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Extension to Employer Supported Childcare (ESC) voucher scheme

Further to the on-going communications regarding the roll-out of the new Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFC), you may already be aware that the existing Employer Supported Childcare (ESC) voucher scheme was due to close to new joiners on 5 April 2018. However, following a debate in the House of Commons, Education Secretary Damian Hinds made the concession to delay the closure of the ESC scheme by six months. HMRC has now confirmed that the ESC scheme will remain open to new joiners until 4 October 2018. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Payroll Team.

(18 May 2018)


Health and Safety Delivery Programme

The University has contracted Callidus to review the management of health and safety for a cross-section of the University. The programme will commence on Monday, 21 May – and last for a period of 12 weeks - with the aim to examine existing workplace precautions for a selection of Departments. All Heads of the relevant Departments have been informed. The programme is supported by the Health and Safety Service, which is working on a number of known areas for improvement in parallel to the external review. The aim is to establish consistent approaches to the management of risks. This is an important programme of work, with the full backing of UEC. For it to succeed it requires the cooperation of the whole University community. Members of Callidus will be on campus while conducting the review. It would be helpful if all members of staff could actively engage with the process, providing full and frank information where requested.

(18 May 2018)


IT self-service - log your own calls, track progress and leave feedback online

The new look self-service portal is a quick and easy way to request CIS services or report an IT issue. All staff and students can log new calls, check the progress of ongoing calls and leave feedback once they are completed. Try it out next time you need IT support, by visiting here.

(18 May 2018) » More about IT self-service - log your own calls, track progress and leave feedback online


Vice-Chancellor's message to staff

The Vice-Chancellor invites you to view his video message to staff which can be found here.

(23 Apr 2018)


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - should you be collecting personal data?

Protecting and managing personal data brings responsibilities for both the University and for the individual. Often the collection of personal data is unnecessary. Much of the data collected via web forms and paper forms duplicates information already available about staff and students in core systems. Anonymised data may be sufficient for surveys and research purposes. Consider what you are trying to achieve and whether you really need to collect personal data. Making conscious efforts to determine whether personal data is really required, and/or whether it can be obtained from existing sources, can pay dividends. For information and guidance please visit the Data Protection webpages.

(13 Apr 2018) » More about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - should you be collecting personal data?


Staff Survey - action plan deadline extension

Following last year’s Staff Survey, Departments and Colleges were tasked with developing local action plans to be approved by UEC Leads by 1 May, 2018. Concerns have been raised that some departments have been unable to complete their local action planning activities within the agreed timescale, due in part to recent industrial action. It has therefore been agreed that the deadline for local action plans to be returned to the HR Reward Team should be extended to Friday, 1 June 2018. Heads of Departments and Colleges should allow sufficient time for UEC Leads to review and endorse all plans before the above deadline.

(13 Apr 2018)


Police appeal

The following is a message from Durham Constabulary. Detectives investigating a sexual assault are re-appealing for the public’s help to identify a man they would like to speak to in connection with an incident. The incident happened at around 2.30am on Monday, 12 June 2017 in the Oswald Block, Durham. Detective Sergeant Chris Woollett, from Durham Constabulary said: “We would like to speak to the man pictured in the CCTV image. Anyone who recognises the man should call us.” Anyone with any information should call 101, quoting incident number 33 of 12 June.

The CCTV image can be viewed here

(1 Feb 2018)


St Mary's College footpath diversion

The pedestrian route between St Mary’s College and South Road has been diverted to allow construction of the Centre for Teaching and Learning. From Monday, 15 January, an alternative route will be available, past the Fergusson Building and Teikyo University of Japan in Durham.

(12 Jan 2018)


EU Procurement Threshold Update

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

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


Call for participants - Neurostimulation study

Hearing the Voice is looking for participants aged 18-35 to take part in a neurostimulation study. The study takes place in the Department of Psychology, and involves completing three sessions, separated by approximately one week in time, each lasting about 50 minutes. You will be asked to complete a simple auditory perception task, which requires you to listen to bursts of random noise and for specific sounds in the noise. For taking part, you will be rewarded with a £20 Amazon voucher. Please email kaja.j.mitrenga@durham.ac.uk if you are interested in taking part.

