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Conflicts of interest and personal relationships

The University has an obligation to manage any conflicts of interest, or perceived conflicts of interest. Guidance exists to help staff to avoid actual, perceived or potential conflicts of interest and misuse of authority, and also serves to protect members of staff in personal relationships from allegations of bias, conflict of interest or impropriety. You can find out more here.

(8 Nov 2019)

Important information for all Windows 10 users

CIS is updating all University-provided Windows 10 desktops. The update will install in the background like all Microsoft updates, however it will require a long reboot to complete. Please note that this reboot can take between 10 and 30 minutes depending on your computer’s performance. You will be prompted when the reboot is required and we recommend you choose to suspend the reboot until a convenient time such as a lunch break or when you leave work for the day.

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Lumiere Durham 2019: November 14-17

Lumiere, the UK's largest light festival, returns to Durham from November 14-17. We are a major partner and excited for what promises to be an inspiring event. We have worked hard to inform colleagues of any operational impact. For more details, visit our Lumiere web pages

(8 Nov 2019)

New Viator System

The Viator system for authorising travel on University business has been redeveloped by CIS. To enable the new system to be implemented Viator will be unavailable on Tuesday 10 December. Staff and students should not submit new Viator requests later than noon on Monday 9 December. Authorisation of existing requests should be completed by 5pm on 9 December. The new system will be available on Wednesday 11 December for requests to be submitted and approved.

(8 Nov 2019) » More about New Viator System

Lumiere Durham 2019

Lumiere, the UK's largest light festival, returns to Durham from November 14 to 17. The University is a major partner, it promises to be an inspiring event and there are lots of opportunities to get involved.

There will also be impact on our day-to-day operation. Please read the message sent to all staff on Thursday 31 October for more information.

You can read this message online here.

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Lumiere Durham 2019

Oracle Cloud introduction: expenses and advances deadline

On Monday 4 November, our current People+ HR and Finance systems will be replaced by Oracle Cloud, a cloud-based computer system which we believe will offer a much improved service across payroll, HR, expenses, recruitment, timesheets and absence. An email that has been sent to all staff detailing key messages and actions ahead of the ‘Go Live’ date can be found here

(25 Oct 2019) » More about Oracle Cloud introduction: expenses and advances deadline

Crop and Soil Innovation Pipeline launch event

The Crop and Soil Innovation Pipeline (CSIP) website is now live. You can find out more about how this tool can help you promote collaboration, facility sharing, and form industrial partnerships within plant and soil research. To celebrate the launch of this exciting platform, we are inviting academics from each of the N8 Universities (including Durham), industry partners, and representatives from major funding bodies to take part in an industry innovation forum with the aim to drive breakouts and develop projects in areas related to innovation in crop and soil research. The event takes place at Sheffield University on 9 December. You can register here.

(14 Nov 2019) » More about Crop and Soil Innovation Pipeline launch event

Dawson & Sanderson Travel Event

Dawson & Sanderson alongside Procurement are organising a travel event to be held on Tuesday 26 November. This event will showcase the services available from Dawson & Sanderson along with a number of their key travel partners. Representatives will be available to discuss requirements around visas, their self-service booking portal and much more. Come along from 11am to the Derman Christopherson Lecture Theatre, Calman Centre to meet the team. Further information is availablr from Catherine Harrison, Procurement Service Category Manager or you can reserve your place by emailing

(14 Nov 2019)

Durham MBA ranked in Global Top Ten for Sustainability

The Durham MBA (Full-time) has been ranked 7th in the world by the Corporate Knights Better World MBA Ranking 2019, which evaluates the extent to which programmes integrate sustainability knowledge and skills into business education. The programme also ranked as the 3rd best MBA in Europe for its sustainability focus, and scored particularly highly on the gender balance and diversity of its faculty. This identifies the programme as being one of the top ten in the world at instilling a holistic purpose of business in future leaders, ensuring they are equipped with the skills, tools and values to build a more inclusive and prosperous society in sync with our natural world. Find out more here

(14 Nov 2019)

EU Settlement Scheme: Update

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family members can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme free of charge. Applicants only need to prove their identity, demonstrate their UK residence, and declare any criminal convictions. The iOS version of EU Exit: ID Document Check App is now available from the Apple app store and can be used on iPhone models 7 and above. The iOS app works in the same way as the Android app and can be used to verify your identity. For more information visit GOV.UK. You can find full guidance and start your application here. If you have any questions please email

