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w/c 4 June 2018

A lifeline to academics at risk

Stephen Wordsworth CBE LVO, Executive Director of the Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara) will showcase Cara’s exceptional work supporting academics at risk on Wednesday, 20 June at 4.30pm in the Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College. Come along and learn more about Cara’s fantastic work in Durham and across the UK. Please email to confirm your attendance for catering purposes. All are welcome.

(8 Jun 2018)

A small secondment in Hatfield College

Owen Adams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience), reminisces about volunteering in Hatfield College. More information can be found here

(8 Jun 2018)

Community Liaison Officer takes up post

This week Hannah Shepherd has taken up the new post of Community Liaison Officer (CLO), within the Student Support and Wellbeing Directorate. Hannah will seek to maintain and develop relationships between the University, students and people who live and work in Durham City. She will play a major role in the new Community Engagement Task Force as it develops and implements a Community Engagement Action Plan. For further details, please visit here.

(8 Jun 2018)

County Durham Environment Awards 2018

The County Durham Environment Awards is an annual event and entries are now being accepted for 2018. This event rewards projects that demonstrate great design, environmental guardianship and community spirit across the county. Various categories are available and further details can be found on the Awards website. Durham University was successful last year, winning the Climate Change category for The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics. The closing date for entries is Friday, 27 July. If you are interested in making a submission please let the Greenspace Team know.

(8 Jun 2018)

Donate to the County Durham Socialist Clothing Bank

Are you leaving Durham or moving house and want to get rid of unwanted clothing? The County Durham Socialist Clothing Bank collects donations throughout the year to pass on to those who need it most. If you have clean and useable clothing you are happy to donate please contact before the end of term or Dawn Wilson from the clothing bank directly at or 07746 131765.

(8 Jun 2018) » More about Donate to the County Durham Socialist Clothing Bank

Durham Award

In 2018/19 Durham University will be piloting the Durham Award, a programme of activities which will help students develop and articulate skills which will benefit them as future graduates. One of the foundation units of the award is The Argument Clinic, which focuses on discussion and debate that we encounter in everyday life. Students will learn how to make proper use of statistics within their arguments, how to effectively counter weak logic and how to spot “alternative facts”. Each session will pair a 15-minute Ted-talk style video, created by members of staff, with a small-group clinic (discussion) which will be led by a post-graduate research student. We are currently looking for creative, student-focused staff and PGR who would like to play a role in this exciting opportunity. If you would like to learn more, please contact Alan Houston, PVC (Education) at

(8 Jun 2018)

Durham for Refugees Festival

Durham for Refugees is holding a festival on Saturday, 9 June at 1.30pm in the idyllic surroundings of St Chad's College and they would love to see you all there. It will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our local refugee communities whilst participating in many great activities, such as meditation, a dabkeh dance workshop and a panel discussion featuring local politicians, religious leaders and community representatives. Information about the various events, stalls and musical groups can be found via the Official Festival Event page

(8 Jun 2018)

Durham University climbs in world university rankings

Durham University has climbed to 74th in the world in the latest global university rankings. The University moved up four places overall from 78th last year in the QS World University Rankings 2019. This puts Durham in the top eight per cent of 1,011 global higher education institutions ranked, according to the QS.

(8 Jun 2018)

Environmental Fact of the Week

Did You Know … you could be fined up to £150 for dropping litter in a public place? In any one academic year, the University collects almost 1,000 bags of litter. Litter Awareness Week runs from Monday, 11 June to Sunday, 17 June. For recycling guidance please visit the Greenspace Waste webpages.

(8 Jun 2018) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week

GDPR - Personal Data Breaches and Incidents

Managing personal data is not without risk. The University tries to implement processes and systems that minimise risks and trains staff to manage information appropriately. However, there are internal and external factors that can result in inappropriate disclosure or loss of personal data, or that can highlight where there are vulnerabilities that may need addressing. Under the GDPR there are much tighter deadlines for us to identify and take action when these instances occur or are identified. The GDPR allows us only 72 hours from becoming aware to notifying the ICO if the impact of the breach is significant. For more information about data protection and information governance, please visit the Information Governance webpages.

(8 Jun 2018) » More about GDPR - Personal Data Breaches and Incidents

Gold Award to mark excellence in teaching

Durham University has achieved a Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), a recognition of the dedication of our teaching staff and the remarkable achievements of our students. Find out more about what this means and how Durham is further investing in teaching excellence here.

(8 Jun 2018)

Have you ever thought about writing about your research for a public audience?

Editors from The Conversation will be delivering two sessions at Durham University to help academics develop their skills in writing for the general public. During the sessions, academics can expect to discuss and think about ideas, pick up writing tips and tricks, learn how best to present their work to the general public and have an article ready (or nearly ready) for submission by the end of the workshop. You can find out more and book your place on the workshop by visiting the Training Course Booking System, and searching for ‘Writing opinion pieces’.

(8 Jun 2018)

Head of Catering appointment

Congratulations to Paul Taylor who has been appointed to the role of Head of Catering, following a competitive recruitment process. Paul has worked as Acting Director of Catering for the past 15 months and will continue working closely with colleagues to support and enhance the wider student experience within Colleges.

(8 Jun 2018)

Institute of Advanced Study events

The Institute of Advanced Study continues its programme of events during Easter Term - including lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences linked to its 2017/18 ‘Structure’ programme, as well as additional activities independent of the annual theme. Most events, and in particular lectures, are free to attend and open to all.

