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Replacement of local administrative privileges on MDS with self-elevation

Our Operations Board has decided to stop providing local administrative capabilities for users of the CIS Managed Desktop Service. This is to help us better manage our GDPR obligations and reduce our exposure to cyber-attacks. If you believe you still require ongoing or ad hoc elevated privileges, for example to run software, you can request an alternative offering via the IT Service Desk. This change will take effect from 17 February 2020, when we will remove local administrative privileges from all MDS devices. For more information, please see the CIS web pages

(16 Jan 2020)

We're now using two-factor authentication for offsite access

We are increasingly using internet-available applications like Oracle Fusion and Worktribe for our important University processes and there are changes to how users log on to such systems. To ensure our data is protected when these applications are used offsite, it is necessary to use two-factor authentication, using a token code alongside a username and password. Therefore, if you wish to use these systems offsite, you will need to setup two-factor authentication using this guidance. Two-factor authentication is available now.

(16 Jan 2020)

Vice-Chancellor's message to staff

The Vice-Chancellor invites you to view his video message to staff which can be found here.

(10 Jan 2020)

Conflicts of interest and personal relationships

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

(8 Nov 2019)

New Viator System

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

(8 Nov 2019) » More about New Viator System

Lumiere Durham 2019

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

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

You can read this message online here.

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Lumiere Durham 2019

Annual Development Review Briefing

An hour long briefing is available on Monday 27 January at 2.30pm to introduce the Annual Development Review (ADR) process and to focus on how to prepare from both Reviewer and Reviewee perspectives with an opportunity to ask any questions you might have. The briefing will take place in room CG60, Department of Chemistry.

(17 Jan 2020) » More about Annual Development Review Briefing

Durham Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

Can you summarise your thesis in just three minutes? Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a global research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or ‘dumbing-down’ research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

(17 Jan 2020) » More about Durham Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

Library e-resoureces updates

We would like to make you aware that access to some Library online services will be disrupted on Thursday 23 January between 6pm and 10pm to enable routine maintenance. The affected services are any e-resource accessed via the Library website - eg Discover and the Library catalogue – and also Durham Research Online (DRO) and Durham e-Theses. Disruption is expected to last between 15 and 20 minutes. The same services will be unavailable for up to three hours the following Thursday morning, 30 January.

(17 Jan 2020)

Mystery shoppers wanted

Would you be interested in visiting Durham University retail outlets to help us improve our service by being a mystery shopper? We are looking for people to visit The Botanic Garden, The Oriental Museum, and Palace Green Library. In return for completing a short survey you will receive a £5 voucher to spend with University catering. If you are interested, please email Marion Brown at

(17 Jan 2020)

National Student Survey (NSS) launch

The NSS is launching on Monday 20 January. Final-year undergraduates across the UK are invited to give feedback on their course every year, by filling in the online survey. Please encourage your finalists to take part. For more information about the survey, please visit the survey website or email

(17 Jan 2020) » More about National Student Survey (NSS) launch

New 'leadership' workshop

We are pleased to offer a new ‘leadership’ workshop to our programme. This workshop features the 'Situational Leadership' approach by Ken Blanchard Companies and is one of the most popular and widely utilised 'Theories of Leadership'. There are currently two workshops scheduled for 25 February 2020 and 24 June 2020, bookable on Training Course Booking System.

(17 Jan 2020) » More about New 'leadership' workshop

New Head of University College

Dr Wendy Powers has been announced as our new Head of University College and Associate Vice Provost (Education). She will take up her position in June 2020. For further details, please visit our website

(17 Jan 2020)

Participate in sleep research and earn £100 worth of High Street vouchers

We are ooking for non-mothers of reproductive age and new mothers with babies under three months old that are either exclusively formula-feeding or exclusively breastfeeding to take part in a new study into new-mum sleep at the parent-infant sleep centre. If you're interested in taking part, please email, or fill out this very brief form to register your interest and we'll be in touch.

(17 Jan 2020) » More about Participate in sleep research and earn £100 worth of High Street vouchers

2020 Pay and Reward Policies

Following a pilot last year we have made some changes to the processes for the awarding of Exceptional Contribution Payments (ECPs), Discretionary Awards (DAs) and Grade 10 Merit Rewards (MRs). The revised policies, timescales and supporting FAQs are available here.

