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Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Over 29 million people in England have now had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. The vaccine is safe and effective and it gives you the best protection against coronavirus. The NHS is currently offering the Covid-19 vaccine, for free, to many people in England. Visit nhs.uk to find out more.

(7 May 2021)


Covid-19: Let us know if you're self-isolating

If you're self-isolating for any reason, please inform your line manager. Reporting in this way helps us to proactively manage University cases with local and national public health experts and enables us to support you during periods of self-isolation.

(30 Apr 2021) » More about Covid-19: Let us know if you're self-isolating


How you can help support a healthy community

Wherever you are right now, there are some simple steps we can all take to help support a healthy community.

  • Hands: Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
  • Face: You must wear a face-covering in many indoor settings unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse.
  • Space: You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble.
  • Fresh Air: Follow local ventilation guidance and where possible open windows to increase fresh air.

Visit gov.uk/coronavirus to find out more about what you can and cannot do in England during Step 2 of the Government’s Roadmap out of Lockdown.

(30 Apr 2021)


Access VPN Maintenance

CIS will be carrying out routine maintenance to Access VPN on 29 April between 6pm-6.15pm. Users will be unable to connect during this time and any users already connected will have their connections terminated. Please ensure you save any work and, where possible, disconnect from Access VPN prior to 6pm. Once the work is complete you will be able to connect with no noticeable difference. Updates to this information will be posted on our Service Status pages.

(23 Apr 2021)


Identifying and reporting Covid-19 symptoms

If you develop any Covid-19 symptoms including:

  •  A new continuous cough
  •  Loss of, or change to, smell or taste
  •  A high temperature

You must:

Please follow these steps even if you have had your Covid-19 vaccination. Visit the NHS website to find out more about Covid-19 symptoms and self-isolation guidance.

(23 Apr 2021)


P60 documents available for 2020/2021 tax year

The P60 documents for tax year 2020/2021 are now available in the Oracle portal. To access the document click on Me, Pay, Year-End Documents and select the P60 2021 which will open the document as a pdf. Any access issues should be reported via CIS helpdesk. Any queries on the information contained on the P60 should be emailed to Payroll@durham.ac.uk.

(16 Apr 2021)


Covid reporting

Currently when managers record symptoms or a positive Covid test for their staff members, information needs to be logged in Oracle and also via a second web form. The Oracle system has been updated so all relevant information can now be entered and updated in the absence screen of the Oracle portal. The second web form is therefore no longer required. 

(9 Apr 2021)


Caprice in the Time of Covid: An Inaugural Film-Lecture in Two Acts

Richard Scholar’s inaugural lecture as Professor promises to reassess his work on early modern keywords, including caprice, which features in his new book Émigrés: French Words that Turned English. Then Covid strikes, and the idea of an inaugural lecture needs to be rethought, if not abandoned.

(7 May 2021) » More about Caprice in the Time of Covid: An Inaugural Film-Lecture in Two Acts


Environmental essay competition

We are excited to announce that DUELS (Durham University Environmental Law and Climate Futures Society) is running an essay competition over the next couple of months. We are inviting students from all departments to submit a 1,000 word response to one of two possible questions: What is necessary for our generation to tackle climate change effectively? What does climate change mean for lawyers? The deadline for submission is the 31 July, and all submissions should be sent to william.b.turnbull@durham.ac.uk. Responses will be anonymised before being judged by a panel.

(7 May 2021)


Help test the new Durham History Hunt app

Calling all staff and students living in and around Durham City: help us test the new Durham history hunt app and get a thank you voucher for your trouble. Sign up by noon on 10 May. If you live in or near Durham City and like exploring the city and its history, please help us test a new app called the Durham History Hunt, which is being developed by Locale for the Durham Digitale project. Get more information and sign up here.

(7 May 2021) » More about Help test the new Durham History Hunt app


Should Governments Nudge? The Ethics of Influencing Behaviour with Cass Sunstein

We invite all students and staff to join us for a talk and discussion with Professor Cass Sunstein about the ethical implications of behavioural interventions drawing from his book 'The Ethics of Influence: Government in the Age of Behavioural Science' (2016). Please sign up via Eventbrite to receive a Zoom link here.

(7 May 2021) » More about Should Governments Nudge? The Ethics of Influencing Behaviour with Cass Sunstein


Staff network coffee break

Our next informal staff network coffee break chat will take place (via Microsoft Teams) on Thursday 13 May at 3pm. 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.

(7 May 2021)


Horizon Europe Information Session: Cluster 5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility

The Research Development team is hosting an information session (including Q&A) for the academic community on the major research themes and calls in Horizon Europe’s ‘Climate, Energy and Mobility’ cluster (cluster 5). This will take place on Wednesday 12 May at 12pm – 1pm via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please register by email at research.development@durham.ac.uk and we will send you a calendar invite with a Zoom link.

