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Durham Tourism Superstar 2017

Caitlin Potts, Durham Castle Museum and Tours, has been shortlisted to be Durham Tourism Superstar 2017. The search is on for Durham's fourth Tourism Superstar who goes that extra mile-and-a-half to ensure visitors have the best possible experiencePlease support Caitlin and make her a winner as she truly deserves this. Voting closes on Wednesday, 5 July, so please get voting!

(23 Jun 2017) » More about Durham Tourism Superstar 2017


Dynamo - annual conference

For the fourth year, Dynamo is bringing its annual conference back to showcase the IT and tech sector in the North East. With the title ‘Tech Boom North East: Spotlight on the opportunity’ this year’s event, taking place on Monday, 3 July, kindly hosted by Durham University, promises to showcase the strength in our region, and where the opportunity is growing for the sector. The organisers have asked if any students (undergraduate or postgraduate) would be interested in helping out on the day. This will be an excellent opportunity for students to find out more about employment opportunities in the Tech Market in the Region. If you know of any students who might be interested please ask them to get in touch with e.a.ruck-keene@durham.ac.uk.

(23 Jun 2017)


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know … only reusable cups are used in the Business School and all disposable cups have been removed, helping to reduce waste?

(23 Jun 2017) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week


National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement - Call for Contributions

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement has announced that Engage 2017 will be held on Wednesday, 6 December, and Thursday, 7 December, 2017, and the call for contributions is now open. 

(23 Jun 2017) » More about National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement - Call for Contributions


Reminder - Sexual Violence & Misconduct: Awareness and Disclosure Training for Staff

There are nine remaining sessions of Awareness and Disclosure Training available to all staff during June and July. The aim of this course is to raise awareness of sexual violence while highlighting how to respond to disclosures and signpost to relevant support. In addition, we are offering two sessions of the Disclosure and Support Workshop for staff who provide student support or are in welfare/pastoral roles. The objective of this workshop is to build confidence and enhance skills in appropriately supporting students impacted by sexual violence. To book a course please click here.

(23 Jun 2017)


Staff and Student Volunteering Day 2017 - Thank You

The Staff Volunteering office and Student Community Action would like to thank everyone who attended the first Annual Volunteering Day. In total over 70 staff and students were engaged, with five community partners, giving over 150 hours of their time. This is an amazing achievement! We would like to make next year bigger and better. If you have any feedback please drop us an email at community.engagement@durham.ac.uk.

(23 Jun 2017)


Staff Survey 2017

The Staff Survey is now closed. A fantastic response rate of 71% was achieved with 3,214 staff completing the survey. Thank you to all who took part, the high level of participation is really encouraging and means we can have confidence in the results. We are committed to using the results and taking action. We know that staff are central to our future developments. Check out the final response rate for your department on the Staff Survey webpages

(23 Jun 2017) » More about Staff Survey 2017


Travel Security Training - Control Risks

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

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


University Representative for South Tees NHS Trust Council of Governors (Vacancy Reference: 006687)

The University is seeking an experienced and committed individual to be its nominee on the Council of Governors for South Tees NHS Trust. The role, which is available from August 2017 with a term of appointment to be agreed by the University, is open to current members of staff. For further details, and to apply for the vacancy please log into the People+ Staff Portal and click the Recruitment tab.

(23 Jun 2017)


Wider Student Experience Strategy now online

Our University Strategy 2017-2027 aims to build a wider student experience as good as any in the world. We want to develop the Durham Award, establish new Colleges, improve our sports facilities and build a new facility for Durham Students’ Union and a concert hall. Find out more here.

(23 Jun 2017)


Durham City Pre-application Open Days

The Student Recruitment team in collaboration with academic departments, colleges and support departments will be hosting the summer Durham City Pre-application Open Days on Monday, 26 June, and Saturday, 1 July. The Open Days are aimed at prospective undergraduate applicants and their guests and will feature academic presentations, drop-in sessions, college talks and tours and sessions with professional services. We are expecting about 16,500 visitors to attend across both events. For more information please go to our Visit Us webpages or contact open.days@durham.ac.uk

(22 Jun 2017) » More about Durham City Pre-application Open Days


Final Reminder - Institute of Advanced Study Fellowships 2018/19

The 2018/19 IAS Fellowship scheme is now open. The deadline for applications is Friday, 30 June. The IAS seeks to catalyse new thinking on areas of significant interest by bringing together leading international academics as well as writers, artists and practitioners. IAS Fellowships remain a highly effective way to bring stellar researchers from across our various disciplines to Durham, not only further internationalising the University, but also expanding its worldwide network of research collaborators. Please encourage your colleagues to spread the word to the kinds of distinguished international academics we would all like to see in Durham. IAS Fellowships are available for a three-month period between October 2018 and March 2019. For further details about the 2018/19 IAS Fellowships, please visit here.

