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w/c 8 January 2018

DEI Public Lecture: The Role of Oil and Gas Tomorrow

This lecture led by Olaf Martins from the International Assocation of Oil & Gas Producers will take place on Wednesday, 24 January at 6pm in the Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre. The world’s population is growing. So is the need for energy. For heat. For light. For transport. For food and water. And for industry, which makes those things you want and need. But, will we have enough energy? Will we be able to provide it in a sustainable way? Which energy sources will help us to bridge security of supply, affordability and environmental and climate concerns? What will the role of oil and gas be in 2040? For more information about this event please contact dei.admin@durham.ac.ukRegistration is essential for name badges and catering.

 

(15 Jan 2018)


Changes to Bill Bryson Library Opening hours - Epiphany term

The Bill Bryson Library will close every day at 10pm from Saturday, 13 January, with staffed service finishing at 9.30pm. This change is due to operational issues, and the Library apologises for any inconvenience that this may cause during the first few weeks of term. The Bill Bryson Library will be open 24/7 from Monday, 12 February to Monday 19 March. Staffed services will again cease by 9.30pm and security staff will be on duty overnight.

(12 Jan 2018)


Christian Staff Prayer Group

A prayer group for Christian members of University staff meets fortnightly at St Mary's College Chapel. Meetings are on Tuesday lunchtimes, from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Future meetings will be held on 16 January and 30 January, 13 February and 27 February and 13 March and 27 March. For more information please email mark.a.tallentire@durham.ac.uk.

(12 Jan 2018)


DEI Public Lecture: Gannet - A Story of Recovery

This lecture led by Cliff Lovelock, Senior Production Geologist at Shell UK Exploration & Production Ltd will take place on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 at 6pm in the Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Palatine Centre. After some challenging years which saw pipeline integrity issues and pig transmission difficulties, Gannet Alpha is back in production and proving its worth as one of Shell Expro’s most prolific UK assets. Further information and how to register can be found here.

(12 Jan 2018)


DEI Seminar Series

The next seminar entitled 'The role of nuclear reactor technology on the development of the nuclear industry and decision making in the context of the energy crisis and price fluctuations of the 1970s and 1980s' will take palce on Thursday, 25 January at 1pm in ES231, Arthur Holmes Building. This presentation led by Duncan Connors will focus on economic decision making in the nuclear industry during the petroleum crisis of 1973 and 1979 and the fall in oil prices in 1986. More information can be found here.

(12 Jan 2018)


Durham Castle Lecture

This lecture, entitled 'Is Multiculturalism Dead?' will be led by Professor Christian Joppke, Professor of Sociology at the University of Bern on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 at 8pm in the Senate Room, Durham Castle. Doors open from 7.30pm with the lecture commencing at 8pm. This lecture is free and open to all. You do not need a ticket or reservation. Seats are first come, first served. Please contact castle.lectures@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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Effectiveness Review of Boards of Studies

Staff and students are invited to engage with the Effectiveness Review which is jointly led by the University Secretary and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost by providing a response to the online consultation that is taking place during the Evidence Gathering stage of the Review. Your submission will be anonymous. It you have any queries regarding the Effectiveness Review, please contact john.marsh@durham.ac.uk.

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Elvet Riverside Lifts

Please note that the two lifts which service the rear block of Elvet Riverside 1 and the upper floors of the Elvet Riverside 2 buildings are both out of order. The Estates and Facilities maintenance staff are working with the University lift maintenance contractor to get these two lifts back in operation as soon as possible and, whilst they cannot say for certain, it is hoped that they will be back in operation by the middle of the week commencing 15 January. The relevant departments, including central timetabling and student disability support, are aware of the situation and are considering the impact of this disruption. Estates and Facilities apologise for any inconvenience caused and can assure you that they are doing all they can to resolve the situation in a timely manner. For further information please contact paul.elliott@durham.ac.uk on ext 46038.

(12 Jan 2018)


Language courses commencing next week

The Centre for Foreign Language Study’s January course programme begins next week. Courses are available from Beginner to Higher Advanced levels across 16 different languages. All are open to staff, students and members of the public (for a fee). There is still time to register, please see the website for full details.

(12 Jan 2018)


My Durham prize draw winners announced

All staff who registered with the My Durham benefits package by 15 December 2017 were entered into a prize draw. The lucky winners of this prize draw are:

  • 1st prize A Kindle Fire - Hannah Finney
  • 2nd prize £30 shopping vouchers - Pauline Edmondson
  • 3rd prize £20 shopping vouchers- Sam Nolan

Congratulations to the winners, and hopefully all staff continue to enjoy the benefits on offer at My Durham. If you haven’t already registered you can do so at www.mydurhambenefits.co.uk. Registration is quick and easy – all you will need is your university email address. Log in and start saving now!

(12 Jan 2018)


New University Information Governance webpages

The University’s Information Management, Data Protection and Freedom of Information webpages have been relocated under a new umbrella webpage called ‘Information Governance’, which can be accessed here. The pages contain policy, guidance and resources, such as information about our off-campus records storage contract, guidance on protecting personal data and details of how we handle subject access requests and Freedom of Information requests. They also host the master copies of the University’s Records Retention Schedule and Publication Scheme.

(12 Jan 2018)


Reminder: ESRC Impact Acceleration Account - Call for Applications

A reminder that the Durham ESRC Impact Acceleration Fund is now open for applications, and the deadline has been extended to 5pm on Wednesday 31 January 2018. If you have any queries regarding this call, or the Durham ESRC IAA fund in general, please get in touch with elaine.grieveson@durham.ac.uk.

