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Parking on Palace Green

With immediate effect can we please make sure there is no unauthorised parking on Palace Green. Parking is only permitted if you have either a University 'D” permit or you are a registered blue disabled badge holder. This applies to both staff and visitors alike. All contractors need to continue to follow the process we have in place at present and details of their attendance shared via email to security directly, so we can make the necessary arrangements and keep security staff aware of the works.

(21 Feb 2020)

UUK and UCEA joint open letter to staff

UUK and UCEA have published a joint open letter to all staff at universities affected by strike action. The letter provides an update on the significant progress to address concerns of university employees on pay, working conditions and pensions. A link to the letter, along with the latest information on UCU strike action, and updates on progress on the joint talks and our work on casualisation can be found our strike web pages

(20 Feb 2020)

Restricted car parking

A polite reminder that staff, students and contractors are not permitted to park within the Botanic Gardens or the Oriental Museum as they are visitor attraction car parks. Staff are also not permitted to park within the Sports and Wellbeing Park's car park unless they are attending the gym, then they would need to register their vehicle at the main reception area. Please also note that staff with permits must park in a white marked car parking bay, unless the car park is un-marked for example, the Cricket Club and Hallgarth - please park responsibility on the gravelled area not on the grass verge. 

(14 Feb 2020)

Library online services disrupted Thursday 13 February

Access to many Library online services will be disrupted on Thursday 13 February between 6am and 9am to enable routine maintenance. The affected services are any e-resource accessed via the Library website, Discover or the Library catalogue – and also Durham Research Online (DRO) and Durham e-Theses.

(7 Feb 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

Do you employ an outstanding student?

Nominations are now open for the Student Employee of the Year Awards 2020, recognising and promoting the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who combine part-time work with their study commitments. There are three categories for students who work on-campus; ‘Step up to Leadership’, ‘Above and Beyond’ and ‘Commercial Awareness’. Find out which category will suit your nomination best on our SEOTY web pages, and help your student employees on their way to a national award. For more information and help with nominations, please contact the Student Employment Service Coordinator on ext. 41429 or email

(21 Feb 2020)

Dragon game for 6-11 year old

We are looking for children aged 6 to 11 to play a fun computer game feeding Derek the Dragon his favourite coloured sweets. We have after school and weekend slots available. For more information and to book a slot, please email The game will take place in the Department of Psychology and will last roughly one hour per child. They will be rewarded with a star chart and a small prize for taking part. Please note it is important, that your child is not colour blind.

(21 Feb 2020)

Durham-Uppsala Joint Research Seedcorn competition now open

Building on their collaborations through the Matariki Network of Universities, Durham and Uppsala Universities have established a seedcorn fund to support joint research. Through a competitive process, Durham and Uppsala Universities jointly advertise, select and fund research projects up to the value €25,000. In addition to strengthening the longstanding ties between Uppsala and Durham and the broadening of the existing partnership, it is expected that successful research projects will result in third-party funding applications. The 2020 competition is now open to applications for joint research proposals up to the value €25,000. The deadline is 27 April 2020. Guidelines and the application form can be found here.

(21 Feb 2020)

Enterprise Education Fund launch event

Academic members of staff can apply for up to £15,000 for projects that aim to engage students in creative thought, innovation and real-world problem solving related to their subject area. A launch event for the fund is being held on Tuesday 17 March, 1pm - 2pm in room PC068, Palatine Centre. Please email to reserve your place.

(21 Feb 2020) » More about Enterprise Education Fund launch event

February meeting of University Council

University Council met on 4 February 2020 when it approved the appointment of Cheryl Millington as a new Lay Member of Council and Rebecca Morris, Head of Procurement Services, as a new Staff member. Council’s key business included; approval of revised University Equality Objectives, consideration of Strategy Performance Indicators and discussion of the University’s performance in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) and of the Annual Trend Monitoring Report on Sexual Misconduct and Violence. Council also received a presentation on the new Durham Inspired Award and warmly welcomed this initiative. Further information is available from the University Secretary at

(21 Feb 2020)

It's official - we're getting a new website

In 2020, we will be getting a new externally-facing website. UEC has given approval and efforts are now underway to get the project up and running. To find out more about this exciting project and how you can get involved to ensure your Department and College has a great web presence, watch our 3 minute video and check out our project website.