(30 Apr 2021) » More about Horizon Europe Information Session: Cluster 5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility


The Digital Learning Special Interest Group is back

The Digital Learning Special Interest Group is back with practice-sharing this term. With sessions coming up on Wednesday 5 May at 1pm: PeerScholar: how to use it, what students think about it and how they engage with it and Tuesday 11 May at 1pm: Teaching a large Greek history class online: afterthoughts.

(30 Apr 2021) » More about The Digital Learning Special Interest Group is back


The Three Musketeers audio drama

Durham University Audio Drama Society and Purple Radio are excited to present 'The Three Musketeers', a thrilling new audio drama. The production, involving over forty students, tells the story of four heroic, chivalrous swordsmen fight for justice, honour, and love in 17th-century Paris. It is adapted from perhaps the most famous historical novel of all time, infused with exciting contemporary themes and diversity.

(30 Apr 2021) » More about The Three Musketeers audio drama


'Durham University Tours' - brand new app

Our brand new app, ‘Durham University Tours’ is available to download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store now. It allows users to take virtual tours around the city from the comfort of their own home.

(23 Apr 2021) » More about 'Durham University Tours' - brand new app


Discover Durham Live

We are running a set of ‘Discover Durham Live’ online sessions for offer holders. These give prospective students a chance to hear from current students and to have the opportunity to ask any questions that they might have. These one hour sessions are running until the beginning of June covering a wide range of different topics. Please feel free to promote these to offer holders who may contact you. Find out more here.

(23 Apr 2021)


Engineering podcast

The Engineering Department now has its own podcast. We have been releasing a new podcast every week onto our YouTube Channel and across our Social Media Platforms, these include volunteers from our Academic Staff, Professional Support Staff, industrial partners, PhD and final year students. Please feel to subscribe to us and look out for new content. If you have any queries, please contact rebecca.jackson@durham.ac.uk.

(23 Apr 2021)


Madan Sara film screening

This film screening of Madan Sara, a Haitian documentary by director Etant Dupain who will also join us for a Q&A session will take place on Thursday 29 April from 5pm. You can register for the event here. After registering you will be sent a link to the event on the day.

(23 Apr 2021) » More about Madan Sara film screening


Staff network coffee break

Our next informal staff network coffee break chat will take place (via Microsoft Teams) on Thursday 29 April at 3pm. 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.

(23 Apr 2021)


Study a language this summer

Registration for our Centre for Foreign Language Study’s summer course programme is now open. Courses are available in 17 languages. All will be delivered online by experienced, professional language teachers, in an engaging and interactive virtual classroom. For full details including dates, times and fees, please see our web page.

(23 Apr 2021)


SU Annual Awards: It’s time to celebrate Durham students and staff

Nominate incredible students and staff for an SU Annual Award today. Those that have given us entertainment or education through the medium of Zoom. Those that have stood up for student rights when it felt like no one else would. Those that have kept their college spirit strong. Those that have brought the Durham community together, when we were far apart. Deadline: 9 May. Prizes to be awarded at an online ceremony this summer.

(23 Apr 2021)


The Staying Strong Project

Team Durham is launching ‘The Staying Strong Project’, a holistic training programme for any individual aged 40+. As we get older we experience a decrease in muscle mass, muscular strength and bone density. Strength training offers multi-system benefits which combat these effects, improving overall quality and longevity of life. Although the benefits are understood, it’s often a lack of knowledge and confidence which means adults are less likely to focus on resistance training.

(23 Apr 2021) » More about The Staying Strong Project


Women@DU

We’re delighted to let you know that on Thursday 29 April, 12pm-1.30pm, Women@DU will be welcoming behavioural change specialist Shahroo Izadi to lead a “Kindness Method” workshop. You can get your tickets here

(16 Apr 2021) » More about Women@DU


Digital Learning Special Interest Group

The Digital Learning Special Interest Group will continue to host informal talks during next term. We are inviting colleagues to submit proposals to share their approach to digital learning with the Special Interest Group by completing this short form: Sharing Practice (Easter 2021).

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Digital Learning Special Interest Group


Hedgehog first aid

Would you know what to do if you found a hedgehog in distress? Join us for a free one hour hedgehog first aid webinar on 15 April at 4pm. This webinar is open to anyone. Get your free ticket through Eventbrite. Please note: there will be images of injured hedgehogs shared during the webinar.

(9 Apr 2021)


Italian course at St John's

Italian is a beautiful language, the language of the cradle of the Western civilisation, and the most romantic of all the roman languages. It is a definite 'must learn' if you are passionate about delicious food, history of art, music and even business. The course runs online on Teams every Friday, 7pm-7.55pm, for 6 weeks starting 16 April 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.

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Italian course at St John's


Prayer group for Christian staff

A group of Christian staff from across the University meet fortnightly to pray for one another, the University and other situations and issues.

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Prayer group for Christian staff


Registration now open for summer language courses

Registration for our Centre for Foreign Language Study’s summer language course programme is now open.

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Registration now open for summer language courses


Staff network coffee break

Our next informal staff network coffee break chat will take place (via Microsoft Teams) on Thursday 15 April at 3pm. 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.

