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Durham University

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6 September 2019

Brand Identity - Creative Brief

To enable us to support you, we have a new process for commissioning work with our design partners. Before approaching a creative partner please complete a creative brief with clear aims and objectives and send it to for review. We will then support you through the process to production. More information on working with our framework partners can be found here.

(6 Sep 2019)

Community Newsletter out now

The latest edition of our Community Newsletter is out now, full of news and information about our community-focused work. Read all about it! If you have an item you'd like included in the Newsletter, please email You can sign up to receive the Newsletter here.

(6 Sep 2019)

Durham University Learning and Teaching Conference 2019

This conference entitled 'Re-imagining the Curriculum' will be taking place on Monday, 9 September across the Calman Learning Centre and Durham Law School. The Conference is fully subscribed, but to place your name on the waiting list in case a place becomes available last minute, please visit here.

(6 Sep 2019) » More about Durham University Learning and Teaching Conference 2019

Durham University Men's Staff Football Club

Training for the men’s staff football club takes place Wednesdays from 6.45pm to 8pm on the 3G pitch at Maiden Castle. We also have two 11-a-side teams participating in the inter-college leagues in term time. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome and we hope to see some new faces soon whether it's just to meet new people, train or play for one of our teams this up and coming season. For further information, please email

(6 Sep 2019)

Impact and Engagement Awards 2019

The Durham University Impact and Engagement Prize 2019 recognises and celebrates excellence in impact beyond academia. The deadline for applications is Monday, 16 September 2019. For more information and for the application form and guidance notes, please visit the website.

(6 Sep 2019) » More about Impact and Engagement Awards 2019

Important pension information sessions for USS members

We have invited Mercer, independent specialists in HE sector pensions, to deliver information sessions on two important aspects of pension planning: an update on the latest developments in the USS Valuation and what this may mean to members and an information session for higher earners (c£65K plus) on Pensions Taxation Allowances. These sessions are open to all current and prospective USS members and will take place on 11 and 26 September. If you wish to attend please use the online training booking system to book your place. Spaces are first come first served based on room capacity. If you have any questions, please email

(6 Sep 2019) » More about Important pension information sessions for USS members

Looking for participants

A research group in the Department of Psychology is looking for adult participants to carry out a computer-based task to help Derek the Dragon find his favourite sweets. The study takes 1-1.5 hours and participants will be paid £8 per hour. If you are interested in taking part, and have normal/corrected to normal vision and normal colour vision (which will be screened prior to testing), please email

(6 Sep 2019)

National pay negotiations

Following the conclusion of national pay negotiations, Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association (UCEA) has advised employers to implement the final pay offer which will be applied to September salaries and backdated to 1 August 2019. Further information, including a copy of the staff communication regarding this matter, can be found here.

(6 Sep 2019)

Participants needed for focus group on friendships

Researchers in the Department of Psychology are recruiting autistic young adults (18-25 years old) to a focus group on friendships and social interactions. The focus group will take place in the Department of Psychology and will involve activity-based discussion on friendships and social experiences. We will also conduct individual mini-interviews which can take place in person or over skype / telephone. Costs to attend will be reimbursed. Please share this information widely. For further information, please email

(6 Sep 2019)

Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Funder visit

Mark Thomson, Executive Chair, and Natalie Bealing, Head of Stakeholder Engagement at STFC, will be visiting the University on Thursday, 19 September. As part of their visit they will deliver an open information session to the academic community and provide an update on STFC’s activities, including their recently published Delivery Plan 2019 and future opportunities, followed by Q & A. The session will take place in Lecture Theatre PH30, Department of Physics, 12.45pm – 1.45pm. If you would like to attend the session please register here by Friday, 13 September. If you have any queries, please email

(6 Sep 2019)

Staff volunteers needed to assist Tiny Lives

Tiny Lives, a charity supporting premature and sick newborn babies and their families on the Neonatal Unit at the RVI hospital in Newcastle, is looking for volunteers to help them sort through their baby and toddler clothes for their Nearly New Sale taking place in September. Volunteers are needed on Thursday, 12 September at their site in High Heaton for as long or as little as possible. If you still have staff volunteering hours left to take, this would be a great opportunity. Please email if you would like to get involved.

(6 Sep 2019)

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship Programme 2020

Expressions of interest are sought from academic staff wishing to supervise a student on this programme over one or two consecutive summer research experiences. Previous Laidlaw Supervisors - please note changes have been made to the previous programme. Students will have three options for the second year of the scholarship which means that only a limited number will carry out two periods of research with you. Academic staff who would like to put forward projects are asked to send their name, department and a paragraph outlining the research area to by Friday 4 October 2019.

(6 Sep 2019) » More about The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship Programme 2020

Winter is coming

The seasons are changing, soon we will be putting on the layers and saying goodbye to our floral dresses and summer shorts for a while. As it's Second Hand September, whilst you’re packing away your summer clothes or organising your wardrobe, look out for items you don’t wear. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember to take your unwanted clothes to the charity shop, so why not book a collection with EnviroClothes and receive up to 50p per kg? 

(6 Sep 2019)

Want to play football?

Would you like to play football? We have booked one of the football pitches at Maiden Castle for the next six weeks on a Wednesday night between 8pm-9pm and are looking for a team that could play against our weight loss team. If you are interested in setting up a team to play us one Wednesday night, or even just to come down and make up the numbers, then please get in touch or meet us outside the entrance to the sports centre at Maiden Castle at 7.45pm on a Wednesday night. Everyone is welcome, men or women, and the cost is only £2. For more information please email

(30 Aug 2019)