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Durham University: Tackling Climate Change event

On Friday 20 September, a global day of action is planned in response to the growing threat of climate change. We are organising a one-day event exploring research we are undertaking aimed at tackling climate change and work we are doing to reduce our own carbon footprint. The Durham University: Tackling Climate Change event will be held in the new Teaching and Learning Centre from 10am to 3pm. More details of the event, and advice on how colleagues wishing to participate in the day of action can do so, will be circulated via Heads of Department, Colleges and Institutes.

(13 Sep 2019)


Open Days

Open Days will be held on Friday, 20 September, and Saturday, 21 September. Each of these events is attended by large numbers of prospective students and their families with 22,000 visitors attending our Open Days in July. In order to ensure the safety of our students, visitors and staff, there will be restrictions to vehicles on the Lower Mountjoy site. In advance of the events, can you please work closely with your contractors, including deliveries, to ensure that suitable alternative arrangements are made for these two days. The existing arrangements for the use of contractor parking at Green Lane remain available. Find out more about Open Days here.

(6 Sep 2019)


Parking on Lower Mountjoy

Please note that Lower Mountjoy is a designated No Parking area and signage in this area has been changed to reflect this. Enforcement activity will continue and any vehicles found to be parked in a No Parking area will be in breach of the University’s Parking Policy terms and conditions and subject to a Parking Charge Notice (PCN).

(30 Aug 2019)


Oracle Cloud training

Oracle Cloud Go-Live day is almost here. This new system will affect all colleagues as it replaces People+, affecting how we will all submit expenses, leave requests and update personal details.

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Oracle Cloud training


Brand Drop-in Surgery 3

Do you have a burning question about how to implement the new Brand Identity? Drop in to see us in room MC Rowan 1 on Thursday 19 September between 11am and 1pm to get all your questions answered. All staff are welcome and there’s no need to book. This is the third of a series of drop-in surgeries we’ll be holding in various locations across the University. Find out more about future dates and venues here.

(13 Sep 2019)


Courtyard Café closure

Following a review of our cafés, we have decided to close the Courtyard Café at Palace Green Library. Colleagues who worked at the Café will in future work across other University catering outlets. Discussions over how the Café space will be used in future are ongoing. Café on the Green, just across Palace Green, is open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm. For more information on our catering outlets, please visit the website

(13 Sep 2019)


Design and Print Framework

Our Procurement Service, in collaboration with colleagues in Marketing and Communications, has undertaken a tender exercise to renew the Design and Print framework that many of you use. We have provisionally selected the suppliers on Wednesday this week and are currently in the ‘standstill’ period. During this period we should not publicise which suppliers have been selected, as this period is intended for all suppliers, who took part in the tender exercise, to consider the award and raise any concerns they may have. We will confirm further details in the upcoming week. In the meantime if you have any queries or concerns please contact Lyndsay Glasper on ext. 44530.

(13 Sep 2019) » More about Design and Print Framework


Durham LGBT+ Network

Our LGBT+ Network is open to all staff and postgraduate students who identify as LGBT+, or as allies. The network meets socially once a month and members are involved in different events throughout the year. We aim to improve awareness of LGBT+ issues within the University and in our wider community. If you are interested in joining the mailing list or want to know more about the network please email lgbt.staffnetwork@durham.ac.uk. You can also visit the website for more information.

(13 Sep 2019)


Free English language classes

Would you like to come to a class that helps you improve your general English in an informal, yet fun way? Would you like to meet new people from different countries and places and exchange experiences? Then this might be the course for you. Classes will start in October on a Thursday from 1.30pm-3pm.

(13 Sep 2019) » More about Free English language classes


Important information for Barclaycard holders - upcoming changes to BSM and PSD2 project update

Further to previous dialogue and message of the day communications, if you have not already collected your new Barclaycard and PINsentry device please contact Ken Davis in Procurement to arrange collection, ext 45514.

