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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.

(9 Nov 2018)


December 2018 payroll deadlines

Please note the following dates. The deadlines are for receipt of documentation for guaranteed processing in December's payroll as documentation received after these dates will not be processed until January 2019.

  • Contract changes and New Starters information to HR - by Friday, 30 November.
  • Taxable Fees New Starter Forms to HR - by Friday, 30 November.
  • Taxable Fees payments approved by Tuesday, 4 December for payment in December.
  • Expenses Claims approved on Monday, 3 December will be paid on Friday, 7 December.
  • Overtime forms to be submitted to Payroll by Friday, 7 December for payment in December

(9 Nov 2018)


Incident affecting IT network services - Thursday 8 November

As you may be aware there was disruption to internet connections on Thursday, 8 November, including slow performance affecting Outlook and other services which rely on an external internet connection. This was due to physical damage to cables arising from construction work at Upper Mountjoy. Network services have now been fully restored.

(9 Nov 2018)


Partial water and power shutdown in the Library

Due to construction work in the Bill Bryson Library, on Saturday, 17 November there will be a water and power shutdown in the West Wing. On this date, the PC room on Level 3 and Shincliffe Room and PGR study room on Level 4 will be unavailable. If you need access to your belongings in the PGR study room during this time, please remove them before 9.30pm on Friday, 16 November. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. 

(9 Nov 2018)


Right to work checks - reminder

As an employer, the University has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK). Departments must ensure that all staff and workers, both paid and unpaid, are eligible to work at the University. It is the department’s responsibility to ensure that no work is to be carried out until these checks have been completed. If this is your departmental responsibility you should follow three basic steps when conducting a right to work check: 1. Obtain, 2. Check and 3. Copy. Guidance is available here. If you require further support please contact hr.ukvi@durham.ac.uk.

(9 Nov 2018)


Job Families roll-out and recruitment information

The Job Families roll-out will commence on Monday, 5 November and continue until December 2019. From Monday, 5 November, all Professional Services recruitment must use the Job Families framework. Recruiting managers should use job profiles to create job descriptions in line with the Job Families guidance document. Please note, any staff requests submitted to People+ that are not aligned to the Job Families framework will be returned to the recruiting manager for resubmission by the Reward Team. For further guidance or advice, please contact your HR Business Partner or the HR Reward, Policy and Research Team.

(2 Nov 2018)


EU Settlement - Pilot scheme opens to university staff

If you are an EU citizen, you and any family members living with you will need to apply for ‘settled status’ to continue living in the UK after June 2021. You will need to have started living in the UK before 1 January 2021 to apply. The scheme is scheduled to be open fully by March 2019. Further information is available here

(17 Oct 2018) » More about EU Settlement - Pilot scheme opens to university staff


Outside events or activities on Library Square

If you are wishing to hold any external event or activity outside the Bill Bryson Library, or anywhere else on Upper or Lower Mountjoy, then this must be organised in advance with Event Durham. Due to the high demand from employers events and student society stalls, as well as the current catering marquee and catering providers, it is required that all external activities book a slot to ensure that an appropriate space is available and all requirements (including health & safety) are met. To discuss your requirements please contact Event Durham on 42887 or event@durham.ac.uk.

(17 Oct 2018)


Centre for Death and Life Studies

The Centre for Death and Life Studies is expanding its interdisciplinary concerns and seeks active collaboration from colleagues in all departments. There is an opportunity for sharing in the operation and leadership of the Centre as interest in death-linked issues grow across many disciplines and outside the academy. Please email douglas.davies@durham.ac.uk or ring 0191 3343943 for further information.

(16 Nov 2018)


Corporate Gifts

Are you travelling overseas on business and need a corporate gift? The Retail Office has a fantastic range of gifts available on its website. If your department is registered with the Retail Office then all gifts can be purchased at trade prices. The Retail Office can also source bespoke gifts for your visit or conference so please contact the team on 0191 3349357 or email retail@durham.ac.uk to discuss your needs.

(16 Nov 2018)


Durham Law School taster days

Durham Law School is holding taster days for prospective law students, primarily aimed at 16-18 year olds who are currently studying A-levels on Thursday, 22 November and Wednesday, 28 November. The Law School is also keen for people studying GCSEs to participate. If you have a child who may like to attend one of these taster days, please email law.pgofficer@durham.ac.uk. You can register for the event here. There will be complementary refreshments for all students and staff attending the event.

(16 Nov 2018) » More about Durham Law School taster days


Estranged Students' Solidarity Campaign

Durham Estranged Students' Solidarity Campaign will run from Monday, 26 November - Friday, 30 November. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness about family estrangement and to build a network for estranged students studying at Durham. Visit the information stall at Durham Students' Union during the week and sign your name on the wall to say you believe Durham should stand #WithEstrangedStudents. Latest updates can be found here.

(16 Nov 2018)


Football fundraiser to tackle male suicide

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 45. Collingwood College AFC is staging a 24-hour football match to raise money for the Campaign Against Living Miserably, a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. The match will run from 12pm on Friday, 23 November to 12pm on Saturday, 24 November. Spectators and donations are most welcome. For more information, please click here.

(16 Nov 2018)


International Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Trans Flag will be flying on the Science Site on Tuesday, 20 November in remembrance of all those who have died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice. To learn more about International Transgender Day of Remembrance, please visit the website.

(16 Nov 2018)


Marshals needed for Winter Congregation 2019

Staff are invited to get involved at Winter Congregation by volunteering to marshal. You will be working with colleagues from across the University to provide advice and guidance to students, guests and staff attending ceremonies. The Marshal Registration form is now available online. Please sign up by Sunday, 25 November. Instructions and training will be provided in advance and lunch, plus cakes/refreshments, will be supplied in the Cathedral Restaurant. 

(16 Nov 2018)


Missio Dei in a Digital Age

Digital technology is not only influencing the methods by which missions are carried out today, but the cultural shifts that it has given rise to demand fresh reflection on missiology. At CODEC’s annual symposium, held at St John’s College in April 2019 you can explore ‘Missio Dei in a Digital Age’. To register please visit the website.

(16 Nov 2018) » More about Missio Dei in a Digital Age


Mission Christmas appeal - Donate a gift

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 launched on Monday, 12 November and aims to collect gifts for over 48,000 children living in poverty in our region. The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre is a registered collection point for Durham University staff who would like to donate to the appeal. Staff are invited to donate new, unwrapped gifts of any value that would be suitable for children and young people up to the age of 18 years. Donations will be collected at the Careers & Enterprise office based in the Palatine Centre. More than 200 gifts were collected for the appeal last year – and the aim is to beat this target in 2018. Full information about the appeal can be found online or you can email laura.smith@durham.ac.uk.

(16 Nov 2018)


Multiple Methods in Education Research

The School of Education is pleased to announce the publication of the 'Special Issue of Review of Education Volume 6, Issue 3 on the use of Multiple Methods in Education Research'. It is available online.

(16 Nov 2018) » More about Multiple Methods in Education Research


Mystery shoppers wanted

Three members of staff are needed to become mystery shoppers at University retail outlets. All that is required is that you go into the shop and make a purchase - however big or small - then evaluate the shop by completing an online questionnaire. As a thank you for your help you will receive a YUM voucher worth £5. If you would like to take part please email ann.f.richardson@durham.ac.uk and state a preference, if you have one, for which store you would like to shop in. The outlets are the World Heritage Site Visitors Centre, the gift shop at the Oriental Museum and Palace Green Library.

