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Government update on Covid-19

Please continue to follow government guidance to help control the spread of Covid-19.

This includes;

  • Staying at home as much as possible
  • Limiting your contact with other people
  • Keeping your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)

You cannot;

  • Visit friends and family in their homes
  • Gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your household), except for a few specific exceptions set out in law
  • Leave your home - the place you live - to stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose. This includes visiting second homes.

(22 May 2020)

Key worker payments

To recognise the work of colleagues attending campus during lockdown, we implemented a key worker payment on 23 March 2020. Now that the government has relaxed the requirements for attendance at work, the key worker payment will cease from Monday 25 May 2020. Earlier this week Heads of Department were informed of this change and managers are asked to submit payment requests by the June payroll deadline. If you have any questions regarding the key worker payment, please read the FAQs on our website or contact your line manager in the first instance.

(22 May 2020)

Disruption to Library systems

On Monday 18 May at 9am, we will be performing essential maintenance on our systems. This will affect the following services: the Library Catalogue, DDS request forms and online payments and renewals. The maintenance is likely to take up to two hours. You can search for items within Discover, but you may experience problems accessing e-resources. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

(15 May 2020)

Government update on Covid-19

To help control the spread of Covid-19, please follow the latest government advice; 

  • stay at home as much as possible 
  • work from home if you can 
  • limit contact with other people 
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible) 
  • wash your hands regularly 

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. The government guidance is available in full here. If you are no longer in the UK, please continue to follow local government advice. 

(15 May 2020)

Government update on Covid-19

In the coming days, we are anticipating that the government will lay out plans to ease the lockdown in the UK. Our response to Covid-19 will continue to be guided by government advice and next week we will carefully consider the implications that any updated advice may have on our colleagues and students. In the coming weeks, we will begin to layout our own plans for the weeks and months ahead, and we will continue to update you regularly. For now, please continue to follow government advice and do not return to University buildings unless you have been given permission to do so. 

(7 May 2020)

P60 annual tax forms

P60 annual tax forms for the year 2019/20 are now available on the Oracle Cloud portal. The Oracle Cloud portal is available here. Instructions are also available here explaining how to set up remote access to the secure portal via MFA (multi factor authentication) for those staff who do have not already done so. 

(7 May 2020)

Remote Access service enhancements

CIS is pleased to announce the launch of MDS Remote and Access VPN as part of our Remote Access service. We are launching these services for University employed staff to provide improved access to network resources and systems (including J:/ and S:/ drives) when working off-campus. We urge all users of a managed Windows laptop (MDS) and users of Pulse Secure to start using the new services as soon as possible. Further details can be found here.

(7 May 2020) » More about Remote Access service enhancements

Microsoft 365 is coming next week

From Monday 4 May, we’ll be switching on all of the Microsoft 365 products and starting the first wave of our adoption programme. Our short animation gives you an insight into Microsoft 365, our adoption programme and how you can get involved.

(1 May 2020) » More about Microsoft 365 is coming next week

Oracle Cloud HCM downtime

Oracle Cloud HCM will be unavailable from 9pm on Friday 15 May until 7am on Saturday 16 May. This is to enable maintenance to the Oracle Cloud Production environment and during this period you will not be able to access the portal. Normal service is expected to resume at around 7am on Saturday 16 May and users are not required to take any action once the updates are complete.

(1 May 2020)

Conflicts of interest and personal relationships

The University has an obligation to manage any conflicts of interest, or perceived conflicts of interest. Guidance exists to help staff to avoid actual, perceived or potential conflicts of interest and misuse of authority, and also serves to protect members of staff in personal relationships from allegations of bias, conflict of interest or impropriety. You can find out more here.

(8 Nov 2019)

New Viator System

This is a reminder that the Viator system for authorising travel on University business will be unavailable on Tuesday 10 December. Staff and students should not submit new Viator requests later than noon on Monday 9 December. Authorisation of existing requests should be completed by 5pm on 9 December. The new system will be available on Wednesday 11 December for requests to be submitted and approved.

(8 Nov 2019) » More about New Viator System

Lumiere Durham 2019

Lumiere, the UK's largest light festival, returns to Durham from November 14 to 17. The University is a major partner, it promises to be an inspiring event and there are lots of opportunities to get involved.

There will also be impact on our day-to-day operation. Please read the message sent to all staff on Thursday 31 October for more information.

You can read this message online here.

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Lumiere Durham 2019

Breakfast webinar - A data-driven approach to research during the Covid-19 pandemic

Dr Stefan Szyniszewski, Department of Engineering, and final year BEng student Charlie Rougier will be speaking at a SpringerNature breakfast webinar looking at a data-driven approach as a way to replace lab-based activities during the Covid-19 pandemic. The webinar will take place from 8am to 9am on Tuesday 26 May and is designed to be a forum for scientists to discuss the path to academic work in the current circumstances. It will introduce data analysis tools and also consider general issues around data collection, organisation and curation. To register please visit this link.