(9 Apr 2021)


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)


'Curriculum as a site for transformation' conference

As Coimbra Group members Durham University staff are invited to this Learning and Teaching conference at the University of Edinburgh, taking place online between 15 - 17 June 2021. Please visit the Learning and Teaching Conference webpage to view the day one programme in full and register for a free place.

(7 May 2021) » More about 'Curriculum as a site for transformation' conference


Chemistry refurbishment programme started

Work commenced last week to refurbish the Level 1 teaching lab within the Chemistry building, together with a number of research laboratories. The refurbishment of the teaching laboratory will result in a state-of-the-art teaching lab space for our students. It is anticipated for the work to be completed in September 2021.

(7 May 2021)


Covid-19 Recovery Fund

Thanks to the Alumni, Friends of Durham University and funding provided by the Office for Students and the University we are able to offer the opportunity for current, fully registered students to apply for financial support to help them with the impact of Covid-19 on their household income. The application process is now open and will remain open until 4 June 2021. Applications should be made using the online application form. Any queries relating to this fund should be sent to scholarships.advice@durham.ac.uk.

(7 May 2021)


Diversity & Inclusion post-coronavirus discussion groups with Professor Kandola

Following the week-long series of free webinars presenting research findings from a year in lockdown, Pearn Kandola would like to invite attendees who are responsible for driving EDI along to join Professor Kandola on one of their 'Diversity & Inclusion post-coronavirus' discussion forums. Dates are Thursday 13 May at 10am or Thursday 18 May at 2.30pm. The series recordings can be found here.

(7 May 2021)


Have your say on proposed changes to Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

Universities UK (UUK) is consulting the 340 employers in the USS on options for reforms to the Scheme. As part of this consultation, we would like to seek the views of eligible staff (Grades 6 +) on the important issues raised. Whether you are a member of USS or not, we would value 5 minutes of your time to complete this short survey to gain your views on the future of the scheme. The survey will be open until 12 noon on Monday 10 May. 

(7 May 2021) » More about Have your say on proposed changes to Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)


Internet Explorer 11 support for Panopto

From 26 June 2021, Panopto will no longer provide support for Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11). This is in line with Microsoft’s own support model of making legacy software redundant and continuing to innovate with new technologies. We would encourage users to upgrade their browser to one of the following for optimal user experience: Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge. All of these are available either via AppsAnywhere or your default machine-based software (Safari for Mac, Edge for Microsoft etc). The service will continue to work in IE11, but any issues will not be supported or acknowledged by Panopto.

(7 May 2021)


Managers Essentials Programme

Following on from the postponement of last year’s Manager Essentials Programme, the HR-OD team is delighted to announce this will be now launching on Friday 14 May 2021 with a small number of places available. The programme aims to give practising managers the foundation for their formal development in this role, being delivered using a blended learning model with a combination of taught online sessions and self-directed learning. The programme is externally accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management and further information can be found here. If you would like to be considered for the programme, please contact the HR-OD team copying your Manager in no later than Wednesday 12 May.

(7 May 2021)


Module design sessions for 2021-22

Thinking about what your modules will look like next academic year? From now until September, DCAD are offering one-to-one sessions to help module leaders and teams consider the content, activities and assessments that will form their teaching in another unprecedented year. Please read on for further details.

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


Proposed USS changes: New resource available

We have created a short Sway update to summarise important information and outline the next steps in the proposed USS changes. You can also visit our Reward & Benefits web pages for the latest USS updates, links to UUK resources and to have your say on proposed changes to USS.

(7 May 2021)


Ralph Waggett MA Studentship in History

The Department of History is pleased to announce the Ralph Waggett MA Studentship. Applications are encouraged from any student planning to enter the History Department’s 2021-22 MA programme who self-identifies as belonging to a Black or Asian ethnic group, as of mixed heritage, or otherwise as of a BAME background.

(7 May 2021) » More about Ralph Waggett MA Studentship in History


Return to Campus survey

If you haven’t already done so, please take some time to complete the Workspace Survey which you should have received by email on Tuesday 4 May. This email was sent directly from our project partner, iPWC, with the subject line: “PS Workspace Survey”. This will have been flagged in your inbox as an external email and you may have dismissed it as a spam/phishing email. Please note that, though it has come from the inbox PSWorkspace@qualtrics-survey.com, the email was sent on behalf David Loudon, Director of Estates & Facilities, and the links contained within the email are safe to follow. The survey closes on Friday 14 May, it is anonymous and can be completed in stages. Further information on PS Accommodation return to campus can be found here

(7 May 2021)


Serious Adverse Circumstances and Examination Deferral forms

The online Serious Adverse Circumstances (SAC) Form is now available, as is the Examination Deferral Form. Before accessing either form, students have been asked to read the detailed information on the Serious Adverse Circumstances webpage, where both forms can be accessed.

