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Telephony outage

CIS will carry out the transfer of our current telephony technology to a new platform on Sunday 7 July commencing at 8am. The switchover, which should take no longer than eight hours, will affect all 0191 334 numbers operated by the University, including Queen’s Campus. During this time, you will be unable to make or receive any external calls including 999 calls. As mobile telephony will not be affected, it should be used as default for contacting emergency services. Whilst the switch over takes place, security can be contacted on a temporary number 0191 3843683. We would like to apologise for any disruption this may cause.

(14 Jun 2019)

Encore service - planned downtime

The Encore service will be temporarily unavailable on Saturday, 22 June from 9pm while it undergoes an upgrade to the Panopto Cloud v7.0. This update will include new 'behind the scenes' features but primarily improves the functionality of the Video Player and recording analytics. The expected downtime is three hours and during this time, users will be unable to access the portal and all recordings (both online and offline) will be unavailable. Access via duo will also be unavailable. The service should be fully restored by midnight. For any queries, please email via

(7 Jun 2019)

Information Security simple steps

Please take time to ensure that you're familiar with the University’s Information Security Policy. Some simple steps you can take to help keep University Information secure include:

  • Never share your passwords
  • Lock your screen when you leave your desk unattended
  • Follow a clear desk policy
  • Ensure that your portable data storage devices are encrypted if holding personal data or commercially confidential information
  • Dispose of hard copy information and IT hardware via the University’s secure procedures 

(7 Jun 2019) » More about Information Security simple steps

VC Town Hall meeting for staff - reminder

The next VC Town Hall meeting will take place on Wednesday, 19 June between 9.30am-10.30am, in the Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Palatine Centre. All staff are welcome to attend and places will be allocated on the day, up to the capacity of the room.

(7 Jun 2019)

Grey College car parks closed

On Saturday, 8 June the Grey College front car park and the car park between Hollingside and Holgate will both be closed due to a College event. The car parks will be closed from 5pm Friday, 7 June until 8am on Sunday, 9 June.

(31 May 2019)

Brand Identity - Colour Palette

What’s the best way of applying the new colour palette to marketing materials? Find out here and on page 40 of the Brand Identity Guidelines

(14 Jun 2019)

Call for contributions - deadline extended

We would like to remind you that the call for contributions to the Learning and Teaching conference 2019 is still open, and contributions will now be accepted for review, until midnight Sunday, 23 June.

(14 Jun 2019) » More about Call for contributions - deadline extended

Daphne Jackson Fellowship opportunity

Applications are invited for two 0.5 FTE Daphne Jackson Fellowships that will be hosted and fully sponsored by Durham University. Daphne Jackson Fellowships are unique - they offer scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians (STEM) wishing to return to a research career after a break of two or more years, the opportunity to balance an individually tailored retraining programme with a challenging research project in a suitably supportive environment. For further information please email or ring 0191 3343988.

(14 Jun 2019) » More about Daphne Jackson Fellowship opportunity

Digital skills courses

Our summer programme of training courses is now available to book via the training course booking system. If you have time over the summer why not consider some further digital skills training.

(14 Jun 2019) » More about Digital skills courses

Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know … it is national Clean Air Day on Thursday, 20 June? Why not find out how you can get involved by visiting the Clean Air Day website?

(14 Jun 2019) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week

June 2019 Senate - agenda and papers

The agenda and papers for the meeting of Senate taking place on Tuesday, 18 June are available online. Comments and feedback on the Senate agenda and papers can be provided by emailing

(14 Jun 2019)

Mystery shoppers wanted

Would you like to earn yourself a £5 Durham University Catering Voucher, just by visiting one of our Retail Outlets? With the Mystery Shopper programme we invite one member of staff each month, to visit the Botanic Garden, Palace Green Library, the Oriental Museum and the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. Then all you have to do is fill in a quick form outlining your experience and feedback. There are spaces for July onwards so, if you would be interested please email:

(14 Jun 2019)

Northern Accelerator funding call - could your research lead to a new spin-out or licensing opportunity?

