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Annual duo upgrade - Friday 1 September

To ensure you benefit from the latest updates, security and exciting new features for the start of the academic year, CIS is upgrading duo on the evening of Friday 1 September. The work begins at 6pm and we expect duo to be unavailable for around six hours. Please be aware that the nature of this work means duo will be at risk of downtime on the Saturday and so we’re asking staff not to plan any assessment submission deadlines between 6pm on Friday, 1 September and 6pm on Saturday, 2 September.

(18 Aug 2017) » More about Annual duo upgrade - Friday 1 September


Durham University and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Conference

Durham University and the OECD are delighted to announce that our international conference – Fostering Creativity through Education and Culture – will be held on Monday, 4 September and Tuesday, 5 September at Durham University. This conference will discuss innovative approaches to equipping young people with creative skills required by tomorrow’s societies, and strategies for scaling-up and embedding innovations around creativity in education and culture. You can book your place here.

(18 Aug 2017) » More about Durham University and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Conference


Idox Grantfinder visit

Durham has recently taken out a subscription with a new provider for Research Funding Opportunities, GRANTfinder 4 Education from Idox. The supplier will be visiting Durham on Tuesday, 12 September to provide some overview sessions of the system. 

(18 Aug 2017) » More about Idox Grantfinder visit


Planned power interruptions - Essential work on the University's electrical infrastructure

Estates and Buildings is carrying out a programme of work on the University’s high and low voltage electrical infrastructure during the summer period which will involve planned power interruptions to a number of buildings. Buildings without power during the work period should be unoccupied. The planning process has involved stakeholder engagement in areas directly impacted by this work which is being carried out over a weekend where necessary to minimise disruption and inconvenience to building users. Information on where the work is taking place and the associated planned power interruptions is detailed below. If you require any further information please contact david.mccaffery@durham.ac.uk in the Estates and Buildings Department.

(18 Aug 2017) » More about Planned power interruptions - Essential work on the University's electrical infrastructure


University Representative: Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust Council of Governors - Vacancy Reference 007965

The University is seeking an experienced and committed individual to be its nominee on the Council of Governors for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. The role, which is available immediately, with a term of appointment to be agreed by the University, is open to current members of staff. For further details, and to apply for the vacancy, please log into the People+ Staff Portal and click the Recruitment tab.

(18 Aug 2017)


Language learning opportunities for 2017/18

Registration is now open for the Centre for Foreign Language Study’s October language programme. Courses are available in 18 different languages, including new for this year; Bengali, Dutch, Greek and Norwegian. All courses are open to staff, students and members of the public for a fee. An ‘early bird’ discount is available when registering for a Language Progression course up until Thursday, 31 August. Apply code LFA17EB when paying for your course to receive a £25 discount on the fee. For more details and to register, please visit the website

(17 Aug 2017)


Summer Congregation 2018 Timetable

The Summer Congregation 2018 timetable is now available to view online here.

(17 Aug 2017)


Take your career to the next level

Get the skills you need to build your career as an effective manager. Staff scholarships are available on selected online and blended learning programmes at Durham University Business School. Click here for Online MBA, and MA Management (part-time) courses. For scholarship details please email Lindsay Duke, Student Recruitment Manager at l.e.duke@durham.ac.uk.

(17 Aug 2017)


Available now - the new, free Wi-Fi service for visitors

Let your guests know they can now connect to the new Wi-Fi service, TheCloud@Durham when they visit you on campus. Provided by Sky, it offers simple, fast and reliable internet access for business guests, conference delegates and open day attendees. The service replaces DU Guest and temporary CIS usernames and passwords are no longer required, making for a more convenient experience all-round. Your visitors can save even more time by registering for TheCloud@Durham in advance. Visit our dedicated pages to find out how.

(11 Aug 2017)


Car Parking Permit Audit

During September 2017, the Estates’ Business Support team will be undertaking an audit of staff car parking permits. This process is undertaken every two years to ensure our records remain up-to-date. Throughout September, designated signatories, within Departments/Colleges/Professional Support areas, will receive staffing lists, for their respective areas, to review and confirm. It is imperative that all those with signatory responsibilities respond within the notified timeframe, to avoid staff being inadvertently removed from our parking permit system. Signatories are responsible for informing the Estates’ Business Support team of any leavers, new starters and any recently retired, or soon to retire, staff. The information received will be processed and updated on the system; with all new staff permits being issued no later than 31 October 2017. A copy of the Staff Parking Policy is available on the Estates webpage.

