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6 November 2020

'Your Actions, Your University'

Our new information campaign ensures students and staff understand the current guidelines on stopping the spread of Coronavirus and the importance of adhering to those messages. Find out more and watch the video on our website.

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A Collaborative Exploration: Social Sciences in Action

As part of the 2020 ESRC Festival of Social Science, we are hosting a fast-paced online workshop to bring social science researchers and businesses together to explore collaborative opportunities.

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Careers & Enterprise - Laidlaw Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Careers & Enterprise is once again offering 25 scholarships for undergraduate students to develop their research and leadership skills alongside their degree studies this year. This two year programme offers students a £6,000 stipend to support their scholarship activity as well as additional funding to help with travel expenses and some additional research costs. Supported by a member of academic staff, all scholars conduct one self-defined summer research project in their first year of the programme and in their second summer complete a project which will develop their leadership skills in an immersive environment (alongside a leadership training programme).

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Caring for Covid - our research response

Join our panel of researchers and professional support staff as they share their experiences of coming together to combat the challenges of Covid-19. In this one hour Zoom session, we’ll cover the role of university research and development in response to emergencies, what we learnt from the pandemic and how we hope to make a difference going forward. This event is part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Sciences. Sign-up here.

(6 Nov 2020)

Conflicts of Interest and personal relationships

The University has an obligation to manage any conflicts of interest, or perceived conflicts of interest. Guidance exists to help staff to avoid actual, perceived or potential conflicts of interest and misuse of authority, and also serves to protect members of staff in personal relationships from allegations of bias, conflict of interest or impropriety. You can find out more here.

(6 Nov 2020)

Digital Learning Special Interest Group events

The Digital Learning SIG is continuing to host live events on practice in online and blended learning throughout the academic year. Everyone who teaches is welcome to join, and can watch recordings of previous sessions as well as participate in new events.

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Festival of Social Sciences

The ESRC Festival of Social Science is an annual, week-long series of engagement events held across the UK, running 7-15 November, with the purpose of promoting and increasing awareness of social science and the ESRC’s research through research and impact events aimed at non-academic audiences.

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Flood Action Campaign

There are 5.2 million homes and businesses in England at risk of flooding. Don’t assume it's not you. Whether you live on a hill, in a flat or in an area that's never flooded before, flooding can still affect you, putting your home, your possessions and your family at risk. Knowing what to do in a flood could save your life. Know how to Prepare. Act. Survive.

(6 Nov 2020)

Important information for Current EU/EEA Staff and the impact of Covid-19

The following information is important for EU/EEA staff that have left the UK to work remotely during the pandemic and EU/EEA staff who have commenced employment with Durham but who currently live outside of the UK.

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January 2021 Masters campaign from the Business School

The Business School is now well into its five-month marketing campaign to recruit to its suite of six Masters programmes starting January 2021 – a new additional start date recently added in response to market changes resulting from the pandemic.

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New training session – Confident wellbeing conversations for managers

In collaboration with Occupational Health HR-OD is offering a new virtual workshop designed to equip managers and team leaders with an appreciation of the benefits of having wellbeing conversations, provide a practical structured approach to managing the interaction, and recognise what signposting and/or referral may be appropriate. Workshops start from next week. For further information about the workshop, please visit our webpage.

(6 Nov 2020)

Oracle Expenses

We would like to make you aware that previous issues with the Oracle Expenses module have now been resolved and the module is fully functional again.

(6 Nov 2020)

Recruitment of three Co-Directors

Please note the deadline for applications for the three Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing Co-Director posts has been extended to the 2 December to ensure that we have achieved diversity in our applicant pool. Please do share this advert with colleagues whom you feel may be interested in this exciting opportunity to work within a Research Institute and shape future Interdisciplinary health and wellbeing research at Durham University. You can find details of the posts here.

(6 Nov 2020)

Research participation opportunity

Full and part-time UK workers aged 18+ are wanted for an online study on workplace experiences, connectedness and well-being during the Covid-19 pandemic. This survey should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. The survey can be accessed here. For more information, please email the researcher

(6 Nov 2020)

Research Supervisor required for Laidlaw Scholarship Programme

We are looking for a member of academic staff to supervise one of our undergraduate Laidlaw scholars for the remaining summer of their Laidlaw Scholarship. Our scholar has already completed one summer of research with the Laidlaw Research and Leadership Programme, and has dedicated a huge amount of her personal time to her research project so far with excellent results. She has funding to support her work, and a further fund to support travel to Argentina to enrich her study next summer if this is possible.

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The Office 365 project team is here not just for the Faculties but everyone

As we head back into a month-long national lockdown, the way we work, teach and learn may change once again. Here in the Office 365 adoption programme team, we want to let you know that we’re here to support you. The project team is currently engaged with the Faculties and have created these sessions for those in the Faculties who want to learn more about the amazing Microsoft 365 functionality. In the spirit of collaboration, we want to open this up to everyone during this challenging time.

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University Library and Collections - lockdown restrictions update

As we all start to understand the implications of the new lockdown restrictions announced on Saturday, we can happily reassure you that currently, these measures don’t affect any of the services being offered by our department. We will continue to support you by providing: 

  • access to pre-booked study spaces across several Covid-secure venues on campus and in the wider city 
  • our Browse and Borrow service from Bill Bryson Library, allowing you pre-booked time to borrow items you require 
  • a wide range of online resources, with over 400,000 ebooks and around 20,000 ejournals
  • specialist support from our Faculty Librarians
  • support and information from our friendly and approachable staff through our Virtual Enquiry Desk
  • our 24/7 Live Chat service allows you to get in touch with the Library for support any time, day or night
  •  the Bill Bryson Library remains open 22/7 and there is University researcher and teaching access to our museum collections and archives and special collections.

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