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w/c 6 November 2017

Academic visitors

The University welcomes visiting Academics who may wish to come to Durham whilst on sabbatical to pursue independent research. The University has a process in place for departments to follow and this is available to view here. As a reminder, all visitors to the University from outside the EEA who require a visa/immigration stamp to enter the UK (unless coming for one day or less) under the Academic, Business or PPE visitor routes are required to have an enhanced eligibility check when they arrive and before they perform any work if applicable under the terms of their visa. If you have any questions please contact

(10 Nov 2017)

Blogging for Impact

Professor Colin Talbot, Cambridge University, will give this lecture on Wednesday, 29 November at 1.30pm in the Holgate Room, Grey College. Professor Talbot was the founding Director of the Policy@Manchester network, and a former advisor to both the Treasury and Public Administration Select Committees. If you would like to attend this event please register here.

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ESRC Impact Acceleration Account call for expressions of interest - Deadline Thursday, 30 November

The ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Fund is available to Durham academics and independent researchers to help develop impact from their research. Demand for ESRC IAA grants has been extremely high since the fund was launched in 2014, and it is open to all researchers, regardless of discipline and/or the origin of the original research funding, providing the proposed impact activities align to the ESRC’s disciplinary remit of social science research as detailed in the Durham ESRC IAA Guidelines. Please note, it is planned to hold a further call in January but, in an effort to offer more help and support to those who would like to apply for IAA funding, we are currently seeking Expression of Interest (EoI) proposals from potential applicants for the January Call. This is to assist the scoping of IAA proposals, prior to a full application being made. Once the expressions of interest have been received, meetings and further discussions can be arranged prior to submission by the call deadline date.

(10 Nov 2017) » More about ESRC Impact Acceleration Account call for expressions of interest - Deadline Thursday, 30 November

Now live: New 'from' email address for the IT Service Desk

As of this week, emails that you receive in response to incidents and enquiries you raise via the IT Service Desk will come from You should still contact them using the but emails you receive from them will now come from the new address.

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Three Rivers Learning and Teaching Conference

The annual regional learning and teaching conference for next year will be on Friday, 6 July 2018 at Newcastle University and will focus on 'Sharing excellence in learning and teaching: supporting students and staff through good practice, innovation, and collaboration'. The call for papers will be released in the New Year, but for those wishing to attend, the date is now fixed. More details can be found here.

(10 Nov 2017)

Do you have a dog that needs some extra exercise?

Student Community Action (SCA) provide a free dog-walking service for any person in the local community who is unable or do not always have enough time to walk their dogs. All of our SCA volunteers are Durham University students and have been given training in dog-handling so your pet will be in good hands! The service extends accross both Durham City and Stockton so if you, or someone you know would benefit from this service, please contact Sarah and Nandini at

(9 Nov 2017)

Maiden Castle car park

Please note due to the high volume of traffic on BUCS Wednesdays the car park at Maiden Castle will be closed to all staff and students. This closure applies every Wednesday during Term 1 and Term 2. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any question please contact

(9 Nov 2017)

One-to-one consultation service

If you have students on your degree or other programmes who are struggling with their academic writing, or who you feel would benefit from additional academic writing support, you can advise them to book a one-to-one academic writing consultation with the English Language Centre's Academic Writing Unit. Students can have up to three 45 minute one-to-one consultations each term and these are generally based around an assignment submitted by the student for discussion. This is not an editing or proofreading service but provides individually focused academic writing tuition. Consultations can be booked at the consultations service webpage.

(9 Nov 2017)

Police availability/safety and social responsibility messages

Durham Police University Liaison Officer (DPULO), Rebecca Carey, is extending her availability for private one to one or small group meetings in the Palatine Centre. She is now available on Thursdays between 1.30pm and 3.30pm in the Student Support Hub, PC063. Students may drop in or contact Rebecca in advance -

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Training in responding to Sexual Violence and Misconduct

Places are still available for training sessions on Sexual Violence and Misconduct: Awareness and Disclosure during November. The course is aimed at raising awareness of sexual violence issues, while highlighting how to respond to disclosures and signpost to relevant support, and is available to all staff. To book onto a course, please visit here.

(9 Nov 2017)

Arts of Breath

Arts of Breath is a series of lecture performances, organised by the Life of Breath research project, exploring the role of breath in poetry, fiction, singing, dance and visual art. The lecture series launches on Wednesday, 15 November at 6.15pm in ER142, Elvet Riverside 1. Professor David Fuller will examine Charles Olson’s breath-related theories of poetic structure and how these ideas were taken up by other poets, including William Carlos Williams. To celebrate the launch, this first event will be followed by a drinks reception. The lectures are free and all are welcome.

(8 Nov 2017) » More about Arts of Breath

Raptures of the Deep

Dive into the exhilarating and terrifying world of freediving! Join champion freediver Liv Philip and Durham researchers Rebecca Oxley and Arthur Rose to explore, through films and discussion, how it connects mind, body and breath. This event, which forms part of the 'Being Human Festival' will take place on Thursday, 23 November at 6.30pm in the TESTT Space, 25 North Road, Durham. Organised by the Life of Breath research project, places for the event are free but should be reserved here. Please contact for more information.

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International Engagement Grants Now Available

The International Office is currently accepting applications for International Engagement Grants of up to £2,000. Funds can be used to support inbound and outbound travel, subsistence, workshops, meetings and/or other activities intended to deepen relationships with partners in Europe, North America, and East Asia including Japan, China and Hong Kong. The deadline for applications is 8am on Monday, 4 December. For further information please see the International Office website.

(6 Nov 2017)

Launch of the Centre for Developmental Disorders - Public lecture

The Department of Psychology has recently established a new multi-disciplinary research 'Centre for Developmental Disorders' which will be officially launched on Wednesday, 22 November. As part of the launch a public lecture will be given by Professor Gaia Scerif from the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. This public lecture will take place in Room L50, Department of Psychology commencing at 6pm. All are welcome to attend. 

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October 2017 Senate Papers are now available

Following the changes to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the University’s governance committee business, and increase the transparency of key decision-making processes, the open internal papers and reports for October 2017 Senate are available to staff and students to view here. (University username and password required). Feedback and comments on this approach to enhancing transparency and openness regarding University governance are welcome, and should be emailed to John Marsh.

(6 Nov 2017)