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BBC training day

To encourage female academics to contribute to BBC programmes in their subject areas, a one-day training programme will take place at Broadcasting House in London on Friday, 31 March, free of charge to successful applicants. Details of how to apply to this BBC ‘familiarisation day’ are here and the closing date is Sunday, 26 February.

(17 Feb 2017)


Commission on Interdisciplinary Research

The Commission on Interdisciplinary Research, taking place at the end of March, will involve a wide-ranging enquiry into the management, governance and resourcing of interdisciplinary research across the University. The review team will comprise a panel of external and internal academics with expertise in interdisciplinary research and experience of senior university management, and will meet groups of staff from different parts of the University as part of the review. We’d like also to gather the views of the wider academic community to submit to the panel as evidence, and would therefore be grateful if you could take the time to complete this staff survey on interdisciplinary research: Staff Survey – Commission on Interdisciplinary Research.

(17 Feb 2017)


Don't miss out: follow CIS on Twitter!

Make sure you know what is happening in the event of IT disruption by following CIS on Twitter www.twitter.com/Durhamuni_cis. If you can't access emails or University web pages, it's one of the places where we share information about our services. In the event of major IT disruption it can sometimes be the only source of information.

(17 Feb 2017) » More about Don't miss out: follow CIS on Twitter!


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


Joint SCA/SV Volunteering Day

On Friday, 24 February, Staff Volunteering and Student Community Action will be joining forces during Student Volunteer Week (20 – 26 February) and will be volunteering together at two sites: Stockton Road Cemetery, Durham, and the Daisy Chain Superstore, Stockton. 

(17 Feb 2017) » More about Joint SCA/SV Volunteering Day


Rare Disease Day 2017

Dr Amelia Lake from the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, would like to invite you take part in Jeans for Genes day in support of the David Ashwell Foundation. This will take place as part of Rare Disease Day on Tuesday, 28 February.

(17 Feb 2017) » More about Rare Disease Day 2017


Senior Academic Leadership Opportunity - Associate Provost

The University is seeking to appoint an Associate Provost to provide senior academic leadership and support to the role of Provost, currently held by Professor Antony Long.

(17 Feb 2017) » More about Senior Academic Leadership Opportunity - Associate Provost


Applications are now open for the 2017 Durham University Sutton Trust Summer Schools!

The Access and Student Recruitment Team are pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for the 2017 Sutton Trust Summer Schools. The free, one week residential events for Year 12 students attending state maintained schools in the UK are an excellent introduction to university life and come with the opportunity to work towards entry to Durham University.

(16 Feb 2017) » More about Durham University Sutton Trust Summer Schools!


Open Day Ambassador Recruitment

Access and Student Recruitment is currently recruiting for Open Day Ambassadors for Pre-application Open Days 2017.

(16 Feb 2017) » More about Open Day Ambassador Recruitment


Post-offer Visit Day

The first of the Post-offer Visit Days is due to take place on Wednesday, 22 February and we are expecting 1,000 offer-holders. 

(16 Feb 2017) » More about Post-offer Visit Day


Research Impact Fund (RIF) Deadline

Applications are invited for proposals to the next call for the Research Impact Fund (formerly known as the Impact Seedcorn Fund) for 2016/17. 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. The closing date for this call is Monday, 6 March. 

(16 Feb 2017) » More about Research Impact Fund (RIF) Deadline


University Bedel Vacancy

A member of staff is sought to take on the role of Bedel at University ceremonial events. Bedels play an important role in directing staff and students at ceremonies and adding to the pageantry of the occasion.

(16 Feb 2017) » More about University Bedel Vacancy


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know you can win Fairtrade goodies by guessing the Fairtrade ingredients in the Vice-Chancellor’s and the Green Dean’s cake?

(15 Feb 2017) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week


Research & Research Related Activities: Policy Consultation

Research & Innovation Services are currently consulting across the University on the following documents; Research Integrity Policy and Code of Practice, Research Data Management Policy, Intellectual Property Policy, Open Access Policy & Institutional Affiliation Policy

(15 Feb 2017) » More about Research & Research Related Activities: Policy Consultation


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?