(7 May 2021)


Serve on University Committees - deadline approaches

Would you like to serve on Ethics, Research, Senate Discipline or Wider Student Experience Committee? If you are interested in participating in the governance of the University please visit our web pages to see full details of the available vacancies and to express an interest in serving on one of these committees. The last day for expressing an interest is Friday 14 May 2021.

(7 May 2021)


SkillBoosters: Mental Health - managing stress e-Learning package available

The HR & OD team is pleased to introduce a SkillBoosters e-learning package exploring managing stress effectively is key to supporting well-being for your staff and your business. The package will give a better understanding of the impact of stress, key triggers in the workplace and spotting warning signs that someone may be suffering from stress. To view this package and enrol please click here, more SkillBoosters packages can also be found by following the topic community.

(7 May 2021)


Study spaces FAQs

We’ve put together some FAQs regarding our study spaces this term, including information on the number and type of spaces we have available, how our booking slots work and how to access our buildings safely. You can find them on our Study Spaces guide. If you have any further queries, please contact our Virtual Enquiry Desk.

(7 May 2021) » More about Study spaces FAQs


Teaching and Learning workshops

The DCAD Education Development team is excited to announce the launch of a new dynamic suite of Teaching and Learning workshops, designed to support the professional development of staff involved in teaching and supporting learning across the University. The workshops will focus on a wide variety of themes, ideas and developments in HE pedagogic practice and will be facilitated by staff across the institution and in the sector. Please see the sharepoint site for further information.

(7 May 2021) » More about Teaching and Learning workshops


Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition winner announced

The 2021 Durham Three Minute Thesis (3MT) winner in Jessica Rushton from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLAC) with her compelling talk 'Revolting Maids'. Congratulations.

(7 May 2021) » More about Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition winner announced


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 to nominate someone.

(7 May 2021) » More about Volunteer Awards 2021


What's your Greenspace?

This month we are focusing on Biodiversity. What is it, why is it important and how can we enrich and support the local wildlife? Get involved with local projects that support our wildlife or send us photos of your Greenspace and local wildlife. For all of this and more, head over to our Biodiversity Sway.

(7 May 2021) » More about What's your Greenspace?


'Give an Hour, Make a Difference' campaign launches this week

We are challenging staff and students to all give at least an hour of their time this summer to volunteer to help make a difference to someone else. This can be volunteering you do on your own, or we have a number of one-off opportunities available - for a list of these and for details on how to register your interest for them, please follow this link.

(30 Apr 2021) » More about 'Give an Hour, Make a Difference' campaign launches this week


All Together Durham

This month, sees the launch of the Access and Engagement Team's All Together Durham project. The aim of the project is to positively promote the diversity of our current undergraduate students and to redress any misconceptions or myths associated with studying at Durham. We are doing this by linking those Durham Student Ambassadors who work with us back to their former school or college.

(30 Apr 2021) » More about All Together Durham


Dialogue magazine goes digital

Dialogue magazine is back. We’re looking for your ideas and contributions so if you’ve got a great story to share, something new to update on or would like to celebrate your/your team’s successes with the university community, please email us at dialogue@durham.ac.uk. The copy deadline for our first issue of the digital magazine is 12 May, with a 'go live' date of 19 July. We have produced some editorial guidance for you, which is available here, so get writing.

(30 Apr 2021)


Durham CREATE: take part in research

Durham CREATE is a new university-wide research participation platform that allows members of our community to participate in research projects. We invite all members and friends of Durham to sign up and participate in research projects. Read on to find out more about the benefits of participating.

(30 Apr 2021) » More about Durham CREATE: take part in research


Green Gown Awards 2021 - applications now open

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) Green Gown Awards are now open for 2021. Please visit the website for more information. A list of all categories is available, including the new 'Building Back Better'. Deadline for applications is 3 June 2021.

(30 Apr 2021) » More about Green Gown Awards 2021 - applications now open


Horizon Europe Information Session: Cluster 5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility

The Research Development team is hosting an information session (including Q&A) for the academic community on the major research themes and calls in Horizon Europe’s ‘Climate, Energy and Mobility’ cluster (cluster 5). This will take place on Wednesday 12 May at 12pm – 1pm via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please register by email at research.development@durham.ac.uk and we will send you a calendar invite with a Zoom link.

(30 Apr 2021) » More about Horizon Europe Information Session: Cluster 5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility


Hybrid working survey for Professional Services staff

During the last year we have changed the way we work, many of us working remotely, and going forward this agile way of doing our jobs, wherever possible, should continue. As part of this, we are looking at how hybrid working could possibly see the creation of new types of workspaces. To help us understand what this may look like we are asking Professional Services staff in central departments, across our faculties, departments and colleges, to complete a short survey about where you work, what activities you undertake, who you work with and what you need from workspaces. 

(30 Apr 2021) » More about Hybrid working survey for Professional Services staff


Information for DHL users

We would ask that all University staff who send items using My DHL + portal please read shipping updates from DHL by following this link. This includes essential information for exporting and importing goods. Any enquiries please contact your Durham University DHL contact. Please refer to this page to assist you in completing customs invoices and more.