(16 Nov 2018)


Prizes for classifying photos on MammalWeb

For every classification on the County Durham Survey project on MammalWeb until Monday, 26 November, 5pm, you will receive one entry to a prize draw to win either a £100 Amazon voucher, or one of two £50 Amazon vouchers. The more classifications you submit, the more chance you will have to win.

(16 Nov 2018) » More about Prizes for classifying photos on MammalWeb


Reminder - Bike Safety Week events

Recyke Y'Bike will be at Maiden Castle and staff and students can take along their bike for a free safety check on Wednesday, 21 November between 1pm-3pm. Refurbished bikes will also be available to purchase. Come along and meet the Police University Liaison Officer to talk about bike security marking; cyclists can join a lunchtime bike ride, take part in a bike maintenace workshop and collect free bike lights. Staff and students can also join a bike ride, gain 20% of lights, helmets and locks and meet members of Durham Bicyles User Group.

(16 Nov 2018) » More about Reminder - Bike Safety Week events


Reminder - Workshops for academic members of staff

Just a reminder to members of staff that the Academic Staff Development Programme can be found on the following webpage. Places are still available on many of the courses, including 'Motivating Students'; 'How to Supervise' and 'Effective MA Supervision'. 

(16 Nov 2018)


Staff Attendance at Winter Congregation 2019

Staff are invited to join the staff procession, or reserve seats, for Winter Congregation. The staff registration form is now available online. Please sign up by Sunday, 16 December.

(16 Nov 2018)


Student Community Actions' Christmas Charity Dog Show

The Student volunteering team is hosting their annual Christmas Charity Dog Show on Sunday, 16 December, at Maiden Castle Sports Centre from 10am - 4pm. The event is fantastic fun for all the community and is bound to be bigger and better than ever this year. Please contact student.volunteering@durham.ac.uk for more information.

(16 Nov 2018) » More about Student Community Actions' Christmas Charity Dog Show


Elvet Waterside Car Park space closures

Car park space closures are planned at Elvet Waterside at various times from Monday, 19 November until Friday, 14 December in order to carry out site investigations for the planned Business School development. Staff and students should note that the number of spaces will be reduced during this period and may need to park elsewhere.

(14 Nov 2018) » More about Elvet Waterside Car Park space closures


Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) project and fellowship process and timeline 2020/21

The IAS aims to support academic staff in developing ambitious, novel interdisciplinary research. Each year the Institute supports four high-quality, interdisciplinary projects, each involving at least two departments. Colleagues interested in developing proposals are welcome to contact their Faculty co-Director: karen.johnson@durham.ac.uk – Science; sam.hillyard@durham.ac.uk – Social Science and Health; n.d.b.saul@durham.ac.uk – Arts and Humanities; or the IAS Executive Director, Professor Rob Barton director.ias@durham.ac.uk.

(14 Nov 2018) » More about Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) project and fellowship process and timeline 2020/21


Join the Bank of England's Citizens' Panel for the North East

The Bank of England is looking for members for its new Citizens' Panel for the North East. People from all backgrounds are welcome to apply and no knowledge of economics is required. The panel will discuss topics such as jobs, pay, housing and the cost of living. It is a rare opportunity for people to put their views directly to senior policymakers at the Bank. The panel will meet for the first time in Newcastle on Wednesday, 12 December, from 6pm - 9pm. To find out more or sign-up, please visit the website. The closing date is Tuesday, 20 November.

(14 Nov 2018)


Mount Oswald newsletter

The latest newsletter about the Mount Oswald project is available now. The Mount Oswald Observer is produced by Interserve, the construction partner, and it can be read via the Mount Oswald project web page.

(14 Nov 2018)


Parliament for researchers: impact and engagement at the UK Parliament

You can discover how your research could broaden debate and inform our democracy at this workshop at the University of Sunderland on Wednesday, 12 December between 10.30am - 3.30pm. Tickets cost £40 and include refreshments and lunch. Book your place at ‘Parliament for researchers – North East England’. If you have any questions, please contact Naomi Saint, Knowledge Exchange Manager at the UK Parliament, on saintn@parliament.uk or 020 7219 3475.

(14 Nov 2018) » More about Parliament for researchers: impact and engagement at the UK Parliament


Procter & Gamble (P&G) Portfolio Manager - Internship Vacancy

The University and P&G have developed an extensive strategic partnership and are looking to support this work with a postgraduate research student interested in working in innovation management. Specifically the role will involve managing the interface of this relationship, project development with Durham academics and P&G technical teams, and setting up a variety of meetings, events and workshops designed to create collaborative projects. For further information please email ris.support@durham.ac.uk.

(14 Nov 2018) » More about Procter & Gamble (P&G) Portfolio Manager - Internship Vacancy


Reminder - Applications for ring-fenced carbon budget 2018/19 still open

Applications are still being accepted for the ring-fenced carbon budget 2018/19. The deadline has now been extended to Friday, 23 November. The annual £100k ring-fenced budget for carbon saving projects is now available for staff to apply. It is given to the Carbon Management team to help make additional carbon savings in Departments and Colleges, moving the University closer to the reduction targets as set out in our Carbon Management Plan. Further information and an application form, can be found on the Greenspace website

(14 Nov 2018)


Schools invited to join student-run debating programme

A student-run debating programme is returning for a second year – and local schools are invited to get involved. Collingwood College student Mel Yeung’s VoiceIt initiative sees student volunteers visit local primary and secondary schools to help young people gain debating skills. For more information, please visit the website.

(14 Nov 2018)


Sexual Violence - Prevention and Response Training

Disclosing experiences of sexual abuse can be a deeply trusting, but traumatic step to take. The University runs free training courses to help managers and staff who support students or work in roles involving students’ welfare or pastoral care to understand how best to respond if someone discloses to them. It’s vital we all know how best to support others, in the event of such a disclosure. For dates and times of upcoming training sessions, please visit the website.

(14 Nov 2018)


Bike Safety Week Events - get your bike ready for winter

As part of Bike Safety Week, students can receive 20% off lights, locks and helmets, and everyone can take advantage of a free bike safety check, you can also sign up to take part in a lunchtime bike ride, meet the University Police Liaison Officer and find out more about secure bike marking and cyclists can receive a set of free bike lights. Visit the Greenspace website for details on how to book for certain events.

(9 Nov 2018) » More about Bike Safety Week Events - get your bike ready for winter


Charities share nearly £30,000 raised through Durham University Community Fund

Thirteen charities have received a total of nearly £30,000 through Durham University Community Fund. Giving from staff, either made through payroll giving or raised through fundraising events, was complemented by contributions from the University and County Durham Community Foundation, which manages the Fund. Charities to benefit were chosen by a vote of participating staff. For more information, please click here

(9 Nov 2018)


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Business Boost

The University has recently been awarded Business Boost funding from ESRC as part of the existing Impact Acceleration Account. The Business Boost Officer will host an informal meeting for researchers, at Hatfield College on Wednesday, 21 November between 12 noon - 2pm. The meeting will provide researchers with an opportunity to help form Durham’s approach to the ESRC’s Business Boost funding initiative. Although the Business Boost funding is aimed at social science researchers, any Durham researcher is welcome to attend meeting. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please note this event is free but booking is essential.

(9 Nov 2018) » More about Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Business Boost


Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship Programme

Expressions of interest are sought from academic staff wishing to supervise a student on this programme over two consecutive summer research experiences. The Laidlaw Undergraduate Scholarship Programme in Research and Leadership, sponsored by Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay, is an exciting opportunity for students to engage in two six-week periods of research, at the end of the first and second years of study, supervised by academic staff at Durham. Academic staff who would like to put forward projects are asked to send their name, department and a paragraph outlining the research area that they can supervise to: Laidlaw.scholarships@durham.ac.uk by Friday, 30 November.

