Academic Language and Communication Programme
If you have students who wish to develop or improve their academic reading, writing, thinking or communication skills, the Academic Language and Communication programme has nearly 50 courses available in Epiphany Term two to help them do this. Courses are free to registered Durham University students and will be available to book from 9am on Monday, 16 January via the Training Course Booking System. Full information about the courses is on the English Language Centre website.
(13 Jan 2017) » More about Academic Language and Communication Programme
Upgrades to teaching spaces in Earth Sciences and Palatine Centre
Over the Christmas break the audio visual (AV) facilities have been upgraded in some teaching rooms in Earth Sciences and the Palatine Centre. If you teach in rooms in those buildings, read on for the locations and how to use this new equipment.
YUM - Italian Week at the Palatine
For one week only! From Monday, 16 January to Friday, 20 January YUM will be offering a week full of Italian flavour at the Palatine Centre Café with daily specials including a pasta bar, traditional focaccia pizzas, fresh salads and ciabatta sandwiches.
(13 Jan 2017)
Environmental Fact of the Week
Did you know…you can apply to the Ring-Fenced Carbon Budget to fund carbon saving initiatives in your area? Closing date for this round is Tuesday, 28 February. Full details at www.durham.ac.uk/greenspace/cmp/projects
(12 Jan 2017)
Smart Driving - Training Opportunity
Interested in learning about driving more economically? Then why not sign up to an eco-driving session which is being offered during Greenspace Fortnight. Smart driving courses typically involve one-on-one in-car training. They focus on reducing fuel consumption in built up areas where speeds are lower and highlight the importance of planning ahead and making better choices. Sessions are being offered on a first come first served basis on Thursday, 2 March and Tuesday, 7 March and will last no longer that two hours. If you are interested please register your initial interest via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 20 January and receive further details.
(12 Jan 2017)
The Realising your Potential Approach Valuing Contribution Award 2017
We are delighted to announce that entry for the Realising your Potential Approach Valuing Contribution Award 2017 is now open. Do you have a colleague who has really made a difference using the Realising your Potential Approach for the benefit of either your team or department? Are you that individual who would like to share what you have achieved within the University community? Further details can be found via this link where you can download a nomination form. To nominate please complete the form and return it to Claire Warren at email@example.com by 12pm on Friday, 17 February.
(12 Jan 2017)
Language courses beginning week commencing 16 January
The Centre for Foreign Language Study is running nine week courses at Beginners, Lower Intermediate and Advanced levels in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. For more details and to register, please visit the website: www.durham.ac.uk/cfls/durhamstudents/lfa/january. 18 week courses at Beginners level in Spanish and French are also available. Classes have commenced, but you may still be able to join. If you are interested, please contact us as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org
(11 Jan 2017)
CIS take further steps to stamp out spam and malicious emails
To further protect you and the University, CIS will be updating the tool that filters and reduces the number of malicious and spam emails getting into your University email inbox on Tuesday, 10 January. You don't need to do anything other than remain vigilant so read on to find out what you need to be aware of.
Environmental Fact of the Week
Did you know … that there were over 2700 e-cards sent from the Greenspace website during December 2016? Visit the Greenspace website to view the full selection of e-cards available for any occasion.
(6 Jan 2017)
Important information for High Performance Computing users
If you use the University’s High Performance Computing service, please ensure you read on for important information about changes to the Hamilton cluster, beginning this weekend. Hamilton account users have also received an email from Dr Henk Slim, providing further information.
Travel Management Service Update
Work is currently under way to renew the University’s Travel Management contract, which will include a one stop shop online self booking tool for all travel related bookings. The current contract with Dawson and Sanderson will run until Friday, 30 June. For the remainder of the contract with Dawson and Sanderson the option of delivering tickets via their in-house courier service will no longer be available. Multiple other options of having your tickets delivered are available, details of which can be found on the Procurement’s buyer guide web page.
(6 Jan 2017)
Review of Health Research Support at Durham
In light of the move of SMPH to Newcastle University at the end of the year Research Committee have requested a review of the support for the remaining health research within the University. The review will map current areas of research activity and produce a series of recommendations about future support. Calls for information have already been sent to Directors of Research but we are keen to hear from anyone undertaking work in this area and / or who would like to contribute. Please visit the webpage to get involved.
(5 Jan 2017)
Update to computers in open access areas
The Managed Desktop on student and teaching computers is based on Windows 10. Next week (w/c 9 January) we’ll be upgrading the version of Windows 10 that we use in open access areas only, to the latest release from Microsoft. If you or your students use the Managed Desktop, read on to find out more about some small differences you'll notice.
