm GMT/10pm BST. The maintenance is expected to last four hours, ending at 1am GMT/2am BST. During this time, there will be no access to the Cloud, preventing the recording, viewing and editing of sessions. Users are advised to wait until the maintenance has completed before attempting to access the site. A service status message will be opened when the downtime is due to start and closed the following morning. For further information on the downtime and the upgrade features, please visit our web page.

(18 Jun 2021)


Module design sessions for 2021-22

Thinking about what your modules will look like next academic year? DCAD is offering workshops and one-to-one sessions to help module leaders and teams to structure next year's teaching in light of the move to Learn Ultra and ongoing pandemic considerations. Please read on for further details.

(18 Jun 2021) » More about Module design sessions for 2021-22


New e-Learning

HR & OD is pleased to announce that an 'Introduction to Unconscious Bias' has now moved over to Oracle Learning. This course is designed to raise awareness and develop your understanding of unconscious or implicit bias. It also aims to enable improved decision making, ensuring that we try to eliminate irrelevant factors that may influence us. To enrol on the offering please click here.

(18 Jun 2021)


New feature in Windows

You might notice a new feature on University Windows managed devices over the next few days. The ‘News and interests’ feature will appear in your task bar. At the moment it will show the default content – the wonderful weather - but you can actually personalise it to display content based on your interests. We’re flagging this up because the weather feature includes Met office weather. We know it’s worrying to see an alert pop up on your computer and wanted to reassure you this isn’t a Windows or University warning message. In this case – for example - yellow alert just means there’s a risk of thunderstorms. You can find out more about Met Office weather alerts here and learn how to personalise the content in this new feature here: Stay up to date with news and interests (microsoft.com).

(18 Jun 2021)


New training available in Oracle Learning

Did you know you can follow 'Topic Communities' within Oracle Learning? HR & OD workshops are categorised and can be viewed in communities to easily find training to suit your needs. 'Developing Self' is a topic community that all staff can follow in Oracle and offers different courses such as 'Stress Management', 'Successful Minute Taking' and 'Developing Personal Resilience' which are three of the most popular courses. To view and join the 'Topic Community' you can follow the link here. When you find a course you wish to book on you can select a date by using the drop down option on "available offerings" within each course page.

(18 Jun 2021)


Queen's Birthday Honours 2021

On the announcement of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021, we would like to congratulate and celebrate the achievements of the following alumni who are honourees in this year’s list.

(18 Jun 2021) » More about Queen's Birthday Honours 2021


Staff engagement survey 2021

Don't forget to have your say in the staff survey. The overall aim of the survey is to help us understand how we can build on what is good about working at Durham University, and identify and act upon areas for improvement. We need as many staff as possible to complete the survey to make sure the results are meaningful and representative of our whole community, so please do take part. It will only take 10-15 minutes to do and you will find your unique link to the survey in the email you received on 7 June or in the reminder messages that will be sent in the coming days.

(18 Jun 2021)


Virtual Open Day

Our Virtual Open Day platform launched for on-demand content on the 17 June, ahead of the live event date on Saturday 19 June. The Virtual Open Day is taking place on a third-party platform called vFairs. The site will open to attendees on Thursday morning (17 June) for on-demand content. This means attendees can log in, view resources and visit booths. On Saturday, the live day takes place between 9am and 7pm. On the live day, attendees can join chatrooms, watch webinars and access all the on-demand content too. On-demand content will then remain available until 5 July. You can register on the site above to view the event as an attendee, or find out more in our Virtual Open Day Guide

(18 Jun 2021)


Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing CDT in Health and Wellbeing - Scoping Exercise

As part of the Health Strategy at the University, the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing would like your opinion on the current training for PhD students who have an interest in health and well-being research.

(18 Jun 2021) » More about Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing CDT in Health and Wellbeing - Scoping Exercise


Writing residency - Self and Identity

The Sociology Department is running a week-long writing residency featuring three external creative writers: Catherine Fox; Shagufta K Iqbal; Okechukwu Nzelu. The focus of the residency is 'Self and Identity' and the aim is to support participants to write about their own identity creatively and academically rigorously. Workshops are open to staff and students at all levels and will run in the week commencing 28 June both online and in person (subject to current guidelines). Participation will be on a first-come-first-served basis with priority for students and researchers already studying in relevant disciplines.