(22 Jun 2017)


Open Days App

The new Open Days App has been launched, which is available to download for IOS and Android. Search for MyDurham and download the app today! It contains a wealth of information for both staff and visitors to help locate sessions and find their way around the University and much, much more. For further information please contact karen.m.wilson@durham.ac.uk.

(22 Jun 2017)


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know … there were over 54,800 viewers watching the two live-view blue tit nest boxes on our Biodiversity website and YouTube? The two live-view nest boxes have now finished for the year, the last fledging from the Biosciences nest box left over the last weekend. 

(16 Jun 2017) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week


International Study Centre on track to open from September 2017

The new International Study Centre (ISC) at Queen’s Campus is set to open in September 2017 with its first intake of international students. It is managed by Study Group, a highly respected education provider with global experience in preparing international students for university study. Study Group is now recruiting for key teaching and administration roles. 

(16 Jun 2017) » More about International Study Centre on track to open from September 2017


May 2017 Senate Papers are now available

As part of a suite of interlinked activities being undertaken by the University Secretary’s Office to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the University’s governance committee business, and increase the transparency of key decision-making processes, the papers and reports for Senate are currently piloting a new communication status. This means that a wider range of Senate papers will be available to staff and students following meetings of Senate. Papers are available to view here. (university username and password required). Feedback and comments on this approach to enhance transparency and openness regarding University governance are welcome, and should be emailed to John Marsh john.marsh@durham.ac.uk

(16 Jun 2017)


New Arriva X12 Inter-campus Bus Timetable

A new Arriva X12 bus timetable will be in operation from Sunday, 23 July. A copy of the new timetable can be found on the Arriva website and printed leaflets from Arriva will be available at key reception areas shortly. Staff may be interested to note that the Arriva App will also give access to the new timetable and live data regarding the location of the next bus at all bus stops. Further details regarding the inter-campus bus service and public transport can be found on the Greenspace website.

(16 Jun 2017)


New Waste Collection Contract

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

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


Open Days App

The new Open Days App has been launched, which is available to download for IOS and Android. Search for MyDurham and download the app today! It contains a wealth of information for both staff and visitors to help locate sessions and find their way around the University and much, much more. For further information please contact Karen Wilson karen.m.wilson@durham.ac.uk

(16 Jun 2017)


Reminder: Goodbye Garden Party for Professor Tim Burt, Master of Hatfield College

Professor Tim Burt will be leaving Hatfield College and Durham University at the end of this academic year, after over two decades of service. To celebrate Tim’s 21 years as Master at Hatfield, the College is hosting a Garden Party on Saturday, 1 July. The Garden Party will be held in the College from 3pm to 11pm. If you would like to come to the Garden Party, please make your booking here.

(16 Jun 2017)


Senate - Academic Electoral Assembly (AEA) Elections 2017

The elections concluded on Monday, 5 June and will be reported to Senate on Tuesday, 20 June. 13 candidates stood for election to the six vacancies as elected members of Senate and the AEA Standing Committee. 539 first preference votes were cast, which represented a record level of engagement by staff. Details of the six candidates elected can be found here.

(16 Jun 2017)


Durham City Pre-application Open Days

The Student Recruitment team in collaboration with academic departments, colleges and support departments will be hosting the summer Durham City Pre-application Open Days on Monday, 26 June and Saturday, 1 July. The Open Days are aimed at prospective undergraduate applicants and their guests and will feature academic presentations, drop-in sessions, college talks and tours and sessions with professional services. We are expecting about 13,500 visitors to attend across both events. For more information please go to our Visit Us webpages or contact open.days@durham.ac.uk

(15 Jun 2017) » More about Durham City Pre-application Open Days


Reminder - EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account Call

There is still time to register your interest in making a pitch for funding to our EPSRC IAA Steering Group on Friday, 30 June This is the first quarterly call for applications for funding. The process is to make a 10 minute pitch followed (all being well!) by a brief written application, incorporating the steering group’s feedback. Further details are here and please contact Richard Parker Smith at epsrc.iaa@durham.ac.uk to discuss your proposal.

