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Automatic Encore recordings

As the Government has stipulated that English universities should move to a fully online teaching model by Thursday 10 December 2020, Encore will not automatically record sessions in enabled teaching spaces from that date onwards. Scheduling will resume once face-to-face teaching returns, in line with Government and University guidance. We’re aware that some staff may want to continue to record standalone sessions in these rooms, and to do so must use the Ad-Hoc recording process found here

(27 Nov 2020)

EU Settlement Scheme – reminder

The EU Settlement Scheme is the mechanism by which EU citizens may continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020. Applications are free and you have until 30 June 2021 to apply provided that you were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020. Getting status through the scheme will protect your future rights, so it is very important that you apply. The Home Office advice is that applications are taking longer than usual to process because of Covid-19, so the recommendation is that you do not delay your application if not already submitted.

(27 Nov 2020) » More about EU Settlement Scheme – reminder

MFA is coming, act now

Last week we emailed all users to say that we will be enabling Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) week commencing 30 November for all staff and students. If users haven’t already set this up they will need to do so to continue to be able to log in to their accounts when using non-managed devices to access certain IT Services, including Office 365 (email, Teams etc.). We are doing this to better protect your data and that contained within our systems.

(27 Nov 2020) » More about MFA is coming, act now

Panopto 10 Upgrade – Cloud Downtime

On Saturday, December 19 2020, Panopto Cloud will be updated with the latest features and improvements. These updates will require downtime, and we expect up to 3 hours of downtime, with a target start time of 10pm GMT and a predicted end time of 1am on the 20 December. During the downtime, you will not be able to access videos on your Panopto site, and any attempts to upload from recording clients will result in a "Server unable to connect" message. Full release notes can be found here.

(27 Nov 2020)

Shop safely online this holiday season

If you’re planning to hit the cyber sales this weekend or do any festive shopping online this year, make sure you check out our safe online shopping video first. As part of our Cyber Safety awareness programme across the University, we’ve put together a short video that shows some of the tricks cyber criminals play against online shoppers. Make sure you know what they are and how you can protect your money, data and online purchases at this time of year. For more information about staying safe online, check out our Cyber Safety webpages.

(27 Nov 2020)

Lateral Flow Test (LFT) for staff

Every member of staff employed by the University now has the opportunity to take a LFT and will be able to book slots up to and including 16 December. If you work in a College that’s carrying out tests you should book your test in your College (your College will inform you of arrangements). To access a test at one of the external testing sites (Maiden Castle, The Racecourse, or Palace Green), you will need to complete the training before you book your test slot, which should take no more than 10-15 minutes, and can be accessed now here

(26 Nov 2020)

New Immigration System from 1 January 2021

The UK is introducing a points-based immigration system from 2021. These new arrangements will take effect from 1 January 2021, once freedom of movement with the European Union (EU) has ended.

(20 Nov 2020) » More about New Immigration System from 1 January 2021

What to do if you develop covid-19 symptoms again

If you have previously tested positive for Covid-19 and you develop symptoms again, you must self-isolate immediately and book a free test. Tests are available seven days a week. Following a period of self-isolation, if anyone in your household develops Covid-19 symptoms, they should book a test and everyone in the household should follow government guidance and self-isolate again. This applies even if they have had a positive Covid-19 test in the past. If you have tested positive for Covid-19, you may have developed some immunity to the disease. However, it cannot be guaranteed that everyone will develop immunity or how long it will last. Full government guidance is available at 

(20 Nov 2020)

Password security: act now

We recently asked you to review your passwords to ensure the safety and security of your accounts. Whilst we recognise that the majority of staff and students will already have acted on this request, if you haven’t we need you to do so now. Fraudsters are actively attempting to hack accounts and often target weak passwords as an easy way to gain access to systems.

(13 Nov 2020) » More about Password security: act now

Conflicts of Interest and personal relationships

The University has an obligation to manage any conflicts of interest, or perceived conflicts of interest. Guidance exists to help staff to avoid actual, perceived or potential conflicts of interest and misuse of authority, and also serves to protect members of staff in personal relationships from allegations of bias, conflict of interest or impropriety. You can find out more here.

(6 Nov 2020)

EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme is the mechanism by which EU citizens may continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020. Applications are free and you have until 30 June 2021 to apply provided that you were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020. Getting status through the scheme will protect your future rights, so it is very important that you apply.