(9 Nov 2018) » More about Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship Programme


Marshals needed for Winter Congregation 2019

Staff are invited to get involved at Winter Congregation by volunteering to marshal. You will be working with colleagues from across the University to provide advice and guidance to students, guests and staff attending ceremonies. Please sign up here by Sunday, 25 November. Instructions and training will be provided in advance, and lunch plus cakes/refreshments will be supplied in the Cathedral Restaurant.

(9 Nov 2018)


Odd Socks Day

It is Odd Socks Day on Monday, 12 November as part of Anti-Bullying Week. It is as simple as wearing odd socks and it is a great way to easily express individuality and uniqueness. Share your photos using the hashtag #AntiBullyingWeek. 

(9 Nov 2018)


Public Meeting - Milburngate House Development

A public meeting will be held at The Miners Hall, Redhills, Flass Street, Durham, DH1 4BD between 5.30pm - 7pm on Thursday, 15 November. Organised by Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, staff and students with an interest in the re-development of the Milburngate House site, are invited to attend to share their views, following the submission of two planning applications. Anyone who cannot attend but wants to share their views can email: mail@roberta.org.uk.

(9 Nov 2018)


Sports photography

Team Durham invites keen or budding photographers to come and take some photos on Wednesday afternoons at Maiden Castle. If you are looking to build a portfolio, or just fancy taking some pictures, please contact Will at sports.union@durham.ac.uk. All help is much appreciated, and will be fully credited where used.

(9 Nov 2018)


Times Higher Education Rankings by Subject 2019

The Times Higher Education has published its latest subject rankings for Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Psychology and Clinical, Preclinical and Health. You can find out more here.

(9 Nov 2018)


Earth Sciences research shortlisted for NERC impact award

Congratulations to Professors Bob Holdsworth and Ken McCaffrey, Earth Sciences, who have been shortlisted for a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) 2018 Impact Award. Their research has helped open up potential new petroleum reserves to be used as part of the UK energy mix. More about Earth Sciences research shortlisted for NERC impact award.

(7 Nov 2018)


Meeting of University Council

University Council met on Tuesday, 30 October, when it bade a fond farewell to the outgoing Chair of Council, Robert Gillespie and welcomed its new Chair, Joe Docherty. Council’s key business included:

  • an analysis of, and response to, the University’s performance in the National Student Survey;
  • an update on preparedness for Research Excellence Framework 2021;
  • the proposal to set up a Commission on Respect, Values and Behaviours;
  • the University’s Gender Pay Gap Report;
  • the University’s Annual Accountability Return to the sector Regulator (Office for Students) which includes the University Annual Report and Financial Statements to 31 July 2018;
  • and the University’s response to the Universities UK Consultation on the Joint Expert Panel’s recommendation (USS). 

Council also strongly supported the new Student Consultation Framework. Further information is available from the University Secretary at jennifer.sewel@durham.ac.uk.

(7 Nov 2018)


Open Access (OA) for new researchers

An information session about Open Access for new researchers will be held at the Bill Bryson Library on Thursday, 29 November between 10am - 11am. You can book online via the HR Training Course Booking System under ‘Research skills’ or email dro.admin@durham.ac.uk to reserve a place.

(7 Nov 2018) » More about Open Access (OA) for new researchers


Study of cognitive and emotional factors linked to unusual perceptual experiences

Psychology undergraduate students are looking for participants aged 25 years and above to take part in their dissertation study. The study takes one hour and participants will receive a £5 Amazon voucher. If you would like to take part, please contact hearingthevoiceug@gmail.com. This study is supervised by Dr Peter Moseley and takes place in either the Department of Psychology or the Bill Bryson Library.

(7 Nov 2018) » More about Study of cognitive and emotional factors linked to unusual perceptual experiences


Supported Progression 2018/19 Programme

Do you know a student in Year 12 who is considering studying at Durham? If they attend a state school in the North-East, Cumbria or Yorkshire, they might be interested in Supported Progression. Participants attend several events throughout Year 12 including a five night residential summer school, and are provided with information and support to help them achieve their full potential. Students successfully completing the programme, and performing to the required standard in the assessed summer school project, will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for that particular course should they apply to Durham in Year 13. Further information, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, can be found here. The closing date for applications is Friday, 30 November.

(7 Nov 2018)


Workshops for academic staff

Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD) offers a variety of courses and workshops for academic staff, bookable via the Training Course Booking System. There are a number of courses coming up, which still have availability, including:

  • Leading and Facilitating Seminars and Tutorial Classes - Wednesday, 14 November, 1pm-4pm
  • Preparing to Supervise - Thursday, 22 November, 2pm-5pm
  • Motivating Students - Wednesday, 28 November, 1pm-4pm.

To book a place, and to view other courses on offer, please visit the website.

(7 Nov 2018)


A space for reflection

The Church of St Mary the Less, the chapel of St John’s College, is now open to visitors six days a week, offering a space for quiet reflection. For more information, please visit here. The Church of St Mary the Less has previously been used for College services only since the early 20th Century.

(6 Nov 2018)


Developing 'Durham for All'

Professor Stuart Corbridge, the Vice-Chancellor, writes a monthly column for the Durham Advertiser newspaper. The latest edition focuses on developing 'Durham for All', exploring widening participation and community engagement activities. The column is republished on the University's Community web pages. To read it, click here

(6 Nov 2018)


Safeguarding from Radicalisation (Prevent Duty) Workshop

A small number of places remain on the Safeguarding from Radicalisation workshop taking place on Friday, 16 November, 9.30am - 11.30am. Please visit the Training Course Booking system to book your place now. If you require any further information then please contact Michelle Taylor, Equality and Diversity Trainer on 0191 3346494 or michelle.taylor@durham.ac.uk.

(6 Nov 2018) » More about Safeguarding from Radicalisation (Prevent Duty) Workshop


Work has started on the Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science Building

Work began this week on the construction of the new Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building, on the Upper Mountjoy site. The building will enable both departments to expand, with state-of-art facilities and carefully designed teaching and study spaces. Please be aware that over the coming months there will be increased traffic around the Science campus, with a number of heavy vehicles travelling to and from the site. These movements will be limited around peak times of staff and student travel to minimise disruption. For further information on the project, please visit the website

(6 Nov 2018)


A Pint-Sized Conversation - book your ticket

Dylan Frankland, Rosa Day-Jones, Tobias Grace and Katherine Lea present ‘A Pint-Sized Conversation’ on Wednesday, 21 November at 2pm in the Rosemary Cramp Theatre, Calman Learning Centre. Each performer has a close relationship to someone with depression, and talks honestly and frankly about their experiences of what it is like to support someone living with mental health challenges. The performance will be followed by a discussion with members of the cast. Come along to this "Angry but uplifting, powerless but empowering, sad, but ultimately upbeat, and defiant production". Book your ticket here.

(2 Nov 2018)


Vice-Chancellor's Town Hall meeting for staff

The next Vice-Chancellor's Town Hall meeting will take place on Thursday, 29 November at 1.30pm in the Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Palatine Centre. It will provide an update on the University as a whole, including the Strategy. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Please note that there is no need to book to attend, but places will be available on the day on a first-come, first-served basis. All staff welcome.

