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Covid reporting

Currently when managers record symptoms or a positive Covid test for their staff members, information needs to be logged in Oracle and also via a second web form. The Oracle system has been updated so all relevant information can now be entered and updated in the absence screen of the Oracle portal. The second web form is therefore no longer required. 

(9 Apr 2021)


His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Corbridge, paid tribute to the late Prince Philip today:

"Our community is deeply saddened to learn of the loss of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts and best wishes are with Her Majesty The Queen and The Royal Family at this time.

"Durham University is proud to have hosted The Duke of Edinburgh on many occasions, where he met with students and staff and visited Durham Castle and our Queen's Campus in Stockton. In 1951, His Royal Highness was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law."

(9 Apr 2021)


Early release of payslips due to Easter Vacation

The University will close on Thursday 1 April 2021 for Easter Vacation. Please note that pay day is Tuesday 30 March and due to the University closure we will be releasing payslips early on Monday 29 March so would encourage colleagues to check their payslips on or prior to pay day. Pay queries should be directed to the People & Pay Services Team using the following email address: payroll@durham.ac.uk, this is to ensure that all queries are resolved as efficiently as possible. The People & Pay Services Team will return to work on Wednesday 7 April. Any queries received over the Easter break will be dealt with immediately upon on our return.

(26 Mar 2021)


Interruption to Access VPN

Essential maintenance will be carried out on Access VPN between 6pm and 8pm on Tuesday 30 March. During this work users may experience temporary interruptions to service. Should the time or date of this work change CIS will provide updates via our Service Status Pages. Users of MDS Remote will not be affected by this work. Further information about this maintenance work can be found here

(26 Mar 2021)


Ensuring a coherent approach to a return to campus

A complement of staff has been on site throughout the pandemic and this will increasingly be the case as the country begins to open up in accordance with the Government Roadmap. Members of staff in our Professional Services should continue to work from home wherever possible until at least 21 June, and likely longer, depending on Government Guidance and the need to ensure appropriate spaces and arrangements for colleagues to return.

(19 Mar 2021) » More about Ensuring a coherent approach to a return to campus


EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme is the mechanism by which EU citizens may continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020. Applications are free and you have until 30 June 2021 to apply, providing that you were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.

(19 Mar 2021) » More about EU Settlement Scheme


What to do if you experience Covid-19 symptoms after your vaccination

Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. If you've had your vaccine and you develop any Covid-19 symptoms including;

  • A new continuous cough
  • Loss of, or change to, smell or taste
  • A high temperature

You must:

  • Self-isolate immediately
  • Book a Covid-19 test
  • Inform your manager

Visit gov.uk to find out what to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination.

(19 Mar 2021)


Easter vacation opening times

Find out what the opening times are for the Bill Bryson Library and Teaching and the Learning Centre over the Easter vacation from Saturday 20 March – Sunday 25 April 2021.

(5 Mar 2021) » More about Easter vacation opening times


Digital Learning Special Interest Group

The Digital Learning Special Interest Group will continue to host informal talks during next term. We are inviting colleagues to submit proposals to share their approach to digital learning with the Special Interest Group by completing this short form: Sharing Practice (Easter 2021).

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Digital Learning Special Interest Group


Hedgehog first aid

Would you know what to do if you found a hedgehog in distress? Join us for a free one hour hedgehog first aid webinar on 15 April at 4pm. This webinar is open to anyone. Get your free ticket through Eventbrite. Please note: there will be images of injured hedgehogs shared during the webinar.

(9 Apr 2021)


Italian course at St John's

Italian is a beautiful language, the language of the cradle of the Western civilisation, and the most romantic of all the roman languages. It is a definite 'must learn' if you are passionate about delicious food, history of art, music and even business. The course runs online on Teams every Friday, 7pm-7.55pm, for 6 weeks starting 16 April 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.

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Italian course at St John's


Prayer group for Christian staff

A group of Christian staff from across the University meet fortnightly to pray for one another, the University and other situations and issues.

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Prayer group for Christian staff


Registration now open for summer language courses

Registration for our Centre for Foreign Language Study’s summer language course programme is now open.

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Registration now open for summer language courses


Staff network coffee break

Our next informal staff network coffee break chat will take place (via Microsoft Teams) on Thursday 15 April at 3pm. This is the 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.

