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China visa applications

The process for UK citizens requiring a Chinese visa has recently changed. In addition to the visa application, the Chinese Embassy now requires all visa applicants in the United Kingdom to submit biometrics (fingerprints) at designated facilities in London, Manchester, or Edinburgh. A visa application cannot be considered by the Embassy without biometrics being captured. Details of how to apply for a China visa can be found online. The International Office urges colleagues who are planning a visit to China, and require a Chinese visa, to factor in sufficient time to complete formalities before travel.

(19 Jul 2019)


Public footpath closure Green Lane to Riverside

Works will start next week, and will continue for around six weeks, to upgrade a section of footpath between Fonteyn Court and the river bank south of the rugby club. Alternative routes along the riverbank are available. The footpath/cycle way between Fonteyn Court and the river bank is to be widened and will be lit as part of the Maiden Castle Sports Centre works. The scheme has been carefully designed so that it does not affect wildlife in the area and at the same time, make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists. 

(19 Jul 2019)


A177 roadworks Maiden Castle

Traffic management will be in place on the A177past Maiden Castle commencing Monday, 15 July for one week whilst the entrance way for the new Sports and Wellbeing Park is being completed. There may be some delays to traffic during peak times.

(12 Jul 2019)


Territorial Lane and Waterside car parks

This is a reminder that the car parks at Territorial Lane and Waterside will close to staff and students from Sunday, 7 July. Please see links to the University's web pages for information about alternative car parks and other modes of transport.

(28 Jun 2019) » More about Territorial Lane and Waterside car parks


Brand Drop-in Surgery - Birley Room, Hatfield College

Do you have a burning question about how to implement the new Brand Identity? Drop-in and see us in the Birley Room, Hatfield College on Tuesday, 23 July between 2pm and 4pm to get all your questions answered. All staff are welcome and there’s no need to book. This is the second of a series of drop-in surgeries we’ll be holding in various locations across the University. Find out more about future dates and venues here.

(19 Jul 2019)


Business School magazine IMPACT is out now

IMPACT magazine is the Business School’s CIPR Gold Award-winning magazine which showcases the impact the School’s students, researchers, staff and alumni made across the business community, and the world. The theme of Issue 6 is International Business Connectivity and it features a range of articles based on the faculty’s research, e.g. ‘Urban Decay: Beauty with a (neuroscience) edge’ and ‘Is social media a plague we can't escape?' Click here to read it. For previous editions of IMPACT, please visit the website.

(19 Jul 2019)


Car parking

Vehicles brought onto University grounds must be parked responsibly and within marked designated areas or marked bays. Vehicles must not be left in a position where they are likely to create a hazard, obstruct other vehicles, pedestrians, access to buildings, rights of way and gated entrances. This also applies to parking any vehicles on other unmarked designated parking areas. By signing the staff car parking application form you agree to abide by the University Parking Policy.

(19 Jul 2019) » More about Car parking


Durham Castle Conference 2019

University College presents its third annual interdisciplinary academic conference entitled 'Shaped by the past, creating the future' on Monday, 29 - Tuesday, 30 July. The conference will include a panel debate with Kevan Jones MP, Professor Tom Ward (DVC Leeds University), Professor John Robinson (PVC of York University), Professor Martyn Evans ( our PVC Colleges and Student Experience), and Kate Mcintosh who will debate and answer questions about the future and value of higher education in today's world. Please visit the website for more information.

(19 Jul 2019)


First Lumiere installation announced - at new home of John Snow College

We’re excited that the first installation to be announced for this year’s Lumiere light festival is one that we’ll be hosting: at Rushford Court, which from this summer will be home to John Snow College. Keys of Light will be an interactive light installation, and we’re looking for pianists to take part. Find out more here.

(19 Jul 2019)


Going overseas this summer?

If you’re travelling overseas this summer, please take a few minutes to check you know what to do in the unlikely event of a terror attack. Please visit this website. Don’t forget to also check the latest Foreign Office travel advice, and arrange your travel insurance.

(19 Jul 2019)


Impact and Engagement Awards 2019

Our Impact and Engagement Prize recognises and celebrates excellence in impact beyond academia. The deadline for submissions is Monday, 16 September and prizes will be awarded at an awards ceremony on the afternoon of Wednesday, 6 November. Details, as well as the guidelines and application form can be found here.

(19 Jul 2019) » More about Impact and Engagement Awards 2019


Participants needed

Have you, or someone you know who live in the North East of England, had a stroke?Researchers in the Departments of Psychology and Sociology are looking for stroke survivors to volunteer for a study exploring loneliness in stroke. The study involves being interviewed about your post-stroke experiences and will last approximately one hour. Participants will be reimbursed £10 for their time. For further information or to volunteer please email a.r.lane@durham.ac.uk.

