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Embedding mental well-being in the Curriculum: Maximising success in Higher Education

Dr Ann-Marie Houghton, Director of the Researching Equity, Access and Participation group from Lancaster University, will be leading this teaching focused academic network organised event on Wednesday, 22 November. Anne-Marie will be joined by colleagues working in this area from academic departments and the Counselling Service to share their experiences. For more details and to book a place please follow this link.

(20 Oct 2017) » More about Embedding mental well-being in the Curriculum: Maximising success in Higher Education

Grantfinder Training

In June, the University took out a subscription to Grantfinder 4 Education – an online research funding opportunities database. New training dates for this term have just been set. To find out more and to book a place, please log into the Training Course Booking System. Please email if you would like any further information or to request an account.

(20 Oct 2017)

Invitation to Winter Congregation 2018

If you wish to share in the fantastic celebration of our students' achievements at Winter Congregation then please confirm your place in the Staff Procession or request staff tickets by Sunday, 17 December here.

(20 Oct 2017)

Marshals needed for Winter Congregation 2018

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, 26 November. Instructions and training will be provided in advance and lunch plus cakes/refreshments will be supplied in the Cathedral Restaurant.

(20 Oct 2017)

Powering the Planet: Why the World Needs Anthropologists

Durham University is hosting the fifth edition of the annual symposium 'Why the World Needs Anthropologists' on Saturday, 28 October and Sunday, 29 October. 'Powering the Planet' explores how energy professionals and anthropologists can cooperate to design and deploy energy innovations that alter the world for the better. You can register for this free event here.

(20 Oct 2017)

Second internal learning and teaching conference

Durham University’s second internal learning and teaching conference took place on Thursday, 14 September at St Aidan’s College. With over 110 participants from 24 departments, the program included over 50 talks from academic and support staff and students from across the institution. Highlights of the day included a welcome from the PVC-Education Professor Alan Houston, a panel session on student engagement and a session dedicated to the memory of Dr Eva Schumacher-Reid, former Vice Master of University College, on the role of Colleges in the Wider Student Experience. A fascinating keynote lecture was given by Dr Camille Kandiko-Howson, Academic Head of Student Engagement, Kings College, on student engagement and learning gain. As of this week, all presentations and a video are available here.

(20 Oct 2017)

Staff Volunteering - October newsletter

Have you seen the Staff Volunteering monthly newsletter? It’s filled with loads of current opportunities between now and Christmas. From gardening to painting, crafts to warehouse sorting, we have opportunities for everyone. If you or your department are interested in volunteering, please email If you have a particular charity in mind which isn’t advertised in the newsletter, do get in touch as we would be happy to arrange a volunteering day for you. If you would like to be added to the newsletter mailing list, please email

(20 Oct 2017) » More about Staff Volunteering - October newsletter

Closing date for Sir Derman Christopherson/Sir James Knott Foundation Fellowships

The closing date for applications for the Sir Derman Christopherson/Sir James Knott Foundation Fellowships is Friday, 17 November. These Fellowships are to enable members of the University's academic staff to undertake three months’ full-time research or, in appropriate cases, to engage in creative work or composition related to their normal full-time duties. Applications are welcome from researchers with an established or emerging international reputation. Further information and full application procedures are available here.

(19 Oct 2017)

Mystery shoppers wanted

Be a mystery shopper for the Retail Office and earn yourself a free £5 YUM voucher. They are looking to recruit mystery shoppers to visit one of the Durham University outlets, all that is required is for you to go into the shop make a purchase, however big or small, then fill in an online form detailing your visit. If you would like to take part please email and a preference, if you have one, of which store you would like to shop in. You can choose between the Botanic Garden shop, the World Heritage Visitors Centre shop, the Palace Green Library shop, the Oriental Museum shop and the Queen's Campus shop.

(19 Oct 2017)

Security bike marking by Durham Constabulary

Durham Constabulary will be on hand at the Recyke Y'Bike shop on North Road in Durham City to offer bike security marking on Friday, 27 October and Friday, 1 December between 12pm and 1pm. This is part of the national Operation Spoke campaign

(19 Oct 2017)

Vacating teaching rooms

A reminder to all teaching staff that classes should generally finish at five minutes to the hour and not start until five past the hour. This 10 minute transition period is to allow staff and students time to vacate the room and to get to their next class. Abiding by these time scales will ensure the smooth running of the teaching timetable for all.