(22 May 2020)

Financial sustainability town hall meetings

Our Vice-Chancellor, Stuart Corbridge and Chief Financial Officer, Stephen Willis, will hold a series of Town Hall meetings through May and early-June as follows:

  • Tuesday 26 May 2020, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 27 May 2020, 9.15am – 10.15am
  • Monday 1 June 2020, 4pm – 5pm
  • Wednesday 3 June 2020, 10am – 11am
  • Tuesday 9 June 2020, 10am – 11am
  • Thursday 11 June 2020, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

The meetings will be held via Zoom. If you would like to attend one of the town hall meetings please register here. Once you have registered we’ll provide you with the meeting details.

(22 May 2020)

Make a difference, Stand for Senate - Academic Electoral Assembly Standing Committee Elections - Deadline 2 June 2020

Six positions on Senate and the AEA Standing Committee are open for election. The nominations period for the 2020 election closes at 12 noon, Tuesday 2 June 2020. Nomination forms are available here and further information can be found on our web pages or from

(22 May 2020) » More about Make a difference, Stand for Senate - Academic Electoral Assembly Standing Committee Elections - Deadline 2 June 2020

My 365 is Teams and SharePoint. What's yours?

As we roll out the adoption programme for Microsoft 365, we will be sharing stories from different teams around the University to show how we're all using the Microsoft 365 apps and tools. This month, we’ll be hearing from Rebecca Dunn in Research and Innovation Services (RIS) about how the team is using Teams and SharePoint as their ‘one-stop shop’ for communications and document sharing. You can watch a short video of Rebecca talking about Teams and SharePoint in RIS. She’ll also be speaking at a lunch and learn webinar we’re running on Thursday 11 June at 12pm-12.30pm, where you can ask questions about how they’ve adopted the tools and how RIS is benefiting from them. To sign up to attend the webinar, click here. If you’d like more information on Teams and SharePoint, check out our Learning Hub and 365 webpages.

(22 May 2020)

Preparing for Teaching in 20/21 - Introduction to teaching and learning online

Introduction to teaching and learning online will help you to understand what it is like to be a student being taught online and to develop modules that can be taught either face-to-face or online. The course is on DUO and spans a two-week period, with approximately two hours of work per week. Most of the course can be completed in your own time, and you will have the opportunity to participate in two short, live sessions as well. PGRs who teach, or who may be teaching next year, and any other staff with learning and teaching roles are very welcome to attend. The next course begins on 1 June. Book your space on the Training Course Booking System (SD369).

(22 May 2020)

Recyke y'bike donations

One of the silver linings in the current crisis is the surge in cycling. However, the demand has led to a spike in bike sales and a shortage of bikes available to buy or donate. If you do have a bike that needs a new home, please donate it to Recyke y’bike, it would be very gratefully received.

(22 May 2020) » More about Recyke y'bike donations

Recyke y'bike servicing and repairs

The Recyke y’bike Durham team is now offering servicing and repairs. Bikes can be dropped off on Saturdays and will be ready for collection the following week. Please follow instructions regarding queuing and social distancing. They have also been able to secure funding from Cycling UK to be able to offer Key Workers in Durham free servicing and repairs. Just show ID when you drop off your bike.

(22 May 2020) » More about Recyke y'bike servicing and repairs

The Great BioSoc Bark Off

Each year, the Department of Biosciences hosts a bake off contest. This year, due to Covid-19, it's going to be a bark off - a virtual charity dog walk. Staff and students are invited to take part or sponsor a dog.

(22 May 2020) » More about The Great BioSoc Bark Off

Access and Disability

We are a Disability Confident Employer and we work with our Occupational Health service and external partner organisations and schemes, such as Access to Work, to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to overcome issues which colleagues may have in respect of the work environment or their role. Covid-19 support pages are now live. These pages are updated regularly so please do keep checking back.

(15 May 2020)

Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences: Research Newsletter

At the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences we would like to share our Research Newsletter with colleagues across the University. Included are some recent successes, our new research themes and identity, and news from our growing PGR and PDRA community. If you would like to receive a regular copy please contact Lucy Cawson at You can view our first newsletter here.