(19 Jul 2019)


Road Closures - Thursday 25 July

The Durham City Road Run will involve road closures on Thursday, 25 July between 5pm and 9.30pm. There will be strictly no exit off the peninsula via Saddler Street from 5pm due to start gantry and barriers being in place. If you have any questions in relation to the events, please email Rachel@eventsofthenorth.com. Should you have questions in relation to the road closures, please email darren.weir@durham.ac.uk

(19 Jul 2019) » More about Road Closures - Thursday 25 July


See our new Fitness Centre

We’re very pleased that our new Fitness Centre at Maiden Castle is ready to open. Join us for a free opening weekend from Friday, 26 - Sunday, 28 July, when you can tour the new facility, try out the new equipment, and chat with staff. Staff discounts are available on membership. For more information, please call 0191 334 2178.

(19 Jul 2019)


Social mobility foundation residential event

In July, the Schools Liaison team held a residential visit at the College of St Hild and St Bede for 55 Year 12 students taking part in the Social Mobility Foundation programme. Students who took part enjoyed taster sessions in Sociology, History or Geography, and were able to get a taste of life as a Durham student by being resident at a college. They also learned more about the collegiate system at Durham by visiting Hatfield College for lunch and a tour. The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity that seeks to improve social mobility. It works with school students from low income backgrounds, and the SMF have had a link with Durham for the past four years. You can find out more about the foundation here

(19 Jul 2019)


UCAS embargo training

Every year we receive results early for a number of qualifications. To ensure we continue to receive these early, we must adhere to the UCAS embargo. You don’t need to be directly involved in admissions to be at risk of breaching the embargo; it applies to anyone who may come into contact with any of our applicants receiving results. The training covers scenarios we might encounter, including some you may not have thought would cause problems. The training is available here

(19 Jul 2019) » More about UCAS embargo training


University Academic Promotion Committee - vacancies

Eligible members of staff are invited to apply for vacancies on the University Academic Promotion Committee by submitting an expression of interest no later than Wednesday, 31 July. 

(19 Jul 2019) » More about University Academic Promotion Committee - vacancies


World Reputation Rankings 2019

Durham has been ranked in the world’s top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings 2019, recognising the University’s standing among academics across the globe. Find out more about Durham’s performance in global and national league tables here.

(19 Jul 2019)


Brand Identity - Logos

Don’t forget, the new Masterbrand logo and strapline, along with all College logos, are available to download directly from the Brand website. For all other logos, please contact marketing.team@durham.ac.uk. Further information on how to use your logo can be found here and on page 21 of the Brand Identity Guidelines.

(12 Jul 2019)


Do something drastic, cut the plastic

Did you know we are now using biodegradable corn starch plastic cutlery in the 'Mountjoy Table' Café, which is stronger than normal plastic? Why not wash and reuse your cutlery to save energy, water and cost.

(12 Jul 2019)


Durham University Behavioural Science showcase event

The Quantitative Social Psychology Group is hosting a Behavioural Science showcase event on Thursday, 25 July to give organisations an opportunity to learn more about behavioural science capabilities at the University. In interactive sessions, we will discuss common behaviour change challenges and ways in which organisations can work with us. Lunch and refreshments are provided. This event is supported by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Business Boost award and attendance is free of charge. Registration is required. You can register here.

(12 Jul 2019)


Durham University Sports and Wellbeing Park update

The new building at Maiden Castle is due to open on Monday, 22 July. Please note that throughout July we will be moving from the old to the new building and apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused during this transition period. 

  • Car Parking – as part of Phase 1 we will receive our new main car park. The overflow carpark will remain in use as additional space.
  • Fitness Centre - We are planning an open weekend for our new Fitness Centre from Friday, 26 to Sunday, 28 July. 
  • Hockey pitch 2 – Refurbishment is well under way and we expect completion in early September.
  • Current Building – Phase 2 of our indoor building project will commence on Monday, 22 July which means the current building will close completely and all indoor facilities, located within the existing building, will be out of action. All outdoor facilities will remain available. The rowing tank, ergo room and fencing salle will open on occasions for University business only.
  • Catering provision – the Café is now closed.

(12 Jul 2019) » More about Durham University Sports and Wellbeing Park update


Experiment on decision-making in uncertain situations

The Department of Psychology is running a 45-50 minute experiment on how adults make decisions in uncertain situations. Volunteers will receive £8 for taking part. The purpose of this study is to examine how adults and children learn to combine prior knowledge with what our senses are telling us about a specific event. You will be asked to perform a computer-based task, which will consist of guessing where a hidden object is located, based on some uncertain information in the environment. To be eligible to participate, you will be healthy, with no known neurological condition or developmental disorder, and will have normal or corrected to normal vision. If you are interested, please email reneta.k.kiryakova@durham.ac.uk.

