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December 2018 payroll

Please note that December’s pay will be made early, on Thursday, 20 December, but this means deadlines need to be brought forward and will be adhered to strictly. The dates were included in Dialogue earlier in the month and are set out below again to ensure everyone is aware. 

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

In addition there will be no second run of expenses in November as the Payroll team will be busy with the December payroll. The expenses in December will be paid earlier though as shown above. There will be no second run of expenses in December as the University will be closed. The next expenses run will be Thursday, 10 January to be paid by Tuesday, 15 January.

(28 Nov 2018)


Visitors to Durham University

All visitors to the University must be notified to Human Resources if the duration of the visit is five days or longer. To notify Human Resources please complete the Visitor Notification Form available in resources on the website and forward to hr.ukvi@durham.ac.uk along with the relevant written support from the departmental host. For visitors from the European Economic Area (EEA) the department must also see sight of the visitors original ID documents and send a copy to HR, dated and signed to verify they have seen a copy of the original. Once verified the visitor will be registered and an IT account can be created if required.

(23 Nov 2018)


Careers & Enterprise on Facebook and Twitter

The Careers & Enterprise service actively shares a range of useful information on social media for students and graduates of Durham University. This includes anything from work experience opportunities to competitions to awards and events on campus for students to learn more about employers and careers in different sectors. Like or follow @careersatdurham on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about what we offer.

(7 Dec 2018)


Christmas vacation at the Library

Term is almost over and Christmas vacation is near. Make sure you know all you need about borrowing and returns during the vacation period from Saturday, 15 December 2018 to Sunday, 13 January 2019. If you are borrowing items over the Christmas vacation, remember that your books are not due during the Christmas closure, from Saturday, 22 December to Wednesday, 2 January. However, items can be due on Wednesday, 2 January 2019 and three day loans still have to be renewed every three days. Please also consider that your items can be recalled at any time. For more detail, please visit the website.

(7 Dec 2018)


Council Member Appointments

Joe Docherty, Chair of Council and Jennifer Sewel, University Secretary are delighted to advise you of the appointment of four new members to the University Council. These appointments follow the completion of terms of appointment of Richard Burge, Fiona Ellis and Andrew Mitchell and staff member Clare McGlynn. The new lay (external) members are:

  • Jonathan Bewes,Vice Chair of Corporate & Institutional Banking for Europe at Standard Chartered PLC
  • Kay Boycott, Chief Executive of Asthma UK
  • and Terry Toney, Head of Global Business Development at the British Council until his retirement in August 2018. 

The new staff member is Dr Amir Michael, Associate Professor (Teaching) in Accounting at Durham University Business School. Further information is available from jennifer.sewel@durham.ac.uk or on the website

(7 Dec 2018)


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know … there are lots of ways to stay ‘green’ over the festive period? So let's not make our buildings work hard when we are off on holiday. Read the green Christmas tips available on the Greenspace website

(7 Dec 2018)


Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) survey on racial harassment

The EHRC has launched an inquiry to understand the types of racial harassment experienced at publicly funded higher education institutions, such as universities. They would like to hear from staff and students who have experienced, witnessed or helped in an incident of racial harassment from September 2015 onwards. They would also want to hear from staff and students if they have other information relevant to this inquiry. The survey will close on Friday, 15 February 2019 at 11.59pm. The EHRC aims to publish their inquiry report by autumn 2019. You can access the survey here.

(7 Dec 2018)


Language courses commencing January 2019

The Centre for Foreign Language Study’s programme of evening courses, commencing January 2019, is now open for registration. Fourteen languages are available at a range of levels from Beginners to Higher Advanced. All are open to Durham University staff, students and members of the public for a fee. Please see the website for further details. 

