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Internal Communications

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7 December 2018

Careers & Enterprise on Facebook and Twitter

The Careers & Enterprise service actively shares a range of useful information on social media for students and graduates of Durham University. This includes anything from work experience opportunities to competitions to awards and events on campus for students to learn more about employers and careers in different sectors. Like or follow @careersatdurham on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about what we offer.

(7 Dec 2018)

Christmas vacation at the Library

Term is almost over and Christmas vacation is near. Make sure you know all you need about borrowing and returns during the vacation period from Saturday, 15 December 2018 to Sunday, 13 January 2019. If you are borrowing items over the Christmas vacation, remember that your books are not due during the Christmas closure, from Saturday, 22 December to Wednesday, 2 January. However, items can be due on Wednesday, 2 January 2019 and three day loans still have to be renewed every three days. Please also consider that your items can be recalled at any time. For more detail, please visit the website.

(7 Dec 2018)

Council Member Appointments

Joe Docherty, Chair of Council and Jennifer Sewel, University Secretary are delighted to advise you of the appointment of four new members to the University Council. These appointments follow the completion of terms of appointment of Richard Burge, Fiona Ellis and Andrew Mitchell and staff member Clare McGlynn. The new lay (external) members are:

  • Jonathan Bewes,Vice Chair of Corporate & Institutional Banking for Europe at Standard Chartered PLC
  • Kay Boycott, Chief Executive of Asthma UK
  • and Terry Toney, Head of Global Business Development at the British Council until his retirement in August 2018. 

The new staff member is Dr Amir Michael, Associate Professor (Teaching) in Accounting at Durham University Business School. Further information is available from or on the website

(7 Dec 2018)

Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know … there are lots of ways to stay ‘green’ over the festive period? So let's not make our buildings work hard when we are off on holiday. Read the green Christmas tips available on the Greenspace website

(7 Dec 2018)

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) survey on racial harassment

The EHRC has launched an inquiry to understand the types of racial harassment experienced at publicly funded higher education institutions, such as universities. They would like to hear from staff and students who have experienced, witnessed or helped in an incident of racial harassment from September 2015 onwards. They would also want to hear from staff and students if they have other information relevant to this inquiry. The survey will close on Friday, 15 February 2019 at 11.59pm. The EHRC aims to publish their inquiry report by autumn 2019. You can access the survey here.

(7 Dec 2018)

Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - final events of Michaelmas Term 2018

The Institute of Advanced Study has offered a wide variety of events this term. The final events of Michaelmas are noted via the link below. Events such as public lectures are free and open to all to attend. Other events may require registration.

(7 Dec 2018) » More about Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - final events of Michaelmas Term 2018

Language courses commencing January 2019

The Centre for Foreign Language Study’s programme of evening courses, commencing January 2019, is now open for registration. Fourteen languages are available at a range of levels from Beginners to Higher Advanced. All are open to Durham University staff, students and members of the public for a fee. Please see the website for further details. 

(7 Dec 2018)

The Pleasures and Pains of Collecting

To mark the 50th anniversary of the acquisition of the Malcolm Macdonald collection of Chinese ceramics at the Oriental Museum, we are delighted to launch a new book entitled 'The Pleasures and Pains of Collecting'. The book is available for sale from the Oriental Museum, priced £12 in hardback. It will also be available to purchase online from the Durham University Shop

(7 Dec 2018) » More about The Pleasures and Pains of Collecting

Finance Transformation information 'lunch and learn' session

The next session will take place on Wednesday, 19 December. This is an introduction to new dashboard reporting for departments. Finance will be running a similar session in the new year, but if you are able to make it before Christmas please sign up here. Further information can be found on the website.

(5 Dec 2018)

Staff attendance at Winter Congregation

Staff wishing to attend Winter Congregation may request to join the staff procession or to book tickets for the reserved seating area using the online form by Sunday, 16 December. There are also still vacancies for marshals - if you are able to assist on either day, please email

(5 Dec 2018)

The most musical time of the year

Did you know that Music Durham has a spectacular array of concerts scheduled right up until the end of term? With a huge range to choose from, and many events with a Christmas twist, there's something for everyone. Read concert previews, check the full listings, and purchase tickets on the Music Durham website.

(5 Dec 2018)

Classics Society Talk: 'Poets and Lawmakers from Hesiod to Ovid'

Durham University Classics Society is delighted to announce that Dr Ioannis Ziogas will be giving this talk on Tuesday, 11 December at 7.30pm in the Ritson Room, Department of Classics and Ancient History. This interdisciplinary talk is open to all; and law, literature, and history students are particularly encouraged to attend. For more information and the abstract, please see the event on the society's Facebook page

(23 Nov 2018)