(15 May 2020)

Institute of Advanced Study: 2021/22 Fellowship nominations

The 2021/22 IAS Fellowship scheme has opened a call for Fellowship nominations. The deadline for these is Monday 13 July 2020. Nominating individuals for IAS Fellowships is a very effective way for colleagues across the University to bring world-leading scholars to Durham, to collaborate with them on IAS major projects or other research developments, and to expand Durham’s international network of research collaborators. Fellows may be nominated to contribute to any of the four Major Projects sponsored by the IAS during 2021/22, or to collaborate on other research developments. All nominations must fully meet the criteria for the IAS Distinguished Fellowship scheme. Details are available here or you can contact the IAS at

(15 May 2020)

International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

Sunday 17 May is an important date for LGBTQ+ communities; the celebration brings together millions of people from all over the world, to recognise human rights for all, including countries where same sex acts are illegal. We will celebrate this day with the rest of the World as a way of raising awareness and showing solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. Find out more about IDAHOBIT and the services available to the LGBTQ+ community during Covid-19 here

(15 May 2020)

It's 'On Air - Online' Learning at Work Week

This takes place between 18-24 May. It aims to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of continual learning and development. Research shows that learning new skills can also improve our mental wellbeing by boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem. Here’s a reminder of some of the current online opportunities available from the HR-OD team. Online resources from HR-OD can be accessed here, which includes resources mapped to 15 of the most popular face to face development sessions to enable colleagues to continue with their CPD during this time. Also available (online on DUO) are courses for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion related development including Safeguarding from Radicalisation.

(15 May 2020) » More about It's 'On Air - Online' Learning at Work Week

Knitting blankets of rainbows for the NHS

Two university graduates joined forces to start a local social enterprise to fight social exclusion and their first project just hit the ground running. Knitting blankets of rainbows for the NHS is Culture Healing Communities' first community project, fully supported by Durham Area Action Partnership. Culture Healing Communities is a social enterprise started by Durham University graduates Sandra Almeida and Veronica Freitas, and the project is designed for participation of those still in social isolation, who will knit rainbows in squares that will then be sent back to Sandra and Veronica, to be joined in blankets. After the end of the lockdown the blankets will be auctioned and all the money will be given to the NHS. For more information, please email or visit the website.

(15 May 2020)

Make the most of University Library and Collections resources

Our extensive collection of e-resources, available through Discover, give you access to a superb range of electronic journals and books, articles, databases, museum collections and more. We have also been working with publishers to give you access to even more content during the Covid-19 lockdown. Some publishers have given us temporary access to additional content for a limited period and we’ve arranged trials of other resources that you should find valuable. You can find out more information from the temporary resources section on our website. If you need any advice and support on using any of our resources or finding information, don’t forget to contact your Faculty Librarian.

(15 May 2020)

Oracle Cloud upgrade

The Oracle system will be upgraded to version 20B this evening. You shouldn’t notice any changes, however the system may be a little slow when you log in for the first time. If you have any questions or experience any issues then please contact the service desk here.

(15 May 2020)

Recruitment of Chair of AHRC Liaison Group and Chair of BBSRC Liaison Group - available with immediate effect

We are recruiting to both the AHRC and BBSRC groups. Both positions are available immediately. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a track record of engagement with the Council; for example via grants awarded, peer review duties or strategic linkages. Applications should be submitted via your Head of Department / School to receive their endorsement and should consist of a two page CV and a two page (maximum) supporting statement that outlines your interest in the position, your experience with the funder and some initial ideas for increasing University engagement with the funder. The Chair is usually held for a three year term. The deadline for applications is Monday 1 June 2020. Applications should be submitted to

(15 May 2020) » More about Recruitment of Chair of AHRC Liaison Group and Chair of BBSRC Liaison Group - available with immediate effect

Refresh of the University's Wider Student Experience Strategy

From next week, the University will be seeking views from student and staff communities on its proposals for a refreshed Wider Student Experience Strategy, consolidating the thinking that has taken place over the past few years. Stay tuned for a further announcement next week.

(15 May 2020) » More about Refresh of the University's Wider Student Experience Strategy

Share your inspiring stories

Many members of our University community are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic in ways that support others, whether within our own community, locally, nationally or internationally. We'd love to hear what you're doing. You can read many inspiring stories of how we together are supporting the effort against Covid-19 on our web page. Please share your story with us, by emailing:

(15 May 2020)

Access to digitised reading list material

Thanks to temporary changes from the Copyright Licensing Agency, it may be possible to provide increased digitised access to some of the material on your reading list through the University Library and Collections digitisation service. If you would like us to investigate whether specific items on your reading lists can be made available under these changes, please email the details to Please only send items on reading lists for Easter Term 2020 as we are required to remove any material added under these changes after 30 June 2020 at the latest. You can find out more about these changes on our website.

(7 May 2020)

Durham physicist elected to Learned Society

Professor Ifan Hughes, a member of the QLM research group in our Department of Physics, has been elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. You can read the full details here.

(7 May 2020)

Liberate My Library

We have wonderful collections across Durham's libraries and museums, but we want to make our collections even more diverse. Are there works created by, or representing people, within LGBT+ communities you would like to see on the shelves of our library? What about works relating to the experiences of BAME or disabled communities? How about issues of gender and identity? To get involved complete the online form and we will do our best to buy it. Of course, to ensure you are able to access them, we are only buying books in electronic format at the moment.