(2 Nov 2018)


Arts and Humanities in world Top 30

Durham University has been ranked 30th in the world for Arts and Humanities by the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject. The league table ranks hundreds of universities across the globe, based on teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. Find out more about Arts and Humanities in world Top 30 here

(31 Oct 2018)


Award recognises commitment to responsible drinking

The University was delighted to formally receive the National Union of Students' 'Alcohol Impact' accreditation award, alongside the Durham SU last night. The award recognises three years of partnership between the University and the SU, to promote responsible alcohol consumption, improve students' welfare and wellbeing, and create a more inclusive environment. The University used the occasion to thank local partners - including Durham Constabulary and County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service - for their support with the project. 

(31 Oct 2018)


Community Newsletter - sixth edition

The sixth edition of the Durham University Community Newsletter is available now. It is a digest of the latest community news and updates from the University over the previous month. You can read the latest issue here. If you would like to receive the Newsletter by email you can subscribe here. If you have any suggestions for content for the Newsletter, please email dialogue@durham.ac.uk.

(31 Oct 2018)


Data Protection and Information Governance Training Module

In order to demonstrate compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) the University needs to ensure that staff have undertaken the University’s Data Protection and Information Governance training module. Where staff have not already done so, this should be completed as soon as possible. The module is available on duo. After logging in, please go to the ‘My Organisations and Online Training’ section and click the link ‘Data Protection and Information Governance’ to begin. Information on the completion of training will be provided to Heads of Department/Division in mid-November.

(31 Oct 2018)


Parents needed for online questionnaire study

Researchers in the Department of Psychology invite parents of children aged 4-17 years old to complete an online questionnaire focusing on social interaction styles. The questionnaire can be accessed here. This specific questionnaire is only for parents of children who are developing typically (i.e. have no additional developmental needs). For more information, please contact ellen.ridley@durham.ac.uk or deborah.riby@durham.ac.uk.

(31 Oct 2018) » More about Parents needed for online questionnaire study


Participants needed to take part in a survey on religion and race-based hate incidents

Following funding by the Office for Students, a project has been set to look at religious and race-based hate crime in Durham. A survey has been created to help understand the challenges and experiences faced by students and staff, and to create evidence-based reporting, intervention and support tools. Please complete the survey even if you have not experienced a hate incident or crime. There will still be questions relevant to you and we want to hear your opinions. The survey is open until Friday, 30 November. If you have any questions, please contact Christine Stretesky in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit on (0191) 334 6762.

(31 Oct 2018)


Work begins on Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building

Work will begin on the construction of a new Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building at the Upper Mountjoy site on Monday, 5 November. The building will enable both departments to expand, with state-of-the-art facilities and carefully designed teaching and study spaces. Please be aware that there will be increased traffic around the Science site, with a number of heavy vehicles travelling to and from the site. These movements will be limited around peak times of staff travel to minimise disruption. For further information on the project, please see the website.

(31 Oct 2018)


Black History Month Inspiration Wall and other feature pieces

Entries for the online Black History Month Inspiration Wall have now been received from students and staff members across the University; and the wall can now be seen on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) webpages. Aiming to recognise and celebrate the inspiring stories and astonishing achievements of various black individuals throughout history, the wall includes people from different walks of life, varying industries and different parts of the world. Additionally, the EDI team has published two feature pieces highlighting our very own staff members’ inspiring stories and personal views on Black History Month.

(26 Oct 2018)


Call for papers on Anglican-Catholic relations from 1569 to the present

Short papers are warmly invited on all aspects of Anglican-Catholic relations for the forthcoming conference marking the 450th anniversary of The Northern Rebellion (or Rising of the Northern Earls): ‘From Rebellion to Reconciliation: Anglican-Catholic Relations from 1569 to the Present – Regional, National, and International Perspectives’. The conference will take place Tuesday, 17 September - Thursday, 19 September 2019. Paper proposals may focus on regional, national and global issues, and/or on theological, ecclesiological, liturgical, historical, political, cultural, ethical and humanitarian themes. For more information please visit the website

(26 Oct 2018)


Call for writers and editors

The Northern Review is an online culture and ideas magazine. It is looking for thought-provoking writers and editors who are eager to escape the constraints of academic writing and who write for their own enjoyment. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, then please email hazel.rowland@northernreview.co.uk

(26 Oct 2018) » More about Call for writers and editors


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 residence - 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.

(26 Oct 2018) » More about Cyclists - Be Seen, Be Safe


Encore Lecture Capture Q&A sessions

Due to popular demand, the Encore team is running further training and Q&A sessions during Michaelmas Term. These informal sessions are designed to give you an understanding about what Encore is and how the service operates at Durham. They will be followed by a demonstration on how to use the service, including how to edit recordings (if required). This will then be followed by an open Q&A session on all aspects of Encore. Session bookings can be made here.

(26 Oct 2018)


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know … Waste Awareness Week starts on Monday, 29 October? Further information about Waste Awareness Week events, activities and competitions are available on the Greenspace webpages.

(26 Oct 2018) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week


Interested in Medicine and Mathematics, Computing or Artificial Intelligence?

The Rosetrees Trust has recently launched its Interdisciplinary Prize for 2018/19 and is looking to support research between Medicine and Mathematics or Computing or Artificial Intelligence. Research and Innovation Services is holding a networking event on Monday, 5 November, 12pm-2pm at the Old Library, Grey College. Academics with expertise in Medicine / Biomedical Research, Mathematics, Computing or Artificial Intelligence are invited to find out more about the opportunity, and meet other interested individuals. Please register for the event here or email research.development@durham.ac.uk for further information.

(26 Oct 2018)


Maiden Castle car park closure

As a result of ongoing building work at Maiden Castle, the car parking provision has been significantly reduced. Therefore the car park is closed to all staff and students on BUCS Wednesdays. This closure applies every Wednesday during term 1 and term 2. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. For any questions please email laura.green2@durham.ac.uk.

(26 Oct 2018)


Marshals needed for Winter Congregation 2019

Staff are invited to get involved at Winter Congregation by volunteering to marshal. You will be working with colleagues from across the University to provide advice and guidance to students, guests and staff attending ceremonies. The Marshal Registration form is now available online. Please sign up here by Sunday, 25 November. Instructions and training will be provided in advance and lunch, plus cakes/refreshments, will be supplied in the Cathedral Restaurant.

(26 Oct 2018)


Research Impact Fund - call for applications

Proposal applications are invited to the next call for the Research Impact Fund for 2018/19. This fund is aimed at helping Durham academics enhance the impact of their research, and in particular to support research that might lead to Impact Case Studies for the next REF. Please note the closing date for this call is 5pm on Friday, 23 November 2018. More information can be found here.

(26 Oct 2018)


Staff Attendance at Winter Congregation 2019

Staff are invited to join the staff procession or reserve seats for Winter Congregation. The Staff Registration form is now available online. Please sign up by Sunday, 16 December.

(26 Oct 2018)


Staff Volunteering Newsletter - October

The October newsletter is out now and includes opportunities available to individuals and teams. In the lead up to Christmas lots of charities will be looking for volunteering. Get in touch if you would like to get involved - community.engagement@durham.ac.uk or 0191 334 2176.

(26 Oct 2018)


Teaching room protocol

Teaching staff are reminded to vacate teaching rooms promptly and return all furniture to the standard room layout.

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The Forgotten Workers report launch

Limited places are still available for the launch of a new research report revealing the real experiences and views of those employed in low-paid work relying on multiple jobs to make ends meet. The report will be launched by Dr Jo McBride, Business School, and Dr Andrew Smith, University of Bradford, on Friday, 30 November at Durham University Business School from 11am-3.30pm. Please book your place here.