(15 Jun 2017)


Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2017

This week’s announcement of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2017 saw Durham included in the world top 100, in the 91-100 bracket. This builds upon other positive league table positions recently, and reaffirms Durham’s global reputation and influence. More information can be found here.

(14 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)


Business School re-accreditation

The Business School has been re-accredited by EQUIS for another five years which recognises the outstanding quality of the School as a whole.

(9 Jun 2017) » More about Business School re-accreditation


Economic and Social Sciences ESRC IAA - Expressions of Interest for IAA Funding

The ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Fund is available to Durham academics and independent researchers to help develop impact from their research. 

(9 Jun 2017) » More about Economic and Social Sciences ESRC IAA - Expressions of Interest for IAA Funding


Sexual Violence & Misconduct: Awareness and Disclosure Training for Staff

During June and July, we are offering 15 sessions of Awareness and Disclosure Training which is available to all staff. The aim of this course is to raise awareness of sexual violence while highlighting how to respond to disclosures and signpost to relevant support. In addition, we are offering two sessions of the Disclosure and Support Workshop for staff who provide student support or are in welfare/pastoral roles. The objective of this workshop is to build confidence and enhance skills in appropriately supporting students impacted by sexual violence. To book a course, please click here: www.dur.ac.uk/training.course/.

(9 Jun 2017)


Team Durham staff raise money for families affected by Manchester terror attack

Team Durham staff at Queen’s Campus took on the challenge of cycling to Manchester and back to show support for those families affected by the recent terror attack. 

(9 Jun 2017) » More about Team Durham staff raise money for families affected by Manchester terror attack


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)


UK-Mexico Visiting Chair Mobility Grants

The International Office is accepting applications for the UK-Mexico Visiting Chair, which provides successful applicants with mobility funding for a research visit of up to two weeks to visit a new potential collaborator in Mexico. Activities accepted and encouraged under the Visiting Chair include: attendance at workshops, research symposia, and conferences as well as meetings to scope collaboration, share best practise or develop new initiatives. For full details please see the Durham Worldwide webpage, or contact jonathon.murphy@durham.ac.uk

(2 Jun 2017)


Collingwood College - Building Work and Car Parking

Collingwood College extension work commences on site on Monday 19 June and is expected to run until September 2018. The lower level car park at Collingwood College will be used by Surgo, the main contractor during this period, therefore approximately 30 car parking spaces will be out of action to all staff during this timescale. The main road off South Road into Collingwood College will be used by the main contractor for large wagons therefore the road will be busier than usual. Please take care at all times. If you have any queries please contact emma.easby@durham.ac.uk.

(1 Jun 2017)


Durham University Staff walked over 1900 miles during May

Staff at Durham University walked a staggering 3,902,884 steps during National Walking Month. Many staff joined in the Living Streets #try20 to aim to walk at least 20 minutes per day. Staff won prizes for the most steps walked, carbon saved and assisted the University in being the organisation which logged the highest number of steps throughout May, winning the County Durham Sport Workplace Challenge. Well done to everyone who took part.

(1 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)


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did You Know…Livers In and Out can take part in the Green Move Out scheme to reduce waste and support local charities? Every year during the summer, thousands of students move between properties or away from Durham and Stockton. During this time a large amount of waste is generated in the local area. The Green Move Out scheme collects students’ unwanted reusable items and donates them to local charities for reuse. Last summer, over 20 tonnes of reusable items were diverted from general waste. Please read on for further details.

(26 May 2017) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week


Advance notice: ordering IT equipment before financial year end

If you require IT equipment or services before the end of this financial year (Monday 31 July), you will need to place your order with the CIS finance team before Tuesday, 20 June. IT orders received after this date may not be processed in time to be included in this year’s budget. Questions about this should be directed to the CIS finance team via email at cis.finance@durham.ac.uk or call extension 42726. 

(25 May 2017) » More about Advance notice: ordering IT equipment before financial year end


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)


YUM buffet orders for Graduation week

University Catering is now taking YUM buffet orders for Graduation week (week commencing 26 June). This is an extremely busy week, so we would encourage any departments wishing to book catering provisions to do so as early as possible to avoid disappointment, as orders will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis. Bookings can be made via the online booking system.

(18 May 2017) » More about YUM buffet orders for Graduation week


Honorary Degrees for Summer Congregation 2017

Dr Rob Catty and Sir Andrew Motion will receive honorary degrees at the Summer Congregation this year. You can view further details at www.durham.ac.uk/ceremonies/congregation/honorary and register your attendance at the ceremonies at www.durham.ac.uk/ceremonies/congregation/staff.