(5 Jan 2017) » More about Update to computers in open access areas
Have you borrowed money online? Participants needed
Durham University and Newcastle University are looking to talk to people about their experiences of accessing and using short-term credit products through digital devices like smartphones, laptops, PCs or tablets. Short-term credit products might include payday loans, guarantor loans or purchases from weekly payment stores. Discussions will last between 45 minutes and 1 hour and take place at a time and place convenient to you. Participants will be given a £20 shopping voucher as a thank you for their involvement in the research. If you would like to take part, please contact Rachel Gordon: email@example.com
(14 Dec 2016)
Cafés and Restaurants - Christmas Opening Hours
The University cafés and restaurants will be operating a reduced service during the Christmas holidays. Please read on for full details.
(9 Dec 2016) » More about Cafes and Restaurants - Christmas Opening Hours
Using computers in meeting rooms and lecture theatres
If you use the University-managed computers that project information onto the screens in meeting rooms and lecture theatres (AV computers), please read on for some important information. From Monday, 12 December, the 'App Hub' (the best way to launch applications on the new Managed Desktop) will launch automatically when you log onto an AV computer. This short article explains what you need to do, and includes a link to simple guidance about using the App Hub.
Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme
The UK Parliament is piloting an Academic Fellowship Scheme that will offer academic researchers, at every stage of their career, the rare opportunity to work on specific projects from inside Westminster’s walls. The Fellowship Scheme is open to academics of all levels and experience who are employed at a UK higher education institution that holds either an ESRC or EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) – both of which apply to Durham. All applicants must have the right to work in the UK. Please read on for further information.
(30 Nov 2016) » More about Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme
Join the Student Recruitment Network
Are you interested in visiting local schools and colleges to promote Durham University? The Student Recruitment team (part of SRAO) are looking to build a network of University staff across departments, colleges and professional support services who would like to be involved in student recruitment activity at some level. The network also aims to work more closely with you and provide support where existing links have already been developed. If you would like to be part of this network and keep informed about relevant opportunities please find out more and sign up here.
(9 Nov 2016) » More about Join the Student Recruitment Network
Durham Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme in Visual Culture
Up to six fully-funded three-year PhD studentships are currently available in the Durham Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Training Programme in Visual Culture (DLITP VC) for entry in October 2017. We welcome applications from graduates in the arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and life sciences who wish to pursue a PhD in visual science or visual culture. More information is available here or by watching this film.
Receive your voicemails via email
Do you miss important voicemails because you're working away from the office? We've added a new feature to our telephony service so you can now receive an email attachment of each voicemail you receive. Read on to find out how to set it up.
(29 Sep 2016) » More about Receive your voicemails via email
See inside CIS
CIS is now on Instagram. Find us at Instagram.com/durhamuni_cis to be kept up to date about new services, learn more about existing services to ensure you’re getting the most from them, and get an insight on the work we do to keep the University’s IT services running for over 20,000 users.
(28 Jul 2016) » More about See inside CIS
Durham University Staff Football Club
For those of you who are unaware the University currently have two football teams as a part of the University Staff Football Club and we would like you to participate. Staff training is on a Wednesday night at Maiden Castle on the 3g pitch and matches are played on weekends in the inter-college league during term time. We welcome players of all ages and abilities so we hope to see some new faces soon. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
(13 Jan 2017)
Family networking opportunity at Palace Green Library
Why not take the opportunity to meet with other families who have moved to Durham on Sunday, 12 February between 1pm-3pm at Palace Green Library? If you have not yet been to visit Palace Green Library this will be an ideal opportunity for you to visit and look around. Palace Green Library, in the heart of Durham City, holds Durham University's special collections. Our galleries are open to all and display treasures spanning millennia and the globe. Children are very welcome and the following activity will be available to keep them busy! Brilliant Badges - create a badge to remember your visit to Palace Green Library. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. To register please contact email@example.com
(13 Jan 2017) » More about Family networking opportunity at Palace Green Library
Newcastle United Discounted Tickets
We will be selling student priced tickets to all of Newcastle's home league games this season from the Students' Union reception. We currently have tickets for Birmingham (FA Cup, only £5) Rotherham on Saturday, 21 January (£12), QPR Wednesday, 1 February (£12) and Derby Saturday, 4 February (£14). Sales will close approximately 24 hours before kick-off. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
(13 Jan 2017)
Vintage Bargains Galore! - Two Vintage Fairs, one venue
Durham Students' Union will host two Vintage Fairs this month in the Fonteyn Ballroom. On Saturday, 21 January there will be a Vintage Kilo Sale – Pick & Mix from 1000’s of men’s and women’s vintage items – Buy your vintage by weight – PAY ONLY £15 per kilo! For more information on this please visit www.facebook.com/events/1612323135744078/. On Monday, 23 January the Vintage Sale is coming back to Durham, this time bigger than before. Start the new year with some mega deals on everything from Wavey Garms to Wooly Jumpers. Brands such as: Adidas, Nike, Levis, Dickies, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste! For more information please visit www.facebook.com/events/453272631509887/
(13 Jan 2017)
Café Scientifique in association with John Snow College
Café Scientifique in association with John Snow College is presenting 'Old diseases require new strategies; tackling Tuberculosis?' on Tuesday, 17 January at 8pm at Arc, Stockton Arts Centre, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1LL. Speaker at this event is Dr Alistair Brown, Microbioligist from the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. To book your ticket please ring the Box Office 01642 525199 or book online www.arconline.co.uk
Behind the Scenes at the Museum with Jo Quinton-Tulloch
The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture is delighted to welcome Jo Quinton-Tulloch, Director of the National Media Museum in Bradford to Durham on Tuesday, 31 January at 6pm in the Kenworthy Hall at St. Mary's College. The talk will explore the Museum’s core collections of Photography, Film and Television, then touch on some of the challenges faced by the museum sector, using the recent experiences of the National Media Museum as a case study. All are welcome - no need to book.