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Research & Innovation Services - Library of Successful Proposals

Research and Innovation Services has created a ‘Library of Successful Proposals’ that contain examples of successful research funding applications from Durham University. Academics writing funding applications, who would like to see a successful proposal, should speak to their Research Grants and Contracts Officer or Research Development Manager, who will be able to provide access to suitable proposals. Contact details are available here.

(12 Jan 2018)


Research Seminar: Subgroup Analysis of Free School Meal Pupils in Educational Trials

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 at 1pm in ED 130 at the School of Education. The seminar will be led by Dr ZhiMin Xiao and Professor Steve Higgins from the School of Education. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact ed.finres@durham.ac.uk.

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St Mary's College footpath diversion

The pedestrian route between St Mary’s College and South Road has been diverted to allow construction of the Centre for Teaching and Learning. From Monday, 15 January, an alternative route will be available, past the Fergusson Building and Teikyo University of Japan in Durham.

(12 Jan 2018)


Car Parking Permits

Please note, this is a reminder to all staff that old, pink windscreen parking permits are no longer valid and so, to avoid risk of a car parking ticket, please ensure you are now displaying a new, green permit with the correct registration on. With immediate effect, there will also be a change to the hanger-style car parking permits. In addition to the pink car parking permits for visitors, we will be introducing green ‘Change of Vehicle’ permits, and orange ‘Temporary Staff’ permits. This will provide additional clarity for both staff members and security. Please note that old pink hanger permits with ‘Temporary Staff’ and ‘Change of Vehicle’ labels will still be valid.

(11 Jan 2018)


Durham World Heritage Site lecture series 2018 - Inaugural Lecture

Martin Roberts will launch the first event in the 2018 series with his lecture entitled 'Landscapes of Supply: the Medieval Granges of Durham Cathedral Priory' on Wednesday, 24 January at 6pm in room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green. This lecture is free to all but places are limited. Please confirm your attendance by emailing raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion e-Learning

A new online e-learning course, 'Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' is now available on duo under the 'My Organisations & Online Training' section of the homepage. The course is open to all staff and is designed to raise awareness of key aspects of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. It is delivered as a series of hapters which staff can work through at their own pace and convenience. All staff are encouraged to undertake the training and complete the self-declaration. If you have any questions relating to Equality and Diversity training, please email Michelle Taylor.

(11 Jan 2018)


Institute of Advanced Study - events taking place in Epiphany Term 2018

The Institute of Advanced Study has a wide variety of events for Epiphany Term including lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2017/18 ‘Structure’ programme. Most events, and in particular lectures, are free to attend and open to all.

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Public Lecture

Dr Nicole Reinhardt will give this lecture, entitled 'Sin, Confession and Politics: Royal Confessions in Seventeenth-Century Catholic Europe', as part of the Ushaw Lecture Series at Ushaw College on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 at 6pm. This lecture is organised by IMEMS (the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies) and the Centre for Catholic Studies. The lecture will start at 6pm,preceded by a drinks reception at 5.30pm. Transport is available between Durham City and Ushaw. This event is free of charge and all are welcome; registration is essential. More information and online registration are available here.

(11 Jan 2018)


Would you like some help to stop smoking in 2018?

Smokefreelife's outreach team will bring their mobile 'Stop Smoking Clinic' to the Calman Learning Centre on Tuesday, 16 January, Wednesday, 17 January and Thursday, 18 January from 10.30am until 2.30pm. The clinic is a free and confidential stop smoking service, available to both staff and students. If you have any questions please email lynn.anderson@durham.ac.uk.

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Alternative explanations for the teacher supply 'crisis'. What can be done?

This seminar led by Dr Beng Huat See will take place on Wednesday, 24 January at 1pm in ED 134 at the School of Education. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. For more information please contact ed.finres@durham.ac.uk.

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Breath in Vocal Technique

This lecture with classical singing teacher Miranda Wright and her vocal students illustrating breathing technique, breath focus and control with music ranging from intimate songs to a more operatic style will take place on Wednesday, 17 January at 6.15pm in the Prior's Hall, Durham Cathedral. There is no need to book and all are welcome. For more information please contact sarah.mclusky@durham.ac.uk.

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IHRR Workshop - Ethical dilemmas in practice

This workshop will take place on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 between 2pm and 4pm at the Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College. Ethical considerations are a fundamental part of research and scholars often grapple with how to ethically shape and engage their work. At times, it can be difficult to understand how to proceed. In this workshop, scholars from different departments will share ethical dilemmas they encounter. If you are interested in attending, please register by email to ihrr.admin@durham.ac.uk by Wednesday, 24 January giving your name and department,including any special dietary requirements you have.

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Dante for the Modern Reader

To complement Palace Green Library’s new exhibition 'Hell, Heaven and Hope: A Journey through life and the afterlife with Dante', IMEMS is offering a series of public engagement lectures. The first of the series is 'Dante for the Modern Reader' presented by Peter Hainsworth (Emeritus Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford) and David Robey (Digital Humanities Consultant at the Oxford e-Research Centre) on Wednesday, 17 January at 6pm in the Palace Green Library Learning Centre. Tickets for the lecture, wine reception, and tour of the exhibition 'Hell, Heaven and Hope: A Journey through life and the afterlife with Dante' will cost £12.50. Please note that booking is essential.

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