(9 Apr 2021)


Media Training for Academics

There has never been a greater demand for expert commentary on breaking news and current affairs. However, many academics find it difficult - even impossible - to get noticed by journalists. Have you ever wanted to know how to get your insights covered on the news? Or simply interested in how academics can use the media to boost their profile? Then this 2-hour webinar is for you. Professor Thom Brooks has over 2,000 media appearances since 2013 with regular interviews in broadcast media. Brooks will explain how he started with no training or contacts to become the Press Association's most broadcast academic worldwide. You can register here for the training on 26 April at 6pm.

(26 Mar 2021) » More about Media Training for Academics


Durham to lead European Employability Workshop

Durham will bring together 41 European universities and play host to a virtual workshop as well as the signing of a historic partnership agreement. Held on 15 April, the event aims to bring together colleagues from across the Coimbra Group – an international network founded in 1985 committed to creating special academic and cultural ties across universities who believe in promoting internationalisation, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research, and service to society. The event is open to any member of staff at Durham or a Coimbra Group university and the programme and registration link can be found here.

(19 Mar 2021)


European University Association (EUA) Annual Conference

Durham University is a member of EUA, an international network that represents more than 800 universities in 48 European countries. The EUA plays a crucial role in influencing EU policies on higher education, research and innovation. The 2021 EUA Annual Conference 'Universities 2030: From vision to reality' will take place online on 22-23 April. Durham colleagues who would be interested to engage can find the full programme and registration details here.

(19 Mar 2021) » More about European University Association (EUA) Annual Conference


IMEMS 'On Pilgrimage' series

Join us ‘On Pilgrimage’ every other Tuesday, as we explore the traditions and wider context of ancient and modern pilgrimage through a series of events with speakers who will guide us on a journey through a landscape of individual objects, monuments, people and places. The link will be posted for each date here.

(5 Feb 2021) » More about IMEMS 'On Pilgrimage' series


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)


Become a citizen-scientist and help us track songbirds this spring

Want to connect with nature, boost your well-being and take part in new research? Join in our new Nature’s Audio project and help us track garden songbirds this spring. All you need to do is tune into the birdsong in your garden/local area, record what you hear and upload it to our dedicated website. Find out more about Become a citizen-scientist and help us track songbirds this spring - Durham University

(9 Apr 2021)


Coming up: What is it like to teach with Blackboard Learn Ultra webinar

As part of our efforts to introduce our new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to staff across the University, we will be running Wednesday Weekly Webinars all about Blackboard Learn Ultra. On Wednesday 14 April from 11am-11.30am, we’ll be hosting an online panel discussion to hear about Blackboard Learn Ultra from staff who’ve already taught on the platform during our pilot programme. Simply visit our Wednesday Weekly Webinars pages and add the event to your calendar and learn more about Blackboard Learn Ultra.

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Coming up: What is it like to teach with Blackboard Learn Ultra webinar


Community Newsletter

Get up to date on our partnership working, find out how we’re supporting the route to recovery from Covid-19 one year on, or find something for you to experience this month – whether it’s an experimental virtual artwork, feature film or citizen science project. Check out this month’s Community Newsletter for more. Anyone can sign up to receive the Community Newsletter here. If you have something you'd like included, please email: dialogue@durham.ac.uk.

(9 Apr 2021)


Durham supports launch of North East England Climate Coalition

We’re proud to support the North East England Climate Coalition, which officially launched last week, to work for climate justice and support the move to a green economy. Find out more about how we’re working to improve the environment. 

(9 Apr 2021)


Extended call for Papers: 3 Rivers Regional Learning and Teaching Conference

The call for papers to the 15th Regional Learning and Teaching Conference, taking place on 25 June, has been extended to 16 April. We invite our teaching community to contribute to critical discussions on Knowledge Exchange as part of learning in higher education, with this 'Call for Papers' . Please visit our abstract submission process page and supporting information for advice on submitting an abstract.

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Extended call for Papers: 3 Rivers Regional Learning and Teaching Conference


His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Corbridge, paid tribute to the late Prince Philip today:

"Our community is deeply saddened to learn of the loss of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts and best wishes are with Her Majesty The Queen and The Royal Family at this time.

"Durham University is proud to have hosted The Duke of Edinburgh on many occasions, where he met with students and staff and visited Durham Castle and our Queen's Campus in Stockton. In 1951, His Royal Highness was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law."

(9 Apr 2021)


IAS Co-directorships

The IAS is seeking two Co-Directors to commence in the academic year 2021/22 (October 2021, and January 2022): one to represent the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and the other for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health. The roles are 20% FTE, for three years in the first instance. Colleagues interested in applying for these posts are encouraged to contact the IAS Executive Director, Professor Veronica Strang. Both roles are advertised on Oracle with full role and application details. Closing date is 5 May 2021 for both.