Applications are invited for the third round of funding from Northern Accelerator, an exciting collaboration between four North East universities that is increasing the translation of world-class research into commercial opportunities. The current funding call will close on Wednesday, 31 July, with a panel of representatives from each of the partner universities, alongside invited innovation experts, assessing applications in September. For an informal discussion about making an application for a feasibility or proof of concept award, please email

(14 Jun 2019) » More about Northern Accelerator funding call - could your research lead to a new spin-out or licensing opportunity?

Research participants needed

The Department of Psychology is looking for participants between 55 and 80 with no neurological disorders and normal vision (this includes vision corrected with glasses or lenses) for a study aiming to improve diagnosis of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a rare neurological disease. Please email for more information.

(14 Jun 2019) » More about Research participants needed

Senate - AEA Election 2019

The 2019 election concluded on Tuesday, 11 June. The following candidates (alphabetical order) were elected: Alton Horsfall, Dan Lawrence, Philippa Matthews, Janet Montgomery, Colm O’Cofaigh, Steve Robertson and Jun Jie Wu. Each will serve a three year term as members of Senate and the Academic Electoral Assembly. Thank you to all colleagues who stood for election, or proposed/seconded candidates, and everyone who voted in the election.

(14 Jun 2019)

Staff discount on Durham City Run entries

Thanks to everyone who responded to the Message of the Day offering a limited number of free entries to this year's Prince Bishops Durham City Run. We will be contacting you soon to let you know if you got one of the places. If you weren't successful, you can still take advantage of a 10% staff discount for entry to either the 5km or 10km run. Register here and enter the code 10DUNIV19. The discount is available on entries until Friday, 28 June. For more information on the Festival and how we’re supporting it, please visit the website

(14 Jun 2019)

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) - Council appointments

UKRI brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. They work to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation and are looking to appoint members to each of the nine Councils. UKRI welcomes applicants from a wide range of professional backgrounds and would encourage applications from the business community. Members will be appointed for a period of two, three or four years. To find out more and to apply please visit the website.

(14 Jun 2019)

What does respect look like to you?

Our Commission on Respect, Values and Behaviour is asking for feedback from staff and students about what respect looks like to you. Click here to tell us your views by 30 June.

(14 Jun 2019)

What's On Guide

There are some issues with the What's On submission form and CIS is looking into this. In the meantime, if you have an event to submit please send the details to along with an image. You can view the listings here

(14 Jun 2019) » More about What's On Guide


As you may be aware, a new Women’s Network, Women@DU has been set up for all colleagues who identify as female at the University. The aim of the network is to share experiences, opportunities and knowledge, offering mutual support and a networking space to discuss issues that are important to us. The network provides the opportunity for us all to come together to discuss shared issues, and offer support where needed. Workshops will be led by a professional facilitator, who will help us explore our experiences. The workshops will be held in the Penthouse Suite at Collingwood College on Thursday, 18 July and Tuesday, 6 August between 12pm-2pm with lunch provided.

(14 Jun 2019)

Worktribe walk-in clinic

If you are new to using Worktribe, our Research Grants Management System, or have questions regarding the system, you're invited to come along to a walk-in clinic on Wednesday, 19 June, 2pm-4pm in the Pennington Room at Grey College. No prior booking is required. Just turn up and Durham's Worktribe System Administrator will be there to answer your questions. For further information on Worktribe, please visit the website.

(14 Jun 2019)

Your chance to explore our shared religious heritage

Our Department of Archaeology has announced a major community archaeology project, and hundreds of volunteers are needed to take part. Belief in the North East will deliver an overview of the heritage of religion in the region, from prehistory to present. A wide variety of volunteering opportunities are available, along with expert training and supervision. For more information, please visit the website.

(14 Jun 2019)

ACTION for Impact Programme 2019

Aimed at Early Career Researchers at both Durham and Newcastle Universities, you are invited to apply for a three-day residential training session, as part of the ACTION for Impact Programme 2019. The training will take place Monday, 8 July - Wednesday, 10 July at Slaley Hall, Hexham. To register your interest, please use the online form.

