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Change to University mobile phone contract

The University has a new contract with Vodafone and staff with University mobile numbers will be automatically transferred to this on Monday 25 January. There will be no loss of voice or text service when this move takes place although users may notice a temporary loss of service on data. If this happens, please just switch your phone off and on again and full service will be restored. You will also receive a text message from Vodafone shortly to inform you of the change. Further information on the new contract is available here.

(22 Jan 2021) » More about Change to University mobile phone contract


Covid-19: Vaccine fraud

Criminals are using the Covid-19 vaccine as a way to target the public by tricking them to hand over cash or financial details. They are sending convincing-looking text messages letting people know they are eligible for the vaccine or phoning people directly pretending to be from the NHS, or local pharmacy. The Covid-19 vaccine will always be available free of charge and the NHS will never ask you to share bank details to confirm your identity or pay for a vaccine. For more on the Covid-19 vaccine visit the NHS website.

(22 Jan 2021)


Lateral Flow Testing

Free Lateral Flow Tests continue to be available for all staff. Taking regular tests will help reduce the spread of Covid-19 in our University and local community. If you haven’t done so already, watch the short online training video and complete the quiz, then book your slot at one of the testing sites: 

  • Maiden Castle 
  • Palace Green 
  • Palatine Centre 
  • Racecourse 

If your test is negative, book your next slot. You don’t need to watch the training video and complete the quiz again.

(15 Jan 2021)


Oracle Learning Cloud is coming soon!

As you may be aware, we are in the process of replacing the staff training course booking system and the use of Duo for staff training. This will see us introduce the Oracle Learning Cloud application of the Oracle portal.  Following on from the implementation of the Oracle portal for payroll and annual leave requests last year, from mid-January 2021, we will launch the first phase of Oracle Learning Cloud. 

(11 Dec 2020) » More about Oracle Learning Cloud is coming soon!


5 Ways of Wellbeing – BookBoon Library

Research shows that learning new skills can improve your mental wellbeing by boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem, helping you to build a sense of purpose and helping you to connect with others. Why not try the University’s online library, BookBoon, filled with 100’s of e-books? The library is free for all staff to access and includes topics around health and wellbeing and it is now even easier to access via the Staff Development web page. If you are looking to focus on personal development, BookBoon has a dedicated category with areas such as “Mindfulness”, “Emotional Intelligence” and “Stress Management” available.

(22 Jan 2021)


AdvanceHE ‘In Partnership’ update

We are institutional members of Advance HE who provide a range of information and support for the HE sector including - research papers, development resources and the opportunity to engage with sector wide discussions. The January edition of their “In Partnership” publication, which provides an overview of all of their resources, and this month focuses on ‘re-thinking delivery models for quality HE for all, is now available by clicking the AdvanceHE Members image on the Organisational Development page.

(22 Jan 2021)


Do you travel on behalf of the University?

The Procurement Service is always looking at ways to improve the contracts that the University has in place, and we regularly review contracts and their offerings to make sure they are fit for purpose and meet the requirements of users. We are currently looking at our travel management contract and looking at ways we can improve user buy-in and uptake. In order to gather information on booking habits we have created the a questionnaire, which will be open until Monday 1 February 2021.

(22 Jan 2021) » More about Do you travel on behalf of the University?


Durham Students' Union (SU) elections: do you know students interested in leadership opportunities?

If you know any students interested in leadership or CV-boosting opportunities, the SU would be really grateful if you could point them our way. Nominations are currently open in the Durham SU campus-wide elections for a variety of roles and nominations close at 5pm on Friday 29 January. You can find lots more information about the roles here, or if you have social media channels that you use to reach students, you can help us by sharing our posts. Thanks in advance for your support!

(22 Jan 2021) » More about Durham Students' Union (SU) elections: do you know students interested in leadership opportunities?


Durham University Inclusion Calendar 2021

If you haven’t done so yet, please note that the University’s Inclusion Calendar is available to download in both PDF and Outlook formats. The calendar features key dates from various faiths, along with other awareness dates and observances commemorated in the UK. It is an essential tool for raising awareness of these important dates, and their potential impact on work or study. Staff and students can also use this calendar to bookmark dates and festivals to promote, get involved with or create an event. Never miss an important date again with our Inclusion Calendar.