(9 Apr 2021)


Lateral Flow Tests

If you live and work in Durham, please continue to take a Lateral Flow Test twice a week. Tests are free, easy and quick at Palace Green, Maiden Castle and The Palatine Centre, and you’ll get your results by email within two hours. Testing twice a week will help stop the spread of Covid-19 in our University and community. If you have previously completed training and registration, please use the booking link you received via email after registration where you can book multiple tests. If you haven't completed training, go to http://tiny.cc/LFTStaffQuiz

(9 Apr 2021)


New Director International

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Charlie Pybus as our new Director International. Charlie will join us from the University of Bristol, where he is currently Deputy Director International and Head of International Student Recruitment. He has extensive experience of leadership in international higher education and we look forward to welcoming him to Durham in July 2021. Vicky Anderson, currently Assistant Director (Recruitment & Marketing) in the International Office, will step up as Head of the International Office (Interim Director) from 1 May to 31 July 2021. Vicky will lead the International Office for a period and provide a handover to Charlie when he takes up his post.

(9 Apr 2021)


New Information Security and Data Protection Training for staff

This is the next eLearning package to be launched for all staff on Oracle Learning and will go live on 16 April. Completing this “required learning” will help the University to demonstrate its compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and give you a better understanding of how to manage personal data appropriately. It also covers how information security and data protection affects your day to day work. You can access this training by logging on to your Oracle Portal and clicking on the Learning button.

(9 Apr 2021) » More about New Information Security and Data Protection Training for staff


Noticed something different on our website?

If you’ve been looking closely, you may have noticed some changes to our website recently. As part of our New Website Project, some new pages have started to pop up across our website in the new website design. So far, 23 Departments, 32 Institutes/Centres and 1 College have moved across to the new platform and have their freshly developed and updated priority content sitting in the new and improved website design. Like many large-scale projects, this one has not been without its challenges, but the team has worked together to find solutions and support Departments and Colleges making the transition to the new site. Read on to learn more about the new website and those who have now transitioned.

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Noticed something different on our website?


Recruitment - Using Taleo

The website for Taleo Recruiter Resources is now available on our web page.

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Recruitment - Using Taleo


Removal of Java from managed windows devices

Due to changes in the way Java is licensed we are no longer able to keep this software up to date on managed windows (otherwise known as MDS) devices, which now creates a significant cyber security vulnerability for the University. Between 12 and 15 April CIS will therefore be removing local installations of Java from managed windows devices (MDS). From then on, any software that relies on Java such as Banner, Oracle Financials and WAND will only be available to run via the ‘Launch Remote’ option on AppsAnywhere, as any local installation of the software on your managed machine may not run effectively.

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Removal of Java from managed windows devices


Research IN Business - a programme for social science researchers

As part of the ESRC Accelerating Business Collaboration (ABC) fund we are launching Research IN Business: Live Challenges, a 10-week programme for social science PGRs, running from 17 May – 23 July 2021. For further information about the programme and how you can get involved please visit our web page

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Research IN Business - a programme for social science researchers


The N8 Research Policing Partnership (N8 PRP)

The N8 Research Partnership is a collaboration of the eight most research intensive Universities in the North of England of which Durham University is part of. The N8 PRP was established in 2013 to enable and foster collaborations that will help address the problems of policing in the 21st century and achieve international excellence in policing research. Recently the N8 PRP, which combines policing expertise and academic rigour to deliver research on many areas of policing – has secured funding until September 2024. You can read the full article here.

(9 Apr 2021)


Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Finalists

After a very close run series of heats, finalists have been chosen for the 2021 Durham Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition which will be held on the 5 May 1-3 (on Zoom).

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Finalists


Training Needs Analysis for social science researchers

We are inviting all social science researchers to complete a Training Needs Analysis survey to help us shape the future of the ESRC IAA training and development programme.

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Training Needs Analysis for social science researchers


Developing Personal Resilience for Staff

As we continue through this lockdown it can be difficult to maintain that willpower to carry out each day as normal. Maintaining and developing personal resilience is a key skill for all staff as organisations continue to adapt to new working practices, systems and processes. Working arrangements see staff continuing to working remotely and virtually and responding to rapidly changing situations, in both work and personal environments. Following the recent success of the previous workshops and in conjunction with the new Personal Resilience toolkit, the OD team is delighted to offer an additional resilience workshop for all staff members. More information on the workshop can be found on the webpage links provided.