(30 Apr 2021)


Make a difference

Would you like to serve on Ethics, Research, Senate Discipline or Wider Student Experience Committee? Please visit our web pages to see full details of the available vacancies and to express an interest in serving on one of these committees. The last day for expressing an interest is Friday 14 May 2021.

(30 Apr 2021)


New date added – Successful Minute Taking

With remote working it can feel we are in more meetings than ever. If you are responsible for agenda creation and minute taking for meetings, we are delighted to offer a workshop to support with successful minute taking. Heather Baker founder of Baker Thompson Associates, will deliver this online interactive workshop providing participants with skills to prepare, write and organised agendas and capture accurate minutes of meetings. To view further information and enrol on the available offering via Oracle Learning click here.

(30 Apr 2021)


Research interview techniques conversation

Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD) and Durham Research Methods Centre (DRMC) are co-hosting an interdisciplinary research methods conversation for post graduate students and staff to share challenges and top tips for conducting research interviews in a variety of research contexts at 11am-12pm on Wednesday 5 May 2021. This is an interdisciplinary conversation that is free to attend and open to all staff and graduate students, including those experienced in conducting research interviews and those that are new to the approach. 

(30 Apr 2021) » More about Research interview techniques conversation


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.

(30 Apr 2021)


Taming an Uncertain Future – a new Bookboon series

Bookboon presents the first in a series of change strategy books exploring what change strategy is, why organisations need it to tackle a more complex, uncertain future, fast moving change and accelerating technology. To explore the library and download this book you can visit the Bookboon website

(30 Apr 2021)


Academic Electoral Assembly Standing Committee Elections 2021

Make a difference and stand for Senate - Academic Electoral Assembly Standing Committee Elections - Deadline 10 May 2021. Six positions on Senate and the AEA Standing Committee are open for election. The nominations period for the 2021 election closes at 5pm, Monday 10 May 2021. Nomination forms are available here and further information can be found on our web page or you can email james.r.walsh@durham.ac.uk.

(23 Apr 2021) » More about Academic Electoral Assembly Standing Committee Elections 2021


Academic Staff development workshops (DCAD)

Just a reminder that we have availability on a number of workshops and Virtual Writing Retreats scheduled throughout the Easter term and beyond. Workshop titles include PRP: Applying for Fellowship of the HEA; Student Complaints, Policies and Processes; Student Discipline Regulations, Policies and Processes; and a series of Module Design for Learn Ultra workshops. For further details on all of these sessions and to book a place, please visit our web page.

(23 Apr 2021)


Coming up: What about content not going to Learn Ultra webinar

As part of our efforts to introduce our new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to staff across the University, we will be running Wednesday Weekly Webinars all about Blackboard Learn Ultra. On Wednesday 28 April from 11am-11.30am, we’ll be hosting a session to help you understand what will happen to content not going across to Blackboard Learn Ultra. Not everything on duo will move to Learn Ultra. This session will talk about the logic behind this and the options for areas like programme sites and staff information sites. Simply visit our Wednesday Weekly Webinars pages and add the event to your calendar and learn more about Blackboard Learn Ultra.

(23 Apr 2021) » More about Coming up: What about content not going to Learn Ultra webinar


Committee Membership opportunities

Would you like to serve on the Ethics, Research, Senate Discipline or Wider Student Experience Committee? All members of the University are encouraged to consider participating in the governance of the University through expressing an interest in serving on one of the committees of the University. Please visit our web pages to see full details of the available vacancies and to express an interest in serving on one of these committees. The last day for expressing an interest is Friday 14 May 2021.

(23 Apr 2021)


Council meeting update

The last meeting of Council took place on 16 March 2021. The key item of business was the approval of the University’s REF 2021 submission. Council expressed its sincere thanks and congratulations to the Vice-Provost (Research) and colleagues across the institution for the extensive work involved in producing the submission.

(23 Apr 2021) » More about Council meeting update


Durham a world top 100 university for sustainability

We’ve been ranked 87th in the world for our overall contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we’re in the top 100 in nine of the individual league tables for the 17 UN SDGs. We're really proud of our commitment to a sustainable future. Find out more here

(23 Apr 2021)


Editing your personal details in Oracle

You can now edit your Religion, Ethnicity, Marital Status and Sexual Orientation via the Oracle Self Service portal. A user guide for viewing and amending your personal details is available here. If you have any queries please raise a ticket with the CIS Service Desk in the first instance.

(23 Apr 2021)


Impact Funding - ESRC IAA call

The next call for ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Impact Funding opens on Monday 26 April. The Durham ESRC IAA fund is available to social science academics and independent researchers to help develop impact resulting from their research. IAA funding grants of between £1-15k for projects lasting between 3 months -1 year are available, as long as your research has already been carried out and you now want to realise and/or test its impact potential.

