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Brexit travel update

The University’s travel management supplier, Dawson and Sanderson, would like to make you aware that the government recommends that travellers going to the EU after 29 March 2019 should have six months left on their passport, and need to be aware that any extra months which have been added to a 10 year passport will not be valid. For example, if a passport was renewed before the expiry date and unused months were added onto the validity of the passport, these additional months will not be recognised. If you have any questions, please contact Dawson and Sanderson directly on 0191 2515000 or email judithm@travelco.co.uk.

(18 Jan 2019)


Repair work - Territorial Lane car park

Please note that the barrier at Territorial Lane car park will undergo essential repair work on Monday, 28 January 2019 from 12 noon onwards. During this time the car park entrance will be closed, but will be reopened for normal operation on Tuesday, 29 January. The car park exit route will be unaffected and anyone parked prior to the work commencing will be able to leave the car park as normal.

(18 Jan 2019)


Update on EU settlement scheme - next pilot phase

The Home Office has just announced the next phase of the settlement scheme. From Monday, 21 January, the next pilot phase of the EU Settlement Scheme will go live. Building on the testing already undertaken in the Higher Education sector, this phase will be open to all EU citizens living in the UK who have a valid biometric passport. It will also be open to non-EU family members who have a valid biometric residence card.

(16 Jan 2019) » More about Update on EU settlement scheme - next pilot phase


Visitors to departments

As a University we need to ensure we protect our visitors and the University with regards to UK Visas and Immigration but we also consider it helpful to have a central point of information about visitors should an emergency situation arise. We have now updated the process to be followed in respect of visitors to departments. The process is now live on the University website and can be found here.

(16 Jan 2019) » More about Visitors to departments


Finance glossary

Financial terminology can be confusing so a glossary has been created to provide clear definitions of key terms that staff involved in finance might come across, to make working life easier. The current version of the glossary can be found on our website

(18 Jan 2019)


Holocaust Memorial Day live webcast

A live webcast of a WWII Holocaust survivor interview will be shown at Josephine Butler College on Holocaust Memorial Day, Thursday, 24 January at 10am in the Old Shop. All are welcome. Please fill in the form if you are planning to attend.

(18 Jan 2019) » More about Holocaust Memorial Day live webcast


Mill Hill cottages demolition work

Our Mount Oswald project to build new colleges and student facilities includes demolishing Mill Hill cottages. This work will begin on Monday, 21 January. Staff and students using Mill Hill Lane may notice an increase in noise and traffic. The demolition is expected to take three weeks, followed by remediation works. For more information on the Mount Oswald project, please visit the website.

(18 Jan 2019)


Mystery shoppers wanted

We are looking for members of staff to become mystery shoppers at our University retail outlets. All that is required is that you go into the shop and make a purchase - however big or small - then evaluate the shop by completing an online questionnaire. As a thank you for your help you will receive a YUM voucher worth £5. If you would like to take part please email georgina.m.salmon@durham.ac.uk and state a preference, if you have one, of which store you would like to shop in. The outlets are Botanic Gardens, World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, Oriental Museum and Palace Green Library.

(18 Jan 2019)


New 'Leadership' workshops available

Organisation Development has added two more new leadership workshops into their programme for 2019. The first workshop ‘Leading a Thriving Team’ will take place on Tuesday, 5 March and will explore the culture of your team and approaches to developing a culture in which your team can thrive, including meeting delivery targets, adapting to new approaches, learning new skills and maintaining well-being. This full-day session starts at 9.30am and can be booked on the Training Course Booking System

(18 Jan 2019) » More about New 'Leadership' workshops available


Northern Accelerator funding – call for applications

Are you looking for a way to make an impact with your research? If you’re interested in exploring commercial opportunities for the outcomes of your work, Northern Accelerator funding could be for you. Applications are invited for the second round of funding from Northern Accelerator, a collaboration between four North East universities to increase commercialisation of opportunities arising from high quality research. The deadline for the current funding call is 31 March 2019. To find out more about what the funding can be used for, and the application process, visit www.northernaccelerator.org 

(18 Jan 2019) » More about Northern Accelerator funding – call for applications


Participants needed

Students in the Department of Psychology are looking for participants to take part in their dissertation study on individual differences affecting unusual sound perception. The study will take approximately 45 minutes and the location will be at Durham campus. Participants will be rewarded. If you would like to take part, please email alena.d.oncel@durham.ac.uk or zehra.gurbuz@durham.ac.uk. This study is supervised by Dr Ben Alderson-Day.