(26 Mar 2021)


Call for contributions

Durham University’s COP 26 Steering Group is planning a series of interdisciplinary activities and events in the run up to COP 26, the international UN Climate Change Conference that will take place in Glasgow this November. We welcome expressions of interest and ideas to help share climate change research and knowledge with Durham’s wider community of staff, students, research partners and policy makers.

(26 Mar 2021) » More about Call for contributions


Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine

The coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus. The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. Visit the NHS website to find out more.

(26 Mar 2021)


Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences - Research Newsletter - Issue 4

You can read the latest issue of the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences research newsletter here. This issue contains an update on recent publications, a research theme update, as well as insight into the latest research projects being undertaken by colleagues in the department. To read our other newsletters, and to view our latest news, please view our news page here.

(26 Mar 2021)


Durham Leadership Academy Recruitment 2021- 2022

The Durham Leadership Framework has opened applications for the Leadership Academy 2021 - 2022.The Leadership Academy is a supportive development programme for students who are in a leadership position at University and covers leadership domains such as college, society, sport, music, theatre and volunteering.

(26 Mar 2021) » More about Durham Leadership Academy Recruitment 2021- 2022


ESRC's Celebrating Impact Prize now open

The ESRC is pleased to launch the 2021 Celebrating Impact Prize. This is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward ESRC-supported researchers who have created or enabled outstanding impact. The Prize is open to current and previous ESRC-supported researchers, including doctoral students, and there are five competition categories this year - Outstanding Business and Enterprise Impact; Outstanding Public Policy Impact; Outstanding Societal Impact; Outstanding International Impact and Outstanding Early Career Impact.

(26 Mar 2021) » More about ESRC's Celebrating Impact Prize now open


How to Read Numbers

Dr David Chivers, Assistant Professor of Economics at the Business School, has a new book out with his cousin Tom Chivers: How To Read Numbers. The book looks at how the media often skews numbers and misleads readers, and provides a practical guide to how to interpret numbers better and present them in more responsible ways. More information here.

(26 Mar 2021)


IAS 2022/23 Call for project proposals and Fellowship nominations

The deadline for the Institute of Advanced Study’s submission of project proposals and Fellowship nominations for academic year 2022/23 is midday 30 April 2021. Full details of the call, including relevant forms and guidance, are available on the IAS website.

(26 Mar 2021) » More about IAS 2022/23 Call for project proposals and Fellowship nominations


Motivating staff workshop

Now, more than ever, it is important to provide teams with successful motivating ways to work. The Motivation workshop is designed for managers wishing to motivate their teams, demonstrating how to create and sustain motivation for individuals and teams. Moving beyond simplistic ideas of "carrot" and "stick" this evidence-based session will explore the fundamentals to motivating individuals and groups for better performance and engagement and will share practical ideas of how to do this. For further information and dates please visit the Motivation webpage.

(26 Mar 2021)


National Day of Reflection - recording

Professor Douglas Davies (Theology and Relegion) and Professor Stephen Regan (English Studies) held a Zoom event - A Short Reflection on Grief, Support and Covid-19 on Tuesday 23 March as part of the National Day of Reflection. A recording of the event is now available.

(26 Mar 2021)


New Information Security and Data Protection Training for staff is coming soon

From Friday 16 April, Information Security and Data Protection training will be the next Required Learning course available on Oracle Learning to all staff. This new and updated eLearning package will help the University to demonstrate compliance with data protection legislation and give staff an understanding of the principles of data protection and information security. More information will follow soon.

(26 Mar 2021)


New Insight2Uni Mentor Programme

Our Access and Engagement Department is pleased to be collaborating with 'With Insight Education C.I.C' on their Insight2Uni mentoring programme for Year 12 Black-heritage students. We have 12 current Black-heritage students mentoring 36 prospective students on the programme, which will run over the next 10 months.

(26 Mar 2021) » More about New Insight2Uni Mentor Programme


New workshop dates

Following the success of the Successful Minute Taking workshops, the HR OD team is pleased to offer an additional workshop in April. With remote working it can feel we are in more meetings than ever. If you are responsible for agenda creation and minute taking for meetings, we are delighted to offer a workshop supporting with successful minute taking. Heather Baker founder of Baker Thompson Associates, will deliver this online interactive workshop providing participants with skills to prepare, write and organise agendas and capture accurate minutes of meetings. For further information and dates please visit the Developing Self webpage.