(18 Jun 2021)


Awards for Professor Jan Verlet and Professor Jonathan Steed

Professor Jan Verlet and Professor Jonathan Steed from our Department of Chemistry have been awarded prestigious prizes from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Professor Jan Verlet won the Corday-Morgan Prize for his his work on electron-molecule reactions and Professor Jonathan Steed was awarded the Tilden prize for his discovery of special gels as substances for creating new types of crystalline drugs for use in medicines.

(11 Jun 2021) » More about Awards for Professor Jan Verlet and Professor Jonathan Steed


Cycle coaching for cycling novices

Interested in cycling but would like to gain a little more confidence? Coaching sessions are being offered to students and staff to allow them to gain confidence on balance, how to use gears, bike suitability and technique. At present no dates have been arranged as we are gauging interest. Sessions will be free and will last for two hours. It will be essential for those interested to have their own bike. To register interest, please email greenspace.staff@durham.ac.uk, advising if you will be available during June and July.

(11 Jun 2021)


Durham Research Methods Centre - Easter Term bulletin

We would like to share our Durham Research Methods Centre Easter Term Bulletin with colleagues across the University. In this issue we make an announcement about our Inaugural Annual Methods Lecture; say farewell to the current Director of the Centre, Professor Adetayo Kasim; update you on our MA in Research Methods and introduce you to the EEF online Teaching and Learning Toolkit. View it here.

(11 Jun 2021)


Health and well-being scoping exercise

As part of the Health Strategy at the University, the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing would like your opinion on the current training for PhD students who have an interest in health and well-being research. If you are a PhD student, supervisor, or other academic, your views would be most welcome. The questionnaire will take around six minutes of your time and will go a long way to improving our PhD training provision, and fulfilling core aims of the Health Strategy. Thank you for your input - you can access the questionnaire here. Closing date for responses is 27 June 2021.

(11 Jun 2021)


Hybrid Working - development session reminder

We would like to remind you that the staff the Hybrid Working Information Hub has been launched, bringing together the University's hybrid working principles, guidance/tools for managers and information for staff. As hybrid working is new for all of us, HROD is providing opportunities for managers to come together to discuss scenarios and to share their planning/arrangements. These ‘Practically applying the 'Guiding Principles & Managers Toolkit' sessions are starting in June and we would encourage managers from all departments to engage in these sessions. To view and book on dates please click here.

(11 Jun 2021)


June Community Newsletter - read now

This month’s Community Newsletter is out now. Find out what’s on this June - From quilting and composing to intriguing exhibitions, take a look at how our experts are improving lives in new and unexpected ways, and join us in celebrating some recent league table successes. Anyone can sign up to receive the Community Newsletter here. If you have something you'd like included, please email: dialogue@durham.ac.uk.

(11 Jun 2021)


MyTimetable, your personalised teaching timetable is now live

A few weeks ago, we shared that we will be launching a new personalised timetable for academic teaching staff and students for the 2021/22 academic year. We’re delighted to announce that MyTimetable is now live and contains your teaching timetable for next year. 

(11 Jun 2021) » More about MyTimetable, your personalised teaching timetable is now live


New Mentee e-Learning available

HR-OD has launched a new eLearning module on being a mentee. This course is for those who are new to mentoring to help understand what to expect and how to get the best out of their time with their mentor. To view and enrol on the package please click here.

(11 Jun 2021)


Pearn Kandola webinar series - Pride Month 2021

June celebrates Pride Month 2021. Pearn Kandola, a leading independent business psychology firm which works with global organisations, is taking an in-depth look into the ongoing movement towards equality for the LGBT+ community. It is vital to balance this month’s celebrations of the huge strides towards LGBT+ equality with the recognition that there is still a long way to go. Starting on 21 June, they will cover a range of topics and offer practical steps individuals and organisations can take to support the LGBT+ community. Details on webinar topics and links to register can be found here.