(18 May 2018) » More about Call for participants - Neurostimulation study


Celebrating International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

17 May was an important date for LGBTQ+ communities; the celebration brought together millions of people from all over the World, to recognise human rights for all, including countries where same sex acts are illegal. As you walk around the city you will notice Rainbow flags flying at University College and a transgender flag flying on the Lower Mountjoy site. There is also a rainbow banner hanging in the Palatine Centre in recognition of IDAHOBIT. They will be visible from 17 May to 28 May inclusive. You can find out more here.

(18 May 2018)


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did You Know … May is National Walking Month? So why not take a lunchtime stroll to the Wicker Man in Low Burnhall Woods, join a history walk in Durham or take a walk along the River Tees? Visit the Greenspace walking website for further details including fun walking tips and details of other local walks.

(18 May 2018) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week


Have you ever thought about writing about your research for a public audience?

Editors from The Conversation will be delivering two sessions at Durham University to help academics develop their skills in writing for the general public. During the sessions, academics can expect to discuss and think about ideas, pick up writing tips and tricks, learn how best to present their work to the general public and have an article ready (or nearly ready) for submission by the end of the workshop. You can find out more and book your place on the workshop by visiting the Training Course Booking System.

(18 May 2018)


International Development Research Showcase

The Research Development Team and GCRF Liaison group are holding an International Development Research Showcase on Tuesday, 3 July to promote the ongoing research in this field at Durham University. This is following Durham’s success in international funding schemes such as the GCRF, DfID and Newton Fund. The showcase will be held in the Derman Christopher Room in the Calman Learning Centre from 10am-4pm. If you would like to present a talk or poster, please submit an abstract or register to attend here by Thursday, 31 May. PhD students and postdocs are also encouraged to participate.

(18 May 2018)


Queen's Campus transition programme

The second phase of the University’s Queen’s Campus transition programme will begin in June, with Psychology relocating into the remodelled Rowan House. Further moves are planned throughout summer 2018, ahead of all academic programmes and John Snow and Stephenson Colleges being based in Durham City for the 2018/19 academic year. The timing of this relocation is not affected by the recent announcement regarding the Mount Oswald project. For more information on the Queen’s Campus transition, please click here.

(18 May 2018)


Reminder for dealing with media requests

The Communications Team is here to support all University staff, departments and services with media enquiries and recommends that requests are directed to the Communications Team in the first instance (on x46075 or communications.team@durham.ac.uk). This will ensure that you receive expert support and guidance with handling requests, deciding whether a response is needed and, if so, assistance in providing an appropriate and timely response on behalf of the University. For more information about the support and services you can expect from the Communications Team, please visit here.

(18 May 2018)


Responding to sensitive disclosures

Sexual abuse is a national problem. At any point, someone could confide in you that they are a victim of sexual violence. Disclosing such experiences can be a deeply trusting, but traumatic step. It is vital we all know how best to support others in the event of a disclosure. The University runs training to help managers, staff, and postgraduate researchers in dual roles as staff (e.g., supporting students who undertake fieldwork) understand how to respond if someone discloses to them, and to know what support is available. For information on the online course available and the in-person training offered throughout the year, please click here.

(18 May 2018)


Seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers reburied in Durham

The remains of Seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers, discovered during construction work at Durham University in 2013, have been reburied in Durham City. The remains of the soldiers, who were imprisoned and died in Durham following the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, were laid to rest at Elvet Hill Road Cemetery, less than a mile from the original exhumation site on Palace Green, part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Find out more about the reburial service, and the Scottish soldiers, here

(18 May 2018)


Visit the Air Quality Team from Durham County Council

This is a chance to talk with members from the Durham County Council Air Quality Team about what is happening in Durham. The Team will be in the Calman Learning Centre on Thursday 24 May,11.30am - 2pm.

(18 May 2018)


Volunteer as a School Govenor

Senate has agreed to a project to encourage staff to volunteer as school governors. The role of a school governor is an important one: you can directly impact learning environments and use your expertise to enact positive change. To support this project, the Access and Engagement team has set up an online survey to find out more about those who are already school governors. If you are already a governor, please tell us about your experience. If you are not a governor but would like to apply to be one, please complete the survey and sign up to the mailing list to receive more details about the application process, as well as notification of dedicated information events. The survey can be found here and will close on Friday, 1 June at 5pm.

