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4 June 2021

3 Rivers Regional Learning and Teaching Online Conference on 25 June

The 15th Regional Learning and Teaching Conference is fast approaching. Building upon the success of previous partnership events held by the North East region’s Universities – Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside, we invite our teaching community to exchange knowledge as part of learning in higher education. Please book a place here.

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Advance HE 'In Partnership' Update - June 2021

We are institutional members of Advance HE, who provide a range of information and support for the HE sector, including - research papers, development resources and the opportunity to engage with sector wide discussions. In this month’s edition of In Partnership we focus on our member benefit theme for June ‘The future of the student voice? Policy, principles, practice’. We also introduce our new strategy to 2024, how research institutes have responded to Covid-19 and gender equality and upcoming member benefits and events. To view the newsletter and access any resources you can click here.

(4 Jun 2021)

Building surveys

Estates and Facilities and Disability Support would like to make you aware that from Monday 7 June until the end of July, our provider AccessAble will be surveying over 200 of our buildings across our sites to update our Access Guides which provide detailed disabled access information for staff, students and visitors. These guides will be generated from facts, figures and photographs.

(4 Jun 2021)

Change to study spaces opening times and availability

After the exam and assessment period, our study spaces and opening times will be revised. From 5 June onwards, pre-booked timeslots for our current services will remain available for those currently in Durham at Bill Bryson LibraryTeaching and Learning Centre, and Leazes Road Study Space with some updated opening times. Study spaces at Elvet Riverside, Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science Building, Hotel Indigo and Dunelm House will no longer be available. Please visit our website for full details. All current health and safety measures remain in place – visit our Services Guide for full details. We will continue to update you with any changes in line with guidance from the University. If you have any queries about our services and support, please contact our Virtual Enquiry Desk.

(4 Jun 2021)

Counting down to the COP26 climate change summit

We’re running a monthly ‘Countdown to COP26’ series exploring climate change research, events and expertise across our University ahead of the next COP climate change summit in November. Find out more and read the first instalment here.

(4 Jun 2021)

Durham SU's Riverside Bar and Café is back

The sun is here, exams are over, and Riverside Bar and Café is back. Get back to pints from £2.50, big screen sport and riverside views with your friends. And we’ll be putting all profits back into your societies, campaigns and student representation.

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Footprint 2021 - a free online environmental conference

Footprint is back and will be taking place virtually on 11 - 12 June. The delegates attending will vary in scope from across the UK and we hope to encourage open discussions around climate change over the course of the two days. Everyone is welcome to attend. This will be the third year that this conference is held and has previously taken place in Durham’s Town Hall. You can find out more information and register for your free ticket from our web page

(4 Jun 2021)

Free online live launch invitation - Jericho: An Ancient City Revealed

A group of MA Museum and Artefact Studies students at Durham University have been developing an online exhibition called 'Jericho: An Ancient City Revealed' as part of their course, alongside Durham University’s Oriental Museum. The exhibition centres on pioneering archaeologist Dame Kathleen Kenyon and her influential work at the site of Ancient Jericho/Tell es-Sultan - one of the oldest cities in the world. The project centres on the museum’s fantastic collection from Kenyon’s excavations at Tell es-Sultan, including objects which have never before been displayed. The exhibition will be launched alongside a podcast series and educational resources on 10 June. If this event is of interest to you or your colleagues, please RSVP by sending an email to by Wednesday 9 June, 5pm.

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Give an hour, make a difference

The staff and student volunteering team is challenging you to give at least an hour of your time to volunteer to help make a difference to someone else. We have a number of opportunities available or you can choose your own. If you have any questions please contact

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Hybrid Working - development sessions available

Hybrid working in professional services is a new approach for the University. Using the University hybrid working principles, managers will need to plan and decide how to implement it in their teams. Thereafter are the challenges of leading/managing a successful hybrid team as well as staff adapting to a new way of working. The University principles, guidance and tools are designed to help each department, and the teams within them, to adopt an approach that fits their specific requirements. A range of development opportunities are available to help support leaders and managers to move to hybrid working. Topics include – practically applying the 'Guiding Principles & Managers Toolkit' and 'Having Difficult Conversations'. Further information as well as dates and booking links can be found here. In addition to this there is also support for colleagues adapting to Hybrid Working such as Developing Personal Resilience and Stress Management, further information can be found here.

(4 Jun 2021)

Hybrid Working Staff Survey: Initial results

We asked Professional Services colleagues in central departments, across our faculties, departments and colleges, to complete a short survey about where they work, what activities they undertake, who they work with and what they need from workspaces. Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey. We received over 1,200 responses, out of a possible 1,948, which will be used to help shape our workplaces of the future. View our Sway to find out more about the initial results.