(23 Oct 2020) » More about EU Settlement Scheme

Continuing cyber security threat: help us protect our IT systems

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

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

12 Days of WellBEEing

Durham University Library and Collections' 12 Days of WellBEEing is about to begin! From 1-12 December, each window on our wellBEEing calendar will open to reveal a different topic around self-care, wellbeing and signposting options to support you. And of course, we'll have a little festive fun along the way! Don't forget to follow our social media accounts for updates, quizzes, competitions and much, much more.

(27 Nov 2020)

Christmas Wish Tree

Would you like to help someone in need this Christmas? Help us support two local charities by donating to our Christmas Wish Tree campaign. Staff and students are invited to donate an amount of their choice to one or both of this year’s charities - Children North East and REfUSE - which will help them to provide items from their Christmas wish lists! Find out more and how to get involved.

(27 Nov 2020)

Decolonising Research Practice workshop

As part of Durham University's Decolonising the Curriculum workshop series, this Decolonising Research Workshop is co-hosted by the Africa Centre for Scholarship, Stellenbosch University, and Durham Research Methods Centre on Wednesday 9 December 2020, 2pm-3.30pm. More information and free registration here.

(27 Nov 2020) » More about Decolonising Research Practice workshop

Elvet Riverside AV support sessions

CIS are running AV support sessions each day until Fri 4th December for advice on using the AV facilities in Elvet Riverside. These sessions will offer help and advice with using the AV facilities in Elvet Riverside including basic advice on dual-mode teaching. The sessions will take place in ER80 and can be booked here.

(27 Nov 2020)

EPSRC IAA Open Call – Deadline 4 December

A reminder that the EPSRC IAA call is now open and accepting expressions of interest. You will need to request a standard presentation from to be able to deliver a 10 minute pitch to the Steering Group on the 9 December. The deadline to register your interest in pitching is 4pm on Friday 4 December 2020.

(27 Nov 2020) » More about EPSRC IAA Open Call – Deadline 4 December

Festive Alumni Newsletter deadline

The deadline for submissions for the next edition of Newswire will be next Thursday 3 December. Please send all news items to by 5pm on the Thursday.

(27 Nov 2020)

Free online English language lessons

We are looking for volunteers to join in our free English language lessons from mid January to mid March. The lessons will be taught by teachers on our MA Applied Linguistics programme as part of their practice module.

(27 Nov 2020) » More about Free online English language lessons

Get ready for Winter Wheelers

A reminder that the Love to Ride Winter Wheelers commences on 1 December – have you signed up?. Cycling helps us stay mentally and physically healthy. Enjoy a ride, log it by 3pm the following day and enter the daily prize draw. Why not take a ride along our new cycle route between Mt Oswald and the Bill Bryson Library and join one of the local cycle networks. Visit Durham County Council’s website for further details of where to cycle in Durham and the surrounding areas.

(27 Nov 2020)

Improving Productivity Using OneNote – limited spaces available

HR-OD are offering new virtual 'Improving Productivity Using OneNote' workshops to help us adopt Microsoft OneNote, a digital note-taking app that can be accessed via the Microsoft 365 range of products. Microsoft OneNote provides a single place for keeping all of your notes, research, plans and information — everything you need to remember and manage at work. Notes are easy to organise, print and share with other OneNote users. Space is now limited, to book on a session please follow this link.

(27 Nov 2020)

Listen to birdsong to help our researchers

Over the last year many of us have become more aware of our local bird population, particularly during the early months of lockdown. Matching the bird to the song is not always easy, and a team of researchers from Biosciences have set up a new website which can help. For more information, visit the website or email

(27 Nov 2020) » More about Listen to birdsong to help our researchers

Make your impact

Places are available to join the next cohort of Action for Impact, a unique training opportunity for academics at Northern Accelerator universities, enabling them to develop the personal, societal and commercial impact of their research. If you want to make a positive change in society by actively applying your research skills and knowledge, find out more and apply by 10 December 2020 here.

(27 Nov 2020) » More about Make your impact

New Schools Engagement MS teams channel

Many of us have roles or interests that see us working with local and/or national schools and colleges. The schools teams based in Recruitment and Admissions and Access and Engagement have set up a new MS teams channel and are inviting colleagues across the University who are involved in any work with schools or colleges activity to join us. The channel aims to share the work we do, the challenges we face and resources and solutions to these. Please click here to join.