(28 Apr 2017)


Winter Congregation 2018

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

(30 Mar 2017)


International Women's Day

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

(1 Mar 2017)


DUPS Withdrawal from The Transfer Club Arrangement

One of the changes in the Durham University Pension Scheme (DUPS) last August meant the scheme would withdraw from membership of the Public Sector Transfer arrangement from Tuesday, 1 August. Therefore, it is recommended that should you wish to investigate a transfer into DUPS you do so prior to July 2017 to ensure you are provided with the more generous terms.

(17 Feb 2017) » More about DUPS Withdrawal from The Transfer Club Arrangement


Do you need MORE BOOKS?

Struggling to get hold of the book you need? Tell the Library and we’ll buy more books!

(13 Feb 2017) » More about Do you need MORE BOOKS?


Do you have a student who needs support with academic writing?

If so, you can advise them to book a one-to-one academic writing consultation with the English Language Centre's Academic Writing Unit. Students can have up to three 45 minute one-to-one consultations each term and these are generally based around an assignment submitted for discussion. This is not an editing or proofreading service but provides individually focused academic writing tuition. Students can book a consultation at the consultations service webpage. You can also contact us directly for more information at academic.writingunit@durham.ac.uk.

(10 Feb 2017)


Travel Management Service Update

Work is currently under way to renew the University’s Travel Management contract, which will include a one stop shop online self booking tool for all travel related bookings. The current contract with Dawson and Sanderson will run until Friday, 30 June. For the remainder of the contract with Dawson and Sanderson the option of delivering tickets via their in-house courier service will no longer be available. Multiple other options of having your tickets delivered are available, details of which can be found on the Procurement’s buyer guide web page.

(6 Jan 2017)


Receive your voicemails via email

Do you miss important voicemails because you're working away from the office? We've added a new feature to our telephony service so you can now receive an email attachment of each voicemail you receive. Read on to find out how to set it up.

(29 Sep 2016) » More about Receive your voicemails via email


See inside CIS

CIS is now on Instagram. Find us at Instagram.com/durhamuni_cis to be kept up to date about new services, learn more about existing services to ensure you’re getting the most from them, and get an insight on the work we do to keep the University’s IT services running for over 20,000 users.

(28 Jul 2016) » More about See inside CIS


Social events

Miners Gala at Durham Students' Union

Come down to the Students' Union on Saturday, 8 July, and celebrate local history while enjoying gorgeous views from the stunning balcony. The bar/cafe will be fully licensed from 8am so come on down to celebrate in a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere with student priced drinks! If you have any questions then please get in touch with us at info@durhamsu.com

(23 Jun 2017)


Northern Ink: An exhibition of pen and ink drawings by Naomi Blayney at Durham Cathedral

Naomi Blayney, an alumna (1997 – 2000) and a member of University staff, is a pen and ink artist and is hosting a solo exhibition in Durham Cathedral, from Monday, 3 July, until Friday, 1 September. If you would like to attend the special preview evening on Monday, 3 July, please contact Naomi directly n.j.blayney@durham.ac.uk.

(23 Jun 2017) » More about Northern Ink: An exhibition of pen and ink drawings by Naomi Blayney at Durham Cathedral


T20 Blast Discounted Tickets

The Students’ Union will once again be selling cricket tickets for all of Durham Jets’ home T20 games. Tickets are now available to all students and staff from the Student Union reception desk from 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Prices for all games will be £11.50 for NUS card holders and £13 for all other students/staff. The first game is against Lancashire Lightning on Friday, 7 July. If you have any questions then please get in touch with us at info@durhamsu.com.

(23 Jun 2017)


Celebrating refugee heritage and culture

Between Monday, 19 June and Sunday, 25 June the Oriental Museum will be displaying objects in the West Asian gallery, to celebrate Refugee Week around the UK. Visitors will be able to explore a new display of Syrian and Near-Eastern objects, including jewellery, ceramics, and glassware, which have been interpreted by the local Syrian refugee community. Also on display will be a Hmong story cloth made using the traditional techniques of the Hmong people, who were displaced from their homes during the Vietnam War. Further information is available on Refugee Week.

(15 Jun 2017)


An Evening with Cathy Rentzenbrink

Cathy Rentzenbrink author of ‘A Manual for Heartbreak’ will be attending Drake: The Bookshop on Wednesday, 5 July from 7pm to 8.30pm to do a book signing and answer questions. Please see https://www.dur.ac.uk/stephenson/collegiate-programme/book-club/ for more information.