(7 Jun 2019) » More about ACTION for Impact Programme 2019

Apprenticeship Levy Fund applications

Many professional qualifications are now available to existing University staff as an apprenticeship standard, and you can apply for central funding for these qualifications through the apprenticeship levy funds. Further details on the criteria and application process can be found here.

(7 Jun 2019) » More about Apprenticeship Levy Fund applications

Community Newsletter out now

Want to know we what we're doing in the community? The latest edition of our Community Newsletter is out now, full of news and information about our community-focused work. Read all about it! If you have an item you'd like included in the Newsletter, please email You can sign up to receive the Newsletter here.

(7 Jun 2019)

GBP value to be claimed for non GBP transactions

Claimants are to be reimbursed for costs incurred in performing University business which are eligible under the expenses policy. All claims are made in GBP, therefore where a transaction is incurred in another currency (e.g. EUROs € or US $) then the actual cost incurred by the claimant in GBP should be put on the expenses claim. This means that the staff member must claim what the expenses actually cost them in GBP (including any bank charges). If expenses are paid using local currency, please use the exchange rate which was applied when the currency was obtained. Should you have any queries, please email

(7 Jun 2019)

Have you seen the University's new brand guidelines?

We have recently implemented a new Brand Identity and design style following approval from UEC, Senate and Council. To help you implement the new identity across all of your marketing and communications materials, we have developed a new set of web pages so you can find the information you need quickly and easily. All of our framework partners are working with the new design style, so any work you commission will be designed in the new style. For materials produced in-house, you can request a copy of your department or institute logo from College logos are available to download direct from the website. Find out more and access the full brand guidelines here.

(7 Jun 2019)

Information required for calculation of carbon emissions

The University has a statutory duty to calculate carbon emissions from staff travelling on University business. Where tickets are purchased from the University’s travel agent, Dawson & Sanderson provides the calculation for us. If tickets are purchased via another source and claimed through expenses, or on a University Barclaycard, the data has to be calculated manually. Please provide place names for your ''from'' and ''to'' destinations e.g. “Durham” to “London” for rail travel or “London Heathrow” to “Sydney” for air travel. Performing the carbon emissions data calculation manually is extremely time consuming and we would be grateful if you could please provide appropriate information with every expenses claim.

(7 Jun 2019)

Music and emotion survey

Do you like music and have 15 minutes to spare? Take this fun online survey where you get to listen to short musical pieces and rate which emotion(s) you think the music is conveying - in the name of research. For any queries, please email

(7 Jun 2019)

New IT Service Catalogue goes live

CIS has created a new IT Service Catalogue to bring together all the services we offer our customers into one single reference tool. Landing on the page, users select whether they are staff, student or visitor and are then presented with their own tailored homepage, where they can find out about all the services we provide that are relevant to them. Easy to navigate and with a powerful search function, the catalogue also enables access to the self-service portal with its comprehensive knowledge base to answer users’ IT questions. Visit the catalogue here.

(7 Jun 2019)

New student facilities taking shape at Mount Oswald

We’re making major investments in our facilities to ensure the Durham student experience rivals anywhere in the world. Work on the Mount Oswald project, to create new College and student facilities, is progressing well, and a student accommodation building which will be part of John Snow College has now reached its full height. The new home for Snow, the new South College, a University Hub building and a games area will be ready for the 2020/21 academic year. For more information, please visit the website.

(7 Jun 2019)

Staff attendance at Summer Congregation 2019

Staff who wish to join the staff procession, or request tickets for the staff seating area, are advised the do so before the online form closes on Sunday, 9 June. Late requests cannot be guaranteed. For further information regarding the staff procession, and to complete the form, please visit the website.

(7 Jun 2019)

Student Terms and Conditions

Successful study at university stems from a partnership between students and staff, and we are committed to providing a learning environment and student services which can help students to fulfil their potential. Underpinning this relationship, the University has a set of Student Regulations, Policies and Codes of Practice. Together with the Terms and Conditions of Admissions, they form the legal relationship or “contract” between students and the University concerning study at Durham University. Please see the recently updated 'Student Terms and Conditions' webpage for further information.

