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Academic Progression and Promotion

Please remember that all non-fixed term academic, teaching and research staff and all fixed term academic, teaching, and research staff, with at least two years employment in their current role (as of 31 October each year), are required to submit a CV as part of the annual progression process. The scheme applies to all those on Grade 7 and above. A CV, in the standard format set out in the guidance, should be submitted by all eligible staff to the Department Progression contact by Friday, 21 September 2018, at the latest. For further information please contact your HR Business Partner or Department Progression contact in the first instance.

(19 Sep 2018)


Central Enquiries Management

Departmental webpage contacts for external enquiries relating to undergraduate and postgraduate taught study and applications will change with effect from Monday, 1 October, to the new central enquiries contact email study@durham.ac.uk. This will happen automatically.

(19 Sep 2018) » More about Central Enquiries Management


duo training and learning technologies advice

The 'Self-guided introduction to duo' site is now available to all new staff members with duo responsibilities. Taking you through the fundamentals of duo in your own time, this site includes how-to guides and videos for key features as well as opportunities to try them out. New staff should see this site under 'My Courses' on their duo homepage.

(19 Sep 2018) » More about duo training and learning technologies advice


Joint Expert Panel report on USS valuation

The Joint Expert Panel (JEP) on the Universities Superannuation Scheme, which was commissioned by the University and College Union (UCU) and Universities UK (UUK), has published its report on the 2017 USS valuation. The report, along with a statement from the JEP, is available to download on the JEP website. The responses to the report from UCU, USS and UUK are also all available here.

(14 Sep 2018)


USS Proposed Changes - Consultation

The formal 60 day consultation period on the proposed changes to the USS pension scheme will start on Monday, 3 September 2018 and will close on Tuesday, 2 November 2018. A consultation pack will be sent to all current and prospective members of USS from 24 August 2018. This includes details on how affected members of staff can comment on the proposals.

(24 Aug 2018) » More about USS Proposed Changes - Consultation


New contractor car parking permits

Due to increasing numbers of contractors parking across the University site, it has been necessary to review the existing process of issuing on-site car parking permits for contractors.

(23 Aug 2018) » More about New contractor car parking permits


EU Procurement Threshold Update

The Procurement Service would like to inform users that from Monday 1 January 2018, the EU threshold for purchasing goods and services has increased to £181,302 excluding VAT.

(4 Jan 2018) » More about EU Procurement Threshold Update


Courses at The Centre for Foreign Language Study

The Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering evening courses in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. All courses commence this October, and are open to staff, students and members of the public (for a fee). Please see the website for full details.

(19 Sep 2018)


Health 360 @ Durham

Are you interested in health and wellbeing research at Durham? Durham University has established an international reputation for leadership and innovation in research and scholarship, with health research making a significant contribution. However, there is now a need to revisit the role of health research at Durham, to gain a better understanding of research strengths, opportunities and access to external funding, to support a 360-degree approach to issues related to health and wellbeing. An information session will take place on Tuesday, 25 September, 10am - 11.30am, at MHL 453, Durham University Business School. More information on Health 360 and an agenda for the information session can be found here . To book your place please email research.development@durham.ac.uk

(19 Sep 2018)


Summer Congregation 2019 - timetable

The timetable for Summer Congregation 2019 is now available here.

(19 Sep 2018)


Volunteer performance mentor recruitment

Team Durham has a strong sporting network that involves students performing in sport at high levels. As part of the scholarship programme they offer each student a performance mentor. The role of the performance mentor is to ensure the student has an equal balance of sport, studies and lifestyle in order to reach their full potential here at Durham University. The team is looking to increase the number of mentors they have and if you feel you would like to be considered for this role or would like more information please contact peri.anderson@durham.ac.uk. More information about the support that's offered to students can be found here.

(19 Sep 2018)


Yum hot fork buffets

With effect from Monday, 1 October YUM delivered catering will no longer provide the service of hot fork buffets. Any existing bookings will be honoured for the remainder of 2018. A seasonal Christmas 'hot fork' menu will also be available in December. For further details please contact Event Durham.