(18 Jan 2019) » More about Participants needed


Saturday Morning Science returns

Our Saturday Morning Science returns following a winter break on Saturday, 2 February. There will be 12 public talks between February and May, aimed at secondary school students and adults alike. The second part of the programme begins with Dr Christopher Donaghy-Spargo speaking on 'Oliver Heaviside: Electromagnetician'. All talks will begin at 10.30am, followed by refreshments at 11.30am. Entry is free. No pre-booking is required. For more information, please visit the website.

(18 Jan 2019)


Team Durham's 'Ride to Zambia' charity cycle

Team Durham has organised a `Ride to Zambia’ charity bike ride that started on Monday, 14 January. The aim is to raise £5,000 by cycling the 5,000 miles between Durham and Zambia, as a fundraiser for an orphanage we work with in Lusaka. For every £1 raised or donated, a mile has to be cycled on the exercise bike set up at Maiden Castle. If you would like to find out more information on the fundraiser, please visit the website.

(18 Jan 2019) » More about Team Durham's 'Ride to Zambia' charity cycle


Careers in Risk Forum

The Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience will host the 2nd Careers in Risk Forum on Thursday, 24 January between 2pm - 5pm in the Birley Room, Hatfield College. All postgraduates are welcome. Please email geog.riskmasters@durham.ac.uk for more information.

(16 Jan 2019) » More about Careers in Risk Forum


Durham LGBT+ Network

Durham LGBT+ Network is open to all staff and postgraduate students who identify as LGBT+, or as allies. The network meets socially once a month and members are involved in different events throughout year. The network aims to improve awareness of LGBT+ issues within the University and in our wider community. If you are interested in joining the mailing list or want to know more about the network please email lgbt.staffnetwork@durham.ac.uk. You can also visit the website for more information.

(16 Jan 2019)


Durham Vocal Festival 2019 programme announced

Our students, academics and venues will be at the heart of Durham Vocal Festival, which runs from Saturday, 26 January to Saturday, 9 February. There will be performances across Durham by student groups, schoolchildren, leading singers and orchestras. For full listings, please visit the website.

(16 Jan 2019)


Epiphany Term has started: Bee in the Library

Christmas vacation is over and the Library is operating term-time opening hours across its various sites. Study spaces have been reorganised in the Bill Bryson Library particularly on Level 1 to ensure users may easily choose study areas suited to their needs. For further details about study spaces and their characteristics, please visit the website.

(16 Jan 2019) » More about Epiphany Term has started: Bee in the Library


Evening language courses commencing next week

The Centre for Foreign Language Study has a programme of evening courses open to staff, students and members of the public (for a fee). 14 languages are available this January, at a range of levels. All courses are nine weeks long and begin next week. Registrations are being accepted up until the day each course commences. Please see the website for full details. 

(16 Jan 2019)


Inspiring the next generation of women tech leaders

Staff and students from our Computer Science Department were involved in STEMettes Hack Durham, a full-day event aimed at inspiring the female technology leaders of the future. Nearly 50 girls aged nine and ten, from nine local schools, were introduced to website-building tools and supported to build their own site. For more information, please visit the website.

(16 Jan 2019)


Lunch & Learn sessions - Finance reporting dashboard and budget process

We are holding several Lunch & Learn sessions to assist with understanding of the finance reporting dashboards and the budget process. These sessions are open to anyone receiving finance reports or who is involved in the budget process such as Heads of Department, Departmental/Section Managers. Please check our web page for a list of dates/times for these session. Please note that these are booked on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited due to room capacities. If you have any further questions, please email finance.transformation@durham.ac.uk.