(7 May 2020)

May's Community Newsletter out now

May’s Community Newsletter is out now, featuring a brand new online theatre festival, two exciting sporting announcements and an update on how we’re continuing to support the national and international effort to defeat Covid-19. Read the Community Newsletter here. Anyone can sign up to receive the Community Newsletter here. If you have something you'd like included, please email:

(7 May 2020)

Meeting of University Council

Council met on Tuesday 28 April. The main item of business was discussion of an update from the Executive on Covid-19 including Financial and Educational Impact. Council also received an initial response to the Durham Students’ Union Assembly motion on institutional disablism, an update on decolonising the curriculum, and assurance reports for 2018/19 in relation to student complaints, non-academic misconduct cases, academic appeals and also cases of academic misconduct. Further information is available from the University Secretary at

(7 May 2020)

More Books

Is there a book you need? Something to help with an essay or dissertation, a new book in your research area or even a book that’s already in the Library but only available in print? If so, tell us through our More Books form and we will do our best to buy it. Of course, to ensure you are able to access them, we are only buying books in electronic format at the moment.

(7 May 2020)

Online survey on family life and mental wellbeing

A team of researchers at the Department of Sociology is inviting participants to complete an online survey on how the lockdown may have affected relations among family members and their mental wellbeing. Click this link to learn more and participate. Your responses are much appreciated.

(7 May 2020) » More about Online survey on family life and mental wellbeing

Biodiversity week... What's your Greenspace?

Next week marks our first biodiversity week. Over the years we have celebrated and promoted the local biodiversity that surrounds the University. Students and staff have been involved with maintaining key habitats and improving the overall biodiversity on-site and in the local woodlands. As you know this term will be very different, however, we don’t want this to stop us from observing what is around us, wherever we are.

(1 May 2020) » More about Biodiversity week... What's your Greenspace?

Covid-19 Conundrum Challenge

We’re challenging you to come up with ideas to help the world emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. Working in teams of two (we can find you a partner if needed), we’re asking you to develop a three minute video explaining your idea. Your ideas can relate to any aspect of reducing the impact of Covid-19. For further information and resources please visit the Conundrum Challenge webpage. To enter please send a link to your video to by 11.59pm on Friday 8 May 2020.

(1 May 2020) » More about Covid-19 Conundrum Challenge

Durham Queer Mutual Aid

Durham Queer Mutual Aid is a mutual aid group based in Durham City. If you identify as LGBTQ+ and need support during this time, we're here to help. Services we're able to provide include: grocery shopping, cooking and delivering meals, prescription collections, dog walking, posting letters and general errand-running. If your needs don't quite fit one of those, feel free to submit a help request anyway and we'll see what we can do. If you want to ask for help, volunteer, or just get more info, you can check out our website here. We don't currently have a phone number, but if you'd be more comfortable talking over the phone, please call the County Durham Covid-19 Mutual Aid hotline on (0191 649 8893) and ask for us so they can pass your details on.

(1 May 2020)

Durham University Volunteer Awards

Nominations for this year’s Volunteering Awards are now open so if you know a colleague who has volunteered their time to help others, we would love to receive your nominations. Given the situation we’re all currently going through, it's more important than ever for us to take time to show our appreciation for those who have really made a positive difference to people’s lives through volunteering.  We'd also like to acknowledge staff and students who are actively supporting their local communities during Covid-19, whether here in Durham or in their hometowns. Find out more about the awards and how you can nominate someone here.

(1 May 2020)

Library Virtual Enquiry Desk and Chat Service

Our amazing team of staff are on stand-by to answer your emails, tweets and messages via our Virtual Enquiry Desk, Ask DULib. You’ll find a dedicated question form on our web pages. There’s a great page of FAQs to help you out. You can also try the Library’s new live chat service. Library staff will be online to chat with you 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, and 11am-4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday. Ask us anything you need to know – we’ve got information about e-resources, MoreBooks and book returns. We can put you in contact with your Faculty Librarians and other Library staff. Visit the Virtual Enquiry Desk here.

(1 May 2020)

Life under lockdown

If you are aged 14-30 and living in the North East, our researchers would like to hear about your experiences of life under lockdown as part of a new study by the School of Government and International Affairs and Sociology. You can find out more and complete the anonymous survey here.

(1 May 2020)

Research on the Barker Research Library

You are invited to take part in a short survey. This questionnaire is being distributed in support of a research project to gain an understanding about users of the Barker Research Library at Palace Green Library and to explore the user experience of visitors to this space. Originally the data gathering element of this research project was going to take place in the building itself, but recent events have made this impossible, hence the online survey. If you have used the Barker Research Library in the past (or even if you haven't), your input into this research would be much appreciated. The survey can be found here.

(1 May 2020)

Student Complaint Policies and Processes Training session

A training session, providing an overview of the University’s Complaint Procedure for Students and Respect at Study Policy and Procedure, is scheduled to take place on 7 May 2020 from 1pm to 3.30pm, via Zoom. The session will be delivered by Dr Charlotte Quarless, formerly of the Student Conduct Office.