(10 Jan 2017)
Saturday Morning Physics!
This week's session on Saturday, 15 October 10.30am-12.30pm is presented by Professor Richard Bower and is called 'The Big Bang Show'. How does the Universe begin? This question has pre-occupied human thought for more than 3000 years. But contemporary cosmologists think they know the answer. We’ll explore our place in the Universe, what the Universe is made from and the evidence for the expansion of the Universe. We’ll discuss how astronomical and cosmological observations have led to the big bang model in which the Universe is created in a cosmic “big bang”, a hot explosion of matter. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lectures Theatre, Rochester Building and all are welcome, no need to pre-book.
(10 Oct 2016) » More about Saturday Morning Physics!
Lectures and seminars
Durham Energy Institute (DEI) Seminar Series
Our January DEI seminar entitled Biocompatible Redox Supercapacitors is given by Dr Ritu Kataky, Department of Chemistry on Thursday, 26 January at 1pm in E245, Engineering & Computing Sciences. All seminars are free to attend and open to all.
(13 Jan 2017)
Inaugural Professorial Lecture - ‘Life in a landscape of fear’
You are warmly invited to attend Professor Russell Hill’s inaugural professorial lecture hosted by the Department of Anthropology on Wednesday, 15 February at 3pm in Lecture Room D110, Ground Floor, Dawson Building, followed by a wine reception in Anthropology’s Seminar Room, D104, Ground Floor, Dawson Building. If you would like to attend this lecture please email email@example.com
(13 Jan 2017)
Public Lecture - 'Change IS Continuity at the Venerable English College, Rome'
This lecture, which is organised by the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture and the Department of Theology and Religion will be given by Dr Carol Richardson (Edinburgh College of Art) as part of the Ushaw Lecture Series at Ushaw College at 6pm on Thursday, 26 January. The lecture will be preceded by a drinks reception at 5.30pm. All are welcome. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need help with transport between Durham City and Ushaw College, please contact Jane at email@example.com or on 0191 334 1656 by 9am on Monday, 23 January. For directions, please see www.ushaw.org
(13 Jan 2017)
IHRR Postgraduate Forum - 'What value do risk and resilience serve in research'
This is the second Postgraduate Forum of the 2016/2017 academic year. The purpose is to foster the creation of links between PhD researchers from different disciplines. If you are interested in presenting please contact Hanna Ruszczyk, Postgraduate researcher in the Department of Geography on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in attending only, please register by email to email@example.com with the following information:
- Your name and department at Durham University
- Any special dietary requirements you have
Institue of Advanced Study (IAS)- Public lecture series 'The Scale of Things'
The IAS is pleased to announce this term’s series of public lectures on The Scale of Things. The first lecture, by Professor Andres Lepik of Munich, entitled ‘Small scale, big change: the social turn in contemporary architecture’, takes place in the Ken Wade Theatre, Calman Learning Centre on Monday, 23 January at 6.15pm. All are welcome and for further information please see www.durham.ac.uk/ias/events/thematic/scalelectures or contact the IAS at firstname.lastname@example.org
Institute of Advanced Study Epiphany 2017 Forthcoming Events
The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) has a wide variety of events this term and next including lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2016/17 ‘Scale’ programme. Most events, and in particular lectures, are free to attend and open to all. For a full list of events please visit here.
