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Banner offline

Please be aware that Banner will be unavailable from 5pm on Friday 13 December until 12 noon on Wednesday 18 December while we migrate to a more robust platform. During the downtime, a read-only version of Banner will be available for users to access data, but changes to data will not be saved. While Banner may be available to users sooner than midday on 18 December, users should plan for the full downtime period. We will let you know once it is back up and running.

(6 Dec 2019)


Work to begin on infrastructure improvements project

Work is to begin very shortly on our £8m infrastructure improvements project, which will improve pedestrian and road user movement around our site. Read on for more information.

(6 Dec 2019) » More about Work to begin on infrastructure improvements project


Rugby Club car park closure

Please be aware that the Rugby Club car park will be closed all day on Wednesday 11 December as Durham University is hosting a BUCS Super Rugby event. The car park will be open as usual on Thursday 12 December.

(29 Nov 2019)


VC Town Hall meeting for staff

We would like to remind you that the next VC Town Hall meeting will take place on Wednesday, 11 December between 9.45am - 10.45am, in the CG93, Department of Chemistry. All staff are welcome to attend and places will be allocated on the day, up to the capacity of the room.

(29 Nov 2019)


Barclaycard Spend Management (BSM) system update – Changes to login process

Barclays is updating our online platform BSM. From Wednesday 27 November a PINsentry device will be required to login to the system. Your user name and the receipting process will remain the same.

(22 Nov 2019) » More about Barclaycard Spend Management (BSM) system update – Changes to login process


Industrial Action next week

The University and College Union (UCU) intends to start industrial action this coming Monday 25 November until 4 December. We have created some dedicated web pages for staff and students. These pages, which include FAQs, will be updated regularly in the coming weeks with the latest information, guidance and messages. If you have any questions, comments or concerns that are not addressed in the FAQs provided, please email strike.action@durham.ac.uk.

(22 Nov 2019)


Road closures - Durham City Christmas Festival

Please note the following road closures, dates and times for the 2019 annual Christmas Festival: Market Place, Saddler Street, Owengate, North Bailey, Elvet Bridge, Silver Street, Framwellgate Bridge.

  • Friday 29 November 10am to 6.30pm.
  • Saturday 30 November 10am to 6.30pm.
  • Sunday 1 December 10am to 6pm.

There will be an accessible taxi service operating during the road closures from the City Centre across Prebends Bridge to Palace Green. Emergency vehicle access will be maintained throughout the festival.

(22 Nov 2019)


Work to begin on infrastructure improvements project

Work is to begin very shortly on our £8m infrastructure improvements project, which will improve pedestrian and road user movement around our site. Read on for more information.

(22 Nov 2019) » More about Work to begin on infrastructure improvements project


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


Can you catch the bait?

Do you know what a phishing email looks like? More importantly, do you know what to do if you receive one? We’ll be running a fake phishing campaign where we will send out a scam email to all users over the next few days. If you spot it in your inbox and report it, you could be in with a chance to win one of five £50 Amazon vouchers. Check out our Security website to learn how to spot and report a phishing email.

(6 Dec 2019)


Christmas food appeal

There is still time to make a donation to our annual Christmas food drive. All donations will be used to make up food hampers for local families, in support of the charity Feeding Families. The deadline to make a donation is Thursday 12 December.

(6 Dec 2019) » More about Christmas food appeal


Community Newsletter out now

The latest edition of our Community Newsletter is available now, including a digest of community work and projects across the University. Read the Newsletter here. Anyone can sign up to receive the Newsletter here. If you have an item you would like included in the Newsletter, please email dialogue@durham.ac.uk.

(6 Dec 2019)


Computing for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Advanced Research Computing (ARC) is developing new services for researchers who need computational support. We need you to help shape these services. If you use a computer, software or digital resources in any form as an essential part of your research, we would like to hear from you. We are conducting a survey and particularly need to hear from academics and researchers from The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with all levels of computational experience who may be intensive or non-intensive users. You can complete the survey here. Respondents completing the survey will be entered for a prize draw for the chance to win £50 in Waterstones vouchers.

(6 Dec 2019) » More about Computing for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Do you want to become involved in mediation?

We offer a Mediation Service for staff and students to resolve conflicts at work and study privately without the need for formal action. This service is currently being refreshed and members of staff are invited to apply to become mediators. If you would like to apply to train to become a mediator please contact mediation.service@durham.ac.uk for an application form. This application has to be endorsed by your line manager. For further information about the Mediation Service please visit the website

(6 Dec 2019) » More about Do you want to become involved in mediation?