(21 Feb 2020)

Participants needed for study into inner speech

There are different patterns of inner speech; some people do not experience words, some have full sentences, some have multiple voices. Little is known about how or why people differ, and this study hopes to find out. This research is important, as certain variants of inner speech correlate with some psychological disorders. The study is a series of online tests and questionnaires, it takes around an hour. At the end, you will be given the option of entering in ten prize draws to win £20. Please follow this link to take part.

(21 Feb 2020)

Plan S - What you need to know

If you expect to be publishing your research findings, are a member of a journal editorial board or manage a journal, or your PhD is funded by a research council after January 2022, please read on; this information is important to you.

(21 Feb 2020) » More about Plan S - What you need to know

Take part in sleep research

We are looking for new mothers with infants under three months old, especially those who are formula-feeding, to take part in a new study into new-mum sleep at the parent-infant sleep centre. If you're interested in taking part or have any questions please email, or fill out this very brief form to register your interest and we'll be in touch.

(21 Feb 2020) » More about Take part in sleep research

One stop print partner

Did you know the University has a one stop print partner? Appointed in 2019, having worked with us for over 10 years, Statex will be running a drop in session on Tuesday 3 March from 1pm-4pm in the reception area at the Palatine Centre to chat with you and answer any queries you may have. Come along to discuss your print needs. Statex can also be contacted on 0191 245 7200 or you can email

(20 Feb 2020)

College Residential Services Business Process Review

This week we began consultation on proposals for the future of housekeeping and portering services in our Colleges. You can find out more about the proposals, read the communication to staff, and find answers to frequently asked questions here

(19 Feb 2020)

£15m investment in Chemistry

Over the next 10 years, we're investing £15m in the refurbishment of our Chemistry site to enhance our Department’s ability to deliver world-class education, research and student experience. Read more on the Department of Chemistry’s web pages.

(14 Feb 2020)

Call for papers - Deadline extended

The call for papers to the 15th regional Learning and Teaching Conference, taking place on 24 April at the University of Sunderland, has been extended to 29 February. In this conference, the North East regional universities are exploring the theme of Knowledge Exchange in its broadest sense. Our teaching community is invited to participate with this 'Call for Papers'.

(14 Feb 2020) » More about Call for papers - Deadline extended

Durham University Education Agent Conference

In March, the International Office will welcome 19 of its leading global education agents to Durham for its 9th annual conference. The Conference will provide delegates with a greater insight into Durham, the University and how we inspire the extraordinary. Conference activities will include briefings and presentations from key University staff, Faculty showcases and visits to Colleges.

(14 Feb 2020)

Environment Week

We are working to make Durham a sustainable University. As part of this work, we are running an Environment Week from Monday 24 February to Friday 28 February to raise awareness of ways we can all live, work and travel more sustainably.

(14 Feb 2020) » More about Environment Week

Find out more about our Infrastructure Improvements project

Find out more about our Infrastructure Improvements project, an £8m investment to support and enhance the safe and sustainable movement of pedestrians, cyclists and road users around campus, at a drop-in session with our contractor Colas next week.

(14 Feb 2020) » More about Find out more about our Infrastructure Improvements project

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) - Summer school

Applications for the IMEMS Summer school: Palaeography and Latin are now open. For more information and the application process, please visit the IMEMS web pages. Please note deadline for applications is Friday 1 May 2020. 

(14 Feb 2020)

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

On Tuesday 11 February, the UN marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. We are proud to recognise some of the remarkable women researching and studying science with real-world impacts here at Durham. We’ve been talking to Mahek Vara, who balances being a second year Natural Sciences student with running a charity which teaches important digital skills to Indian school children. Watch the video here.

(14 Feb 2020)

Joint statement from University and UCU

The University and the University and College Union (UCU) are jointly committed to ensuring that all colleagues are treated fairly, with terms and conditions and rates of pay which are appropriate and clearly defined. A joint statement issued by the University and UCU to all staff and students yesterday is available online here

(14 Feb 2020)

New for Encore - Personal Recycle Bin

The Encore service now allows users with creator rights access to their own recycle bin. Recordings that are deleted by users are deposited in their personal recycle bin and can be retrieved for up to 90 days. This feature is restricted to those with Creator access (staff) - Viewers (primarily students) won't have access to any recycle bin. Further information can be found here.

(14 Feb 2020)

Post-offer visit days 2020

Wednesday 19 February will see the first of our Post-offer visit days with over 1,600 offer holders attending the event along with 1,000 guests. The event will be taking place throughout the University with offer holders having the chance to drop into their allocated college and spend time within their department. With more footfall on campus you may find facilities are busier than normal. To find out more, please visit the web pages.