(11 Aug 2017)


Casual Staff Payment Process (including the Tier 4 process) refresher training

Dates are now available to book for the Casual Staff Payment Process (including the Tier 4 process) refresher training.

This two hour training session will cover the Casual Staff Payment Process, including the process required when engaging with Tier 4 students for casual work. The training will also include a guide to checking eligibility documents and a guide on how to complete the on-line taxable fees form.

(11 Aug 2017)


Durham Energy Institute 3rd Annual Research Symposium

Energy Systems Integration – What do we know and what do we need to do now? 
Come along to take part in the discussion and inform the debate on the steps required to integrate the old and the new energy. This free symposium is open to academics, industry specialists, policy makers, energy planners, funders and energy professionals as well as community groups, students and the general public. Please register for the Durham Energy Institute Research Symposium at Eventbrite. The full event programme is available here.

(11 Aug 2017)


Durham Energy Institute Three Minute Thesis Competition

Durham Energy Institute will be holding a 3-Minute Thesis competition on Friday, 29 September between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. The competition is part of their Annual Research Symposium to provide PhD students researching in any Energy related area, from any university, with an opportunity to exercise their research communication skills in language that is appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Further information is available here.

(11 Aug 2017)


University to play major part in Durham Book Festival

Durham University is playing a major part in this year’s Durham Book Festival and the exciting programme has just been announced. The annual Festival is commissioned by Durham County Council and produced by New Writing North; the University is a core funder alongside Arts Council England. The University’s involvement includes sponsoring the Festival Laureate, a visiting creative writer, and hosting events and exhibitions. Many University researchers will also be speaking at the Festival, either about their own work or that of other authors and thinkers. You can read more about the festival here.

(11 Aug 2017)


Wonkhe Daily HE Policy and News Email

Wonkhe send out daily briefing emails about the UK HE. The email sets out the day’s HE agenda informing of what is going on, why it’s happening and everything that you will need to know about HE policy and news. They are produced by HE wonks and are well-informed, analytical and easy to read. The daily email draws together the most important events from across the sector, key reports and publications and parliamentary activity. These emails can help you and your colleagues stay ahead of the HE Policy and news agenda. If you or your colleagues would like to receive these daily emails please email your details to public.policy@durham.ac.uk. For further information on Wonk HE please visit their site here.

(11 Aug 2017)


Language learning opportunities for 2017/18

Registration is now open for the Centre for Foreign Language Study’s October language programme. Courses are available in eighteen different languages, including new for this year; Bengali, Dutch, Greek and Norwegian. All courses are open to staff, students and members of the public for a fee. An ‘early bird’ discount is available when registering for a Language Progression course up until Thursday, 31 August. Apply code LFA17EB when paying for your course to receive a £25 discount on the fee. For more details and to register, please visit the website

(10 Aug 2017)


Matriculation 2017

Staff are invited to attend Matriculation ceremonies in Durham Cathedral on Wednesday, 4 October to welcome new students to the University, by electing to Marshal or join the Staff Procession.

(10 Aug 2017) » More about Matriculation 2017


REF Database Training Courses

For the academic year 2017/18 there are now four courses on the use of the REF database available for booking. Access to the REF database and the courses is limited to staff who are responsible for collating data for REF and have been nominated by their Head of Department or Director of Research.For the latest news and more general information on REF please see the internal webpages

(8 Aug 2017)


Durham University Business School launches its second MOOC

Durham University Business School has launched its second MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), ‘Leading and Managing People-Centred Change’. If you’re looking to learn how to bring people with you as you lead or manage organisational change and navigate challenges along the way, then this free online course could be for you. Find out more here.

(7 Aug 2017)


Opportunity to be Specialist Adviser to Select Committee

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee is looking to recruit Specialist Advisers to provide advice and expertise on its inquiry into the funding of higher, further and technical education. Details of the scope of the inquiry and the call for evidence can be found on the Committee’s website. More information about this role is on Parliament’s website.

(4 Aug 2017)


University Travel Cover - New Travel Summary

Where cover for travel on University business has been confirmed to be in place via the Viator system, and for trips commencing on or after Tuesday, 1 August 2017, please take a copy of the new Travel Summary which replaces the previous document. The new Travel Summary can be accessed here. If you have any queries, please contact Barbara Dick on b.k.dick@durham.ac.uk or on extension 49267.