(7 Dec 2018)


The Pleasures and Pains of Collecting

To mark the 50th anniversary of the acquisition of the Malcolm Macdonald collection of Chinese ceramics at the Oriental Museum, we are delighted to launch a new book entitled 'The Pleasures and Pains of Collecting'. The book is available for sale from the Oriental Museum, priced £12 in hardback. It will also be available to purchase online from the Durham University Shop

(7 Dec 2018) » More about The Pleasures and Pains of Collecting


24-hour football match raises over £7,000 for charity

Well done to everyone who helped raise over £7,000 for the Campaign Against Living Miserably by participating in Collingwood College AFC’s 24-hour football match.There's still time to donate. Please visit the fundraising page. For more information, please visit the website.

(5 Dec 2018)


Colleges summer makeover

We spent around £5 million repairing and refurbishing several Colleges this summer. This included work at St Hild and St Bede, St Aidan's, Van Mildert and St Mary's. For more information, see the latest edition of Dialogue magazine. Estates and Buildings also fixed over 5,000 faults across the Colleges, all in good time for the new academic year.

(5 Dec 2018)


Dialogue 60 - out now

The latest edition of Dialogue magazine is out now and you can view it online here.

(5 Dec 2018)


Durham University School Governors staff network

The newly formed Durham University School Governors network will hold its first breakfast networking session on Thursday, 13 December, 8am - 9.30am in room PCL050 in the Law School. Complimentary tea, coffee and pastries will be provided. If you are a current School Governor or interested in becoming a School Governor, you are warmly invited to attend. The networking session is an opportunity to share your ideas on how a staff network could support you, and meet others who are interested in school governance. To book your place, please email j.l.gittins@durham.ac.uk by Monday, 10 December.

(5 Dec 2018)


Finance Transformation information 'lunch and learn' session

The next session will take place on Wednesday, 19 December. This is an introduction to new dashboard reporting for departments. Finance will be running a similar session in the new year, but if you are able to make it before Christmas please sign up here. Further information can be found on the website.

(5 Dec 2018)


Notifying you of blocked emails and attachments

Changes to your email service mean you will now receive a notification if an email containing a suspect attachment has been blocked. This relates to emails that have been sent to you, or any you have sent from your University email address. The automated email notification you receive will be from noreply@durham.ac.uk. As a result you will be able to take any necessary action promptly – for example if it relates to an attachment you are expecting and you know it’s not suspicious, you can ask the sender to share it with you using a different file type. To learn more about staying safe online, visit the CIS Cyber Security pages.

(5 Dec 2018)


Staff attendance at Winter Congregation

Staff wishing to attend Winter Congregation may request to join the staff procession or to book tickets for the reserved seating area using the online form by Sunday, 16 December. There are also still vacancies for marshals - if you are able to assist on either day, please email congregation@durham.ac.uk.

(5 Dec 2018)


TravelPrepare e-learning

Global Response provide University staff and students with access to TravelPrepare, an expanded e-learning facility to assist both staff and students prior to travel on University business. The modules covered are Basic Travel Security Awareness, Natural Disasters, Information Security Abroad, Avoiding Bribery and Corruption When Travelling, Female Traveller Security and Kidnap for Ransom. The online training is very easy to use and contains useful pointers on what to do or not to do in various situations. Further information on how to access the training can be found on the website or please email claire.robinson@durham.ac.uk.

(5 Dec 2018)


A very Durham Christmas

The Vice-Chancellor has written an article about how the University plays its part in Durham's Christmas celebrations, including providing Christmas entertainment, supporting local events and helping good causes. The full article can be read here

(30 Nov 2018)


Appointment of Chief Financial Officer

The University is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Willis as our new Chief Financial Officer. Thanks go to Denise McConnell for her ongoing work as Interim Chief Financial Officer. For further details, please visit the website.

(30 Nov 2018)


Dawson and Sanderson - new travel booking portal

Our travel supplier, Dawson and Sanderson, is launching a new, improved online portal, enabling staff and students to purchase all travel-related activity in one place, such as flights, rail tickets, hotel accommodation and international car rental. Following a testing phase, the online portal will be introduced University-wide in the summer of 2019. The next 'market stall' event will take place on Tuesday, 11 December in the Palatine Centre, 12 noon - 2pm. There is no need to book a place, just come along.