Change of Vehicle Registration

If you need to update your car parking permit with a new registration, you must fill in the Change of Vehicle form on the website. This will then be forwarded to the Car Parking team to process.

(10 Feb 2017)


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)


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know … you can travel free on Arriva’s 56 and 57 bus services all day, any day, between Durham Bus Station and Coxhoe via Stockton Road? Further details are available here

(10 Feb 2017)


Nordic Walking - Lunchtime Taster Sessions

As part of Greenspace Fortnight staff can join a Nordic walk led by Go Smarter to Work in the week commencing 27 February. There are six sessions available which will take place at either the Botanic Garden or on Palace Green. Please visit the Go Smarter website to find the dates and times and to book a place. Further details and a full list of activities and events during Greenspace Fortnight will be available on the Greenspace website shortly. 

(10 Feb 2017)


Reminder - Big Fairtrade Bake

There is one week left to sign up to the Big Fairtrade Bake. Sign up via the online form by Friday, 17 February to receive 250g Fairtrade sugar and 250g plain flour for free. Why not get together with your Durham University friends or colleagues to share your Fairtrade bake at a bake event during Greenspace Fortnight? Full details are available on the Greenspace Fairtrade website.

(10 Feb 2017)


Visitor Car Parking

If you require a Visitor parking bay on the Mountjoy site for an external visitor, you must apply on-line to ‘Visitor Parking’ using this link. This will be handled by the Security team who subject to availability, will allocate a Visitor parking bay and your visitor will be able to collect their permit at the security barrier upon arrival. You will be notified if your application is successful and this information can then be shared with your visitor. Please book as early as possible as there is often high demand for such spaces.

(10 Feb 2017)


Durham Learning and Teaching Awards

We are pleased to announce the annual call for our three learning and teaching awards. The awards are for Enhancing the Student Learning Experience, Excellence in Learning and Teaching and Excellence in Doctoral Supervision. Read on for further details or contact acad.dev@durham.ac.uk.

(9 Feb 2017) » More about Durham Learning and Teaching Awards


Make the Switch Roadshow

If you are frustrated with your daily commute and spending a lot of money on petrol, then there is another way to travel. You could make the switch to active and sustainable ways of travelling – like walking, cycling, using public transport and car sharing – which could make your journeys to work healthier, cheaper and greener. 'Make the Switch' roadshow will be held on Saturday, 18 February in Durham Market Place. The event is run by Go Smarter, the sustainable transport programme, who can help you make small changes to your everyday journeys that can keep you fit and active; save you money; and help protect the environment by reducing congestion and carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles.

(9 Feb 2017)


Research Staff Awards 2017

We are pleased to announce the launch of Durham’s inaugural Research Staff Awards. These awards recognise the significant contribution made to the University from our contracted research staff. Nominations are to be made by line managers, principal investigators or mentors. For more information and to enter visit our online form. Applications will close on Friday, 31 March.

(9 Feb 2017)


International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is Wednesday, 8 March. In order to celebrate it we'd like to organise a day of tweeting where we promote the work of women within the University. Are you on Twitter and willing to get engaged by sending a few tweets to promote your female friends and colleagues at Durham on IWD? If so, please contact catherine.foster@durham.ac.uk and we will send further details to you nearer the time. 

(6 Feb 2017)


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know …. the 40B bus service runs between Durham Train Station and Upper Mountjoy? A timetable can be found on the Greenspace Travel website. The 40B bus service runs at peak times from Durham Railway Station via the Bus Station and New Elvet. Staff and students can use the service for £1 single and £1.50 return anywhere along the route. 

(3 Feb 2017)


More Homestay Accommodation needed for International Students

Do you enjoy hosting visitors in your own home? Could you offer a warm welcome to international students attending short courses in Durham this summer or later in the year? If so, the English Language Centre would love to hear from you. We're looking for more hosts with a spare room who could provide half board accommodation. In return for your friendly welcome, we offer a generous remuneration and the full support of our homestay coordinator. For further details please contact Chris and Clare at homestay.elc@durham.ac.uk.