Durham for Refugees Christmas collection

Durham for Refugees is running an Ethical Christmas campaign this year, and we can’t think of a better way to embody the spirit of the season than giving back to our refugee communities. A simple donation like a bottle of shower gel, a warm hat or scarf, or tube of toothpaste can make a huge difference to people with limited funds and lots of uncertainty. Come and drop off your donations in the DSU Café on Monday 9 December between 10am - 5pm.

(6 Dec 2019) » More about Durham for Refugees Christmas collection


Help a good cause this Christmas - leave a gift under the Christmas Wish Tree

Would you like to help someone less fortunate this Christmas? Help us support three charities by donating one or more gifts to our Christmas Wish Tree initiative. Read on for details. Here’s how to get involved:

  • Pick up one or more gift tags from the Christmas Wish Tree in the Bill Bryson Library
  • Buy and wrap the gift(s) on the tags, and attach the tag to your gift(s)
  • Place your wrapped and tagged gift(s) under the Christmas Wish Tree by 10am on Tuesday, 17 December.

(6 Dec 2019) » More about Help a good cause this Christmas - leave a gift under the Christmas Wish Tree


Meet the Executive Team - Claire O'Malley

This is the next in a series of “Town Hall” type events which are led by senior colleagues to give you an opportunity to hear about their area of responsibility and how they practically demonstrate the University values. At this session on Thursday 12 December at 12.30pm in CG60, Department of Chemistry, Claire O’Malley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Global will explore the value ‘Responsible’. Places can be booked on the Training Course Booking System. There will be time for questions at the end of the session but if you would like to ask one beforehand please submit it by email to hr.od@durham.ac.uk with the following in the ‘subject’ line: ‘Q & A 12 December Claire O’Malley’.

(6 Dec 2019) » More about Meet the Executive Team - Claire O'Malley


Reminder to staff to sign up to Winter Congregation

Please note, the deadline for completing the online form to confirm your attendance at Winter Congregation is Sunday 15 December. You can opt to either join the staff procession (if eligible) or reserve seats in the staff seating area. Late requests will not be accepted. The form is available here

(6 Dec 2019)


Senate Membership Review - Green Paper Consultation

All members of the University community are invited to respond to the Green Paper consultation which makes 15 recommendations for the future composition of Senate. Responses are requested by 20 December 2019, and will be used to inform the development of White Paper proposals to Senate.

(6 Dec 2019)


Situational leadership - New leadership workshop

The Human Resources Organisation Development Team is excited to introduce a new half day 'leadership' workshop on 28 January 2020. The workshop features the 'Situational Leadership' approach by Ken Blanchard Companies, which is one of the most popular and widely utilised 'Theories of Leadership'. Full details can be found here and booking is available on the Training Course Booking System

(6 Dec 2019) » More about Situational leadership - New leadership workshop


There are only a few days left to donate a gift

Cash for Kids’ ‘Mission Christmas’ appeal aims to raise money and donations for disadvantaged children who are at risk of not receiving a gift on Christmas Day. The deadline for donations to the collection point at Careers & Enterprise, Palatine Centre, is 5pm on Wednesday 11 December. Full information about the appeal can be found online, or contact Laura Smith in Careers & Enterprise on extension 41440 or by emailing laura.smith@durham.ac.uk.

(6 Dec 2019) » More about There are only a few days left to donate a gift


Vacancies on Senate Discipline Committee - deadline extended

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 in which you feel that you could make a balanced, considered contribution? Please submit an Expression of Interest by Friday 3 January 2020.

(6 Dec 2019)


Open call: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Forum

All staff who teach are invited to submit talks for the SOTL Forum sessions in Epiphany and Easter terms 2020. Whether you have recently completed a scholarship project around your teaching, or are working on something that you would like to share, follow the link to submit your proposal. The SOTL Forum brings staff together from across the University to discuss scholarly work around learning and teaching. For more information about the SOTL Forum, including recordings and slides from past sessions, please see our website

(5 Dec 2019) » More about Open call: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Forum


24-hour football match raises over £4,000 for charity

Well done to everyone who helped raise over £4,000 for The Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation by participating in Collingwood College AFC’s 24-hour football match at the weekend. For more information, please visit the website

(29 Nov 2019)


Annual Christmas Food Drive

We will be collecting food donations from Monday 2 December - Thursday 12 December for our Annual Christmas Food Drive. All donations will be used to make up food hampers for local families. This is all in support of Feeding Families Charity.