(19 Oct 2017)

Still time to comment on Mount Oswald proposals

Last week the University published detailed proposals for the Mount Oswald site, Durham City: two Colleges, a Hub building and a Multi-Use Games Area. Thank you to everyone who has commented on the proposals. There is still time to share your views, online here. Consultation closes on Monday, 23 October. 

(18 Oct 2017)

Chancellor's Medal Nominations

Do you know a former member of academic staff who should receive a Chancellor's Medal in 2018? Chancellor's Medal's are awarded to former members of academic staff whose achievements in and around Durham are such that they have earned this prestigious honour. They are awarded at a very special annual dinner in the Great Hall of the Castle which celebrates excellence among University staff. The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, 23 October 2017. For advice and a nomination form please visit the website.

(16 Oct 2017) » More about Chancellor's Medal Nominations

Environmental fact of the week

Did you know… if you purchase a Durham University reusable 'Keep Cup' you will get a free hot drink? And if you take your own mug to any Yum outlet you will get 20p off the price of a hot drink.

(13 Oct 2017) » More about Environmental fact of the week

Founders and Benefactors Service

Join the special service in Durham Cathedral to commemorate the founders and benefactors of the University, City and Cathedral on Sunday, 26 November at 3.30pm. Please register your attendance by Wednesday, 15 November here

(13 Oct 2017)

Mount Oswald proposals consultation

Thank you to everyone who has already visited this week's exhibition of our proposals for the Mount Oswald site, either at Queen's Campus or the Palatine Centre. The exhibition continues at the Palatine Centre until 5pm today (Friday, 13 October). The proposals and the opportunity to comment is also available online here. Consultation runs until Monday, 23 October. All feedback is valuable in helping shape the proposals. 

(13 Oct 2017)

Remembrance Service

Reserve your seat among the University party for the Remembrance Service in Durham Cathedral which will take place on Sunday, 12 November at 10.15am. Register here by Wednesday, 1 November. 

(13 Oct 2017)

Waste roadshow

A waste roadshow will take place outside the Bill Bryson Library (or inside the Calman Learning Centre in the event of poor weather) on Tuesday, 17 October between 1pm and 4pm. Come along to pick up waste-related freebies to help you reduce your food waste. Members of Durham County Council’s Waste Team will be on hand to answer any queries about recycling in Durham City. All are welcome.

(13 Oct 2017)

Hatfield College Junior Research Fellowship 2017/18

Hatfield College wishes to appoint a new Junior Research Fellow for the academic year 2017/18 from any disciplinary area. Applications are open to anyone who is already a post-doctoral research fellow or assistant at the University and who is expecting to remain in post until the end of the 2017/18 academic year. Applicants are invited to write to the Master of Hatfield College, Professor Ann MacLarnon, by Friday, 27 October 2017 with a CV and a letter of application outlining how the applicant would contribute to and benefit from college life. Applicants may be interviewed before a final decision is made. 

(12 Oct 2017) » More about Hatfield College Junior Research Fellowship 2017/18

October half term activity camps

Team Durham is running a week of holiday activities this October half term from Monday, 23 October until Friday, 27 October. A whole range of seasonal activities including Halloween crafts, spooky treasure hunts, team challenges and other awesome autumn activites have been planned. The camp,which is aimed at children aged 4-11 years old, will run 9.30am to 4.30pm every day and costs £12 per child per day. Extended hours for early drop off (8.30am-9.30am) and late pick up (4.30pm-5.30pm) are also available at £1.50 per session. For full information visit the webpage or contact Book now to avoid missing out!

