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Covid-19 local restrictions

The Government has approved and announced stricter Covid-19 prevention measures in response to rising infection rates across the North East. These measures came in to effect as of 00:01am today, Friday 18 September.

The new restrictions, which are legally enforceable, include:

  • Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens
  • Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only
  • Late night restriction of operating hours will be introduced, with leisure and entertainment venues required to close between 10pm to 5am.

More information and FAQs explaining what the restrictions mean can be found on the Durham County Council website.

(18 Sep 2020)

Covid-19 - symptom and test result reporting

We have a new process in place to allow managers to capture relevant information from colleagues who either have symptoms which may be Covid-19, or who have tested positive for the virus. This will allow us to track any cases in the University and ask others in the University to self- isolate as necessary. Details of the process can be found in these posters which will be displayed around campus. More information, including FAQs and scenarios, is available on the Health & Safety page.

(18 Sep 2020)

Howlands Car Park - temporary reduction of parking space

The University is working with Durham County Council to set up a Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) at the Howlands site. This will allow both members of the University and the general public who show any symptoms of Covid-19, including a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, to get tested. Tests are strictly by appointment only and anyone who turns up to the site without an appointment will not be tested. Please note that appointments are not made by the University.

(18 Sep 2020) » More about Howlands Car Park - temporary reduction of parking space

State Pension age increase

The State Pension Age will increase from 65 to 66 from 6 October 2020. Members of USS should have already received communication that this means the Normal Pension Age in USS will also automatically increase in line with this change made by the government. For members of DUPS the Normal Retirement Date for the Final Salary section will remain at 65 while the CARE benefits, those accrued after the 1 August 2016, are linked to the increased State Pension Age. Members of Aviva are able to access their pension savings from age 55, although members of either of these schemes will still not have access to state pension benefits until they reach the State Pension Age. Further information can be found on our pensions webpage.

(18 Sep 2020)

Continuing cyber security threat: help us protect our IT systems

Last week we alerted colleagues to reports of malicious cyber activity in the region and asked for your support in maintaining the security of our IT systems. We need everyone to continue to be vigilant and practice good cyber hygiene. Please read the advice on the page linked to below and take the actions requested.

(11 Sep 2020) » More about Continuing cyber security threat: help us protect our IT systems

Parking Enforcement

Please be advised parking enforcement will be recommencing around campus and all vehicle users are reminded to adhere to the car parking policy. It is imperative you still continue to display your valid permit, regardless of whether you are awaiting an updated permit. The car parking team will begin to issue permits as soon as they are working back on site. Any local arrangements whereby staff are parking in areas not usually designated for staff parking must cease, as the campus becomes increasingly populated, normal parking policy will need to be followed.

(10 Sep 2020)

Cyber security threat: actions required

On Wednesday you should have received an email asking for your support in maintaining the security of our IT systems. Please take the time to read it carefully and follow the actions requested. For convenience, click below for the full message.

(4 Sep 2020) » More about Cyber security threat: actions required

Replacement of the University's perimeter firewall solution

CIS will be replacing the University's perimeter firewall solution during the evenings of the 15, 16 and 17 September. This upgrade is essential to replace the legacy solution and to improve the cybersecurity of the University. The work will take place between 7pm and 10pm each evening, and there will be some disruption to service during each period.

(4 Sep 2020) » More about Replacement of the University's perimeter firewall solution

Ahead of National Inclusion Week

Pearn Kandola has scheduled a week of webinars (Monday 21 September – Friday 25 September) that look at ‘Creating a Truly Inclusive Organisation’. The webinar series takes place daily 9.15am - 10am and looks to explore what actually makes a difference, the strengths and development areas, as well as how we can most effectively embed inclusion. Please register here.

(18 Sep 2020)

An introduction to Unconscious Bias E-Learning

The HR-OD team is pleased to announce that a new bespoke online e-learning course, An introduction to Unconscious Bias (Sept 2020) is now available, hosted on DUO. The course is open to all staff and is designed to raise our awareness and develop our understanding of Unconscious or Implicit Bias. The e-learning package is available for enrolment on DUO and should take around 60 to 75 minutes in total to complete. It is delivered as a series of sections which staff can work through at their own pace and convenience. For further details, including how to access the course please visit the OD web page.

