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8 January 2021

'My Healthy Advantage' wellbeing app

For instant access to personalised Wellbeing support and advice download the ‘My Healthy Advantage’ app. The app, provided by the University Employee Assistance Programme, has been launched to provide easy access to enhanced wellbeing tools, including; wellbeing videos, weekly mood trackers, mini health checks, four weekly programmes and in the moment counselling support. For further information and log in details visit the Occupational Health website.

(8 Jan 2021)

An Introduction to Teaching and Learning Online

An Introduction to Teaching and Learning Online is a four-hour course, running over two weeks, that will help staff and PhD students who teach to understand what it is like to be a student in an online learning environment and to develop sessions that can be taught either face-to-face or online. The next run of the course will commence on 18 January and you can register here. Please register by 5pm on Tuesday 12 January to ensure your place.

(8 Jan 2021)

Car parking permits

The team that processes car parking permits is working remotely under the new government guidelines. Any new permits or change of vehicle requests will be processed however the new permit will not be issued until we are able to safely work back in the office. We ask you continue to show your valid permit at all times. Any queries please contact

(8 Jan 2021)

Christmas Wish Tree - a big thank you

We’re thrilled to announce that this year’s Christmas Wish Tree initiative has raised a combined total of over £1,300 between local charities – REfUSE and Children North East. We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the wish list funds, which will go on to provide much-needed support during these uncertain times.

(8 Jan 2021)

Coaching conversations

Coaching is proving uniquely beneficial to organisations as they respond to the changing working world; supporting individuals to adapt, grow and change, enhancing engagement and accountability and harnessing creativity and innovation in uncertain times. The HR OD team haw an exciting workshop running on 20 January 2021. For further information and to register for the workshop please follow the link here.

(8 Jan 2021)

Culture Healing Communities

Culture Healing Communities is a social enterprise created by two Durham graduates specialising in Community Heritage and Heritage at Risk, helping bring people together, feel pride in where they live and save stories, oral memories, objects, buildings and traditions. Find out more about their upcoming work on their Facebook page.

(8 Jan 2021)

Deadline for Honorary Degree nominations

The deadline for submitting honorary degree nominations (for conferral in 2022) is 18 January 2021. If you wish to submit a nomination please complete and send the honorary award nomination form to Any member of Durham University staff may submit a nomination, and nominations for female, BAME, LGBT+ or persons with disabilities are encouraged. Further information and the nomination form can be found here.

(8 Jan 2021)

Earn as you spend with the Spree Cashback Card

Through MyDurham, our employee benefits platform, eligible staff can use Spree Cards to earn cashback on everyday purchases at selected retailers including ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Argos and M&S. You can get your Spree Cashback Card at the discounted rate of £2.99 (usually £9.99) until 5 February 2021. Spree Cards are purchased through MyDurham, click here for more info on this special offer and to find out how to access MyDurham.

(8 Jan 2021)

Engaging students in online sessions webinar

The events of the last few months have resulted in much teaching, training and student development activity relocating to online platforms such as Collaborate Ultra, MS Teams or Zoom. However, if the value-added from a session is based on practice-sharing, discussion, or critical thinking, encouraging ‘participation’ and ‘engagement’ is a trickier proposition. Attend our 90-minute webinar/workshop on 20 January at 2pm to find out more.

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Evening language courses - last chance to register for January programme

The registration deadline for our Centre for Foreign Language Study’s January evening language courses is approaching. All courses commence over the next two weeks. For full course listings, including dates, times and fees, please visit our webpages.

(8 Jan 2021)

Feisty 50 Fitness Challenge

Are you ready to test your fitness? 2020 was a challenging year for us all, so let’s make sure we start 2021 off right. For the first time ever, we will be launching a six week Durham alumni fitness challenge. No matter who you are, where you’re at, whether you’re currently very active or are completely inactive, the aim is for each of us to do a little more to get a little fitter together. From 11 January to 19 February 2021, challenges will be released every Monday and Thursday.

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Institute of Advanced Study: Fellows and projects 2020/21

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its second cohort of 2020/21 Fellows. The Institute’s programme for visiting Fellows continues in virtual form in response to the global pandemic. Our Fellows’ lectures and seminars are scheduled across the term, and collaborators will develop virtual programmes of work during this time.

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Italian language course for beginners at St John's College

Our Italian language course for beginners will run online on Teams every Friday, 7pm-7.55pm, for six weeks starting 15 January 2021. The teacher is a native Italian speaker, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with a PG-cert in Academic Practice and with years’ experience in teaching and the sessions will be highly interactive. All fees will be donated to support St John’s College and its activities during the pandemic.

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Oracle Learning Cloud arrives 19 January

Before the winter break we announced that we are in the process of replacing the staff training course booking system and the use of Duo for staff training. This will see us introduce the Oracle Learning Cloud application of the Oracle portal. We're delighted to now confirm that we will launch the first phase of Oracle Learning Cloud from 19 January. We will gradually be increasing the catalogue of courses available and you will eventually be able to book onto staff training courses here instead of using the training course booking system. 

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Respect Oversight Group members appointed

The Selection Panel to choose the members of the Respect Oversight Group (ROG) met twice during November. The Panel was delighted that a good cross section of University members had shown an interest in being part of the ROG. We look forward to working with the Respect Working Group in taking forward the recommendations of the Commission and will be updating on this work further in 2021.

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Update to managed windows machines

Next week CIS will begin updating all University managed Windows 10 staff devices to Windows 10 2004. The update will install in the background like all Microsoft updates, however it will require a longer reboot to complete. Please note that this reboot can take between 10 and 30 minutes depending on your computer’s performance. You will be prompted when the reboot is required and we recommend you choose to suspend the reboot until a convenient time such as a lunch break or when you finish work for the day.

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Wellbeing Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

All Professional Services staff are supported to undertake 21 hours of CPD (pro rata) per year, consider using some of this time towards accessing development to support your Wellbeing. A range of workshops is being offered by the HR-OD Team that support wellbeing including Developing Personal Resilience and Stress Management. Take a look at the Wellbeing Hub for further resources and support that includes Wellbeing webinars and further reading.

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