(16 Jan 2019) » More about Lunch & Learn sessions - Finance reporting dashboard and budget process


Mothers and Mothers-to-be Support Network (MAMS) events in Epiphany Term

Are you a mother or mother-to-be? Would you like professional or personal support from other mums at the University in an informal environment? Join the MAMS network by emailing michelle.dixon@durham.ac.uk. Our first event of the term is on Thursday, 31 January from 12.30pm - 2pm in room 216, Dawson Building. We will chat with two NHS Staff Nurses about the "breastfeeding friendly workplace". Lunch will be provided, so please register for this event, or obtain further details, by contacting kris.kovarovic@durham.ac.uk.

(16 Jan 2019) » More about Mothers and Mothers-to-be Support Network (MAMS) events in Epiphany Term


University Honorary Awards

Individual members of University staff are invited to submit nominations for Honorary Degrees for 2020. Proposals are strengthened if they have the support of a group of staff, a department or college. Nominations for Honorary Degree recipients who are female, BAME, LGBT+ or persons with disabilities are encouraged. A supporting statement must be submitted with the nomination form to present the case for the award for consideration by the panel. Please note that members may have little knowledge of the candidate or their field of work. Please download the Hononary Degree nomination form and send your nomination to congregation@durham.ac.uk by Monday, 21 January 2019.

(16 Jan 2019) » More about University Honorary Awards


University pledges support for estranged students

We’re pleased to announce we’re now a signatory to the Stand Alone Pledge, affirming our dedication to students who lack family support by ensuring they have help to thrive as part of our community. Read more about it on the website

(16 Jan 2019)


Christian staff prayer group

A group for Christian members of staff meets fortnightly on Tuesday lunchtimes. Members meet together to pray for one another and the wider University. The group meets in the Chapel at St Mary's College from 12.30pm - 1.15pm. The next meeting is Tuesday, 22 January. For more information, please email mark.a.tallentire@durham.ac.uk.

(11 Jan 2019)


Procurement Service Category Structure changes

Following recruitment of a fourth Senior Category Manager, to take us to our full complement, we have taken the opportunity to review our category structure to ensure this is as effective and efficient as possible for our customers and that there is a fair and balanced workload for our teams. 

(11 Jan 2019) » More about Procurement Service Category Structure changes


Staff volunteering opportunity

Looking to volunteer? Looking for something different to do? County Durham Community Foundation is looking for volunteers to visit local charities. Volunteer groups of two will visit two charities to talk about recent grants and what effect this had on their organisations. Volunteers will be expected to complete a short report about the visit. If you're interested in this opportunity please email community.engagement@durham.ac.uk.

(11 Jan 2019) » More about Staff volunteering opportunity


Aid worker and Netflix pioneer honoured

A Netflix pioneer and former Chief Product Officer, and an ex-police officer turned aid worker who braved the front-lines of then war-torn Bosnia & Herzegovina, are among those receiving honorary degrees this week. You can read more here.

(9 Jan 2019)


Arts & Humanities Impact Development Fund - Round 2

Applications are invited for Round 2 of the Arts & Humanities Impact Development Fund. Awards of between £500 and £5,000 are available, and the deadline for applications is Wednesday, 30 January. The fund supports activities that will generate impact outside academia for research that has been, or is being undertaken, in the Arts & Humanities Faculty at Durham University. It is open to academics at all career stages who wish to grow their impact experience and skills both in relation to REF impact case studies, and impact development opportunities more broadly. Further information and application details available here.

(9 Jan 2019)


Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network

Join us for our Epiphany Term 2019 Meeting on Tuesday, 22 January at 12.30pm in PCL058, Palatine Centre. All staff and PG students who identify as BAME or have an interest in BAME matters are cordially invited to join Durham University BAME Network - a network where all participants can share experiences, connect with likeminded colleagues and suggest positive steps that DU could take to improve awareness of BAME opportunities both within the University and in our wider communities. All are welcome. If you would like to be added to the BAME network mailing list, please email bame.network@durham.ac.uk. For any other general information, please email adriana.salazar@durham.ac.uk, nadia.siddiqui@durham.ac.uk or a.ehteshami@durham.ac.uk.

(9 Jan 2019)


Community Newsletter out now

Our latest Community Newsletter is out now. You can read it here. The Community Newsletter is a digest of some of the community-focused work undertaken across the University in the previous month. Sign up to receive it here. If you have an item you would like included, please email dialogue@durham.ac.uk to discuss this.