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Academic Recruitment campaign

The University is now well under way with the fourth academic recruitment campaign – engaging the best and widest pool of global talent. As the University expands, a large number of new faces have been appointed across all departments, bringing in diverse, international research and teaching talent. In total, 91 new colleagues will be joining the University this academic year and you can ‘meet’ some of them here

(24 Oct 2018)


Information for USS Members

Should you need to contact one of the University Pension Team with regards to any aspect of your USS membership then please use the new email account, set up to support continuity of service to members: uss@durham.ac.uk.

(24 Oct 2018)


Legal expert made Fellow of National Academy

Professor Clare McGlynn, of Durham Law School, has been made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor McGlynn is a leading expert in the legal regulation of pornography and sexual violence. For more information, please visit the webpage.

(24 Oct 2018)


Mount Oswald project update

Progress is continuing on construction of the Mount Oswald project. Colleagues from Interserve Construction have been working on the foundations for the new John Snow College buildings and preparing a contractors’ car park. Last week, the concrete was poured for the first slab. Keep up to date here, where you can view drone footage and site photographs, and read the latest Interserve project newsletter.

(24 Oct 2018)


No access to bike rack near Abbey House

The bike rack down the side of Abbey House will be closed for the duration of the Assembly rooms refurbishment from Friday, 26 October - Wednesday, 24 July 2019. Please note that the closest alternative bike rack is located in front of Bailey Court accommodation. Additional bike racks are also available in the centre of Durham and can be found on the 'Cycling in Durham City' map produced by Durham County Council.

(24 Oct 2018)


Sexual Violence - Prevention and Response Training

Disclosing experiences of sexual abuse can be a deeply trusting, but traumatic step to take. The University runs free training courses to help managers and staff who support students or work in roles involving students’ welfare or pastoral care to understand how best to respond if someone discloses to them. It’s vital we all know how best to support others, in the event of such a disclosure. For dates and times of upcoming training sessions, please visit the website.

(24 Oct 2018)


Academic Staff Development 2018/19

The full course listings of the Academic Staff Development programme delivered by DCAD (Durham Centre for Academic Development) for 2018/19 is available to view and book here. Please visit regularly to check for updates.

(19 Oct 2018)


Best Archaeological book - British Archaeology Awards 2018

'Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Story of the Scottish Soldiers in 1650' (Oxbow Books) was the winner in the best archaeology book category at this year’s British Archaeology Awards. Congratulations and well done to everyone involved.

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Christian staff prayer group

Christian members of university staff are invited to join a prayer group, which meets fortnightly on Tuesday lunchtimes. The group meets to pray together and encourage one another in faith. The meetings are at St Mary's College chapel, from 12.30pm-1.15pm. Future dates are 23 October, 6 November, 20 November, 4 December and 18 December. For more information please email mark.a.tallentire@durham.ac.uk.

(19 Oct 2018)


Corporate Gifts

Are you travelling overseas on business and need a corporate gift? The Retail Office has a fantastic range of gifts available on its website. If your department is registered with the Retail Office then all gifts can be purchased at trade prices. The Retail Office can also source bespoke gifts for your visit or conference so please contact the team on 49357 or email retail@durham.ac.uk to discuss your needs.

(19 Oct 2018)


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did You Know … Durham University won two Northumbria in Bloom ‘Gold’ Awards for the Botanic Garden and Best Grounds in 2018?

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Free staff weekly taster ticket

Staff are able to apply for a free weekly taster ticket for use on 'The Pink Bus' service between Gilesgate and the Hill Colleges which will commence on Monday, 22 October. The bus service runs every 20 minutes, six days a week and staff can pay on the bus or apply for an annual season ticket. So why not apply today for taster ticket, but hurry, there is only a limited number available. Full details available on The Pink Bus website. Additional bus travel information can also be found on the Greenspace Public Transport website.

(19 Oct 2018)


IAS Research Postgraduate Fund

The Institute of Advanced Study has a small fund available to support research postgraduates organising Durham based events of a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary nature. Applications for funding are now being accepted for activities taking place during the 2018/19 year. To apply to this fund, please complete the pro forma on the IAS website and submit no later than Wednesday, 14 November 2018. If you have any questions please contact IAS Manager, Linda Crowe.

(19 Oct 2018)


Charity trustee vacancy

DASH, a charity providing accommodation and support for homeless people and people at risk of homelessness in County Durham, is looking to recruit new trustees to its Management Committee. The minimum time commitment required will involve attendance at Management Committee meetings which occur once a month and last approximately two hours. Trustees are required to input to occasional information sharing and decision making which happens remotely between Committee meetings. The time input will vary according to what is happening in the charity at any given time, but for general trustee roles, this will range between four and eight hours per month. For further information, call Trevor Atkinson on 0191 384 5073 or email: admin@dashorg.co.uk.

(17 Oct 2018)


Data Protection and Information Governance Training Module

In order for the University to demonstrate compliance with the GDPR we need to ensure that staff have undertaken the University’s Data Protection and Information Governance training module. Where staff have not already done so, this should be completed as soon as possible. The module is available on duo. After logging in, please go to the ‘My Organisations and Online Training’ section and click the link ‘Data Protection and Information Governance’ to begin. Information on the completion of training will be provided to Heads of Department/Division in mid-November.

(17 Oct 2018)


Mystery shoppers wanted

Three members of staff are needed to become mystery shoppers at University retail outlets. All that is required is that you go into the shop and make a purchase - however big or small - then evaluate the shop by completing an online questionnaire. As a thank you for your help you will receive a YUM voucher worth £5. If you would like to take part please email ann.f.richardson@durham.ac.uk and a preference, if you have one, of which store you would like to shop in. The outlets are the World Heritage Site Visitors Centre, the gift shop at the Oriental Museum and the gift shop at the Botanic Garden.

(17 Oct 2018)


Open Access Week: Library drop-in sessions

International Open Access Week takes place this year from Monday, 22 October to Sunday, 28 October. If you have any questions about depositing your research papers in Durham Research Online (DRO) – the University’s open access repository – or about publishing open access in general, please call into the Bill Bryson Library on Wednesday, 24 October during one of our drop-in sessions between 9.30am-11am or 3.30pm-5pm. A member of the Open Access team will be on hand to answer your questions on issues relating to green/gold open access, DRO, funder open access requirements and those for the next REF. Alternatively, you can book into a one-to-one meeting on Friday, 26 October with James Bisset via this link.

(17 Oct 2018)


World Top 50 ranking for Durham subjects

The 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject have placed Law 42nd globally while Social Sciences (Geography, School of Government and International Affairs and Sociology) is ranked 45th. Education is placed 51st in the rankings which look at core areas including teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. Find out more about the World Top 50 ranking for Durham subjects.

(17 Oct 2018)


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)


People Strategy now online

As a University, our people are our biggest asset. Read how our University Strategy 2017-2027 will ensure we offer the best careers and recruit the best staff from around the world at: www.durham.ac.uk/strategy2027/people

(1 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)


Art Workshop: The Art of Japanese Urushi Lacquer

Come along to the Oriental Museum on Saturday, 1 December between 1pm - 4pm for a creative workshop led by artist / maker Suzanne Ross. Design and create your own lacquer panel using the traditional Japanese maki-e technique. Booking essential. Payment of £40 is required upon booking. Suitable for ages 14 plus. Please bring an apron or old shirt, as the making process can be messy. Places are limited, so booking is essential. Please telephone us on 0191 3345691 to book a place. For enquiries please email oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk.