(3 Feb 2017)


Reminder - Eco-Driving Training Opportunity

Interested in learning about driving more economically? Then why not sign up to an eco-driving session which is being offered during Greenspace Fortnight. Smart driving courses typically involve one-on-one in-car training. They focus on reducing fuel consumption in built up areas where speeds are lower and highlight the importance of planning ahead and making better choices. Sessions are being offered on a first come first served basis on Thursday, 2 March and Tuesday, 7 March and will last no longer than two hours. If you are interested please register your initial interest via email to green.travel@durham.ac.uk receive further details.

(3 Feb 2017)


Post-offer visit day

The Student Recruitment team, in collaboration with academic departments, colleges and support services, will be hosting an additional Post-offer Visit Day this year. The event is for applicants holding an offer with the University and will tale place on Wednesday, 22 February, which falls within the half-term for a number of schools and colleges. Post-offer Visit Days will also be held in March, during the Easter vacation period. Approximately 1000 offer holders are expected to attend this day only event. Visitors have been strongly advised to use public transport to travel to Durham and that there is no parking available on site. For more information please go to our Visit Us webpages or contact open.days@durham.ac.uk.

(2 Feb 2017)


Introducing IMPACT

The Business School released their first edition of Impact, its thought-leadership and news magazine, at Winter Congregation. The School continues to be at the forefront for leading influence and change, and this magazine enables us to showcase the impact our students, researchers, Business School staff, and alumni have across the business community and world. The feature article – ‘Destination Unknown: where are our leaders taking us?’ – covers the two major geopolitical shifts in 2016 (Brexit and the US Presidential election), and includes comment and discussion by several of the School’s leading academics. Issue 1 of Impact is available online for you to view here.

(26 Jan 2017)


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know … you can sign up to the Big Fairtrade Bake from Friday, 20 January and receive free plain flour and Fairtrade sugar? The University is Fairtrade Accredited and as part of the National Fairtrade Fortnight, the Big Fairtrade Bake will take place between Monday, 27 February and Sunday, 12 March and is open to all staff and students. The Big Fairtrade Bake gives you the chance to bake and share Fairtrade goods with your friends and colleagues, and you could even win a selection of Fairtrade goodies. Sign up by Friday, 17 February to receive 250g of Fairtrade sugar and 250g of plain flour for free. Full details and sign up are available on the Greenspace Fairtrade website

(20 Jan 2017)


Access/Word courses at Queen's Campus

Three additional Access/Word courses have been scheduled at Queen’s Campus this Term. These courses can be booked through the training course booking system and are open to all staff and students. 

  • DS225 First Steps with Access (Ebsworth, D222) - Tuesday, 24 January 1pm-4pm
  • DS227 Moving on with Access (Ebsworth, D222) - Tuesday, 14 February 1pm-4pm
  • DS68 Long Documents with Word (Ebsworth, D222) - Tuesday, 14 March 1pm-4pm

(19 Jan 2017)


National Student Survey

Final year undergraduate students will have the opportunity to participate in the National Student Survey 2017 (NSS) from Monday, 23 January. The survey is very important to both the University and Durham Students’ Union, and only takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. Please encourage all final year undergraduate students to respond to the survey at www.thestudentsurvey.com. The Department and College with the highest response rate will receive £500 to spend on its students. For further information, please contact alyson.bird@durham.ac.uk.

(17 Jan 2017)


Subject Support at the Library

Subject Support will be available to Durham University students on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-4pm from our Academic Liaison Librarians. Alongside the Subject Support Point at the Bill Bryson Library, a live Twitter chat will also be operating, just Tweet #AskDULIB to ask your questions!