(14 Nov 2019)

Feeding families - Pint of Pennies campaign

Feeding Families is a charity which aims to bring an end to food poverty in the North East at Christmas time, and in order to support it the 'Pint of Pennies' campaign has been launched at college bars across the University. Next time you are at Josephine Butler, Trevelyan, St. Cuthberts or St. Chad's colleges, please consider donating some spare change in the marked pint glass. All donations will go towards the valuable work that the charity do, particularly in putting together Christmas food hampers that will be sent to struggling families in the run up to the festive season. If you would like more information, please see the Feeding Families website or email

(14 Nov 2019)

Make your impact - a training opportunity to develop the personal, societal and commercial impact of your research

While we count down to welcoming academics from four North East universities to November’s ACTION for Impact course, applications are now open for February’s course. If you want to make a positive change in society by actively applying your research skills and knowledge, find out more and apply by 10 January 2020. ACTION for Impact is an exciting training opportunity for academics at Northern Accelerator universities, enabling them to develop the personal, societal and commercial impact of their research. Working with world-class facilitators and experts in researcher development, you’ll develop an innovative mind-set and enterprising approach, within a multidisciplinary cohort.

(14 Nov 2019) » More about Make your impact - a training opportunity to develop the personal, societal and commercial impact of your research

Marshals needed for Winter Congregation 2020

You are invited to get involved at Winter Congregation (Thursday 9 and Friday 10 January) 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 by Sunday 24 November. Instructions and training will be provided in advance and lunch plus cakes/refreshments will be supplied in the Cathedral Restaurant.

(14 Nov 2019)

Researchers, innovators and future entrepreneurs – Northern Accelerator’s penultimate funding call is now open

Do you want to be part of the next university spin-out success story? If you think the outcome of your research could lead to a commercial opportunity – Northern Accelerator funding can help you make that a reality. Applications are invited for the fourth round of pre-incorporation funding – helping academics take promising new research outcomes closer to commercialisation. Funding is available in two forms – feasibility awards and proof of concept awards. Applications must be submitted by 13 December 2019 and due to Northern Accelerator’s current funding deadlines, all successful projects must be completed by 31 December 2020.

(14 Nov 2019) » More about Researchers, innovators and future entrepreneurs – Northern Accelerator’s penultimate funding call is now open

Survey of use of computers and software for research

Do you use computers or software as part of your research? Advanced Research Computing is developing new services for researchers needing computational support. If you use a computer in any form as part of your research, we would like to hear from you! We would like to hear from all Departments in the University and all levels of computational experience. Please complete our survey to help us build a better service. Respondents completing the survey will be entered for a prize draw for the chance to win £50 in Amazon tokens. To complete the survey please go here

(14 Nov 2019) » More about Survey of use of computers and software for research

Take part in an important survey on race equality

The University’s Race Equality Charter (REC) Self-Assessment Team has developed a survey to aid us in understanding the institutional and cultural challenges and experiences that members of the University community face as a result of racial inequality. All staff and students are encouraged to complete the survey. There are questions relevant to you and we want to hear from you. For a link to the survey and for further information, please click here.

(14 Nov 2019)

UK-Canada PhD Exchange Funding

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Canadian Funding agency Mitacs recently launched an exchange scheme inviting applications from UK and Canadian PhD students to take part in a two way exchange for a 12 week period. The scheme is open to UK doctoral students in any area that are funded by one of the Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC). For more information please visit the UKRI pages. Please inform the International Office by emailing if you submit an application.

(14 Nov 2019)

Cycle and footpaths to be improved in £8m investment

As a University, the safety of our students, staff, visitors and members of the public is of utmost importance to us. Work will soon begin on site on an £8m project to improve pedestrian and road user movement around our site, particularly around South Road and Hollingside Lane. Read on for more information.

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Cycle and footpaths to be improved in £8m investment

Cyclists - Be Seen, Be Safe!

A reminder to all cyclists that you must have and use your lights when cycling in the dark, both on the front and back of your bike. Now the clocks have changed and the long dark nights are drawing in, it is time to use your lights when cycling in the dark. It is actually the Law that all cyclists have appropriate lighting on their bikes at night.

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Cyclists - Be Seen, Be Safe!

Don't miss our Technician Commitment launch event

The work of our technical staff is crucial to our ongoing success. That's why we've signed the Technician Commitment, a national scheme to ensure visibility, recognition, career development, and sustainability for technical staff working in higher education and research, across all disciplines. Read on for details of our launch event on Wednesday 20 November.