(11 Oct 2017)

ESRC Call for Evidence - Knowledge and Skills Needs

The focus is on identifying strategically important knowledge and skills that require intervention to improve the UK's social science capability and/or capacity. This call for evidence will run until Tuesday, 31 October and the inputs used to inform discussions about the actions ESRC might take to address priority needs, and used as context to inform a range of ESRC activities. ESRC is looking for evidence of the high-level skills gaps from PhD students to senior professionals/academics and from early to late stage careers. They would really encourage you to participate if you have relevant evidence, and would be also grateful if you could publicise and encourage non-academic partners to highlight evidence they have. Further information can be found on the ESRC website and if you have any specific questions please contact

(6 Oct 2017) » More about ESRC Call for Evidence - Knowledge and Skills Needs

Inspiring Women Lunch with Professor Harriet Bulkeley

The latest in the series of the Inspiring Women Lunch events takes place on Tuesday, 7 November 2017 at 12pm in the Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College featuring Professor Harriet Bulkeley. The session is entitled ‘Opportunities Anonymous’ (navigating the treacherous academic waters of reciprocity, obligation and opportunity). You can book your place on the Training Course Booking System. For further details please contact

(6 Oct 2017)

University Strategy, 2017-2027: FAQs

A series of Frequently Asked Questions about the University Strategy, 2017-2027 has been published on the dedicated Strategy pages, here. Regular updates on the delivery of the Strategy are also available, via the Information for Staff and Students pages

(6 Oct 2017)

Donations of unwanted bicycles urgently required

The University is working with Recyke Y’Bike, a local charity, on a cycling project called ‘UniCycle’ to encourage better safety and security for student cyclists. They are fast running out of second hand bike stock and would really appreciate any donations. So if you have an unwanted bike lurking in your shed or garage please dig it out and take it down to the Durham Recyke Y’Bike store at 25 North Road, Durham DH1 4SG (open Wednesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm) where it can be refurbished and sold on.

(5 Oct 2017) » More about Donations of unwanted bicycles urgently required

New Bus Service between Gilesgate (Tesco) and Josephine Butler College

A new bus service, the Scarlet Band S1 & S2, is now in operation between Gilesgate and Josephine Butler College and a full timetable and route map is available. This service can be used by students, staff and the general public and the cost of a single journey is £1.50 single and £2.70 return.

(5 Oct 2017) » More about New Bus Service between Gilesgate (Tesco) and Josephine Butler College

Informal Research Conversation - Open Session on REF

Professor Claire Warwick – PVC (Research) is holding an informal research conversation on Thursday, 26 October 2017 at 12.30pm - 1.30pm at St. Aidan’s College Lindisfarne Centre. This meeting is open to any staff who may wish to attend a ‘Town Hall’ style meeting on REF. Refreshments will be available. If you would like to attend please email

(2 Oct 2017)

Christian staff prayer group

A number of Christian members of University staff gather fortnightly to pray together. This takes place in St Mary's College Chapel fortnightly on Tuesdays, from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. The next meeting is Tuesday, 3 October. New members welcome. For more information, please email

(29 Sep 2017)

Academic Language and Communication Programme

Do you have students who could benefit from additional academic language support? The English Language Centre's Academic Language and Communication courses are designed to help them develop the academic language and literacy skills they need to succeed in your department. Information packs have been sent to Departments and Colleges and you can view the full list of courses running this term on our webpages. If you have any questions about our ALC programme you can email us at or contact us on Twitter (@DU_insessional).

(28 Sep 2017) » More about Academic Language and Communication Programme

Language course open evenings

The Centre for Foreign Language Study is holding two open evenings. They are taking place in Elvet Riverside 1 on Monday, 9 October (room ER147) and Tuesday, 10 October (room ER149), and will offer anyone interested in language learning the opportunity to find out more about the Centre’s extra-curricular courses. Drop in on either day between 6.30pm and 8pm for both general information and more specific advice on topics such as identifying the correct level of study for you. Please see the website for the Centre’s October course programme.

(28 Sep 2017)

New catering menus for Colleges

From Sunday, 1 October, new catering menus are available in maintained Colleges. Please read on for further details.

(28 Sep 2017) » More about New catering menus for Colleges

Erasmus+ Staff Mobility 2017/2018

The Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Programme allows for up to five days of mobility for both academic and non-academic staff across Europe. Travel and Subsistence Funding is granted for Teaching and Training activities across partner institutions in Europe along with preparatory visits for setting up new Erasmus+ partnerships. For further information, please see the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Website

(25 Sep 2017)

Conference: Suffering, Diminishment and the Christian Life

Registration and the call for papers is open for an international conference on Suffering, Diminishment and the Christian Life, taking place in Durham from Monday, 8 January to Wednesday, 10 January 2018. Please visit here for more information and online registration. The deadline for registration is Thursday, 30 November. If you have any queries please contact Jane Lidstone at or on 0191 334 1656.

