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Assembly Rooms and Gala Theatre launch Onstage: Online Festival

The Assembly Rooms and @GalaDurham are creating a new digital theatre festival, Onstage: Online. Live or pre-recorded, we are celebrating creativity during quarantine. With commissioning money available, find out more on our website. The deadline for applications is Monday 11 May. For more information or to request an application form, contact Kate Barton on 0191 334 4316 or email

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Biodiversity week... What's your Greenspace?

Next week marks our first biodiversity week. Over the years we have celebrated and promoted the local biodiversity that surrounds the University. Students and staff have been involved with maintaining key habitats and improving the overall biodiversity on-site and in the local woodlands. As you know this term will be very different, however, we don’t want this to stop us from observing what is around us, wherever we are.

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Covid-19 Conundrum Challenge

We’re challenging you to come up with ideas to help the world emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. Working in teams of two (we can find you a partner if needed), we’re asking you to develop a three minute video explaining your idea. Your ideas can relate to any aspect of reducing the impact of Covid-19. For further information and resources please visit the Conundrum Challenge webpage. To enter please send a link to your video to by 11.59pm on Friday 8 May 2020.

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Durham Queer Mutual Aid

Durham Queer Mutual Aid is a mutual aid group based in Durham City. If you identify as LGBTQ+ and need support during this time, we're here to help. Services we're able to provide include: grocery shopping, cooking and delivering meals, prescription collections, dog walking, posting letters and general errand-running. If your needs don't quite fit one of those, feel free to submit a help request anyway and we'll see what we can do. If you want to ask for help, volunteer, or just get more info, you can check out our website here. We don't currently have a phone number, but if you'd be more comfortable talking over the phone, please call the County Durham Covid-19 Mutual Aid hotline on (0191 649 8893) and ask for us so they can pass your details on.

(1 May 2020)

Durham University Volunteer Awards

Nominations for this year’s Volunteering Awards are now open so if you know a colleague who has volunteered their time to help others, we would love to receive your nominations. Given the situation we’re all currently going through, it's more important than ever for us to take time to show our appreciation for those who have really made a positive difference to people’s lives through volunteering.  We'd also like to acknowledge staff and students who are actively supporting their local communities during Covid-19, whether here in Durham or in their hometowns. Find out more about the awards and how you can nominate someone here.

(1 May 2020)

Library Virtual Enquiry Desk and Chat Service

Our amazing team of staff are on stand-by to answer your emails, tweets and messages via our Virtual Enquiry Desk, Ask DULib. You’ll find a dedicated question form on our web pages. There’s a great page of FAQs to help you out. You can also try the Library’s new live chat service. Library staff will be online to chat with you 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, and 11am-4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday. Ask us anything you need to know – we’ve got information about e-resources, MoreBooks and book returns. We can put you in contact with your Faculty Librarians and other Library staff. Visit the Virtual Enquiry Desk here.

(1 May 2020)

Life under lockdown

If you are aged 14-30 and living in the North East, our researchers would like to hear about your experiences of life under lockdown as part of a new study by the School of Government and International Affairs and Sociology. You can find out more and complete the anonymous survey here.

(1 May 2020)

Microsoft 365 is coming next week

From Monday 4 May, we’ll be switching on all of the Microsoft 365 products and starting the first wave of our adoption programme. Our short animation gives you an insight into Microsoft 365, our adoption programme and how you can get involved.

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Oracle Cloud HCM downtime

Oracle Cloud HCM will be unavailable from 9pm on Friday 15 May until 7am on Saturday 16 May. This is to enable maintenance to the Oracle Cloud Production environment and during this period you will not be able to access the portal. Normal service is expected to resume at around 7am on Saturday 16 May and users are not required to take any action once the updates are complete.

(1 May 2020)

Research on the Barker Research Library

You are invited to take part in a short survey. This questionnaire is being distributed in support of a research project to gain an understanding about users of the Barker Research Library at Palace Green Library and to explore the user experience of visitors to this space. Originally the data gathering element of this research project was going to take place in the building itself, but recent events have made this impossible, hence the online survey. If you have used the Barker Research Library in the past (or even if you haven't), your input into this research would be much appreciated. The survey can be found here.

(1 May 2020)

Student Complaint Policies and Processes Training session

A training session, providing an overview of the University’s Complaint Procedure for Students and Respect at Study Policy and Procedure, is scheduled to take place on 7 May 2020 from 1pm to 3.30pm, via Zoom. The session will be delivered by Dr Charlotte Quarless, formerly of the Student Conduct Office.

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Survey on Research Metrics use at Durham

It has been nearly 18 months since Durham published its public Responsible Use of Metrics Statement, approved the Responsible Use of Metrics Policy and signed up to DORA (the Declaration on Research Assessment). Whilst there has been progress in many areas, University Research Committee, through the Metrics working group, is keen to update its understanding of how metrics are used in the departments and what additional resources/support might be useful. We are asking departmental management to provide responses but we are also interested in responses from others. The survey is available here, should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and will close on the 18 May 2020. 

(1 May 2020)

Walk this May

This month is National Walking Month. #Try20 for National Walking Month - walk for 20 minutes every day as part of your daily exercise and see what benefits you experience. Many of us are appreciating the chance to get out for a walk more than ever. Here are some tips to help you keep your daily exercise fresh, interesting - and most of all - safe.

(1 May 2020)