(30 Nov 2018)


Durham University Community Newsletter

The University's latest Community Newsletter is out now - and it's a special Christmas edition! Find out how the University is playing its part in the City's Christmas celebrations, supporting good causes, making our knowledge and facilities available for the benefit of local communities, and more. You can read the Newsletter here. To sign up to receive the Newsletter, please visit the website. To submit an item for the Newsletter, please email dialogue@durham.ac.uk.

(30 Nov 2018)


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Capital Award

The EPSRC has awarded the University an institutional block grant of £150,000 from its capital budget to procure new equipment. The funding is based on Durham’s historical performance in schemes targeted at supporting Early Career Researchers (ECRs), as well as capital demand in those schemes. 

(30 Nov 2018) » More about Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Capital Award


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know ... that you can send a Christmas e-card from the Greenspace website? Sending a Christmas e-card minimises the environmental impacts associated with sending paper cards. Last December, over 2,700 e-cards were sent. Visit the Greenspace website to have a look.

(30 Nov 2018) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week


Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) call for outline project proposals

The IAS invites novel and ambitious interdisciplinary projects for 2020/21 and a short 1-2 page outline proposal by Friday, 4 January. Proposals from across the disciplinary spectrum, and from both established scholars as well as early-career researchers, are encouraged. Colleagues interested in applying, or seeking additional information, are advised to speak to their Faculty IAS Director (Dr Sam Hillyard (SSH); Professor Karen Johnson (SCI); and Professor Nicholas Saul (A&H). Successful projects will be provided with resources to allow a term’s dedicated focus on the project, as well as resource for visiting for Fellows. Further details are available on the website.

(30 Nov 2018)


New home for Durham University Business School

The University plans to relocate its triple-accredited, top 50 European Business School from Mill Hill Lane, to the heart of Durham City on Elvet Waterside. This is part of the Durham University Strategy 2017-2027 to deliver a student experience to rival anywhere in the world. To find out more please visit the website.

(30 Nov 2018)


Professor Martyn Evans - retirement

Martyn Evans has decided to retire in September 2019. He will step down as Durham’s Chair of Colleges, Principal of Trevelyan College, and as a Professor in our Music Department. Martyn joined the University 16 years ago and he has made an incredibly valuable contribution – to his Department and to both John Snow and Trevelyan Colleges, where he served as Principal. We will be sure to celebrate Martyn’s many achievements when he departs next year.

(30 Nov 2018) » More about Professor Martyn Evans - retirement


Sexual Violence - Prevention and Response Training

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

(30 Nov 2018)


Study on cognitive and emotional factors linked to unusual perceptual experiences

Psychology undergraduate students are looking for participants aged 30 years and above to take part in their dissertation study. The study takes one hour and participants will receive a £5 Amazon voucher. If you would like to participate, please contact hearingthevoiceug@gmail.com. This study is supervised by Dr Peter Moseley and takes place in either the Department of Psychology or the Bill Bryson Library.

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


Times Higher Education Rankings by Subject 2019

Times Higher Education has published its latest subject rankings for Computer Science and Engineering & Technology. You can find out more here.

(30 Nov 2018)


Community Engagement Task Force update

An update following a recent meeting of the University's Community Engagement Task Force is available on the Community web pages. The Task Force has agreed its Terms of Reference, which can also be viewed on the same web page.

(28 Nov 2018)


Durham Centre for Imaging

In order to reflect the growing use of imaging techniques across all faculties at the University, the Department of Psychology's Durham University NeuroImaging Centre has rebranded as Durham Centre for Imaging. The Centre, affiliated with the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, has a 3T functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) facility at James Cook University Hospital South Tees with a wealth of plug in equipment including state of the art eye trackers, visual and sound systems. The Department of Psychology also houses a Mock (0T) scanner with an identical setup so that you can test your protocols before using valuable scan time. If you have any questions niklas.ihssen@durham.ac.uk.