(13 Sep 2019) » More about Important information for Barclaycard holders - upcoming changes to BSM and PSD2 project update


Inclusion Matters Project Launch

Are you at an early stage of your university career in science, maths or engineering? Do you feel under-represented in your discipline? Are you interested in mentoring, advancing personal development, or working with industry? We are excited to be leading a consortium of Northern Universities and Industry partners in an EPSRC funded research project. This project is part of a bigger, £10m national initiative. To find out more and get involved, please register here

(13 Sep 2019) » More about Inclusion Matters Project Launch


Leazes Road site - ground works starting in mid-September

As part of the feasibility work we are doing at the Leazes Road site, we will be carrying out ground investigation works from 16 September through until 28 October. This will help us better understand the nature of the site and will inform the feasibility of developing it. Initial discussions have already been held with stakeholders on site and there will be further communications with the College of St Hild and St Bede, as well as the Departments and private residences on the site, regarding precise plans and a schedule for the works. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Ross Hamilton r.hamilton@fgould.com or Sam Gilbert sam.gilbert@fgould.com.

(13 Sep 2019)


Mental Health Training Modules

Mental health and wellbeing affects everyone. To help staff recognise the signs of poor mental health in themselves and others, we have developed a suite of mental health training modules. The modules will be available on DUO from Monday, 16 September and we encourage all staff to complete the core modules. Additional modules are available if you are a line manager, or you deal with students on a regular basis.

(13 Sep 2019)


Staff invitation to Matriculation

If you wish to take part in the Staff Procession at Matriculation on Wednesday, 2 October, please remember to confirm your attendance and order your robes by Thursday, 19 September by completing the online form.

(13 Sep 2019)


The N8 research partnership - PowerPoint slides available from Durham University talk

PowerPoint slides from the talk Annette Bramley, Director of the N8 universities research partnership, gave to colleagues in Durham on Thursday, 12 September are available online here

Dr Annette Bramley outlines:

  • The N8’s role, purpose and governance
  • Its current programmes of focus including major collaborative research programmes
  • N8 people – how the N8 supports and champions their work
  • The development and selection of their new research priorities: Child of the North and Clean and Productive Businesses
  • Next steps for the academic year 2019-20

Further information is available on the N8 website. Twitter: @N8research

(13 Sep 2019)


Audio-visual (AV) support for staff in new Teaching and Learning Centre

The AV team from CIS will provide two drop in sessions each day in the week commencing 23 September at the new Teaching and Learning Centre. Sessions will include a brief overview of the new technology (AV over IP) and a demo of the AV equipment in action. Sessions will be held at 10am and 2pm lasting approximately an hour each with time for Q+A at the end. There is no need to book - just meet the AV team at the reception in the new Teaching and Learning Centre.

(6 Sep 2019)


Brand Identity - Creative Brief

To enable us to support you, we have a new process for commissioning work with our design partners. Before approaching a creative partner please complete a creative brief with clear aims and objectives and send it to marketing.team@durham.ac.uk for review. We will then support you through the process to production. More information on working with our framework partners can be found here.

(6 Sep 2019)


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 dialogue@durham.ac.uk. You can sign up to receive the Newsletter here.

(6 Sep 2019)


Durham University Learning and Teaching Conference 2019

This conference entitled 'Re-imagining the Curriculum' will be taking place on Monday, 9 September across the Calman Learning Centre and Durham Law School. The Conference is fully subscribed, but to place your name on the waiting list in case a place becomes available last minute, please visit here.

(6 Sep 2019) » More about Durham University Learning and Teaching Conference 2019


Impact and Engagement Awards 2019

The Durham University Impact and Engagement Prize 2019 recognises and celebrates excellence in impact beyond academia. The deadline for applications is Monday, 16 September 2019. For more information and for the application form and guidance notes, please visit the website.