(14 Feb 2020)

Things that matter - Material and Culture in/for the Digital Age

This Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies' (IMEMS) summer school will take place 15 - 19 June. Please note the deadline for applications is Tuesday 31 March 2020. For more information and to book your place please visit the IMEMS web pages

(14 Feb 2020) » More about Things that matter - Material and Culture in/for the Digital Age

AEA Open Meeting

A second meeting of the AEA regarding the Lecture Capture Policy will be held 1pm - 2pm on 12 February 2020 in D110 (Dawson Building).

(7 Feb 2020) » More about AEA Open Meeting

Brexit updates

Further to the Vice-Chancellor's message last week, we are continuing to update our Brexit web pages with the latest information for staff and students. The Brexit web pages for staff offer information on the EU Settlement Scheme and research funding, along with communications to staff.

(7 Feb 2020)

Creativity in Assessment

Dr Steven Bradley will be presenting on 'Creativity in Assessment: Diversity and Divergence' at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Forum on Thursday 27 February. The session will be held in TLC 205, commencing with lunch at 1pm and concluding by 2pm. Please book your place via the Training Course Booking System (course number SD362) by 14 February.

(7 Feb 2020) » More about Creativity in Assessment

Dialogue 66 - out now

Our latest edition of Dialogue magazine is out now, so why not have a read here?

(7 Feb 2020)

Durham's Got Talent competition

Can you sing like Mariah Carey? Do you own a dancing dog? Durham Students' Union is looking for performers of all kinds for our upcoming Durham’s Got Talent competition. Successful applicants will perform in front of a huge audience on Wednesday 4 March and compete to win £500. Both staff and students can enter. Apply here by midnight on 9 February. If you have any questions, please email

(7 Feb 2020)

EU Citizen information

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can protect your rights by applying to the EU Settlement Scheme to stay in the UK. You do not need to apply if you are a British or Irish citizen, or you have indefinite leave to remain or enter. The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021.

(7 Feb 2020) » More about EU Citizen information

February's Community Newsletter out now

February's Community Newsletter is out now, featuring Lunar New Year celebrations, our visit from Universities Minister Chris Skidmore, and this month's theatrical highlights. 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:

(7 Feb 2020)

Liberate My Library

We have wonderful collections across Durham’s libraries and museums but we want to make our collections even more diverse. This February we are working with Durham Students' Union to encourage students and staff to recommend items that will increase the diversity of the library’s collections. To get involved pick up a card at any of our libraries or museums or go online to the website

(7 Feb 2020) » More about Liberate My Library

New dangerous phishing campaign related to Coronavirus

We’re aware that there is a new malicious phishing campaign targeting people around the world. It is a highly dangerous attempt, and like all phishing emails, we strongly recommend you not to open the email or its attachments. We understand the emails use the fear of the outbreak and claim to offer advice on protective safety measures to entice users to open them and any enclosed attachments. If you receive an email about the Coronavirus from an unknown source, please use the “Report Message” button in the top right corner of Outlook to report it, or alternatively forward to, and then delete the email. 

(7 Feb 2020) » More about New dangerous phishing campaign related to Coronavirus

Participants needed

The Department of Psychology is working with Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust to carry out a survey on climate change as part of a research project, and we’d love to hear your feedback, with the chance to win a £50 shopping gift card as a thank you. This survey will take only around five minutes of your time, and you can complete the survey here.

(7 Feb 2020) » More about Participants needed

Restaurant discounts with My Durham

If you're eating out this month, be sure to look at the discounts available on My Durham, including up to 10 per cent off at Ask Italian, Pizza Express and Zizzi. Vouchers can generally be used alongside any restaurant offers and discounts to save you even more. Not a member of My Durham? Email to check your eligibility and find out more.

(7 Feb 2020)

University representatives needed on external committees

We are seeking experienced and committed individuals to be the University's nominees on either the Northumbrian Universities Military Education Committee (NUMEC) or the Council of Governors for South Tees NHS Trust.

(7 Feb 2020) » More about University representatives needed on external committees

Would you know what to do?

At any time, somebody you know, work with, teach, or care about could disclose to you that they have been the victim of sexual harassment or abuse. If they do, then how you respond in the moment that follows matters a great deal. We run free training courses to help students and staff to understand how best to respond if someone discloses to them. For dates and times, please see web pages

(7 Feb 2020)

Are you interested in our digital future?