(3 Aug 2017)


Durham University Business School launches its second MOOC

Durham University Business School has launched its second MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), ‘Leading and Managing People-Centred Change’. If you’re looking to learn how to bring people with you as you lead or manage organisational change and navigate challenges along the way, then this free online course could be for you. Find out more here.

(31 Jul 2017)


Updating the staff desktop: rolling out over the summer

Following the update of the teaching desktop (formerly NPCS), CIS is rolling out the updated desktop to staff machines across the University. CIS will liaise with departments directly to agree a convenient time. You'll find out what you'll get with the updated desktop and where to find help and support using it by reading on.

(27 Jul 2017) » More about Updating the staff desktop: rolling out over the summer


Waste bins exchange

Following the appointment of O’Brien Waste Solutions Limited as the University’s new waste contractor, a phased programme of waste bins exchange will begin on Saturday, 22 July across Durham and Queen’s Campus. This will be phased to minimise disruption and will run until Monday, 31 July. Biffa will continue to carry out waste collections until Monday, 31 July. O’Brien will take over on Tuesday, 1 August. Where assistance is required to support the transition, Estates and Buildings will communicate directly. If you have any questions, email: waste.collection@durham.ac.uk.

(21 Jul 2017)


Durham University Business School appointed for new NHS MBA

The NHS Leadership Academy has appointed Durham University Business School to deliver the NHS Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programme. The School is one of only seven institutions to be selected following a competitive bidding process. Read more here.

(20 Jul 2017)


Research Incentivisation Scheme

The Research Incentivisation Scheme is designed to increase the amount of externally funded research undertaken at the University. It works by providing discretionary research funds to investigators on externally funded research grants in proportion to the net overhead earned by the grant, with an equivalent transfer made to the investigators’ department(s). The scheme will apply to research awards where the award notification (letter) is dated on or after Tuesday, 1 August 2017. Any queries on the scheme should be directed to research.policy@durham.ac.uk. More information on Incentivisation can be found on the Research & Innovation Services webpages.

(20 Jul 2017)


New partnership with Durham County Council

The University has signed a new partnership with Durham County Council to work together for the good of County Durham. The Memorandum of Understanding commits both partners to work together to raise the national and international profile of County Durham and Durham University with governments, businesses and others to attract talent, money and business and benefit local communities. There are five priority areas: economic development, research, culture and heritage, place and communications. For more information click here.

(18 Jul 2017)


IMPACT - The Business School

Issue 2 of the Business School's thought-leadership and news magazine was published to coincide with Graduation. This second edition has seen yet another swathe of developments and achievements showing the School’s strength in its core strategic domains: research, education, the wider student experience, as well as the cross cutting themes of internationalisation, connection to the world of practice, and ethics responsibility and sustainability to lead business thinking. You can read the full edition online or view feature stories on the School website

(6 Jul 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)


University Travel Cover - Viator Workshop

A workshop on how to use the Viator system to obtain authorisation to travel and University travel cover will take place on Thursday, 7 September at 10am in the Palatine Centre. To book a place on this course please visit here. If you have any queries, please contact Barbara Dick on b.k.dick@durham.ac.uk or on extension 49267.

(30 Jun 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)


Travel Security Training - Control Risks

The University now has access to online travel security training through Control Risks which is aimed at travellers going to medium and high risk areas on University business. A number of staff from the International Office have completed the training and positive feedback has been received. The training module can be accessed here and the training takes approximately 50 minutes.

(23 Jun 2017) » More about Travel Security Training - Control Risks


New Waste Collection Contract

Following a competitive tender exercise the University has appointed O’Brien Waste Solutions Ltd as its new waste contractor. Procurement and Estates and Buildings will be working in partnership with O’Brien to further reduce the amount of University waste that is sent to landfill by increasing the level of recycling and converting the remaining waste to energy. If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact Liam Glasper, Senior Category Manager on ext. 44528 or email liam.glasper@durham.ac.uk.

(16 Jun 2017) » More about New Waste Collection Contract


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)


Winter Congregation 2018

The timetable of ceremonies for Winter Congregation 2018 has now been published at here. Printable versions of the timetable by ceremony or by department are available. For any queries please contact the Ceremonies Unit at congregation@durham.ac.uk.