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Centre for Cultural Ecologies - reading group

The reading group will meet on Tuesday, 4 December at 10am in A56, Elvet Riverside. The readings are: Timothy Morton, 'Ecology without the Present', Sitegeist 7 (2012): 7-20, and Gregory Gerrard, 'How Queer is Green', Sitegeist 7 (2012), 45-72. As space is limited, please email barbara.jackson@durham.ac.uk to reserve a place and request the reading. For further information about the reading group and the Centre contact caitriona.nidhuill@durham.ac.uk.

(16 Nov 2018)


Durham Dance Fusion (DDF)

Durham is hosting its annual Inter-University Dance Competition ,DDF, on Saturday, 24 November at the Students' Union. Universities will compete in Modern, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary and Street categories. Come along to support the fabulous dancers and witness some great talent, skill and creative routines. To find out more check out the Facebook event page.

(16 Nov 2018)


Durham University Orchestral Society (DUOS) Symphony Concert

Join DUOS for their first symphony concert of the academic year on Saturday, 24 November at 7.30pm at Elvet Methodist Church. Tickets are available online. Listen to masterpieces including Rachmaninov - Symphony no.2 and Shostakovich - Piano Concerto no.2 (with soloist, Hector Halford-Macleod) Debussy - La Mer.

(16 Nov 2018)


Kindness in Leadership

Dr Susan Frenk, Principal of St. Aidan’s College, and the authors of ‘Kindness in Leadership’ invite you to the Northern launch of their book on Wednesday, 28 November at 5pm in the Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College. As well as hearing from the authors you will be able to participate in group discussions including:

  • Does kindness play a role in creating a high performance environment in business?
  • What is the link between emotional intelligence and kindness in creating high performance environments?
  • Is it easy to be kind if you are leading an Independent owner managed business?
  • What are some examples of kind behaviours at work, and what is their impact?

You can register your place on Eventbrite event page.

(16 Nov 2018)


Pathways to Enterprise lunch

Come and join the ‘Pathways to Enterprise Lunch’ on Wednesday, 21 November at 12 noon in the Shincliffe Room, St Aidan’s College. Thishighly engaging and interactive session will be delivered by Jeremy Hall, Managing Director, DECIDE and Martin Kay, Managing Director of Bespoke Concrete Products Ltd. Both have agreed to share their journeys with you, giving you an insight into their experiences, the highs and lows of their varied careers, successes and failures. They will also be happy to answer your questions. A light lunch will be provided. Places are on a first-come first-served basis. To register for this event please fill in the online booking form.

(16 Nov 2018)


Castle Chamber Choir and Orchestra: Inaugural Concert

You are invited to this concert on Sunday, 25 November at 8pm in the Great Hall, Durham Castle. The ensembles will perform a wide repertoire, ranging from Bach to Pärt, both separately and together. You will hear rarely performed masterpieces Kraus’s ‘Overture to Olympie’ and Vivaldi’s ‘Introduction and Gloria’ RV 639/588, as well as classics from Mozart’s ‘Laudate Dominum’ to Whitacre’s ‘Lux Aurumque’. Tickets are £5 student/concession, £10 standard and you can buy them here or on the door. For more information please find the Facebook event page.

(14 Nov 2018)


Durham Wildcats manager awarded 'LMA Manager of the Month'

Lee Sanders, manager of Women's Super League football team Durham Wildcats, has been awarded the League Managers Association Manager of the Month. This wonderful accolade follows some fantastic results throughout October with the highlight of a 0-0 draw against Manchester United. The team is currently in 4th place, with an away match against Milwall on Sunday, 18 November. Why not come along to the next home game on Sunday, 25 November at 12 noon, when the Wildcats take on Leicester City. You can buy your tickets here.

(14 Nov 2018)


Friends of Palace Green Library - Talk

The Friends of Palace Green Library are hosting a talk by Sarah Lawrance, Collections and Exhibitions Director at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, Newcastle, on Saturday, 17 November at 2.30pm in the Learning Centre, Palace Green Library. All are welcome.

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Northern Words

The Department of English Studies and Centre for Poetry and Poetics join forces with Gong Fu Poets for a night of spoken word, featuring seven of the North's award-winning and up-and-coming artists. Experience a dramatic evening of voice in St Chad's College Chapel on Thursday, 29 November from 7pm. Tickets cost £5 on the door or in advance via Ticketsource

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Pitch Productions presents 'Us/Them'

Pitch Productions presents 'Us/Them' by Carly Wijs from Friday, 23 November - Sunday, 25 November at 8pm each evening at Hild Bede Chapel, College of St Hild and St Bede. Written in 2014, this shocking contemporary drama follows two children as they narrate their experiences of the 2004 Beslan school siege. This play explores how children react to such traumatic events and process the anxieties that pervade society. Ticket prices are Standard £7, Concession £6, DST members £5. Online ticket booking is open here. For more information please email pitch.prods@durham.ac.uk.

(14 Nov 2018)


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs panto

By quoting 'UNIPANTO' University staff can access £7 tickets* (a saving of up to £8 a ticket) for any of the November performances of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Gala Theatre Durham, when booking online, calling the Box Office on 03000 266 600 or in person at the venue.

(14 Nov 2018)


Durham University Writing Group

Next week, the writing group will meet 9am-5pm, Monday, 19 November to Thursday, 22 November, in the Williams Library, St Chad's College. Join the Facebook group or alternatively email helen.b.roche@durham.ac.uk for more information.

 

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Film screening: The Claim: Archbishop Romero, his people and Pope Francis

All are invited to this film screening marking the canonisation of Oscar Romero. It will take place at 5pm on Wednesday, 21 November at Durham University Catholic Chaplaincy, St Cuthbert's Catholic Church, New Elvet. Free entry, with a retiring collection in aid of the Archbishop Romero Trust. Booking is essential as space will be limited - please book here.

(7 Nov 2018)


Launch of Midgley Archive

Palace Green Library has acquired the archive of the world-famous philosopher Mary Midgley. The launch and opening of the Mary and Geoff Midgley Archive will take place at Palace Green Library on Saturday, 10 November. The event is free of charge and refreshments will be available. Tickets are available for 2pm and 3pm. For more information contact Dr Clare Mac Cumhaill on telephone +44 (0)191 33 46587 or email: clare.maccumhaill@durham.ac.uk.

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Shared parental leave discussion

The Mother and Mothers-to-be Support Network (MAMS) is hosting a lunchtime discussion about shared parental leave on Monday, 19 November between 12.30pm - 2pm in W414, Department of Geography. There are ten places remaining. To register please contact kris.kovarovic@durham.ac.uk.

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Christmas Events

Durham SU is now taking bookings for Christmas Events at Dunelm House. From parties and get togethers to conferences and departmental gatherings, the SU welcomes all enquiries over the festive period. Please contact dsu.marketing@durham.ac.uk for more information.

(2 Nov 2018)


Outdoor First Aid Course

Durham University Hill Walking Society will be holding its annual Outdoor First Aid Course on Saturday, 24 November and Sunday, 25 November. Everyone is welcome to attend this 16-hour course which runs from 9.30am - 5.30pm on both days, in ER145, Elvet Riverside. It costs £50 for members and £60 for non-members. You can secure your place by purchasing a ticket on the DSU website.

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Durham Staff darts competition

Do you like darts? Do you enjoy meeting new people? If you do, please come along to a one off darts competition open to all Durham University staff on Friday, 23 November, from 7pm at the Woodman Inn. Pairs are invited to compete for pride and a prize. All are welcome. To sign up please conctact s.p.spencer1982@gmail.com with the name of you and your partner.