(6 Sep 2019) » More about Impact and Engagement Awards 2019


Important pension information sessions for USS members

We have invited Mercer, independent specialists in HE sector pensions, to deliver information sessions on two important aspects of pension planning: an update on the latest developments in the USS Valuation and what this may mean to members and an information session for higher earners (c£65K plus) on Pensions Taxation Allowances. These sessions are open to all current and prospective USS members and will take place on 11 and 26 September. If you wish to attend please use the online training booking system to book your place. Spaces are first come first served based on room capacity. If you have any questions, please email reward.team@durham.ac.uk.

(6 Sep 2019) » More about Important pension information sessions for USS members


Looking for participants

A research group in the Department of Psychology is looking for adult participants to carry out a computer-based task to help Derek the Dragon find his favourite sweets. The study takes 1-1.5 hours and participants will be paid £8 per hour. If you are interested in taking part, and have normal/corrected to normal vision and normal colour vision (which will be screened prior to testing), please email catherine.e.pattie@durham.ac.uk.

(6 Sep 2019)


National pay negotiations

Following the conclusion of national pay negotiations, Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association (UCEA) has advised employers to implement the final pay offer which will be applied to September salaries and backdated to 1 August 2019. Further information, including a copy of the staff communication regarding this matter, can be found here.

(6 Sep 2019)


Participants needed for focus group on friendships

Researchers in the Department of Psychology are recruiting autistic young adults (18-25 years old) to a focus group on friendships and social interactions. The focus group will take place in the Department of Psychology and will involve activity-based discussion on friendships and social experiences. We will also conduct individual mini-interviews which can take place in person or over skype / telephone. Costs to attend will be reimbursed. Please share this information widely. For further information, please email ellen.ridley@durham.ac.uk.

(6 Sep 2019)


Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Funder visit

Mark Thomson, Executive Chair, and Natalie Bealing, Head of Stakeholder Engagement at STFC, will be visiting the University on Thursday, 19 September. As part of their visit they will deliver an open information session to the academic community and provide an update on STFC’s activities, including their recently published Delivery Plan 2019 and future opportunities, followed by Q & A. The session will take place in Lecture Theatre PH30, Department of Physics, 12.45pm – 1.45pm. If you would like to attend the session please register here by Friday, 13 September. If you have any queries, please email research.development@durham.ac.uk.

(6 Sep 2019)


Staff volunteers needed to assist Tiny Lives

Tiny Lives, a charity supporting premature and sick newborn babies and their families on the Neonatal Unit at the RVI hospital in Newcastle, is looking for volunteers to help them sort through their baby and toddler clothes for their Nearly New Sale taking place in September. Volunteers are needed on Thursday, 12 September at their site in High Heaton for as long or as little as possible. If you still have staff volunteering hours left to take, this would be a great opportunity. Please email community.engagement@durham.ac.uk if you would like to get involved.

(6 Sep 2019)


The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship Programme 2020

Expressions of interest are sought from academic staff wishing to supervise a student on this programme over one or two consecutive summer research experiences. Previous Laidlaw Supervisors - please note changes have been made to the previous programme. Students will have three options for the second year of the scholarship which means that only a limited number will carry out two periods of research with you. Academic staff who would like to put forward projects are asked to send their name, department and a paragraph outlining the research area to Laidlaw.scholarships@durham.ac.uk by Friday 4 October 2019.

(6 Sep 2019) » More about The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship Programme 2020


Winter is coming

The seasons are changing, soon we will be putting on the layers and saying goodbye to our floral dresses and summer shorts for a while. As it's Second Hand September, whilst you’re packing away your summer clothes or organising your wardrobe, look out for items you don’t wear. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember to take your unwanted clothes to the charity shop, so why not book a collection with EnviroClothes and receive up to 50p per kg? 