(28 Nov 2018)


Final round of N8 Agrifood Pump Priming Funding closing date

Local pump priming projects are intended to catalyse new multidisciplinary collaborations across the N8 universities and with external agri-food stakeholders. Projects must involve at least two N8 institutions and develop ideas for future funding proposals or other significant outputs. Funds of up to £8,000 are available and more information is available on the website. The closing date for applications is Monday, 31 December.

(28 Nov 2018)


New Appointment: Deputy Director, Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving

Tristan Alltimes has joined the University as our new Deputy Director for Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving in DARO. He brings with him 16+ years experience working in advancement, latterly as the Director of Alumni Relations at Melbourne Business School. Tristan is a regular chair, facilitator, and speaker within the global CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) Network. For further information, please email alumni.office@durham.ac.uk.

(28 Nov 2018)


Food Bank collection

A Food Collection Box is now situated in Hatfield College's Porter's Lodge. All donations will be given to Durham Foodbank. Non-perishables, such as soup, biscuits and teabags are needed. Other requested donations are milk (UHT or powdered), fruit juice (not chilled), tinned sponge pudding, tinned meat/fish, tinned rice pudding, rice, cereals, instant coffee, jam, sugar, pasta sauce, tinned fruit, snack bars, pasta and instant mashed potato. Durham Foodbank provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. To learn more, please visit their website.

(27 Nov 2018)


New year, new University network

Come and join like-minded colleagues in similar roles across the University in setting up a cohesive EA/PA community; meeting and getting to know people you only talk to on the phone, and sharing knowledge and best practice. The inaugural meeting of the Executive & Personal Assistant Network (EPAN) will take place on Monday, 14 January 2019; 12.30pm - 1.30pm in PC168, Palatine Centre. Please register your interest by emailing denise.baker@durham.ac.uk or helen.deacon@durham.ac.uk by Friday, 4 January 2019.

(27 Nov 2018) » More about New year, new University network


Reverse Advent Calendar

Durham Action on Single Housing is running a Reverse Advent Calendar project for all Colleges. Over the next 14 days, or until the end of term, place one item each day into a cardboard box. Drop off points will be located around the Durham area. Suggested items include: warm clothing (slippers, socks, food), unopened toiletries (deodorant, razors, sanitary products), unopened gifts (books, DVDs, games etc), treats (sweets, chocolates etc). Please email lauren.powdrell@durham.ac.uk for more information.

(27 Nov 2018)


Annual Food Drive - Feeding Families Charity

The University is supporting the charity Feeding Families with its annual food drive. Lots of departments have started collections including: Faculty of Social Science and Health, Ushaw College, DUBS, Department of History, Human Resources, Engineering, Maiden Castle Reception, Calman Learning Centre Reception and Law Reception. All donation points will be closed on Thursday, 13 December at 3pm. On Friday, 14 December staff volunteers will be packing the donations into hampers ready to be distributed. Any food items that do not get used in the hampers will be donated to County Durham Foodbank. All donations, big or small, will be happily received. If you have any questions please email community.engagement@durham.ac.uk.

(23 Nov 2018)


Award recognises University's commitment to attracting academic conferences

Event Durham was delighted to win Gold in the Business Tourism Award category at the North East England Tourism Awards for the second year in a row. The Award recognises North East venues that attract business travellers to the region and the entry highlighted how Event Durham supports colleagues throughout the University in attracting international academic conferences to Durham. To discuss how Event Durham can help with your event please call 0191 3342887 or email event@durham.ac.uk.