(14 Sep 2017) » More about Conference: Suffering, Diminishment and the Christian Life

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)

Keep up to date on the Estate

A series of new web pages has been launched to provide information on Estates developments. Please visit these pages for details of projects, latest news and the chance to provide feedback

(4 Sep 2017)

New Travel Management Contract

Following a robust and successful tender process, the University has appointed Dawson and Sanderson as its travel management provider. Many thanks to those departments who formed part of the evaluation panel. Whilst Dawson and Sanderson were the previous provider, this new contract has some fantastic benefits, including the introduction of a one stop shop and a bespoke online self-booking tool. Also individual transaction fees will not be charged under this new contract.

(1 Sep 2017) » More about New Travel Management Contract

June 2017 Senate papers are available now

Following the changes to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the University’s governance committee business, and increase the transparency of key decision-making processes, the open internal papers and reports for June 2017 Senate are available to staff and students to view here. (University username and password required). Feedback and comments on this approach to enhancing transparency and openness regarding University governance are welcome, and should be emailed to John Marsh.

(30 Aug 2017)

Car Parking Permit Audit

During September 2017, the Estates’ Business Support team will be undertaking an audit of staff car parking permits. This process is undertaken every two years to ensure our records remain up-to-date. Throughout September, designated signatories, within Departments/Colleges/Professional Support areas, will receive staffing lists, for their respective areas, to review and confirm. It is imperative that all those with signatory responsibilities respond within the notified timeframe, to avoid staff being inadvertently removed from our parking permit system. Signatories are responsible for informing the Estates’ Business Support team of any leavers, new starters and any recently retired, or soon to retire, staff. The information received will be processed and updated on the system; with all new staff permits being issued no later than 31 October 2017. A copy of the Staff Parking Policy is available on the Estates webpage.

(11 Aug 2017)

REF Database Training Courses

For the academic year 2017/18 there are now four courses on the use of the REF database available for booking. Access to the REF database and the courses is limited to staff who are responsible for collating data for REF and have been nominated by their Head of Department or Director of Research.For the latest news and more general information on REF please see the internal webpages

(8 Aug 2017)

University Travel Cover - New Travel Summary

Where cover for travel on University business has been confirmed to be in place via the Viator system, and for trips commencing on or after Tuesday, 1 August 2017, please take a copy of the new Travel Summary which replaces the previous document. The new Travel Summary can be accessed here. If you have any queries, please contact Barbara Dick on or on extension 49267.

(3 Aug 2017)

IMPACT - The Business School

Issue 2 of the Business School's thought-leadership and news magazine was published to coincide with Graduation. This second edition has seen yet another swathe of developments and achievements showing the School’s strength in its core strategic domains: research, education, the wider student experience, as well as the cross cutting themes of internationalisation, connection to the world of practice, and ethics responsibility and sustainability to lead business thinking. You can read the full edition online or view feature stories on the School website

(6 Jul 2017)

University Strategy feedback

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

(6 Jul 2017)

Internationalisation Strategy now online

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

(28 Jun 2017)

Travel Security Training - Control Risks

The University now has access to online travel security training through Control Risks which is aimed at travellers going to medium and high risk areas on University business. A number of staff from the International Office have completed the training and positive feedback has been received. The training module can be accessed here and the training takes approximately 50 minutes.

(23 Jun 2017) » More about Travel Security Training - Control Risks

New Waste Collection Contract

Following a competitive tender exercise the University has appointed O’Brien Waste Solutions Ltd as its new waste contractor. Procurement and Estates and Buildings will be working in partnership with O’Brien to further reduce the amount of University waste that is sent to landfill by increasing the level of recycling and converting the remaining waste to energy. If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact Liam Glasper, Senior Category Manager on ext. 44528 or email

(16 Jun 2017) » More about New Waste Collection Contract

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)

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:

(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)

Winter Congregation 2018

The timetable of ceremonies for Winter Congregation 2018 has now been published at here. Printable versions of the timetable by ceremony or by department are available. For any queries please contact the Ceremonies Unit at

(30 Mar 2017)

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is on Wednesday, 8 March. This is just a final reminder that we are organising a day of tweeting where we promote the work of women within the University. We would like as many people as possible to get involved by sending tweets, so if you haven't already done so, please contact for further details. 