(16 Jan 2020)

Are you doing policing research, or do you have skills that could contribute to policing research?

Professor Nicole Westmarland, Department of Sociology, and Professor Colin Bain, Vice Provost Research, invite you to a workshop which will bring together staff and PGRs involved in policing research on Wednesday 12 February, 9.30am-11.30am, Birley Room, Hatfield College. We are also interested in meeting people who have an area of expertise that could be useful in advancing policing research (e.g. big data, AI, IR etc.) or are interested in becoming involved in policing research. The objectives of this meeting are to share information between ourselves, provide a link with policing partners (who are also invited), and encourage sign up to the N8 Policing Register of Experts. Please RSVP

(16 Jan 2020)

Call for nominations for Honorary Awards

During congregation, we award honorary degrees to inspiring individuals, who are nominated by our colleagues, in recognition of their long and exemplary service of national and international importance. Find out about our winter congregation 2020 award recipients on the Ceremonies webpages. If you would like to make a nomination for 2021, please read the information online. The deadline for making a nomination is 3 February 2020.

(16 Jan 2020)

Call for Papers: 3 Rivers Regional Learning and Teaching Conference

The 15th regional learning and teaching conference, taking place on 24 April at the University of Sunderland, builds on the success of previous partnership events held by the region’s universities (Sunderland, Northumbria, Durham, Newcastle and Teesside). Our teaching community is invited to participate with this 'Call for Papers'. Please visit the abstract submission process page to find out about the submission process, and supporting information for advice on submitting an abstract and presenting a paper.

(16 Jan 2020) » More about Call for Papers: 3 Rivers Regional Learning and Teaching Conference

Deadline approaching: Race Equality Survey for staff and students

We are asking all staff and students to take part in the University-wide race equality survey - there are questions relevant to you and we want to hear from you. The survey can be accessed online until 24 January 2020 and will take less than 15 minutes to complete. Insights gathered through the survey will inform our Race Equality Charter Action Plan; so have your say. For a link to the survey and for further information, please click here.

(16 Jan 2020)

Email address closure - study@

To improve our service, the email address will no longer be monitored from Thursday 20 February. Please do not forward any Recruitment and Admissions enquiries to this address. Should you receive an email which should have been sent to Recruitment and Admissions, please go back to the sender and ask them to contact us using the online webform, which can be found here. By completing the webform, the enquirer will receive a faster response and we will be able to ensure that all information they receive will be relevant to them.

(16 Jan 2020)

February half term holiday camps

Team Durham will be running a sports and activities holiday camp for 4-11 year olds during February half term. Each day is different, but typical activities at holiday camps include football, cricket, badminton, tennis, dodgeball, netball, volleyball, athletics, kwik cricket, basketball as well as activities like parachute games, dance and arts and crafts for the 4-6 year old group. Camps cost £15 per day, plus an extra £1.50 for early drop off and late pick up. Places are limited, so to book a place please click here. If you would like to be added to our holiday camp mailing list please email us at

(16 Jan 2020)

Find out more about our Infrastructure Improvements project

We're investing over £8 million to help you move safely and easily around the campus. Our Infrastructure Improvements project began in December and continues until March 2021. With our contractor, Colas, we're producing a monthly newsletter to keep you updated on progress. Read the first issue here. For more information on the project, please visit our web pages

(16 Jan 2020)

Get writing done: from book proposal to completion

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Forum kicks off this year with this session from Dr. Simon Rees. The session will commence with lunch at 12 noon and conclude at 1pm. Please book your place via the training course booking system before 24 January. For more information about the SOTL Forum, see our website

(16 Jan 2020) » More about Get writing done: from book proposal to completion

Have your say on designs for the new Durham Bus Station

Durham County Council is inviting comments on its designs for a new Durham Bus Station on North Road. Consultation runs from Friday 17 January to Sunday 9 February. The Council is running engagement events at North Road Methodist Church, North Road, on Friday 17 January from 1pm to 6.30pm and Saturday 18 January from 10am to 2pm. For more information, please visit

(16 Jan 2020)