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Don't miss our Technician Commitment launch event

Donate a gift and help to make Christmas morning special for a disadvantaged child

Cash for Kids’ ‘Mission Christmas’ appeal aims to raise money and donations for disadvantaged children who are at risk of not receiving a gift on Christmas Day. The appeal will launch on Monday 11 November and the Careers & Enterprise Centre is a registered collection point for Durham University. You are invited to donate new, unwrapped gifts of any value which would be suitable for children and young people aged 0-18 years. The deadline for donations is 5pm on Thursday 12 December. 

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Donate a gift and help to make Christmas morning special for a disadvantaged child

ESRC IAA Funding opportunities - December 2019 call

The Durham ESRC Impact Acceleration Account has funding of up to £15k, available to Durham social science academics and independent researchers to help develop impact from their research.

(8 Nov 2019) » More about ESRC IAA Funding opportunities - December 2019 call

ESRC IAA Mentoring Impact Scheme - £1,000 funding support for impact engagement projects

The Durham ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Mentoring Impact Scheme supports Durham researchers in the social sciences to maximise the impact and influence of their research on non-academic beneficiaries. The scheme is open to researchers at all career stages who wish to develop their impact and engagement work. To apply, please submit a maximum one-page description of your research and details of your planned impact engagement project to by Friday 29 November. For further information, please visit the website

(8 Nov 2019) » More about ESRC IAA Mentoring Impact Scheme - £1,000 funding support for impact engagement projects

Extraordinary meeting of the Academic Electoral Assembly: Lecture Capture Policy

An extraordinary meeting of the Academic Electoral Assembly (AEA) has been called to discuss Lecture Capture policy and to propose changes of policy to Senate. All members of the AEA, which includes staff grade 7 or above performing an academic or academic-related role, are invited to attend. The meeting will be held in D110, Dawson Building (next to the Bill Bryson Library) between 1pm-2pm on Wednesday 13 November. The agenda and relevant documentation will be made available online.

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Extraordinary meeting of the Academic Electoral Assembly: Lecture Capture Policy

Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Have Your Say - Staff Consultation Drop-ins

Next week we’re holding a further two Consultation Drop-in Events so you can put your ideas forward to help inform the Health and Wellbeing strategy. There’s no need to book, just drop in and have a chat with a member of staff from Occupational Health, or pop your ideas on a post-it. 

  • Wednesday 13 November 2019, 11am – 2pm in Penthouse B, Collingwood College
  • Friday 15 November 2019, 11am – 2pm in Room PC004 and PC005, Palatine Centre

During the sessions we will be offering blood pressure checks, advice on health and wellbeing and some freebies (you’ll have to come along to find out what these are). If you can’t make it to the sessions you can still send us your suggestions and ideas via internal mail to Occupational Health, Green Lane.

(8 Nov 2019)

Late availability training opportunities

We still have a number of places available on a couple of our forthcoming workshops. The ‘Practical Guide to Well-Being & Supporting Absent Staff’ half day session on 20 November, to prepare managers to understand staff well-being. This workshop is designed for those managing staff. For those undergoing changes we have the last in the series of ‘CV Writing & Interview Skills’ half day sessions on 21 November designed to help you to learn how to sell yourself to employers. Both sessions are bookable on the Training Course Booking System.

(8 Nov 2019)

Lord Mayor's Show - this Saturday

Around 30 of our top sports students have been invited to participate in the Lord Mayor’s Show 2019, celebrating the inauguration of alumnus William Russell (General Arts, Grey College, 1987) as the 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London. Team Durham will be representing the University and celebrating our successes in both participation and elite achievement within the sporting arena. Over 75% our students are involved in sports and physical activity at college and university level at Durham, competing in diverse activities from the traditions of Rugby, Hockey, Cricket and Rowing through to newer entrants of Extreme Frisbee and Cheerleading. Tune in to BBC1 from 10.45am on Saturday and keep an eye out for the team!

(8 Nov 2019)

Lumiere Conference 2019

Tickets are now on sale for an inspiring day of talks, debate and discussion on Friday 15 November at Gala Theatre, Durham as part of Lumiere Festival. For more information please visit the website

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Lumiere Conference 2019

NUS Extra is now TOTUM

NUS Extra cards may have changed their name to Totum, but they are still available to University and Union staff. Get your card to access discounts over the Christmas period. Please visit here for more information.

