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7 May 2020

Access to digitised reading list material

Thanks to temporary changes from the Copyright Licensing Agency, it may be possible to provide increased digitised access to some of the material on your reading list through the University Library and Collections digitisation service. If you would like us to investigate whether specific items on your reading lists can be made available under these changes, please email the details to Please only send items on reading lists for Easter Term 2020 as we are required to remove any material added under these changes after 30 June 2020 at the latest. You can find out more about these changes on our website.

(7 May 2020)

Durham physicist elected to Learned Society

Professor Ifan Hughes, a member of the QLM research group in our Department of Physics, has been elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. You can read the full details here.

(7 May 2020)

Government update on Covid-19

In the coming days, we are anticipating that the government will lay out plans to ease the lockdown in the UK. Our response to Covid-19 will continue to be guided by government advice and next week we will carefully consider the implications that any updated advice may have on our colleagues and students. In the coming weeks, we will begin to layout our own plans for the weeks and months ahead, and we will continue to update you regularly. For now, please continue to follow government advice and do not return to University buildings unless you have been given permission to do so. 

(7 May 2020)

Liberate My Library

We have wonderful collections across Durham's libraries and museums, but we want to make our collections even more diverse. Are there works created by, or representing people, within LGBT+ communities you would like to see on the shelves of our library? What about works relating to the experiences of BAME or disabled communities? How about issues of gender and identity? To get involved complete the online form and we will do our best to buy it. Of course, to ensure you are able to access them, we are only buying books in electronic format at the moment.

(7 May 2020)

May's Community Newsletter out now

May’s Community Newsletter is out now, featuring a brand new online theatre festival, two exciting sporting announcements and an update on how we’re continuing to support the national and international effort to defeat Covid-19. 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 May 2020)

Meeting of University Council

Council met on Tuesday 28 April. The main item of business was discussion of an update from the Executive on Covid-19 including Financial and Educational Impact. Council also received an initial response to the Durham Students’ Union Assembly motion on institutional disablism, an update on decolonising the curriculum, and assurance reports for 2018/19 in relation to student complaints, non-academic misconduct cases, academic appeals and also cases of academic misconduct. Further information is available from the University Secretary at

(7 May 2020)

More Books

Is there a book you need? Something to help with an essay or dissertation, a new book in your research area or even a book that’s already in the Library but only available in print? If so, tell us through our More Books form and we will do our best to buy it. Of course, to ensure you are able to access them, we are only buying books in electronic format at the moment.

(7 May 2020)

Online survey on family life and mental wellbeing

A team of researchers at the Department of Sociology is inviting participants to complete an online survey on how the lockdown may have affected relations among family members and their mental wellbeing. Click this link to learn more and participate. Your responses are much appreciated.

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P60 annual tax forms

P60 annual tax forms for the year 2019/20 are now available on the Oracle Cloud portal. The Oracle Cloud portal is available here. Instructions are also available here explaining how to set up remote access to the secure portal via MFA (multi factor authentication) for those staff who do have not already done so. 

(7 May 2020)

Remote Access service enhancements

CIS is pleased to announce the launch of MDS Remote and Access VPN as part of our Remote Access service. We are launching these services for University employed staff to provide improved access to network resources and systems (including J:/ and S:/ drives) when working off-campus. We urge all users of a managed Windows laptop (MDS) and users of Pulse Secure to start using the new services as soon as possible. Further details can be found here.

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