(27 Nov 2020) » More about New Schools Engagement MS teams channel

Online support and resources for prospective students

The Access & Engagement and Recruitment & Admissions Teams have created a range online resources and sessions to provide support for teachers and students with HE progression.

(27 Nov 2020) » More about Online support and resources for prospective students

Pearn Kandola wellbeing webinars

It is widely recognised that the first national lockdown had an impact on people’s wellbeing. As we are currently enduring a second one with the view to transition to a tiered system, this reintroduces the challenges we faced earlier this year. Pearn Kandola are a leading independent business psychology firm who work with global organisations and are offering a week of webinars from week commencing 30 November designed to help look after wellbeing. These webinars include how to manage anxiety; resilience; energy levels; work and home life; and give the opportunity to try different types of meditation. For further information visit the HR-OD Wellbeing Hub here.

(27 Nov 2020)

Student Support Review Project

We’ve launched a project to review how we provide student support and wellbeing across the university. We know that our students need support to engage fully in their academic studies and the wider student experience so the aim of this project is to ensure that ways in which we do this are fit for purpose, both now and in the future. There’s a lot of excellent and dedicated work going on in all areas of student support. We want to ensure that we retain and build on this as we respond to the challenges of a growing, and increasingly diverse, student body. Click here to find out more about the project.

(27 Nov 2020)

Take a 30 minute brisk walk Challenge

All walking is beneficial, but for the greatest benefits to heart, lungs and blood pressure, brisk is best. Why not take a challenge to walk before or after you work from home. Sadly, walking from room to room, desk to kitchen, or carpark to the office building is not the type of exercise that will benefit your health. Why not try one of the Living Streets #Try20 tips for inspiration.

(27 Nov 2020) » More about Take a 30 minute brisk walk Challenge

Webinar - Creating knowledge across disciplinary boundaries

From the study of silkworms to understanding gravity waves to designing human knee implants, collaborating across different disciplines in research is a common way of working for academics. But what are the challenges and how can they be overcome? Join Professor Nancy Cartwright (Philosophy) and Professor Tom McLeish (University of York) in a webinar about this on Wednesday 16 December. Find out more or register here.

(27 Nov 2020)

What is your experience of teaching digitally at Durham?

The Digital Experience Insights Survey is now open to all members of academic staff. Your anonymous responses will help stakeholders across the University to shape your experience of teaching digitally at Durham, especially in these exceptional times. Simply follow the link in the email entitled 'Digital Education Survey' sent from the office of the Vice-Provost (Education) on 24 November.

(27 Nov 2020) » More about What is your experience of teaching digitally at Durham?

£1m to help us understand hidden health issues

Our Institute for Medical Humanities has just been awarded £1million from the Wellcome Trust to further expand their research into health conditions that can be 'hidden' - those that are stigmatised by society, difficult to measure or displays no visible symptoms. The team will work closely with people who experience these health conditions as well as with healthcare professionals and others to understand the challenges faced in day-to-day life. With a mission to change research approaches, improve public and clinical understanding, address shame and stigma, and develop new approaches to managing health to make a difference to people who are often not represented in policy decisions, funding, and research initiatives. You can find out more here.

(20 Nov 2020)

A reminder when out in the dark - Be Seen, Be Safe

Whether you walk or cycle during the winter months, it is important that you are safe and that you are visible to others. We are reminding everyone to be seen, be safe whilst out and about. If you are a cyclist why not share a story or photo of how you #LightTheNight on your bike for your chance to win one of six prizes from our £700 prizes with Love to Ride. This month they are raising awareness of how important it is to see and be seen now that the clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in. If you're in need of bike lights or locks in the Durham Area, Recyke Y'Bike is offering 10% off for staff and students.

(20 Nov 2020)

Advance HE

We are institutional members of Advance HE who provide a range of information and support for the HE sector including - research papers, development resources and the opportunity to engage with sector wide discussions. Please see the November edition of their “In-Partnership” publication which provides an overview of all their resources and specifically focuses on student retention and its related content and events, accreditation and there are a number of articles, development opportunities and a survey on the impact of Covid on working from home within the equality, diversity and inclusion area.

(20 Nov 2020)

Covid-19 internal communications - have your say

Please complete our short survey on Covid-19 internal communications to help us better understand which communication channels you have found helpful this term and to share ideas for what could be done differently in future. This survey should take around 4-5 minutes to complete and we’d be grateful for your responses by Friday 4 December.