(6 Sep 2019)


A new home for the archive of 'Radical Jack'

We are the new home for the archives of John George Lambton, the first Earl of Durham. Lord Durham was a nineteenth century politician, diplomat and society figure who was nicknamed ‘Radical Jack’ for his energetic support of parliamentary reform. He was central to the development of the Reform Bill, which went on to become the Great Reform Act of 1832. In its new home at the University’s Palace Green Library, the collection will be available to study for the first time in over 40 years. You can read more here

(30 Aug 2019)


Alternative travel and parking

To assist staff with the closure of Territorial Lane and Elvet Waterside car parks and access to the University for those who may not have an option but to drive, details are available on alternative travel options, University car parks, public car parks and Park and Ride Sites.

(30 Aug 2019) » More about Alternative travel and parking


Did you know...Cycle September is running from 1-30 September?

Cycle September is a global bike challenge where individuals are able to compete worldwide to raise the profile of cycling. It's a fun, free competition where you log your journeys and see how you are doing against all other competitors. Find out more here.

(30 Aug 2019) » More about Did you know...Cycle September is running from 1-30 September?


Durham Orchid Show

Taking place at Josephine Butler College on Saturday 8 September, from 10am-4pm, come along and enjoy displays from Orchid Societies and the chance to buy orchids from a variety of specialist growers. Visitors are welcome to bring any of their own plants along to the show if they would like advice about them. Entry to the Orchid Show is free. 

(30 Aug 2019) » More about Durham Orchid Show


Open Days

Open Days will be held on Friday, 20 September, and Saturday, 21 September. Each of these events is attended by large numbers of prospective students and their families with 22,000 visitors attending our Open Days in July. In order to ensure the health and safety of our students, visitors and staff there will be restrictions to vehicles on the Lower Mountjoy site. In advance of the events can you please work closely with your contractors, including deliveries, to ensure that suitable alternative arrangements are made for these two days. The existing arrangements for the use of contractor parking at Green Lane remain available. Find out more about Open Days here.

(30 Aug 2019)


Organic September

Organic September is a month-long campaign designed to encourage more people to try organic as a way to promote and educate people about organic food and farming practices. Are you taking part in #OrganicSeptember this year? Better for biodiversity, better for soils and better for animal welfare, organic is food as it should be. Explore the ‘Soil Association’s organic hub to find out more.

(30 Aug 2019)


Second Hand September

Every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill. Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people - it’s unsustainable. Now there's something you can do to help. Join Second Hand September and pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days. Find out more here.

(30 Aug 2019)


Short online study

We're looking for participants for a 15-minute online study in which you are asked to rate the emotions conveyed by environmental sounds. All participants have a chance to win an Amazon gift card worth £25. The link to the survey is here. For any further questions, please email kelly.jakubowski@durham.ac.uk.

(30 Aug 2019)


Sign-up deadline extension

Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith, University of Otago, New Zealand, will open this Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Forum session on Wednesday, 11 September, by presenting her research on the preparedness of PhD graduates for career pathways, a comparative case study of graduates from US and NZ universities. Places can be booked via this link.

(30 Aug 2019) » More about Sign-up deadline extension


Arriva Academic Year Saver Ticket

Do you travel on any Arriva bus service within their Durham District Zone throughout the year? Then why not consider purchasing the Academic Year Ticket which is available for all staff and students. Other options are available including weekly tickets (seven days travel for the price of five) or a 15-week ticket. Full details available on the Arriva website.

(23 Aug 2019)


Dunelmensis nominations

Nominations for the 2020 Dunelmensis Award are now open and DARO is currently seeking nominations for consideration by the awards panel. The Award is the University’s highest honour given to alumni in recognition of the significant contribution an alumna or alumnus has made to their College, Department or the University, and which has led to the enhancement of the University’s reputation or contributed to its institutional advancement.

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Dunelmensis nominations


Free 1-1 tutoring programme: sign-up open now

Our Student Volunteering team runs a free one-to-one tutoring programme every year for local GCSE and A-Level pupils who need support. Tutee sign-ups are now open for the academic year 2019/20.