(7 Jun 2019)

Vote Now: Senate AEA Election 2019

Staff at grade 7 and above are invited to vote in the 2019 Senate – AEA election. The electronic ballot can be accessed here (normal log on and password). Votes must be cast by 4pm on Tuesday, 11 June. The outcome of the election will be reported to Senate on Tuesday, 18 June, and in Dialogue Signposts on Friday, 21 June. Successful candidates will serve a three year term as a member of Senate and of the AEA Standing Committee.

(7 Jun 2019)

Would you like to host a Japanese student for the weekend?

Teikyo University of Japan is looking for friendly hosts to look after a group of Japanese students for a weekend in order to give them a taste of real British life. The students are aged 19/20 years and will be visiting Durham as part of their English Language course. If you would like to invite a Japanese student to stay for the weekend, we are suggesting either Saturday, 9 - Sunday, 10 November or Saturday, 23 - Sunday, 24 November. For initial expressions of interest and any questions please email

(7 Jun 2019) » More about Would you like to host a Japanese student for the weekend?

Your University needs you to marshal at Congregation

Do you like cake? Do you want to help celebrate our student's success? If so, we need you to marshal at Summer Congregation. We still have a number of vacant roles across the week which need to be filled. In return, you can participate in the three cake challenge* and experience the fantastic atmosphere of Congregation. If you are able to help, please contact or call x 46125 *if working full days. Half days can join the two cake challenge.

(7 Jun 2019)

5th Ustinov Annual Conference: Register now

The conference entitled 'Under the microscope: global citizenship, immigration and the refugee crisis' will begin on Friday, 5 July with a conference dinner. The main conference programme, including keynote lectures and workshops, will take place at Ustinov College, Sheraton Park on Saturday, 6 July and Sunday, 7 July. Registration for the conference is now open. For more information please visit the Ustinov Annual Conference webpages or email

(31 May 2019) » More about 5th Ustinov Annual Conference: Register now

Building a more open, inclusive and diverse community

We’re working to build an open, inclusive and diverse environment where all members of our community can achieve their full potential. That’s why we’ve signed the NUS-UUK Closing The Gap pledge to address the BAME student attainment gap and are working towards the Advance HE Race Equality Charter Mark for representation, progression and success of BAME staff and students.

(31 May 2019) » More about Building a more open, inclusive and diverse community

Collingwood car park closure

Collingwood's car park will be closed all day on Sunday, 16 June and Monday, 17 June. All vehicles must be moved off site by Saturday, 15 June evening. This is due to Collingwood Day.

(31 May 2019)

Deputy to the Vice-Provost (Research)

Applications are invited for a development opportunity within the Provost’s Office as Deputy to the Vice-Provost (Research). Details of this position may be found under reference 018635 on the “My Recruit” section within People Plus. The closing date is Monday, 24 June at 12pm. Informal inquiries about this position should be made to Professor Colin Bain at

(31 May 2019)

Development opportunities

There are still plenty of development opportunities available before the end of the academic year, so please take a look at the additional workshops recently launched on the training course booking system by the HR Organisation Development team.

(31 May 2019) » More about Development opportunities

Dialogue 62 - out now

The latest edition of our Dialogue magazine is out now. You can read the 'new look' edition here.

(31 May 2019)

Honorary Professorship in Law

Our Law School has awarded a Distinguished Honorary Professorship to Professor Steven Schwarcz, of Duke University in the USA. One of the world's leading authorities on financial regulation, Professor Schwarcz gave his inaugural lecture at a symposium on ‘Financial Inclusion and Access to Credit’ on Tuesday, 28 May at Durham Castle. You can read more about it here.

(31 May 2019)

Infrastructure improvements project moves forward

We are proposing to make a significant investment in improving paths and roads around our campus. We consulted on detailed proposals last year, and have now submitted a planning application to Durham County Council for consideration. For more information, please visit the project web page.