(29 Nov 2019) » More about Annual Christmas Food Drive


Data Science Forum

We would like to make you aware that every Friday at 4pm in room 218 in the Ogden Centre, the Institute for Data Science (IDAS) hold their weekly seminars. This week, Benjamin Lopex from Mathematical Sciences will be discussing Bayes linear methodology for analysis of medical X-Ray images.

(29 Nov 2019) » More about Data Science Forum


DCAD Collaborative Innovation Grant Workshops

This workshop, taking place in the Teaching and Learning Centre on 16 December, 11am - 12pm or, 17 January 2020, 10am-11am, provides support and information on the DCAD Collaborative Innovation Grant Scheme. For more information and to book a place on either workshop, please visit here.

(29 Nov 2019) » More about DCAD Collaborative Innovation Grant Workshops


Dialogue 65 - out now

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

(29 Nov 2019)


Environmental Fact of the Week: Christmas e-card

Last year over 1,122 e-cards were sent in December. The average Carbon Footprint of sending one greeting card is 140g CO2e. Sending a Christmas e-card instead saves both the production and travel associated with sending paper cards. Why not send an e-card for Christmas this year; take a look here.

(29 Nov 2019)


Farewell tea and cakes for Cynthia Connolly, Hatfield College

Cynthia Connolly will be leaving Hatfield College and Durham University at the end of this term, after over 47 years of outstanding service to the College community. Colleagues and friends are warmly invited to join us for tea and cakes in College on Tuesday 10 December at 10.30am to thank Cynthia for her extraordinary contributions to Hatfield, and to wish her the very best for many more years of complete retirement. Please email janet.raine@durham.ac.uk if you are able to join us. If you are unable to come into College but would like to send Cynthia a message, Janet is happy to receive it.

(29 Nov 2019)


German Ambassador to the UK Dr Peter Wittig visit

We are delighted that the German Ambassador to the UK, Peter Wittig, will visit Durham University on Tuesday 10 December. As part of his visit the Ambassador will be sharing his perspectives on “The UK and Germany in a Changing Europe”. Staff and students are welcome between 4.15pm - 5pm on Tuesday 10 December in ER 142 (Elvet Riverside). Numbers are limited so please register to attend. For more information please email emma.moore@durham.ac.uk.

(29 Nov 2019)


My Durham: Black Friday double discounts

If you pay for Black Friday discounted items with vouchers purchased through My Durham, you'll be able to double up on discounts to save even more as well as being in with a chance of winning Love2Shop vouchers or a pair of cinema tickets through our local spend competition. Visit the My Durham benefits platform today to view a list of participating retailers and special offers.

(29 Nov 2019) » More about My Durham: Black Friday double discounts


N8 New Pioneers

The N8 Research Partnership will be celebrating their rising research stars across the N8 universities – the ‘New Pioneers’ of research in the North between 6 - 19 January 2020. They would like academic staff to nominate some fantastic early careers researchers – the ‘N8 New Pioneers’ who are the ones to watch. Find out how to nominate your N8 New Pioneers, by Saturday 14 December, here

(29 Nov 2019)


New Arriva Bus Service timetables for 2020

Please note that new timetables will come into effect on Sunday 5 January 2020 for the Arriva 56, 56A, 57 and 57A bus services. Printed timetables will be available from key receptions in the new year and access to all timetables is available on the Arriva website or the Arriva app. There will be no change to the X12 bus timetable.

(29 Nov 2019)


Northern Railway: December timetable changes

Please note that new timetables will be in operation from Saturday 14 December with Northern trains. Full details and timetables can be found here.

(29 Nov 2019)


Our study skills advent calendar starts next week

We all know how important the gift of knowledge is, which is why we're launching our student Study Skills Advent Calendar this weekend. Please check out the advent calendar when it goes live on Sunday.

(29 Nov 2019) » More about Our study skills advent calendar starts next week


Participating in research

Are you a non-mother of reproductive age? Do you have a baby under 3 months? Are you expecting? Are you over 18 and a non-smoker living in/around County Durham? Would you like to contribute to research on infant-feeding and sleep? You can take part in the parent-infant sleep-lab's latest study "New-Mum Sleep". Not only will you be helping to broaden understanding of how lactation affects sleep, but you'll also get £100 worth of high-street vouchers.