(1 May 2020) » More about Student Complaint Policies and Processes Training session

Survey on Research Metrics use at Durham

It has been nearly 18 months since Durham published its public Responsible Use of Metrics Statement, approved the Responsible Use of Metrics Policy and signed up to DORA (the Declaration on Research Assessment). Whilst there has been progress in many areas, University Research Committee, through the Metrics working group, is keen to update its understanding of how metrics are used in the departments and what additional resources/support might be useful. We are asking departmental management to provide responses but we are also interested in responses from others. The survey is available here, should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and will close on the 18 May 2020. 

(1 May 2020)

Walk this May

This month is National Walking Month. #Try20 for National Walking Month - walk for 20 minutes every day as part of your daily exercise and see what benefits you experience. Many of us are appreciating the chance to get out for a walk more than ever. Here are some tips to help you keep your daily exercise fresh, interesting - and most of all - safe.

(1 May 2020)

Vice-Chancellor monthly drop-in sessions

The Vice-Chancellor is holding monthly surgeries/drop-in sessions on a Friday afternoon between 12 noon and 2pm. These sessions consist of 15 minute slots (in the Executive Office, Palatine Centre) bookable by individuals and will offer an opportunity to raise any concerns or ideas you may have directly with the VC. The next sessions are as follows:

  • Friday 24 January
  • Friday 6 March (please note time 2pm - 4pm)
  • Friday 3 April
  • Friday 1 May 
  • Friday 5 June
  • Friday 10 July
  • Friday 11 September
  • Friday 9 October
  • Friday 6 November
  • Friday 18 December

Should you wish to book a slot for any of these dates with the Vice-Chancellor please contact Pat Martin at or on 0191 334 6972 in the first instance.

(10 Jan 2020)

Cycle and footpaths to be improved in £8m investment

As a University, the safety of our students, staff, visitors and members of the public is of utmost importance to us. Work will soon begin on site on an £8m project to improve pedestrian and road user movement around our site, particularly around South Road and Hollingside Lane. Read on for more information.

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Cycle and footpaths to be improved in £8m investment

Cyclists - Be Seen, Be Safe!

A reminder to all cyclists that you must have and use your lights when cycling in the dark, both on the front and back of your bike. Now the clocks have changed and the long dark nights are drawing in, it is time to use your lights when cycling in the dark. It is actually the Law that all cyclists have appropriate lighting on their bikes at night.

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Cyclists - Be Seen, Be Safe!

ESRC IAA Funding opportunities - December 2019 call

The Durham ESRC Impact Acceleration Account has funding of up to £15k, available to Durham social science academics and independent researchers to help develop impact from their research.

(8 Nov 2019) » More about ESRC IAA Funding opportunities - December 2019 call

ESRC IAA Mentoring Impact Scheme - £1,000 funding support for impact engagement projects

The Durham ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Mentoring Impact Scheme supports Durham researchers in the social sciences to maximise the impact and influence of their research on non-academic beneficiaries. The scheme is open to researchers at all career stages who wish to develop their impact and engagement work. To apply, please submit a maximum one-page description of your research and details of your planned impact engagement project to by Friday 29 November. For further information, please visit the website

(8 Nov 2019) » More about ESRC IAA Mentoring Impact Scheme - £1,000 funding support for impact engagement projects

Extraordinary meeting of the Academic Electoral Assembly: Lecture Capture Policy

An extraordinary meeting of the Academic Electoral Assembly (AEA) has been called to discuss Lecture Capture policy and to propose changes of policy to Senate. All members of the AEA, which includes staff grade 7 or above performing an academic or academic-related role, are invited to attend. The meeting will be held in D110, Dawson Building (next to the Bill Bryson Library) between 1pm-2pm on Wednesday 13 November. The agenda and relevant documentation will be made available online.

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Extraordinary meeting of the Academic Electoral Assembly: Lecture Capture Policy

Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Have Your Say - Staff Consultation Drop-ins

Next week we’re holding a further two Consultation Drop-in Events so you can put your ideas forward to help inform the Health and Wellbeing strategy. There’s no need to book, just drop in and have a chat with a member of staff from Occupational Health, or pop your ideas on a post-it. 

  • Wednesday 13 November 2019, 11am – 2pm in Penthouse B, Collingwood College
  • Friday 15 November 2019, 11am – 2pm in Room PC004 and PC005, Palatine Centre

During the sessions we will be offering blood pressure checks, advice on health and wellbeing and some freebies (you’ll have to come along to find out what these are). If you can’t make it to the sessions you can still send us your suggestions and ideas via internal mail to Occupational Health, Green Lane.

