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Important distribution notice for Purchasing and Travel Barclaycard holders

Two extra dates have been added to the Barclaycard distribution drop-in sessions. These dates are: Friday, 30 August at Rowan House, room Rowan 1, from 11.30am to 4.30pm, and Friday, 6 September at Rowan House, room Rowan 3, from 11.30am until 4.30pm. 

If you have not yet collected your replacement Barclaycard please come along to one of these sessions.

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Important distribution notice for Purchasing and Travel Barclaycard holders

Oracle Cloud training

Oracle Cloud Go-Live day is almost here. This new system will affect all colleagues as it replaces People+, affecting how we will all submit expenses, leave requests and update personal details.

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Oracle Cloud training

Road and building closure to Lower Mountjoy

The main access road to Lower Mountjoy from Stockton Road to the junction with the pedestrian zone will be closed on Saturday, 31 August and Sunday, 1 September from 6am to 6pm each day.

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Road and building closure to Lower Mountjoy

All Purchasing and Travel Barclaycard holders - Important notice

Further to our previous Dialogue communications, all Travel and Purchasing card holders will be issued with a new Barclaycard and PINsentry device. This is a requirement of the new PSD2 EU legislation. You will need your PINsentry device to make online payments from Saturday, 14 September. It will be delivered directly to yourself via the University internal post system. The PINsentry device will not be needed to make in-person payments, for example at a Café or Train Station.

(9 Aug 2019) » More about All Purchasing and Travel Barclaycard holders - Important notice

Elvet Waterside car park

Following the closure of the Territorial Lane and Elvet Waterside car parks, some people are still parking their vehicles in the Waterside car park. Demolition of existing buildings is due to start imminently and vehicle owners should note that they are currently parking there at their own risk. We are required to keep the entrance open only for access for residents of Old Elvet. 

(2 Aug 2019)

Print downtime - September

As part of a system upgrade the print service will be offline from 6pm-10pm on Thursday 5 September. Printing, photocopying and scanning will be unavailable during this time. When the service is back online there will be no change in function or usage methods, this is purely a piece of maintenance work between CIS and DTP. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

(2 Aug 2019)

Update - Important changes in how you use your Travel Card or Purchasing Card

Further to our previous Dialogue communication, all Travel and Purchasing card holders will shortly be issued with a new card and PINsentry device. This is a requirement of the new PSD2 EU legislation. Your PINsentry device will be required to make online payments from September 2019. It will not be needed to make in-person payments, for example at a Café or Train Station.

(26 Jul 2019) » More about Update - Important changes in how you use your Travel Card or Purchasing Card

We're increasing your J Drive storage

As part of The Big 3, we will provide increased J drives or Home Directories for all staff and students users. The standard storage allocation will increase from 400MB to 5GB, and what’s more we’ll be migrating your files for you. Look out for an email about this next week.

(26 Jul 2019) » More about We're increasing your J Drive storage

Arriva Academic Year Saver Ticket

Do you travel on any Arriva bus service within their Durham District Zone throughout the year? Then why not consider purchasing the Academic Year Ticket which is available for all staff and students. Other options are available including weekly tickets (seven days travel for the price of five) or a 15-week ticket. Full details available on the Arriva website.

(23 Aug 2019)

Dunelmensis nominations

Nominations for the 2020 Dunelmensis Award are now open and DARO is currently seeking nominations for consideration by the awards panel. The Award is the University’s highest honour given to alumni in recognition of the significant contribution an alumna or alumnus has made to their College, Department or the University, and which has led to the enhancement of the University’s reputation or contributed to its institutional advancement.

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Dunelmensis nominations

Early bird discount on foreign language study courses

There is just over a week left to take advantage of our Centre for Foreign Language Study’s early bird discount on Language Progression courses.

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Early bird discount on foreign language study courses

Free 1-1 tutoring programme: sign-up open now

Our Student Volunteering team runs a free one-to-one tutoring programme every year for local GCSE and A-Level pupils who need support. Tutee sign-ups are now open for the academic year 2019/20.