(20 Nov 2020)

Enhancing Accessibility funding call

DCAD is delighted to be able to announce a second call to access a new fund to enhance the accessibility of teaching and learning and will allow you to develop new approaches to accessibility in the coming academic year. This funding is providing through the government’s Disability Premium funding. For further details visit here.

(20 Nov 2020)

Funded PhD research placements in Canada

A new and exciting opportunity has been announced for doctoral students to participate in a 12 week research exchange scheme at Canadian Universities in 2021. The scheme is open to doctoral students who are funded by the Research Councils of UK Research and Innovation - AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC - in all areas of UKRI research remit. The deadline for application is 8 December.

(20 Nov 2020) » More about Funded PhD research placements in Canada

Love to Ride winter wheelers is back

Winter wheelers is a cycling advent calendar for adults organised through Love to Ride. There are discount codes from their sponsors Proviz, Beryl and Loffi, which you can unlock just by logging a ride between 1-24 December. Logging a ride will also put you into their Christmas Day draw for a brand new e-bike.

(20 Nov 2020) » More about Love to Ride winter wheelers is back

Open Course Training Programme for 2020/21

The HR-OD team announces a new Open Course Training Programme for 2020/21 with a wide range of opportunities including: online workshops, leadership programmes, eLearning resources and webinars. This year all of the workshops and leadership programmes on the Open Course Training Programme for 2020/21 will be delivered online. 

(20 Nov 2020) » More about Open Course Training Programme for 2020/21

Senior Leadership Town Hall meetings

The Vice-Chancellor and other members of the University Executive will be holding the last Town Hall meeting for all staff this term on:

  • Thursday 10 December, 2pm-3pm

The meetings will be held via Zoom. Once you have registered, please confirm the slot in your diary and we'll provide you with the meeting details a few hours before the meeting starts. If you haven't received the link an hour before the meeting is due to commence, please email If you would like to attend the town hall meeting, please click here to register.

(20 Nov 2020)

Successful funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund Collective Programme

Congratulations to Professor Claire Horwell from Earth Sciences, Professor Mike Crang and Professor Alex Densmore, both from Geography, on their successful bids for funding worth over £5.5 million by UK Research and Innovation through the Global Challenges Research Fund announced earlier today.

(20 Nov 2020) » More about Successful funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund Collective Programme

Supporting local charities with this year's Christmas Wish Tree

Our Christmas Wish Tree will be a little different this year, but will still provide much-needed support, especially during these uncertain times. Staff and students are invited to donate an amount of their choice to one or both of this year’s charities - Children North East and REfUSE - which will help them to provide items from their Christmas wish lists! Find out more and how to get involved.

(20 Nov 2020) » More about Supporting local charities with this year's Christmas Wish Tree

Take on the Lunchtime Walk Challenge

If your commute has changed to just travelling from your bedroom to your kitchen table on a morning, you might be missing out on those valuable minutes of exercise which used to really add up. Even though most of us are staying home for work or studies, it’s still important to get outside and get some fresh air which also has the bonus of some much-needed natural light. Why not make a Living Street’s pledge to get out for a short walk each day or try one of their 20 tips #Try20 if you need some ideas.

(20 Nov 2020) » More about Take on the Lunchtime Walk Challenge

Video message from the VC

The latest of the weekly videos from the Vice-Chancellor is available for all staff to view online. 

(20 Nov 2020)

Virtual Protest Choir

Do you like to sing? Do you have a mobile and a set of headphones? Then the Sociology Department needs you! We’re running a ‘Virtual Protest Choir’ singing a song - ‘Active Bystander’ - written by local singer Nicky Rushton as part of our recent Artist in Resident Project. We would love to have some more singers to join in. You don’t need to have experience singing in a choir and you don’t need to be able to read music, just the will to join in. Interested? 1) Check out a clip of our first video 2) Find out more and at 3) join one of our 30 minute drop in sessions, running Thursdays via Zoom, and have a sing with Nicky 4) send us your recording 5) sit back knowing your voice matters.

(20 Nov 2020)

EPSRC IAA call for applications

The latest round of Durham’s EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) is now open. The ESPRC IAA provides a bridge between the outputs of EPSRC funded research and later commercialisation activities. 