(1 Mar 2017)

Social events

New Sports club in Durham - Fives

Fives is mostly played at private schools and universities, but everyone should have the opportunity to play. Durham University has the only Fives courts in the North East of England. The court has four walls like in squash, but instead of a racket, you use either hand with gloves on, so it doesn’t hurt. It’s great aerobic exercise, very satisfying to play, and good fun. The club has two Level 2 coaches, and play on Wednesdays between 5pm and 7pm and Sundays 10.30am till 12pm all year round. Fives is suitable for age 10 upwards. For more details please contact Julie McIntyre.

(20 Oct 2017)

The Charter of the Forest 1217: Its Origins and Implementation, 1170 to 1235

This is the first talk in a series of free public talks organised to mark the 800th Anniversary of the Charter of the Forest, the charter that gave Magna Carta its name. The series will use the opportunity of the anniversary to address a range of questions that are at once historical and contemporary and of both academic and public interest: the depletion of the commons and conflicts about natural resources; the environmental rights of citizens and the relationship between landscape and memory. This talk will take place on Monday, 23 October at 6.30pm in the Prior’s Hall, The College, Durham Cathedral. Free tickets can be reserved through Eventbrite by clicking here.

(20 Oct 2017)

Stephenson College book club meeting

Join the Stephenson College book club meeting on Wednesday, 1 November at 5.15pm in the Heighington Room. This meeting will be with Richard Drake, proprietor of Drake Bookshop and will be reviewing 'Half a Creature from the Sea'. There is no need to book.

(16 Oct 2017)

Stephenson College book club meeting

The Stephenson College book club will meet on Wednesday, 29 November at 5.15pm in the Heighington Room. This meeting will be with Richard Drake, proprietor of Drake Bookshop. There is no need to book.

(16 Oct 2017)

Stephenson College Lumiere visit

Join the Stephenson College Lumiere visit on Thursday, 16 November. Meet at Hilton Cottage for a hot chocolate before visiting Lumiere between 6pm and 8pm. There is no need to book.

(16 Oct 2017)

Stephenson College walk

Come and join the Stephenson College walk with Pamela Beddows, SCR member. The walk will take place on Wednesday, 25 October and will take you to the Stockton Flyer and across the Infinity Bridge. Meeting point is the Heighington Room at 12.30pm. Booking isn't required - just suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. 

(16 Oct 2017)

Staff - Couch to 5K

Are you looking to start your activity journey? Our progressive free programme will take you from complete beginner to a 5K achiever. The sessions will run on a Thursday lunchtime 12.10pm to 12.40pm, meeting at the Palatine Centre Reception (library side). The programme will run for eight weeks before Christmas starting on Thursday, 2 November and re-start again in the New Year. For more information or to sign up please contact

(11 Oct 2017)

Lectures and seminars

DEI Public Lecture

This free public lecture entitled 'Could our abandoned mines provide low-carbon cheap heat for homes is open to academics, industry specialists, policy makers, energy planners, funders and energy professionals as well as community groups, students and the general public. Please register for the lecture taking place on Wednesday, 25 October at 6pm in the Calman Learning Centre at Eventbrite. Further information on the lecture is available on the DEI Events page.

(20 Oct 2017) » More about DEI Public Lecture

Hot topics workshops

The first in the new suite of two hour concise learning opportunities or 'bite size' sessions will take place on Thursday, 16 November. The workshop will be led by Michelle Taylor, covering ‘Conflict at Work’. The workshops cover a range of topics which have been requested through the Annual Development Review process, feedback from workshop delegates and via team development discussions. There are no pre-requisites for attendance on any of the workshops and they are primarily aimed at all professional support staff. To book your place at one of these sessions please visit the Training Course Booking System. Further information is available from

(20 Oct 2017) » More about Hot topics workshops

Music Research Seminars 2017/18

The Music Department's Research Forum is a free seminar series that is open to all, and features the research of leading scholars from around the country and beyond. The 2017/18 programme includes seminars on music analysis, nineteenth century performance practice, music psychology, progressive rock and video game music. In the next seminar of the Research Forum series on Tuesday, 24 October, Matthew Riley from the University of Birmingham, will give a paper on 'English processional diatonicism: Topic, schemata, allusion'. For full details of this seminar of the series please visit here.