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Free 1-1 tutoring programme: sign-up open now

Mount Oswald project update

Most of the buildings for our Mount Oswald project are now taking shape on site. Read edition 10 of the Mount Oswald Observer newsletter from our construction partners Interserve for the latest update. Please visit:

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Mount Oswald project update

Mystery shoppers wanted

Would you like to earn yourself a £5 Durham University Catering Voucher, just by visiting one of our Retail Outlets?

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Mystery shoppers wanted

Participants wanted for study

Colleagues in the Psychology Department are currently looking for participants aged 18 to 35 to take part in a study involving using sounds and images to locate a hidden object. The study takes about two hours and you will receive £10, plus up to £10 bonus, depending on performance.

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Participants wanted for study

Gym equipment available to buy

Collingwood College has some gym equipment available to purchase at very reasonable prices (full list available by clicking on the 'More about' link below). The pieces of equipment are in varying condition so we advise visiting Collingwood to see for yourself. For enquiries about price, availability and visiting, email

(16 Aug 2019) » More about Gym equipment available to buy

Have your say in our Digital Strategy

Help us shape what IT should look at Durham University by having your say in the development of our Digital Strategy. The survey can be accessed here - until 1 September.

(16 Aug 2019) » More about Have your say in our Digital Strategy

Important Pension Information Sessions for USS Members

We have invited Mercer, specialists in HE sector pensions, to deliver information sessions on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 26 September on two important aspects of pension planning:
• an update on the latest developments in the USS Valuation and what this may mean to members.
• an information session for higher earners (c£65K plus) on Pensions Taxation Allowances.

These sessions are open to all current and prospective USS members. If you wish to attend please use the online training booking system


(16 Aug 2019) » More about Important Pension Information Sessions for USS Members

School Governor Recruitment Event

Would you like to use your unique skills and expertise to directly impact learning environments and enact positive change? Our Access and Engagement team are currently encouraging staff to volunteer as school governors. If you would like to know more about becoming a school governor and would like to learn more about how we can support you, we will be running a breakfast information event. 

(16 Aug 2019) » More about School Governor Recruitment Event

Staff volunteers needed to assist Durham Foodbank

Our Staff Volunteering Team is looking for a team of up to five people to assist Chester-le-Street Foodbank on Thursday 12 September 9:30-13:30. The task will involve sorting donations and putting together food parcels. If you are available and interested please email If you are interested but unavailable on this day, we have volunteering sessions booked in with Foodbank the second Thursday of every month. Please get in touch for other available dates. 

(16 Aug 2019)

Want to find out more about Organisation Development Opportunities at the University?

What is accessible to support your own personal development as a member of staff? Come along to one of our ‘OD’ Roadshows where our dedicated team will give an outline of the range of development opportunities that are available.

(16 Aug 2019) » More about Want to find out more about Organisation Development Opportunities at the University?

Community Newsletter out now

The latest edition of our Community Newsletter is out now, full of news and information about our community-focused work. Read all about it! If you have an item you'd like included in the Newsletter, please email You can sign up to receive the Newsletter here.

(9 Aug 2019)

Deadlines extended

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for one of our new leadership and development programmes for 2019/20. We are pleased to advise that we have been able to negotiate extended application deadlines for completed applications. We are committed to developing and supporting all staff with responsibilities for supporting, managing or leading others. Development options range from training programmes to one-off workshops/briefings on a number of topics. Details of all options can be found here.

(9 Aug 2019)

Dialogue 63 - out now

Our latest edition of Dialogue magazine is out now. You can read the 'new look' edition here.

(9 Aug 2019)

Durham Energy Institute (DEI) 10 year anniversary symposium

The DEI's anniversary symposium will take place on Wednesday, 25 September, 10am-5pm in the Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre. Further information and the registration link is available here

(9 Aug 2019) » More about Durham Energy Institute (DEI) 10 year anniversary symposium

Durham University Business School becomes fourth Faculty

Our Business School has officially become Durham University’s fourth Faculty. This is a historic change and a significant milestone on the School’s development journey, providing a key pillar for the School to become one of Europe’s Top 20 business schools and further support the delivery of the University’s 2017-2027 Strategy. Executive Dean, Professor Susan Hart, joins three recently appointed Executive Deans of Science, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences and Health, in a newly-constituted University Executive Committee. To celebrate the news, the School is showcasing research from across the Faculty throughout August and September. For more information, please visit the news item.