(13 Nov 2020) » More about EPSRC IAA call for applications

Evaluation of polling software

Do you use TurningPoint or any other polling software solution? The Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD) is working with CIS to help evaluate the use of polling software at Durham University. We are inviting anyone with an interest in polling software to complete a brief survey.

(13 Nov 2020) » More about Evaluation of polling software

Go Volunteer - November 2020

Staff and Student volunteering have compiled a list of Covid-secure volunteering opportunities for staff and students to get involved with, and will be sharing more information over the next few weeks. Please visit our SharePoint for more information and to sign up. Any questions should be directed to Staff Volunteering:

(13 Nov 2020)

Knowledge Across Borders webinar

As part of our close partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, we have launched a joint webinar series called Knowledge Across Borders. Over 450 people from 34 countries registered for the inaugural webinar which focused on the field of palaeontology. The recording of this first webinar is now available to view here.

(13 Nov 2020)

New Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience)

Professor Graham Towl has been appointed as our new Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience), following a competitive external recruitment process and has taken up his role with immediate effect.

(13 Nov 2020)

New training sessions for Managers

HR-OD are offering new virtual workshops to help Managers to support their teams during these challenging times, including a session on 'Confident Wellbeing Conversations' by external trainer Dave Alego and a session on 'Managing Hybrid Teams during Change' delivered by external trainer Craig Smith. Places on the workshops can be booked via the Training Course Booking System.

(13 Nov 2020) » More about New training sessions for Managers

November Community Newsletter out now

November's Durham University Community Newsletter is out now, including: an update on our operations during lockdown, how we're supporting young people in the North East to fulfil their potential, how you can enjoy our museums and learning activities remotely and the latest on our Infrastructure Improvements project. Read it here.

(13 Nov 2020) » More about November Community Newsletter out now

Talk Money Week

We offer colleagues a number of resources to support your financial education and wellbeing on our dedicated webpage. This week is Talk Money Week – encouraging people to open up about their finances to build financial confidence and resilience. Talk Money Week also have a number of resources, including online guides to help you start conversations about finances with your family and friends.

(13 Nov 2020)

Update on Winter Congregation 2021

Earlier this week, we advised those students eligible to attend Winter 2021 Congregation ceremonies that we have taken the decision to postpone these ceremonies. This is due to the ongoing significant measures designed to manage the spread of Covid-19.

(13 Nov 2020) » More about Update on Winter Congregation 2021

'Your Actions, Your University'

Our new information campaign ensures students and staff understand the current guidelines on stopping the spread of Coronavirus and the importance of adhering to those messages. Find out more and watch the video on our website.

(6 Nov 2020) » More about 'Your Actions, Your University'

A Collaborative Exploration: Social Sciences in Action

As part of the 2020 ESRC Festival of Social Science, we are hosting a fast-paced online workshop to bring social science researchers and businesses together to explore collaborative opportunities.

(6 Nov 2020) » More about A Collaborative Exploration: Social Sciences in Action

Careers & Enterprise - Laidlaw Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Careers & Enterprise is once again offering 25 scholarships for undergraduate students to develop their research and leadership skills alongside their degree studies this year. This two year programme offers students a £6,000 stipend to support their scholarship activity as well as additional funding to help with travel expenses and some additional research costs. Supported by a member of academic staff, all scholars conduct one self-defined summer research project in their first year of the programme and in their second summer complete a project which will develop their leadership skills in an immersive environment (alongside a leadership training programme).

(6 Nov 2020) » More about Careers & Enterprise - Laidlaw Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Caring for Covid - our research response

Join our panel of researchers and professional support staff as they share their experiences of coming together to combat the challenges of Covid-19. In this one hour Zoom session, we’ll cover the role of university research and development in response to emergencies, what we learnt from the pandemic and how we hope to make a difference going forward. This event is part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Sciences. Sign-up here.

(6 Nov 2020)

Digital Learning Special Interest Group events

The Digital Learning SIG is continuing to host live events on practice in online and blended learning throughout the academic year. Everyone who teaches is welcome to join, and can watch recordings of previous sessions as well as participate in new events.

(6 Nov 2020) » More about Digital Learning Special Interest Group events

Flood Action Campaign

There are 5.2 million homes and businesses in England at risk of flooding. Don’t assume it's not you. Whether you live on a hill, in a flat or in an area that's never flooded before, flooding can still affect you, putting your home, your possessions and your family at risk. Knowing what to do in a flood could save your life. Know how to Prepare. Act. Survive.