Reminder - IAS Navigating Interdisciplinarity Workshop
Designed to assist cross-disciplinary communication and support collaborative interdisciplinary research, the workshop on Wednesday, 18 January between 9am-1pm in the Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College will focus on examples on the IAS’s annual theme and include members of the IAS Fellowship. Registration to attend the workshop led by Professor Veronica Strang, Institute of Advanced Study is essential. Please contact: email@example.com to book a place or for more information.
Spirituality and Recovery Conference
As more and more mental health service providers embrace a recovery approach to care, this conference will give opportunity to explore the role which spirituality has to play in such an approach. Can there be a recovery approach without taking spirituality into account? Does a recovery model open up new opportunities to ensure that attention to spiritual needs is routinely a part of assessment and care planning? Are ‘recovery’ and ‘spirituality’ simply two different words for the same thing when it comes to mental health care, or do they have their own distinct, but mutually enriching, meanings? This year's Spirituality and Recovery Conference will take place Wednesday, 12 July to Friday, 14 July. To book your place please click here.
(12 Jan 2017) » More about Spirituality and Recovery Conference
Visiting Speaker Seminar - The Physiology and Habitat of LUCA
The IAS is pleased to announce that Visiting Speaker Professor William F Martin (Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany), will be delivering a seminar on Tuesday, 17 January at 1.30pm in the IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green. To book a place at this seminar, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Oriental Museum Friends - Public Lecture
'In the vessel harmoniously combined: Food and Medicine in Medieval Islamic Culture' is a lecture by Professor Daniel Newman, MLAC and will be held on Wednesday, 18 January at 7.30pm in room EH009, Elvet Hill House. This lecture is open to all. Lectures are free to the Friends of the Oriental Museum. For visitors there will be a small charge of £3 (£1 concessions).
(11 Jan 2017) » More about Oriental Museum Friends - Public Lecture
The Annual E. J. Lowe Lecture: 'What is a Form of Thought?'
We are very happy to announce that the third lecture for this series will be given by Professor Tim Crane who is Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy, at the University of Cambridge. This lecture will be held on Thursday, 19 January in the Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham University, and is open to all. Refreshments will be available from 5pm, with the lecture commencing at 5.30pm. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception and three course dinner, both hosted in Hatfield’s Senior Common Room facilities. Those wishing to attend the wine reception and dinner must book in advance. The cost is £38.50. Please contact Jonathon Gilderoy to reserve a place and inform him of any special dietary requirements: Jonathon.email@example.com. For general enquiries you may also contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at www.durham.ac.uk/philosophy/events/riplectures/ejllectureseries/
Durham Energy Institute (DEI) Seminar Series
Our January DEI seminar entitled Biocompatible Redox Supercapacitors is given by Dr Ritu Kataky, Department of Chemistry on Thursday, 26 January 2017 at 1pm in E245, Engineering & Computing Sciences. All seminars are free to attend and open to all.
(6 Jan 2017)
Durham Energy Institute Events
Durham Energy Institute (DEI) has a variety of public lectures and seminars planned for Epiphany term. All events are free to attend and open to all. Please view our events here. You can also view a poster of the Epiphany term events here.
(6 Jan 2017)
Reminder - Durham Energy Institute - Public Lecture
Durham Energy Institute's Epiphany Term Lecture: EDF Energy Renewables and the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator will be given by Craig Harwood, Asset Owner, Blyth Offshore Demonstrator at EDF Energy Renewables on Wednesday, 25 January 6pm-7pm followed by a networking drinks reception. Booking essential for catering purposes. All public lectures are free to attend and open to all.
(6 Jan 2017)
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) events - Epiphany term
IHRR has a wide variety of events this term including seminars and workshops. These events are free to attend and open to all. The first seminar of the series is on Monday, 16 January between 1pm-2pm in room W007, Geography with Mr Sam Bickersteth, Chief Executive, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). Full event details are available at: www.durham.ac.uk/ihrr/news
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) 10th Anniversary
In 2017, IHRR will celebrate 10 years of leadership in developing resilient, research-powered approaches to hazard and risk. To celebrate our anniversary we are organizing a number of events and activities. If you would like further details about any of these events please see our IHRR webpage or email email@example.com. You can also register your interest here to receive updates on our IHRR/ Dealing with Disaster conference.
(14 Dec 2016)
Saturday Morning Physics! - Building a star on Planet Earth
Fusion could provide an almost unlimited supply of energy. In this lecture, we will discuss the road-map for fusion energy as well as the technologically demanding, cryogenically-cooled superconducting magnets that will help fusion energy become a viable technology. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lecture Theatre, Rochester Building, 10.30am-12.30pm on Saturday, 10 December.