(11 Jun 2021)


QS World University Rankings 2022

We have once again been named in the world's top 100 universities. In the QS World University Rankings 2022, which rank 1,300 institutions across the globe, we’ve moved up by four places to 82nd position. In addition to the QS Rankings, we have also moved up to 5th place from our previous 7th position in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2022 rankings. Find out more from the homepage or our dedicated world rankings pages.

(11 Jun 2021)


Research Staff CEDARS survey

We are pleased to invite Research Staff to complete the Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) 2021. The survey can be accessed via this link and is available until 30 June.

(11 Jun 2021) » More about Research Staff CEDARS survey


Returning borrowed items to the Library

As we head towards the end of term, please remember to return any borrowed items to us before the end of the academic year. To make it as easy as possible, we have a few options available to you, including our book drop outside the main entrance to Bill Bryson Library, self-service returns inside the building if you’ve booked a timeslot to visit, and free postal returns for UK-based staff and students not able to access campus in the current situation. For more information, visit our website.

(11 Jun 2021)


Senate Discipline Committee outcomes

We would like to update our community on two recent cases that were considered by Senate Discipline Committee. More about Disciplinary outcomes.

(11 Jun 2021)


Senior Leadership Town Hall meetings for staff

Over the coming months, the Vice-Chancellor and other members of the University Executive will be holding Town Hall meetings for all staff on a range of topics, providing an opportunity for staff to come with any questions they may have. The meetings will take place as follows:

To register, please click on the event you would like to attend above. For any further questions, please email dialogue@durham.ac.uk.

(11 Jun 2021)


Stephenson College celebrates the 240th anniversary of its namesake

Stephenson College has a new resident - a 7ft statue of namesake George Stephenson, which has been unveiled in the refurbished college bar. 

(11 Jun 2021)


Student Community Wardens Service goes live on social media

Our Student Community Warden service, which launched in October 2020, to promote good community relations between students living out in Durham and the wider community, now has a new home on social media. Find out more here or follow the Wardens on Facebook @DUSCWs.

(11 Jun 2021)


UCAS embargo training

Every year we receive results early for a number of qualifications including A Levels so that we can process these decisions in time for Confirmation and Clearing. To ensure we continue to receive these early, we must adhere to the UCAS embargo. Training is now live for all staff who may come into contact with offer-holder data over the August confirmation period.

(11 Jun 2021) » More about UCAS embargo training


Upcoming Teaching and Learning workshop

DCAD's next Teaching and Learning workshop facilitated by Professor Simon Rees, will explore the nature of creativity in science and how to teach for and with creativity in science. Teaching for creativity involves developing pedagogical strategies that promote creative thinking while teaching with creativity involves developing strategies to promote creative approaches to teaching. To book onto the workshop please visit the training booking system. Further details can also be found on the Teaching and Learning Workshop sharepoint site

(11 Jun 2021)


Which polling solution? Time to have your say

The University has been trialling a range of different polling solutions.The pilots are almost over and it is time to choose between Poll Everywhere and Vevox.

(11 Jun 2021) » More about Which polling solution? Time to have your say


Working Differently

Please continue to visit the HR & OD Working Differently website which is regularly updated with resources and information to support colleagues. Recent updates include an example of how a large department is helping colleagues with the transition back to campus.

(11 Jun 2021)


3 Rivers Regional Learning and Teaching Online Conference on 25 June

The 15th Regional Learning and Teaching Conference is fast approaching. Building upon the success of previous partnership events held by the North East region’s Universities – Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside, we invite our teaching community to exchange knowledge as part of learning in higher education. Please book a place here.

(4 Jun 2021) » More about 3 Rivers Regional Learning and Teaching Online Conference on 25 June


Advance HE 'In Partnership' Update - June 2021

We are institutional members of Advance HE, who provide a range of information and support for the HE sector, including - research papers, development resources and the opportunity to engage with sector wide discussions. In this month’s edition of In Partnership we focus on our member benefit theme for June ‘The future of the student voice? Policy, principles, practice’. We also introduce our new strategy to 2024, how research institutes have responded to Covid-19 and gender equality and upcoming member benefits and events. To view the newsletter and access any resources you can click here.