(19 Sep 2018)


Durham University staff and students recognised in 'Most Influential' list for 2018

A number of Durham University staff and alumni have been named as ‘movers and shakers’ in The Journal and ChronicleLive’s list of the Most Influential people in the North East of England for 2018. Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Corbridge is recognised along with a number of alumni including: Mauricio Armellini (PhD Economics); Arnab Basu (PhD Physics); Daljit Lally (MBA); Giselle Stewart (MBA); and Harry Swan (Plant Sciences). Now in its 11th year, the Most Influential list is well established as an A-Z of the people making a difference in the region. To be included, people must have the talent and enthusiasm to shape the life of the North East for the next 12 months.

(14 Sep 2018)


Mystery shoppers wanted

Two members of staff are needed to become mystery shoppers at University retail outlets in September. 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 barbara.brass@durham.ac.uk and a preference, if you have one, of which store you would like to shop in. The outlets are the World Heritage Site Visitors Centre and the gift shop at the Oriental Museum.

(14 Sep 2018)


New whistleblowing policy and confidential advice line

To help the University maintain the highest standards of integrity, probity and accountability, staff are encouraged to raise any concerns they may have about malpractice at work. To support this process the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblowing) Policy has recently been revised and the University has subscribed with Protect, an independent charity offering confidential guidance and advice on how to effectively raise a concern: 020 3117 2520; email whistle@protect-advice.org.uk or visit their website here.

(14 Sep 2018)


New-look Jevons Building re-opens for Hatfield Students

A £5million project to renovate the Jevons Building for students in Hatfield College has now finished. The 12-month project resulted in 60 refurbished student rooms (58 of which are now ensuite) and a remodelled multi-purpose social space – including workspaces, a café, and a bar – accessible to wheelchair users. Some £30,000 of the £5million spent on the project was kindly donated by Hatfield alumni, and we are extremely grateful for their generosity.

(14 Sep 2018)


Research Methods Centre vacancies

The Durham Research Methods Centre is a brand new hub which will be running events, offering training and support, and fostering a vibrant community through which expertise is shared and cutting edge ideas are developed. The Centre is looking to appoint a director and two co-directors, with the expertise and enthusiasm to develop a thriving centre, which will build capacity and further enhance the University's reputation for research quality. Details, and how to apply can be found on the HR recuitment page

(14 Sep 2018) » More about Research Methods Centre vacancies


Staff Attendance at Matriculation

If you wish to take part in the Staff Procession at Matriculation on Wednesday, 3 October, please remember to confirm your attendance and order your robes by Thursday, 20 September by completing the online form here.

(14 Sep 2018)


Staff Development Opportunity: Chair of IT Users' Group

The University is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced member of staff to serve as the Chair of IT Users’ Group (ITUG) for a period of three years, concluding at the end of the 2020/21 academic year. We wish to encourage a wide pool of candidates for this important role. The group meets termly, normally on Wednesday afternoons. The deadline for applications is midday on Monday, 24 September 2018. A competitive interview process will be in place if required.

(14 Sep 2018) » More about Staff Development Opportunity: Chair of IT Users' Group


Effectiveness Review of Boards of Studies: Green Paper consultation

Colleagues are invited to engage with the Effectiveness Review, which is jointly-led by the University Secretary and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, by providing a response to the online consultation on the Review's Green Paper. Comments and feedback upon the Green Paper will be welcomed until Friday, 21 September 2018. 

(12 Sep 2018) » More about Effectiveness Review of Boards of Studies: Green Paper consultation


Encore: lecture capture training

In preparation for the introduction of the lecture capture service Encore, a series of informal drop-in sessions have been scheduled over the coming weeks. These sessions will give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the technology and discuss any questions or concerns you may have about using this new service before the start of term. Full details can be found on the Training Course Booking System.

(12 Sep 2018)


Research Impact Fund - call for applications

Applications are invited for proposals to the next call for the Research Impact Fund for 2018/19. This fund is aimed at helping Durham academics to enhance the impact of their research, and in particular to support impact that might lead to Impact Case Studies for the next REF. Please note the closing date for this call is 5pm on Tuesday, 25 September 2018. To find out more please visit here.

(12 Sep 2018)


Ustinov celebrates first year at Sheraton Park

Ustinov College is marking one year since relocating to Sheraton Park. In that time, strong links and good relations have been developed with the local community. The College has welcomed local residents for events including a Halloween party, Christmas party, Easter egg hunt, community painting day and two art exhibitions. For more information, please visit here.