(9 Jun 2017)


Durham Castle goes Medieval

Enjoy a free Medieval-themed Family Day at Durham Castle on Sunday, 25 June, 11am to 2pm. Castle Community Action (CCA) and Durham Castle Museum have teamed up to offer you a unique experience at Durham Castle. Prepare for a Medieval family day out as Durham Castle and its beautiful grounds step back in time to the Medieval period. Immerse yourself in the Courtyard with activities inspired by the Medieval period and even see some real medieval objects. Experience the Great Hall as royal banquet area complete with crafts and storytelling, so bring a picnic fit for royalty!

Places for the event are limited and need to be booked in advance through Eventbrite

(6 Jun 2017) » More about Durham Castle goes Medieval


Stephen Gill 'Infra ordinaire'

Photographer Stephen Gill is undertaking a long-term project to document a specific area of disused land in Port Clarence, Middlesbrough, to investigate ideas of Georges Perec's 'infra ordinaire' - a term used to describe something that is neither ordinary nor extraordinary, neither banal nor exotic. 

An exhibition of Stephen's work will be on display at the Department of Geography until Friday, 14 July.

(6 Jun 2017) » More about Stephen Gill 'Infra ordinaire'


Saturday Morning Physics!

This week's session on Saturday, 15 October 10.30am-12.30pm is presented by Professor Richard Bower and is called 'The Big Bang Show'. How does the Universe begin? This question has pre-occupied human thought for more than 3000 years. But contemporary cosmologists think they know the answer. We’ll explore our place in the Universe, what the Universe is made from and the evidence for the expansion of the Universe. We’ll discuss how astronomical and cosmological observations have led to the big bang model in which the Universe is created in a cosmic “big bang”, a hot explosion of matter. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lectures Theatre, Rochester Building and all are welcome, no need to pre-book.

(10 Oct 2016) » More about Saturday Morning Physics!


Lectures and seminars

Institute of Advanced Study: a reminder of remaining events

A small number of Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) events or IAS sponsored events will be held before the end of the 2016/17 academic year. Please read on for further details.

(22 Jun 2017) » More about Institute of Advanced Study: a reminder of remaining events


Physics and scale: from attophysics to atoms, biology and the Universe

As part of the Durham Institute of Advanced Study's theme of scale, this two day workshop on Tuesday, 4 July, and Wednesday, 5 July, will explore the notion of scale in physics from an interdisciplinary perspective. The workshop will take place in room OC218,  Department of Physics, and all are welcome to attend. Further details will be made available via the event website or please contact tom.lancaster@durham.ac.uk.

(22 Jun 2017) » More about Physics and scale: from attophysics to atoms, biology and the Universe


2017 Ustinov Annual Conference - 'Global Citizenship, Nationalism, and New Paradigms'

The Ustinov Annual Conference, which takes place on Friday, 7 July and Saturday, 8 July, provides an interactive space for dialogue between students, faculty and practitioners to explore questions of global citizenship at the intersection of academic theory and real life practice. Participants are invited to engage with the perceived polarisation of Western society, the globalism/nationalism dichotomy, as well as non-western discourses on global citizenship.

(6 Jun 2017) » More about 2017 Ustinov Annual Conference - 'Global Citizenship, Nationalism, and New Paradigms'


Spirituality and Recovery Conference

As more and more mental health service providers embrace a recovery approach to care, this conference will give opportunity to explore the role which spirituality has to play in such an approach. Can there be a recovery approach without taking spirituality into account? Does a recovery model open up new opportunities to ensure that attention to spiritual needs is routinely a part of assessment and care planning? Are ‘recovery’ and ‘spirituality’ simply two different words for the same thing when it comes to mental health care, or do they have their own distinct, but mutually enriching, meanings? This year's Spirituality and Recovery Conference will take place Wednesday, 12 July to Friday, 14 July. To book your place please click here.

(12 Jan 2017) » More about Spirituality and Recovery Conference


Saturday Morning Physics! - Building a star on Planet Earth

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

(10 Dec 2016) » More about Saturday Morning Physics! - Building a star on Planet Earth


50th Anniversary Conference of the Social Policy Association (SPA)

This year's SPA Annual Conference: 'Social Inequalities: Research, Theory, and Policy - Durham University' will take place from Monday, 10 July to Wednesday, 12 July . 