(18 Sep 2020)

Appreciating our postdoctoral researchers

Our postdoctoral researchers contribute to research, teaching and supporting our postgraduate researchers and are a vital part of our community at Durham. Next week is your chance to share your thanks and appreciation for their work as part of the National PostDoc Appreciation Week, which runs from Monday 21 to Friday 25 September.

(18 Sep 2020) » More about Appreciating our postdoctoral researchers

Big 3 update

As part of the Big 3 project we've been working behind the scenes to replace some legacy infrastructure that was still in our network. Work concluded on Monday 14 September allows us to report that the 52 servers that support the entire virtual server environment for the University have been moved to the new network.

(18 Sep 2020) » More about Big 3 update

DCAD announces new workshops to support online teaching

DCAD is delighted to announce a suite of new live online workshops and self-study resources to support online teaching and to add to the significant set of resources and workshops we currently offer. 

(18 Sep 2020) » More about DCAD announces new workshops to support online teaching

Durham Book Festival 2020

We're proud to be a partner of Durham Book Festival 2020. The programme is now live, with more than 50 digital events, podcasts and essays to be released between 9-18 October. Free tickets are available now at

(18 Sep 2020)

Durham ranked sixth in the UK

We have been ranked sixth in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. Congratulations to all staff and students on this success. It is an improvement on our seventh place in last year's rankings and comes shortly after we were ranked fourth in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2021. For more information, please visit the website.

(18 Sep 2020)

Mount Oswald project completed

Our Mount Oswald project is now completed and ready to welcome its first students. The site is now home to John Snow College and our all-new South College. There is also a University Hub building, including an events hall, gym and other social spaces, and a multi-use games area. Congratulations to all colleagues who have worked on this project. Read more here

(18 Sep 2020)

New reading list system: Talis Aspire

The new reading list system, Talis Aspire, is now ready for you to use. This will improve the student experience and allow course tutors to edit their lists directly. If you already had a reading list on DUO, this will have been automatically copied to Talis Aspire. All academic staff involved in teaching should have received an email with the subject line “Invitation to become a list publisher in Talis Aspire”. This contained a personalised link to give you editing rights in the new system. If you have not received this email, please contact

(18 Sep 2020) » More about New reading list system: Talis Aspire

Participants needed

Do you have a child who has just started in reception at school? We are looking for 4 and 5 year olds (and their parents / caregivers) to complete some language games over a video call. Taking part will last around 30 minutes and will award you a £10 Amazon voucher. If you are interested in helping our research, please contact the PACT (Parents and Children Together) team at

(18 Sep 2020) » More about Participants needed

Race Equality Charter Action Plan Consultation

The University is currently developing a Race Equality Charter (REC) Action Plan. To achieve sustainable and long-term impact, we need everyone’s input. All staff and students are invited to take part in our REC Action Plan consultations to be held on 29 September (3pm to 4pm) and on 29 October (2pm to 3pm). You can book your place at one of the consultation meetings here. The Race Equality Charter (REC) provides a framework to systematically address racial inequalities across the institution and to advance our ongoing anti-racism work. Further information on REC can be found here.

(18 Sep 2020)

Financial Sustainability Town Hall meeting

All staff are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting led by Chief Financial Officer, Stephen Willis, who will provide an update on our work towards financial sustainability, the University’s Emergency Budget and the financial landscape for the University at the start of 2020/21. The meeting will take place on Monday 21 September (10-11am) and will be held via Zoom. Once you've registered, please confirm the slot in your diary and we'll provide you with the meeting details a few hours before the meeting starts. You can register here, or alternatively visit the town hall meeting web page.

(11 Sep 2020)

Study a foreign language online

Registration has now opened for the Languages for All programme commencing this October at our Centre for Foreign Language Study. Courses are available in 18 languages, with some new additions this year including Hebrew and Polish. All are open to Durham University staff, students and members of the public (for a fee). 

(11 Sep 2020)

COP26 Universities Network

You can sign up as an academic expert for the next Climate Change Conference COP26 which will be held in Glasgow in November 2021. Please apply to the Directory of Experts, led by Glasgow here.