(23 Apr 2021) » More about Impact Funding - ESRC IAA call


Living Streets - Walking works campaign

Happy Friday everyone. Here is some news from the wellbeing front. Starts with a puzzle: What’s free, works any time of day, makes you immediately feel better and doesn’t require a prescription? Kind of a miracle cure… exercise. We’ve teamed up with Living Streets to give staff an opportunity to get involved in their walking works campaign and promoting different ways you can get involved in 'National Walking Month of May'.

(23 Apr 2021) » More about Living Streets - Walking works campaign


National Pay Negotiations 2021-22

The Higher Education Pay Negotiating Round for 2021-22 is now open. Negotiating meetings began in March and will continue through April and May. Ahead of this, a joint Trade Union claim was submitted to UCEA, who then issued an employers' statement. Both of these documents are available on the UCEA web pages along with further information.

(23 Apr 2021)


New Information Security and Data Protection Training for staff is now live

The second eLearning package to be launched for all staff on Oracle Learning went live on 16 April. Completing this “required learning” will help the University to demonstrate its compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and give you a better understanding of how to manage personal data appropriately. It also covers how information security and data protection affects your day to day work. You can access this training by logging on to your Oracle Portal and clicking on the Learning button.

(23 Apr 2021) » More about New Information Security and Data Protection Training for staff is now live


New spaces of waiting: Furlough study

Can you contribute to a study of the lived experience of being furloughed? The Office for National Statistics figures (February 2021) report that cumulatively 11.2 million people have been furloughed since the announcement of the Job Retention Scheme on 20 March 2020. The scheme enables employers to keep workers on their payroll in sectors affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Employees receive 80% of their salary from their employers, who in turn can recover part of the cost from HMRC. Furlough is not a new workplace tactic, but the introduction of the Job Retention Scheme has seen an unprecedented amount of people furloughed at the same time. PhD candidate Victoria J E Jones is looking for for more participants to be interviewed for the study. Participation is confidential and anonymised. It involves an one hour, recorded interview over Zoom. If you or someone you know can contribute to the study, please email victoria.j.jones@durham.ac.uk.

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Pearn Kandola presents - One year in lockdown

Pearn Kandola is running a week-long series of free webinars presenting the research they have conducted since March 2020 – with much of that time being spent in lockdown. Topics include - How you can make living and working from home work for you, How anti-Chinese prejudice has changed over the past year and the psychological impact of furlough. For more information on each webinar and links to register click here.

(23 Apr 2021)


Qualify as a social worker at Durham

The Master of Social Work (MSW) Programme is recruiting. We train key workers across a wide range of social work fields. There is very strong demand for Durham MSW graduates by employers in local authorities and non-government organisations regionally, nationally and internationally.

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Resource request form

When you come to make a request from the Library, you can now choose how you want to access your item from the options we have available. Simply find the item you want via Discover and complete our new Resource Request form – this will automatically fill in the details of the item on the form. Alternatively, visit our web page to enter all the details manually. 

(23 Apr 2021)


Staff survey

Staff surveys are a great opportunity for all of us to share our open and honest views of working at Durham University. In June 2021 we will be opening a new staff survey and would encourage as many colleagues as possible to contribute their thoughts on the positives of working at Durham University and things that they would like to see change. Further details will be available nearer to the time of the survey launch.

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Theft Cover

As part of the University’s cover for theft, there are certain conditions that must be complied with to ensure that theft cover is not invalidated in the event of a loss. This includes the setting of intruder alarms when the premises are closed. Further details of these conditions can be found here. For any queries in relation to this, please contact either claire.robinson@durham.ac.uk or d.j.manley@durham.ac.uk.

(23 Apr 2021)


Three Minute Thesis (3MT) People's Choice vote

We have already held our heats for the 3MT competition this year and our seven finalists have been chosen. The Durham final will be a live Zoom event on 5 May. One of the prizes up for grabs is the People's Choice Award. Unlike the other prizes - which are decided by our judging panel - this prize is decided by the PGR community and staff.

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Undergraduate module evaluations

We will be entering an end of module evaluation period next week. The evaluation period runs from Monday, 26 April 2pm until Sunday 9 May midnight. Undergraduate students will be invited by email to complete end of module evaluation questionnaires and they can also access these via the MEQ Tab in duo. A 50% return rate is required for each evaluation and teaching staff play an important role in helping to achieve this - please read on to find out more.

(23 Apr 2021) » More about Undergraduate module evaluations


University Library and Collections Services for Easter Term

As we approach the start of Easter Term, we want to reassure you that whether you return to Durham or continue to work remotely, we will continue to support you through our online services which are available to you anytime, anywhere. We have a vast collection of online resources accessible through Discover and the Library Catalogue. There is specific subject support available on our subject guides. Our friendly team can offer help and support through our Virtual Enquiry Desk. We’ve made a few changes to our services for Easter term, including increasing opening hours, introducing more study spaces and extending our free Postal Loans Service. Visit our website for full details.