Infrastructure Improvements project update

As part of our Infrastructure Improvements project, the contractor Colas will be felling trees around Grey College the week commencing Monday, 20 January until Friday, 24 January. Please be aware of these works going ahead as you walk walking around the campus. To find out more, please contact or visit our web pages

(16 Jan 2020)

Report on attending TEMC2019 in Adelaide

One of our Durham AUA members, Andrew Unwin - Department Manager in the Department of Chemistry - was selected as the AUA representative to attend TEMC2019 in Adelaide - a conference bringing together a wide range of HE colleagues from across Australia and New Zealand. You can read a blog post on his visit here. To find more about joining the AUA, and the benefits and opportunities surrounding membership contact either Andrew Unwin or Alyson Bird.

(16 Jan 2020)

Research being conducted on the Grenfell Tower Fire

You are invited to take part in an 8-10 minute questionnaire investigating public opinion of the Grenfell Tower fire. The devastating event two years ago has sparked much debate on who should be considered responsible, hence this questionnaire is looking into just that. If you are interested, the survey can be found here. Email any questions to

(16 Jan 2020) » More about Research being conducted on the Grenfell Tower Fire

Safety at UK Music Festivals

Have you been to a UK music festival in the last five years? Receive a £20 high-street voucher for taking part in a 45-60 minute focus group, or anonymous telephone interview. If you’re happy to take part, please email Alishya Dhir or Dr Hannah Bows, who are leading the study. 

(16 Jan 2020) » More about Safety at UK Music Festivals

Uniform contract

We currently have a contracted partner for the supply of our uniform and footwear. This agreement is due to come to an end later this year and in anticipation of this we are going out to tender to appoint a suitable supplier to provide this service. In light of this the Procurement Service is looking to engage users to discuss requirements for the new agreement. The new contract will include all uniform purchases, from cleaning and catering staff, grounds and gardens and front of house staff. If you are responsible for uniform within your department, please contact Catherine Harrison, Category Manager within the Procurement Service to discuss this further.

(16 Jan 2020)

Earn £5 in a short experiment

You are invited to participate in an experimental study that investigates social perception and interaction. The study takes about 30 minutes and takes place at the Behavioural Lab of the Business School. You’ll receive £5 cash upon completion, plus an opportunity to win a £25 Amazon gift card. We are currently recruiting adult participants aged 18-60 years. Please email to participate.

(15 Jan 2020)

AHRC Liaison Group Chair

Research & Innovation Services is recruiting for an AHRC Liaison Group Chair to start immediately.The UKRI Liaison Groups are internal groups established to initiate, support and follow up engagement activity, share feedback and disseminate opportunities and 'intelligence' appropriately across the University. The deadline for applications is Friday 17 January 2020. Applications should be submitted to

(10 Jan 2020) » More about AHRC Liaison Group Chair

Community Newsletter out now

The first Durham University Community Newsletter of the New Year is out now, including our favourite stories and photos from 2019, a look ahead to the Durham Vocal Festival and memories of graduating from the Class of 1970. Read the Community Newsletter here. Anyone can sign up to receive the Community Newsletter here. If you have something you'd like included, please email:

(10 Jan 2020)

Congratulations Class of 2020

During winter congregation 2020, over 1,500 of our students graduated at ceremonies in Durham Cathedral. We also awarded honorary degrees to four inspiring individuals, who are nominated by our colleagues, in recognition of their long and exemplary service of national and international importance. Find out more on our website.

(10 Jan 2020)

Do you identify as a staff member with a disability?

Would you like a space to discuss issues relating to this with colleagues and peers who share your experiences or at least some of them? We are looking to establish a group where any and all staff who identify as having a disability, irrespective of what that is, can come along and discuss issues that are important to them. We hope that this group will help to give a voice to the experiences of disabled staff across the University. If you are interested in attending our first event please email in confidence to be added to the distribution list. To find out more about the group, please email

(10 Jan 2020)

Last chance: open call for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Forum

The open call for Easter term Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Forum proposals closes on 17 January, so if you have not already done so, please get your talk proposals in soon here. For more information about the SOTL Forum, including recordings and slides from past sessions, please see our website.