(12 Sep 2018)


Health 360 - your views are needed

Are you involved in health-related research at Durham University? If so, your views are needed. Health 360 @ Durham is working on a new strategy for health research. So, whether you work in research, teaching or professional support, please take the time to answer the survey questions. It will take around 10-15 minutes to complete, and your answers will be used to directly inform the emerging strategy. The survey can be found here.

(7 Sep 2018)


Queen's Campus transition - upcoming departmental and college moves

The next set of departmental and college moves from Queen's Campus to Durham City will take place shortly, in time for the start of Michaelmas Term. The Parent-Infant Sleep Lab, Stephenson College and Durham University Business School's Accounting and Finance Programmes will all complete moves next week. Months of hard work and planning by colleagues at all levels across the University have made these moves possible. The changes will enhance our educational offering, improve our research performance and enrich the student experience as part of the implementation of the University Strategy 2017-2027. More information about the Queen’s Campus transition project is available here

(7 Sep 2018)


Staff LGBT Network

The University has a Staff LGBT Network. The group is open to all staff and postgraduate students, as well as their partners, friends and anyone else with an interest in LGBT issues. Through its members, the LGBT Staff Network aims to:

  • Provide confidential support and information to staff on LGBT matters.
  • To offer advice and feedback on LGBT equality and diversity issues.
  • Increase the visibility of LGBT issues in the workplace.
  • Organise social events and provide networking opportunities.

If you would like to be part of the network, or would like to know more, please email lgbt.staffnetwork@durham.ac.uk or visit the website

(7 Sep 2018)


University supports local artists

The University is developing its support for local artists by extending The Assembly Rooms Theatre residency programme. The programme, which already includes Durham Student Theatre and the Elysium Theatre Company, will from later this month be extended to writer Victoria Gimby and theatre company Grim Up North Productions. For more information, please visit here.

(5 Sep 2018)


Dialogue Signposts - Wednesday and Friday editions

From the start of September, Dialogue Signposts for staff will be published twice a week - on Wednesdays and Fridays. All content submitted before 12 noon on Wednesday will be published in the Wednesday email, and content submitted between 12 noon on Wednesday and 12 noon on Friday will be published in the Friday email. Please note that the same content should not be submitted twice in the same week. All content should be submitted via the online form. If you have any questions, please email dialogue@durham.ac.uk. Dialogue Signposts for students will also be produced on a bi-weekly basis from the beginning of the new academic term.

(27 Aug 2018)


Effectiveness Review of Boards of Studies: Green Paper Consultation

Colleagues are invited to engage with the Effectiveness Review which is jointly-led by the University Secretary and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost by providing a response to the online consultation on the Review's Green Paper. The Green Paper was welcomed by Senate as a direction of travel on 18 June 2018. It makes 19 high level recommendations to Senate regarding the effectiveness of Boards of Studies and the role and appointment process of Heads of Department. Comments and feedback upon the Green Paper will be welcomed until Friday, 21 September 2018.

(27 Aug 2018) » More about Effectiveness Review of Boards of Studies: Green Paper Consultation


Open Days booking launch

Bookings have now opened for our upcoming Pre-application Open Days on Friday, 21 September and Saturday, 22 September. Both days will run from 9am-4pm. We are expecting 10,000 visitors each day. You can view information about these events online where you be able to download a copy of the Open Day Guide, find out about the requirements for potential applicants to claim a travel bursary and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

(27 Aug 2018)


Stress risk assessment training

A training course has been developed with the aim providing practical advice to supervisors and managers on how to manage stress in the workplace and support staff with mental health conditions. 'Promoting Positive Mental Health & Reducing Work Related Stress' is being delivered during September and October 2018, and the areas included in the training are: stress risk assessments, line managers' behaviour and stress at work, and wellness action plans. Log in to the Training Course Booking System to book a place.

(27 Aug 2018)


Effectiveness Review of Boards of Studies - Green Paper consultation

Colleagues are invited to engage with the Effectiveness Review, which is jointly-led by the University Secretary and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, by providing a response to the online consultation on the Review's Green Paper.