(10 Sep 2020) » More about COP26 Universities Network

Financial Planning Online Courses: Pre-Retirement and Mid-Career

All staff are invited to attend our financial planning online courses taking place during November and led by Planned Future, specialist providers of workplace financial education. Further information on both the Pre-Retirement Planning and Mid-Career Financial Planning courses can be found on the dedicated webpage, along with numerous other financial education and wellbeing resources.

(10 Sep 2020)

New reading list system: Talis Aspire training

Don’t forget University Library and Collections are running Talis Aspire drop-in training sessions next week on Tuesday from 10am-11am and Thursday from 2pm-3pm to help you get started with the new reading list system. Each session will last an hour. The first part (approximately 30 minutes) will provide a basic overview to help you get started; the second will give you a chance to ask any questions. You can come to all or part of a session and just drop-in to any of the Q&As whenever you have a question. There is no need to book, just go to the Talis Aspire training webpage for the meeting link (you will need to log into this page using your normal username and password). A series of self-help guides are also available to help you get started.

(10 Sep 2020) » More about New reading list system: Talis Aspire training

New resource available - Influencing People Course

This course looks at why we might need to influence others in the workplace, sets out a range of different influencing behaviours and strategies and shows how we can improve our own ability to influence those around us. Information on how to access the course can be found here.


(10 Sep 2020)

Panopto Capture - Full Release

We are pleased to announce Panopto Capture is now out of Beta release for the Chrome and Edge desktop browsers. With this release comes the addition of 'Failsafe Recording', which ensures that no content will be lost if your browser or computer experiences an unexpected failure. For example, if you are recording with Capture and your computer reboots due to a pending Windows Update, the recording will be uploaded the next time you load capture in the browser. Panopto have also made it easier for users to identify and fix problems if their device is unavailable. Further information can be found on Panopto's support website

(10 Sep 2020)

Race Equality Charter Action Plan Consultations – Save the date

The University is currently developing a Race Equality Charter (REC) Action Plan which provides a framework to systematically address racial inequalities across the institution. Further information on our REC work can be found here. University-wide consultations with the VC and members of the REC Self-Assessment Team will be held on 29 September (3pm to 4pm) and on 29 October (2pm to 3pm), which will provide an opportunity for all staff and students to provide inputs and to ask questions about the action plan draft. Registration details will be released in the succeeding weeks.

(10 Sep 2020)

Respect Town Hall meetings

Recently we published the Durham Commission on Respect, Values and Behaviour (2018-2020) which outlines recommendations for building an environment that is respectful and where people feel comfortable to be themselves and flourish. We are inviting students and staff to two Town Halls to hear more about these recommendations and actions to take these forward. These will be held on:

  • Wednesday 23 September 2020, 1pm - 2pm, Respect Town Hall for Staff
  • Thursday 15 October 2020, 11.30am - 12.30pm, Respect Town Hall for Students

The meetings will be held via Zoom and you can book your place here or alternatively you can visit the Town Hall web page

(10 Sep 2020)

Returning to Campus - Support for Teaching and Research Colleagues and Leading Hybrid teams

We are mindful of the changes to work experiences of colleagues over the past 6 months and have continued to develop the Wellbeing and Working differently hub, adding new resources to the six main areas on a weekly basis. Now that many colleagues are returning to campus we have added two further sections – Support for teaching and research colleagues returning to campus and Leading hybrid teams returning to campus.

(10 Sep 2020)

September's Community Newsletter out now

September’s community newsletter is out now. Read about the staff and students going the extra mile for charity, and discover what’s on this month – from our Late Summer Lecture series to the final event of this year's Summer in the City Festival. Read it here. Anyone can sign up to receive the Community Newsletter here. If you have something you'd like included, please email

(10 Sep 2020)

USS Annual Member Statements 2020

The first batch of annual member statements will be posted direct to members home addresses from USS in the week commencing 14 September. Statements for over 98% of active members have been included in the first batch for distribution. There will be a second batch of statements distributed in November. Statements have a calculation date of 31 March 2020, so statements are not produced for members who joined the scheme after that date.