(10 Jan 2020) » More about Last chance: open call for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Forum

Meeting of University Council

University Council met on Tuesday 10 December 2019 in the Teaching and Learning Centre to celebrate its opening and receive a tour of the new facilities. Council’s key business included: approval of the next steps in the development of a new building for the Business School; approval of a programme of refurbishment of the Chemistry building; and formal approval of the interim name of the 17th College as ‘South College’; Council welcomed the excellent progress made in Phase 1 of the Durham Inspired Philanthropic Campaign and an update on a proposal to establish an office in India as a base for the University to aid student recruitment and international research collaborations. Further information is available from the University Secretary at

(10 Jan 2020)

Mental Health Awareness Art Exhibition

This year, as apart of St. Aidan’s Mental Health Awareness Campaign, we’re going to hold an art exhibition on the topic of mental health. The exhibition will consist of donated pieces from anyone across the University and Durham community and will be open to everyone to see. Anyone who is interested and would like to contribute can contact for more details. 

(10 Jan 2020) » More about Mental Health Awareness Art Exhibition

Networking and briefing event

Are you an early career researcher, new to the University or looking to expand your research network across the Social Sciences & Health (SS&H) Faculty and find out more about research opportunities and support? If so, then do join us at the SS&H Faculty research networking and briefing event, which will be held on Monday 20 January, midday – 1.30pm, Bar Lounge in the Business School. If you would like to attend, please email with your name, department and any special dietary requirements. Please note that places are limited.

(10 Jan 2020) » More about Networking and briefing event

Registration deadline approaching for January language courses

Our Centre for Foreign Language Study has courses starting this month, with the deadline for registration being next week. Thirteen different languages are available at a range of levels. Courses are 9-10 weeks in length, and all are open to staff, students and members of the public (for a fee). For further details, please visit our web pages.

(10 Jan 2020)

Supported Progression 2020

Do you know a student in Year 12 who is considering studying at a university like Durham? If they attend a state school in the North East of England, they might be interested in Supported Progression. Students will complete a two-year programme of events, working towards an assessed summer school with the potential to receive a guaranteed conditional offer. Further information, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, can be found here. The closing date for applications is Friday 31 January 2020.

(10 Jan 2020) » More about Supported Progression 2020

Take part in the ongoing Race Equality Survey for staff and students

All staff and students are invited to take part in a University-wide race equality survey. The anonymous survey is open now and can be completed online until 24 January 2020. Insights gathered via the survey will help to inform our Race Equality Action Plan. All members of the University community are encouraged to complete the survey. There are questions relevant to you and we want to hear from you. For a link to the survey and for further information, please click here.

(10 Jan 2020)

Vice-Chancellor monthly drop-in sessions

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

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

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

(10 Jan 2020)

Can politics be moral?

In the second event of our Durham Global Lecture Series, we welcomed Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and former Archbishop of Canterbury, who gave a thought-provoking and detailed lecture titled ‘Can politics be moral?’. Through these lectures we aim to encourage discussion and debate on an international platform to grow our presence globally. To find out more about the global lecture series please visit the web pages.

(9 Jan 2020)

Congratulations to our Impact and Engagement Award winners

A huge congratulations to our winners and those who were highly commended at our 2019 Impact and Engagement Awards. Find out more about our winners' research here.

(9 Jan 2020)

DCAD Collaborative Innovation Grant

This new and exciting grant scheme is designed to support staff across the University to develop innovative and inclusive learning and teaching approaches to enhance student learning and success, and to disseminate good practice across the institution and beyond. More information is available here. Deadline for next round of applications is Monday 3 February 2020.

(9 Jan 2020)

Cycle and footpaths to be improved in £8m investment

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

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

Cyclists - Be Seen, Be Safe!

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

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

ESRC IAA Funding opportunities - December 2019 call

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

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

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

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

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

Extraordinary meeting of the Academic Electoral Assembly: Lecture Capture Policy

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

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

Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Have Your Say - Staff Consultation Drop-ins

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

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

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Late availability training opportunities

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Lumiere Conference 2019

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

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Lumiere Conference 2019

NUS Extra is now TOTUM

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Rare mushrooms discovered around our University

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Respecting Others: Challenging Negative Behaviours: Book your place

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Rugby Club car park closure

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Science in the news media – accurate and responsible reporting

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Triple success in international subject league tables

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

(8 Nov 2019)