(23 Nov 2018)


Give a gift for charity this Christmas - support the Christmas Wish Tree

Staff and students are invited to buy and wrap one or more gifts for charity this Christmas, as part of our Christmas Wish Tree initiative. To participate, pick up a gift tag from the Christmas Wish Tree in the Bill Bryson Library from Monday, 26 November. Each tag will have an item written on it that will be used by one of the chosen charities to help people in need. Buy the selected item, wrap it and place it under the Christmas Wish Tree by 12pm on Friday, 14 December. The charities being supported are Moving On Durham, Age UK County Durham and Durham Action on Single Housing (DASH). For more information, please visit the Library website.

(23 Nov 2018)


Grey College car park closure

Please note that the main car park at the front of Grey College will be closed from 5pm on Friday, 7 December 2018, re-opening at 9am on Sunday, 9 December 2018. The closure is due to a student event taking place. 

(23 Nov 2018)


Institute of Hazard Risk & Resilience (IHRR) Small Grant Call 2018/19

IHRR offers small grants to provide support for any individual, or group of researchers, within the University who have an interest in hazard, risk and/or resilience. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday, 7 December 2018. The aim of the small grants scheme is to support research activities linked to IHRR at the University. The following activities may be supported: pilot studies, growing research capacity, developing research networks, delivering impact and dissemination in the broad fields of hazard, risk and resilience with a preference for interdisciplinary work. The funds can be used to: pump-prime new research; organise workshops or meetings; develop marketing materials; or impact-facing work. The maximum amount normally awarded to any single proposal is £2,000 and partial funding of proposals is a possibility. Further information is available on the website.

(23 Nov 2018)


Love Food Hate Waste competition results

As part of the recent Waste Awareness Week, nine Colleges took part in the Love Food Hate Waste competition. Congratulations to all staff and students involved - the competition was a roaring success with eight of the Colleges showing a reduction in plate waste during the competition.

(23 Nov 2018) » More about Love Food Hate Waste competition results


Parents needed for online questionnaire study

Researchers in the Department of Psychology are recruiting parents of children aged 4-17 years old to an online questionnaire study focusing on social interaction styles. Thank you to the many parents who have already completed this. Please do share widely with relevant groups/friends. The questionnaire can be accessed here. If you would like further information on this study, or have questions you would like to ask before deciding about participation, please email ellen.ridley@durham.ac.uk or deborah.riby@durham.ac.uk.

(23 Nov 2018) » More about Parents needed for online questionnaire study


Participants needed

Students in the Department of Psychology are looking for participants to take part in their dissertation study on individual differences in unusual sound recognition. The study will take approximately 45 minutes and the location will be at Durham either in the Department of Psychology or the Bill Bryson Library. Participants will be rewarded. If you would like to take part, please email yu-lin.wu@durham.ac.uk, alena.d.oncel@durham.ac.uk, zehra.gurbuz@durham.ac.uk or emily.homer@durham.ac.uk. This study is supervised by Dr Ben Alderson-Day.

(23 Nov 2018) » More about Participants needed


The Student Employability Fund

A new Student Employability Fund is now available to those who face financial barriers which inhibit their access to recruitment and employment activities. The scheme will provide a contribution toward the cost of travel, clothing and subsistence for current, registered undergraduate and postgraduate students who are attending external recruitment activities and employability development experiences. 

(23 Nov 2018) » More about The Student Employability Fund


USS member perceptions

This year, you have the chance to have your say on how USS communicates and supports you. Complete the USS member survey by clicking on the link, and be in with a chance of winning £100 John Lewis vouchers*.

(23 Nov 2018) » More about USS member perceptions


USS valuation update

USS members can find out all about the 2017 valuation and the proposals for the 2018 valuation on the website.

(23 Nov 2018)


Marshals needed for Winter Congregation 2019

Do you like cake? Do you like chatting to people? Would you like to help make congregation a success? Then why not volunteer to be a marshal at Winter Congregation. There are still vacancies for Thursday, 10 January and Friday, 11 January. You will be working with colleagues from across the University to provide advice and guidance to students, guests and staff attending ceremonies. If you can help make this a special occasion, then please contact the Ceremonies Unit on 0191 3346125 or email congregation@durham.ac.uk.