We have been working with colleagues across the University to develop our draft Digital Strategy and we'd love to hear what you think about it. 

(31 Jan 2020) » More about Are you interested in our digital future?

Earn up to £30 in a fun 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 Consultation Room, 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 contact Bibi Zhang at to sign up for a slot.

(31 Jan 2020)

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 24 April at the University of Sunderland has been extended to 29 February, and our teaching community is invited to participate with this 'Call for Papers'. 

(31 Jan 2020) » More about Extended call for Papers: 3 Rivers Regional Learning and Teaching Conference

Mums and babies needed!

The Durham Infancy and Sleep Centre (DISC) is looking for mums in the Durham/Newcastle area with babies under seven months to take part in some research about early evening care. 

(31 Jan 2020) » More about Mums and babies needed!

National Student Survey

The NSS started last week, and our final-year undergraduates are taking part alongside half a million students across the country. Please encourage your finalists to fill in the online survey at

(31 Jan 2020) » More about National Student Survey

New foot and cycle path to open soon

As part of our Infrastructure Improvements project to enhance movement around the University, a new foot and cycle path linking Hollingside Lane and Howlands park and ride will open for use on Monday 10 February. This will go through the woods near Collingwood College, running parallel to South Road. The next phase of the project is to enhance the existing footpath along South Road between Hollingside Lane and Howlands park and ride. To allow this work to take place, the existing footpath will be closed from Monday 10 February until Monday 24 February. Please use the new route instead.

(31 Jan 2020) » More about New foot and cycle path to open soon

Researchfish 2020 Submission Period opens Monday 3 February

Researchfish is an online reporting system used by funders to collect information on the outcomes, outputs and impact of the research they fund. The 2020 submission period is open from Monday 3 February to Thursday 12 March at 4pm. Full information on deadlines and instructions on how to submit can be found at:

(31 Jan 2020)

Save on Your Holiday Bookings with My Durham

A brand new Holiday Discounts service has been launched this month as part of the My Durham staff benefits platform. Holiday Discounts is a dedicated team of travel experts and holiday packages booked through them are fully ABTA and ATOL protected.

My Durham users can also save 10% when booking direct with Jet2, TUI and as well as receiving discounts on airport parking.

If you don't have access to My Durham, please email to check your eligibility and request an account.

(31 Jan 2020)

University representatives needed on external committees

We are seeking experienced and committed individuals to be the University's nominees on either the Northumbrian Universities Military Education Committee (NUMEC) or the Council of Governors for South Tees NHS Trust. 

(31 Jan 2020) » More about University representatives needed on external committees

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)

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's Got Talent

Ten talented acts will battle it out in front of special guest judges to compete for a cash prize on Wednesday 4 March in the ballroom at Durham Students' Union. Expect to be entertained, surprised, and amused. And get the chance to vote for who you think should win 2020’s Durham’s Got Talent competition. Get your tickets here. You can find more about acts and judges here

(21 Feb 2020)

Voice's Epiphany Concert

Join us for an evening of music celebrating one of Earth's natural elements: water. Featuring Samuel Barber's 'To Be Sung On Water', Billie Eilish's Ocean Eyes, and Little Mermaid's Under the Sea, this is an evening not to be missed. The concert will take place on Wednesday 18 March, St. Oswald's Church, doors open 7pm concert starts 7.30pm, tickets £4/5/7 available on the door or at

(21 Feb 2020)

Walgreens Boots Alliance and the Sustainable Development Goals

We are pleased to invite you to the Durham University Business School and North East Initiative on Business Ethics jointly-sponsored event on Monday 2 March, 5pm at Durham University Business School. To reserve a place please visit here

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Women@DU event: Menopause Matters

The menopause is becoming a hotly discussed topic in the media but is not just about hot flushes and night sweats. This event will be hosted by Dr Barbara (Bee) Macpherson who has been instrumental in introducing a work-based policy on menopause in the Medical Faculty at the University of Leeds. This event will take place on Wednesday 11 March from 12pm - 2pm in the Penthouse Suite, Collingwood College. A sandwich lunch will be provided.