(23 Apr 2021)


USS 2020 valuation: New resources available

Universities UK (UUK) has produced a range of resources to help explain the proposed USS changes. The resources include frequently asked questions, a short video by Professor Julia Buckingham, UUK President, and an interview with Iona Bain, Founder of Young Money Blog and Agency. Visit our USS webpages to find out more.

(23 Apr 2021)


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

From supermassive black holes to the hunt for dark matter, our scientists are at the forefront of investigations into the evolution of the universe. Want to find out more? Sign up to the next webinar in our Knowledge Across Borders series with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. You can book your place here.

(23 Apr 2021)


Advance HE 'In Partnership' Update - April 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. The April edition of their “In Partnership” publication which provides an overview of all of their resources is ‘Transforming Organisations: from student to board’. To view the newsletter and access any resources you can click here.

(16 Apr 2021)


Alumni Fee Scholarship 2021-22

Next week we will be launching the Alumni Fee Scholarship 2021-22 helping towards costs of postgraduate study for all Durham graduates. Given the current global circumstances, many final-year students and other Durham alumni are considering options for further study, retraining, and career advancement. We can help. Click here for full details and share with your networks.

(16 Apr 2021)


Business School's Digital IMPACT magazine available now

Issue 9 of IMPACT, the Business School's award-winning magazine, is themed around 'a changing world', and is available now. The global business world moves at an exponential rate and through the global pandemic, this change has become even more rapid. In this issue the School reflects on these changes with a focus on society. Are the changes we are experiencing influenced by Covid-19 or were some happening anyway? Read the latest issue here.

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Dialogue magazine is back and this time it's digital

We’re looking for your ideas and contributions so if you’ve got a great story to share, something new to update on or would like to celebrate your/your team’s successes with the university community, please email us at dialogue@durham.ac.uk.

(16 Apr 2021)


Durham Internship and Collaborative Enterprise (DICE)

Careers & Enterprise, in partnership with Durham County Council, are working to deliver the ERDF-funded ‘DICE’ scheme. Supporting regional business growth through subsidised internships, start-up support and entrepreneurial initiatives, an interim report has concluded the project has led to more than £3.3million gross value added for the local economy. Read more about the project here.

(16 Apr 2021)


New Oracle Learning e-Learning package available - working from home

The HR&OD team is delighted to introduce a new SkillBoosters e-learning package exploring what home workers can do to make sure that they stay healthy, happy and productive while remaining connected to their organisation and able to recap all the benefits that homeworking has to offer. You can enrol and complete the learning package here. If you would like to see other SkillBoosters packages available you can do so by exploring the catalog here and searching “Skillboosters”.

(16 Apr 2021)


Social science researchers: we need your help

The Durham ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) runs a training and development scheme which aims to support Durham social science researchers in knowledge exchange (KE) activity, bridging the pathway to translating research in to impact. We are inviting all social science researchers to complete a short survey (5-6 minutes) about their training needs and interests, which will help us to develop the future of the programme.

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Become a citizen-scientist and help us track songbirds this spring

Want to connect with nature, boost your well-being and take part in new research? Join in our new Nature’s Audio project and help us track garden songbirds this spring. All you need to do is tune into the birdsong in your garden/local area, record what you hear and upload it to our dedicated website. Find out more about Become a citizen-scientist and help us track songbirds this spring - Durham University

(9 Apr 2021)


Coming up: What is it like to teach with Blackboard Learn Ultra webinar

As part of our efforts to introduce our new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to staff across the University, we will be running Wednesday Weekly Webinars all about Blackboard Learn Ultra. On Wednesday 14 April from 11am-11.30am, we’ll be hosting an online panel discussion to hear about Blackboard Learn Ultra from staff who’ve already taught on the platform during our pilot programme. Simply visit our Wednesday Weekly Webinars pages and add the event to your calendar and learn more about Blackboard Learn Ultra.

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Coming up: What is it like to teach with Blackboard Learn Ultra webinar


Community Newsletter

Get up to date on our partnership working, find out how we’re supporting the route to recovery from Covid-19 one year on, or find something for you to experience this month – whether it’s an experimental virtual artwork, feature film or citizen science project. Check out this month’s Community Newsletter for more. Anyone can sign up to receive the Community Newsletter here. If you have something you'd like included, please email: dialogue@durham.ac.uk.

(9 Apr 2021)


Durham supports launch of North East England Climate Coalition

We’re proud to support the North East England Climate Coalition, which officially launched last week, to work for climate justice and support the move to a green economy. Find out more about how we’re working to improve the environment. 

(9 Apr 2021)


Extended call for Papers: 3 Rivers Regional Learning and Teaching Conference

The call for papers to the 15th Regional Learning and Teaching Conference, taking place on 25 June, has been extended to 16 April. We invite our teaching community to contribute to critical discussions on Knowledge Exchange as part of learning in higher education, with this 'Call for Papers' . Please visit our abstract submission process page and supporting information for advice on submitting an abstract.