(16 Jan 2017) » More about Subject Support at the Library


Academic Language and Communication Programme

If you have students who wish to develop or improve their academic reading, writing, thinking or communication skills, the Academic Language and Communication programme has nearly 50 courses available in Epiphany Term two to help them do this. Courses are free to registered Durham University students and will be available to book from 9am on Monday, 16 January via the Training Course Booking System. Full information about the courses is on the English Language Centre website.

(13 Jan 2017) » More about Academic Language and Communication Programme


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know…you can apply to the Ring-Fenced Carbon Budget to fund carbon saving initiatives in your area? Closing date for this round is Tuesday, 28 February. Full details at www.durham.ac.uk/greenspace/cmp/projects

(12 Jan 2017)


Smart Driving - Training Opportunity

Interested in learning about driving more economically? Then why not sign up to an eco-driving session which is being offered during Greenspace Fortnight. Smart driving courses typically involve one-on-one in-car training. They focus on reducing fuel consumption in built up areas where speeds are lower and highlight the importance of planning ahead and making better choices. Sessions are being offered on a first come first served basis on Thursday, 2 March and Tuesday, 7 March and will last no longer that two hours. If you are interested please register your initial interest via email to green.travel@durham.ac.uk by Friday, 20 January and receive further details. 

(12 Jan 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)


Update to computers in open access areas

The Managed Desktop on student and teaching computers is based on Windows 10. Next week (w/c 9 January) we’ll be upgrading the version of Windows 10 that we use in open access areas only, to the latest release from Microsoft. If you or your students use the Managed Desktop, read on to find out more about some small differences you'll notice.

(5 Jan 2017) » More about Update to computers in open access areas


Have you borrowed money online? Participants needed

Durham University and Newcastle University are looking to talk to people about their experiences of accessing and using short-term credit products through digital devices like smartphones, laptops, PCs or tablets. Short-term credit products might include payday loans, guarantor loans or purchases from weekly payment stores. Discussions will last between 45 minutes and 1 hour and take place at a time and place convenient to you. Participants will be given a £20 shopping voucher as a thank you for their involvement in the research. If you would like to take part, please contact Rachel Gordon: rachel.gordon@newcastle.ac.uk

(14 Dec 2016)


Join the Student Recruitment Network

Are you interested in visiting local schools and colleges to promote Durham University? The Student Recruitment team (part of SRAO) are looking to build a network of University staff across departments, colleges and professional support services who would like to be involved in student recruitment activity at some level. The network also aims to work more closely with you and provide support where existing links have already been developed. If you would like to be part of this network and keep informed about relevant opportunities please find out more and sign up here.

(9 Nov 2016) » More about Join the Student Recruitment Network


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

Charity Fun Run

Student Community Action and Team Durham have organised a Charity Fun Run at Queen’s Campus as part of Student Volunteering Week! It starts at 1pm on Sunday, 26 February outside the Sports Centre. You can run or walk one or three miles and everybody is welcome. Donations on the day will go to a local NHS Motion Project which works to improve mental health. To register please email Hannah on queens.sca@durham.ac.uk. Come and grab your running shoes and get involved in a great family friendly event!

(17 Feb 2017)


Durham International Festival of Enterprise at the Gala Theatre and Town Hall

Durham International Festival of Enterprise is a new business event aimed at showcasing enterprise and innovation in Durham and the North East of England. It offers an amazing opportunity to gain practical advice and inspiration from experts and peers who will share their views, advice and experiences on growing and succeeding in business. This event, which takes place on Tuesday, 28 February and Wednesday, 1 March, is free to attend but places must be booked in advance at www.durhamfestivalofenterprise.co.uk

(17 Feb 2017) » More about Durham International Festival of Enterprise at the Gala Theatre and Town Hall


Talk by Ruth Hunt, Stonewall

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of UK-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-equality charity Stonewall, the largest LGBT equality body in Europe, will come to Durham for a talk on Tuesday, 7 March. The talk will take place in the Joachim Room, College of St Hild & St Bede from 12noon to 2pm and a lunch is included. If you would like to book a place please visit here.