(8 Nov 2019)

Rare mushrooms discovered around our University

Our Biodiversity continues to amaze us with the discovery of the cauliflower fungus and the rare Earth Star Fungus, the latter of which has not been recorded anywhere locally for probably in excess of 100 years, if ever. Why not take a walk in High Wood or the Botanic Garden and discover our Biodiversity Estate or visit our website to find out more.

(8 Nov 2019)

Reminder - Meet the Executive Team 'John Hemingway' 13 November

Don’t forget the first 'Meet the Executive Team' event next week on 13 November from 1pm-2pm. Each event will be led by a senior colleague to give you an opportunity to hear about their area of responsibility and how they practically demonstrate one of the University values. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Reminder - Meet the Executive Team 'John Hemingway' 13 November

Respecting Others: Challenging Negative Behaviours: Book your place

A number of places remain on the Respecting Others: Challenging Negative Behaviours workshops running on Tuesday 12 November and Wednesday 4 December. Please visit the Training Course Booking system to book your place. If you require any further information then please email

(8 Nov 2019)

Rugby Club car park closure

Please be aware that the Rugby Club car park will be closed all day on Wednesday 13 November as Durham University is hosting a BUCS Super Rugby event. The car park will be open as usual on Thursday 14 November.

(8 Nov 2019)

Science in the news media – accurate and responsible reporting

If you are a scientist or engineer, you are invited to come along to this session by the Science Media Centre (SMC) which is an independent press office for the UK scientific community. The SMC helps ensure that science and engineering in the UK national news is reported accurately and responsibly, particularly on controversial stories. For more information or to book onto the session, please go to the training booking system (Academic Development section). For any queries, please contact

(8 Nov 2019)

Triple success in international subject league tables

We are celebrating having three more of our subjects ranked in the world top 100 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020. Our Law School has achieved its best ever result in this ranking, being placed 33rd in the world, whilst Education and Social Sciences (which includes Sociology, Geography, Politics and International Studies) have both retained their world top 100 positions, ranking 53rd and 63rd respectively. The rankings look at hundreds of universities across the globe, based on teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. To find out more, please visit the website

(8 Nov 2019)

UK Honours Awards

Nominate that exceptional individual who really makes a difference to those around them. Honours awards are given to a wide variety of individuals from different backgrounds who make a significant contribution in their role, their field or in their community, over and above the normal expectations of their position. Information on eligibility and how to submit suggestions is published here

(8 Nov 2019)

Win when using My Durham

If you spend on the My Durham platform between 11 November and 11 December you'll not only make great savings towards your Christmas shopping but you'll also be automatically entered into our local prize draw exclusively for Durham University. Not yet registered with My Durham? Email to check your eligibility and request an account.

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Win when using My Durham

My Durham 'Firework Frenzy' Week

From 4th-10th November staff who have registered for a My Durham account will be able to access exclusive increased discounts, including 10% off Marks & Spencer, 12% off Debenhams and 25% off Not registered with My Durham? Email to check if you're eligible and request an account. Please note that it can take up to 5 working days to gain access to the platform, so please contact the team sooner rather than later to be able to access these offers.


(31 Oct 2019)

Vacancies on Senate Discipline Committee

A number of vacancies have arisen on University Senate Discipline Committee. Please think about applying or encouraging a colleague. Members have a key role to play in hearing, adjudicating and sanctioning students in cases of serious misconduct. Is this an area which you feel that you could make a balanced, considered contribution? Please submit an Expression of Interest by Friday 29 November 2019.

(31 Oct 2019)

Changes to Arriva Bus Services Timetables

New timetables came into effect on Sunday 27 October for the Arriva X12, 6, 22, 24, 49/49A and 64 bus services. Improvements have been made to the number 6 bus service which now runs half hourly on Sundays on the Durham-Bishop Auckland section, the evening service now runs 25 minutes past the hour out of the bus station and the last bus from the station leaves at 2325. Printed timetables will shortly be available from key receptions and access to all timetables is available on the Arriva website or the Arriva app.

(30 Oct 2019)

Earn £5 in a Short Study on Ratings of Everyday Sounds

You are invited to participate in a research study in which we are collecting ratings of some properties of everyday sounds (nature sounds, music, machines, etc.). The study takes about 30 minutes and you’ll receive £5 cash upon completion! We are currently recruiting adult participants aged 18-50 years; the only requirement is for normal hearing, due to the fact that you’ll be listening to sounds. The study takes place in the Music Department on Palace Green. Contact Kelly Jakubowski at to sign up for a slot.