(6 Nov 2020)

Important information for Current EU/EEA Staff and the impact of Covid-19

The following information is important for EU/EEA staff that have left the UK to work remotely during the pandemic and EU/EEA staff who have commenced employment with Durham but who currently live outside of the UK.

(6 Nov 2020) » More about Important information for Current EU/EEA Staff and the impact of Covid-19

January 2021 Masters campaign from the Business School

The Business School is now well into its five-month marketing campaign to recruit to its suite of six Masters programmes starting January 2021 – a new additional start date recently added in response to market changes resulting from the pandemic.

(6 Nov 2020) » More about January 2021 Masters campaign from the Business School

New training session – Confident wellbeing conversations for managers

In collaboration with Occupational Health HR-OD is offering a new virtual workshop designed to equip managers and team leaders with an appreciation of the benefits of having wellbeing conversations, provide a practical structured approach to managing the interaction, and recognise what signposting and/or referral may be appropriate. Workshops start from next week. For further information about the workshop, please visit our webpage.

(6 Nov 2020)

Oracle Expenses

We would like to make you aware that previous issues with the Oracle Expenses module have now been resolved and the module is fully functional again.

(6 Nov 2020)

Recruitment of three Co-Directors

Please note the deadline for applications for the three Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing Co-Director posts has been extended to the 2 December to ensure that we have achieved diversity in our applicant pool. Please do share this advert with colleagues whom you feel may be interested in this exciting opportunity to work within a Research Institute and shape future Interdisciplinary health and wellbeing research at Durham University. You can find details of the posts here.

(6 Nov 2020)

Research Supervisor required for Laidlaw Scholarship Programme

We are looking for a member of academic staff to supervise one of our undergraduate Laidlaw scholars for the remaining summer of their Laidlaw Scholarship. Our scholar has already completed one summer of research with the Laidlaw Research and Leadership Programme, and has dedicated a huge amount of her personal time to her research project so far with excellent results. She has funding to support her work, and a further fund to support travel to Argentina to enrich her study next summer if this is possible.

(6 Nov 2020) » More about Research Supervisor required for Laidlaw Scholarship Programme

Student Recruitment and Conversion Services Teams

Recruitment and Conversion Services are part of the Recruitment and Admissions Office. Their remit is to promote the University to prospective students and to convert these prospects to application, offer and enrolment status via a range of varied activities, events and engagement opportunities. They have recently launched an internal bulletin as a means to inform the wider university of their work. This month's edition introduces the Postgraduate Recruitment Team and also includes a link to the inaugural edition which focused on an introduction to the work of the Schools Liaison Team. If you would like to receive a copy of this bulletin, then please email Click here for our most recent issue.

(6 Nov 2020)

The Office 365 project team is here not just for the Faculties but everyone

As we head back into a month-long national lockdown, the way we work, teach and learn may change once again. Here in the Office 365 adoption programme team, we want to let you know that we’re here to support you. The project team is currently engaged with the Faculties and have created these sessions for those in the Faculties who want to learn more about the amazing Microsoft 365 functionality. In the spirit of collaboration, we want to open this up to everyone during this challenging time.

(6 Nov 2020) » More about The Office 365 project team is here not just for the Faculties but everyone

University Library and Collections - lockdown restrictions update

As we all start to understand the implications of the new lockdown restrictions announced on Saturday, we can happily reassure you that currently, these measures don’t affect any of the services being offered by our department. We will continue to support you by providing: 

  • access to pre-booked study spaces across several Covid-secure venues on campus and in the wider city 
  • our Browse and Borrow service from Bill Bryson Library, allowing you pre-booked time to borrow items you require 
  • a wide range of online resources, with over 400,000 ebooks and around 20,000 ejournals
  • specialist support from our Faculty Librarians
  • support and information from our friendly and approachable staff through our Virtual Enquiry Desk
  • our 24/7 Live Chat service allows you to get in touch with the Library for support any time, day or night
  •  the Bill Bryson Library remains open 22/7 and there is University researcher and teaching access to our museum collections and archives and special collections.