(23 Aug 2018) » More about Effectiveness Review of Boards of Studies - Green Paper consultation


Finance Transformation information Lunch & Learn sessions

Our interim Chief Financial Officer, Denise McConnell, is leading on transforming financial operations across the University. To help you understand more about specific aspects of the project, there will be Lunch and Learn sessions covering a variety of topics.

(23 Aug 2018) » More about Finance Transformation information Lunch & Learn sessions


Durham University Research Methods Centre

The Durham Research Methods Centre is a brand new hub which will be running events, offering training and support, and fostering a vibrant community through which expertise is shared and cutting edge ideas are developed. We are looking to appoint a Director and two Co-Directors with the expertise and enthusiasm to develop a thriving Centre which will build capacity and further enhance the University's reputation for research quality. Details, and how to apply, can be found on the HR recruitment page.

(13 Aug 2018) » More about Durham University Research Methods Centre


Invitation to attend Matriculation 2018

University staff are invited to attend Matriculation on Wednesday, 3 October to welcome new students to the University. For more information, and to register to take part in the staff procession, please complete the online form by Thursday, 20 September.

(13 Aug 2018)


Research Management Committee Membership 2018/19

The Research Committee wishes to recruit an additional three academic members, one representative from each faculty, to join the Research Management Committee. Interested staff are invited to send their CV, and a 300 word statement, to research.policy@durham.ac.uk by 12 noon on Friday, 21 September 2018.

(13 Aug 2018)


Durham Book Festival returns for 2018

Durham University is delighted to announce its support for the 2018 Durham Book Festival. The annual literary event will feature a huge range of inspiring talks, readings and performances from some of the most talented contemporary writers, artists and thinkers. The Festival will take place between 5-14 October and tickets are on sale now.

(6 Aug 2018) » More about Durham Book Festival returns for 2018


Effectiveness Review of Boards of Studies: Green Paper Consultation

Colleagues are invited to engage with the Effectiveness Review which is jointly-led by the University Secretary and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost by providing a response to the online consultation on the Review's Green Paper. The Green Paper was welcomed by Senate as a direction of travel on 18 June 2018. It makes 19 high level recommendations to Senate regarding the effectiveness of Boards of Studies and the role and appointment process of Heads of Department. Comments and feedback upon the Green Paper will be welcomed until Friday, 21 September 2018.

(6 Aug 2018) » More about Effectiveness Review of Boards of Studies: Green Paper Consultation


Join the Josephine Butler College Undergraduate Mentor Team

College Mentors help undergraduate freshers settle into University life and positively manage their academic and extra-curricular experiences. Weekly College Mentor nights are held during term times in the bar on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 5.30pm, and you must be able to commit to being available at these times. All student accommodation at Butler is self-catering, but a free hot meal is provided to students on Mentor nights to enjoy in their Mentor groups. To discuss this further or apply, please send an email with a current CV and covering letter by email to Rebecca Dutson. This role starts in the forthcoming academic year 2018-2019.

(23 Jul 2018)


Finance Transformation - Purchase and travel card review

As part of a UEC-sponsored review of the University Finances, the decision has been taken to assess the use and the management of purchase and travel cards across the University to minimise the risk to the University and the cost of administration.

(22 Jun 2018) » More about Finance Transformation - Purchase and travel card review


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)


Insanity fitness classes

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

(19 Sep 2018)


Scaling the Galleries

Climb through the galleries of the Oriental Museum with award-winning poet and climber Helen Mort. The audience will 'climb' through the museum's collection, listening to readings along the way. This event will take place on Thursday, 11 October at 7pm. Scaling the galleries is part of Durham Book Festival, but booking is via the Oriental Museum directly. Tickets are £5 per and can be booked by emailing oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk or ringing 0191 334 5694.

(19 Sep 2018) » More about Scaling the Galleries


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)


Start of year welcome reception 2018

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) invites you to their start of year welcome reception on Tuesday, 9 October at 5.30pm at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, Owengate. All are very welcome to attend. This is an opportunity to meet colleagues and hear about IMEMS’ plans for the year at an informal gathering. Please book your place here.

