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7 February 2020

'The Staircase's' David Rudolf - Live Q&A

Durham Students' Union and native present this Q&A session on Tuesday 11 February at 7pm in The Ballroom, Durham Students' Union. Tickets from £7 are on sale here

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AEA Open Meeting

A second meeting of the AEA regarding the Lecture Capture Policy will be held 1pm - 2pm on 12 February 2020 in D110 (Dawson Building).

(7 Feb 2020) » More about AEA Open Meeting

Brexit updates

Further to the Vice-Chancellor's message last week, we are continuing to update our Brexit web pages with the latest information for staff and students. The Brexit web pages for staff offer information on the EU Settlement Scheme and research funding, along with communications to staff.

(7 Feb 2020)

Castle Theatre Company presents: Measure for measure

Come along to the Assembly Rooms Theatre between 13 - 15 February for the production of 'Measure for measure'. Tickets can be purchased here

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Creativity in Assessment

Dr Steven Bradley will be presenting on 'Creativity in Assessment: Diversity and Divergence' at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Forum on Thursday 27 February. The session will be held in TLC 205, commencing with lunch at 1pm and concluding by 2pm. Please book your place via the Training Course Booking System (course number SD362) by 14 February.

(7 Feb 2020) » More about Creativity in Assessment

Dialogue 66 - out now

Our latest edition of Dialogue magazine is out now, so why not have a read here?

(7 Feb 2020)

Durham University Folk Society

Want to try social folk dance from traditions across the UK? Fancy a fabulous evening full of fun, dancing and live music? Come to our Ceilidh, 7pm - 10pm Sunday 16 February in the Fonteyn Ballroom, Durham Students' Union. All are welcome - students and non-students, experts and complete beginners. We'll teach you on the spot.

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Durham's Got Talent competition

Can you sing like Mariah Carey? Do you own a dancing dog? Durham Students' Union is looking for performers of all kinds for our upcoming Durham’s Got Talent competition. Successful applicants will perform in front of a huge audience on Wednesday 4 March and compete to win £500. Both staff and students can enter. Apply here by midnight on 9 February. If you have any questions, please email

(7 Feb 2020)

EU Citizen information

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can protect your rights by applying to the EU Settlement Scheme to stay in the UK. You do not need to apply if you are a British or Irish citizen, or you have indefinite leave to remain or enter. The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021.

(7 Feb 2020) » More about EU Citizen information

February's Community Newsletter out now

February's Community Newsletter is out now, featuring Lunar New Year celebrations, our visit from Universities Minister Chris Skidmore, and this month's theatrical highlights. Read the Community Newsletter here. Anyone can sign up to receive the Community Newsletter here. If you have something you'd like included, please email:

(7 Feb 2020)

Liberate My Library

We have wonderful collections across Durham’s libraries and museums but we want to make our collections even more diverse. This February we are working with Durham Students' Union to encourage students and staff to recommend items that will increase the diversity of the library’s collections. To get involved pick up a card at any of our libraries or museums or go online to the website

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Library online services disrupted Thursday 13 February

Access to many Library online services will be disrupted on Thursday 13 February between 6am and 9am to enable routine maintenance. The affected services are any e-resource accessed via the Library website, Discover or the Library catalogue – and also Durham Research Online (DRO) and Durham e-Theses.

(7 Feb 2020)

New dangerous phishing campaign related to Coronavirus

We’re aware that there is a new malicious phishing campaign targeting people around the world. It is a highly dangerous attempt, and like all phishing emails, we strongly recommend you not to open the email or its attachments. We understand the emails use the fear of the outbreak and claim to offer advice on protective safety measures to entice users to open them and any enclosed attachments. If you receive an email about the Coronavirus from an unknown source, please use the “Report Message” button in the top right corner of Outlook to report it, or alternatively forward to, and then delete the email. 

(7 Feb 2020) » More about New dangerous phishing campaign related to Coronavirus

Participants needed

The Department of Psychology is working with Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust to carry out a survey on climate change as part of a research project, and we’d love to hear your feedback, with the chance to win a £50 shopping gift card as a thank you. This survey will take only around five minutes of your time, and you can complete the survey here.

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Public Moon watch event

Come along to the Botanic Garden and see the moon through our telescopes set up on the lawns. On the evening of Monday 2 March the moon shows a half phase, which is a nice opportunity to see features like craters, seas and mountain ranges in full detail. Organised by Durham Astronomical Society, this is a great opportunity to view the moon in all its glory. The event starts at 7pm and finishes at 9pm. Suitable for all ages. Book here

(7 Feb 2020)

Restaurant discounts with My Durham

If you're eating out this month, be sure to look at the discounts available on My Durham, including up to 10 per cent off at Ask Italian, Pizza Express and Zizzi. Vouchers can generally be used alongside any restaurant offers and discounts to save you even more. Not a member of My Durham? Email to check your eligibility and find out more.

(7 Feb 2020)

Soul Food: Jazz fundraiser

Soul Food is back! An evening of food, drink, and music to heal the soul during another summative season. All in aid of Durham University Student Volunteering and Outreach, with all proceeds going towards the running of the fantastic work done by our students in the wider community. Buy your tickets here.

(7 Feb 2020)

UCEA's offer on contractual arrangements

Please click on the link to read UCEA’s leaftlet which summarises the offer passed to the trade unions on 27 January. The proposals present both institutional expectations and sector-level actions focusing on three important areas of employment raised in UCU’s dispute: contractual arrangements; workload and mental health; and gender pay gap and ethnicity pay.

(7 Feb 2020)

University representatives needed on external committees

We are seeking experienced and committed individuals to be the University's nominees on either the Northumbrian Universities Military Education Committee (NUMEC) or the Council of Governors for South Tees NHS Trust.

(7 Feb 2020) » More about University representatives needed on external committees

Would you know what to do?

At any time, somebody you know, work with, teach, or care about could disclose to you that they have been the victim of sexual harassment or abuse. If they do, then how you respond in the moment that follows matters a great deal. We run free training courses to help students and staff to understand how best to respond if someone discloses to them. For dates and times, please see web pages

(7 Feb 2020)

Don't miss...

  • Come along to the Annual Hatfield Lecture on Tuesday 25 February at 6pm, Elvet Riverside room 201. The lecture entitled 'Climate Change. The challenge of our time: from policy to personal action' will be given by Hatfield alumnus James Close. To book your place please visit here
  • Norman Cornish: Collecting Memories is a workshop for visitors to the Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks. Saturday 8 February 2020, 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Free event, register here.
  • Don't Bother by Bróccán Tyzack-Carlin: A stand-up poetry show about dead rabbits, chocolate and nostalgia, coming to the Assembly Rooms on Sunday 16 February. Tickets available here.

(31 Jan 2020)