(8 Nov 2019)

Late availability training opportunities

We still have a number of places available on a couple of our forthcoming workshops. The ‘Practical Guide to Well-Being & Supporting Absent Staff’ half day session on 20 November, to prepare managers to understand staff well-being. This workshop is designed for those managing staff. For those undergoing changes we have the last in the series of ‘CV Writing & Interview Skills’ half day sessions on 21 November designed to help you to learn how to sell yourself to employers. Both sessions are bookable on the Training Course Booking System.

(8 Nov 2019)

Lumiere Conference 2019

Tickets are now on sale for an inspiring day of talks, debate and discussion on Friday 15 November at Gala Theatre, Durham as part of Lumiere Festival. For more information please visit the website

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Lumiere Conference 2019

NUS Extra is now TOTUM

NUS Extra cards may have changed their name to Totum, but they are still available to University and Union staff. Get your card to access discounts over the Christmas period. Please visit here for more information.

(8 Nov 2019)

Rare mushrooms discovered around our University

Our Biodiversity continues to amaze us with the discovery of the cauliflower fungus and the rare Earth Star Fungus, the latter of which has not been recorded anywhere locally for probably in excess of 100 years, if ever. Why not take a walk in High Wood or the Botanic Garden and discover our Biodiversity Estate or visit our website to find out more.

(8 Nov 2019)

Respecting Others: Challenging Negative Behaviours: Book your place

A number of places remain on the Respecting Others: Challenging Negative Behaviours workshops running on Tuesday 12 November and Wednesday 4 December. Please visit the Training Course Booking system to book your place. If you require any further information then please email

(8 Nov 2019)

Rugby Club car park closure

Please be aware that the Rugby Club car park will be closed all day on Wednesday 13 November as Durham University is hosting a BUCS Super Rugby event. The car park will be open as usual on Thursday 14 November.

(8 Nov 2019)

Science in the news media – accurate and responsible reporting

If you are a scientist or engineer, you are invited to come along to this session by the Science Media Centre (SMC) which is an independent press office for the UK scientific community. The SMC helps ensure that science and engineering in the UK national news is reported accurately and responsibly, particularly on controversial stories. For more information or to book onto the session, please go to the training booking system (Academic Development section). For any queries, please contact

(8 Nov 2019)

Triple success in international subject league tables

We are celebrating having three more of our subjects ranked in the world top 100 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020. Our Law School has achieved its best ever result in this ranking, being placed 33rd in the world, whilst Education and Social Sciences (which includes Sociology, Geography, Politics and International Studies) have both retained their world top 100 positions, ranking 53rd and 63rd respectively. The rankings look at hundreds of universities across the globe, based on teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. To find out more, please visit the website

(8 Nov 2019)

UK Honours Awards

Nominate that exceptional individual who really makes a difference to those around them. Honours awards are given to a wide variety of individuals from different backgrounds who make a significant contribution in their role, their field or in their community, over and above the normal expectations of their position. Information on eligibility and how to submit suggestions is published here

(8 Nov 2019)

Win when using My Durham

If you spend on the My Durham platform between 11 November and 11 December you'll not only make great savings towards your Christmas shopping but you'll also be automatically entered into our local prize draw exclusively for Durham University. Not yet registered with My Durham? Email to check your eligibility and request an account.

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Win when using My Durham

My Durham 'Firework Frenzy' Week

From 4th-10th November staff who have registered for a My Durham account will be able to access exclusive increased discounts, including 10% off Marks & Spencer, 12% off Debenhams and 25% off Not registered with My Durham? Email to check if you're eligible and request an account. Please note that it can take up to 5 working days to gain access to the platform, so please contact the team sooner rather than later to be able to access these offers.


(31 Oct 2019)

Vacancies on Senate Discipline Committee

A number of vacancies have arisen on University Senate Discipline Committee. Please think about applying or encouraging a colleague. Members have a key role to play in hearing, adjudicating and sanctioning students in cases of serious misconduct. Is this an area which you feel that you could make a balanced, considered contribution? Please submit an Expression of Interest by Friday 29 November 2019.

(31 Oct 2019)

Changes to Arriva Bus Services Timetables

New timetables came into effect on Sunday 27 October for the Arriva X12, 6, 22, 24, 49/49A and 64 bus services. Improvements have been made to the number 6 bus service which now runs half hourly on Sundays on the Durham-Bishop Auckland section, the evening service now runs 25 minutes past the hour out of the bus station and the last bus from the station leaves at 2325. Printed timetables will shortly be available from key receptions and access to all timetables is available on the Arriva website or the Arriva app.

(30 Oct 2019)

Earn £5 in a Short Study on Ratings of Everyday Sounds

You are invited to participate in a research study in which we are collecting ratings of some properties of everyday sounds (nature sounds, music, machines, etc.). The study takes about 30 minutes and you’ll receive £5 cash upon completion! We are currently recruiting adult participants aged 18-50 years; the only requirement is for normal hearing, due to the fact that you’ll be listening to sounds. The study takes place in the Music Department on Palace Green. Contact Kelly Jakubowski at to sign up for a slot.

