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4 October 2019

Black History Month Programme

We are marking Black History Month throughout October with a fantastic programme of events for students, staff and members of the community. Our theme for this year is “Commemorating the history and cultural heritage of our African and Caribbean communities.” To find out more about Black History Month and the activities taking place, please click here.

(4 Oct 2019)

Breeze Bike Ride around Durham City

Would you like to find out where to ride around Durham City and meet fellow cycling colleagues? Then why not join the women’s only Breeze ride (max. 10 miles), which is established for women riders, on Wednesday 23 October at 12.30pm, meeting at Durham University Sport and Wellbeing Park (Maiden Castle). The ride will take in Durham gems such as Old Durham Gardens, Wharton Park, Redhills Lane, Mill Hill Lane and Teletubby Hill. Sign up is essential and for more information please visit the website

(4 Oct 2019)

Brexit and Immigration Status of EU colleagues

As part of our continuing commitment to our non-UK colleagues we are delighted to be working in partnership with Womble Bond Dickinson who will deliver a session on the effects of Brexit on EU nationals' immigration status at this current time.

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Car Parking permits

Staff are reminded that car parking permits are not transferrable to family and friends. The permit only entitles the holder to search for a parking space in accordance with any particular restrictions on their permit. The permit remains the property of Durham University and can be revoked at any time. Any ongoing disregard of the Parking Policy may result in the temporary or permanent revocation of the parking permit. The current Parking Policy is available here.

(4 Oct 2019)

CoderDojo events

CoderDojo is a global movement providing children with the opportunity to learn coding and technology in a fun and friendly environment. The sessions are always free and open to all. We provide computer coding activities in a fun and relaxed environment to young people aged between 7 and 17 who live in Durham and the surrounding area. You can find sessions and register here.

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Coding Club

We would like to invite you to join our Coding Club. The club is a place for people that want to learn how to code (absolute beginners) and, for people that want to work on their own projects, learn a new language, or just have fun programming in a friendly environment. We meet on Wednesdays 1pm-2pm in TLC031, Teaching and Learning Centre. Please email to join as a member or as a volunteer/mentor.

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Data Management Planning workshop

This workshop, run by Durham Research Methods Centre and the Library on Wednesday, 6 November, 9.30am-12 noon, provides guidance and practice in writing a Data Management Plan. You can book a place on the workshop here.

(4 Oct 2019)

Design and Print Framework renewal

A new contract for our Design and Print Framework began on Monday, 30 September 2019. Details of new suppliers can be found here along with information on how to work with our suppliers, including the new briefing process and template for completion.

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Dialogue 64 - out now

Our latest edition of Dialogue magazine is out now, so why not have a read here?

(4 Oct 2019)

Durham University Writing Group

Do you ever find research and writing too solitary an activity? Durham University Writing Group can help. The group will be meeting on Mondays this term. The first session will take place in the Bettenson Room, St Chad's College, from 9am-5pm, on Monday 7 October - feel free to drop in and out at any time. For more information, please email

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Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know … week commencing 7 October is National Liftshare Week?

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Free dog walking service

Need your dog walking? Durham students are here to help. Our service is free and runs seven days a week at a time to suit you. We are a group of volunteers who love dogs and want to help those in our community who may be struggling to walk their dog enough or who can't walk their dogs at all for whatever reason. We would simply love to help. If you are interested in this service please email us at

(4 Oct 2019)

Free English language classes

We are looking for volunteers to take part in our free English classes. Classes are taught by teachers on the MA Applied Linguistics course running in DCAD. Students should have an intermediate level of English (B1/ IELTS 4.5/5). Erasmus students welcome, dependents and family and friends of Durham staff and students are also welcome. Classes are on Thursdays 1.30pm-3pm in ER 207, Elvet Riverside. First class is on Thursday, 10 October. Classes run weekly until December. For further details please email

(4 Oct 2019)

Have Your Say - Staff Consultation Drop-in

What do you want the University’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy to address? What workplace initiatives would you like to see us adopt? On Friday 11 October we’re holding a Consultation Drop-in Event so you can put your ideas forward and help further inform the strategy. There’s no need to book, just drop in and have your say by popping your ideas on a post-it. If you can’t make it to one of the below sessions you can still send us your anonymous suggestions and ideas via internal mail to Occupational Health, Green Lane.

  • 8.30 to 10am Maple 1 and 2, Mountjoy Centre
  • 11am to 1pm Maple 1 and 2, Mountjoy Centre
  • 2 to 4pm – PC003 and PC004, Palatine Centre

During the sessions we will also be offering blood pressure checks, advice on health and wellbeing and some freebies (you’ll have to come along to find out what these are!)

(4 Oct 2019)

Highest-ever world ranking in Arts & Humanities

We’ve achieved our highest-ever global ranking in Arts and Humanities in a prestigious international league table. 

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Institute of Advanced Study: Fellows and Projects

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its first cohort of 2019/20 Fellows. Several of this year’s Fellows focus on supporting four exciting interdisciplinary projects, sponsored by the IAS, and led by Durham scholars. Further details of these projects, its associated Fellows, and activities planned for this year can be found here.

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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) - Durham Early Modern Conference call for papers

We are delighted to announce that the call for papers for the Durham Early Modern Conference 8-10 July 2020 is now open. The deadline for submissions is Monday 11 November 2019. Please see the IMEMS web pages for more information about the 2020 Conference.