(7 Dec 2016) » More about 50th Anniversary Conference of the Social Policy Association (SPA)


Saturday Morning Physics! - Magnets in the Cloud

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

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


Saturday Morning Physics!

Some of the department's world class scientists will talk on their fascinating research topics including astrophysics, cosmology, materials science, lasers, quantum mechanics and particle physics. The talks will be supplemented by some hands-on activities after a coffee break. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lecture Theatre, Rochester Building between 10.30am-12.30pm on Saturday, 8 October. All welcome, no need to pre-book!

(5 Oct 2016) » More about Saturday Morning Physics!


IHRR Current Research Activities

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

(17 Feb 2016)


Need to know

Loading receipts remotely onto the People+ portal

Please remember that, unfortunately, it is not possible to load receipts remotely onto the People+ portal. This is a technical problem within the University and there is no timescale for it to be resolved. Please do not spend time trying to condense receipts as they will still not be possible to load. 

(23 Jun 2017)


Online resignation form

As an institution we are continually striving to improve the quality of the data we submit to HESA, therefore, as part of the launch of the HR web page we are also introducing a new online resignation form to streamline our leavers process and ensure we fulfil our obligations to Departments/Colleges and Staff as well as our statutory responsibilities. For further information please visit the leaving the University page on the HR & OD website.

(23 Jun 2017)


USS June 2017 Newsletter

USS issued a Member Newsletter – a copy of the newsletter is available. The newsletter contains information on the USS Investment Builder including a guide on flexibility in retirement; information and FAQs on the 2017 USS valuation; updates to the online benefit illustrator; and information on transferring pension scheme benefits in to USS.

(23 Jun 2017)


Owengate Road Closure

Durham County Council has scheduled a full road closure on Owengate to enable essential repair works; renewal of footpaths, excavation of granite cobbles and to lay a temporary bitmac surface. The road closure, which is scheduled for nine weeks from Monday, 24 July until Friday, 22 September between 8.30am till 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, will be in place to all vehicular traffic and pedestrian access with the exception of emergency vehicles. Access outside of these times will be available via Owengate as usual. Should you need any further information please contact lisa.blundell@durham.ac.uk.

(16 Jun 2017)


Durham DOES Update

Find out more about progress of the Durham DOES programme by attending one of the Town Hall meetings organised at Durham and at Queen’s Campus. The open meetings will include a presentation and time for questions and answers. They will be led by Jane Robinson, Chief Operating Officer on:

  • Thursday, 20 July, 12.45pm to 1.45pm in the Appleby Lecture Theatre, Durham City
  • Thursday, 20 July, 3pm to 4pm in D004, Ebsworth Building, Queen’s Campus

The meetings are open to all staff and will be an opportunity for you to find out more about the progress of the programme, how you can get involved and to ask any questions you may have about the programme to date. 

(9 Jun 2017) » More about Durham DOES Update


Reminder: Collingwood College - Building Work and Car Parking

Collingwood College extension work commences on site on Monday, 19 June and is expected to run until September 2018. The lower level car park at Collingwood College will be used by Surgo, the main contractor during this period. Therefore approximately 30 car parking spaces will be out of action to all staff during this timescale. 

(9 Jun 2017) » More about Reminder: Collingwood College - Building Work and Car Parking


Road closure (Tuesday, 27 June to Friday, 30 June)

In light of the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, Durham Constabulary have informed us that during the period of Congregation a full road closure with vehicle mitigation tactics being deployed will be in place each day.

(9 Jun 2017) » More about Road closure (Tuesday, 27 June to Friday, 30 June)


Staff Interest Free Loan Scheme

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

(28 Apr 2017)


Increase in spam emails - please be vigilant

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

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


Milestone progress for desktop rollout

With a much improved user experience now available on over 1,200 computers across the University, the rollout of an all new desktop environment to student and teaching computers has officially passed the halfway mark.

If you use academic applications in teaching, we strongly encourage you to test your applications on the new desktop environment before the start of term. You can see the list of applications that are available so far here, and you can test them on any of the upgraded computers around the campus. 

1200 student and teaching computers upgraded to new desktop environment

(26 Aug 2016) » More about Milestone progress for desktop rollout


Changes to the large format printing service

We’ve updated the process of ordering large format printing at the IT Service Desk in the Bill Bryson Library. 

(25 Aug 2016) » More about Changes to the large format printing service


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

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

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


Have something to include?

Please liaise with the designated contact for your department or college. For further guidance, email dialogue@durham.ac.uk