UK Honours Awards

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Win when using My Durham

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

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

My Durham 'Firework Frenzy' Week

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


(31 Oct 2019)

Vacancies on Senate Discipline Committee

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

(31 Oct 2019)

Changes to Arriva Bus Services Timetables

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

(30 Oct 2019)

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

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

(30 Oct 2019)

Postgraduate Open Day- 20 November 2019

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

(30 Oct 2019) » More about Postgraduate Open Day- 20 November 2019

Shape the future direction of the University

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

(30 Oct 2019) » More about Shape the future direction of the University

UKRI New Funding Service

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

(30 Oct 2019)

Visit the newly reopened Kingsgate Bar and Café at Durham SU

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


(30 Oct 2019) » More about Visit the newly reopened Kingsgate Bar and Café at Durham SU

Volunteers needed to assist Durham Foodbank

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


(30 Oct 2019) » More about Volunteers needed to assist Durham Foodbank

Printing and Binding at the SU

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



(29 Oct 2019) » More about Printing and Binding at the SU

Space utilisation

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

(29 Oct 2019)

Hundreds of children enjoy Durham University holiday camps

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

(16 Apr 2018)

Divestment from Companies Involved in Fossil Fuel Extraction

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

(14 Mar 2018)

View progress on the Centre for Teaching and Learning

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

(9 Mar 2018)

University Strategy, 2017-2027 toolkit

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

(19 Feb 2018)

Durham wins 'Best Student Community' Award.

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

(8 Sep 2017)

University Strategy feedback

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

(6 Jul 2017)

Internationalisation Strategy now online

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

(28 Jun 2017)

Education Strategy online now

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

(13 Jun 2017)

Research and Engagement Strategy now online

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

(8 Jun 2017)

Staff 'sleep out' to fight poverty

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

(18 May 2017)

Durham Opera Appreciation Society (DOAS) presents: Gus Christie alongside Sir Thomas Allen

We are excited to be hosting this event with Gus Christie and Sir Thomas Allen on Sunday 26 January. These two monumental giants of the opera industry will be coming together to teach us about the world of opera and how to thrive in it. Put together, Sir Tom and Gus have expert knowledge of the artistic and business aspects of the industry. There will be masterclasses, there will be talks, there will be questions and answers, there will be fun. The event is entirely free, however a booking link will be available shortly.

(17 Jan 2020)

New Year, new you

Do you want to get fit with your colleagues and come along to circuit training at Upper Mountjoy? The sessions, held every Thursday in Fountains Hall (Grey College), are a 30 minute circuit class and are for everyone, from those new to exercise to regular gym-goers as there are options for each exercise to suit all levels and abilities. The sessions are relaxed and friendly and at a very low cost of £3. If you wish to book a place please email or call extension 42173.

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Norman Cornish: Collecting memories

This lively and discursive workshop on Friday 31 January between 2.30pm - 4.30pm at Palace Green Library, gives the chance for visitors to explore their memories and share their stories with others. All materials for the workshop are supplied, all you need to bring is your appreciation and enthusiasm for the artwork of Norman Cornish.

(17 Jan 2020)

Research Methods Café

Advanced Research Computing (ARC) and Durham Research Methods Centre (DRMC) are launching a Research Methods Café; open to all researchers, postgraduate students and academic staff. This is a free regular drop in event, with coffee/tea and cookies, to discuss and receive advice on research methods or computational issues for new or ongoing projects. DRMC and ARC staff/fellows will be on hand. The first session will be on 22 January, 10.30am - 12 noon and weekly thereafter at NINE DTP Hub, 1st Floor, Arthur Holmes Building.

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Global perspective talk: Artificial intelligence and relevance

Join us on 27 January at Stephenson College for an hour long presentation by a speaker from South African about Artificial Intelligence and Relevance in the business world. Students and staff are welcome. It’s going to be a very interesting evening so if you would like to attend please fill out the google form and we will see you there. Only 50 spaces available.