(22 Jan 2021)


Durham University School Governors Staff Network virtual catch-up

Are you a School Governor or Academy Trustee or interested in becoming one? If so, read on for details of this terms key events from the Durham University School Governor and Academy Trustee Network.

(22 Jan 2021) » More about Durham University School Governors Staff Network virtual catch-up


Free arts project

Culture Healing Communities, a CIC started by two Durham graduates, is running a project for students and staff that are feeling isolated or lonely. People taking part will receive a completely free painting or sculpting set and be involved in a Zoom group with loads of dynamic discussions.

(22 Jan 2021) » More about Free arts project


Gender Equality Staff Survey 2021

We are building a more equal and inclusive university, where all members of our community can thrive. Take our Gender Equality Staff Survey to have your say. Visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion web pages to find out more. The survey will remain online until 21 February 2021.

(22 Jan 2021)


Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), which falls on 27 January, is the national commemoration day dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in the Holocaust under Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. In the coming week, there will be a number of free online events hosted by groups and organisations within and beyond Durham, to commemorate HMD. 

(22 Jan 2021) » More about Holocaust Memorial Day 2021


Leading Hybrid Teams During Change workshop

Whilst we continue to all work through this pandemic, the need for understanding hybrid teams is greater than ever. If you are a Manager who has a hybrid team (a team that combines remote, semi-remote and entirely office-based employees, potentially working to different scheduled hours), the HR OD team is pleased to offer the Leading Hybrid Teams During Change workshop. Upon completion participants will understand ways to lead people through change (and in particular the impact of the pandemic) and to deal with change from a perspective of emotional leadership rather than managing tasks. For further information on the workshop, visit the Leading Hybrid Teams web page.

(22 Jan 2021)


MAMS network - invitation for all mums to join

Are you a mum, struggling to balance work and family life? Are your children school-age and you would like to network with other mums with children of similar age? Or are you expecting your first arrival and apprehensive of how this will impact your career prospects? Come and join the MAMS network.

(22 Jan 2021) » More about MAMS network - invitation for all mums to join


MyDurham & Uswitch free £20 Amazon voucher offer

Through our MyDurham employee benefits platform eligible staff can receive a free £20 Amazon voucher for completing a dual fuel energy switch with Uswitch. Further details, terms and the pre-discounted link can be found by searching for ‘Uswitch’ when logged into MyDurham. 

(22 Jan 2021)


Oracle Learning is here

You may be aware that we launched Oracle Learning across the University this week. To help you get started with the new system, we have some fantastic user guides and demonstrator videos on our Oracle Learning websiteWe’re also running a series of drop-in clinics for anyone who has any questions. There is no need to sign up, just come along to a session that works for you. 

(22 Jan 2021) » More about Oracle Learning is here


Poll Everywhere and Vevox

As part of an evaluation of polling solutions, Durham University staff can now make use of both Vevox and Poll Everywhere until June 2021 as part of a trial. This is part of an evaluation DCAD is running on how staff make use of polling software.

(22 Jan 2021) » More about Poll Everywhere and Vevox


The vFairs Virtual Visit Platform

Recruitment & Admissions will be using the vFairs platform to run a series of virtual events throughout the year, starting with the postgraduate open day, which is running at the moment. It includes delivery of Post-offer Visit Days, Open Days, Teacher Conferences, and a range of events focussed on widening participation. Take a guided tour around the platform and let us know what you think.

(22 Jan 2021)


UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) Training

UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) Training will be taking place on 9 February from 11am –12noon. The training session will provide an overview of the University’s obligation to ensure UKVI compliance and will outline the responsibilities for colleges and departments in relation to monitoring and record keeping for visa holding staff members. Book your place here.

(22 Jan 2021) » More about UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) Training


Video message from the VC

The latest of the weekly videos from the Vice-Chancellor is available for all staff to view online. 

(22 Jan 2021)


We've reduce our Carbon Footprint by 34%

You asked us to reduce our Carbon Footprint. Over the last 5 years, we've reduced our Carbon Footprint by 34%. How much have you reduced your footprint by this year? Need help getting started? Then take part in our Power Down Challenge - because what you do matters. 