(9 Jan 2019)


Durham Research Methods Centre

The University Executive Committee has approved the proposal to establish a Research Methods Centre for Durham. The Durham Research Methods Centre is a brand new hub which will be leading events, offering training and support and fostering a vibrant research-focused community through which expertise is shared and cutting-edge ideas developed. Dr Adetayo Kasim took up the position of Director at the start of December and Dr Jeremy Kendal will take up the position of Co-director in August 2019. Activities will commence in early 2019 and the Centre will be officially launched in Michaelmas Term 2019. Further information will follow in due course.

(9 Jan 2019)


Institute of Advanced Study: Fellows and projects

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its second cohort of 2018/19 Fellows. Several of these Fellows focus on supporting two interdisciplinary research projects, sponsored by the IAS this term, and led by Durham scholars. The projects are 'Who are “We the People”? Community beyond the state' and 'Dynamic Interactions at Cell Membrane Interfaces'. Further details of these projects, associated Fellows, and activities planned for this term can be found here.

(9 Jan 2019) » More about Institute of Advanced Study: Fellows and projects


Launch of the Intercultural Reflection on Teaching (IntRef) Project

Are you an academic who is interested in taking part in an innovative professional development opportunity? If so, please join us for the launch of the Intercultural Reflection on Teaching (IntRef) Project led by Durham University. The project is funded by Erasmus+ to develop methods which involve reflective dialogue between academics across different countries, in Europe and beyond. IntRef will be formally launched by Professor Alan Houston, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) on Thursday, 24 January at 4pm - 6pm in PCL054, Palatine Centre. Please email taha.rajab@durham.ac.uk if you are interested.

(9 Jan 2019) » More about Launch of the Intercultural Reflection on Teaching (IntRef) Project


Reminder for all final year undergraduates

The School of Education is conducting an online survey for all final year undergraduates about their career decisions as part of an ESRC-funded study. The students were emailed a link for this survey before Christmas. The subject email was 'What career is right for you?' We would be grateful if you could remind your students and strongly encourage them to take part in the survey. It only takes 10 minutes to complete. The findings will allow us to track our students' destination after graduation. You can find out more about the project here

(9 Jan 2019)


School Governors event

The University and Governors for Schools will be holding a staff talk designed to showcase the benefits of being a school governor on Tuesday, 19 February between 11.45am - 1pm in The Lindisfarne Centre, St. Aidan’s College. Find out why being a governor can be a rewarding voluntary opportunity with many personal and professional benefits. A free buffet lunch will be served from 11.45am - 12.10pm. For more information and to book a place please click here.

(9 Jan 2019)


Arriva bus strike

A week-long strike by bus drivers at Arriva, a public transport company, is set to begin on Sunday, 6 January after staff rejected a pay offer. The walkouts will see about 650 bus drivers strike in County Durham, Darlington, Redcar, Stockton, and Whitby. Bus users are advised to re-confirm the status of their bus services through the company’s website and consider alternative means of transport.

(4 Jan 2019)


New workshop

Organisation Development (HR) has introduced two new half day workshops being held on Thursday, 31 January 2019 for 'Developing Resilience and Personal Confidence'. This workshop will provide you with the tools and skills needed to think and act more assertively. You will learn how to communicate in a confident and positive way, with a focus on developing a personal style that will benefit you, your colleagues and your organisation. Please note the sessions are identical - one starting at 9.30am and the other at 1.30pm. Further details are available at this link and both bookings for the two sessions can be made via the Training Course Booking System.

(4 Jan 2019)


New Year message from the Vice-Chancellor

Our Vice-Chancellor has written an article for the Durham Advertiser newspaper reflecting on the year gone by and looking ahead to the coming months. You can read it online here. In the article, Professor Corbridge reflects on our research breakthroughs, community engagement, estate development, student achievements and more.

(4 Jan 2019)


Second Chance debating programme

Students have been helping vulnerable adults grow in confidence and develop life skills through a debating-based outreach programme. For more information, please visit the website. The Second Chance programme saw members of Durham Union Society (DUS), the student debating society, coach and mentor vulnerable adults over seven weeks. The programme has run annually for over a decade, during which time over 200 people have participated.