(4 Jun 2021)


Building surveys

Estates and Facilities and Disability Support would like to make you aware that from Monday 7 June until the end of July, our provider AccessAble will be surveying over 200 of our buildings across our sites to update our Access Guides which provide detailed disabled access information for staff, students and visitors. These guides will be generated from facts, figures and photographs.

(4 Jun 2021)


Change to study spaces opening times and availability

After the exam and assessment period, our study spaces and opening times will be revised. From 5 June onwards, pre-booked timeslots for our current services will remain available for those currently in Durham at Bill Bryson LibraryTeaching and Learning Centre, and Leazes Road Study Space with some updated opening times. Study spaces at Elvet Riverside, Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science Building, Hotel Indigo and Dunelm House will no longer be available. Please visit our website for full details. All current health and safety measures remain in place – visit our Services Guide for full details. We will continue to update you with any changes in line with guidance from the University. If you have any queries about our services and support, please contact our Virtual Enquiry Desk.

(4 Jun 2021)


Counting down to the COP26 climate change summit

We’re running a monthly ‘Countdown to COP26’ series exploring climate change research, events and expertise across our University ahead of the next COP climate change summit in November. Find out more and read the first instalment here.

(4 Jun 2021)


Give an hour, make a difference

The staff and student volunteering team is challenging you to give at least an hour of your time to volunteer to help make a difference to someone else. We have a number of opportunities available or you can choose your own. If you have any questions please contact community.engagement@durham.ac.uk.

(4 Jun 2021) » More about Give an hour, make a difference


Hybrid Working - development sessions available

Hybrid working in professional services is a new approach for the University. Using the University hybrid working principles, managers will need to plan and decide how to implement it in their teams. Thereafter are the challenges of leading/managing a successful hybrid team as well as staff adapting to a new way of working. The University principles, guidance and tools are designed to help each department, and the teams within them, to adopt an approach that fits their specific requirements. A range of development opportunities are available to help support leaders and managers to move to hybrid working. Topics include – practically applying the 'Guiding Principles & Managers Toolkit' and 'Having Difficult Conversations'. Further information as well as dates and booking links can be found here. In addition to this there is also support for colleagues adapting to Hybrid Working such as Developing Personal Resilience and Stress Management, further information can be found here.

(4 Jun 2021)


Hybrid Working Staff Survey: Initial results

We asked Professional Services colleagues in central departments, across our faculties, departments and colleges, to complete a short survey about where they work, what activities they undertake, who they work with and what they need from workspaces. Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey. We received over 1,200 responses, out of a possible 1,948, which will be used to help shape our workplaces of the future. View our Sway to find out more about the initial results.

(4 Jun 2021)


Institute of Advanced Study: 2022/23 Fellowships reminder

A reminder that the 2022/23 IAS Fellowship scheme is open for nominations and open applications. The deadline for both is midday 25 June 2021.

(4 Jun 2021) » More about Institute of Advanced Study: 2022/23 Fellowships reminder


Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) service evaluation

There are only a few days left to respond to our LFT service evaluation survey, which closes Tuesday 8 June. By taking part you can help us shape future improvements to the programme. The survey is anonymous and by completing it you will be entered into a draw for one of three cash prizes: £50, £30 and £20. Complete the survey here.

(4 Jun 2021)


Launching next week: 100 Moments That Rocked Computer Science podcast with Dr Sue Black OBE

Join Professors Sue Black and Gordon Love from the Department of Computer Science as they chat with leaders from the worlds of science and technology in this brand new podcast series exploring ‘100 Moments that Rocked Computer Science’ – streaming on all major platforms from Wednesday 9 June.