(31 May 2019) » More about Infrastructure improvements project moves forward

Meeting of University Council

University Council met on Tuesday, 21 May. Its key business included a discussion of initiatives to inform the University’s Access and Participation Plan required by the Office for Students, a proposal for a Durham Maths School, an update on the People Strategy, and the University’s performance in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey. Further information is available by emailing

(31 May 2019) » More about Meeting of University Council

Mill Hill Lane footpath diversion

Work is to begin on Monday, 3 June to divert a short stretch of footpath alongside Mill Hill Lane. A section of the existing footpath past the Mount Oswald development site is to be closed, to allow creation of an entrance to the new Multi Use Games Area. A replacement path will be created adjacent to the existing path. In the short term, mats will be laid on the grass to ensure a solid footpath for pedestrians. In the long term, a permanent tarmac path will be provided.

(31 May 2019)

Mount Oswald project update

Work is continuing on building new College and student facilities at Mount Oswald. Read the latest newsletter from Interserve Construction, who are building the new facilities, here. Keep up to date on the Mount Oswald project here.

(31 May 2019)

Participants needed

Our Music and Science Lab is running a 45-50 minute experiment on how non-Western music is emotionally perceived. The study will involve listening to variations of (mostly) non-Western pieces, and then rating them via pictures while connected to GSR/HRV monitoring device. It is essential that volunteers have musical training to Grade 5 level (minimum) on any instrument/vocal training, or equivalent practice-based experience. Participants will receive £8 for taking part. If you are interested, please visit the website.

(31 May 2019) » More about Participants needed

Registration closing soon

Conference registration for the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies' 2019 'Durham Early Modern Studies Conference', which will offer a broad and inclusive interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of the period c.1450 to c.1800, is closing soon. To book, please visit the website.

(31 May 2019) » More about Registration closing soon

Registration deadline approaching for summer language courses

Our Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering daytime and evening courses this summer in a range of languages. The deadline for registration is midnight Monday, 3 June, with courses starting week commencing Monday, 10 June. All are open to staff, students and members of the public (for a fee). For full details, please see the website.

(31 May 2019)

Registration open - Inaugural Interdisciplinary PGR Conference

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Health will host the inaugural Interdisciplinary PGR Conference on the theme 'Global Challenges'. The conference is scheduled for Friday, 28 June at Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham and registration for the conference is now open. Please register for the conference here. For more information please visit the webpage or email Please note that there is no charge to PGR students presenting or attending the conference and refreshments and lunch will be provided.

(31 May 2019)

Sign up for the Northern Power Women podcast event

Professor Louise Bracken, Executive Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, will join a live recording of the Northern Power Women podcast on Thursday, 13 June at our Business School. The podcast involves a panel discussing the biggest issues that affect our careers and gives you the opportunity to hear from an individual at the top of their game on the challenges they have faced and mistakes they made along the way. To attend the event, you need to register on Eventbrite

(31 May 2019)

Study on diverse intelligence

Self-diagnosed and diagnosed autistic adults are needed for a study on diverse social intelligence. The study takes around 30 minutes and can be done at a place of your convenience. Please email to express an interest in taking part. Participants will be asked to watch three short videos and answer some questions on them. All results will be fully anonymised. Ethics approval has been granted by Durham and Edinburgh Universities for this study.

(31 May 2019)

Sustainable Travel Plan Survey now open

Our Sustainable Travel Plan Survey is now open and a link can be found on the Greenspace website. Each year we undertake a travel survey to find out whether we are on track to reach our sustainable travel targets. Our survey is open until Tuesday, 11 June and we encourage everyone to take part.

(31 May 2019)

Delivered catering changes

Planned changes to our delivered catering service, currently known as YUM, will take effect from June. As part of this the online booking system will be updated to a new system from Monday, 3 June. The current online system will still be available to use up to 5pm on Friday, 31 May, for orders to be delivered until Sunday, 2 June.