(4 Jan 2019)


The Pink Bus winter sale

Staff and students can save up to £50 on a 6 month ticket for January to July 2019 in the Pink Bus winter sale. Further details can be found on the website. The Pink Bus runs from Gilesgate along Claypath, New Elvet and up towards Collingwood College and Josephine Butler College. Live timetables and routes can also be found on the website.

(4 Jan 2019)


Creating a vision for County Durham's future

The University is a member of the County Durham Partnership, and would encourage you to participate in Durham County Council’s consultation to help guide the growth of the County over the next 10 years. The consultation will close on Monday, 21 January. For further information, and to take part in the survey, please visit the Council website.

(19 Dec 2018)


Language courses commencing January 2019

The Centre for Foreign Language Study’s programme of evening courses, commencing January 2019, is now open for registration. Fourteen languages are available at a range of levels from Beginners to Higher Advanced. All are open to Durham University staff, students and members of the public for a fee. Please see the website for further details.

(14 Dec 2018)


Nominations for Honorary Degrees

Individual members of University staff are invited to submit nominations for Honorary Degrees for 2020. Proposals are strengthened if they have the support of a group of staff, a department or college. Nominations for Honorary Degree recipients who are female, BAME, LGBT+ or persons with disabilities are encouraged. A supporting statement must be submitted with the nomination form to present the case for the award for consideration by the Panel. Please note that members may have little knowledge of the candidate or their field of work. Please download the Hononary Degree nomination form and send your nomination to congregation@durham.ac.uk by Monday, 21 January 2019.

(14 Dec 2018) » More about Nominations for Honorary Degrees


Hundreds of children enjoy Durham University holiday camps

Over 200 children aged four to 16 enjoyed our recent Team Durham Easter Holiday Camps, run by students and volunteers. Details of the ever-popular Summer Holiday Camps will be announced shortly. For further details, please click here

(16 Apr 2018)


Divestment from Companies Involved in Fossil Fuel Extraction

The University is to divest from companies involved in fossil fuel extraction, and has committed to becoming a major international partner in the development of green energy. This decision follows a Commission on Divestment from Companies Involved in Fossil Fuel Extraction, which was established following a proposal from Durham Students’ Union, which included staff and student members, and which undertook consultation on the issue with staff, students and alumni. For more information, please click here.

(14 Mar 2018)


View progress on the Centre for Teaching and Learning

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

(9 Mar 2018)


University Strategy, 2017-2027 toolkit

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

(19 Feb 2018)


Durham wins 'Best Student Community' Award.

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

(8 Sep 2017)


University Strategy feedback

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

(6 Jul 2017)


Internationalisation Strategy now online

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

(28 Jun 2017)


Education Strategy online now

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

(13 Jun 2017)


Research and Engagement Strategy now online

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

(8 Jun 2017)


People Strategy now online

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

(1 Jun 2017)


Staff 'sleep out' to fight poverty

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

(18 May 2017)


Call for writers and editors

The Northern Review is an online culture and ideas magazine. It is looking for thought-provoking writers and editors who are eager to escape the constraints of academic writing and who write for their own enjoyment. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, then please email hazel.rowland@northernreview.co.uk

(18 Jan 2019) » More about Call for writers and editors


Centre for Cultural Ecologies Reading Group

The reading group will meet on Thursday, 31 January at 9.30am in A56, Elvet Riverside. The reading is: Bruno Latour, Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime (Polity 2018). As space is limited, please email barbara.jackson@durham.ac.uk to reserve a place and request access to the reading. For further information about the reading group contact caitriona.nidhuill@durham.ac.uk

(18 Jan 2019) » More about Centre for Cultural Ecologies Reading Group


Chinese New Year Celebration

Staff and students from the University and the Durham Chinese School have been working with Durham County Council’s international relations team, local schools and Durham Markets to create a programme to welcome the new lunar year which begins on Tuesday, 5 February. The start of the Year of the Pig will be marked by a number of events in the city on Saturday, 9 February. The full programme can be found online.

(18 Jan 2019)


Holocaust Memorial Day live webcast

A live webcast of a WWII Holocaust survivor interview will be shown at Josephine Butler College on Holocaust Memorial Day, Thursday, 24 January at 10am in the Old Shop. All are welcome. Please fill in the form if you are planning to attend.