(20 Oct 2017)

Seeing the Invisible: Dark Matter

The Universe contains vast amounts of dark matter, which we cannot see. To detect this 'invisible matter' is, at present, the outstanding challenge for fundamental Physics. This talk by David Cerdeno, an expert in this important research field, will take place on Sunday, 29 October at 2.15pm in Holgate House at Grey College. All are welcome at this free event and there is no need for booking.

(20 Oct 2017)

Why the World Needs Anthropologists: Powering the Planet

Together with the European Network of Applied Anthropologists, DEI are organising a FREE interdisciplinary two-day event here, in Durham, exploring how energy professionals and anthropologists can cooperate to design and deploy energy innovations that alter the world for the better. If you are interested in this event please register here

(20 Oct 2017)

CHESS Seminar Series 2017/18

Dr Fernando Morett from the London School of Economics will give this seminar entitled 'Self-Interest, Design and Policy-Making' on Wednesday, 15 November at 5pm in the Seminar Room at the Institute of Advanced Study. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided. Please contact the Centre Administrator at to confirm attendance.

(19 Oct 2017) » More about CHESS Seminar Series 2017/18

Durham Castle Lecture

Professor Hugh Pennington, Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology from the University of Aberdeen, will give this Durham Castle Lecture on 'Have Bacteria Won?, at 8pm on Thursday, 26 October in the Great Hall, Durham Castle. Doors will open from 7.30pm and the lecture will commence at 8pm with questions for the speaker at 9pm. This lecture is free and open to all. You do not need a ticket or reservation. Seats are first come, first served. Please contact for more information about this event.

(19 Oct 2017) » More about Durham Castle Lecture

Institute of Advanced Study - Events happening in Michaelmas Term 2017

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) has a wide variety of events for Michaelmas Term including lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2017/18 ‘Structure’ programme. Most events, and in particular lectures, are free to attend and open to all.

(19 Oct 2017) » More about Institute of Advanced Study - Events happening in Michaelmas Term 2017

Positive Psychology in the Educational context: A focus on emotions

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, 25 October at 1pm in ED 134 at the School of Education. The seminar will be lead by Dr Stephanie Lichtenfeld from the School of Education. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact

(18 Oct 2017) » More about Positive Psychology in the Educational context: A focus on emotions

Research Seminar: Teaching undergraduate students as researchers and the relationship to powerful knowledge

This seminar with take place on Wednesday, 15 November at 1pm in ED 134 at the School of Education. The seminar will be led by Professor Tony Harland from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact

(18 Oct 2017) » More about Research Seminar: Teaching undergraduate students as researchers and the relationship to powerful knowledge

What can we learn from Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) in education? - A meta-analysis of the RCTs

This seminar, which was commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation and the IES, will take place on Wednesday, 8 November in the School of Education, Room ED 134. The seminar will be led by Professor Hughes Lortes-Forgues of York University. Everyone is welcome and booking is not required. For more informaion, please contact

(18 Oct 2017) » More about What can we learn from Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) in education? - A meta-analysis of the RCTs

2017 Annual Higginson Lecture

This year’s lecture is entitled ‘Engineering the Future’, and is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 8 November at 6pm in CLC013, Arnold Wolfendale Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre. Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm. This year’s speaker, Naomi Climer FREng FIET, will talk about positive potential applications of future technology such as the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, and discuss some of the challenges such as cybersecurity, privacy and whether we’ll all lose our jobs to machines. As always, this is a lecture open to all, UG, PGT, PGR, staff and friends. To find out more please visit here.

(13 Oct 2017) » More about 2017 Annual Higginson Lecture

DEI public lecture

This lecture entitled 'Could our abandoned mines provide low-carbon cheap heat for homes?' will take place on Wednesday, 25 October between 6pm and 7pm in the Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre. Spennymoor, in County Durham, is a town that grew alongside the exploitation of its underlying coal reserves. When the mines were closed, water pumping stopped, leaving a legacy of flooded underground workings. Dr Charlotte Adams is currently undertaking a project to understand whether the water contained within abandoned mines beneath the town could be used as a source of heat and provide a low carbon source of warmth for homes. You can find further information and the registration link on the DEI Event page.