(30 Oct 2019)

Postgraduate Open Day- 20 November 2019

We are asking staff and mentors to help tell students all about our upcoming Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 20 November, running from 9.00 – 17.00. Attending the full day is not essential and students are welcome to come along to as much or as little as they would like, however, booking a place is essential. For details of all sessions and how to book please direct students to the Postgraduate Open Day section of our website.

(30 Oct 2019) » More about Postgraduate Open Day- 20 November 2019

Shape the future direction of the University

There is still time to apply to be part of University Council. Applications for one member of Professional Services staff will close on Friday 8 November 2019. This is an opportunity to help shape and develop the University, setting the strategic direction and having oversight and overview of the delivery of these plans. This opportunity allows staff to get involved at the highest level of the University’s strategic planning and governance. Please think about applying or encouraging a colleague. We value the input and engagement of our staff in these key roles. If you would like to know more about the role please contact the University Secretary or any of the current staff members of Council 

(30 Oct 2019) » More about Shape the future direction of the University

UKRI New Funding Service

As part of the creation of a new funding service UKRI are looking to get in touch with individuals who have engaged with grant/funding bodies as an applicant, peer-reviewer and/or panellist.As a user of the services, they would like to hear your views and feedback on early concepts of the new funding service to ensure they develop a service that meets your needs. UKRI will be running feedback sessions throughout 2019 and 2020, with involvement ranging from surveys, brief interviews to testing out prototypes. If you are interested in helping please can you register your interest using these contact details here: You will only be contacted to let you know when feedback opportunities arise, and you can request to be removed from our contact list at any time.

(30 Oct 2019)

Visit the newly reopened Kingsgate Bar and Café at Durham SU

Try Kingsgate Bar and Café, the newly-renovated food and drinks venue run by Durham SU. With comfortable furniture, ethical coffee and fresh food, it’s the perfect place to stop by for a meeting over coffee or a break between commitments.


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Volunteers needed to assist Durham Foodbank

The Staff Volunteering Team are looking for 4 more volunteers to assist Durham Foodbank on Friday, 8 November 9.30am-1.30pm. The task will involve sorting and packing donations at the food store in Chester-le-Street. If you would like to get involved, please contact


(30 Oct 2019) » More about Volunteers needed to assist Durham Foodbank

Printing and Binding at the SU

Did you know that printing and binding services for students, staff and Departments are available at Durham SU? 



(29 Oct 2019) » More about Printing and Binding at the SU

Space utilisation

It is that time of the year when the University conducts its annual space utilisation surveys for all the teaching and meeting spaces. From Monday, 4 November until Friday, 8 November, please be aware that volunteers will be discreetly entering all teaching spaces between ten past the hour till ten to the hour to capture accurate data of numbers utilising the rooms. This will be submitted as part of the Estates Management Record for HESA (Higher Education Statistic Agency). We appreciate your support over this period of time.

(29 Oct 2019)

A new economic indicator

An alternative economic indicator is about to become a reality: the first ever economic development metric that asks for the people it seeks to serve to contribute to it, and the first metric that will reflect and truly act in the interests of each individual. Become a part of history here. This survey won't take any more than 5 minutes.

(25 Oct 2019) » More about A new economic indicator

Botanic Garden temporary closure

The Botanic Garden and Café will be closed for essential maintenance work from Monday 2 December until 10am on Monday 9 December. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period.

(25 Oct 2019)

Considering buying a bike?

If you sign up to the Cycle to Work scheme via the MyDurham benefits platform before Wednesday 11 December, you'll not only save up to 32% off a new bike but you'll also be entered into a prize draw to win one of three Garmin GPS watches. Also from Monday 4 November you'll be able to access special discounts and offers for one week only as part of the MyDurham 'Firework Frenzy' event. You'll need to be registered with MyDurham to access these exclusive offers - email to check if you're eligible and request an account.

(25 Oct 2019)

Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD) - Resource bank

We are delighted to launch our new teaching enhancement resource bank. The resource bank offers a range of quick and easy ideas to enhance your teaching practice in four key areas: Active Pedagogies – Enhancing the interactivity in your teaching, Authentic Assessment – Design a variety of new assessments to enhance student learning, Inclusive Curriculum – Embed inclusivity in all your teaching practices and Digital Learning – Embed the latest in digital innovation in your teaching approaches.