(4 Jun 2021) » More about Launching next week: 100 Moments That Rocked Computer Science podcast with Dr Sue Black OBE


Network downtime

CIS will be carrying our essential maintenance on the data centre between 9am and 7pm on Sunday 20 June. During this period all services that are hosted within the University data centre will experience intermittent disruption and should be considered at risk for the whole duration, this includes DUO, onsite storage such as J/S drives and the DU website. Cloud-based services such as Microsoft 365 applications, University email and Oracle will not be affected by this work. Similarly, onsite internet access will also remain unaffected. Updates on this work will be posted to the CIS Service Status pages

(4 Jun 2021)


Oracle Learning - new eLearning available

HR & OD has launched two new a new eLearning packages now available on Oracle. The first package is on the concept of Mentoring. Introduction to Mentoring is for those members of staff who are considering becoming a Mentor or who are already a Mentor - to enrol on this please click here. The latest SkillBooster package is "How to be productive" which helps understand what can cause us to be unproductive and sets out tools and strategies for managing our workload better, reducing the impact of internal and external distractions, communicating and delegating effectively, and prioritising tasks. To enrol on this please click here.

(4 Jun 2021)


Recruitment and Admissions Round Up (May 2021)

The Recruitment and Admissions Office is pleased to share with you our new 'Round Up' newsletter. We hope this will become a regular monthly/six weekly update covering activities from across the office and that it will provide you with a holistic overview of the work of teams and staff within R&A. If there is anything you would like to see covered in this update that has been missed, then please contact claire.smiles-harrison@durham.ac.uk. Please note the PG Admissions Team most recent update can be viewed here. If you'd like to be added to the mailing list to receive the Recruitment and Admissions 'Round Up' newsletter, please contact crm.team@durham.ac.uk.

(4 Jun 2021)


Staff survey

Our staff survey is coming soon. It will open w/c 7 June – please do take the time to complete it so your views can be considered. For more information, please see here.

(4 Jun 2021)


Talis Aspire Reading Lists: Drop-in support

Durham University Library and Collections will be hosting twice-monthly drop-in support sessions on the use of Talis Aspire for managing online reading lists, commencing Thursday 10 June. Some sessions will cover getting started and adding new materials, including digitisation requests and seeking new acquisitions for the Library, while others focus on structuring lists and adding guidance notes for students. A schedule of dates and content along with a link to participate is available here.

(4 Jun 2021)


Tent on the Racecourse

The 'Tent' is going up and the shows will go on. From Saturday 5 - Friday 25 June, our festival style venue will host an exciting programme of Covid safe events from our talented students for everyone to enjoy. Enjoy everything you've missed during lockdown from Music Durham, Durham Student Theatre, Durham Students' Union plus so much more. Please visit our web page for more information.

(4 Jun 2021)


Vote now: AEA Standing Committee Elections 2021

Staff at grade 7 and above (with the exception of ex officio members of Senate) have until 12 noon on Friday 18 June 2021 to vote in the 2021 Academic Electoral Assembly (AEA) Standing Committee Elections. Details of the 12 candidates standing for the six vacancies on the AEA Standing Committee is available here.

(4 Jun 2021) » More about Vote now: AEA Standing Committee Elections 2021


Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing CDT in Health and Wellbeing - Scoping Exercise

As part of the Health Strategy at Durham University, the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing would like your opinion on the current training for PhD students who have an interest in health and well-being research. If you are a PhD student, supervisor, or other academic, your views would be most welcome. The questionnaire will take around six minutes of your time and will go a long way to improving our PhD training provision, and fulfilling core aims of the Health Strategy. Thank you for your input - you can access the questionnaire here.

(4 Jun 2021) » More about Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing CDT in Health and Wellbeing - Scoping Exercise


Blackboard Learn Ultra workshops

If you’re starting to consider moving your course content across to our new Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard Learn Ultra, you may be interested in some of our workshops that we’re running over the coming weeks. To support you with the move, DCAD will be hosting a series of online workshops. This is a continuation of the Learn Ultra workshop series that has been running throughout April and May, and will be cover different subjects.

(28 May 2021) » More about Blackboard Learn Ultra workshops


Building Effective Partnerships

We are delighted to announce that Careers & Enterprise has been successfully shortlisted for two national Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) awards for Excellence.