Leslie Brooks Lecture
Professor Linda Williams (University of California, Berkeley) will hold the Leslie Brooks lecture titled 'Tales of Sound and Fury' Signifying...Something, or The Elephant of Melodrama' on Monday, 16 January 2017 at 5pm in ER142, Elvet Riverside, Durham. If you would like some more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
(5 Dec 2016) » More about Leslie Brooks Lecture
Saturday Morning Physics! - Magnets in the Cloud
The next Saturday Morning Physics session on 12 November will be presented by Professor Del Atkinson on Magnets in the Cloud.The talks will be supplemented by some hands-on activities after a coffee break. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lectures Theatre, Rochester Building, 10.30am-12.30pm. All welcome, no need to pre-book!
(12 Nov 2016) » More about Saturday Morning Physics! - Magnets in the Cloud
Saturday Morning Physics!
Some of the department's world class scientists will talk on their fascinating research topics including astrophysics, cosmology, materials science, lasers, quantum mechanics and particle physics. The talks will be supplemented by some hands-on activities after a coffee break. Saturday Morning Physics is held in the James Duff Lecture Theatre, Rochester Building between 10.30am-12.30pm on Saturday, 8 October. All welcome, no need to pre-book!
(5 Oct 2016) » More about Saturday Morning Physics!
IHRR Current Research Activities
The Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience is hosting a seminar on Thursday 25th February from 12 -5 pm. The purpose of this seminar is to i) showcase the range and depth of research being undertaken in collaboration with IHRR; and ii) to initiate new research relationships across the University. If you are interested in attending this event please register at email@example.com. Please note that we have limited numbers. For further information please see the programme here.
(17 Feb 2016)
Need to know
VC Town Hall meetings
The next VC Town Hall meetings with updates on the University Strategy will take place on Monday, 30 January 2017 at 3pm in D110, Dawson Lecture Theatre and on Thursday, 2 February 2017 at 3pm in F009, Wolfson Building, Queen's Campus.
(13 Jan 2017)
A new tool to manage calls into the IT Service Desk
On Wednesday, 11 January we are launching a new tool to manage calls and queries into the IT Service Desk to support improvements to how we respond to them. Whilst the way you contact us will be the same, there are some changes you need to be aware of so read on to find out more.
Increase in spam emails - please be vigilant
CIS is aware of a recent increase in spam emails. In response to this we are accelerating our plans to improve the University’s spam filtering and within the next fortnight will implement changes to further reduce the number of spam emails received. Please continue to be vigilant when opening emails and attachments. If you receive an email that you believe to be suspicious, do not click on links within the email or open any attachments. Forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it. Read on for a reminder about how to spot malicious emails.
(20 Oct 2016) » More about Increase in spam emails - please be vigilant
Milestone progress for desktop rollout
With a much improved user experience now available on over 1,200 computers across the University, the rollout of an all new desktop environment to student and teaching computers has officially passed the halfway mark.
If you use academic applications in teaching, we strongly encourage you to test your applications on the new desktop environment before the start of term. You can see the list of applications that are available so far here, and you can test them on any of the upgraded computers around the campus.
(26 Aug 2016) » More about Milestone progress for desktop rollout
Changes to the large format printing service
We’ve updated the process of ordering large format printing at the IT Service Desk in the Bill Bryson Library.
(25 Aug 2016) » More about Changes to the large format printing service
Do you use NPCS computers for teaching? New desktop coming soon
This summer will see the introduction of an all new desktop environment to student and teaching computers across the University. When we begin the next academic year, all NPCS machines (student and teaching machines) will have been upgraded to the Durham University Desktop Environment (DUDE). If you use NPCS machines when teaching, read on to find out more. If you don’t, look out for more information later in the year when we roll out the new desktop to staff computers.
Making a video for use on the website?
Whether you are looking to commission one of the University's video production partners to create a video for you, or you are making your own video, guidance is available on how to go about this, and how to add the finished video to your web pages:
(19 Apr 2016)
Postgraduate Open Evenings this February
Monday 8.02.16 and 15.02.16 1630- 2000 in the Palatine Centre.
Our Postgraduate Open Evenings are open to all and offer current students and prospective Durham University students the chance to find out more about the Postgraduate Taught and Research opportunities available to them here at Durham University. A range of departments from across the Faculties and Student Support Services will be represented at the evenings' Information Fair alongside a programme of talks including Careers and Student Finance.
Please share the event with your students, further information and pre-registration can be found at: www.durham.ac.uk/pgevents
(3 Feb 2016)