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International Engagement Travel Grants

The International Office will launch two travel grant funding calls on Monday 7 October. The funding calls are divided into two broad streams with regional priorities: 1) DAC-listed countries, and 2) Europe, North America (USA & Canada), East Asia (Japan, China incl Hong Kong). Applications are also welcome for engagement with Matariki partner universities. Full information including the application form can be found on the International Office web page

(4 Oct 2019)

Introducing Durham Mathematics School

A new flagship Mathematics School, which is currently planned to open in 2022, will benefit talented students across the North East who would not otherwise have access to post-16 mathematics education. The school will serve County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, Cleveland, the North Yorkshire Coast, and Cumbria, targeting students in schools where there is limited local mathematics provision. We will be working closely with Durham Sixth Form Centre as we continue to develop plans for the school over the coming months. Further information about Durham Mathematics School is available here.

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Message of the Day

As you may be aware the 'Message of the Day' feature is currently not working. We apologise if your message was scheduled for this week and wasn't shown. Please bear with us whilst we are resolving the issue.

(4 Oct 2019)

NERC-Focused Grant Writing Workshop

The Research Development Team is organising a NERC-focused Grant Writing Workshop that will take place on Wednesday 16 October 2019 from 9am – 3.15pm at the Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College. There are 16 places available and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a place on the workshop, please complete the online booking form. If you have any queries please contact us at

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New Lunchtime Karate Club for staff and students

Staff and students are invited to join a new lunchtime karate class in The Dojo at Maiden Castle from 12.30pm - 1.30pm on Tuesdays. Beginners and experienced martial arts practitioners are welcome. Classes will begin with a warm-up and will cover basics (kihon), forms (kata), pad work, sparring (kumite) and overall strength and conditioning. It will be a great opportunity to get fit and learn a new skill while meeting new people and having fun. Sessions cost £3. This club is affiliated to the International Karate Organisation Kyokushinkai Kan. For further information please email or follow us on Facebook

(4 Oct 2019)

Rotary Club of Durham

In 2018-19 the Rotary Club of Durham raised nearly £13,500 for local and national charities from the donation of £2 per vehicle to park in Territorial Lane car park on Saturday mornings. Following the closure of Territorial Lane, the University has offered the Rotary Club of Durham the opportunity to collect donations from people using Elvet Riverside car park on Saturday mornings. University permit holders are not obliged to make a donation to park but many do and the Rotary Club wishes to extend their thanks to all staff and the University for continuing their support.

(4 Oct 2019)

Staff volunteers needed - Durham Foodbank

The Staff Volunteering team is looking for ten volunteers to assist Durham Foodbank on Friday 8 November, 9.30am-1.30pm. The task will involve sorting and packing donations at the food store in Chester-le-street. If you or your team are available and willing to assist the charity, please email

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Thanks for your feedback in the Digital Survey

A message from CIO, John Hemingway

I was delighted that 803 people completed the Digital Strategy Staff Survey and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to contribute, and have their say over the summer period. There are a number of consistent themes emerging from the survey which we will be taking forward in the coming months as we look to establish, and consult, on a long term strategy. An overview of the survey results is available.

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UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) - updates for sponsored visa holders

Indefinite Leave to Remain means you can stay in the UK without any time restrictions. You can apply for settlement under Tier 2 once you have reached 5 years continuous leave in the United Kingdom and you still have employment at the University. You must also have spent no more than 180 days outside of the UK in any 12 months. Information on continuous residence is available here. With effect from 1 October 2019, overseas research as part of an individual’s tier 2 employment will now be exempt from the 180 day absence calculation in settlement decisions. For further information and details on how to apply visit the Home Office (UKVI) website

(4 Oct 2019)

Unmanned aerial vehicles/ drones (UAVs)

The Civil Aviation Authority regulations governing the use of UAVs within the UK are changing with effect from Tuesday, 1 October 2019. Any UAV use on Durham University business or over University premises must be compliant with the regulations.

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Ustinov Women's Football Team - Recruiting new members

Want to improve your fitness? Further your passion for football? Try out a new sport? The Ustinov Women’s Football Team is recruiting new members – all female staff and postgraduates are welcome, whether experienced players or complete beginners. If you are interested contact the captain and/or come along to a taster training session. Our first training session is Tuesday, 8 October, 6pm-7pm at Maiden Castle (meet at the Sports Centre entrance).

(4 Oct 2019)

What's new for '19 from CIS?

Over the past year, you told us what you wanted to see from CIS. We've listened, and we're pleased to announce that we've solved these pain points, and a lot more. 

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World Mental Health Day - Thursday 10 October

World Mental Health Day is supported by the United Nations and is held annually to raise public awareness about mental health issues worldwide. The event promotes open discussions on illnesses as well as investments in prevention and treatment services. In support of this year’s WMH day on Thursday 10 October, we’d like to remind you all that we have developed a suite of mental health training modules to help staff recognise signs of poor mental health in themselves and others. The modules are available on DUO under ‘My Organisations and Online Training’ and we encourage all staff to complete the core modules. Additional modules are available if you are a line manager, or you deal with students on a regular basis.

(4 Oct 2019)