(10 Feb 2017) » More about Talk by Ruth Hunt, Stonewall


Scholarly Talk

The scholarly talk entitled 'Strategic decision making in organisations: challenges and the remedies' will be presented by Dr Simon Haslam on Friday, 24 February at 5.30pm in F009, Wolfson, Queen's Campus. The talk is followed by supper in the Snug, Waterside. If you are interested in attending this talk please sign up here.

(7 Feb 2017) » More about Scholarly Talk


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

Research Seminar: Uncovering Policy Legacy: An Ethnographic Account of a Secondary School's Commitment to Creativity

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, 1 March 2017 at 1pm in ED134. The seminar will be led by Pauline Moger and Professor Carl Bagley from the School of Education. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact ed.finres@durhan.ac.uk

(22 Feb 2017) » More about Research Seminar: Uncovering Policy Legacy: An Ethnographic Account of a Secondary School's Commitment to Creativity


Scale in Ecological Systems, Past and Present

The fifth seminar in this IAS-sponsored series will be on Wednesday, 22 February at 12pm in the IAS Seminar Room, Cosin’s Hall, Palace Green. Guest speaker Professor Chris Thomas FRS, University of York, will talk about ‘Surviving the Anthropocene: A story of biological gains as well as losses.’ All are welcome and a sandwich lunch will be provided. **Please note change of venue to that advertised in the IAS brochure**

(17 Feb 2017)


Durham Castle Lecture

Dr Annie Gray, food historian and broadcaster, will give a Castle Lecture on ‘A Greedy Queen: Queen Victoria and Her Food’ on Wednesday, 22 February at 8pm in the Great Hall, Durham Castle. Doors open at 7.30pm, and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis - no reservations required.

(16 Feb 2017) » More about A Greedy Queen: Queen Victoria and her food


Great Debate: Science, Rationality and Religion

The Great Debate: Science, Rationality and Religion, featuring the Bishop of Durham and Professors Stewart Clark and Tom McLeish, both from Durham University, will take place in the Department of Physics, Ogden Centre West, Lower Mountjoy, Durham University, on Friday, 3 March from 7pm to 9.30pm. For further information, please visit here.

(16 Feb 2017)


Institute of Advanced Study - Reminder of Forthcoming Events in Epiphany 2017

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) has a wide variety of events this Term and next including lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2016/17 ‘Scale’ programme. Most events, and in particular lectures, are free to attend and open to all. For a full list of events please visit here.

(16 Feb 2017) » More about Institute of Advanced Study - Reminder of Forthcoming Events in Epiphany 2017


Research Seminar: The Effect Size Fallacy

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, 22 February at 1pm in ED134 at the School of Education. The seminar will be led by Professor Adrian Simpson from the School of Education, Durham University. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact ed.finres@durham.ac.uk.

(16 Feb 2017) » More about Research Seminar: The Effect Size Fallacy


Women in Science Keynote Lecture 2017

This lecture, given by Dame Jocelyn Burnell DBE FRS and entitled ‘Careering through Astronomy’, will take place on Tuesday, 7 March from 2.05pm to 3.05pm, in CLC203, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre. 

(14 Feb 2017) » More about Women in Science Keynote Lecture 2017


Centre for Public Policy and Health (CPPH) Lecture

The lecture entitled 'The Art and Science of Non-Evaluation Evaluation' by Lorelei Jones and Justin Waring will take place on Thursday, 23 February, 1pm-2.30pm in F009, Wolfson Building, Queen's Campus, Stockton. To attend this free guest lecture please register here

(10 Feb 2017) » More about Centre for Public Policy and Health (CPPH) Lecture


Durham Energy Institute (DEI) Events

Durham Energy Institute (DEI) has a variety of public lectures and seminars planned for Epiphany term. All events are free to attend and open to all. Please view our events here. You can also view a poster of the Epiphany term events here.

(10 Feb 2017)


Durham Energy Institute (DEI) Seminar Series

Our February DEI seminar entitled The Architect as Shopper: Women, electricity, building products and the interwar ‘proprietary turn’ in the UK is given by Dr Katie Lloyd Thomas, Newcastle University on Thursday, 23 February at 1pm in E245, Engineering & Computing Sciences. All seminars are free to attend and open to all.