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Free 1-1 tutoring programme: sign-up open now


Mount Oswald project update

Most of the buildings for our Mount Oswald project are now taking shape on site. Read edition 10 of the Mount Oswald Observer newsletter from our construction partners Interserve for the latest update. Please visit: www.durham.ac.uk/mountoswald

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Mount Oswald project update


Participants wanted for study

Colleagues in the Psychology Department are currently looking for participants aged 18 to 35 to take part in a study involving using sounds and images to locate a hidden object. The study takes about two hours and you will receive £10, plus up to £10 bonus, depending on performance.

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Participants wanted for study


Important Pension Information Sessions for USS Members

We have invited Mercer, specialists in HE sector pensions, to deliver information sessions on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 26 September on two important aspects of pension planning:
• an update on the latest developments in the USS Valuation and what this may mean to members.
• an information session for higher earners (c£65K plus) on Pensions Taxation Allowances.

These sessions are open to all current and prospective USS members. If you wish to attend please use the online training booking system

 

(16 Aug 2019) » More about Important Pension Information Sessions for USS Members


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)


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 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)


School Governor and Academy Trustee Network Event

The Access and Engagement team is holding the first School Governor and Academy Trustee Network event of the new academic year on Tuesday, 22 October, 8am-9.30am in PC168, Palatine Centre. This network event will provide information on the new Access and Participation Plan, an overview of Access and Engagement provision, support available from the staff volunteering team, governor training opportunities provided by Durham County Council and finally, network updates. If you would like to attend, please email megan.r.rimmer@durham.ac.uk, along with any dietary requirements, by 5pm Wednesday, 16 October. Breakfast will be provided.

(13 Sep 2019)


Sir Ivan Rogers lecture

Come and hear Sir Ivan Rogers discuss No Deal versus Remain and give his thoughts on the prevailing situation on Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 4.30pm-6pm in room TLC042 in the Teaching and Learning Centre. Please visit the Eventbrite website to book a place.

(13 Sep 2019) » More about Sir Ivan Rogers lecture


Durham University Men's Staff Football Club

Training for the men’s staff football club takes place Wednesdays from 6.45pm to 8pm on the 3G pitch at Maiden Castle. We also have two 11-a-side teams participating in the inter-college leagues in term time. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome and we hope to see some new faces soon whether it's just to meet new people, train or play for one of our teams this up and coming season. For further information, please email phillip.duffy@durham.ac.uk.

(6 Sep 2019)


Durham Orchid Show

Taking place at Josephine Butler College on Saturday 8 September, from 10am-4pm, come along and enjoy displays from Orchid Societies and the chance to buy orchids from a variety of specialist growers. Visitors are welcome to bring any of their own plants along to the show if they would like advice about them. Entry to the Orchid Show is free. 

(30 Aug 2019) » More about Durham Orchid Show


Want to play football?

Would you like to play football? We have booked one of the football pitches at Maiden Castle for the next six weeks on a Wednesday night between 8pm-9pm and are looking for a team that could play against our weight loss team. If you are interested in setting up a team to play us one Wednesday night, or even just to come down and make up the numbers, then please get in touch or meet us outside the entrance to the sports centre at Maiden Castle at 7.45pm on a Wednesday night. Everyone is welcome, men or women, and the cost is only £2. For more information please email Michael.Lewis@durham.ac.uk.

(30 Aug 2019)


Join the staff choir

Everyone is welcome to join the staff choir, regardless of experience and ability. There is no fixed commitment - just come when you can! 

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Join the staff choir


Lord of the Flies

The Gala Theatre and Durham Student Theatre, in association with Unfolding Theatre, present Lord of the Flies at the Gala Theatre, Durham, from Monday, 30 September to Saturday, 5 October. Full details are available on the Gala website

(23 Aug 2019)


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)


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