(18 Jan 2019) » More about Holocaust Memorial Day live webcast


Sightline Productions presents 'Angel' by Henry Naylor

Come along to this dramatic monologue, inspired by the true story of Rehana, the 'Angel of Kobane', a Kurdish fighter who became a symbol of resistance against Islamic State. The play will be performed on Thursday, 31 January at 8pm in the Hatfield Chapel, and on Friday, 1 February and Saturday, 2 February at 8pm in the Birley Room, Hatfield College. You can purchase your tickets here.

(18 Jan 2019) » More about Sightline Productions presents 'Angel' by Henry Naylor


Is mental health gender neutral?

Is mental health gender neutral, or is it affected by gender norms and language such as the term ‘masculinity’? Join our own Head of Counselling, Caroline Dower, for what promises to be a challenging and enlightening panel discussion at 1.30pm on Saturday, 16 February 2019 at The Witham, Barnard Castle. Entry: £5 or £4 concessions. For more information, click here

(16 Jan 2019)


Book presentation

This presentation of 'Postgrowth Imaginaries' will be given by Dr Luis I. Prádanos, University of Miami, on Tuesday, 5 February at 4pm in A56, Elvet Riverside 1. All are welcome.

(11 Jan 2019)


Handel: Messiah

Durham Choral Society is delighted to be performing Handel's Messiah accompanied by the world-renowned Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE), with soloists from the OAE Rising Stars programme on Saturday, 26 January at 7.30pm in Durham Cathedral. Tickets are £22 full price, £10 for students and are available online or at the Gala Theatre either in person or by calling the Box Office on 03000 266600. Please see Durham Choral Society website for further details.

(11 Jan 2019) » More about Handel: Messiah


Palace Green Library's 'Catch Your Breath' lunchtime tour

Join the Exhibition Team and Life of Breath Project members, including Senior Investigator, Professor Jane Macnaughton on this lunchtime tour on Tuesday, 22 January at 1pm, around our winter exhibition 'Catch Your Breath'. Find out first-hand how we have brought together medical history, philosophy, art, literature, and music. Discover how we have explored these areas by choosing collections from across the country and through new art commissions. During this tour, you’ll have the opportunity to ask the experts how they have brought the Life of Breath project research to life. Due to limited places, please ensure that you book in advance. 

(11 Jan 2019) » More about Palace Green Library's 'Catch Your Breath' lunchtime tour


Staff and Postgraduate cricket

The Durham Colleges and Staff Cricket Club is open to all staff members and postgraduate students at the University, whatever your ability. We are just about to begin our indoor winter nets at the Emirates Riverside in Chester-le-Street, from 9pm-10pm on Tuesday evenings. Please email staff.cricket@durham.ac.uk for further information or if you would like to join us.

(11 Jan 2019) » More about Staff and Postgraduate cricket


The Durham Revue presents: Apocalypse... Now?

Join award-winning sketch comedy troupe, The Durham Revue, as they celebrate the final hour of human existence on Sunday, 20 January at 8pm or Friday, 25 January at 8pm at the Mark Hillery Arts Centre, Collingwood College. From the group which brought you Ed Gamble, Nish Kumar, Jeremy Vine, and many more, this is an hour of cutting-edge student comedy not to be missed. The apocalypse was originally planned for 2012, but clashed with the Olympics and so has been rescheduled to now 2019. Tickets are £3.50, £3 (Concession) and you can book them here.

(11 Jan 2019)


Free lunchtime chair yoga

Join us in our Breathing Space at Catch Your Breath, Palace Green Library, for a calm and content lunchtime chair yoga class on Thursday, 10 January, 1pm - 1.30pm. The Dennyson Stoddart Gallery can get cold, so please dress appropriately. All levels of ability are welcome. Whilst the sessions are free, please book your place in advance. Separate bookings are required for each session.

(9 Jan 2019) » More about Free lunchtime chair yoga


Think & Drink: debating top topics over a tipple

The Law School’s postgraduate researchers are launching a new initiative called ‘Think & Drink’, aimed at promoting social and community life within the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, and beyond. The focus is on lively and friendly debate, not academic expertise. Anyone interested in the topic is invited to sign up as a speaker, or turn up and participate in discussions - regardless of whether the topic is related to their research. The first session will take place on Thursday, 24 January at 6pm in the Castle Pub. The topic will be ‘Democracy: Wanted Dead or Alive? A discussion on the health and desirability of modern democracy’. If you are interested in signing up as a panellist, please email karina.patricio-ferreira-lima@durham.ac.uk.