(9 Aug 2019) » More about Durham University Business School becomes fourth Faculty

N8 AgriFood conference

The annual N8 AgriFood Conference, showcasing the work of N8 members including Durham University, will take place in York on Tuesday, 22 October and Wednesday, 23 October. This year's conference theme is Creating Solutions for a Sustainable Food System. More information is available here.

(9 Aug 2019)

National Allotments Week

Did you know it's National Allotments Week from Monday, 12 August to Sunday, 18 August? Why not get involved and tell us what you love about your allotment or share photos of what you have grown? Post on our Facebook page, tag us in the photos or use #GreenspaceGrowing

(9 Aug 2019)

New online payroll giving platform

Staff are now able to set up donations to a charity of their choice online through the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Give As You Earn payroll giving platform. Payroll giving is a simple, tax-efficient way for you to donate straight from your salary to support the causes you care about. To start donating today click here. More information on Give As You Earn is available here. Any staff giving through the current County Durham Community Foundation cheme will have their contributions automatically ceased and will therefore need to register with CAF to continue with their donations. If you have any questions, please contact the Payroll Team.

(9 Aug 2019)

New temporary and permanent agency supplier framework

Following a competitive procurement process to update our suppliers, the roll-out of our new staffing recruitment framework is now live. Our Recruitment Team supports all Departments in the recruitment of permanent and fixed-term employees and the current processes will not change. However, in some hard-to-fill vacancies we may seek support from those listed on the supplier framework to search for and identify suitable candidates. If you have such a role, please speak to your Recruitment Team contact. The agencies on the framework will also support Departments where there are temporary requirements for staff which cannot be covered by other means such as internal resource.

(9 Aug 2019) » More about New temporary and permanent agency supplier framework

Notification of road and building closure to Lower Mountjoy

We would like to make you aware that the main access road to Lower Mountjoy from Stockton Road to the junction with the pedestrian zone will be closed on Saturday, 31 August and Sunday, 1 September19 from 6am-6pm each day. 

(9 Aug 2019) » More about Notification of road and building closure to Lower Mountjoy

Parking at James Barber House, Hatfield College

Due to a boiler plant replacement at James Barber House, Hatfield College, car parking spaces in this area will be restricted to allow suitable space for the site set-up. The works are planned to commence on Monday, 12 August and run for approximately five weeks.

(9 Aug 2019)

Requests for Business Model changes within Acquire

After a successful year end period the Procurement Service is continuing to work hard to meet your requirements. We are currently experiencing an increase in change-requests to current Business Models within Acquire. Unfortunately due to limited resource within our System Admin Team we are encountering greater timescales in processing these changes. Please allow extra processing time when submitting this type of request. The Procurement Service will continue to do it’s utmost to meet your needs. 

(9 Aug 2019)

Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Funder visit

Mark Thomson, Executive Chair, and Natalie Bealing, Head of Stakeholder Engagement at STFC, will be visiting the University on Thursday, 19 September. As part of their visit they will deliver an open information session to the academic community and provide an update on STFC’s activities, including their recently published Delivery Plan 2019 and future opportunities, followed by Q & A. The session will take place in Lecture Theatre PH30, Department of Physics, 12.45pm – 1.45pm. If you would like to attend the session please register here by Friday, 13 September. If you have any queries, please email

(9 Aug 2019)

Site speed limits

We place a high value on the safety and health of our staff, students and visitors. There has been a noticeable trend of vehicles travelling at speed on the main hill leading to and from Upper Mountjoy. Please be advised that the speed limit is 10 miles per hour. We would appreciate your cooperation in keeping our site safe by observing all posted speed limits and being mindful of your surroundings.