(28 May 2021) » More about Building Effective Partnerships


Change to study spaces opening times and availability

After the exam and assessment period, our study spaces and opening times will be revised. From 5 June onwards, pre-booked timeslots for our current services will remain available for those currently in Durham at Bill Bryson Library, Teaching and Learning Centre, and Leazes Road Study Space with some updated opening times. Other study spaces we have facilitated since the beginning of Easter Term will no longer be available. Please visit our website for full details. 

(28 May 2021) » More about Change to study spaces opening times and availability


Lateral Flow Testing

Our Lateral Flow Test sites are open 7 days a week. Tests are free, quick and you'll get your results in 2 hours. Read our simple step-by-step guides on everything you need to know – from booking, to testing, to getting your results on our website.

(28 May 2021)


Launch of the Hybrid Working Information Hub

From September 2021, we will be trialling hybrid working for Professional Services colleagues for the academic year 21/22. We have launched a Hybrid Working Information Hub so you can find out more about hybrid working arrangements and engage in the planning for your team’s hybrid working arrangements. 

(28 May 2021)


Love and attraction study

Participants are wanted for a large-scale, international study into which factors predict love, attraction and attractiveness. The study is completed online and anyone aged 18 and older can take part. You can access the study here

(28 May 2021)


Meet the dogs that can sniff out Covid-19

Find out how Asher and his furry friends are able to use their super sniffing powers to detect Covid-19. The initial results from this exciting research project, involving Professor Steve Lindsay from Biosciences, show that dogs are so much more than loving pets. Take a look at the full story.

(28 May 2021)


Microsoft 365 - brush up on your basics

Before we close the Office 365 Engagement & Enablement project in July, we want to give you the opportunity to brush up on your basics and learn some great skills from our new range of support. We're hosting a series of live interactive webinars to showcase the most popular Microsoft 365 apps, how these work together and also group sessions for users to work with their colleagues to use the functionality specifically for their work areas. You can also access a library of short snappy videos of the most common M365 apps, tools and tasks for Durham University or make use of the Microsoft resources signposted on the project Learning Hub. To sign up for the interactive webinars or group sessions, visit our M365 Learning Hub

(28 May 2021)


Module design sessions for 2021-22

Thinking about what your modules will look like next academic year? The Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD) are now offering workshops and one-to-one sessions to help module leaders and teams consider the shape of next year's teaching in light of the move to Learn Ultra and ongoing pandemic considerations. Please read on for further details.

(28 May 2021) » More about Module design sessions for 2021-22


Personalised teaching timetables for all academics and students coming in 21/21

You’ve told us that accessing timetables is a major pain point for you as staff, so as part of our Digital Strategy and commitment to making IT easier for our people, we are introducing a new timetabling tool next academic year. MyTimetable will provide an online personalised timetable for all staff with a teaching responsibility. It will show where and when the lectures, seminars and workshops you teach will take place. We will be launching MyTimetable Monday 7 June and will be back in touch to let you know how you can access your personalised teaching timetable shortly. For more information, visit our webpage for further information. 

(28 May 2021)


Public engagement - a route to 'research impact'

Our researchers are using their expertise to identify solutions to a range of Global Goals. This has the potential to make an impact and save many lives if the outcomes of our research can be effectively translated into development policy and practice. The training event on Wednesday 26 May 2021 focused on how to engage with the public, media and network with relevant stakeholders and policy leaders to provide the route to impact and innovation needed for successful outcomes.

(28 May 2021) » More about Public engagement - a route to 'research impact'


Staff survey

Our staff survey is coming soon. It will open w/c 7 June – please do take the time to complete it so your views can be considered. For more information, see here.

(28 May 2021)


Video message from the VC

The latest of the weekly videos from the Vice-Chancellor is available for all staff to view online. 

(28 May 2021)


Advance HE 'In Partnership' update - May 2021

We are institutional members of Advance HE who provide a range of information and support for the HE sector including - research papers, development resources and the opportunity to engage with sector wide discussions. In this month’s edition of 'In Partnership' we focus on our member benefit theme for April and May, 'Transforming organisations: from student to board' and will also be exploring the Student Partnerships in Assessment project, the Top Management Programme, longitudinal report and upcoming member benefits and events. To view the newsletter and access any resources you can click here.