(29 Nov 2019) » More about Participating in research


Registration now open for January 2020 language courses

Thinking of learning a foreign language as a new challenge for 2020? Or perhaps you would like to develop your existing language skills. Then why not take a look at our Centre for Foreign Language Study’s January courses which are now open for registration. Courses are 9 - 10 weeks in length and available in 13 different languages. All are open to staff, students and members of the public (for a fee). For further details, please see our web pages

(29 Nov 2019)


Reminder - Dialogue Signposts before Christmas

We would like to remind you that the last Dialogue Signposts for staff before Christmas will be sent on Friday 13 December and will be back in the new year on Friday 10 January 2020. The last Dialogue Signposts for students will go today Friday 6 December and will resume in the new year on Friday 17 January 2020.

(29 Nov 2019)


Season Rail Ticket renewals

December is always a very busy time for the sales office as many Season Ticket holders renew their tickets before the fares increase on 2 January. You may therefore wish to apply for your renewal application before the Christmas break. New applications are also being taken for ticket start dates before 1 January. If you wish to find out more about the corporate season rail ticket for staff, please visit the Greenspace travel website

(29 Nov 2019)


Supporting our technicians

Our technicians play an important part in our ongoing success, which is why we’re proud to have signed up to the Technician Commitment. On Wednesday 20 November, around 100 staff attended a launch event, celebrating the work of technical research and teaching support staff and bringing together our technical community across the University. For more information, please visit our website

(29 Nov 2019) » More about Supporting our technicians


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

The University’s Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team has developed a survey to aid us in understanding the institutional and cultural challenges that members of the University community face as a result of racial inequality. All staff and students are encouraged to complete the survey. There are questions relevant to you and we want to hear from you. For a link to the survey and for further information, please click here.

(29 Nov 2019)


Botanic Garden temporary closure

The Botanic Garden and Café will be closed for essential maintenance work from Monday 2 December until 10am on Monday 9 December. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period.

(25 Nov 2019)


Are you a research-active member of staff? Do you know about new storage for your personal and shared research?

You told us that you wanted highly available storage where you could keep your important research findings, data and analysis. This storage needed to be big enough so you didn’t need to keeping asking for upgrades. Moreover, you wanted to be able to increase the size and give access to others yourself. Here in CIS, we thought that sounded like a reasonable request, so we set about making it happen. Read on to learn more about Personal Research Storage (PRS) and Shared Research Storage (SRS).

(22 Nov 2019) » More about Are you a research-active member of staff? Do you know about new storage for your personal and shared research?


British Science Festival 2020

The British Science Festival is inviting participation in the 2020 Festival in Essex in September. The Festival is seeking proposals for lectures, panel events or drop in activities and nominations for eary career academics to give Award Lectures.

(22 Nov 2019) » More about British Science Festival 2020


Durham Global Lectures

We couldn’t have asked for a more distinguished speaker for our inaugural event of the Durham Global Lecture Series than Lady Brenda Hale, President of the Supreme Court, UK. On Wednesday 23 October, she gave a fascinating lecture on the topic of “The Supreme Court at 10 years old”. The core mission of the Global Lecture Series is to encourage discussion, debate and challenge by hosting high calibre speakers and thought leaders to grow our reputation globally. The first of the lectures will take place in London, but we plan to roll the series out across other key global cities. Find out more about the series and view video and photographs of the first event here.

(22 Nov 2019)


Howlands Park and Ride - Parking challenges

Durham County Council (DCC) has been made aware of recent obstructive parking and verge damage outside of Howlands Park and Ride Site. In an effort to tackle this, DCC will be installing 'no waiting at any time' (double yellow lines) restrictions. These works are programmed over the next two weeks, and once complete, penalty charge notices will be issued to any vehicles seen to be parked on the restriction. DCC would therefore appreciate your cooperation in requesting you to park in a safe and legal manner.