(10 Sep 2020) » More about USS Annual Member Statements 2020

Vehicle thefts - request from Business Resilience

We have recently suffered a number of thefts of University vehicles. We believe this is due to University vehicles that would normally be in daily use currently being left unattended, due to many colleagues working remotely. Heads of Colleges, Departments and Institutes have been asked to direct a number of actions to keep such vehicles safe. If you use a University vehicle, please consider parking the vehicle in an area either covered by CCTV or in view of security office. For more information, please email

(10 Sep 2020)

Virtual Open Day 2020

The next UG Open Day will be held virtually on 3 October 2020, 9am - 7pm. We expect over 4,000 prospectus students to sign-in on the day. The event will offer potential applicants the opportunity to engage with the University by viewing a range of resources and attending a variety of live events. Briefings for staff involved will take place shortly. For further information, please email

(10 Sep 2020)

Cycling Savings and Discounts

The HR Reward team has recently extended the cycling savings and discounts to include 10% discount at Halfords for all staff, which will be of particular benefit to those who are not eligible for, or would not benefit from, accessing our salary sacrifice Cycle to Work scheme. Eligible staff can also now access free cyclist legal protection through our MyDurham employee benefits platform and the Cycle to Work scheme maximum cap has increased to £2,000. Further information on all our cycling benefits can be found here.

(4 Sep 2020)

Leazes Road Library - update

Following discussions between University Library and Collections and the School of Education Management Team, there have been agreed changes to the Leazes Road Library for the 2020-21 academic year. A project to re-purpose the Leazes Road Library during the summer of 2021 had already been agreed. However, with the impact of Covid-19 and the need to provide appropriate socially distanced-study space, this project has been brought forward to this academic year.

(4 Sep 2020) » More about Leazes Road Library - update

MRC CiC Funding 2020

The MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) is a block grant that can be used flexibly by a university to support a number of preliminary-stage translational projects. Durham has secured £199,200 in this year’s round and we expect to be able to make three awards.

(4 Sep 2020) » More about MRC CiC Funding 2020

New reading list system: Talis Aspire

Talis Aspire – our new reading list software – will be launched next week for all teaching staff to use. To help you get started, University Library and Collections are providing training sessions throughout September. Talis Aspire allows you to:

  • have greater control over the content and appearance of your reading lists
  • link to a wide variety of material (including ebooks, ejournal articles, videos, and websites)
  • provide your students with a clear and intuitive interface to access the system.

Any lists that were on the old reading list system will be migrated across and ready for you to use, so no existing content will be lost.

(4 Sep 2020) » More about New reading list system: Talis Aspire

Participants needed

Participants are needed for a fun, online study looking at opinions of lockdown and behaviour during the Covid-19 pandemic. The study is an online questionnaire, and asks that you were resident in the UK during at least part of the lockdown. You will be asked questions about your thoughts on lockdown, government response, and general perception of the pandemic. The study should take no more than 15 minutes. If you are interested in participating, please follow the link.

(4 Sep 2020)

Personal Development Workshop - spaces available

We continue to offer the new virtual 'Ease the Load' workshops to help us adopt the new technologies that most of us can now access via the Microsoft 365 range of products. These very practical sessions are led by David Longstaff where he will offer tips and hints for use of the new systems. There are still places available for next week's session on Thursday 10 September at 1.30pm. There are also places available for sessions on 16 September and 6 October. As a reminder these workshops last only two hours, are delivered live via Zoom and are available to book on the Training Course Booking system and further details can be accessed at this link.

(4 Sep 2020) » More about Personal Development Workshop - spaces available

Preparing for teaching 2020-21

DCAD continues to offer a broad range of resources, courses and workshops to help you prepare to teach in different ways this academic year. An overview can be found on DCAD's Covid-19 Response page.

(4 Sep 2020) » More about Preparing for teaching 2020-21

Princess Royal Training Award

Congratulations to Accommodation and Commercial Services (ACS) on their success in achieving a Princess Royal Training Award this year, which has been awarded for the University’s commitment to training and the positive impact that developing our staff has had. All of the evidence collated and submitted as part of the submission has been an honest reflection of the positive impact the Succession Planning Programme has had on members of the ACS team. Well done to everyone involved.