(30 Mar 2017)


International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is on Wednesday, 8 March. This is just a final reminder that we are organising a day of tweeting where we promote the work of women within the University. We would like as many people as possible to get involved by sending tweets, so if you haven't already done so, please contact catherine.foster@durham.ac.uk for further details. 

(1 Mar 2017)


Social events

Saturday Morning Physics!

This week's session on Saturday, 15 October 10.30am-12.30pm is presented by Professor Richard Bower and is called 'The Big Bang Show'. How does the Universe begin? This question has pre-occupied human thought for more than 3000 years. But contemporary cosmologists think they know the answer. We’ll explore our place in the Universe, what the Universe is made from and the evidence for the expansion of the Universe. We’ll discuss how astronomical and cosmological observations have led to the big bang model in which the Universe is created in a cosmic “big bang”, a hot explosion of matter. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lectures Theatre, Rochester Building and all are welcome, no need to pre-book.

(10 Oct 2016) » More about Saturday Morning Physics!


Lectures and seminars

Heart of Darkness: making sense of decay in the museum

All are welcome to attend the first of the Dig Deeper talks by Dr Mary Brooks from the Department of Archaeology on Wednesday, 23 August between 1pm and 2pm. This talk complements the MA Museum and Artefacts students exhibition, DECAY: Time, Objects and Destruction at the Museum of Archaeology and explores decay in Museums. The talk is free of charge and takes place in the Learning Centre at Palace Green Library. Booking is not required, but seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

(16 Aug 2017) » More about Heart of Darkness: making sense of decay in the museum


Institute of Advanced Study - final supported events this Summer 2016/17

A small number of Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) events or IAS sponsored events will be held before the end of the 2016/17 academic year.

(16 Aug 2017) » More about Institute of Advanced Study - final supported events this Summer 2016/17


Institute of Advanced Study - Michaelmas Term forthcoming Events 2017

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) has a wide variety of events for Michaelmas term including lectures, seminars, and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2017/18 ‘Structure’ programme. Most events and in particular lectures are free to attend and open to all.

(16 Aug 2017) » More about Institute of Advanced Study - Michaelmas Term forthcoming Events 2017


Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) / Dealing with Disasters (DWD) Conference in September

IHRR is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. One of the events taking place is the IHRR - DWD Conference. We are pleased to share the provisional timetable for this conference. Please note registration closes on Thursday, 31 August. You can register for the conference here.

(15 Aug 2017)


Durham Public Policy Seminar Series: ‘Life Chances of Young People in Scotland’

Naomi Eisenstadt, Scottish Government Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality, will be reflecting on and offering insights into her role with the Scottish Government, which has included engaging with academics, civil society organisations and young people, in particular her final report which makes recommendations about improving social mobility and life chances for young people.

(27 Jul 2017) » More about Durham Public Policy Seminar Series: ‘Life Chances of Young People in Scotland’


Saturday Morning Physics! - Building a star on Planet Earth

Fusion could provide an almost unlimited supply of energy. In this lecture, we will discuss the road-map for fusion energy as well as the technologically demanding, cryogenically-cooled superconducting magnets that will help fusion energy become a viable technology. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lecture Theatre, Rochester Building, 10.30am-12.30pm on Saturday 10 December.

(10 Dec 2016) » More about Saturday Morning Physics! - Building a star on Planet Earth


Saturday Morning Physics! - Magnets in the Cloud

The next Saturday Morning Physics session on 12 November will be presented by Professor Del Atkinson on Magnets in the Cloud.The talks will be supplemented by some hands-on activities after a coffee break. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lectures Theatre, Rochester Building, 10.30am-12.30pm. All welcome, no need to pre-book!

(12 Nov 2016) » More about Saturday Morning Physics! - Magnets in the Cloud


Saturday Morning Physics!

Some of the department's world class scientists will talk on their fascinating research topics including astrophysics, cosmology, materials science, lasers, quantum mechanics and particle physics. The talks will be supplemented by some hands-on activities after a coffee break. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lecture Theatre, Rochester Building between 10.30am-12.30pm on Saturday, 8 October. All welcome, no need to pre-book!

(5 Oct 2016) » More about Saturday Morning Physics!


IHRR Current Research Activities

The Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience is hosting a seminar on Thursday 25th February from 12 -5 pm. The purpose of this seminar is to i) showcase the range and depth of research being undertaken in collaboration with IHRR; and ii) to initiate new research relationships across the University. If you are interested in attending this event please register at ihrr.admin@durham.ac.uk. Please note that we have limited numbers. For further information please see the programme here.