(9 Jan 2019)


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)


Classics Society talk: 'How Literatures Begin: The Case of Syriac'

Durham University Classics Society is excited to announce that Dr Alberto Rigolio will be presenting this talk on Tuesday, 22 January at 7.30pm in the Ritson Room, Department of Classics. It is open to all and especially recommended to all language students. More information can be found on the Facebook page

(18 Jan 2019)


Classics Society talk: 'Unruly Women in Greek Sanctuaries'

Durham University's Classics Society is delighted to announce that the world-famous scholar Professor Robin Osborne, Cambridge University, will be giving this talk on Friday, 1 February at 7.30pm in ER145, Elvet Riverside. The talk is open to all and there will be a dinner afterwards with Professor Osborne. For more information, check out the Facebook event. If you would like to join for the dinner, please email classics.society@durham.ac.uk.

(18 Jan 2019)


Outside in: How Research Libraries and Research Collections support Research Universities

The Library is pleased to host this talk by Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian and Durham alumnus on Monday, 28 January at 2pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Lafcadio Hearn Cultural Centre, Teikyo University. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session, after which the PVC Research, Professor Claire Warwick, will chair a discussion on working with Durham collections. The session will close at 4pm. Spaces are limited so if you would like to attend please email kathryn.elwick@durham.ac.uk.

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Durham Castle lecture

Come along to the next Durham Castle lecture entitled 'Sexual Subjectivity' with Professor Linda Martín Alcoff, City University of New York, at the Great Hall, Durham Castle on Wednesday, 23 January at 8pm. All are welcome.

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Evening lecture with Durham Alumni Founder

You are invited to attend an exciting evening event featuring a talk from successful entrepreneur, and Durham Computer Science alumnus, Dr Ben Medlock MBE, Co-Founder of Microsoft SwiftKey on Monday, 21 January at 6pm in CG91, Department of Chemistry. The lecture will follow a drinks reception in the Chemistry Café. Places are expected to fill up quickly and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. To reserve your place please email event.four@durham.ac.uk.

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Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Events Epiphany Term 2019

The IAS’s calendar of events continues over the full course of term. A range of events are hosted including lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2018/19 projects and its Fellows. Public lectures are free and open to all to attend; however other events may require registration.

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Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHHR) Events - Epiphany Term

IHRR has a wide variety of events this term including seminars and workshops. These events are free to attend and open to all. The next seminar takes place on Monday, 21 January. The presentation is entitled 'Disasters, Citizenship and ‘Community’: Reflections on Current Debates on Cultures, Justice and DRR' by Professor Dr Fred Krüger, Institute of Geography, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Full event details are available here.

(16 Jan 2019)


Julian Coman of The Guardian, on the Politics of Place

'Globalisation, the economic crash of 2008 and a migration crisis have triggered a crisis in western European societies. From Brexiting Britain to an Italy where nationalism is resurgent, the far right is mobilising a romantic politics of place and identity, which is hostile to the outsider. How can progressive thought fight back?' This free public lecture will take place on Tuesday, 22 January. Further details and registration via Eventbrite. All are welcome.

(16 Jan 2019)


Research seminar: The London Effect - A Local Authority Reflection on its Origins and Sustainability

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, 20 February at 1pm in ED134 at the School of Education. It will be led by Sean Hayes, Head of the Performance and Data Team at Hounslow Council's Children's and Adults' Services. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact ed.research@durham.ac.uk.

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Research Seminar: Transforming the Pedagogy of STEM Subjects (TPSS)

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, 13 February at 1pm in ED134 at the School of Education. The seminar will be led by Dr Vanessa Kind and Dr Taha Rajab 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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Café Breath - A Social History of Spirometers

This lecture will be given by Dr Coreen McGuire, University of Bristol, at the Courtyard Café at Palace Green Library on Thursday, 24 January between 6pm - 7.30pm. In this talk, Coreen will tell the story of the spirometer in Britain, illuminating the significant connections between measurement and disability. Measuring lung capacity through spirometry was necessary to define a standard of normalcy – there can be no abnormal without an initial definition of normal. However, questions about whether normal breathing was universal or varied between groups marked all such attempts: normal breathing for whom? Please book your ticket via Eventbrite.