(21 Nov 2018)


Universities UK (UUK) analysis published

UUK has published an analysis summarising the responses received to their consultation of employers on the recommendations of the Joint Expert Panel (JEP). The responses, received from 127 employers, representing 94% of the scheme’s active membership, show that the vast majority of employers that responded are generally supportive of the JEP’s recommendations. However, a large number of employers – accounting for over half the scheme’s active membership – expressed important conditions and caveats to their support. You can find out more on the website.

(21 Nov 2018)


University Honorary Awards

The following honorary degrees are to be awarded during Winter Congregation 2019:

  • Mr Gordon Bacon (OBE), Master of Arts on Thursday, 10 January at 12 noon
  • Dr Neil Hunt, Doctor of Science on Friday, 11 January at 10am 
  • Mr Damon de Lazslo, Master of Science on Friday, 11 January at 12 noon

Further information on the recipients is available on the website. Nominations for Honorary degrees to be awarded in 2020 should be submitted by Monday, 21 January 2019. Further information is available at here.

(21 Nov 2018)


Volunteer families needed

The Department of Psychology is looking for enthusiastic young volunteers to take part in their research. If you are a local family and would like to sign up to their volunteer database, they will register you and contact you when a suitable study is available. You are under no obligation to take part. If you do want to take part short visits will be arranged to suit you. These can be during school holidays, weekends, or after school. You can also find them on Facebook (@durhamdevelopmentalgroup) to see what sort of activities they are offering.are running. To sign up please visit the website.

(21 Nov 2018)


Centre for Death and Life Studies

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

(16 Nov 2018)


Corporate Gifts

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

(16 Nov 2018)


Marshals needed for Winter Congregation 2019

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

(16 Nov 2018)


Missio Dei in a Digital Age

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

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


Multiple Methods in Education Research

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

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


Mystery shoppers wanted

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

(16 Nov 2018)


Reminder - Workshops for academic members of staff

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

(16 Nov 2018)


Staff Attendance at Winter Congregation 2019

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

(16 Nov 2018)


Student Community Actions' Christmas Charity Dog Show

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

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


Elvet Waterside Car Park space closures

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

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


Parliament for researchers: impact and engagement at the UK Parliament

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

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


Staff Attendance at Winter Congregation 2019

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

(26 Oct 2018)


Academic Recruitment campaign

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

(24 Oct 2018)


Hundreds of children enjoy Durham University holiday camps

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

(16 Apr 2018)


Divestment from Companies Involved in Fossil Fuel Extraction

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

(14 Mar 2018)


View progress on the Centre for Teaching and Learning

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

(9 Mar 2018)


University Strategy, 2017-2027 toolkit

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

(19 Feb 2018)


Durham wins 'Best Student Community' Award.

Durham University has been awarded 'Best Student Community' in this year's National Student Housing Survey, highlighting the positive impact of the collegiate system and Durham's wider student experience offer. The survey is based exclusively on direct feedback from over 34,000 students across 200 universities and colleges across the UK. Read more about the award here

(8 Sep 2017)


University Strategy feedback

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

(6 Jul 2017)


Internationalisation Strategy now online

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

(28 Jun 2017)


Education Strategy online now

We want to deliver world-class education that is challenging, enabling, research-led and transformative. Our University Strategy 2017-2027 includes ambitious proposals including for a new Centre for Teaching and Learning, an Education Laboratory and a new Fair Access Strategy. Find out more at www.durham.ac.uk/strategy2027/education

(13 Jun 2017)


Research and Engagement Strategy now online

As a University, we prize academic independence and curiosity driven research. Our University Strategy 2017-2027 includes ambitious proposals to deliver research that is world-leading and world-changing across the whole University. These include building critical mass across the University and investing £2.8 million annually in our new Chancellor’s Scholarships for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Find out more at www.durham.ac.uk/strategy2027/research

(8 Jun 2017)