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IAS Co-directorships

The IAS is seeking two Co-Directors to commence in the academic year 2021/22 (October 2021, and January 2022): one to represent the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and the other for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health. The roles are 20% FTE, for three years in the first instance. Colleagues interested in applying for these posts are encouraged to contact the IAS Executive Director, Professor Veronica Strang. Both roles are advertised on Oracle with full role and application details. Closing date is 5 May 2021 for both.

(9 Apr 2021)


Lateral Flow Tests

If you live and work in Durham, please continue to take a Lateral Flow Test twice a week. Tests are free, easy and quick at Palace Green, Maiden Castle and The Palatine Centre, and you’ll get your results by email within two hours. Testing twice a week will help stop the spread of Covid-19 in our University and community. If you have previously completed training and registration, please use the booking link you received via email after registration where you can book multiple tests. If you haven't completed training, go to http://tiny.cc/LFTStaffQuiz

(9 Apr 2021)


New Director International

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Charlie Pybus as our new Director International. Charlie will join us from the University of Bristol, where he is currently Deputy Director International and Head of International Student Recruitment. He has extensive experience of leadership in international higher education and we look forward to welcoming him to Durham in July 2021. Vicky Anderson, currently Assistant Director (Recruitment & Marketing) in the International Office, will step up as Head of the International Office (Interim Director) from 1 May to 31 July 2021. Vicky will lead the International Office for a period and provide a handover to Charlie when he takes up his post.

(9 Apr 2021)


New Information Security and Data Protection Training for staff

This is the next eLearning package to be launched for all staff on Oracle Learning and will go live on 16 April. Completing this “required learning” will help the University to demonstrate its compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and give you a better understanding of how to manage personal data appropriately. It also covers how information security and data protection affects your day to day work. You can access this training by logging on to your Oracle Portal and clicking on the Learning button.

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Noticed something different on our website?

If you’ve been looking closely, you may have noticed some changes to our website recently. As part of our New Website Project, some new pages have started to pop up across our website in the new website design. So far, 23 Departments, 32 Institutes/Centres and 1 College have moved across to the new platform and have their freshly developed and updated priority content sitting in the new and improved website design. Like many large-scale projects, this one has not been without its challenges, but the team has worked together to find solutions and support Departments and Colleges making the transition to the new site. Read on to learn more about the new website and those who have now transitioned.

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Recruitment - Using Taleo

The website for Taleo Recruiter Resources is now available on our web page.

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Removal of Java from managed windows devices

Due to changes in the way Java is licensed we are no longer able to keep this software up to date on managed windows (otherwise known as MDS) devices, which now creates a significant cyber security vulnerability for the University. Between 12 and 15 April CIS will therefore be removing local installations of Java from managed windows devices (MDS). From then on, any software that relies on Java such as Banner, Oracle Financials and WAND will only be available to run via the ‘Launch Remote’ option on AppsAnywhere, as any local installation of the software on your managed machine may not run effectively.

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Removal of Java from managed windows devices


Research IN Business - a programme for social science researchers

As part of the ESRC Accelerating Business Collaboration (ABC) fund we are launching Research IN Business: Live Challenges, a 10-week programme for social science PGRs, running from 17 May – 23 July 2021. For further information about the programme and how you can get involved please visit our web page

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Research IN Business - a programme for social science researchers


The N8 Research Policing Partnership (N8 PRP)

The N8 Research Partnership is a collaboration of the eight most research intensive Universities in the North of England of which Durham University is part of. The N8 PRP was established in 2013 to enable and foster collaborations that will help address the problems of policing in the 21st century and achieve international excellence in policing research. Recently the N8 PRP, which combines policing expertise and academic rigour to deliver research on many areas of policing – has secured funding until September 2024. You can read the full article here.

(9 Apr 2021)


Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Finalists

After a very close run series of heats, finalists have been chosen for the 2021 Durham Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition which will be held on the 5 May 1-3 (on Zoom).

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Finalists


Training Needs Analysis for social science researchers

We are inviting all social science researchers to complete a Training Needs Analysis survey to help us shape the future of the ESRC IAA training and development programme.

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Post-offer Visit Day

The second of our live event dates for Post-offer Virtual Visits will be taking place on Saturday 20 March 2021. Following our final live date, current UG offer-holders will be able to view on-demand content until 12 May 2021.In addition to the on-demand content, we will be launching a series of 33 Discover Durham Live student-led events, where offer holders can find out more about Durham from our Durham Student Ambassadors. The session topics range from students talking about their experiences as a local student to what to expect from the transition from FE to HE.

(19 Mar 2021)


(Virtual) Post-offer visit day launch

Our Post-offer visit day will launch on Monday 15 February with 2,696 bookings to date. Hosted on the vFairs platform, the Post-offer visit days will run until Wednesday 12 May to provide offer holders with the opportunity to find out more about their offer, their allocated college and the wider student experience and professional services. Live dates on Wednesday 17 February and Saturday 20 March will allow offer holders to engage directly with staff through a range of live activities and events. The Post-offer visit day guide is available if you wish to find out more.

(12 Feb 2021)


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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