(30 Oct 2019)

Postgraduate Open Day- 20 November 2019

We are asking staff and mentors to help tell students all about our upcoming Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 20 November, running from 9.00 – 17.00. Attending the full day is not essential and students are welcome to come along to as much or as little as they would like, however, booking a place is essential. For details of all sessions and how to book please direct students to the Postgraduate Open Day section of our website.

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Shape the future direction of the University

There is still time to apply to be part of University Council. Applications for one member of Professional Services staff will close on Friday 8 November 2019. This is an opportunity to help shape and develop the University, setting the strategic direction and having oversight and overview of the delivery of these plans. This opportunity allows staff to get involved at the highest level of the University’s strategic planning and governance. Please think about applying or encouraging a colleague. We value the input and engagement of our staff in these key roles. If you would like to know more about the role please contact the University Secretary or any of the current staff members of Council 

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UKRI New Funding Service

As part of the creation of a new funding service UKRI are looking to get in touch with individuals who have engaged with grant/funding bodies as an applicant, peer-reviewer and/or panellist.As a user of the services, they would like to hear your views and feedback on early concepts of the new funding service to ensure they develop a service that meets your needs. UKRI will be running feedback sessions throughout 2019 and 2020, with involvement ranging from surveys, brief interviews to testing out prototypes. If you are interested in helping please can you register your interest using these contact details here: You will only be contacted to let you know when feedback opportunities arise, and you can request to be removed from our contact list at any time.

(30 Oct 2019)

Visit the newly reopened Kingsgate Bar and Café at Durham SU

Try Kingsgate Bar and Café, the newly-renovated food and drinks venue run by Durham SU. With comfortable furniture, ethical coffee and fresh food, it’s the perfect place to stop by for a meeting over coffee or a break between commitments.


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Volunteers needed to assist Durham Foodbank

The Staff Volunteering Team are looking for 4 more volunteers to assist Durham Foodbank on Friday, 8 November 9.30am-1.30pm. The task will involve sorting and packing donations at the food store in Chester-le-Street. If you would like to get involved, please contact


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Printing and Binding at the SU

Did you know that printing and binding services for students, staff and Departments are available at Durham SU? 



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Space utilisation

It is that time of the year when the University conducts its annual space utilisation surveys for all the teaching and meeting spaces. From Monday, 4 November until Friday, 8 November, please be aware that volunteers will be discreetly entering all teaching spaces between ten past the hour till ten to the hour to capture accurate data of numbers utilising the rooms. This will be submitted as part of the Estates Management Record for HESA (Higher Education Statistic Agency). We appreciate your support over this period of time.

(29 Oct 2019)

Hundreds of children enjoy Durham University holiday camps

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

(16 Apr 2018)

Divestment from Companies Involved in Fossil Fuel Extraction

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

(14 Mar 2018)

View progress on the Centre for Teaching and Learning

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

(9 Mar 2018)

University Strategy, 2017-2027 toolkit

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

(19 Feb 2018)

Durham wins 'Best Student Community' Award.

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

(8 Sep 2017)

University Strategy feedback

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

(6 Jul 2017)

Internationalisation Strategy now online

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

(28 Jun 2017)

Education Strategy online now

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

(13 Jun 2017)

Research and Engagement Strategy now online

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

(8 Jun 2017)

Staff 'sleep out' to fight poverty

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

(18 May 2017)

Conversations in Quarantine: Nick Mohammed

Listen in to a Q&A with Durham Alumni, Writer, Actor and Comedian Nick Mohammed (Mr Swallow, Piglet, The Martian, Bridget Jones Baby) as he talks about his time at Durham and his experience working in the theatre industry. Where: ART Facebook, What time: 3pm Wednesday 27 May

(22 May 2020)

Assembly Rooms and Gala Theatre launch Onstage: Online Festival

The Assembly Rooms and @GalaDurham are creating a new digital theatre festival, Onstage: Online. Live or pre-recorded, we are celebrating creativity during quarantine. With commissioning money available, find out more on our website. The deadline for applications is Monday 11 May. For more information or to request an application form, contact Kate Barton on 0191 334 4316 or email

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Family network event

Drop in and meet with other colleagues who work at the University and their families. Join in with the Celebrating Faith event on 16 November, children can decorate an Islamic-style tile to take home and take a look around the Oriental Museum. If you would like to join the Staff Network, please email

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Hild Bede Theatre presents: The 39 Steps

Come along to this theatre production between 14 and 16 November in the Caedmon Hall at the College of St Hild and St Bede. Please visit the website to book your tickets

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Poetry reading by Kate Clanchy

To mark the start of Lumiere Durham 2019, our Centre for Poetry and Poetics is hosting a talk and reading by poet Kate Clanchy. It will be held in the Old Library at Grey College on Thursday 14 November at 5pm. Entry is free. For more details, please visit our website. For more about Kate Clanchy, follow her on Twitter