(21 May 2021)


All staff training announcement - sign up now

Your students or colleagues may disclose sexual misconduct and violence to you. Do you know what to do? You are welcome and encouraged to attend training to learn more about your role and responsibilities under the Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy that applies to staff and students and covers forms of misconduct such as sexual harassment, rape, sexual assault, stalking, domestic abuse, online sexual harassment and more. We want to help equip you to respond and help your students or colleagues access the right people within the University and community who can support.

(21 May 2021) » More about All staff training announcement - sign up now


Are you being safe and social online?

As part of our focus on cyber security, we’re asking staff to think about how they can protect their presence on social media and keep their personal information safe. We’ve created a short video to share some tips on how you can protect your social media presence. Social media is well and truly ingrained in our everyday culture. We gather in the virtual world to stay connected with friends and family, celebrate our achievements, discuss plans, share photos and so much more. And for most people, these platforms are places to have fun. However, not everyone plays by the same rules. Cyber attacks on personal social media accounts, as well as business accounts, have seen a dramatic rise in recent years, more so since the start of the current global pandemic.

(21 May 2021) » More about Are you being safe and social online?


Creating an Integrated Student Experience (CISE) Programme

We are passionate about delivering an outstanding world-class student experience – it is core to being a member of Durham University and why we do our job. Although we have many areas of excellent practice, we know that there are parts of the “Student Journey” that students describe as ‘disjointed’, ‘frustrating’ and ‘stressful’, whilst staff tell us that they sometimes feel they do not have the information, technology/systems processes or policies they require to support students effectively. 

(21 May 2021) » More about Creating an Integrated Student Experience (CISE) Programme


Festival of Teaching and Learning 2021

DCAD is delighted to announce this year’s Annual Learning and Teaching Conference. The format for this year is a Festival of Learning and Teaching with sessions exploring a variety of themes. Participants will be able to reflect on their own experiences of learning and teaching and share ideas on what has really worked for them.

(21 May 2021) » More about Festival of Teaching and Learning 2021


Health Research in Horizon Europe

Are you a Health researcher interested in working on challenge-led, collaborative research projects under the new Horizon Europe programme? Come along and join us on Monday 7 June 10am-12 noon when we will be discussing health-related research funding opportunities under Pillar 2 of Horizon Europe.

(21 May 2021) » More about Health Research in Horizon Europe


Invasive Species Week 2021

Invasive Species Week runs from Monday 24 May by GB Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) to raise awareness of invasive species and how everyone can help to prevent their spread. Why not volunteer today to reduce the spread of Himalayan Balsam and if you are boat user, help to reduce the spread by following the check, clean, dry campaign?

(21 May 2021) » More about Invasive Species Week 2021


Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) service evaluation

There’s still time to take part in our COVID-19 LFT service evaluation to help us shape future improvements to the programme. The survey is anonymous and by completing it you will be entered into a draw for one of three cash prizes: £50, £30 and £20. Complete the survey here

(21 May 2021)


Learn more about Learn Ultra with our workshop series

Like many teaching and learning staff, you will no doubt be starting to turn your attention to next academic year. Part of your planning this year will include how you will move your course content across to our new Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard Learn Ultra. To support you to do this, DCAD will be hosting a series of online workshops over the coming months. This is a continuation of the Learn Ultra workshop series that has been running throughout April and May, and will be cover different subjects, from making your course more accessible and incorporating tools like Turnitin, to using Learn Ultra analytics and finding new and innovative ways for your students to collaborate. These workshops are individually designed to give you a deeper dive into specific areas and use cases of the VLE, and to support you every step of the way. For more information about the workshops and the plethora of support available from DCAD, visit our Learn Ultra site today. We’ll be recording all sessions and posting the links to this site, so feel free to watch the recordings if you aren’t able to make the live sessions.