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Staff Choir

Do you enjoy singing and making new friends? Come along to our very own Staff Choir rehearsals, that are held every Friday at lunch time, for an invigorating sing-along and friendly natter. No previous experience or skills required. We return to our old training ground in the Department of Geography on Fridays from 1.15pm to 1.55pm - come and find us in W103. To receive weekly reminders, send an email to

(16 Jan 2020)

Ustinov Women's Football

Want to improve your fitness, further your passion for football or try out a new sport? The Ustinov Women’s Football Team is recruiting new members. All female staff and postgraduates are welcome, whether experienced players or complete beginners. We train once a week on Tuesday evenings, play in matches during term time, and organise regular social events. If you are interested, please email All training and matches are held at Maiden Castle Sports Centre.

(16 Jan 2020)

Vistas and views of Durham: Perspectives of a World Heritage Site

Vistas and views of Durham lie at the heart of much public perception and projection of the City and are a key element of the World Heritage Site’s Outstanding Universal Values. Some have remained unchanged for centuries; some of the most iconic, such as the view from the railway viaduct, are of more recent creation. Over time, development and rebuilding within the city has constantly reframed these perspectives. Some modern buildings, such as Dunelm House, both create new perspectives of the City and form part of them, as well as entering into dialogue with the Cathedral and Castle on the Peninsula. Our workshop, taking place on 1 February, aims to enhance our understanding of the vistas and views of Durham and their significance. Places are limited and booking is essential. 

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Alternative drawing school

Over four weeks, artist Paul Raymond will lead an alternative drawing school at Palace Green Library. Each week the focus will change, exploring the themes of our current exhibition, Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks. The first session will be an introduction to experimental drawing and mark-making using Cornish’s sketchbooks as inspiration. No traditional drawing skills or experience will be necessary. You do not need to attend all workshops, each one will be standalone, although they will compliment each other. Please read on for further details.

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ARCHER: Reproducible Computational Environments Using Containers

This session on Monday 3 February between 10am - 4pm in the Penthouse Boardroom at Collingwood College, aims to introduce the use of Docker containers with the goal of using them to effect reproducible computational environments. Such environments are useful for ensuring reproducible research outputs and for simplifying the setup of complex software dependencies across different systems. We will also briefly introduce the Singularity container environment which is compatible with Docker and designed for use on multi-user systems (such as HPC resources). Please see the ARCHER website for more information on this session and the pre-requisites. Please note that lunch will not be provided.

(10 Jan 2020)

Death of a Salesman

Often considered one of Miller’s greatest works, Death of a Salesman revolves around the Loman family and the final struggles of their father Willy. It is ultimately a candid and moving account of a man’s aspirations and obsessions and the brutal and devastating reality of the American dream. Come along to The Assembly Rooms Theatre between Friday 17 - Sunday 19 January to watch the production. Ticket prices are Standard- £5, Student- £4.50 and DST member- £4 and they are available here

(10 Jan 2020)

Durham Student Theatre Charity Fashion Show

Durham Student Theatre is holding its first ever Charity Fashion Show on Sunday 19 January, 7.30pm at The Assembly Rooms Theatre. The Charity Fashion Show is aiming to be a fun and lively evening using all the costumes from our internal stores to help raise awareness and money for the Campaign Against Living Miserably, a leading suicide prevention charity in the UK. Dress Code: Borrowed Black Tie - one item (or more) of your formal wear should be borrowed from someone else, be it friend, colleague, or stranger. Ticket prices are Standard £6.50, Concession £6, DST members £5.50 and online ticket booking is open here

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Got talent?

Don't hide your talent away. Enter 'Durham's Got Talent' and impress special guest judges to win a cash prize. Durham Students' Union will be host on Wednesday 4 March, when Durham's most talented staff and students compete against each other, to see who will be this year's champion. If you would like to take part you can apply here by midnight Sunday 26 January. 

(10 Jan 2020)

Imposter Syndrome workshop

Do you ever feel like a fraud? That you aren’t good enough? That you’re a complete imposter? Imposter Syndrome affects a huge number of us on a regular basis, and research has shown it has a much larger impact on women in the workplace. Women@DU will be hosting the first of a series of Imposter Syndrome events on Thursday 23 January 12 noon - 2pm in the Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, so that we can come together as a community and explore how to confront our own self-doubt. To register for this event, please sign up here.

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Launch Night at Kingsgate Cocktail Club

The launch of Kingsgate Cocktail Club at Durham Students' Union will take place on Friday 17 January. Come along and enjoy live music, nibbles and premium cocktails plus a free drink on arrival. Doors open at 7pm. Please email for more information.