(13 Oct 2017)

Excellent group work by design

Durham University Business School will host an interactive workshop on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 at 2pm, led by Dr Rebecca Stratling (DUBS) and Professor Robert McMurray (York) to discuss their research into how students experience group work. The session will consider potential recommendations for improving our understanding of how different methods of ‘scaffolding’ might enhance students’ group work skills. Attendees are invited to share their experiences as part of a collective development of best practice. For further details please contact Jennifer Mordue or visit the EDU portal.

(13 Oct 2017)

IHRR Postgraduate Forum: Utilising concepts of risk, resilience or uncertainty in research

Every academic year, the IHRR organises a series of postgraduate seminars with the goal of fostering links between PhD researchers from different disciplines. This Post Graduate Forum is one of the mechanisms we utilise to achieve this goal. PhD scholars from a range of departments will discuss how they utilise the concepts of risk, resilience or uncertainty in their research. The presentations will be 10 – 15 minutes with five minutes for questions.

(13 Oct 2017) » More about IHRR Postgraduate Forum: Utilising concepts of risk, resilience or uncertainty in research

Reminder - ESRC IAA writing for lay audiences workshop

This workshop will take place on Wednesday, 1 November, between 12pm and 4.30pm, in the Lindisfarne Centre at St Aidan's College. This workshop will help you increase the impact of your research by learning how to communicate your work to audiences outside academia. You’ll learn how to use accessible and engaging language to describe your research, find out how to identify key target audiences for research outcomes and how to tailor your writing to reach those audiences. Please note that places are limited to 25, and priority will be given to social science researchers. To book your place email or via the training link

(13 Oct 2017) » More about Reminder - ESRC IAA writing for lay audiences workshop

St Mary's College Society annual lecture

Professor Nancy Cartwright presents 'Evidence and Policy: Why 'What Works' Doesn't Work’ in the Kenworthy Hall of St Mary's College at 8.30pm on Tuesday, 24 October 2017. In this inaugural annual lecture, St Mary's College Society is delighted to invite members of the University, friends, family and members of the wider community to what promises to be a prescient and fascinating examination of thinking and ideas by a world renowned philosopher. No booking is necessary, please come along and refreshments will accompany the event. Should you have any questions please contact the SMCS Vice President, Steven Spencer.

(13 Oct 2017)

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) Events - Michaelmas Term

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 of the series is Hanna Ruszczyk, PDRA for IHRR, Durham University. Full event details are available here.

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Investigating the small finds from Durham's River Wear - a scientific approach

As part of the Dig Deeper talks, underwater archaeologist Gary Bankhead will talk about investigating the small finds from Durham’s River Wear. Join him at the Museum of Archaeology, Palace Green Library on Wednesday, 25 October, 1pm-2pm, for this free lecture. Booking is not required but seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

(11 Oct 2017)

Horace Walpole and His Legacies: Tercentenary Lectures

The opening lecture in the Durham University series of Tercentenary Lectures: Horace Walpole and His Legacies will show how Walpole’s correspondence challenges our assumptions about the nature and function of letter writing. This lecture will take place on Tuesday, 10 October at 6.15pm in ER141, Elvet Riverside. There is no need to book. The convenor is Professor Fiona Robertson. For further dates please visit here.

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Annual Borderlands lecture - 'What's done cannot be undone' (Macbeth V. ii. 74)

This lecture will be given by the Hon. Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb DBE on Wednesday, 25 October, 6.15pm in Lecture Theatre ER201, Elvet Riverside. What did Frankenstein, Raskolnikov and Judas have in common? This lecture will consider the nature of remorse and discuss its significance in the criminal justice system, in particular the role of judges who have to assess the authenticity of expressed remorse when sentencing offenders. The influence of remorse in transitional and restorative justice will also be explored. It will be suggested that the relative lack of research about the impact of remorse on such important topics as recidivism rates (and how quickly criminals re-offend) should be addressed. This lecture is open and free to all. However, spaces are limited so please email Clare Towns at to register.

(29 Sep 2017) » More about Annual Borderlands lecture - 'What's done cannot be undone' (Macbeth V. ii. 74)

Structure Workshop: Thinking ecologically about policy and structure

Learning how to affect change in stable structures, 31 October 2017, 1-5pm, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study.