(24 Oct 2018)


Durham University Men's staff football club

Training for the men’s staff football takes place on Wednesdays between 6.45pm-8pm on the 3G pitch at Maiden Castle. The club has two 11-a-side teams participating in the inter-college league in term time. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome. For further information please contact p.a.white@durham.ac.uk.

(24 Oct 2018)


Trevelyan College Fine Arts Committee presents Dave Watson

Trevelyan College Fine Arts Committee is launching their Michaelmas bar exhibition, 'Still Air' with a private viewing on Sunday, 29 October between 11.30am-1pm in the Trevelyan College Bar. Landscapes and still-life paintings by renowned local artist, Dave Watson will be on show. All are welcome. Refreshments, including wine and soft drinks, will be available to all, and paintings will be available to purchase. The exhibition will be on in the Trevelyan College bar for the remainder of term.

(24 Oct 2018)


Insanity fitness classes

Early morning Insanity fitness classes are held at Fountains Hall, Grey College, on Fridays from 7am-7.30am. Insanity is a total body, high intensity, interval training session which incorporates core, strength, resistance and power building exercise, without any gym equipment. Don’t be put off by the word 'insanity': it is a fun workout for all levels. The class will be £3 per session. If you would like to book or require more information please contact daniel.w.thompson@durham.ac.uk.

(17 Oct 2018)


Music Durham lunchtime concert series

Run by students, performed by students, for everyone. The Music Durham lunchtime concert series proudly showcases the plethora of musical talent within the University. This term, the series covers an exciting array of ensembles and repertoire. From musical theatre to classical soloists, the lunchtime concert series has it all. The concerts take place every Wednesday at 1.15pm in the concert room, Department of Music (except Wednesday, 14 November and Wednesday, 28 November - different venues).

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Playing with time

This installation aims to engage families and adults with the physics and philosophy of time, through playful and accessible artworks. The installation runs from Saturday, 20 October to Sunday, 11 November in the Macdonald Gallery, Oriental Museum. The exhibition will be accompanied by a booklet explaining both the art and the physics. To find out more visit the project website. This installation is part of Celebrate Science.

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Staff choir

Do you love to sing but rarely have the chance? Do you want to try a new hobby and meet new friends? Join the staff choir this Friday, 26 October at 12.30pm in W103, Department of Geography (rehearsal venues will vary, so get in touch to stay updated). The choir is a very relaxed and informal group, singing a variety of styles. You don’t need any prior experience, or to be able to read music, and there is no pressure to commit to every rehearsal – just come along and sing when you can. Please email Lydia at music.coordinator@durham.ac.uk for more information.

(17 Oct 2018)


Film Screening

The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture in partnership with the Art Fund present a documentary film about Matisse's late works, introduced by Alix Collingwood-Swinburn, Curator of Western Art on Wednesday, 21 November at 5.45pm room 201, Elvet Riverside. All are welcome. Tickets are £12 and £5 for students. You can pay on the door or book your tickets here

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Palace Green Library yoga classes

Staff yoga classes at Palace Green Library will commence on Wednesday evenings at 5.10pm. Each session is £4 and all abilities are welcome. Previous classes have proved popular so spaces are limited. If you would like to book a session please email katie.m.brew@durham.ac.uk

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Scaling the Heights

'Scaling the Heights' is an exhibition that will take place at the Oriental Museum from Friday, 21 September to Friday, 21 December. Working with Dr Abbie Garrington, Department of English Studies, artists Stephen, Margaret and Kate Livingstone will recreate heroic Himalayan mountain climbs in miniature, using a pair of vintage Action Men figures who will scale the heights of prestigious mountaineering libraries. The resulting handmade books will be exhibited alongside images and objects from the collections of the Mountain Heritage Trust. This project is funded by Durham University, Arts Council England and Montane.

(19 Sep 2018)


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)


Energy access and poverty challenges in developing and developed countries

In this talk, Dr victoria Nalule, will highlight energy access challenges in developing countries and energy poverty challenges in developed countries. The event will take place on Thursday, 29 November at 1pm in E101, School of Education. Please contact lynn.gibson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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From crime to criminology

In this wide-ranging talk, Dr David Honeywell, will discuss the life experiences that informed his pathway into offending behaviour, his experiences of the criminal justice system and the role that education played in transforming his life. You are warmly invited on Wednesday, 28 November, 4pm - 6pm, room 101, School of Education. Places are free but booking is essential.

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Hild Bede Senior Common Room Talk

This talk entitled 'Cambridge's Old Paper Mill' by Dr Leah Tether, University of Bristol, will take place on Monday, 19 November at 7.30pm in the Senior Common Room, College of St Hild and St Bede.

(16 Nov 2018)


Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) Seminar

IHRR has a wide variety of events this term including seminars and workshops. These events are free to attend and open to all. The next seminar entitled 'A tale of two adventures in geodesy: Mapping intracontinental strain in the Alpine-Himalayan Belt with InSAR and unravelling postseismic deformation following the 2010 Mw 8.8 Maule earthquake with GPS' takes place on Monday, 19 November at 1pm in W039, Department of Geography, and is with Dr Jonathan Weiss, University of Leeds. Full event details are available here.

(16 Nov 2018)


Ushaw Christmas lecture and carol service

Two special Christmas events will take place at Ushaw College on Tuesday, 11 December when Janet Soskice will give a public lecture on 'Christ, the Light of Our Lives; or 'What Do the Ox and the Ass Get Out of Christmas?' followed by a carol service in the beautiful St Cuthbert's Chapel. All are welcome, but registration is essential. The registration deadline for transport is 10am on Tuesday, 27 November.

(16 Nov 2018)


Architecture now

Want to learn more about Architecture? Join this mini workshop on Tuesday, 4 December on current thinking and research in and about Durham with Dr. Adrian Green, Dr. Peter Lindfield, Dr. Richard Pears and Professor Janet Stewart. The session starts at 4pm in the Lindisfarne Centre, St. Aiden’s College. This event, organised by the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, is open to all, with refreshments provided. Places are free but booking is essential. To register, or for further details please email cvac@durham.ac.uk. For more information on the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, visit: www.dur.ac.uk/cvac.

(14 Nov 2018)


Francisco de Zurbaran's Sacred Portraits

This lecture will be given by Adam Jasienski, Zurbarán Centre Fellow, on Tuesday, 20 November at 5.30pm at the Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College. Registration is not necessary.

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Public talk

You are warmly invited to hear Marc Caplan (Yale/IFK, Vienna) give a talk entitled 'Double or Nothing: Divided Voices and Yiddish Silence in Georges Perec's W ou Le souvenir d'enfance', taking place on Wednesday, 21 November at 6pm in the Birley Room, Hatfield College. This talk is part of the 'Behind the Texts' series, organised by Guido Furci, Co-Fund Junior Research Fellow, Institute for Medical Humanities and School of Modern Languages & Cultures.

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Classics Society Talk: Inscriptions and Epigraphy

Durham University Classics Society is delighted to announce that Professor Polly Low will present the talk 'From Kyzikos to Bootle: inscriptions and epigraphy in ancient Asia Minor and modern Liverpool', on Tuesday, 27 November at 7.30pm in the Ritson Room Department of Classics and Ancient History. The talk is open to all, and will be accessible to non-Classicists. Please come along for an interdisciplinary evening that will combine ancient Asia Minor and modern day England all in one. For more information, please visit the Society's event page on Facebook. 