(21 May 2021)


Love to ride? Join us in June

Bike Month is a celebration of biking and a chance to ride your bike and encourage and support you and your friends, family and community to get out and ride too. Why not log your rides on the Love to Ride website - where you can get all the benefits that cycling can bring, soak up some of that summer sun and go into the draw for prizes.

(21 May 2021) » More about Love to ride? Join us in June


Microsoft 365 'Blitzing the Basics' - sessions and snappy videos

In response to requests to re-visit some of the basics of the Microsoft 365 functionality ahead of the O365 Engagement & Enablement project closing in July, we have 3 new types of sessions to offer the University. We'll be hosting a series of live interactive webinars to showcase the most popular Microsoft 365 apps, how these work together and also group sessions for users to work with their colleagues to use the functionality specifically for their work areas. More about the M365 sessions available on the Learning Hub. You can also access a library of short snappy videos of the most common M365 apps, tools and tasks for Durham University or make use of the Microsoft resources signposted on the project Learning Hub.

(21 May 2021)


Recruitment of two Co-Directors

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing is still looking to recruit a Co-Director from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health. If you are looking for an exciting opportunity to further develop your leadership skills and exercise your networking muscles, please do get in touch. The advertisement has been extended until 13 June to ensure we have achieved as diverse a field as possible. Should you have any questions, please do contact amanda.ellison@durham.ac.uk. The post details are available here

(21 May 2021)


Senate Discipline Committee outcomes

We would like to update our community on two recent cases that were considered by Senate Discipline Committee. More about disciplinary outcomes.

(21 May 2021)


Virtual Open Day launch

We have now launched bookings for our Virtual Open Day on Saturday 19 June, 9am-7pm. With our interactive platform, video content, and live events, students are able to get the full Durham experience virtually. Prospective students will have the opportunity to speak to university staff and current students in our chatrooms and ask lots of questions. Once booked, students can also access all our online content on-demand from 17 June to 5 July. So they have plenty of time to explore what we have to offer. Students can book here now.

(21 May 2021)


Volunteer Awards 2021

The Volunteer Awards nominations are now open for 2021. This is opportunity to recognise and celebrate the incredible work that both staff and students in our community have been doing over the past year. The deadline for nominations is 9am on 24 May 2021. Please use this link for nominations.

(21 May 2021) » More about Volunteer Awards 2021


Institute of Advanced Study: 2022/23 Fellowships

The 2022/23 IAS Fellowship scheme is now open for nominations and open applications. The deadline for these is midday 25 June 2021.

(14 May 2021) » More about Institute of Advanced Study: 2022/23 Fellowships


Hundreds of children enjoy Durham University holiday camps

Over 200 children aged four to 16 enjoyed our recent Team Durham Easter Holiday Camps, run by students and volunteers. Details of the ever-popular Summer Holiday Camps will be announced shortly. For further details, please click here

(16 Apr 2018)


Divestment from Companies Involved in Fossil Fuel Extraction

The University is to divest from companies involved in fossil fuel extraction, and has committed to becoming a major international partner in the development of green energy. This decision follows a Commission on Divestment from Companies Involved in Fossil Fuel Extraction, which was established following a proposal from Durham Students’ Union, which included staff and student members, and which undertook consultation on the issue with staff, students and alumni. For more information, please click here.

(14 Mar 2018)


View progress on the Centre for Teaching and Learning

Two cameras have been installed looking over the Centre for Teaching and Learning construction site at Lower Mountjoy. The feed from these cameras can be viewed on the project webpage, here. The cameras update every 10 minutes. 

(9 Mar 2018)


University Strategy, 2017-2027 toolkit

Colleagues preparing internal documents and presentations regarding the University Strategy, 2017-2027 are reminded that a number of resources can be downloaded from the Strategy toolkit web page. These include a summary presentation, template presentation and branding items. These resources should be used for internal documents and presentations only. All externally-facing documents must be produced by a design partner on the Communications Framework. If you have any questions or would like any help in using these resources, please email university.strategy@durham.ac.uk or call on x46075.

(19 Feb 2018)


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)


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)


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)


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