(26 Mar 2021)


Oracle Learning - a new way to browse the catalogue

We are updating Oracle Learning later today to enable a new way to browse the learning catalogue. This new feature means that we don’t have to scroll through one single long list of learning items. Instead courses will be grouped together into ‘topics’. A new user guide is available on the Oracle Learning webpages. We also have a new updated Microsoft Stream video demonstration available here.

(26 Mar 2021)


Pre-retirement and mid-career financial planning online courses

There are still spaces available on our upcoming financial planning online courses led by Planned Future, a specialist provider of workplace financial education. Our pre-retirement course is open to all staff considering retirement in the next 2-3 years and will cover both the financial and emotional considerations of retirement. Our mid-career course covers areas such as budgeting, pension planning and investments. For more information and to book a place please visit the training booking system.

(26 Mar 2021)


Recent graduate launches new film set in Durham

Recent History graduate Ed Whelan, 23, is celebrating the release of his first feature film 'Audition'. You can find out more here.

(26 Mar 2021)


Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

We have submitted our return to REF 2021, more than a week before the final deadline. The Research Excellence Framework has a major influence on the core research funding that the University receives and the REF rankings of departments and institutions are widely used as a measure of research excellence. We would like to extend our thanks to all of our colleagues who have worked hard to ensure that Durham’s return to REF 2021 reflects the best of research and impact at Durham. The results of REF 2021 are expected in May 2022.

(26 Mar 2021)


Research IN Business: Call for Academic Mentors

We are looking for enthusiastic academic mentors to support social science PGR students in the Research IN Business programme, which will take place from 17 May – 23 July 2021. Project lead Dr Derek Watson, Sunderland University, will be hosting an information session for interested parties on Wednesday 31 March, 11.30am - 12.30pm. If you are interested in joining the session, or would like more information about the programme, please contact charlotte.kerr@durham.ac.uk.

(26 Mar 2021) » More about Research IN Business: Call for Academic Mentors


Sarah Everard tributes web page

Our University community has been shocked and saddened by the death of alumna Sarah Everard (St Cuthbert’s Society, Geography). A web page has been created where members of the community can share tributes and memories of Sarah to celebrate and remember her life.

(26 Mar 2021) » More about Sarah Everard tributes web page


Spread the word about world changing research and innovation at Durham

A brand new brochure presents some of the most interesting and impactful research stories from the past year. It is now available to read on our website, so please share it widely with colleagues around the globe. Why not use our distinct email footer to make that even easier?

(26 Mar 2021) » More about Spread the word about world changing research and innovation at Durham


Town Hall meeting 5 March - recording

The last Town Hall meeting addressed our Health & Wellbeing Strategy and the Digital Strategy. A recording of the meeting is now available here and will be available on our Town Hall web page next week.

(26 Mar 2021)


University Nursery Survey - still time to respond

There is still time to have your say regarding the University Nursery. There is an exciting opportunity for the University to relocate our Day Nursery service to a new site, potentially at Upper Mountjoy, and we want your opinions on this. We are interested to know what you feel about the proposed new location and what you would like the nursery to provide in terms of the building, environment and quality of service, education and care. This short survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and we are hugely grateful to you for taking part. The survey is open to all our staff/students/parents and potential parents until Friday 9 April.

(26 Mar 2021)


Whispers & Shouts - Broadcast trailer

The ‘Whispers & Shouts’ broadcast, which is a collaboration between our University and Skimstone Arts, is a celebration and exploration of equality, diversity, belonging and identity at Durham University. In the live broadcast on 30 March you’ll be able to hear stories, poems, songs and spoken word inspired by staff and students sharing their experiences of working or studying at Durham. You can watch a trailer about the broadcast here.

(26 Mar 2021)


A new home for world-class teaching, research and enterprise

Find out more about the latest addition to our campus – a new, world-class home for our Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science departments. The new building provides state-of-the-art facilities for students and researchers alike and is also home to a dedicated space for enterprise and entrepreneurship so our talented students can bring their ideas to reality.

(19 Mar 2021)


Aspect - a network for social science researchers

Durham has recently joined Aspect, a network for organisations looking to make the most of commercial and business opportunities from social sciences research. Further information can be found on their website

(19 Mar 2021) » More about Aspect - a network for social science researchers


Award for the Teaching and Learning Centre

The Lower Mountjoy Teaching and Learning Centre has been recognised as a Highly Commended Winner at the Civic Trust Awards 2021. The building which opened in 2019, has received praise for its design which incorporates a dynamic roof profile with multiple facades, creating a visually interesting building which is in keeping with its surroundings. The judges commented particularly on the way that the top floor has created spaces reminiscent of a traditional reading room, and on the beautiful views from the teaching spaces through the tree tops. Congratulations to all involved.