(19 Sep 2018) » More about Start of year welcome reception 2018


Durham Book Festival: The Art of Translation

Professors Jonathan Long and Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze will be taking part in a panel entitled 'The Art of Translation' as part of the Durham Book Festival on Sunday, 14 October between 4pm - 5pm in the Burlison Gallery, Durham Town Hall. Tickets are £4 - £5 and can be booked here.

(14 Sep 2018) » More about Durham Book Festival: The Art of Translation


Durham Book Festival - Bard of Brixton

Alex Wheatle or the Bard of Brixton, @brixtonbard as he is known, will visit Stephenson College on Friday, 12 October, 2.45pm - 4pm, as part of Durham Book Festival. Alex will be talking about his life and writing for children from the region. Tickets are free of charge but donations in aid of Foundation, Durham City are welcome. Places are limited and can be booked by emailing stephenson.enquiries@durham.ac.uk.

(7 Sep 2018)


Free film showing

"The Little Count" - a short film about a Polish aristocrat who lived in Durham City in the 19th Century will be shown on Thursday, 20 September at 6pm at Alington House Community Association, North Bailey. The film will be followed by a tour of Durham Museum and Heritage Centre on North Bailey. Light refreshments will be available.

(7 Sep 2018)


Free event - Discovering Durham's dark secret: photography walk

Come and join Northumberland photographer Kevin Dowling for a relaxing two hours of photography, following the 'Bodies of Evidence' exhibition city trail through the historic and beautiful Durham landscape on Monday, 10 September between 10am and 12pm starting at Palace Green Library. See some of the places associated with the soldiers' story of capture and imprisonment in Durham Cathedral after the 1650 Battle of Dunbar. Whilst this event is free, please note that spaces are limited so booking is required. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

(5 Sep 2018) » More about Free event - Discovering Durham's dark secret: photography walk


Free English language classes

Volunteer students are wanted to take part in free General English classes taught by trainee teachers studying for the MA in Applied Linguistics. Students should be elementary/ intermediate level (A2/B1-IELTS 5) and live in the Durham area. Volunteers should not be Durham University students, but could be friends or dependants of Durham staff or students. Classes will run once a week from October. Please email lesley.kendall@durham.ac.uk for further details.

(27 Aug 2018)


Stephenson College walk to Durham

To mark their arrival in Durham City, students, staff and friends of Stephenson College will join together to walk 24 miles from Stockton to Durham on Monday, 24 September. In what will be a fond farewell to Stockton, the walk will also serve to raise funds for Foundation, a national organisation providing support to homeless and vulnerable people across Durham City. You are invited to join in with any, or all, sections of the walk. For more information please contact stephenson.enquiries@durham.ac.uk.

(27 Aug 2018) » More about Stephenson College walk to Durham


Palace Green Library's Bodies of Evidence

As part of Palace Green Library's Bodies of Evidence exhibition, there is an extensive programme full of events for various ages, including free workshops, evening lectures, exhibition tours with subject specialists, and free family activities. Please visit Palace Green Library's What's On page to view the events listings.

(23 Aug 2018) » More about Palace Green Library's Bodies of Evidence


Stephenson College walk to Durham

To mark their arrival in Durham City, students, staff and friends of Stephenson College will join together to walk 24 miles from Stockton to Durham on Monday, 24 September 2018. In what will be a fond farewell to Stockton, the walk will also serve to raise funds for Foundation. A national organisation with a Durham branch on North Road, Foundation provides support to homeless and vulnerable people across Durham City.

(23 Aug 2018) » More about Stephenson College walk to Durham


IMEMS Welcome Reception

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) Start-of-Year Welcome Reception 2018 will be held on Tuesday, 9 October, 5.30pm-8pm, at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, 7 Owengate, Durham, DH1 3HB. All are very welcome to attend. This is an opportunity to meet colleagues and hear about IMEMS’ plans for the year at an informal gathering (and before the term starts in earnest). Booking is essential.

(6 Aug 2018)


Palaeography summer school at Palace Green Library

A series of seven classes will lead you through the basics of reading 17th century wills, probate inventories, and a charter. The series will conclude with a team transcription exercise. Due to reforms of the probate process, few wills survive at Durham for the period of the British Civil War, but those that do can provide intriguing glimpses of the social effects of the conflict. You can prepare in advance if you wish by browsing 'The National Archive’s palaeography tutorial' online. Tickets are £45 for the entire series of classes. Booking is required via Eventbrite. More events and activities will be added to the Palace Green Library website as they are confirmed so please check regularly for update.