(22 Nov 2019)


Meeting of University Council

University Council met on Tuesday 29 October and its key business included: discussion of the updated five year Financial Forecasts, together with revised financial KPIs against which Council will measure the University’s financial health; approval of the suite of documents which comprises the University’s Annual Accountability Return to the Regulator (Office for Students). Further information is available from the University Secretary at university.secretary@durham.ac.uk

(22 Nov 2019) » More about Meeting of University Council


Smartphone App study on music and mind-wandering

You are invited to participate in a study that investigates how music shapes everyday episodes of mind-wandering. The study is based on an Android application and you can participate from anywhere in the world, but to be eligible you need to have an Android 5.0 (or above) that you will carry with you all the time for the duration of the study (10 days). The app will randomly notify you to answer a number of short questions related to your current thoughts, emotions, and activities (4 times x day). The app will also notify you to fill a short report when you listen to music on Spotify (twice x day). If you complete the study and have at least filled 70% of the sent notifications, you will receive one £10 Amazon voucher and will be entered into a prize draw to win a £25 Amazon voucher. Please email liila.taruffi@durham.ac.uk to sign up or for more information.

(22 Nov 2019)


Water Awareness week

Did you know...a leaking toilet could be wasting on average 215 litres of water a day? As part of water awareness week we will be showing a video of what a leaking toilet looks like. Come and meet a member from the Energy and Sustainability Team, at the Calman Café on Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 November from 11am to 4pm. For more information please visit our web pages

(22 Nov 2019)


Mystery shoppers wanted

Would you like to earn yourself a £5 Durham University Catering Voucher, just by visiting one of our Retail Outlets? We are looking for mystery shoppers to visit the following outlets: World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, Palace Green Library and the Oriental Museum. If you are interested please email ann.f.richardson@durham.ac.uk

(20 Nov 2019)


Earn £5 in a short experiment

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

(15 Nov 2019)


Feeding families - Pint of Pennies campaign

Feeding Families is a charity which aims to bring an end to food poverty in the North East at Christmas time, and in order to support it the 'Pint of Pennies' campaign has been launched at college bars across the University. Next time you are at Josephine Butler, Trevelyan, St. Cuthberts or St. Chad's colleges, please consider donating some spare change in the marked pint glass. All donations will go towards the valuable work that the charity do, particularly in putting together Christmas food hampers that will be sent to struggling families in the run up to the festive season. If you would like more information, please see the Feeding Families website or email beyondfood.sca@durham.ac.uk.

(14 Nov 2019)


Reminder - Crop and Soil Innovation Pipeline launch event

The Crop and Soil Innovation Pipeline (CSIP) website is now live. To celebrate the launch of this exciting platform, we are inviting academics from each of the N8 Universities (including Durham), industry partners, and representatives from major funding bodies to take part in an industry innovation forum with the aim to drive breakouts and develop projects in areas related to innovation in crop and soil research. The event takes place at Sheffield University on 9 December. You can register here.

(14 Nov 2019)


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!


Donate a gift and help to make Christmas morning special for a disadvantaged child

Cash for Kids’ ‘Mission Christmas’ appeal aims to raise money and donations for disadvantaged children who are at risk of not receiving a gift on Christmas Day. The appeal will launch on Monday 11 November and the Careers & Enterprise Centre is a registered collection point for Durham University. You are invited to donate new, unwrapped gifts of any value which would be suitable for children and young people aged 0-18 years. The deadline for donations is 5pm on Wednesday 11 December. 

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Donate a gift and help to make Christmas morning special for a disadvantaged child


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 esrciaa@durham.ac.uk 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 michelle.taylor@durham.ac.uk.

(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 communications.team@durham.ac.uk

(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 reward.team@durham.ac.uk 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 buyagift.com. Not registered with My Durham? Email reward.team@durham.ac.uk 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 kelly.jakubowski@durham.ac.uk 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.

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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 

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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: https://ows.io/qs/5u32d421. 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.

 

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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 community.engagement@durham.ac.uk.

 

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Printing and Binding at the SU

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

 

 

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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 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)


Ballet workshop in French

Free ballet workshops taught in French are available for people who are interested in ballet and want to speak French in a relaxed environment. The next workshop will take place on Wednesday 11 December from 5pm to 6pm at the fitness studio of Collingwood College. There will be some 'Nutcracker' involved. No experience in ballet is needed. Knowing a little bit of French, especially if you are a beginner in ballet, is recommended but not compulsory. Please wear comfy clothes and ballet shoes or cotton socks. For more information, please email geraldine.crahay@durham.ac.uk.