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Ballet workshops in French

The remaining workshops in Term 2 will take place on 19 February, 26 February, 11 March and 18 March from 5pm - 6pm at the fitness studio of Collingwood College. For more information, please email

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Buddhist meditation group

The new Durham University Buddhist meditation group will meet on Thursdays starting on 27 February, 5pm - 6pm, in the Quiet Space on the first floor of the Teaching and Learning Centre. Anyone who practises any form of Buddhist meditation (or would like to) is very welcome to come along.

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Climate Change. The challenge of our time: from policy to personal action

Hatfield alumnus James Close, Head of the Circular Economy Programme for London, will talk about Climate Change on Tuesday 25 February at 6pm, Elvet Riverside room 201. To book your place please visit here. All are welcome.

(14 Feb 2020)

Creative writing workshop for International Women's Day

Explore the diverse world of feminist fiction, learn craft techniques, and practice short writing activities to incorporate into your day-to-day life with writer Florianne Humphrey on Thursday 12 March 5pm - 7pm at Alington House Community Association. For more information or to register, please visit here

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Inaugural Event: Leadership in the time of Climate Crisis

The decade beginning in 2020 has been described as the decisive decade to determine the long-term environmental, social and economic impact of climate change. In response to this, we have assembled a high-profile panel to offer their perspectives on the issue of Leadership in the time of Climate Crisis. To register for this event on Tuesday 18 February at 6.15pm at Durham University Business School, please visit the Eventbrite page

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International Development Society

We are pleased to invite you for our Annual Conference on Friday 21 February from 6pm in the Teaching & Learning Centre (TLC033). The theme for this year is 'Migrant Mobilities: Navigating the Globe'. The speaker line-up will be released over the course of the next week. Pizza and wine will be served. Come along for an interesting discussion with some of the leading voices in the field. A £1 fee will be charged at the gates for non-members, while members are welcome to attend free of charge.

(14 Feb 2020)

International Women's Day - student panel

In honour of International Women's Day 2020, students of the Durham Leadership & Development Programme are hosting an exciting networking and debating event, with special guest speakers, on Monday 9 March 2020, 5pm - 9pm. Please secure your place to this event by emailing by Thursday 5 March 2020. #EachforEqual

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International Women's Day panel discussion

The University’s Interfaith Inspirational Women’s Group invites everyone to a panel discussion with women from Jewish, Muslim, Christian and other faiths and cultures speaking about the challenges they face in their work and daily life. This event will take place on Sunday 8 March, 7pm at the Lindisfarne Centre, St. Aidan’s College. The panel will be followed by a Q&A discussion. Both men and women are welcome.

(14 Feb 2020)

Stephenson College Rainbow formal

To mark the end of LGBT + History Month we are delighted to invite you to join us at the Stephenson College Rainbow formal. The event will take place Friday 28 February 2020 at 6.30pm in Howlands Hall. Places can be booked online. For further information, please email

(14 Feb 2020)

'The Staircase's' David Rudolf - Live Q&A

Durham Students' Union and native present this Q&A session on Tuesday 11 February at 7pm in The Ballroom, Durham Students' Union. Tickets from £7 are on sale here

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Castle Theatre Company presents: Measure for measure

Come along to the Assembly Rooms Theatre between 13 - 15 February for the production of 'Measure for measure'. Tickets can be purchased here

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Durham University Folk Society

Want to try social folk dance from traditions across the UK? Fancy a fabulous evening full of fun, dancing and live music? Come to our Ceilidh, 7pm - 10pm Sunday 16 February in the Fonteyn Ballroom, Durham Students' Union. All are welcome - students and non-students, experts and complete beginners. We'll teach you on the spot.

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Public Moon watch event

Come along to the Botanic Garden and see the moon through our telescopes set up on the lawns. On the evening of Monday 2 March the moon shows a half phase, which is a nice opportunity to see features like craters, seas and mountain ranges in full detail. Organised by Durham Astronomical Society, this is a great opportunity to view the moon in all its glory. The event starts at 7pm and finishes at 9pm. Suitable for all ages. Book here

(7 Feb 2020)

Soul Food: Jazz fundraiser

Soul Food is back! An evening of food, drink, and music to heal the soul during another summative season. All in aid of Durham University Student Volunteering and Outreach, with all proceeds going towards the running of the fantastic work done by our students in the wider community. Buy your tickets here.

(7 Feb 2020)

French Conversation for Staff

If you speak conversational French at any level and would like the chance to practise with colleagues, please come along to our informal get-togethers this term. The catch-ups from 12-1pm usually take place in the Palatine Centre and alternate between Thursday and Fridays.

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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)

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