(22 Jun 2018) » More about Palaeography summer school at Palace Green Library


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)


Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) annual workshop

IHRR is holding a day of events to mark 'The International Day for Disaster Reduction' on Wednesday, 10 October, commencing at 8.45am in the Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College. For more information please visit the website here.

(19 Sep 2018) » More about Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) annual workshop


Methodological approaches for ambivalent research

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

(19 Sep 2018) » More about Methodological approaches for ambivalent research


Research seminar

This seminar entitled 'No capital, but a good temper: Long-term impacts of poverty on rural Chinese Academics and their coping strategies' will take place on Wednesday 17 October at 1pm in ED 134 at the School of Education. The seminar will be led by Dr Cora from Keele University. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact ed.research@durham.ac.uk.

(19 Sep 2018) » More about Research seminar


NEPIC International Bioresources Conference

Durham University is sponsoring a conference entitled 'Discover the latest developments in Bioresources and the Circular Economy', which is being held at The Radisson Blu in Durham on Thursday, 20 September. Highlighting some of the ground-breaking work being carried out in the field of Industrial Biotechnology, the conference seeks to both raise awareness of current developments and provide an opportunity for interested parties to network and discuss possible opportunities and collaboration. For more information please click here.

(14 Sep 2018)


Saturday Morning Science

Some of the University's leading scientists will be speaking about their specialist subjects when the Saturday Morning Science talks series returns later this month. The programme sees some of the University’s top experts explore their specialist subjects in public talks aimed at secondary school students and adults alike. For more information, please click here.

(14 Sep 2018)


St John's College Annual Borderlands Lecture

Dr Jennifer Wiseman, senior astrophysicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA, will give this lecture entitled 'Our curious universe' on Monday, 15 October at 6.30pm in ER140, Elvet Riverside. This lecture is free to attend but spaces are limited. To register your interest please email prin.exec@dur.ac.uk.

(12 Sep 2018) » More about St John's College Annual Borderlands Lecture


Sandpit event

Are you conducting research or teaching in different disciplinary areas relating to armed conflict or the ethics of peace? You are invited to join the sandpit event on Tuesday, 9 October, 2pm - 5pm at the College of St Hild and St Bede, to help shape the development of a digital game to support student learning in international humanitarian law. Anyone with a research or teaching interest in these, or related, areas who would like to participate, should contact the research team at t.l.cockshut@durham.ac.uk or catherine.turner@durham.ac.uk by Friday, 28 September to register their interest. Places are limited at this event.

(7 Sep 2018) » More about Sandpit event


Learning Technologies 'Lunch and Learn'

Are you interested in discovering how to use in-class polling with your students? Or are you already a user of TurningPoint and want to make more use of its features? On Thursday, 20 September, staff from Turning Technologies will be coming to Durham to host a 'Lunch and Learn' event for staff. The session will take place at 12.00 noon in the Derman Christopherson Room, Calman Learning Centre. Visit the Training Course Booking System to book your place on this workshop.

(27 Aug 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)


Annual Higginson Lecture 2018 - 'From Silent Aircraft to Noisy Engineers'

The prestigious 2018 Annual Higginson Lecture, organised by the Department of Engineering, will take place on Monday, 15 October, 6pm-7pm, in the Arnold Wolfendale Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre. Each year a leading engineer is selected to make a presentation, from their own perspective, on a topical issue in engineering. This year, the lecture will be given by Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cambridge. Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm.

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Hoccleve Manuscripts

Join Professor Linne Mooney on Wednesday, 17 October, 5.30pm-8.00pm, at Palace Green Library as she discusses the life and copying habits of the poet Thomas Hoccleve, a clerk of the royal Office of the Privy Seal and a self-proclaimed disciple of Geoffrey Chaucer. Contact admin.imems@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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Late Summer Lectures 2018

From snake-women to Islamic mythology, and from the beginnings of sound film to the burning of Shakespeare’s globe, come along to the annual Late Summer Lecture series and discover new research by early-career academics from across the North.

(3 Aug 2018) » More about Late Summer Lectures 2018


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