(18 May 2018)


Institute of Advanced Study: 2019/20 Fellowship Call

Reminder: the 2019/20 IAS Fellowship scheme is now open. The deadline for applications is Friday, 8 June 2018. IAS Fellowships are available for a three month period usually between October 2019 and March 2020. For further details please visit here.

(17 May 2018) » More about Institute of Advanced Study: 2019/20 Fellowship Call


Language courses available this summer

The Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish this summer. All are open to staff, students and members of the public. A range of levels is available, offering the opportunity to start learning a language as a beginner, or to develop your existing language skills. Please see the website for full details of days, times and fees. Registration is open until midnight on Sunday, 27 May.

(17 May 2018)


Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing's fortnightly newsletter

The next edition of the informative fortnightly newsletter for all Wolfson Fellows and PGAs will be published on Monday, 21 May.

(16 May 2018)


Durham University Annual Impact and Engagement Prize

The Durham University Annual Impact and Engagement Prize is a new award to recognise and encourage excellence in impact work. It comprises one overall winner and three runners-up, chosen from a shortlist of five from each faculty. The aim is to encourage innovative forms of impact activity including reaching new audiences, communities or stakeholders. The deadline for applications is Friday, 8 June and winners will be announced at the beginning of July. Please see the guidelines here and the application form is available here. For any further information please email impact.fund@durham.ac.uk

(14 May 2018) » More about Durham University Annual Impact and Engagement Prize


Athena SWAN Success

Congratulations to the School of Sociology, the Department of Geography and the Chemistry Department on achieving Bronze at the latest round of awards.The awards celebration will take place at Swansea University in July.

(11 May 2018)


Call for applications - Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Studentship

Applications are invited for the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Studentship to support a suitably qualified postgraduate student for a three year PhD programme of research in Geography at Durham University. The Studentship is to support research of high academic quality that helps to build resilience to hazards and risks challenging human societies, particularly in the global south. Further details of the Studentship and the application procedure are available here. Applicants must follow the application procedures in full in order to be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview which will be conducted using Skype or video conferencing. The closing date for applications is Thursday, 31 May. For any other queries about IHRR or the funding please contact ihrr.admin@durham.ac.uk.

(11 May 2018) » More about Call for applications - Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation Studentship


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know … Durham University has become the first university in the North of England – and only the second in the UK – to join a new water ‘refill’ campaign aimed at reducing plastic waste?

(11 May 2018) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week


Psychology department study seeking participants aged 40-75

Researchers in the Psychology department are looking for participants between the ages of 40-75 to fill out an online questionnaire about imagination, self-identity, and paranormal beliefs. The questionnaire takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. If you have any questions about the study, you can contact peter.moseley@durham.ac.uk. The questionnaire can be accessed here.

(10 May 2018)


Stephenson College Senior Common Room (SCR)

Stephenson College Senior Common Room in Durham City is seeking a volunteer to take on the role of Social Secretary. The role would involve assisting with the organisation of SCR events and activities. No experience is required, only an interest in driving forward the SCR. For any informal enquiries please contact Jill Tidmarsh at 0191 33 40042/45127 or email stephenson.enquiries@durham.ac.uk.

(10 May 2018)


Two funding opportunities available

There are currently two funding opportunities available to support collaboration with universities in Brazil. FAPESP-Durham SPRINT (São Paulo Researchers in International Collaboration) initiative is currently open for applications and will close on 30 July 2018. CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior) have just announced an initiative (in Portuguese) ‘School of Advanced Studies’ which aims to bring teachers/researchers of international standing to Brazil for short stays of up to a month. Please read on for further information or contact fiona.o'carroll@durham.ac.uk for queries about the opportunities.

(10 May 2018) » More about Two funding opportunities available


Environmental Fact of the Week

Did You Know... May is National Walking Month and to encourage everyone to walk more, the University is promoting the Living Streets #Try20 tips

(4 May 2018) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week


Examinations Information

The University Examinations start on Tuesday, 8 May 2018. If you are responsible for collecting examination scripts for marking during the examination period or are a designated contact for an exam paper please read on for further information.

(4 May 2018) » More about Examinations Information


Language courses available this summer

The Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish this summer. All are open to staff, students and members of the public. A range of levels is available, offering the opportunity to start learning a language as a beginner, or to develop your existing language skills. Please see the website for full details of days, times and fees.