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Saturday Morning Physics! - Building a star on Planet Earth

Fusion could provide an almost unlimited supply of energy. In this lecture, we will discuss the road-map for fusion energy as well as the technologically demanding, cryogenically-cooled superconducting magnets that will help fusion energy become a viable technology. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lecture Theatre, Rochester Building, 10.30am-12.30pm on Saturday 10 December.

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Saturday Morning Physics! - Magnets in the Cloud

The next Saturday Morning Physics session on 12 November will be presented by Professor Del Atkinson on Magnets in the Cloud.The talks will be supplemented by some hands-on activities after a coffee break. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lectures Theatre, Rochester Building, 10.30am-12.30pm. All welcome, no need to pre-book!

(12 Nov 2016) » More about Saturday Morning Physics! - Magnets in the Cloud

IHRR Current Research Activities

The Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience is hosting a seminar on Thursday 25th February from 12 -5 pm. The purpose of this seminar is to i) showcase the range and depth of research being undertaken in collaboration with IHRR; and ii) to initiate new research relationships across the University. If you are interested in attending this event please register at Please note that we have limited numbers. For further information please see the programme here.

(17 Feb 2016)

Need to know

Lumiere Durham 2017: Staff tickets

As a sponsor of Lumiere 2017, the University has been given a number of tickets for Lumiere this year for its staff. These tickets will provide access to installations on the peninsula at peak times during the festival between 4.30pm and 7.30pm. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please email by Wednesday, 1 November to be in with your chance of receiving a ticket!


(20 Oct 2017) » More about Lumiere Durham 2017: Staff tickets

USS September 2017 Update

USS has provided an update to members containing information on the benefits and investment choices available. You can find this update here.

(20 Oct 2017)

Riverbank repairs at Maiden Castle

On Monday, 4 September Durham County Council (DCC) will begin work to rebuild a 40 metre stretch of riverbank between Maiden Castle and Durham City Rugby Club. It is estimated that the work will take eight to 12 weeks and for the duration of the works the section of footpath and the other routes leading to the site will be closed. Alternative routes between Green Lane and the Graham Sports Centre will need to be used until the works are complete. Details of alternative routes are available here. If you have any queries, please contact Matthew Wright, Estates Surveyor

(1 Sep 2017) » More about Riverbank repairs at Maiden Castle

Tier 2 Visa Reimbursement Scheme

The University has now introduced a Tier 2 Visa Reimbursement Scheme for employees who require a Tier 2 visa to allow them to live and work in the UK while working at Durham University. The purpose of the Scheme is to support new and current employees on Tier 2 visas with the cost of their visa and the Immigration Health Surcharge. 

(11 Aug 2017) » More about the Tier 2 Visa Reimbursement Scheme

Staff Interest Free Loan Scheme

To support all international staff, (including if applicable, EEA staff) with the costs associated with visa applications, applications for permanent residency or British Citizenship, the University will be launching an Interest Free Loan Scheme on Tuesday, 2 May. Staff who are appointed on an open ended contract, or on a fixed term contract of employment of two years or more, will be eligible to make an application for a loan. For further information please visit the Staff Interest Fee Loan Scheme page or email for more information.

(28 Apr 2017)

Increase in spam emails - please be vigilant

CIS is aware of a recent increase in spam emails. In response to this we are accelerating our plans to improve the University’s spam filtering and within the next fortnight will implement changes to further reduce the number of spam emails received. Please continue to be vigilant when opening emails and attachments. If you receive an email that you believe to be suspicious, do not click on links within the email or open any attachments. Forward the email to and then delete it. Read on for a reminder about how to spot malicious emails.

(20 Oct 2016) » More about Increase in spam emails - please be vigilant

Do you use NPCS computers for teaching? New desktop coming soon

This summer will see the introduction of an all new desktop environment to student and teaching computers across the University. When we begin the next academic year, all NPCS machines (student and teaching machines) will have been upgraded to the Durham University Desktop Environment (DUDE). If you use NPCS machines when teaching, read on to find out more. If you don’t, look out for more information later in the year when we roll out the new desktop to staff computers.

(13 May 2016) » More about Do you use NPCS computers for teaching? New desktop coming soon

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