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w/c 5 February 2018

Changes to Child Care Voucher Scheme April 2018

The current child care voucher scheme will remain open to new parents until March 2018. HMRC has confirmed that in order to access vouchers as a new entrant before the April 2018 cut-off, a parent must have made a salary sacrifice or had a voucher issued before Thursday, 5 April 2018. If you are already registered and wish to continue using the current voucher scheme you do not need to take any action. For further information please visit here.

(9 Feb 2018) » More about Changes to Child Care Voucher Scheme April 2018


Changes to the Arriva X12 Bus Timetable: Reduced Services

Please be advised that, from Sunday, 18 February, two services will be withdrawn and revisions have been to three subsequent morning services. A copy of the new timetable is available on the Arriva website. Paper copies of the new timetable are also available at key reception areas.

(9 Feb 2018) » More about Changes to the Arriva X12 Bus Timetable: Reduced Services


Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy & Strategy

A new Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy & Strategy has been agreed by UEC and signed off by the Vice-Chancellor on behalf of the University. A copy can be found on the Greenspace website and staff are encouraged to read this.

(9 Feb 2018) » More about Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy & Strategy


REF2021 Durham University Principles and Policies

All universities making a submission to REF2021 will be expected to develop and submit a Code of Practice, contents for which have yet to be announced. As a precursor to developing our Code of Practice, the internal policies and principles for REF2021, preparations have been collated in the REF handbook which is available here. The contents of the handbook will change as new information on REF2021 emerges and the webpage will be updated as these amendments are made. If you have any queries please contact Val Wooff or Karen McMullen in the University’s REF team by emailing ref.support@durham.ac.uk.

(9 Feb 2018)


Sign up to the Big Fairtrade Bake - only one week left

There is only one week left to sign up for free ingredients as part of this year’s Big Fairtrade Bake. Sign up by Friday, 16 February to receive 250g plain flour and 250g Fairtrade sugar per person for free to be used in a bake event during Fairtrade Fortnight (e.g. a charity bake sale, a tea break etc.). Submit a photo of your Fairtrade bake, made with your free ingredients to greenspace.students@durham.ac.uk to be in with a chance of winning a selection of Fairtrade goodies.

(9 Feb 2018)


USS member lump sums for the tax year 2017/18

You are reminded that you can elect to make a lump sum payment into the USS Investment Builder through MyUSS. Members can log into MyUSS to make use of the additional contributions modeller to see if they have scope to maximise pension contributions for annual allowance purposes.

(9 Feb 2018) » More about USS member lump sums for the tax year 2017/18


A Digital Symposium

The CODEC Research Centre for Digital Theology invites you to an event entitled 'A Digital Symposium', exploring sacraments and liturgy in digital spaces'. The Symposium will be held on Thursday, 19 April and Friday, 20 April at St John's College. The event will offer a 'taster' of CODEC’s new MA in Digital Theology. Booking details for the Symposium can be found here

(8 Feb 2018) » More about A Digital Symposium


Stress Management Workshop

This workshop will take place on Monday, 26 March between 1.30pm and 4.30pm in the Old Library at Grey College. Places are limited so if you are interested please book as soon as possible. This workshop aims to help individuals understand stress, and why and how it can become a negative force. The ‘Stress CPR’ strategy delivered by the facilitator Dave Algeo, the ‘Stress(ed) Guru’, is a no nonsense approach to taking back control from stress. It will provide a wealth of tips and tactics to help reduce stress, manage pressure and improve wellbeing. Further details can be found at this link and bookings can be made via the Training Course Booking System.

(8 Feb 2018)


Call for participants

Hearing the Voice is looking for male participants to take part in an online study. Participants should be between 18 and 35 years of age and must be native English speakers with no diagnosis of a psychiatric or neurological disorder and have no history of uncorrectable hearing impairments. To take part please go to the online survey. Participation takes around 20 minutes. For further information please Dr Kaja Mitrenga.

(7 Feb 2018) » More about Call for participants


Invitation to help shape University's future growth

Staff and students are invited to ‘University and City: Growing together’, a community engagement event aimed at helping the University grow responsibly with its neighbours. The event will include presentations from the Vice-Chancellor, Durham County Council, Durham Constabulary and the City of Durham MP, and round-table discussion. It will be held at Durham Town Hall on Friday, 2 March from 4.30pm - 7pm. Refreshments will be served from 4.30pm and the event will start at 5pm. Entry is open to all, subject to the capacity of the venue. For more information, please click here

(7 Feb 2018)


Would you like some help to stop smoking?

Smokefreelife County Durham are in the Palatine Centre every Monday lunchtime until 9 April 2018 to provide advice and support to both staff and students who would like to stop smoking. If you are interested in accessing this free and confidential stop smoking service please drop in to the Student Support Hub in room PC063 anytime between 12 noon and 2pm. Smokefreelife provides a selection of stop smoking medications to help you lead a healthier and smoke-free lifestyle. It is an ‘e-cig’ friendly service and offers behavioural support. You are four times more likely to quit with an advisor, compared to quitting by yourself. For more information please contact Lynn Anderson lynn.anderson@durham.ac.uk

(2 Feb 2018)