(25 Oct 2019)

Report and Support tool launched

An online tool has been recently launched; which enables students and staff to make an anonymous report and, where contact details are provided, obtain support and guidance from a designated staff member or request for the University to take formal action. Hate incidents, as well as incidents of bullying and harassment, sexual misconduct and violence and domestic abuse can be reported. The Report and Support tool also contains information on various internal and external support available for students and staff. To access the tool, please click here

(25 Oct 2019) » More about Report and Support tool launched

Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy: Training available now for all staff

At any time, someone you know, work with, teach, or care about could disclose to you that they have been subjected to sexual violence or domestic abuse. If they do, then how you respond in the moment that follows matters a great deal. We run free training courses to help staff to understand how best to respond if someone discloses to them, highlighting the responsiblities that all staff have under the Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy. For dates and times, please see our web pages

(25 Oct 2019) » More about Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy: Training available now for all staff

Smart Railcard promotion

Do you have a smart season ticket card for rail travel? Would you like to be in with a chance to win back up to £200 from part of the cost of the ticket? Then why not enter the big £500k giveaway? You can enter the prize draw here

(25 Oct 2019) » More about Smart Railcard promotion

TurningPoint Lunch and Learn

The Durham Centre for Academic Development will be hosting a TurningPoint Lunch and Learn session on Thursday 7 November. This session will be led by staff from Turning Technologies and include examples of how staff at Durham are using TurningPoint to support their practice. The session will take place from noon to 2.30pm in the Teaching and Learning Centre and lunch will be provided. Places are available to academic staff only. To book your place, please visit the Training Course Booking System.

(25 Oct 2019)

Vacancy - Finance Assistant (P/T) St Chad's College

St Chad's College is looking to appoint a part-time Finance Assistant. Full details can be found on the College website. The closing date for applications is Friday 8 November 2019.

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X12 route will travel via Teesside Park from 27 October

The X12 Arriva bus will change its route from 27 October to include Teesside Park. There have also been changes to the time the bus leaves Durham Bus Station and Durham University Science Site. For more information about the X12 route visit the Arriva website or pick up a leaflet from reception points from 27 October 2019.

(25 Oct 2019) » More about X12 route will travel via Teesside Park from 27 October

Marshals needed for Winter Congregation 2020

Staff are invited to get involved at Winter Congregation (Thursday 9 and Friday 10 January) 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 by Sunday 24 November. Instructions and training will be provided in advance and lunch plus cakes/refreshments will be supplied in the Cathedral Restaurant.

(24 Oct 2019)

Staff Attendance at Winter Congregation 2020

If you wish to share in the fantastic celebration of our students' achievements at Winter Congregation then please confirm your place in the Staff Procession or request staff tickets by Sunday 15 December at

(24 Oct 2019)

Cyclists - Be Seen, Be Safe

With the clocks about to change and the long nights soon upon us, it is time to use your lights when cycling. Remember to take your lights with you when you leave your home - it may be light when you leave in the morning, but come 4.30pm it will be dark. It is a legal requirement that all cyclists must have appropriate lighting on their bikes at night. Additional information on the Highway Code for cyclists can be found here. Further details can also be found on the Greenspace Cycling webpage.

(18 Oct 2019) » More about Cyclists - Be Seen, Be Safe

Community Newsletter out now

The latest edition of our Community Newsletter is out now, full of news and information about our community-focused work. Read all about it! If you have an item you'd like included in the Newsletter, please email You can sign up to receive the Newsletter here.

(11 Oct 2019)

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 or call on x46075.

(19 Feb 2018)

Durham wins 'Best Student Community' Award.

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

(8 Sep 2017)

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

(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

(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

(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)

Norman Cornish opening celebration event

All students and staff are invited to attend the opening celebration of Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks art exhibition at Palace Green Library on Wednesday 20 November, 6pm - 8pm. The event is free to attend, with refreshments, drawing workshops and an opportunity to visit the exhibition. 

(14 Nov 2019)

Sir Thomas Allen masterclass

Join Durham Opera Appreciation Society as we present our first professional session, a chance to meet and hear from the University Chancellor Sir Thomas Allen. This will take place on Monday 18 November 4pm-6pm in the Mark Hillery Arts Centre in Collingwood College. We are delighted to welcome him and invite you all to come and hear from this inspirational operatic figure. This event is open to everyone and completely free of charge but you must book a place via this link if you want to attend as part of the audience.