(24 May 2019) » More about Delivered catering changes

Durham City Neighbourhood Plan consultation

The City of Durham Parish Council will be carrying out a final consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan for Durham City until Friday, 28 June. If you are a resident within Durham City, staff or student, please use this opportunity to have your say and make sure that your priorities are reflected in the Plan.

(24 May 2019) » More about Durham City Neighbourhood Plan consultation

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? Further details can be found on the Greenspace Green Move Out website

(24 May 2019) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week

K2 Software upgrade

The K2 MIS system, used for reporting maintenance jobs, will be upgraded on Wednesday, 12 June. It is anticipated the system will be unavailable for the whole day but will be operational again from the morning of Thursday, 13 June. During the downtime can users please note the following guidance.

(24 May 2019) » More about K2 Software upgrade

Marshals needed for Summer Congregation 2019

Staff are invited to get involved at Summer Congregation by volunteering to marshal. You will be working with colleagues from across the University to provide advice and guidance to students, guests and staff attending ceremonies. Please sign up here by Monday, 3 June. Instructions and training will be provided in advance, and lunch plus cakes/refreshments will be supplied in the Cathedral Restaurant.

(24 May 2019)

Nominate someone for a UK honour

We are seeking suggestions of exceptional University people to recommend for a UK honour. The award is given to a wide variety of individuals from different backgrounds who have made a significant contribution in their role, their field or in their community, over and above the normal expectations of their job. The University Secretary's Office will provide support to submit nominations for those suggestions which meet the criteria for an honours award. Further information on eligibility and how to submit suggestions is published here.

(24 May 2019)

Roger Kelly memorial service - reminder

A memorial service for Roger Kelly will be held on Tuesday, 11 June at Ushaw College . Tickets are required for the service and can be reserved by emailing

(24 May 2019) » More about Roger Kelly memorial service - reminder

Sustainable Travel Plan Survey 2019

As part of our Sustainable Travel Plan, each year we undertake a travel survey to find out whether we are on track to reach our sustainable travel targets. The data collected is important in informing the development of our Sustainable Travel Plan. Our survey will open on Tuesday 28 May and a link will be available on the Green Travel website. We aim to reduce the overall environmental impact of staff and student travel and recognise that our activities contribute to traffic congestion and pollution. There are actions we all can take – every small step leads to big change.

(24 May 2019)

Worktribe walk-in clinic

If you are new to using Worktribe, our Research Grants Management System, or have questions regarding the system, you're invited to come along to a walk-in clinic on Wednesday, 29 May, 2pm-4pm in the Pennington Room at Grey College. No prior booking is required. Just turn up and Durham's Worktribe System Administrator will be there to answer your questions. For further information on Worktribe, please visit the web page.

(24 May 2019)

Research Committee - expression of interest

Vacancies on the Research Committee remain open, and colleagues are invited to apply to by Monday, 17 June by submitting an expression of interest. All members of the University community are encouraged to consider applying.

(10 May 2019) » More about Research Committee - expression of interest

Senate Committee Vacancies 2019

Colleagues are invited to apply for vacancies on the Senate Academic Appeals Committee by submitting an expression of interest by Monday, 17 June. All members of the University community are encouraged to apply.

(3 May 2019) » More about Senate Committee Vacancies 2019

Would you know what to do?

At any time, somebody you know, work with, teach, or care about could disclose to you that they have been the victim of sexual harassment or abuse. If they do, then how you respond in the moment that follows matters a great deal. We run free training courses to help students and staff to understand how best to respond if someone discloses to them. For dates and times, please visit our webpage.

(12 Apr 2019)

'Early bird' registration discount for Summer Intensive language courses

The Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering a £25 discount on Intensive language courses to those registering by Tuesday, 30 April. Intensive courses run during the day from Monday, 10 June - Friday, 21 June. Nine-week evening courses are also available as part of the summer programme. All courses are open to Durham University staff, students and members of the public (for a fee). For course listings and further details, please see the website.