(9 Nov 2018)


Classics Society Workshop: Reconstructing ancient Greek and Roman numeracy

Durham University Classics Society is delighted to announce that Professor Serafina Cuomo will be leading a workshop on 'Chickens of the 6th indiction: Reconstructing Greek and Roman numeracy', on Wednesday, 21 November at 4pm in the Ritson Room, Department of Classics and Ancient History. The talk is open to all, and especially recommended for maths, science and history lecturers and students. Please come along for an accessible, interdisciplinary evening. For more information about the event, please see the Society's Facebook page.

(9 Nov 2018)


Durham Castle lecture

The next Durham Castle lecture, with Alex de Wall, and entitled 'The Reckless Anthropocene', will take place on Wednesday, 21 November at 8pm in the Great Hall at Durham Castle. All are welcome. Please contact castle.lectures@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Events for the remainder of Michaelmas Term 2018

The Institute of Advanced Study has a wide variety of events for Michaelmas Term including lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2018/19 programme. Events such as public lectures are free and open to all to attend. Other events may require registration. Please see the IAS events page for more details.

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Ushaw Lecture

Professor Stephen Taylor will give this public lecture entitled, 'Sir Edward Coleman (1636-1678): Catholic Martyr as Newsletter Writer' on Tuesday, 27 November at Ushaw College. The 6pm lecture will be preceded by a drinks reception at 5.30pm. Transport from Durham City is available to book. All are welcome; however please register here.

(9 Nov 2018)


Classics Society Workshop - Reconstructing ancient Greek and Roman numeracy

Durham University Classics Society is delighted to announce that Professor Serafina Cuomo will be leading a workshop on 'Chickens of the 6th indiction: Reconstructing Greek and Roman numeracy', on Wednesday, 21 November, at 4pm in the Ritson Room, Department of Classics and Ancient History. The talk is open to all, and especially maths, science and history lecturers and students. Please do come along for an accessible, interdisciplinary evening that will combine ancient maths, science, history and literature. Professor Cuomo's abstract will be circulated shortly.

(2 Nov 2018)


Durham Energy Institute (DEI) Seminar Series: Energy Access and Poverty Challenges in Developing and Developed Countries

This talk by Dr Victoria Nalule will highlight the key energy cooperative mechanisms employed by Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) regional organisations and consider if they are efficient in tackling the challenge of energy access. It will take place on Thursday, 29 November, 1pm - 2pm, in room E101, Engineering. Please see here for more information.

(2 Nov 2018)


Friends of Palace Green Library - a public talk

The Friends of Palace Green Library will host a talk by Sarah Lawrance, Collections and Exhibitions Director at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, on Saturday, 17 November at 2.30pm in the Learning Centre, Palace Green Library. Sarah will outline how Seven Stories began, and how it has grown to become The National Centre for Children’s Books. All are welcome to attend.

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Gordon Manley Memorial Lecture

The Department of Geography is delighted to host this year's Gordon Manley Memorial Lecture. It will take place at 5.15pm on Thursday, 29 November in PH8, Department of Physics. Dr Rob Allan from the UK Met Office will present the lecture, ‘The International ACRE Initiative and interlinked activities: recovering climate data in the 21st century’. This is an open lecture and everyone is welcome.

(2 Nov 2018)


Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Events Michaelmas Term 2018

The Institute of Advanced Study has a wide variety of events for Michaelmas Term including lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2018/19 programme. Lectures are free and open to all to attend. Please see the IAS events page for more details.

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Research Seminar - British Government policy engagement with the teaching and learning of Chinese language

We live in a world where learning to read and speak a modern world language, such as Chinese, is seen to be of benefit to a person both culturally and occupationally. This lecture will help to explain how Chinese language studies have moved from the margins to the mainstream of language teaching and learning in UK Universities. Led by Dr Tinghe Jin (School of Education), this seminar will take place on Wednesday, 21 November at 1pm in ED 134, School of Education. All are welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact ed.research@durham.ac.uk.

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Policy Engagement for Impact workshop

Places remain for the Policy Engagement for Impact session on Wednesday, 21 November, 12 noon - 2pm, in the Lindisfarne Centre. Professor Clare McGlynn (Law) will discuss her experience of engaging with policy and policymakers, and members of the Department of Geography will also outline their engagement approach. If you would like to attend the workshop please register here. Lunch will be provided.

(31 Oct 2018)


VictimFocus Learning Academy launch conference

The Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) is excited to host Jessica Eaton and special guests as they tour the UK with a set of free conferences for anyone who is, or has an interest in, working in trauma and abuse. The Durham conference will take place on Monday, 24 June 2019 at Durham University Business School. To find out more and book your place, please visit Eventbrite. Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis and the event is likely to be booked up quickly.

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Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) seminar

This seminar led by Professor Wendy Olsen, University of Manchester, will take place on Thursday, 8 November at 3pm in the Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College. Professor Olsen will talk about the analysis of presence and absence, or the reality of absence, in the use of fuzzy sets and Qualitative Comparative Analysis. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided. Please email the Centre Administrator at admin.chess@durham.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

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Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Events Michaelmas Term 2018

The Institute of Advanced Study has a wide variety of events for Michaelmas Term including lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2018/19 programme. Lectures are free and open to all to attend. Please review seminar and other activities online for registration and other details.

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Movement research seminars

Inspired by anthropological research with contemplative practitioners and techniques in India, Japan and Israel, this seminar invites its participants to delve into movement as an educational process. All are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move. The next seminar will take place on Friday, 2 November at 10am in D104, Department of Anthropology. 

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Institute of Hazard, Risk & Resilience (IHRR) Postgraduate Forum

The first IHRR Postgraduate Forum of the academic year 2018/2019 entitled ‘Multiple understandings of risk and resilience’ will take place on Thursday 1 November from 2.30pm-5.30pm in CLC 203, Calman Learning Centre. Please email ihrr.admin@durham.ac.uk to register for this free event.

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Policy engagement for impact workshop

The Public Policy Hub is hosting a 'Policy engagement for impact' lunch time session on Wednesday, 21 November between 12pm-2pm in the Lindisfarne Centre. You will get the opportunity to hear from Professor Clare McGlynn, Durham Law School, about her experience of engaging with policy and learn how the Geography department approach policy makers. Lunch will be provided.

(17 Oct 2018)


Research seminar: Transforming higher education in the post-communist world

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, 28 November at 1pm in ED134 at the School of Education. The seminar will be led by Professor Josef Jarab from Palacký University in the ‎Czech Republic. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact ed.research@durham.ac.uk.

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Methodological approaches for ambivalent research

A keynote will be given by Professor Genevieve LeBaro from the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield on Thursday,15 November. This is being sponsored by the Global Policy Institute. Professor LeBaro will be talking about her recently completed ESRC funded project on the business of forced labour in global supply chains. Furthermore, a day-long seminar will be held on Friday, 16 November on methodological approaches for ambivalent research featuring a range of speakers from different disciplines covering a range of research topics. Both events are free to attend. More details and registration for either or both events can be found here or visit the website.

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Scaling the Heights

'Scaling the Heights' is an exhibition that will take place at the Oriental Museum from Friday, 21 September to Friday, 21 December. Working with Dr Abbie Garrington (Department of English Studies), artists Stephen, Margaret and Kate Livingstone will recreate heroic Himalayan mountain climbs in miniature, using a pair of vintage Action Men figures who will scale the heights of prestigious mountaineering libraries. The resulting handmade books will be exhibited alongside images and objects from the collections of the Mountain Heritage Trust. Project funded by Durham University, Arts Council England and Montane.

(27 Aug 2018)


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