(14 Nov 2019)

24 hours of football

Kicking off at 7pm on the 22 November, Collingwood College AFC is running a continuous 24-hour football match in aid of the Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation. The foundation seeks to change the lives of disadvantaged children through sport and has initiatives all over the world. All are welcome to play. If you are interested in getting involved in the match, please have a look at the Facebook page and click 'going' or 'interested'. Sign up will be available shortly.

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Durham Code Club

Durham Code Club, a student volunteering project, offering free sessions teaching children aged eight and above to code. This is an exciting way for your child to learn a valuable skill. Sessions run every Wednesday between 6.30pm-7.30pm in Elvet Riverside 1. Contact for more information and to register your child.

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Durham University Writing Group

The next session will take place in the Horsfall Room, St Chad's College, from 9am-4pm, on Monday 11 November - feel free to drop in and out at any time. For more information, please email

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Family network event

Drop in and meet with other colleagues who work at the University and their families. Join in with the Celebrating Faith event on 16 November, children can decorate an Islamic-style tile to take home and take a look around the Oriental Museum. If you would like to join the Staff Network, please email

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Hild Bede Theatre presents: The 39 Steps

Come along to this theatre production between 14 and 16 November in the Caedmon Hall at the College of St Hild and St Bede. Please visit the website to book your tickets

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Poetry reading by Kate Clanchy

To mark the start of Lumiere Durham 2019, our Centre for Poetry and Poetics is hosting a talk and reading by poet Kate Clanchy. It will be held in the Old Library at Grey College on Thursday 14 November at 5pm. Entry is free. For more details, please visit our website. For more about Kate Clanchy, follow her on Twitter

(8 Nov 2019)

Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH): The Greatest Hits

The Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) is hosting a meeting of the SPH Special Interest Group on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 November. This meeting will be of benefit to all researchers with an interest in fluid mechanics and flow. A key focus of the meeting is to showcase the technology and to identify applications and interdisciplinary projects in other domains and industries (e.g. engineering, geophysics, biology etc.). To register your attendance please sign up here

(8 Nov 2019)

Staff and student shopping event

The annual staff and student shopping event will be taking place again this year. You can get 20% off retail purchases at our visitor attraction outlets from Monday 18 November to Sunday 1 December. Simply present your campus card at the following attractions to get your discount: Palace Green Library, World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, Oriental Museum or Botanic Garden. Happy Shopping!

(8 Nov 2019)

'UK-USA': Concert Band Michaelmas Concert

Durham University's Gold Award-winning Wind Band is starting off the year with a vibrant evening of music from the two sides of the Atlantic! From Mary Poppins to The Blues Brothers, Phantom of the Opera, 'Variations on America' and Holst's 'Fantasia on the Dargason' from his 2nd Suite in F, we guarantee there will be something for everyone! Join us at 7.30pm on 13 November, Elvet Methodist Church. Tickets are £5/£6/£7 and will be available on the door and online.

(1 Nov 2019)

Waste Awareness Week

It’s Waste Awareness Week 4 November until 10 November. Come along to the Library square and take part in our recycling game! Simon (Sustainability Manager, Waste and Environmental Compliance) and Ninette (Sustainability Coordinator) will be in the Calman Café on Monday 4 November from 12pm -2pm to answer any questions you have. If you want to find out more about recycling at the University, Durham County Council and Biffa will have an information stand on the Library square Thursday 11am-2pm. If the weather is bad, they will be in the Bill Bryson Café. Find out more about the waste campaign here.

(1 Nov 2019)

Durham University Writing Group, Monday 4 November

Do you ever find research and writing too solitary an activity? Durham University Writing Group can help! The group will be meeting on Mondays this term. The next session will take place in the Horsfall Room, St Chad's College, from 9am-4pm, this Monday (4 November) - feel free to drop in and out at any time. For more information, contact

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Free English Lessons

We are looking for staff and students to volunteer as English language learners and be taught by our MA Applied Linguistics students. Classes are on Thursdays 1.30pm -3pm in Elvet Riverside. Please contact for further details.

(31 Oct 2019)

French Conversation for Staff

Lunch time French conversation for staff continues this term. Come along for a natter - all levels of French welcome! Please email to join the mailing list. Meet-ups are planned as follows: Friday 15 November, 12pm – 1pm, PC003, Thursday 28 November, 12pm – 1pm, PC005, Friday 13 December, 12pm – 1, PC004.