(22 Jan 2021) » More about We've reduce our Carbon Footprint by 34%


World Top 40 for The Durham MBA

The Durham MBA (Full-time) has been recognised as one of the top programmes in the world by The Economist Which MBA? Ranking 2021. Our programme has been ranked 37th in the world. The School, for the first time in its history, has entered the world top 40 in this ranking, climbing 21 places from 58th in 2019. The School’s MBA is also ranked 2nd in the UK and 11th in Europe. Read the full article here.

(22 Jan 2021)


5 Ways of Wellbeing - new support available

Maintaining your wellbeing has arguably never been more important or more of a challenge. If the stressors of the pandemic weren’t telling enough, those parents / carers among our community face the added challenge of home-schooling. Here we have two resources to support you. First – Micro resilience, a short video to assist you in staying buoyant – you can view this on the OD teams 5 Ways of Wellbeing page Take Notice web page, and secondly a homeschooling weekly planner - a timetable planner to help our parents and carers structure things around the daily schedule, available again through the wellbeing page – Keep Learning.

(15 Jan 2021)


50 per cent off 'danceSing' membership

If you're looking to try out something new this year, 'danceSing' is currently offering 50 per cent off on demand membership - allowing you to access 300+ on-demand or live virtual sessions in singing, dance, pilates, barre, yoga and much more. This discount can be accessed via MyDurham, our employee benefits platform, simply log in and search for 'danceSing'. For more information on MyDurham eligibility and access, please click here.

(15 Jan 2021)


Dealing with conflict workshop

As we are tackle uncertain ways of working it can be easy to be faced with frustrated teams who are feeling the pressures of this pandemic. The OD team has a new workshop for Dealing with Conflict delivered by Dave Algeo. The aim of the session is to equip attendees with the understanding and tools to better manage difficult interactions and feel more confident in challenging conversations in a supportive, confident manner. To view further information on the workshop and book on to a workshop please follow the link here.

(15 Jan 2021)


Durham University Inclusion Calendar 2021

We are pleased to let you know that the University’s Inclusion Calendar is now available to download, in both PDF and Outlook formats, available here. The calendar features key dates from various faiths, along with other awareness dates and observances commemorated here in the UK. It is an essential tool for raising awareness of these important dates, and their potential impact on work or study. Staff and students can also use this calendar to bookmark dates and festivals to promote, get involved with or create an event. Never miss an important date again with our Inclusion Calendar.

(15 Jan 2021)


EndNote 20

The latest upgrade to Endnote Desktop replaces EndNote X9. Details about obtaining a copy to use at home and the accompanying guides can be found on our Durham University Library and Collections Guides Research Skills Reference management software page.

(15 Jan 2021)


Join the Power Down Challenge

We're inviting you all to join the Power Down Challenge. The Challenge has 30 energy-saving actions to help you reduce your energy use, whether you're at home or work. There are tips for every level, ranging from total newbie to energy-saving expert. So get involved and start saving energy today.

(15 Jan 2021) » More about Join the Power Down Challenge


Lateral Flow Test survey

We are running a survey in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to capture your feedback on how we can improve the Lateral Flow Testing programme. All University staff can take part if you have completed training or taken a test. The survey is anonymous, and will help inform how other Universities, schools, care homes and local authorities across the country can use testing to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Complete the survey here.

(15 Jan 2021)


Library services

We are continuing to support staff and students who are not on campus by offering a range of library services, including online resources accessible through Discover, the Scan and Deliver Service and free postal returns. For those currently on campus, individual study space can be pre-booked at The Teaching and Learning Centre and Bill Bryson Library. You should only access these services for essential use. Full details can be found on the Library News page.

(15 Jan 2021)


MyDurham family engagement activities

The providers of MyDurham, our employee benefits platform, are releasing a number of family engagement activities over the coming months including design competitions, weekly birthday shout-outs and World Book Day activities. If you’re already registered with MyDurham but do not currently receive details of these activities, simply log into your account and ensure that your email preferences allow Sodexo to contact you regarding offers and services. If you are not registered, or are unsure how to access MyDurham, further information can be found here.

(15 Jan 2021)


Video message from the VC

The latest of the weekly videos from the Vice-Chancellor is available for all staff to view online. 

(15 Jan 2021)


Oracle Learning is coming next week

We're excited to now confirm that we will be launching the first phase of Oracle Learning next week on Tuesday 19 January. From Tuesday, when you log into your Oracle Portal, you will see a new button that will take you to Oracle Learning. There, you will have the opportunity to explore our new learning management system that will in time replace the staff training course booking system and the use of Duo for staff training.