(4 Jun 2021)

Institute of Advanced Study: 2022/23 Fellowships reminder

A reminder that the 2022/23 IAS Fellowship scheme is open for nominations and open applications. The deadline for both is midday 25 June 2021.

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Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) service evaluation

There are only a few days left to respond to our LFT service evaluation survey, which closes Tuesday 8 June. By taking part you can help us shape future improvements to the programme. The survey is anonymous and by completing it you will be entered into a draw for one of three cash prizes: £50, £30 and £20. Complete the survey here.

(4 Jun 2021)

Launching next week: 100 Moments That Rocked Computer Science podcast with Dr Sue Black OBE

Join Professors Sue Black and Gordon Love from the Department of Computer Science as they chat with leaders from the worlds of science and technology in this brand new podcast series exploring ‘100 Moments that Rocked Computer Science’ – streaming on all major platforms from Wednesday 9 June.

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Network downtime

CIS will be carrying our essential maintenance on the data centre between 9am and 7pm on Sunday 20 June. During this period all services that are hosted within the University data centre will experience intermittent disruption and should be considered at risk for the whole duration, this includes DUO, onsite storage such as J/S drives and the DU website. Cloud-based services such as Microsoft 365 applications, University email and Oracle will not be affected by this work. Similarly, onsite internet access will also remain unaffected. Updates on this work will be posted to the CIS Service Status pages

(4 Jun 2021)

Oracle Learning - new eLearning available

HR & OD has launched two new a new eLearning packages now available on Oracle. The first package is on the concept of Mentoring. Introduction to Mentoring is for those members of staff who are considering becoming a Mentor or who are already a Mentor - to enrol on this please click here. The latest SkillBooster package is "How to be productive" which helps understand what can cause us to be unproductive and sets out tools and strategies for managing our workload better, reducing the impact of internal and external distractions, communicating and delegating effectively, and prioritising tasks. To enrol on this please click here.

(4 Jun 2021)

Re: Tension - Educational film screening and workshop discussing institutional racism within UK HE

Re:Tension explores the reality of how racism, micro-aggressions and unconscious bias can function in academic institutions. Please join us to watch this powerful film, and to discuss and share your ideas on how to tackle racism in our UK universities with a focus on Durham University.

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Recruitment and Admissions Round Up (May 2021)

The Recruitment and Admissions Office is pleased to share with you our new 'Round Up' newsletter. We hope this will become a regular monthly/six weekly update covering activities from across the office and that it will provide you with a holistic overview of the work of teams and staff within R&A. If there is anything you would like to see covered in this update that has been missed, then please contact Please note the PG Admissions Team most recent update can be viewed here. If you'd like to be added to the mailing list to receive the Recruitment and Admissions 'Round Up' newsletter, please contact

(4 Jun 2021)

Staff survey

Our staff survey is coming soon. It will open w/c 7 June – please do take the time to complete it so your views can be considered. For more information, please see here.

(4 Jun 2021)

Talis Aspire Reading Lists: Drop-in support

Durham University Library and Collections will be hosting twice-monthly drop-in support sessions on the use of Talis Aspire for managing online reading lists, commencing Thursday 10 June. Some sessions will cover getting started and adding new materials, including digitisation requests and seeking new acquisitions for the Library, while others focus on structuring lists and adding guidance notes for students. A schedule of dates and content along with a link to participate is available here.

(4 Jun 2021)

Tent on the Racecourse

The 'Tent' is going up and the shows will go on. From Saturday 5 - Friday 25 June, our festival style venue will host an exciting programme of Covid safe events from our talented students for everyone to enjoy. Enjoy everything you've missed during lockdown from Music Durham, Durham Student Theatre, Durham Students' Union plus so much more. Please visit our web page for more information.

(4 Jun 2021)

Vote now: AEA Standing Committee Elections 2021

Staff at grade 7 and above (with the exception of ex officio members of Senate) have until 12 noon on Friday 18 June 2021 to vote in the 2021 Academic Electoral Assembly (AEA) Standing Committee Elections. Details of the 12 candidates standing for the six vacancies on the AEA Standing Committee is available here.

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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing CDT in Health and Wellbeing - Scoping Exercise

As part of the Health Strategy at Durham University, the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing would like your opinion on the current training for PhD students who have an interest in health and well-being research. If you are a PhD student, supervisor, or other academic, your views would be most welcome. The questionnaire will take around six minutes of your time and will go a long way to improving our PhD training provision, and fulfilling core aims of the Health Strategy. Thank you for your input - you can access the questionnaire here.

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