(4 May 2018)


Reminder - Submitting to Dialogue Signposts

This is a reminder that the process for submitting items to both staff and student Dialogue Signposts has been altered and streamlined. In order to submit items, a form has been created in which you can specify whether your post is aimed at staff or students. This new process will take effect w/c 21 May. For now, the content deadline will remain 12 noon on a Friday to be included in that day’s email.

(4 May 2018)


Do you love urban nature?

Join the Naturvation campaign this May and share your favourite parks, trees and outdoor places.Simply post your picture on Instagram and add #❤myurbannature and #durhamuniversity. Don’t forget to check out the website to see the urban nature people love all over Europe. Follow Naturvation on Instagram and Twitter (@naturvation) and join the journey to create more sustainable cities.

(3 May 2018)


Want to know when and where you will be teaching in 2018/19?

The Draft Teaching Timetable for 2018/19 is now available to check online. Staff are encouraged to check the details of their teaching commitments for 2018/19 at their earliest opportunity as the deadline for requests for changes is Friday, 25 May.

(3 May 2018) » More about 2018/19 Timetable Published


Faculty Lead for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Health, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities are each looking for a part-time, fixed term Faculty Lead for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion to start from August 2018. The University Strategy includes a goal to ensure that an increasingly diverse workforce is treated equally, fairly and with respect, and that all staff are demonstrably valued and actively engaged. A key aspect of this is working with the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises advancement of gender equality in higher education. The purpose of the role is to understand the barriers to equality in their Faculty and its departments, particularly in the context of the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, and to work with Faculty Officers, key departmental staff and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team. More information and how to apply for either post can be found on the recruitment portal. The closing date for applications for Arts and Humanities is Friday, 4 May and the closing date for applications for Social Sciences and Health is Friday, 11 May.

(27 Apr 2018)


Marshals needed for Summer Congregation 2018

Staff are invited to get involved in 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, 28 May. Instructions and training will be provided in advance and lunch plus cakes/refreshments will be supplied in the Cathedral Restaurant.

(27 Apr 2018)


Reminder: Environmental Sustainability Events

Visit the sustainability events taking place over the next couple of weeks and seek tips on how to reduce waste, learn more about active travel options, test your skills in the eco-driving simulator, talk to representatives from Arriva and Northern, learn more about the Blyth Off-Shore Wind Farm and find out how you can join in activities for the National Walking Month of May with Living Streets. Full details available on the Greenspace Website.

(27 Apr 2018)


Staff Attendance at Summer Congregation 2018

If you wish to share in the fantastic celebration of our students' achievements at Summer Congregation then please confirm your place in the Staff Procession or request staff tickets by Sunday, 10 June at https://www.dur.ac.uk/ceremonies/congregation/staff/procession/

(27 Apr 2018)


*Reminder* Research Impact Fund - call for applications

Applications are invited for proposals to the next call for the Research Impact Fund for 2017/18. 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 5pm on Monday, 4th June 2018. Please note, due to the timing of this round of RIF it is expected that applications will be for activities beginning after the 1st August 2018.

More about Research Impact Fund - call for applications

(26 Apr 2018)


Arty Crafty Durham

Would you like to learn a new craft or skill, taught for free by one of the North East's artists or craftspeople? Could you help a creative business to develop and refine their craft workshop ideas? The Creative Fuse North East project at Durham University has brought together artists, creatives and craftspeople who are looking to develop new ideas and want some feedback on their work. Please read on for booking arrangements.

(26 Apr 2018) » More about Arty Crafty Durham


Language courses available this summer

The Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish this summer. All are open to staff, students and members of the public. A range of levels is available, offering the opportunity to start learning a language as a beginner, or to develop your existing language skills. Please see the website for full details of days, times and fees. 

(26 Apr 2018)


Language courses available this summer

The Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish this summer. All are open to staff, students and members of the public. A range of levels is available, offering the opportunity to start learning a language as a beginner or to develop your existing language skills. Please see the website for full details of days, times and fees.

(19 Apr 2018)


Inserting EPS images into Office documents

Once this month’s Microsoft updates are applied to your computer next Thursday, 26 April, you will no longer be able to insert EPS image files into Office documents. This is a change Microsoft has made because of a security vulnerability in EPS files and it applies to all Windows-based versions of Office. If you would like to know more about the change and the type of files you can use instead, please read on.