(28 Mar 2019)

New Song - Biblical Hebrew Poetry as Jewish and Christian Scripture for the 21st Century

This conference will be held on Monday, 24 June and Tuesday, 25 June at Ushaw College, Durham. It will bring together leading scholars from around the world to explore the significance of the poetic medium in the ongoing interpretive engagement with Biblical Hebrew poetry as Scripture in today's world. The aim of the conference is to move beyond reconstructive historical work to constructive theological work. Register now.

(20 Feb 2019)

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)

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

(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)

Mobile learning technologies for primary education in rural Zimbabwe

Achieving universal primary education in Zimbabwe is hampered by shortages of motivated, experienced, qualified teachers and educational resources. Ruth First Scholar, Faith Chipuriro, will talk about her research on the development of mobile technologies to support the development of primary education in rural Zimbabwe on Friday, 21 June at 5pm in the Lindisfarne Centre, St. Aidan's College.

(14 Jun 2019)

Bring on the Bands

Durham University Concert Band and Grollingwood Big Band present 'Bring on the Bands', an evening of music and entertainment in Durham Town Hall on Thursday, 20 June at 7pm. Tickets are available now on the website.

(7 Jun 2019)

Summer in the City

Summer in the City Festival is taking over Durham this June, celebrating the best of the city’s theatre, music and art. Throughout June, Durham will be packed full of cultural events for everyone to enjoy. Durham University, Durham County Council and regional artists bring you a dynamic programme of events to celebrate the cultural life of Durham. This month-long festival showcases the best theatre, musical concerts and art projects Durham has on offer. Take a look at all of the events happening on the website.

(7 Jun 2019)

Poetry reading

Come along to hear Michael Symmons Roberts read from his award-winning poetry on Monday, 24 June between 7.30pm-9pm at Ushaw College. This event is free, however booking is required by Monday, 10 June. To register please visit the website.

(31 May 2019) » More about Poetry reading

Ancient Egypt Summer School

We are offering a week-long summer school about Ancient Egypt. Through practical hands-on sessions with archival records and ancient Egyptian objects hosted at our libraries and museums we will untangle the many past and present stories woven within Ancient Egypt’s material culture. For further details with cost and how to book please visit the website

(24 May 2019)

Centre for Cultural Ecologies - Summer Reading Group

Our next Reading Group will meet Wednesday, 12 June, 9.30am-11am in A56, Elvet Riverside. In this session we will discuss Shiloh Krupar’s Hot Spotter’s Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste (University of Minnesota Press 2013). We will focus on the Introduction and Chapter 1 (Where Eagles Dare: A Biopolitical Fable about the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge) —page 1 to 95. For a copy, please email

(24 May 2019)

New exhibition at Palace Green Library

'Wild: A celebration of the natural history of the British Isles' is the new exhibition at Palace Green Library. Visitors have the chance to learn about the varied habitats of the British Isles and see some of Britain's most elusive wild animals up close and personal. Entry is free every day until October 6.

(24 May 2019) » More about New exhibition at Palace Green Library

Whole Earth Photo & Poetry Competition

The Durham Whole Earth Photo & Poetry Competition takes inspiration from the Whole Earth? exhibition. It invites students and staff to consider how we as individuals and as a University can make society more sustainable, and convey this through photography and/or poetry. The competition forms part of the lead up to the Whole Earth Eco-Festival & Exhibition taking place 3-10 June at St John's College, Palace Green and Durham University Business School.

(17 Apr 2019) » More about Whole Earth Photo & Poetry Competition

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)

Health and Safety workshops for Principal Investigators

Health and Safety (H&S) Services are re-launching the Introduction to Managing H&S for Principal Investigators workshops. This is an opportunity for participants to gain an insight into the key components of effective H&S management in a research-based environment and provide staff with an awareness of the underlying legislative principles and business drivers. The workshops are primarily aimed at new and existing academic staff overseeing research in laboratories or higher-risk fieldwork activities in the Faculties of Science and Social Sciences and Health. Book your place. For more information, please contact

(8 Mar 2019)

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