(6 Nov 2020) » More about University Library and Collections - lockdown restrictions update

'My Greenspace Calendar' - November is the time for travel

In the ‘My Greenspace Calendar’ November is focused on all things travel. We will be sharing tips to get you active on your journeys around the University and to and from home. Why not use the new accessible Super Route for your Commute? Take a journey between Mt Oswald and the Bill Bryson Library and look out for our biodiversity along the way. Look out too for our updates on all things travel, including our new Integrated Sustainable Travel Plan 2020-2025.

(30 Oct 2020) » More about 'My Greenspace Calendar' - November is the time for travel

Cyclists - Be Seen, Be Safe!

With autumn now upon us the long dark nights will soon be here, so make sure you're visible to all road users. Now is the time to use your lights when cycling in the dark and remember to always take them with when you leave your residence - it may be light when you leave in the morning, but come 4.30pm it will be dark. Did you know… it's actually the law that all cyclists have appropriate lighting on their bikes at night. During November, staff and students can receive a 10% discount on any lights purchased at the Recyke y’bike shop! They will even fit them from free.

(30 Oct 2020) » More about Cyclists - Be Seen, Be Safe!

Reminder: DCAD sessions

Just a reminder to academic colleagues that places are still available on some of our academic development sessions, including 'An Introduction to Teaching and Learning Online' and 'Taking your (Powerpoint) Lectures Online'. Please visit the website for dates.

(30 Oct 2020)

Student Art Prize 2021

We would like to invite you to the Student Art Prize 2020/21 launch on 9 November 2020! The Student Art Prize is open to all current students and was launched in October 2019 to expand opportunities around creativity and to develop a new permanent student art collection. The prize fund this year has again been generously supported by alumnus Richard Roberts and offers £1500 for first place, £1000 for second and £500 for third. RSVP to for the zoom link. You can view the previous prize winners in the shortlisted exhibition for 2019/20 here.


(30 Oct 2020)

We’re recruiting for two new Heads of Colleges - can you help?

The Heads of Colleges will be inspirational and caring leaders who will have a strong personal commitment to Durham’s collegiate values and student welfare. The successful candidates will each be either a world leading academic at Associate or full Professorial level, or alternatively, a leader in an area aligned to our wider student experience, such as sport, drama, music, volunteering, fundraising and the wider charitable sector.

(30 Oct 2020) » More about We’re recruiting for two new Heads of Colleges - can you help?

Wireless Improvement Project update

You may have noticed that in the weeks leading up to teaching, our wireless services have had some planned and unplanned downtime. This was caused by maintenance works to replace legacy network equipment. We are glad to say that work has now concluded, and we have a more resilient and secure service.

(23 Oct 2020) » More about Wireless Improvement Project update

Applications now open for the Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship Programme 2021

Applications are now open for the next intake of Laidlaw Scholars, deadline is Midnight on Sunday 17 January 2021. This year we in are inviting students to apply with their own project proposal’s and will be encouraged to approach an academic member of staff to support them. Each scholar will receive a stipend payment of £6,000 (£3,000 per summer). Additional fund are also available to support the research work.

(9 Oct 2020) » More about Applications now open for the Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship Programme 2021

Hundreds of children enjoy Durham University holiday camps

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

(16 Apr 2018)

Divestment from Companies Involved in Fossil Fuel Extraction

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

(14 Mar 2018)

View progress on the Centre for Teaching and Learning

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

(9 Mar 2018)

University Strategy, 2017-2027 toolkit

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

(19 Feb 2018)

University Strategy feedback

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

(6 Jul 2017)

Internationalisation Strategy now online

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

(28 Jun 2017)

Education Strategy online now

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

(13 Jun 2017)

Research and Engagement Strategy now online

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

(8 Jun 2017)

Staff 'sleep out' to fight poverty

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

(18 May 2017)

Are you a researcher or student looking to learn more about engaging with the media?

Join Professor Thom Brooks from our Law School for an online training session where he'll share the top tips he's uncovered from more than 2,000 media appearances since 2013. Thom will explain how he started with no training or contacts to become the Press Association's most broadcast academic worldwide.