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Creative education, educating creatively

Come to our Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) event on Wednesday, 23 January between 3pm - 5pm at the Calman Learning Centre, to explore and network about creativity, creative learning, the growing use of innovative learning technology in the classroom and beyond. To sign up to this event please visit the website

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'I'm just no good': The internalisation of degradation for women seeking asylum in Britain, Denmark & Sweden

The Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse and the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action are co-hosting this public lecture with Dr Victoria Canning, School for Policy Studies, Bristol University. It will take place at 1pm on Monday, 21 January in ER141, Elvet Riverside. To find out more and to book your place, please visit the website.

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'We the People' workshop

How have the “people” who are the official holders of popular sovereignty been defined and understood across time and space? Who controls access to this group, and who is excluded? How does individual identity relate to belonging to this group? This informal, interdisciplinary and international research workshop will take place on Thursday, 31 January to Friday, 1 February in the Birley Room at Hatfield College. All are welcome, however registration is necessary. For more information and to register please email amy.russell@dur.ac.uk by Monday, 21 January 2019.

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Durham World Heritage Site lecture

This lecture entitled ‘Mind the Gap: who benefits from Heritage?’ given by Professor Dr Friedrich Lueth will take place on Monday, 6 May at 6pm in the Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre. To register for the event please visit the website.

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History of the Book workshop

This workshop will take place on Friday, 22 February between 11am - 5pm in the Learning Centre at Palace Green Library. If you are interested, please email luke.sunderland@durham.ac.uk.

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Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Events Epiphany Term 2019

The IAS’s calendar of events starts from Monday, 14 January and runs until the end of March 2019. Events include lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2018/19 Projects and Fellows. Some events such as public lectures are free and open to all to attend; however other events may require registration.

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Let's talk about value: how universities create value for students, staff and society

This St Chad's College lunchtime lecture will take place on Wednesday, 30 January between 12.30pm - 1.30pm. Carol Adams, Professor of Accounting in Durham University Business School, will consider the appropriateness of measures of university performance. Her talk will be based upon her recent report: ‘Let’s Talk Value: How Universities create value for students, staff and society’. In her lecture, Carol will ask what universities create for society and how that can be better communicated. For more information, please visit the website

(9 Jan 2019)


Public lecture

The 15th IMEMS/Blackfriars lecture entitled 'Did manners maketh the medieval man? Etiquette at the twelfth-century dining table' will take place on Saturday, 20 April at 11am in the Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle and will be given by Dr Fiona Whelan. To book a place or for more information please visit the website.

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Research Seminar: Learner Analytics

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, 30 January at 1pm in ED134 at the School of Education. The seminar will be led by Professor Alexandra Cristea from the Department of Computer Sciences. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact ed.research@durham.ac.uk.

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Writing and Walking in the Middle Ages: Pilgrim Libraries

This lecture given by Professor George Greenia will take place on Tuesday, 29 January at 5.30pm in the Hogan Lovell's Lecture Theatre. To book onto this event please visit the website.

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Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Events Epiphany Term 2019

The Institute of Advanced Study is pleased to announce a full calendar of events starting from early January until the end of March 2019. Events include lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2018/19 programme. Events such as public lectures are free and open to all to attend. Other events may require registration. Please see the IAS events page for more details.

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Research Seminar: Achieving your Research Ambitions: support from your dedicated team

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, 6 February at 1pm in ED134 at the School of Education. It will be led by Rachel Pears, from Research and Innovation Services and Emma Bowen, Research Development Manager for the Social Sciences Faculty. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact ed.research@durham.ac.uk.

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Classics Society Talk: 'How Literatures Begin: The Case of Syriac'

Durham University Classics Society is excited to announce that Dr Alberto Rigolio will be giving this talk on Tuesday, 22 January at 7.30pm in the Ritson Room (Classics Department). It is open to all and especially recommended to all language students. More information can be found on the society's Facebook page.

(14 Dec 2018)


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