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5 February 2021

Changes to Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)

Following your feedback we have modified the conditions for MFA to improve the end-user experience by reducing the number of prompts you will receive on mobile devices. Previously, when moving between buildings on-site you would be prompted for MFA when changing from a University Wi-Fi connection to your device’s 4G connection, and vice-versa. From today this will no longer be the case and you won’t be prompted for MFA as you move between networks. Further information on MFA can be found on the CIS website.

(5 Feb 2021)


Do you have creative ideas about digital services?

Do you have creative ideas about digital services? Could you help shape the design of new services or provide constructive challenge and feedback on existing services? It's quick and easy to join our Digital Virtual Engagement Group. You don't need to commit lots of your valuable time - we'll mainly work via chat and polls, and there'll be optional invitations to take part in focus group sessions. Register your interest here and invite your colleagues to join you.

(5 Feb 2021)


Durham in Top 25 of most international universities

We’ve been named as one of the world’s most international universities by the Times Higher Education. Ranked 25th, the league table recognises Durham as one of the world’s best, based on our high proportion of international students and staff, our collaborations with universities across the globe and our strong international reputation. You can find out more here.

(5 Feb 2021)


Durham World Heritage Site website

The Durham World Heritage Site website contains a wealth of information about architecture, history and research across the site. In addition to this we also have a news page and an events listing, so if you have something you'd like to share via our web page then please do get in touch. To tell us about some news please email visitor.centre@durham.ac.uk, or if you'd like to submit an event for the event guide visit our page here.

(5 Feb 2021)


February's Community Newsletter out now

Want to know how a decommissioned Palace Green phone box was turned into a life-saving community defibrillator? Or how two student theatre companies brought a classic horror to life during lockdown? It’s all in this month’s community newsletter. Read it now here.
Anyone can sign up to receive the Community Newsletter, here. Please encourage friends and contacts to do so.

(5 Feb 2021)


Follow Global Opportunities on social media

Global Opportunities social media has been set up to publish updates on international opportunities available to students. We invite you to follow our Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages, or look for updates on the website.

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Helping prepare students with their studies and future employment

We’re delighted to announce that the M365 My Digital Skills site for students is now available. M365 tools are there to help students improve their digital skills using Microsoft 365 in their studies, having fun, and supporting them for future employability. Using the familiar applications, students can build collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, and connect with societies and clubs by creating their own Microsoft Teams sites and much more. 

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IMEMS 'On Pilgrimage' series

Join us ‘On Pilgrimage’ every other Tuesday, as we explore the traditions and wider context of ancient and modern pilgrimage through a series of events with speakers who will guide us on a journey through a landscape of individual objects, monuments, people and places. The link will be posted for each date here.

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IMEMS Durham Early Modern Group

Durham Early Modern Group meets fortnightly during term time and is an informal forum for the presentation on research on the early modern period. Booking in advance for the online sessions is essential.

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New online exhibition – Journeys: Reading the World

Set sail on a voyage around the globe with our new online exhibition Journeys: Reading the World. Using the books, manuscripts and archives from the Durham University Special Collections, the immersive exhibition offers top tips for travellers across the centuries and explores debates around the value and danger of foreign travel. There is also a chance to take a unique tour of 18th century Italy, seen through the eyes of lucky travellers able to visit at the time. Forget lockdown and leave your home, work and troubles behind as you come with us on this journey.

(5 Feb 2021)


New series of Durham MBA podcast

Series two of career insights podcast 'The Lemonade Principle' launched this week. Originally created to provide on-the-go additional industry/alumni insights to our Durham MBA students, the podcast now has listeners tuning in from across the world. Join Engagement Managers Chris Roberts and Katherine Kirby as they interview alumnus Dr Carl Hunter, CEO of Coltraco Ultrasonics. Find out more here.

(5 Feb 2021)


New startup 'Luvyum' aims to improve the food ecosystem

Luvyum is a new startup that was created in Durham by a Durham student. It is connecting local food businesses including local bakeries and home-chefs with the people of Durham and allowing for a seamless service to buy food from there, with a focus on reducing the carbon footprint through improving the food ecosystem. 

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New Workshop Date: Improving Productivity - Using OneNote

Following the success of the OneNote workshops, the HR OD team are pleased to offer four additional workshops in February and March. Improving Productivity – Using OneNote is a 2 hour live, hands-on event created by productivity expert David Longstaff. Microsoft OneNote is a great app to include a professional and academic tool kit. But it can be confusing – which version should I use? How can I sync it across my devices? How will it help our team? For further information & dates please visit the OneNote webpage.

(5 Feb 2021)


New Workshop: Successful Minute Taking

With remote working it can feel we are in more meetings than ever. If you are responsible for agenda creation and minute taking for meetings, we are delighted to offer a workshop supporting with successful minute taking. Heather Baker founder of Baker Thompson Associates, will deliver this online interactive workshop providing participants with skills to prepare, write and organised agendas and capture accurate minutes of meetings. For further information and dates please visit the Developing Self webpage.

(5 Feb 2021)


Talking Government communications with Alex Aiken

Government communications chief Alex Aiken was speaking via Zoom to Advancement and Communications professionals at Durham last week about Covid-19, how the use of data is shaping Government communications strategy and saving lives. For the full news story please visit our web page.

(5 Feb 2021)


Understanding our students' journey to Durham, and beyond

Have you ever wondered what makes our students select Durham over any other institution? What keeps them engaged as students while they are with us? And what brings them back to study as a postgraduate or connect with us as alumni? For the first time in our history, we are about to undertake an exercise to map our student journey and help us answer some of these fundamental questions. Not only this, but we’ll also be looking closely at how we attract and admit our students by better understanding the marketing, recruitment, and admissions activities we perform. Together, this will help us have a clearer picture of what we do today, and what we could do differently in the future to better meet the needs of our current and future students. Read on to find out more about this project and how you can get involved.

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USS member lump sum payments for tax year 2020/21

USS members are reminded that there is still time to elect to make a lump sum payment into the USS Investment Builder through MyUSS in the 20/21 tax year. Members can log into MyUSS here to make use of the additional contributions modeller to see if they have scope to maximise pension contributions for annual allowance purposes.

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