(17 Apr 2018) » More about Inserting EPS images into Office documents


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)


'Give Sita a Better Life' - fundraising campaign

In 2016 one of the English Language Centre's pre-sessional teachers, Sita Gartry, was involved in a life-changing road accident whilst cycling to work. Sita now lives with significant brain damage and physical impairment. Sita's family have set up a fundraising page which explains how you can donate and help buy a specially adapted vehicle for Sita, and help to fund a garage conversion to create a respite area with a bed and space for her essential medical equipment. The pre-sessional team and Josephine Butler college are working together to organise further fundraising efforts this summer.

(13 Apr 2018)


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - should you be collecting personal data?

Protecting and managing personal data brings responsibilities for both the University and for the individual. Often the collection of personal data is unnecessary. Much of the data collected via web forms and paper forms duplicates information already available about staff and students in core systems. Anonymised data may be sufficient for surveys and research purposes. Consider what you are trying to achieve and whether you really need to collect personal data. Making conscious efforts to determine whether personal data is really required, and/or whether it can be obtained from existing sources, can pay dividends. For information and guidance please visit the Data Protection webpages.

(13 Apr 2018) » More about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - should you be collecting personal data?


Last opportunity to book Change Workshops

The current series of Change Workshops for this academic year, facilitated by staff from the Centre for Academic, Researcher and Organisation Development (CAROD), will come to an end in June 2018. The workshops are targeted at managers and staff who are involved in change initiatives. You can secure your place via the training course booking system.

(13 Apr 2018) » More about Last opportunity to book Change Workshops


Staff Survey - action plan deadline extension

Following last year’s Staff Survey, Departments and Colleges were tasked with developing local action plans to be approved by UEC Leads by 1 May, 2018. Concerns have been raised that some departments have been unable to complete their local action planning activities within the agreed timescale, due in part to recent industrial action. It has therefore been agreed that the deadline for local action plans to be returned to the HR Reward Team should be extended to Friday, 1 June 2018. Heads of Departments and Colleges should allow sufficient time for UEC Leads to review and endorse all plans before the above deadline.

(13 Apr 2018)


Language courses available this summer

The Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish this summer. All are open to staff, students and members of the public. A range of levels is available, offering the opportunity to start learning a language as a beginner, or to develop your existing language skills. Please see the website for full details of days, times and fees.

(15 Mar 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)


Enquiries Management to go live

The University is reaching a key milestone in the Recruiting the Next Generation of Students (RNGS) programme. The Microsoft Dynamics Enquiry Management System was successfully launched on Tuesday, 27 February. The Enquiry Management System, which constitutes the first phase of the implementation of the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM, focuses on contact and enquiries management, and will be used by teams in Student Recruitment, Access and Engagement and the International Office. If you would like more information on the RNGS programme please contact the team at rngs.prog@durham.ac.uk or visit the RNGS webpages.

(9 Mar 2018)


View progress on the Centre for Teaching and Learning

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

(9 Mar 2018)


University Strategy, 2017-2027 toolkit

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

(19 Feb 2018)


Call for participants

Hearing the Voice is looking for male participants to take part in an online study. Participants should be between 18 and 35 years of age and must be native English speakers with no diagnosis of a psychiatric or neurological disorder and have no history of uncorrectable hearing impairments. To take part please go to the online survey. Participation takes around 20 minutes. For further information please Dr Kaja Mitrenga.

(7 Feb 2018) » More about Call for participants


Police appeal

The following is a message from Durham Constabulary. Detectives investigating a sexual assault are re-appealing for the public’s help to identify a man they would like to speak to in connection with an incident. The incident happened at around 2.30am on Monday, 12 June 2017 in the Oswald Block, Durham. Detective Sergeant Chris Woollett, from Durham Constabulary said: “We would like to speak to the man pictured in the CCTV image. Anyone who recognises the man should call us.” Anyone with any information should call 101, quoting incident number 33 of 12 June.

The CCTV image can be viewed here

(1 Feb 2018)


UK Top 10 and European Top 20 for the Durham Full-time MBA in Financial Times' Global MBA Ranking

The Full-Time MBA programme offered by Durham University Business School has been ranked 9th in the UK and 18th in Europe by the Financial Times in this year’s annual Global MBA Ranking. The ranking lists the best MBA programmes offered by business schools around the world each year based upon factors including; programme costs and return on investment, salaries, and class make-up. In the overall ranking, the programme is positioned at 64th globally, climbing 11 places from last year’s position of 75th. For further information about the programme, please click here.