(27 Nov 2020)

DUCK and Music Durham Virtual Christmas Concert

DUCK & Music Durham present: A (virtual) Christmas concert of exclusive (never-seen-before) performances, raising money for the wonderful charity Centre Point on November 28. A fun evening filled with christmassy tunes, interactive games and yummy treats, the best way to get in the spirit. We are raising money for an amazing charity. Centre Point provide housing and support for young people all over the UK, so we’re really excited to be supporting them. We have an epic line up of: DH1 signed artists – Angharad Davies, Lottya, Alex Comaish and Jack Patrick, as well as Full Score, Durham Dynamics and many more! Tickets are available for purchase through the Music Durham website

(27 Nov 2020)

MUSICON: still here

Our next MUSICON event will be the premiere of a captivating, brand-new piece by James Weeks, still here, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 2 December. The online premiere of this wonderful new work will be followed by a Zoom chat with the composer, the link for which will be made available during the event. You can watch the concert for free through the Durham Music Department YouTube Channel, which can be found here

(27 Nov 2020) » More about MUSICON: still here

Staff Network Coffee Break

We continue to hold our popular informal Staff Network Coffee Break chats on Microsoft Teams. This is the opportunity to chat to colleagues, those who have been here a while, those who have just joined and those who may still be due to arrive over the next few months; to support each other, discuss any challenges and issues faced at this time and to meet new people. The next event will take place on Wednesday 2 December at 3pm. Pop the event in your diary and just click on the link at the time.


(27 Nov 2020)

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

The National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) is a national initiative to recognise and celebrate excellent practice and outstanding achievement in teaching in higher education. In this DCAD workshop on 4 December 1pm-2pm, past winners of the award will explore the scheme, its benefits and how to apply. The workshop will be held on Zoom click here to register to participate. For further information on the program see

(27 Nov 2020)

Catalan event - Passat, present i futur del teatre català. Evolució i noves escenes

You are cordially invited to a double online session about Catalan theatre organised in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and Institut Ramon Llull, in which we will be able to hear many experts in the field on Wednesday 25 November and 2 December between 5pm-6pm. For more information on this event, please contact

(20 Nov 2020) » More about Catalan event - Passat, present i futur del teatre català. Evolució i noves escenes

IMEMS/Blackfriars Eat Medieval: A Taste of Christmas Past Online Cookery School

This cookery course is delivered online over three days, starting on Monday 14 December 2020. The cost is £65 per person but there is a 20% off discount code for those who sign up to the IMEMS mailing list here

(20 Nov 2020) » More about IMEMS/Blackfriars Eat Medieval: A Taste of Christmas Past Online Cookery School

Online help needed

We are looking for volunteers to complete an online questionnaire to help understand the development of digital and social and civic skills in different educational contexts. The target age group: 16 - 35 years. Time needed: 10-15 minutes for the online questionnaire with the option to sign up for an online focus group.

(20 Nov 2020) » More about Online help needed

Study a language this January - evening course programme now open

Registration is now open for our Centre for Foreign Language Study’s January evening courses. 17 languages are available, including Bengali, Norwegian and Polish which have been recently reintroduced to the programme. All courses will be delivered online by experienced, professional language teachers, in an engaging and interactive virtual classroom. Courses are open to staff, students, and members of the public (for a fee). For full details and course listings, please see our web page. For enquiries, please contact

(20 Nov 2020)

The Fitness Centre Online Class Programme

The Team Durham Fitness Team has been working hard over the lockdown period to continue to ensure that the Durham University community can maintain their activity levels throughout these unprecedented times.

(20 Nov 2020) » More about The Fitness Centre Online Class Programme

The Internationalist - a new podcast series from the ACU

As a member institution of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), we would like to share information about 'The Internationalist', a new podcast series launched to generate conversations about current debates in higher education. The podcast takes on big topics such as 'decolonising higher education', 'the student experience on campus' and 'can the curriculum be authentic to where it's taught?'. You can find the podcast on all major podcast platforms, and there is more information about it on the ACU’s website here.

(13 Nov 2020) » More about The Internationalist - a new podcast series from the ACU

Festival of Social Sciences

The ESRC Festival of Social Science is an annual, week-long series of engagement events held across the UK, running 7-15 November, with the purpose of promoting and increasing awareness of social science and the ESRC’s research through research and impact events aimed at non-academic audiences.

(6 Nov 2020) » More about Festival of Social Sciences

Research participation opportunity

Full and part-time UK workers aged 18+ are wanted for an online study on workplace experiences, connectedness and well-being during the Covid-19 pandemic. This survey should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. The survey can be accessed here. For more information, please email the researcher

(6 Nov 2020)

Christian staff prayer group

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

(17 Apr 2018)

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