(19 Mar 2021)


Durham to lead European Employability Workshop

Durham will bring together 41 European universities and play host to a virtual workshop as well as the signing of a historic partnership agreement. Held on 15 April, the event aims to bring together colleagues from across the Coimbra Group – an international network founded in 1985 committed to creating special academic and cultural ties across universities who believe in promoting internationalisation, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research, and service to society. The event is open to any member of staff at Durham or a Coimbra Group university and the programme and registration link can be found here.

(19 Mar 2021)


Energy and Sustainability Team update

This term the team has been busy, taking part in various Council Meetings, organising open forums and workshops for feedback and discussion, establishing a Biodiversity Group and developing a new strategy for sustainability across the University, to name but a few. Continue reading for more information and to find out how you can get involved. Together we can make an impact.

(19 Mar 2021) » More about Energy and Sustainability Team update


European University Association (EUA) Annual Conference

Durham University is a member of EUA, an international network that represents more than 800 universities in 48 European countries. The EUA plays a crucial role in influencing EU policies on higher education, research and innovation. The 2021 EUA Annual Conference 'Universities 2030: From vision to reality' will take place online on 22-23 April. Durham colleagues who would be interested to engage can find the full programme and registration details here.

(19 Mar 2021) » More about European University Association (EUA) Annual Conference


Financial education and wellbeing resources

We have a number of financial education and wellbeing resources that you can access including the following upcoming webinars in April: Pre-Retirement Planning, Mid-Career Financial Planning and Changing Your Money Mindset. For further information, please click here.

(19 Mar 2021)


Invitation to USS Events

There is still the opportunity for current and prospective members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) to attend upcoming events regarding various aspects of the scheme. These include guidance webinars targeted to specific career stages and information webinars to provide updates on the latest developments in the USS valuation process. Further information on all of these events including dates, times and registration can be found here.

(19 Mar 2021)


Post-offer Visit Day

The second of our live event dates for Post-offer Virtual Visits will be taking place on Saturday 20 March 2021. Following our final live date, current UG offer-holders will be able to view on-demand content until 12 May 2021.In addition to the on-demand content, we will be launching a series of 33 Discover Durham Live student-led events, where offer holders can find out more about Durham from our Durham Student Ambassadors. The session topics range from students talking about their experiences as a local student to what to expect from the transition from FE to HE.

(19 Mar 2021)


Research project awards over £500,000 to promote science-engaged theology

Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science, a Templeton Religion Trust-funded project at St John's College, has awarded grants of up to £60,000 to nine theological colleges in the UK to promote science-engaged theology. Colleges are expected to develop or refine at least one core module and host wider-reaching activities which model how science engages with theology. Among the successful applicants was Cranmer Hall.

(19 Mar 2021) » More about Research project awards over £500,000 to promote science-engaged theology


The impact of Covid-19 on mothers working in UK Higher Education Institutions

The Durham University Mothers-and-Mothers-to-be Support Network (MAMS) are launching a UK-wide research project into the impact of Covid-19 on mothers working in any job role in Higher Education. The network is delighted to announce that as part of this research, our survey for mothers is now live.

(19 Mar 2021) » More about The impact of Covid-19 on mothers working in UK Higher Education Institutions


Webinar: Referencing and avoiding plagiarism in academic work

Using other people’s ideas, data or creations as evidence in your own work is an essential academic skill in every subject and at every level of study. This Zoom webinar will look at how to cite these sources as references in your academic work. The webinar is open to all members of the University and takes place at 2pm-3pm on Friday 19 March. To book your place, simply visit the Training Course Booking System.

(19 Mar 2021) » More about Webinar: Referencing and avoiding plagiarism in academic work


(Virtual) Post-offer visit day launch

Our Post-offer visit day will launch on Monday 15 February with 2,696 bookings to date. Hosted on the vFairs platform, the Post-offer visit days will run until Wednesday 12 May to provide offer holders with the opportunity to find out more about their offer, their allocated college and the wider student experience and professional services. Live dates on Wednesday 17 February and Saturday 20 March will allow offer holders to engage directly with staff through a range of live activities and events. The Post-offer visit day guide is available if you wish to find out more.

(12 Feb 2021)


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)


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