(10 Feb 2017)


The Russian Revolution: A Centenary Perspective

Professor Steve Smith (All Souls, Oxford) will be giving this talk on Tuesday, 28 February at 5.15pm in the Concert Room, Music Department. Professor Smith has written a number of books on the Russian and Chinese revolutions, including Revolution and the People in Russia and China: A Comparative History (Cambridge, 2008). The talk is part of the History department's Modern European Cultural History seminar series.

(10 Feb 2017)


Public Lecture

Professor Maurice Whitehead (Venerable English College, Rome) will give this lecture on Christopher Maire, SJ, a Durham Cartographer in Enlightenment Italy as part of the Ushaw Lecture series at Ushaw College on Wednesday, 22 February at 6pm. The lecture will be preceded by a drinks reception at 5.30pm. All are welcome. To register, please email hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk. If you need help with transport between Durham City and Ushaw College, please contact Jane at ccs.admin@durham.ac.uk or on 0191 334 1656 by 9am on Monday, 20 February. For directions, please see www.ushaw.org.

(7 Feb 2017)


Women in Science Keynote Lecture 2017

This lecture, given by Dame Jocelyn Burnell DBE FRS is entitled ‘Careering through Astronomy’, will take place on Tuesday, 7 March 2.05pm-3.05pm, in CLC203, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre. You will also have the opportunity to meet Jocelyn, 1pm-2pm, in CLC406 Derman Christopherson Room, Calman Learning Centre. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome and booking is not required. Further information is published here.

(7 Feb 2017) » More about Women in Science Keynote Lecture 2017


Public Lecture: Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America

This public lecture by Michael Wear (founder of Public Square Strategies LLC) will take place on Wednesday, 22 Febuary in the Leech Hall, St John’s College at 6.30pm. Michael Wear is a leading expert and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics and American public life. He was one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts.

(3 Feb 2017)


Public Lecture: Shining light on Medieval documents

Professor Andrew Beeby from the Department of Chemistry will give this public lecture on Wednesday, 22 February at 6pm in Room A003, Ellinson building, Northumbria University, NE1 8ST. A buffet will be served from 6.30pm. All are welcome.

(3 Feb 2017)


Women in Science Keynote Lecture 2017: Careering through Astronomy

This lecture, given by Dame Jocelyn Burnell DBE FRS is entitled ‘Careering through Astronomy’, will take place on Tuesday, 7 March 2.05pm-3.05pm, in CLC203, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre. You will also have the opportunity to meet Jocelyn, 1pm-2pm, in CLC406 Derman Christopherson Room, Calman Learning Centre. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome and booking is not required. Further information is published here.

(3 Feb 2017) » More about Women in Science Keynote Lecture 2017: Careering through Astronomy


New Workshop: Teaching in an International Classroom

This new workshop is aimed at all members of university staff who teach and/or support learning, in particular diverse international groups. It will offer opportunities for discussion and sharing of practical strategies and feature contributions from colleagues with a background and interest in teaching across cultural and language boundaries, including those with active research in the area of internationalisation of HE. There will be student participants and a key aim of the event is to develop collaboratively with the students a report on how we can move forward enhancing the learning experience for the diverse student body at Durham University. It takes place on Thursday, 16 March in the Ustinov Room at Van Mildert College. To book places and for more details please see this link.

(1 Feb 2017)


Extractive Seeing: On the visual culture of oil

The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC) is delighted to welcome Professor Janet Stewart to give this lecture on Tuesday, 7 March at 6pm in room 405 at the Business School. This paper is part of a larger research project, Curating Europe’s Oil, which sets out to investigate the role that archives (of different kinds) and museums have in constructing and potentially deconstructing existing narratives about fossil fuels that make possible particular behaviours and responses, while closing down or erasing others. More information is available here.