People Strategy now online

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

(1 Jun 2017)


Staff 'sleep out' to fight poverty

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

(18 May 2017)


Annual Christmas concert

Join Durham University Brass Band and Concert Band for their annual Christmas concert at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 12 December at Durham Town Hall. Featuring a medley of seasonal tunes, as well as features from their competition lineups, this is your chance to enjoy two showstopping bands. Tickets are available here

(7 Dec 2018)


Durham University Palatinate Orchestra (DUPO) Chamber Concert

Join DUPO Chamber on Thursday, 13 December at 7.30pm at St Margaret's Church, Durham, as they present a varied and exciting range of music for first concert of the academic year. From Honegger’s Pastorale d’Été, to Walton’s triumphant music for the Laurence Olivier film Shakespeare’s As You Like It – don’t miss out on this celebration of beautiful and colourful music from around the world. The concert will be conducted by Hugo Jennings and the leader is Alex Down. Ticket prices are: adult £10, concession/student £8, Music Durham £7, under 12s free and you can purchase them from the website.

(7 Dec 2018)


Staff choir

Come along to the Palatine Centre Café at 11am on Monday, 10 December to listen to the staff choir. With festive tunes to get you into the Christmas spirit, take a morning coffee break and listen to the choir perform for the first time in public.

(7 Dec 2018)


The most musical time of the year

Did you know that Music Durham has a spectacular array of concerts scheduled right up until the end of term? With a huge range to choose from, and many events with a Christmas twist, there's something for everyone. Read concert previews, check the full listings, and purchase tickets on the Music Durham website.

(5 Dec 2018)


15 Days of Christmas

Did you know that Music Durham has a spectacular array of concerts scheduled from Friday, 30 November right up until the end of term? With a huge range to choose from, and many events with a Christmas twist, there's something for everyone. Read concert previews, check the full listings, and purchase tickets on the website

(30 Nov 2018)


Catch Your Breath exhibition

This new temporary exhibition exploring the Life of Breath research project, jointly led by Durham University and the University of Bristol, will open tomorrow Saturday, 24 November at Palace Green Library. Bringing together medical history, philosophy, art, literature and music, the exhibition will combine new artist commissions with objects from the Durham University collections and beyond to discover new ways of thinking about breath and breathlessness and their relationship to both illness and wellbeing. This exhibition is funded by Wellcome Trust. For more information about the Life of Breath project, visit the website. If you have any queries, please email pg.custodian@durham.ac.uk.

(23 Nov 2018) » More about Catch Your Breath exhibition


Estrangement 101

As part of the Estranged Students' Solidarity Campaign, an information session will be held to raise awareness of and answer questions about family estrangement and estranged students. The session will take place on Wednesday, 28 November, from 7pm, in PCL048. This is open to all students and staff, and refreshments will be provided. You can follow the event here

(23 Nov 2018)


Palace Green Library yoga classes

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

(26 Sep 2018) » More about Palace Green Library yoga classes


Scaling the Heights

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

(19 Sep 2018)


Christian staff prayer group

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

(17 Apr 2018)


Inaugural Layton Dialogue 2018

Is quantity just a matter of quality? Come along to this dialogue between Dr John Bunce, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and Dr Matei Candea, Cambridge University with discussants Professor Catherine Alexander, Professor Helen Ball and Professor Rob Barton (Anthropology), on Wednesday, 12 December between 3pm - 5pm in D110, Dawson Building. This event is open to all and booking is not required.

(7 Dec 2018) » More about Inaugural Layton Dialogue 2018


Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - final events of Michaelmas Term 2018

The Institute of Advanced Study has offered a wide variety of events this term. The final events of Michaelmas are noted via the link below. Events such as public lectures are free and open to all to attend. Other events may require registration.