(17 Feb 2016)


Need to know

Durham top for graduate employment and further study

Durham University has the highest rate employment and further study for undergraduates completing their first degree, according to a new survey by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The survey found that 97.9 per cent of Durham University undergraduates completing their first degree were in employment or further study three and a half years after graduation, the highest rate of any UK university. You can read more about it here.

(18 Aug 2017)


Tier 2 Visa Reimbursement Scheme

The University has now introduced a Tier 2 Visa Reimbursement Scheme for employees who require a Tier 2 visa to allow them to live and work in the UK while working at Durham University. The purpose of the Scheme is to support new and current employees on Tier 2 visas with the cost of their visa and the Immigration Health Surcharge. 

(11 Aug 2017) » More about the Tier 2 Visa Reimbursement Scheme


Keep cyber safe this summer

It may be holiday season, but remember those cyber criminals won’t be taking a break. Stay alert for emails from people you don’t know or which seem out of context or unexpected. If you suspect you’ve received a malicious email, don’t open it or click on any attachments or web links it contains. At work, forward any suspicious looking emails to phishing@durham.ac.uk and then delete them. In doing so you’re also helping to provide CIS with wider visibility of security issues at the University. If you’re concerned about an email you have opened, contact the IT Service Desk straightaway on 0191 33 (41515).

(27 Jul 2017)


Update: IT service migration activity affecting websites on community.dur.ac.uk: Wednesday, 2 August

As previously reported, the underlying infrastructure of community.dur.ac.uk is moving into the new data centres this coming week. The date for this migration has now been confirmed as Wednesday, 2 August, with the work taking place in the morning. During the transition, there may be brief interruptions to service.

Community.dur.ac.uk provides space for staff and students to create websites using a wide range of tools and/or bespoke code. During the move, vital security updates must be applied and users are also likely to experience impacts on the functionality of websites that we cannot predict. If you have a website on community.dur.ac.uk, read on for more information.

(27 Jul 2017) » More about Update: IT service migration activity affecting websites on community.dur.ac.uk: Wednesday, 2 August


Staff Interest Free Loan Scheme

To support all international staff, (including if applicable, EEA staff) with the costs associated with visa applications, applications for permanent residency or British Citizenship, the University will be launching an Interest Free Loan Scheme on Tuesday, 2 May. Staff who are appointed on an open ended contract, or on a fixed term contract of employment of two years or more, will be eligible to make an application for a loan. For further information please visit the Staff Interest Fee Loan Scheme page or email hr.ukvi@durham.ac.uk for more information.

(28 Apr 2017)


Increase in spam emails - please be vigilant

CIS is aware of a recent increase in spam emails. In response to this we are accelerating our plans to improve the University’s spam filtering and within the next fortnight will implement changes to further reduce the number of spam emails received. Please continue to be vigilant when opening emails and attachments. If you receive an email that you believe to be suspicious, do not click on links within the email or open any attachments. Forward the email to phishing@durham.ac.uk and then delete it. Read on for a reminder about how to spot malicious emails.

(20 Oct 2016) » More about Increase in spam emails - please be vigilant


Milestone progress for desktop rollout

With a much improved user experience now available on over 1,200 computers across the University, the rollout of an all new desktop environment to student and teaching computers has officially passed the halfway mark.

If you use academic applications in teaching, we strongly encourage you to test your applications on the new desktop environment before the start of term. You can see the list of applications that are available so far here, and you can test them on any of the upgraded computers around the campus. 

1200 student and teaching computers upgraded to new desktop environment

(26 Aug 2016) » More about Milestone progress for desktop rollout


Changes to the large format printing service

We’ve updated the process of ordering large format printing at the IT Service Desk in the Bill Bryson Library. 

(25 Aug 2016) » More about Changes to the large format printing service


Do you use NPCS computers for teaching? New desktop coming soon

This summer will see the introduction of an all new desktop environment to student and teaching computers across the University. When we begin the next academic year, all NPCS machines (student and teaching machines) will have been upgraded to the Durham University Desktop Environment (DUDE). If you use NPCS machines when teaching, read on to find out more. If you don’t, look out for more information later in the year when we roll out the new desktop to staff computers.

(13 May 2016) » More about Do you use NPCS computers for teaching? New desktop coming soon


Have something to include?

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