(4 Sep 2020)


Developing resilience is an important tool to help deal with change. Having the confidence to deal with demanding and difficult situations during the current climate can be challenging. Resources are available to help you learn how to be resilient at this link

(4 Sep 2020) » More about Resilience

Want to know more about our new Virtual Learning Environment?

A few weeks ago, we announced that we are getting a new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to replace Duo. While there’s over a year to go until the new VLE is introduced to the University for the 2021-22 academic year, there are several ways that you can find out more. Our website is a good place to start to find out the background of the project and information on our pilot projects. We’ll be keeping this up to date with the latest on the project, so keep on coming back to check out the news.

(4 Sep 2020) » More about Want to know more about our new Virtual Learning Environment?

We need your help

Over the next couple of weeks we will be welcoming students from all around the world. We’re looking for staff members to provide a warm and reassuring arrival to University life here at Durham. Your support is greatly appreciated. If you can assist for any amount of time or have any questions please contact the Staff Volunteering team – as a matter of urgency. Please read on for full details.

(4 Sep 2020) » More about We need your help

5 Ways to Wellbeing - Be Active

Be active is one of our 5 Ways to Wellbeing. Evidence shows that being physically active can improve your mental wellbeing by raising your self-esteem and causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood, physical health and fitness. 

(28 Aug 2020) » More about 5 Ways to Wellbeing - Be Active

Infrastructure Improvements project update

As part of the £6m Infrastructure Improvements project to enhance movement around the University, works past the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics to the Islamic Prayer Room and Hollingside Lane started on Monday 17th August. Further works from Fountains Hall to Hollingside Lane will start on Monday 7th September, with an expected duration of two weeks.

(28 Aug 2020) » More about Infrastructure Improvements project update

Opportunities for social science researchers

A range of new training and development opportunities are available for social science researchers, funded by the Accelerating Business Collaboration initiative. All current opportunities are available to view online here.

(28 Aug 2020) » More about Opportunities for social science researchers

Update on the 2020-21 Pay Negotiations

The new pay negotiations have been taking place for 2020-21 between UCEA and Trade Union representatives. UCEA have, on behalf of employers, proposed that no uplift will be applied to the values of the pay spine points for 2020-21. The Trade Unions have all decided to reject this proposal but are willing to continue discussions on the non-pay elements. These will be ongoing through September and October. UCEA's statement can be found here.

(28 Aug 2020)

Cycle and footpaths to be improved in £8m investment

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

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

Cyclists - Be Seen, Be Safe!

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

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

ESRC IAA Funding opportunities - December 2019 call

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

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

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

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

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

Extraordinary meeting of the Academic Electoral Assembly: Lecture Capture Policy

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

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

Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Have Your Say - Staff Consultation Drop-ins

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

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

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Late availability training opportunities

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Lumiere Conference 2019

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

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Lumiere Conference 2019

NUS Extra is now TOTUM

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Rare mushrooms discovered around our University

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Respecting Others: Challenging Negative Behaviours: Book your place

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Rugby Club car park closure

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Science in the news media – accurate and responsible reporting

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Triple success in international subject league tables

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

(8 Nov 2019)

UK Honours Awards

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Win when using My Durham

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

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

My Durham 'Firework Frenzy' Week

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


(31 Oct 2019)

Vacancies on Senate Discipline Committee

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

(31 Oct 2019)

Changes to Arriva Bus Services Timetables

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

(30 Oct 2019)

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

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

(30 Oct 2019)

Postgraduate Open Day- 20 November 2019

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

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

Shape the future direction of the University

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

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

UKRI New Funding Service

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

(30 Oct 2019)

Visit the newly reopened Kingsgate Bar and Café at Durham SU

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


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Volunteers needed to assist Durham Foodbank

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


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Printing and Binding at the SU

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



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Space utilisation

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

(29 Oct 2019)

Hundreds of children enjoy Durham University holiday camps

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

(16 Apr 2018)

Divestment from Companies Involved in Fossil Fuel Extraction

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

(14 Mar 2018)

View progress on the Centre for Teaching and Learning

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

(9 Mar 2018)

University Strategy, 2017-2027 toolkit

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

(19 Feb 2018)

University Strategy feedback

Our University Strategy 2017-2027 is a living document and we continue to welcome constructive engagement in its delivery. If you have comments or suggestions, you can make them here or email

(6 Jul 2017)

Internationalisation Strategy now online

Our new Strategy 2017-2027 includes proposals to significantly internationalise the University. We will internationalise our student body, open an International Study Centre at Queen’s Campus and partner with peer institutions around the world. Find out more here.