(8 Nov 2019)

Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH): The Greatest Hits

The Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) is hosting a meeting of the SPH Special Interest Group on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 November. This meeting will be of benefit to all researchers with an interest in fluid mechanics and flow. A key focus of the meeting is to showcase the technology and to identify applications and interdisciplinary projects in other domains and industries (e.g. engineering, geophysics, biology etc.). To register your attendance please sign up here

(8 Nov 2019)

Staff and student shopping event

The annual staff and student shopping event will be taking place again this year. You can get 20% off retail purchases at our visitor attraction outlets from Monday 18 November to Sunday 1 December. Simply present your campus card at the following attractions to get your discount: Palace Green Library, World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, Oriental Museum or Botanic Garden. Happy Shopping!

(8 Nov 2019)

'UK-USA': Concert Band Michaelmas Concert

Durham University's Gold Award-winning Wind Band is starting off the year with a vibrant evening of music from the two sides of the Atlantic! From Mary Poppins to The Blues Brothers, Phantom of the Opera, 'Variations on America' and Holst's 'Fantasia on the Dargason' from his 2nd Suite in F, we guarantee there will be something for everyone! Join us at 7.30pm on 13 November, Elvet Methodist Church. Tickets are £5/£6/£7 and will be available on the door and online.

(1 Nov 2019)

Waste Awareness Week

It’s Waste Awareness Week 4 November until 10 November. Come along to the Library square and take part in our recycling game! Simon (Sustainability Manager, Waste and Environmental Compliance) and Ninette (Sustainability Coordinator) will be in the Calman Café on Monday 4 November from 12pm -2pm to answer any questions you have. If you want to find out more about recycling at the University, Durham County Council and Biffa will have an information stand on the Library square Thursday 11am-2pm. If the weather is bad, they will be in the Bill Bryson Café. Find out more about the waste campaign here.

(1 Nov 2019)

Durham University Writing Group, Monday 4 November

Do you ever find research and writing too solitary an activity? Durham University Writing Group can help! The group will be meeting on Mondays this term. The next session will take place in the Horsfall Room, St Chad's College, from 9am-4pm, this Monday (4 November) - feel free to drop in and out at any time. For more information, contact

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Free English Lessons

We are looking for staff and students to volunteer as English language learners and be taught by our MA Applied Linguistics students. Classes are on Thursdays 1.30pm -3pm in Elvet Riverside. Please contact for further details.

(31 Oct 2019)

French Conversation for Staff

Lunch time French conversation for staff continues this term. Come along for a natter - all levels of French welcome! Please email to join the mailing list. Meet-ups are planned as follows: Friday 15 November, 12pm – 1pm, PC003, Thursday 28 November, 12pm – 1pm, PC005, Friday 13 December, 12pm – 1, PC004.


(31 Oct 2019)

South College Kickstart Lunches

A series of informal lunches are being held for current students to find out about transferring to South College. This is an opportunity to meet Principal Tim Luckhurst and get information about the Pioneer Scholarship. Staff are welcome to come along to learn more about the college and opportunities to join the SCR. Friday 8 November,12.30pm - 2pm, Bishop's Dining Room, University College, Monday 11 November, 1pm - 3pm Vane Tempest Room, Durham Students' Union. Find out more about the South College Kickstart lunches here.

(31 Oct 2019)

Choral Music of Remembrance and Consolation

Durham Singers will once again perform at the gorgeous surroundings of Ushaw College on Saturday, 9 November at 7.30pm. As can be expected of the date and theme of the concert, the music will be quite solemn. We will sing music from Queen Mary’s as well as President J.F. Kennedy’s funeral services. If you don’t solely like just a capella singing but would like your choral music served with some instrumental accompaniment, we have a treat for you as the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble is performing with us. If you don’t know what cornets and sackbuts look like, better come and check it out for yourself. More information and tickets can be found on the Durham Singers website

(30 Oct 2019)

CPI Biologics Presentation and Networking Event

Interested in collaborating with industry? Would you like to work in the Biologics field? Come along to a presentation and networking event with CPI Biologics on 5 November, 10.30am to 12pm, Whitehead Room (BL201), Biosciences. All are welcome.

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Rugby World Cup Final 2019 - Live In Riverside

Come to Durham SU's Riverside Bar and Cafe from 8.00am to watch the Rugby World Cup Final!!England face South Africa in Yokohama on Saturday in a re-run of the 2007 final which England lost 15-6. Eddie Jones’ side are 80 minutes away from sporting immortality, if only they can avoid a repeat of the result.The game will be live on the big screens.

We will be fully licensed to serve drinks throughout the match and will be serving breakfast from 8:30am.Pints from £1.80, Bacon/Sausage Sandwiches £1.75, Starbucks Coffee also available. 


(29 Oct 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: or

(17 Apr 2018)

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