(8 Jun 2018) » More about Institute of Advanced Study events

Library remodelling 2018

During the summer, and at the beginning of next academic year, the Library will undergo extensive remodelling work across various sites to improve the study space and catering provision. In the Bill Bryson Library, this includes renovation of the Library Café and eDen and the reorganisation of spaces to add new desks and study rooms. Leazes Road Library will be temporarily closed due to the refurbishment programme for the School of Education. Please read on for further information.

(8 Jun 2018) » More about Library remodelling 2018

National Volunteering Week

Thank you to all staff volunteers who got involved with National Volunteering Week. Today marks the end of this week of activities. Over the next couple of weeks arrangements will be finalised for the rescheduled Volunteer Celebration Afternoon. A special mention must go to Experience Durham who assisted two charities across four days. A total of 40 volunteer days were used and over 210 hours invested in the local area - a phenomenal effort from everyone involved.

(8 Jun 2018)

New Research Grants Management System

The project to introduce Worktribe, Durham’s new Research Grants Management System, is well underway. The system will provide academic staff, RIS and the wider University with an integrated tool for the pre- and post-award management of research grants. For further information on the project, expected benefits, timescales and contact details, please read the first newsletter

(8 Jun 2018)

Paid Channel 4 TV viewing research participation opportunity

A research project, in collaboration with Channel 4, is currently underway at the University. The study is looking at the effects of culture on TV viewing. The Department of Psychology is currently looking for volunteers to participate in the project. The study will last around one hour and you will receive a £5 Amazon voucher in compensation for your time. If you are interested in taking part please email

(8 Jun 2018)

Queen's Campus transition - how are we repurposing Queen's Campus?

The creation of the International Study Centre (DUISC), to help drive internationalisation and Durham diversity, has been the key development to date in the repurposing of Queen’s Campus in line with its history as a place of innovation. A number of options are currently being explored for wider repurposing and it is likely there will be a mix of future users. Queen’s Campus will remain a Durham University Campus. To find out more please visit here.

(8 Jun 2018)

Queen's Campus transition - who's making it happen?

The Queen’s Campus transition project is a huge undertaking and the whole University has contributed to the success of the programme to date. It has been challenging – and there may be some disruption as we manage the relocation over the summer and into the new academic year – but right across the University people are making things happen. Examples include:

  • Departments, faculties and institutes have adapted to revised timetabling arrangements
  • Colleges have engaged students and planned for the moves
  • Estates and Buildings has provided essential space solutions
  • Library and University Catering teams have delivered additional study space and improved catering facilities in the Bill Bryson Library
  • CIS has provided technology and licensing solutions, whilst overcoming numerous technical challenges.

To find out more please visit here. Beyond our staff, student representatives across Durham Students’ Union, the JCRs, MCRs and the GCR at Ustinov have all provided excellent leadership and ensured that students have the information they need for a smooth relocation to Durham City.

(8 Jun 2018)

Re-thinking Female Entrepreneurship

Academics and practitioners are invited to come together for a one-day conference on Thursday, 21 June between 10am - 5pm on “Re-thinking Female Entrepreneurship” to bring to the fore the voices of female entrepreneurs (including social entrepreneurs); explore the diversity and heterogeneity of their experiences and challenge the gendered discourse of entrepreneurship. Due to the high calibre of the speakers, a high level of demand for conference places is expected so please book your place as soon as possible, by sending an email to The conference is free of charge with lunch and refreshments included. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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Rising Stars Research Symposium: 18 June 2018

The Faculty of Science invites you to the Rising Stars Research Symposium, an afternoon of presentations by outstanding final-year undergraduate students on Monday, 18 June at 2pm in the Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre (CLC202), Calman Learning Centre. The afternoon will conclude with a reception at 5pm and presentation of the Bill Bryson Science Communication Prize and the Rochester Prize. The dress code for this event is smart casual. Hopefully you will join this exciting event, celebrating excellence among Durham’s science students. For further information please visit here.

(8 Jun 2018)

New project focussed on postgraduate research students' mental health

PGR Mental Health: The Counselling Service – working with Northern Bridge, IAPETUS, and NINE Doctoral Training Partnerships – has received a HEFCE/OfS Catalyst Fund grant (which the University will match-fund) for a project to address Postgraduate Researchers’ mental health and wellbeing. The project focuses on the role of the PhD supervisory relationship in mental health. The aim is to develop, by Spring 2020, an online educational resource to help supervisors and supervisees identify and address mental health issues that may impact their academic experiences, and support both to recognise the limits of the academic professional relationship for resolving any difficulties. For further information about the project and how to contribute to it please visit here.

(1 Jun 2018)

One pound bus travel zone expanded

From 30 September 2018, University staff and students will be able to travel within the Arriva “Durham District Zone” – around Durham City Centre and from Birtley and Barley Mow, in the North to Rushyford in the South, and from Tow Law in the West to Deaf Hill in the East – for just £1 per day. The new £1 day ticket arrangement allows for unlimited travel on any Arriva bus service within the zone and will now also incorporate the Coxhoe and Brandon ‘corridors’, Bishop Auckland, Sedgefield and other destinations - increasing greatly the area in which staff and students can travel at reduced rates. Please visit here for more information. 

(1 Jun 2018)


Wrong Tree Theatre presents Aaron as part of Durham Festival of the Arts 2018. 'You turn eighteen and life seems full of endless roads down which you can wander. For some, however, their life has just two directions. Aaron explores the life of an eighteen-year-old boy with Prader-Willi Syndrome, to show that for some life isn't the extraordinary adventure that many of us take for granted.' Come along on Tuesday, 12 June or Wednesday, 13 June at 5.30pm to the Vane Tempest Ballroom, Durham Student’s Union. Ticket prices are £6 (Standard), £5 (Student) and £4 for Durham Student Theatre members. Online ticket booking is open here.

(25 May 2018)