(28 Jun 2017)

Education Strategy online now

We want to deliver world-class education that is challenging, enabling, research-led and transformative. Our University Strategy 2017-2027 includes ambitious proposals including for a new Centre for Teaching and Learning, an Education Laboratory and a new Fair Access Strategy. Find out more at

(13 Jun 2017)

Research and Engagement Strategy now online

As a University, we prize academic independence and curiosity driven research. Our University Strategy 2017-2027 includes ambitious proposals to deliver research that is world-leading and world-changing across the whole University. These include building critical mass across the University and investing £2.8 million annually in our new Chancellor’s Scholarships for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Find out more at

(8 Jun 2017)

Staff 'sleep out' to fight poverty

Several colleagues recently spent a night sleeping out in Durham Cathedral to raise money to fight homelessness and poverty, as part of the CEO Sleepout. They raised more than £1,000, and the event raised nearly £25,000 in total. Well done to all who took part.

(18 May 2017)

Evidence based policy change

This webinar on Wednesday 23 September at 1pm is focused on how to effect policy change and how to use research evidence to engage with Parliament, Government and Policy makers. Examples of real-life policy impact in Energy and Environment areas will be used. To register, please visit our web page.

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RT Project - Saving lives through art

RT Project is a platform that provides people with an opportunity to express their feelings through artwork, including but not limited to drawings, poems, music, etc. Our goal is to help those who are enduring poor mental health to live a full life. Durham has the highest male suicide rate in the country - let's talk about this. Please email,, or visit the website if you are at all interested.

(18 Sep 2020)

Prayer group for Christian staff

A prayer group for Christian staff is returning after a prolonged break due to Covid-19. Meetings will take place via Zoom, starting on Tuesday 14 September. All Christian staff are welcome to join.

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Free change management course in September

Acclaimed free online course ‘Leading and Managing People-Centred Change’ will run again in September 2020. Registration is now open for one of the Business School’s most popular open online courses: Leading and Managing People - Centred Change. The last time the course ran it had over 1,000 registrations and received some excellent feedback. This course will start on Monday 7 September 2020 and will run over three weeks in association with FutureLearn. Book your place here

(4 Sep 2020) » More about Free change management course in September

Virtual Exchange resources / training for teaching staff

The International Partnerships Team have collected resources to support Durham colleagues who are interested to learn more about the concept of ‘Virtual Exchange’ (VE, also known as ‘COIL’) with a view to implementing or developing their own VE programme for students in conjunction with an international partner. On the Virtual Exchange for Educators page you can find information about an Erasmus+ online training course for university teaching staff and professional support staff. The course takes place from 6 September – 4 October.

(28 Aug 2020) » More about Virtual Exchange resources / training for teaching staff

Family network event

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

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Hild Bede Theatre presents: The 39 Steps

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

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Poetry reading by Kate Clanchy

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH): The Greatest Hits

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Staff and student shopping event

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

(8 Nov 2019)

'UK-USA': Concert Band Michaelmas Concert

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

(1 Nov 2019)

Waste Awareness Week

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

(1 Nov 2019)

Durham University Writing Group, Monday 4 November

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

(31 Oct 2019) » More about Durham University Writing Group, Monday 4 November

Free English Lessons

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

(31 Oct 2019)

French Conversation for Staff

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


(31 Oct 2019)

South College Kickstart Lunches

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

(31 Oct 2019)

Choral Music of Remembrance and Consolation

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

(30 Oct 2019)

CPI Biologics Presentation and Networking Event

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

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Rugby World Cup Final 2019 - Live In Riverside

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

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


(29 Oct 2019)

Christian staff prayer group

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

(17 Apr 2018)

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