(14 Jan 2021) » More about Oracle Learning is coming next week


Places available on our online workshops

At DCAD we are pleased to advise that there are still places available on most of our online workshops, including Preparing your PRP Application; Student Complaints, Policy and Processes, Student Discipline Regulations and Preparing to Supervise. For information on the workshops, or to book a place, please visit our web page.

(14 Jan 2021)


'My Healthy Advantage' wellbeing app

For instant access to personalised Wellbeing support and advice download the ‘My Healthy Advantage’ app. The app, provided by the University Employee Assistance Programme, has been launched to provide easy access to enhanced wellbeing tools, including; wellbeing videos, weekly mood trackers, mini health checks, four weekly programmes and in the moment counselling support. For further information and log in details visit the Occupational Health website.

(8 Jan 2021)


Car parking permits

The team that processes car parking permits is working remotely under the new government guidelines. Any new permits or change of vehicle requests will be processed however the new permit will not be issued until we are able to safely work back in the office. We ask you continue to show your valid permit at all times. Any queries please contact car.parking@durham.ac.uk

(8 Jan 2021)


Christmas Wish Tree - a big thank you

We’re thrilled to announce that this year’s Christmas Wish Tree initiative has raised a combined total of over £1,300 between local charities – REfUSE and Children North East. We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the wish list funds, which will go on to provide much-needed support during these uncertain times.

(8 Jan 2021)


Culture Healing Communities

Culture Healing Communities is a social enterprise created by two Durham graduates specialising in Community Heritage and Heritage at Risk, helping bring people together, feel pride in where they live and save stories, oral memories, objects, buildings and traditions. Find out more about their upcoming work on their Facebook page.

(8 Jan 2021)


Earn as you spend with the Spree Cashback Card

Through MyDurham, our employee benefits platform, eligible staff can use Spree Cards to earn cashback on everyday purchases at selected retailers including ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Argos and M&S. You can get your Spree Cashback Card at the discounted rate of £2.99 (usually £9.99) until 5 February 2021. Spree Cards are purchased through MyDurham, click here for more info on this special offer and to find out how to access MyDurham.

(8 Jan 2021)


Gender Equality Staff Survey 2021

We are building a more equal and inclusive university, where all members of our community can thrive. Take our Gender Equality Staff Survey to have your say. Visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion web pages to find out more. The survey will remain online until 21 February 2021.

(8 Jan 2021)


Internal Communications processes

We would like to remind you to use our form to submit items for Dialogue Signposts. All University staff and students are able to submit content via this form. To include an item for Message of the Day please email dialogue@durham.ac.uk with the date you wish your message to appear. We will operate the Message of the Day inclusion on a first-come – first-served basis and also reserve the right to change messages in the event that a business critical/emergency message needs to be published. For all other internal communications questions please email dialogue@durham.ac.uk.

(8 Jan 2021)


Oracle Learning Cloud arrives 19 January

Before the winter break we announced that we are in the process of replacing the staff training course booking system and the use of Duo for staff training. This will see us introduce the Oracle Learning Cloud application of the Oracle portal. We're delighted to now confirm that we will launch the first phase of Oracle Learning Cloud from 19 January. We will gradually be increasing the catalogue of courses available and you will eventually be able to book onto staff training courses here instead of using the training course booking system. 

(8 Jan 2021) » More about Oracle Learning Cloud arrives 19 January


Respect Oversight Group members appointed

The Selection Panel to choose the members of the Respect Oversight Group (ROG) met twice during November. The Panel was delighted that a good cross section of University members had shown an interest in being part of the ROG. We look forward to working with the Respect Working Group in taking forward the recommendations of the Commission and will be updating on this work further in 2021.

(8 Jan 2021) » More about Respect Oversight Group members appointed


Senior Leadership Town Hall meetings 2021

The Vice-Chancellor and other members of the University Executive will be holding more Town Hall meetings for all staff on a range of topics in 2021. These will take place fortnightly and are an opportunity for staff to come with any questions they may have. The meetings will take place as follows:

  • Thursday 11 February 2021, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Friday 5 March 2021, 11.30am - 12.30pm (please note the change of time previously 11am - 12 noon)

Once you have registered, please confirm the slot in your diary and we'll provide you with the meeting details a few hours before the meeting starts. If you would like to attend one of the town hall meetings, please click here to register.