(6 Dec 2019)


Durham Opera Appreciation Society (DOAS) presents: Recital from Giodano's 'Andrea Chénier'

Join DOAS on Wednesday 11 December at 7pm in the Lecture Room, Department of Music, for our second student meeting of the term. We'll be hearing excerpts from Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier' and discussing some ideas which permeate the opera. Based on the life of the active French revolutionary poet Andre Chénier, the opera offers a wealth of insight into the period of political turmoil in late 18th century France. Although not the most well known opera, on the musical side of things there are some truly amazing tunes which you'd be a fool to miss hearing. Don't just take our word for it - believe Maria Callas instead.

(6 Dec 2019)


Squashed Mango Theatre Company presents: SITA

Come along to this theatrical and magical tale of Indian mythology at the Assembly Rooms Theatre between Wednesday 11 and Friday 13 December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. You can book your ticket online

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Ustinov Women's Football

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

(6 Dec 2019)


'A Christmas Carol'

Join us for a glass of mulled wine as Rocket Theatre presents a new telling of an old tale. Tonight, Mr Scrooge will be greeted by three very different kinds of ghost: a nurse, a doctor and a priest. Taking place between 5 - 7 December at 7pm in the Saltwell Hall, Stephenson College, Howlands Farm, DH1 3DE. Tickets are available here

(29 Nov 2019)


Castle Theatre Company presents: Three Sisters

A modern retelling of one of Chekov's finest plays, 'Three Sisters' is about the decay of the privileged class in Russia and the search for meaning in the modern world. Come along to the City Theatre between 5 - 7 December. Tickets are available here.

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David Olusoga - We need to talk about windrush

We are pleased to announce that Professor David Olusoga OBE will be joining us to discuss the Windrush scandal on 9 December 2019 from 6pm - 7.30pm at Durham Miners Hall. This event is co-hosted by Durham University Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit, Ustinov College and Durham Miners Association. This event is open to all staff and students of Durham University as well as members of the local community, free of charge. Admission is by ticket only and there will be no tickets available on the door on the evening of the event. Tickets are available here.

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Durham Dynamics Christmas showcase

Durham Dynamics, Durham's largest a cappella choir, is proud to present their Christmas Showcase on Wednesday 4 December at 7.30pm. Come to St Oswald's for a fun filled evening with a wide variety of music, from chart toppers to old favourites, and of course some festive tunes too. A great way to enjoy the Christmas season. Tickets start from £4.50. Tickets are available here.

(29 Nov 2019)


Durham University Classical Ensemble (DUCE) Michaelmas Concert

You are invited to DUCE's first concert of the 2019/20 Academic Year in Castle’s Great Hall on Friday, 6 December. Tickets are available online until 5pm on the day or on the door. Doors open at 7.50pm.

(29 Nov 2019)


Final presentation

Dr Courtney Shuert will give her final presentation 'Quantifying individual variation in fine-scale time and energy trade-offs in breeding grey seals: How do differing behavioural types solve these trade-offs?' starting at 12 noon in the Whitehead Room, Department of Biosciences on Monday, 2 December. Staff, students, and members of the public are invited to attend.

(29 Nov 2019)


MUSICON concert

For an awe-inspiring performance that is not to be missed, MUSICON welcomes three of the most celebrated hereditary shaman ritualists from Busan: Kim Dongeon, Kim Dongyeol, and their son Kim Jinhwan. They are joined by the tradition's preeminent drummer Kim Junghee and his son Jo Jonghun, who have both performed in MUSICON before, exactly 10 years ago. The concert will take place in the Department of Music, Palace Green on Tuesday 3 December from 6.45pm. Tickets are £10 standard, Students £4, and under 18s £1 and can be bought at the door and online

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N8 Digital Humanities and Digital Health

The N8 Centre of Excellence in Computationally Intensive Research (N8 CIR) are currently exploring the CIR skills gaps and requirements within the Digital Humanities and Digital Health communities. A series of events are being held across the eight Northern Universities to allow all Researchers, Academics and PGR’s to discuss the research that is currently happening within each institution, and give their feedback on how this could be improved. The key objective of the meeting is to help the N8 Partnership shape their future strategy for Digital Humanities and Digital Health.

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Stand up and be counted

Come and join the newly formed WOMEN@DU at our first networking session to share experiences with and lend support to women working at Durham University. The ‘Stand Up and Be Counted’ networking event will take place on Tuesday 10 December in the Birley Room, Hatfield College.

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Trevelyan College Orchestral Society presents: It's Beginning to Sound a Lot Like Christmas

Join us at St. Andrew's Church, Spennymoor on Wednesday 4 December at 7pm to begin the festive season in style with a selection of Christmas music and festive refreshments. Tickets are available on the door and are £3 for adults and £2 for concessions, with all proceeds going to Crisis at Christmas.