(31 Oct 2019)

South College Kickstart Lunches

A series of informal lunches are being held for current students to find out about transferring to South College. This is an opportunity to meet Principal Tim Luckhurst and get information about the Pioneer Scholarship. Staff are welcome to come along to learn more about the college and opportunities to join the SCR. Friday 8 November,12.30pm - 2pm, Bishop's Dining Room, University College, Monday 11 November, 1pm - 3pm Vane Tempest Room, Durham Students' Union. Find out more about the South College Kickstart lunches here.

(31 Oct 2019)

Ballet workshop in French

Free ballet workshops taught in French are available for people who are interested in ballet and want to practise French in a relaxed environment. The first workshop will take place on Friday, 8 November from 12pm to 1pm at the fitness studio of Collingwood College.No experience in ballet is needed. Knowing a little bit of French, especially if you are a beginner in ballet, is recommended but not compulsory. Please wear comfy clothes and ballet shoes or cotton socks. For more information, please contact Geraldine Crahay at

(30 Oct 2019)

Choral Music of Remembrance and Consolation

Durham Singers will once again perform at the gorgeous surroundings of Ushaw College on Saturday, 9 November at 7.30pm. As can be expected of the date and theme of the concert, the music will be quite solemn. We will sing music from Queen Mary’s as well as President J.F. Kennedy’s funeral services. If you don’t solely like just a capella singing but would like your choral music served with some instrumental accompaniment, we have a treat for you as the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble is performing with us. If you don’t know what cornets and sackbuts look like, better come and check it out for yourself. More information and tickets can be found on the Durham Singers website

(30 Oct 2019)

CPI Biologics Presentation and Networking Event

Interested in collaborating with industry? Would you like to work in the Biologics field? Come along to a presentation and networking event with CPI Biologics on 5 November, 10.30am to 12pm, Whitehead Room (BL201), Biosciences. All are welcome.

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Rugby World Cup Final 2019 - Live In Riverside

Come to Durham SU's Riverside Bar and Cafe from 8.00am to watch the Rugby World Cup Final!!England face South Africa in Yokohama on Saturday in a re-run of the 2007 final which England lost 15-6. Eddie Jones’ side are 80 minutes away from sporting immortality, if only they can avoid a repeat of the result.The game will be live on the big screens.

We will be fully licensed to serve drinks throughout the match and will be serving breakfast from 8:30am.Pints from £1.80, Bacon/Sausage Sandwiches £1.75, Starbucks Coffee also available. 


(29 Oct 2019)

Assembly Rooms Theatre - Open Day

The curtain is set to rise on the newly refurbished Assembly Rooms Theatre! Pop in any time between 10am - 5pm on Saturday 26 October to take a look behind the scenes of this historic city centre venue or come along at 7.30pm for an 'Open Mic Night' featuring music, dance and theatre.

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BAME Network Michaelmas meeting

Join us for our Michaelmas Term meeting on Tuesday 12 November at 1pm in PC168, Palatine Centre or come along to Whitechurch the same day at 5.30pm. If you would like to be added to the BAME network mailing list, please email For further information, please visit our web page.

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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: or

(17 Apr 2018)

Additional Workshop Added - Unconscious Bias

Due to high demand, an extra 'Unconscious Bias' workshop has been added into the programme to take place on 27 November 2019 at 09:30 in the Turner Room, Van Mildert. This half day workshop explores our implicit people preferences, the ways in which we subconsciously process information and how our subconscious processes can result in faulty and sometimes biased decisions. We will consider how this affects work in departments and across the University, and review techniques to help reduce the impact of bias. It is now available for booking on the Training Course Booking System - please book at the earliest opportunity.

(31 Oct 2019)

Green Ambitions; A public Talk from Boris Palmer, Mayor of Tübingen

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the civic twinning of Durham and Tübingen in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. As part of these anniversary celebrations the Mayor of Tübingen, Boris Palmer, will deliver a talk titled 'Greening the City' on Saturday 16th November at 11am in the Ustinov room in Van Mildert College. Admission will be free.


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The empire strikes back: Baroque art and Spanish contemporary culture

Zurbarán Fellow's Public Lecture will take place on 12 November at 5.30 pm at Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College.The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art welcomes Professor Luis Vives-Ferrándiz Sánchez as this academic year’s first Zurbarán Fellow. Professor Vives-Ferrándiz Sánchez is lecturer in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of Valencia in Spain. He is a specialist of Baroque and Neo-Baroque art and theory. Attendance is free but registration is essential. To book a place email

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