(9 Aug 2019)

Staff invitation to Matriculation

Staff are invited to attend Matriculation ceremonies at Durham Cathedral on Wednesday, 2 October, to welcome new students to the University. You can get involved by volunteering to marshal at this event, working with colleagues to provide advice and guidance to students and staff attending ceremonies. Instructions and training will be provided in advance and lunch plus cakes/refreshments will be supplied in the Cathedral Restaurant. Please confirm your availability to marshal by Tuesday, 17 September here. If you would like to join the Staff Procession at ceremonies please fill in this form by Thursday, 19 September.

(9 Aug 2019)

Early bird discount

Our Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering a discount of 10 per cent on Language Progression courses to those registering by midnight on Saturday, 31 August. All courses commence in October and are available in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish at a range of levels. All are open to staff and students, as well as members of the public (for a fee). For full course listings please see the website.

(2 Aug 2019)

Places available on in-house leadership programmes

Our Human Resources & Organisation Development team has launched a suite of in-house leadership programmes for staff who have responsibility for others e.g. Team Leaders, Supervisors, Managers, Department Managers, Senior Leaders. Programmes start in September and places are still available. For more information and details of how to apply please visit here.

(2 Aug 2019) » More about Places available on in-house leadership programmes

Staff volunteers needed

Our Staff Volunteering Team is looking for a team of four or less to assist Stray Aid with some dog walking and socialisation on Wednesday, 7 August 12.30pm-2.30pm. If you are available and interested please email If you are interested but unavailable on this day, we have volunteering sessions booked in with Stray Aid the first Wednesday of every month.

(2 Aug 2019)

Trevelyan mentors

Trevelyan College is looking to expand its team of mentors. Mentoring at Trevs is a great way to get involved in College life. Each mentor will be assigned a group of approximately 20 first-year students with whom they meet fortnightly. The role of a College mentor is to support and encourage students in three key aspects: personal effectiveness; intellectual curiosity; and a sense of belonging and responsibility. For more information, or to volunteer, please email

(1 Aug 2019)

Brand Identity - House Style

Information on the University’s house style when writing dates, times, numbers as well as web addresses and email signatures is available on the Brand website.

(26 Jul 2019)

Get your Apps anywhere and everywhere

AppsAnywhere is an exciting new service offered by CIS that allows you to access your important work or study applications and software in the office, from home and on the go. Simply go to AppsAnywhere Apphub at and get access to your Windows applications wherever and whenever you need them. More information on this service can be found here

(26 Jul 2019) » More about Get your Apps anywhere and everywhere

Kynren 2019

The offer of a 10% discount on all ticket types (except VIP, shuttle and parking) for staff, students and alumni has been extended to the end of the 2019 season. To claim your discount, simply visit the Kynren website and enter code DUKYN19 and the discount will be applied at checkout. 

(26 Jul 2019) » More about Kynren 2019

Panopto Cloud downtime - Saturday 10 August

Panopto will be making a number of mandatory updates to the Panopto Cloud infrastructure on Saturday, 10 August. These updates will require downtime, beginning at 10pm BST and lasting approximately three hours. During the downtime you will not be able to access recordings on the Encore site (either via duo or the external Panopto portal) and any attempts to upload recordings will fail. Normal service is expected to resume at around 1am BST on Sunday, 11 August and users are not required to take any action once the updates are complete.

(26 Jul 2019)

Places available on Management qualification programmes

The Organisation Development team is partnering with Durham County Council's Adult Learning and Skills Service to deliver the Level 3 Team Leader / Supervisor Apprenticeship and Level 5 Operations Manager Apprenticeship for University staff who have management responsibilities. Programmes start mid-September and places are still available on both programmes.

(26 Jul 2019) » More about Places available on Management qualification programmes

Pre-retirement and mid-career financial education pilot

There are limited spaces available at two pilot financial planning sessions run by Planned Future on Thursday, 8 August. The pre-retirement planning session is from 9.15am-4.30pm for those approaching retirement in the next two years and the mid-career planning session is from 1.30pm-3.45pm, both at Palace Green. Please email for more information or to book a space, first-come first-served. More information about Planned Future is available here.