(29 Nov 2019)


Ustinov College and Neville's Cross Community Association Christmas Festival

Come and join Ustinov College and Nevilles Cross Community Association for our annual Christmas Festival, held at Ustinov College, Sheraton Park on Friday 6 December from 3pm - 5.30pm. This event is free of charge and open to staff, students and local community residents.

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Catch Your Breath on display at Stockton Central Library

See the Catch Your Breath pop-up exhibition at Stockton Central Library, Church Road, Stockton on Tees from Monday 2 December - Monday 9 December. This exhibition is free, so there’s no need to book.

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Christian staff prayer group

Christian members of staff are invited to join a prayer group, which meets fortnightly on Tuesday lunchtimes. The group meets in St Mary's College chapel from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Colleagues are welcome to attend for any part of the meeting and to bring their lunch. The next meeting is Tuesday 26 November. For more information, please email mark.a.tallentire@durham.ac.uk

(22 Nov 2019)


Christmas lunch at the Castle

Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience a Christmas Lunch in the splendid surroundings of Durham Castle on Thursday 19 December. Places are limited so please book early using this link. Noon arrival for seating at 12.30pm, lunch to conclude at 2.30pm with the Courtyard bar opening after.

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Durham Christmas Festival

The Christmas Festival returns on Friday 29 November - Sunday 1 December with festive entertainment and markets in and around the City Centre. Discounted £2 entry to the Craft & Gift Marquee on Palace Green will be available on Friday 29 November if you show your Durham University card.

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Four Letter Word Slam - Durham's Annual Slam Competition

We're back in Caedmon Hall next Wednesday 27 November, with Durham's Annual Slam competition where 12 poets will battle it out in two rounds to be crowned Durham's Slam champion 2019! With featured poet Talya Stitcher and sacrificial poet Prerana Kumar - come along for an evening of poetry, great hosts and all the emotions... Tickets are free for members or £3 for non-members on the door.

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Lost Academics

Lost Academics is a group for academics who are new to Durham, or who have been here for longer but would like to make new friends. We meet once a month usually (first Thursday of the month) for drinks and conversation at Ye Old Elm Tree pub in Durham, at 7pm. Our next meet up is on Thursday 5 December 2019. All are welcome.

(22 Nov 2019)


Notes from a Midwinter's Night

Voices choir presents ‘Notes from a Midwinter’s Night’, a Christmas Concert filled with carols, hymns, and secular songs - even some acapella on Wednesday 11 December at St Margaret's Church. Our repertoire includes: John Rutter's Star Carol, Berlioz's Shepherd's Farewell, and Wells and Tormé's The Christmas Song. So, come along and get into the Christmas spirit, when at last it’s actually December, and enjoy our range of Christmas songs as well as a few nice mince pies and other refreshments. Tickets are available on the Music Durham web pages and are sold in support of the Rainbow Trust Charity.

(22 Nov 2019)


Van Mildert charity art exhibition

Van Mildert College will be hosting a charity art exhibition in coalition with Durham Foodbank on Saturday 7 December. We want your artwork and/or attendance. A voluntary donation is suggested in the form of non perishable food items. Student art, local art, art of any form is encouraged. It can be visual, performance, vocal or written. Just express yourself. Please come down, bring a friend, have fun.

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Social Sciences & Health Faculty Research networking and briefing event

Are you an early career researcher, new to the University or looking to expand your research network across the Social Sciences & Health Faculty (SS&H), and find out more about research opportunities and support? If so, then do join us at the SS&H Faculty research networking and briefing event, which will be held on 20 January 2020, noon to 1.30pm, in the Bar Lounge at the Business School. If you would like to attend, please email Holly.ayre@durham.ac.uk with your name, department and any special dietary requirements.

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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 stina.maynard@durham.ac.uk.

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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 helen.b.roche@durham.ac.uk.

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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 Lesley.Kendall@dur.ac.uk 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 emma.moore@durham.ac.uk 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 www.durham-singers.org.

(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: mark.a.tallentire@durham.ac.uk or j.p.moore@durham.ac.uk.

(17 Apr 2018)


Additional Workshop Added - Unconscious Bias

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

(31 Oct 2019)


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

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

 

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The empire strikes back: Baroque art and Spanish contemporary culture

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

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