(8 Jan 2021)


Wellbeing Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

All Professional Services staff are supported to undertake 21 hours of CPD (pro rata) per year, consider using some of this time towards accessing development to support your Wellbeing. A range of workshops is being offered by the HR-OD Team that support wellbeing including Developing Personal Resilience and Stress Management. Take a look at the Wellbeing Hub for further resources and support that includes Wellbeing webinars and further reading.

(8 Jan 2021) » More about Wellbeing Continuous Professional Development (CPD)


AI for Admissions launch comms

In 2015 Durham introduced a CRM platform as part of the recruiting the Next Generation of Students Project (RNGS). The aim of this project was to put applicants and prospective applicants at the heart of the recruitment and admissions process, allowing Durham to attract and recruit the most able undergraduate and postgraduate students in a highly competitive global market. Subsequently in 2017 a live chat tool was added to meet the changing communication needs of our current and future cohort of applicants.

(11 Dec 2020) » More about AI for Admissions launch comms


Information for those with caring responsibilities

The HR-OD Department has produced a SWAY to outline the comprehensive range of support available for those with caring responsibilities. The SWAY can be accessed within the resources on the Wellbeing Hub main page here.

(11 Dec 2020)


Supported Progression programme

Supported Progression is a programme designed to support Year 12 students interested in applying to Durham University. Throughout a series of events, students completing the programme will gain first-hand insight into life as a Durham University student, receive key admissions information and complete a project (non-assessed) for a subject of their choice. Students who complete the programme will be eligible for a guaranteed offer for a programme of study at Durham. Applications for the 2021 programme are now open, and can be found here.

(11 Dec 2020) » More about Supported Progression programme


Team Leader Essentials programme

This programme has been designed to help people who are aspiring to be a team leader or who are new to a team leader role to develop the relevant skills and knowledge. A blended learning model will be used with a mixture of live online sessions and self-directed online learning and it is externally accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management. For further information on this programme click here.

(11 Dec 2020)


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)


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)


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)


Decolonising MLAC Research Group: First event of the term

In the first event of term (Tuesday the 26 at 6pm) the Reading Group will be discussing two decolonising papers by Dr. Sara Salem (LSE), who will also be opening our Speaker Series in February.

(22 Jan 2021) » More about Decolonising MLAC Research Group: First event of the term


Durham University School Governors Staff Network virtual catch-up

Are you a School Governor or Academy Trustee or interested in becoming one? If so, read on for details of this terms key events from the Durham University School Governor and Academy Trustee Network.

(22 Jan 2021) » More about Durham University School Governors Staff Network virtual catch-up


Free arts project

Culture Healing Communities, a CIC started by two Durham graduates, is running a project for students and staff that are feeling isolated or lonely. People taking part will receive a completely free painting or sculpting set and be involved in a Zoom group with loads of dynamic discussions.

(22 Jan 2021) » More about Free arts project


Leading Hybrid Teams During Change workshop

Whilst we continue to all work through this pandemic, the need for understanding hybrid teams is greater than ever. If you are a Manager who has a hybrid team (a team that combines remote, semi-remote and entirely office-based employees, potentially working to different scheduled hours), the HR OD team is pleased to offer the Leading Hybrid Teams During Change workshop. Upon completion participants will understand ways to lead people through change (and in particular the impact of the pandemic) and to deal with change from a perspective of emotional leadership rather than managing tasks. For further information on the workshop, visit the Leading Hybrid Teams web page.

(22 Jan 2021)


The vFairs Virtual Visit Platform

Recruitment & Admissions will be using the vFairs platform to run a series of virtual events throughout the year, starting with the postgraduate open day, which is running at the moment. It includes delivery of Post-offer Visit Days, Open Days, Teacher Conferences, and a range of events focussed on widening participation. Take a guided tour around the platform and let us know what you think.

(22 Jan 2021)


UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) Training

UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) Training will be taking place on 9 February from 11am –12noon. The training session will provide an overview of the University’s obligation to ensure UKVI compliance and will outline the responsibilities for colleges and departments in relation to monitoring and record keeping for visa holding staff members. Book your place here.