(10 Jan 2020)


Durham University Light Opera Group presents Oklahoma at the Gala Theatre in Durham between Tuesday 21 - Saturday 25 January. The Rogers and Hammerstein classic, since adapted into the beloved film, features iconic songs such as 'Oh what a Beautiful Morning', 'Surrey with a Fringe on Top' and of course 'Oklahoma!'. With nearly 100 students involved in making the production, this promises to be a brilliant show. Tickets are £14.50/£9.50/£8.50 (standard/concession/DST) and they are available on the Gala Theatre website or by ringing the box office on 03000 266 600. 

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Us Too

Arts education and training company Changing Relations C.I.C has produced a 30 minute thought provoking soundscape - Us Too - that has recently featured in The Bowes Museum. 'Us Too' is a digital soundscape that weaves together classical, electronic and experimental music, with interviews from a diverse range of domestic abuse survivors. This is a free event at St Aidan's College on Monday 3 February 2020. You can register your attendance at Eventbrite

(10 Jan 2020)

Watch Women's Basketball League Durham Palatinates take on Oaklands Wolves

This weekend the Women's Basketball League (WBBL) Durham Palatinates take on Oaklands Wolves in the WBBL Championships 2019-20. The game takes place on Saturday 11 January at 1pm at the Sports and Wellbeing Park and admission is free to all staff, students and members of the public. Read more about the WBBL Durham Palatinates' success this season on the Team Durham website.

(10 Jan 2020)

Durham University Writing Group

Do you ever find research and writing too solitary an activity? Durham University Writing Group can help. We will be meeting on Tuesdays at Castle this term. For more information and to be added to the group mailing list, please email

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Family network event

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

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Hild Bede Theatre presents: The 39 Steps

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

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Poetry reading by Kate Clanchy

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH): The Greatest Hits

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

(8 Nov 2019)

Staff and student shopping event

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

(8 Nov 2019)

'UK-USA': Concert Band Michaelmas Concert

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

(1 Nov 2019)

Waste Awareness Week

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

(1 Nov 2019)

Durham University Writing Group, Monday 4 November

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

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Free English Lessons

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

(31 Oct 2019)

French Conversation for Staff

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


(31 Oct 2019)

South College Kickstart Lunches

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

(31 Oct 2019)

Choral Music of Remembrance and Consolation

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

(30 Oct 2019)

CPI Biologics Presentation and Networking Event

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

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Rugby World Cup Final 2019 - Live In Riverside

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

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


(29 Oct 2019)

Christian staff prayer group

A number of Christian members of University staff meet regularly to pray together. Meetings take place fortnightly on Tuesday lunchtimes, in St Mary’s College chapel, from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Members are welcome to take their lunch. For more information, email: or

(17 Apr 2018)

Additional Workshop Added - Unconscious Bias

Due to high demand, an extra 'Unconscious Bias' workshop has been added into the programme to take place on 27 November 2019 at 09:30 in the Turner Room, Van Mildert. This half day workshop explores our implicit people preferences, the ways in which we subconsciously process information and how our subconscious processes can result in faulty and sometimes biased decisions. We will consider how this affects work in departments and across the University, and review techniques to help reduce the impact of bias. It is now available for booking on the Training Course Booking System - please book at the earliest opportunity.

(31 Oct 2019)

Green Ambitions; A public Talk from Boris Palmer, Mayor of Tübingen

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the civic twinning of Durham and Tübingen in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. As part of these anniversary celebrations the Mayor of Tübingen, Boris Palmer, will deliver a talk titled 'Greening the City' on Saturday 16th November at 11am in the Ustinov room in Van Mildert College. Admission will be free.


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The empire strikes back: Baroque art and Spanish contemporary culture

Zurbarán Fellow's Public Lecture will take place on 12 November at 5.30 pm at Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College.The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art welcomes Professor Luis Vives-Ferrándiz Sánchez as this academic year’s first Zurbarán Fellow. Professor Vives-Ferrándiz Sánchez is lecturer in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of Valencia in Spain. He is a specialist of Baroque and Neo-Baroque art and theory. Attendance is free but registration is essential. To book a place email

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