(1 Feb 2017)


Scaling the Body: an interactive workshop

This interactive workshop will take place on Tuesday, 28 February 10am-4.30pm in the Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College. With recent advances in transplant medicine, there is now not much that isn’t of potential secondary use when we die. The heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, pancreas and small intestines, corneas, skin, veins, heart valves, tendons, ligaments and bones that functioned in one body eventually find themselves functioning in another. From an ethical perspective this is both complex and challenging. It brings within a single frame questions of biomedical need and the relief of suffering on the one hand and ideas about the body, death and what happens beyond on the other. Places are limited to 25 so book now to avoid disappointment! You can register and book at: www.dur.ac.uk/anthropology/scalingthebody 

(20 Jan 2017) » More about Scaling the Body: an interactive workshop


Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies Seminars and Events 2017

This Term’s events begin with a reappraisal of turn-of-the-century political philosopher and Anglican priest J.N. Figgis by Dr Dominic Welburn (Oxford Brookes University) on Wednesday, 25 January at 4pm, Abbey House, Palace Green. This event is free and all are welcome - no need to register in advance. Full details can be found at the Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies web site or on Facebook. Please email admin.cas@durham.ac.uk for more information.

(17 Jan 2017) » More about Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies Seminars and Events 2017


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


Durham Energy Institute Events

Durham Energy Institute (DEI) has a variety of public lectures and seminars planned for Epiphany term. All events are free to attend and open to all. Please view our events here. You can also view a poster of the Epiphany term events here.

(6 Jan 2017)


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.

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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!

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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!

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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)


Calman Café Open Weekends – 20% Discount!

Calman Café will be opening its doors on weekends to support the 24/7 Library & exam period, with 20% discounts on all food & drink! The café will be open Saturdays & Sundays during term time from 10.30am until 3pm.

For up to date information about Library 24/7 and café opening hours, visit our website: www.yumfood.org.uk/24-7-library

Need to know

Durham DOES Town Hall meetings

As part of our ongoing commitment to open and inclusive engagement with the Durham DOES programme, the next Town Hall meetings led by Jane Robinson, Chief Operating Officer, will take place on:

  • Monday, 13 March, 2pm to 3pm in D12, Ebsworth Building, Queen's Campus
  • Friday, 17 March, 11am to 12noon in D110, Department of Archaeology, Durham City

(17 Feb 2017) » More about Durham DOES Town Hall meetings


Sexual Violence & Misconduct Operations Group (SVMOG) updates

Updates from the group are now being posted online after each meeting. Click here to see the latest updates.

(17 Feb 2017)


Town Hall meetings

The next town hall meetings will take place next week and will provide an opportunity for you to find out more detail on implementation plans for each strategy area and to ask any questions you may have.

Research - Claire Warwick 

  • Monday, 20 February at 4pm – CLC203, Calman Learning Centre, Durham
  • Wednesday, 22 February at 4pm – D003, Ebsworth Building, Queen’s Campus

Internationalisation - Danny Donoghue

  • Tuesday, 21 February at 1pm – E102, Engineering, Durham
  • Thursday, 23 February at 10am – D010, Ebsworth Building, Queen’s Campus

Please note that you do not need to book to attend but places will be available on the day on a first-come first-served basis. Everybody is welcome.

(10 Feb 2017)


Security risk: important warning for anybody using a Windows PC

A serious vulnerability has been discovered in the Webex plugin for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome (Webex is a widely used platform for web conferencing and webinars). If you have previously attended a Webex conference on your Windows PC, you may have installed the plugin. If you have the plugin there is the possibility that websites could run programs on your PC without your authorisation or knowledge (e.g. to install malware, access the contents of files, etc.). Read on to find out whether you are at risk and what action you should take.

(27 Jan 2017) » More about Security risk: important warning for anybody using a Windows PC


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


Making a video for use on the website?

Whether you are looking to commission one of the University's video production partners to create a video for you, or you are making your own video, guidance is available on how to go about this, and how to add the finished video to your web pages:

(19 Apr 2016)


Have something to include?

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