(26 Jul 2019)

Responsible parking within University grounds

Vehicles brought onto University grounds must be parked responsibly and within marked designated areas or marked bays. Vehicles must not be left in a position where they are likely to create a hazard, obstruct other vehicles, pedestrians, access to buildings, rights of way and gated entrances. This also applies to parking any vehicles on other unmarked designated parking areas. 

(26 Jul 2019) » More about Responsible parking within University grounds

Worktribe walk-in clinic

If you are new to using Worktribe, our Research Grants Management System, or have questions regarding the system, you're invited to come along to a walk-in clinic on Wednesday, 31 July, 2pm-4pm in PCL051 Palatine Centre. No prior booking is required. For further information on Worktribe, please visit the website.

(26 Jul 2019)

New senior appointments

In case you missed the announcements last Friday, we are excited to confirm the appointment of five new Heads of College and three new Executive Deans

(12 Jul 2019) » More about New senior appointments

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)

Join the staff choir

Everyone is welcome to join the staff choir, regardless of experience and ability. There is no fixed commitment - just come when you can! 

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Join the staff choir

Lord of the Flies

The Gala Theatre and Durham Student Theatre, in association with Unfolding Theatre, present Lord of the Flies at the Gala Theatre, Durham, from Monday, 30 September to Saturday, 5 October. Full details are available on the Gala website

(23 Aug 2019)

Stephenson College walk

Having walked from Stockton to Durham last year we’ve decided to make a walk an annual event (and no we are not walking back to Stockton!) We would therefore like to invite you to join us for another walk this year on Thursday, 29 August. 

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Stephenson College walk

Wedding Open Day

Are you looking for a beautiful venue in the heart of Durham to celebrate your wedding? Come along to St Chad's College, 18 North Bailey, Durham, on Sunday, 15 September between 12pm and 3pm and view our picturesque gardens and exquisite rooms whilst enjoying a glass of complimentary prosecco and canapes. Meet some excellent local suppliers who will be displaying their products.

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Wedding Open Day

Staff Netball

We are setting up a new Staff Netball Team! Joining the team will give you access to frequent training sessions and weekly matches within a college league. We welcome all abilities so please come along, even if you haven't stepped onto the court in a while. Contact Becca at if you are interested or just want some more information.

(16 Aug 2019)

Durham Energy Institute (DEI) Energy Photography Competition

Our DEI invites you to submit entries to our energy photography competition, which will run alongside the annual research symposium on Wednesday, 25 September. This is an opportunity for any professional, amateur or budding photographers out there who are interested in documenting energy in the world around them, and is open to anyone. Further details on the rules, theme and prizes can be found here

(9 Aug 2019)

Energy 3-Minute Thesis Competition

We will be holding a 3-Minute Thesis competition as part of our Annual Research Symposium on Wednesday, 25 September at 4.30pm to provide students researching in any energy-related area with an opportunity to exercise their research communication skills in a language that is appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Participants will be challenged to present a compelling talk on their PhD Thesis or Masters Dissertation Project in just three minutes, and with the use of only one background slide. Further information on the rules and prizes can be found here

(9 Aug 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)

Encore webinar - advanced editing

Panopto regularly hosts training webinars to provide users with all the tools required to make the most of the Encore lecture capture system. The next is on Wednesday, 28 August at 4pm. 

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Encore webinar - advanced editing

Hearing Voices: What do we need to know?

Our Hearing the Voice project warmly invites you to join us for a public event which asks 'Hearing Voices: What do we need to know?' at the Assembly Rooms in Newcastle on Wednesday, 11 September from 1pm to 5.45pm. The symposium will celebrate the launch of Understanding Voices - a new website providing clear, comprehensive and balanced information about hearing voices - and explore visions for the future.

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Hearing Voices: What do we need to know?

The Preparedness (and Preparation of) PhD students for Career Pathways

Prof Rachel Spronken-Smith, of the University of Otago, New Zealand, will open this Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Forum session, planned for Wednesday, 11 September, by presenting her research on the preparedness of PhD graduates for career pathways, a comparative case study of graduates from US and NZ universities.

(23 Aug 2019) » More about The Preparedness (and Preparation of) PhD students for Career Pathways

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