(1 Feb 2018) » More about UK Top 10 and European Top 20 for the Durham Full-time MBA in Financial Times' Global MBA Ranking


Police availability/safety and social responsibility messages

Durham Police University Liaison Officer (DPULO), Rebecca Carey, is extending her availability for private one to one or small group meetings in the Palatine Centre. She is now available on Thursdays between 1.30pm and 3.30pm in the Student Support Hub, PC063. Students may drop in or contact Rebecca in advance - rebecca.carey@durham.pnn.police.uk.

(9 Nov 2017) » More about Police availability/safety and social responsibility messages


Durham wins 'Best Student Community' Award.

Durham University has been awarded 'Best Student Community' in this year's National Student Housing Survey, highlighting the positive impact of the collegiate system and Durham's wider student experience offer. The survey is based exclusively on direct feedback from over 34,000 students across 200 universities and colleges across the UK. Read more about the award here

(8 Sep 2017)


University Strategy feedback

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

(6 Jul 2017)


Internationalisation Strategy now online

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

(28 Jun 2017)


Education Strategy online now

We want to deliver world-class education that is challenging, enabling, research-led and transformative. Our University Strategy 2017-2027 includes ambitious proposals including for a new Centre for Teaching and Learning, an Education Laboratory and a new Fair Access Strategy. Find out more at www.durham.ac.uk/strategy2027/education

(13 Jun 2017)


Research and Engagement Strategy now online

As a University, we prize academic independence and curiosity driven research. Our University Strategy 2017-2027 includes ambitious proposals to deliver research that is world-leading and world-changing across the whole University. These include building critical mass across the University and investing £2.8 million annually in our new Chancellor’s Scholarships for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Find out more at www.durham.ac.uk/strategy2027/research

(8 Jun 2017)


People Strategy now online

As a University, our people are our biggest asset. Read how our University Strategy 2017-2027 will ensure we offer the best careers and recruit the best staff from around the world at: www.durham.ac.uk/strategy2027/people

(1 Jun 2017)


Staff 'sleep out' to fight poverty

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

(18 May 2017)


Dementia friendly screening - The Greatest Showman

Next week it is 'Dementia Action Week' and Dalton Park is working with the Alzheimer's Society - North East England to host the first Dementia friendly screening at Cineworld Dalton Park​. This is a free event and tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis. All they ask is that you provide some feedback after the film so they can ensure future screenings are tailored to the needs of those who suffer from Dementia. You can request your tickets here.

(18 May 2018)


Wear Pink and Blue Day

All staff and students are encouraged to wear Pink and Blue on Tuesday, 22 May to light up the North East in memory of a young couple from South Shields, Chloe Rutherford (17) and Liam Curry (19), who lost their lives in last years Manchester Arena Attack. Their families have created the Forever Together Trust to support young people to follow their dreams and passions as Chloe did with singing and Liam did with Cricket. You are asked to support their families, friends and memory by wearing these colours and sharing photos of this on Facebook and Twitter with #ChloeandLiam #TogetherForever. 

(18 May 2018)


Footprint: an environmental event

Footprint is an environmental event held on Friday, 15 June and Saturday, 16 June. It will look at ways in which we as individuals and communities can reduce our environmental impact, and how to encourage a more positive and hopeful discussion about climate change. There are 20 free early bird tickets and standard prices are only £7. Check out the website for more details.

(11 May 2018) » More about Footprint: an environmental event


Jurassic Park viewing and discussion

Watch Jurassic Park and discuss it with an animatronic dinosaur zookeeper on Monday, 4 June at 6.30pm at Ustinov College, Sheraton Park Café, Sheraton Park. There is no need to sign up and free food and drinks will be provided. For further information please email ustinov.cafesci@durham.ac.uk

(11 May 2018) » More about Jurassic Park viewing and discussion


Durham University Folk Society Ceilidh Dance

Durham University Folk Society will be hosting the next big Ceilidh Dance on Friday, 1 June between 7pm-10pm in the Fonteyn Ballroom at the Students' Union. Tickets are £3 for members and £5 for non-members on the door. No experience is necessary and the callers will be there to guide you through the dances. Everybody is welcome.