(12 Jul 2019)


Maiden Castle Fitness Suite

We would like to invite all University staff, their family and friends to the opening of our new Fitness Centre from Friday, 26 to Sunday, 28 July. Over the course of the weekend you will be able to chat to our members of staff, take a tour, try our new equipment and join in with taster classes.

(12 Jul 2019) » More about Maiden Castle Fitness Suite


Mount Oswald project update

Work is progressing well on our Mount Oswald development, which will deliver two new College facilities, a University Hub building and a multi-use games area ready for 2020/21. Read the latest newsletter from Interserve, who are building the development, here.

(12 Jul 2019)


New leadership and coaching programmes 2019/20

Would you like to undertake a certified leadership development programme? Are you interested in supporting and coaching colleagues across the University and developing your mentoring skills? The Organisation Development team is pleased to announce details of a new suite of leadership, coaching and development programmes for 2019/20. Further details can be found here and bookings can be made via the Training Course Booking System.

(12 Jul 2019) » More about New leadership and coaching programmes 2019/20


New senior appointments

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

(12 Jul 2019) » More about New senior appointments


UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) Refresher Training

Workshops have been arranged for the beginning of the new academic year to remind colleagues of the University’s obligation to ensure UKVI compliance. The workshops will outline the responsibilities for Colleges and Departments in relation to monitoring and record keeping for non-EEA staff members. The dates available are Tuesday, 22 October and Thursday, 21 November.

(12 Jul 2019)


Enquiries contact information

Our centralised Enquiries Team now has an integrated enquiries web form. When referring people to the Enquiries Team, please direct people to this form. Please make them aware the web form will get them a quicker response than emailing study@durham.ac.uk or calling 0191 334 1000. 

(5 Jul 2019) » More about Enquiries contact information


Inviting applications - St John's College vacancy

St John’s College seeks to appoint a College Porter/Receptionist to join a busy team of five covering the role on a rota basis. This is a key role within the College, as the post holder will be the first point of contact for those visiting in person or telephoning and an ongoing central point of contact for staff and students. Applications should be submitted in writing with a letter and a curriculum vitae including details of two referees by 4pm on Wednesday, 31 July to johns.bursarials@durham.ac.uk.

(5 Jul 2019)


Empowering Learners in the Matariki Network

We will be hosting six delegations from of staff and students from universities in the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) Monday, 8 - Thursday, 11 July as part of an annual Global Citizenship Forum. On the morning of Thursday, 11 July our international partners will be sharing their experiences, challenges and best practice on empowering learners around three sub-themes: support & wellbeing; the wider student experience; and education & student unions. This half-day conference is free to attend and takes place at St John’s College Learning & Resource Centre, 9.30am – 12.30pm, followed by lunch. Open to all staff and students. To register interest, please email global.citizenship@durham.ac.uk.

(28 Jun 2019)


Kynren 2019

Staff, students and alumni can benefit from a 10% discount on all ticket types (except VIP, shuttle and parking) for the first five dates of the 2019 season. To claim your discount, simply visit the Kynren website and enter code DUKYN19 and the discount will be applied at checkout. 

(27 Jun 2019) » More about Kynren 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 university.strategy@durham.ac.uk 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 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)


Self-guided tours at Durham Castle

Why not visit Durham Castle this summer for a self-guided tour? Our knowledgeable guides and volunteers will answer your questions and share some of the stories and hidden history of the Castle. Tickets can be bought at Palace Green Library and the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. No need to book and normal charges apply.

(19 Jul 2019) » More about Self-guided tours at Durham Castle


The North's biggest book fair

Bigger and better than ever, the Durham Palestine Educational Trust’s Summer Book Fair runs from Saturday, 27 July to Sunday, 4 August in the Pemberton Rooms on Palace Green. The fair is open 10am to 4pm each day and admission is free. Accompanied children are welcome. New stock arrives every day. For further information please email Durham.Palestine@durham.ac.uk.

(19 Jul 2019) » More about The North's biggest book fair


Summer concert

This year, Durham Singers' summer concert, on Saturday, 6 July, pays tribute to The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle and its collection that Joséphine Bowes and her husband John put together. The concert takes place at St Brandon’s Church, Brancepeth, a 10-minute drive south-west from Durham. The concert and summer reception will start at 7.30pm. For further information and to book tickets, please visit the website.

(27 Jun 2019) » More about Summer concert


Christian staff prayer group

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

(17 Apr 2018)


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