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2 October 2020

Academic Skills support for students

The Academic Development for Students team is offering a suite of live online academic skills classes this term ranging from improving academic writing to time management. We also offer both academic writing and maths and stats one-to-one support for all students. To access our self-study learning resources and to keep up to date with what’s on offer, we are encouraging students to self-enrol in our DUO page by clicking on the ‘Academic Skills portal’ on the right under ‘Student Services’ when they log into DUO. For any queries, please contact

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Black History Month programme

As we begin Black History Month this week, we are pleased to share our consolidated programme of activities. We hope that you are able to take part in the activities organised by staff and students from across the University. These events will be open to all members of the University community. Further information regarding Black History Month and its significance can be found here.

(2 Oct 2020)

Covid-19: Important information about teaching and learning

Teaching is due to start again from next week and a lot of work has been undertaken by colleagues to ensure that face-to-face teaching and learning activity can take place in a Covid-secure manner. To find out more, please click here.

(2 Oct 2020)

Covid-19: Our Outbreak Response Plan

At the end of last week, we published our Outbreak Response Plan, as required by the UK Government Department for Education. You can read more about what the plan is for and what it covers here. The full plan can be found on our web pages.

(2 Oct 2020)

Eat Medieval: A Taste of the Past

We would like to invite you to join our very first online, interactive cookery school, delivered in partnership with Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle between Monday 2 - Friday 6 November. The cost for the course is £99pp (£69.30 with exclusive discount code ZINZIBERDURHAM). Our academic experts will take you through the history of the period and reveal just how much we can know about the past through its food. For full details, please visit our web page.

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Flexible/Casual Appointments

Earlier this year the University concluded a working group, chaired by the Provost, to consider casual/flexible working arrangements across the University. The Group’s recommendations have now been endorsed by Council.

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Institute of Advanced Study: Fellows and Projects 2020/21

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its first cohort of 2020/21 Fellows. This year the Institute’s usual programme for visiting Fellows has shifted into virtual form in response to the global pandemic. But Fellows’ lectures and seminars will continue in this form across both Michaelmas and Epiphany terms, and collaborators will develop virtual programmes of work between October and March.


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Online courses for staff

The HR-OD team has a number of short online courses available for all staff ranging from 15 – 25 minutes. These can be found in the Job Families Core Skills area on Duo. There are nine skills areas containing useful information, so why not have a look?

(2 Oct 2020)

People and Pay Services Team

With effect from Monday 5 October the HR Business Support team and the Payroll & Pensions team will merge into a single function within the HR & OD department, creating a People and Pay Services team, headed up by Lauren Edwards, Assistant Director of HR & OD. A member of the team will contact Departments and Colleges to confirm team contacts and provide details of the new team and its various functions. If you have any queries, please contact

(2 Oct 2020)

Preparing for teaching 2020-21

An Introduction to Teaching and Learning Online is a four-hour course, running over two weeks, that will help you to understand what it is like to be a student in an online learning environment and to develop modules that can be taught either face-to-face or online.

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Proposed Durham History Centre

Durham County Council has been given the go ahead to restore the grade II listed Mount Oswald Manor House (just off South Road) and turn it into a vibrant and interactive local history hub, bringing together archive, heritage and registration services at a central location near Durham City. Can you help us by giving your views on what you would like to see and do at the centre? To learn more and take part in the consultation, please visit the website.

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Reminder - online workshops offered by DCAD

In addition to offering sessions to assist with teaching and learning online, DCAD also offer opportunities to learn more about the Professional Recognition Pathway (PRP) - HEA Fellowship programme, and Preparing to Supervise. Other workshops will be added in due course. View and book places on our courses via the Training Course Booking System.

(2 Oct 2020)

Self-Certification of Absence Form for students is moving online

From 5 October the form that undergraduate and postgraduate taught students use to self-certify for absence is being moved online. This is to ensure the form is accessible for students wherever they may be studying, and that staff who manage this process can do so wherever they may be working.

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Traffic management measures

Please be aware that as well as the diversion around New Elvet Bridge, there are changes in place to control traffic safely through the city centre while the bridge is closed. These include a bus gate at Quarryheads roundabout. For full details, please visit the website.

(2 Oct 2020)

Welcome to University Library and Collections 2020-2021

As we start the new academic year, you will find some changes to the services that you may be used to from our libraries and collections, due to the effects of Covid-19.

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Respect Town Hall recording

A Town Hall meeting on 'Respect' was held in September and the recording is now available for colleagues who couldn't attend. You can view the video here.

(25 Sep 2020)