(7 Dec 2018) » More about Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - final events of Michaelmas Term 2018


Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) seminar series 2018/19

A seminar entiled 'African Chiefs: Comparative Governance under Colonial Rule' will be given by Dr Liya Palagashvili, State University of New York and NYU School of Law, on Tuesday, 11 December at 5pm in W414, Department of Geography. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided. Please email admin.chess@durham.ac.uk to confirm your attendance. For more information please visit the website.

(5 Dec 2018) » More about Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) seminar series 2018/19


Durham University and College Union (DUCU) lecture series

All are welcome to the first lecture in the series entitled 'A Fairer University', given by Dr Sue Abbott, Newcastle University, on Wednesday,12 December, 7.30pm in the Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College. Sue will speak on 'The Gender Pay Gap in Higher Education: How Can We Tackle This In The Culture of Neoliberalism and Marketisation?'. There will be further discussion afterwards. 

(5 Dec 2018) » More about Durham University and College Union (DUCU) lecture series


Inaugural Layton Dialogue

Is quantity just a matter of quality? Come along to this dialogue between Dr John Bunce, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and Dr Matei Candea, Cambridge University, on Wednesday, 12 December between 3pm - 5pm in D110, Dawson Building. This event is open to all and booking is not required.

(30 Nov 2018) » More about Inaugural Layton Dialogue


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

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

(30 Nov 2018) » More about Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Events Michaelmas Term 2018


Research Seminar: No government policy in any affluent country has had an impact on basic skills in the last decade

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, 12 December at 1pm in ED134 at the School of Education. It will be led by Professor Peter Tymms and everyone is welcome to attend. Booking is not required. For more information please contact ed.research@durham.ac.uk.

(28 Nov 2018) » More about Research Seminar: No government policy in any affluent country has had an impact on basic skills in the last decade


Classics Society Talk: 'Poets and Lawmakers from Hesiod to Ovid'

Durham University Classics Society is delighted to announce that Dr Ioannis Ziogas will be giving this talk on Tuesday, 11 December at 7.30pm in the Ritson Room, Department of Classics and Ancient History. This interdisciplinary talk is open to all; and law, literature, and history students are particularly encouraged to attend. For more information and the abstract, please see the event on the society's Facebook page

(23 Nov 2018)


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

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

(23 Nov 2018) » More about Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Events for the remainder of Michaelmas Term 2018


Making life work: How is life shaped by work?

Karel Musilek, Department of Sociology, presents the next talk in the John Snow College Seminar Series on Thursday, 29 November at 6pm in The Igloo, John Snow College. Karel's lecture critiques the language of work-life balance and will seek to stimulate a discussion on what life is, what it should be, and what ethical ideals of living we can draw on in order to resist increasing eclipse of life by work. All are welcome.

(23 Nov 2018) » More about Making life work: How is life shaped by work?


Responding to Image-Based Sexual Abuse: Next steps for law, policy and practice

The Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse's 12th North East Conference on Sexual Violence will take place on Monday, 26 November. Presenters and delegates will discuss recent developments in law, policy and practice relating to all forms of the taking and/or sharing of sexual images without consent, and share ideas on how to challenge these harmful practices including through policing, education and law reform. The conference is open to all - book your free place here.

(23 Nov 2018) » More about Responding to Image-Based Sexual Abuse: Next steps for law, policy and practice


An Inside View of Engaging with Policy Makers

This session will be delivered by Andy Sawford who is a former MP, former member of a Select Committee and Durham Alumnus on Wednesday, 30 January between 12 noon - 4pm in the Lindisfarne Centre. The session will help you to understand and engage of Parliament, parliamentarians and other key stakeholders. It will cover being proactive about raising awareness with your research and other activity, as well as being reactive to events such as select committee inquiries and government consultations. There will be some practical tips, such as ways to get mentions in Parliament. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend please register here. For more information about the event please contact the Public Policy Hub on policy.hub@durham.ac.uk.

(21 Nov 2018)


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

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

(9 Nov 2018) » More about Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Events for the remainder of Michaelmas Term 2018


Scaling the Heights

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

(27 Aug 2018)


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