(22 Jan 2021) » More about UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) Training


Art Prize Art School

To accompany the Student Art prize, we are running an ‘Art Prize Art School’ until February 2021, offering a free programme of online short talks, workshops and resources to further investigate, explore and interpret the prize’s theme of ‘heroism’. Open to all, you don’t need to be a student to get involved. All events can be found on the Summer in the City website, and are free to join. You can book via Eventbrite or by emailing artcollection@durham.ac.uk. We also have free art packs available with lots lovely art materials to inspire your creativity. Just email artcollection@durham.ac.uk for your pack, which we can post to you.

(15 Jan 2021)


IMEMS Durham Early Modern Group

Durham Early Modern Group meets fortnightly during term time and is an informal forum for the presentation on research on the early modern period. Booking in advance for the online sessions is essential.

(15 Jan 2021)


Virtual Writing Retreat - Do you have a writing project to start or complete?

This virtual writing retreat provides an opportunity for Durham University students and staff to start or complete any writing project, be it an essay, a dissertation, a thesis, a paper, a book, etc. Arranged via Zoom, all you need is access to a computer, and the resources you need for writing. Sessions are scheduled during both the morning and afternoon, across various dates throughout January, February and March. For further information, and to book a place, please visit our web page.

(15 Jan 2021)


Rachel runs 496 miles in 31 days raising over £3,000 to support the RNIB

Executive Assistant to the CFO, Rachel Langrish, took on a December calendar miles challenge, running 496 miles in 31 days to raise funds for the Royal National Institute of the Blind People (RNIB) in her father in law's memory who passed away on 12 October 2020 aged 101.

(14 Jan 2021) » More about Rachel runs 496 miles in 31 days raising over £3,000 to support the RNIB


Staff network coffee break

We continue to hold our popular informal staff network coffee break chats on Microsoft Teams. The next meeting will take place on Thursday 21 January 2021 at 3pm. This is an opportunity to chat to colleagues, those who have been here a while, those who have just joined and those who may still be due to arrive over the next few months; to support each other, discuss any challenges and issues faced at this time and to meet new people. Pop the event in your diary and just click on the link at the time.

(14 Jan 2021)


Engaging students in online sessions webinar

The events of the last few months have resulted in much teaching, training and student development activity relocating to online platforms such as Collaborate Ultra, MS Teams or Zoom. However, if the value-added from a session is based on practice-sharing, discussion, or critical thinking, encouraging ‘participation’ and ‘engagement’ is a trickier proposition. Attend our 90-minute webinar/workshop on 20 January at 2pm to find out more.

(8 Jan 2021) » More about Engaging students in online sessions webinar


Evening language courses - last chance to register for January programme

The registration deadline for our Centre for Foreign Language Study’s January evening language courses is approaching. All courses commence over the next two weeks. For full course listings, including dates, times and fees, please visit our webpages.

(8 Jan 2021)


Feisty 50 Fitness Challenge

Are you ready to test your fitness? 2020 was a challenging year for us all, so let’s make sure we start 2021 off right. For the first time ever, we will be launching a six week Durham alumni fitness challenge. No matter who you are, where you’re at, whether you’re currently very active or are completely inactive, the aim is for each of us to do a little more to get a little fitter together. From 11 January to 19 February 2021, challenges will be released every Monday and Thursday.

(8 Jan 2021) » More about Feisty 50 Fitness Challenge


Institute of Advanced Study: Fellows and projects 2020/21

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its second cohort of 2020/21 Fellows. The Institute’s programme for visiting Fellows continues in virtual form in response to the global pandemic. Our Fellows’ lectures and seminars are scheduled across the term, and collaborators will develop virtual programmes of work during this time.

(8 Jan 2021) » More about Institute of Advanced Study: Fellows and projects 2020/21


Italian language course for beginners at St John's College

Our Italian language course for beginners will run online on Teams every Friday, 7pm-7.55pm, for six weeks starting 15 January 2021. The teacher is a native Italian speaker, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with a PG-cert in Academic Practice and with years’ experience in teaching and the sessions will be highly interactive. All fees will be donated to support St John’s College and its activities during the pandemic.

(8 Jan 2021) » More about Italian language course for beginners at St John's College


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)


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