(4 May 2018)


Durham Festival of the Arts (DFoA)

DFoA is back for its fourth year, bigger and better than ever! With events celebrating music, theatre, and artistic excellence in Durham there is truly something for everyone. The festival will run from Friday, 1 June until Monday, 25 June and will encompass 14 music concerts, 14 theatre productions, a black box series, performance workshops, community masterclasses, an art and photography exhibition and so much more! Led by students, this year there is more for the local community to get involved in than ever before, so please head to the website to find out all about what’s on offer and plan your DFoA adventure.

(27 Apr 2018)


Artists invited to showcase work at new festival

Are you a budding artist? Maybe your work could be part of Art Durham, a new visual arts festival taking place in Durham City this June. For more information, please click here

(25 Apr 2018)


Christian staff prayer group

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

(17 Apr 2018)


3D Imaging in Archaeology - public talk

As part of the Dig Deeper talks, David Errickson,Teesside University will talk about how the use of 3D imaging in heritage and archaeology has helped visualise data in a novel and informative way. This talk discusses the recent advancement in 3D technology with particular examples including animals from London Zoo, the gladiators of York, and forensic and archaeological skeletons. The event is free of charge and will take place on Wednesday, 30 May at 1pm in the Learning Centre at Palace Green Library. Booking is not required but seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Keynote Address

Professor Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke University Divinity School, USA will give a keynote address on Tuesday, 3 July 3.30pm in the Leech Hall, St John's College. He is one of the world's leading theologians and was named 'America's Best Theologian' by Time magazine in 2001. In the context of the 2018 International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry conference, Professor Hauerwas will deliver a keynote address entitled 'God and Alasdair MacIntyre'. Further details and free registration, which is required can be found here.

(18 May 2018)


Research Seminar: The Dyslexia Debate and why it matters

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, 6 June in CA 117 at the School of Education. The seminar will be led by Professor Joe Elliott from the School of Education. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact ed.research@durham.ac.uk.

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The Role of the University in Promoting Reconciliation in a Modern Society

This lecture will be presented by Professor Francis Campbell, Vice-Chancellor, St Mary's University, Twickenham on Wednesday, 30 May at 7.30pm in the Leech Hall, St John’s College. With many divisions still in our society today, do universities have a role to play in the process of reconciliation and as places to value diversity in all its forms, including faith? Professor Campbell will consider the significance and contribution of universities in today’s world. All are welcome.

(18 May 2018)


Institute of Advanced Study - Easter Term events 2018

The Institute of Advanced Study continues its programme of events during Easter Term -including lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences linked to its 2017/18 ‘Structure’ programme, as well as additional activities independent of the annual theme. Most events, and in particular lectures, are free to attend and open to all.

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The Future of the University - public lecture

The final lecture in the 2017/18 IAS and University College series, ‘The Future of the University’ will be delivered by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Corbridge, on Wednesday 30 May 2018 at 8pm in the Senate Suite, University College. Attendance is on a first come, first served basis. Please contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk if you have any questions in relation to this event.

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Hearing the Voice - Public lecture

Hearing the Voice warmly invites you to attend a public lecture by Mathieu Frerejouan from 5pm - 7pm on Thursday, 31 May in the Learning Centre, Palace Green Library. Exploring whether ‘auditory verbal hallucinations’ (or ‘voices’) should be considered as properly auditory, Mathieu’s talk will use the grammatical analysis proposed by Wittgenstein to suggest that the problem lies not with the language used by voice-hearers – for it is part of ordinary language to speak of mental events in perceptual terms – but instead can be attributed to the concept of ‘auditory verbal hallucinations’ advocated by psychologists and philosophers. All are welcome to this free event. More information can be found here.

(10 May 2018)


Douai/Ushaw 450th Anniversary Lecture

This lecture entitled 'The Restoration of the English and Welsh Seminaries in the Aftermath of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars' will be presented by the Revd Dr Peter Phillips (Diocese of Shrewsbury) at Ushaw College on Monday, 21 May. More information and online registration is available here.

(3 May 2018)


Last opportunity to book Change Workshops

The current series of Change Workshops for this academic year, facilitated by staff from the Centre for Academic, Researcher and Organisation Development (CAROD), will come to an end in June 2018. The workshops are targeted at managers and staff who are involved in change initiatives. You can secure your place via the training course booking system.

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