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8 November 2019

24 hours of football

Kicking off at 7pm on the 22 November, Collingwood College AFC is running a continuous 24-hour football match in aid of the Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation. The foundation seeks to change the lives of disadvantaged children through sport and has initiatives all over the world. All are welcome to play. If you are interested in getting involved in the match, please have a look at the Facebook page and click 'going' or 'interested'. Sign up will be available shortly.

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Conflicts of interest and personal relationships

The University has an obligation to manage any conflicts of interest, or perceived conflicts of interest. Guidance exists to help staff to avoid actual, perceived or potential conflicts of interest and misuse of authority, and also serves to protect members of staff in personal relationships from allegations of bias, conflict of interest or impropriety. You can find out more here.

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Cycle and footpaths to be improved in £8m investment

As a University, the safety of our students, staff, visitors and members of the public is of utmost importance to us. Work will soon begin on site on an £8m project to improve pedestrian and road user movement around our site, particularly around South Road and Hollingside Lane. Read on for more information.

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Cyclists - Be Seen, Be Safe!

A reminder to all cyclists that you must have and use your lights when cycling in the dark, both on the front and back of your bike. Now the clocks have changed and the long dark nights are drawing in, it is time to use your lights when cycling in the dark. It is actually the Law that all cyclists have appropriate lighting on their bikes at night.

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Don't miss our Technician Commitment launch event

The work of our technical staff is crucial to our ongoing success. That's why we've signed the Technician Commitment, a national scheme to ensure visibility, recognition, career development, and sustainability for technical staff working in higher education and research, across all disciplines. Read on for details of our launch event on Wednesday 20 November.

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Donate a gift and help to make Christmas morning special for a disadvantaged child

Cash for Kids’ ‘Mission Christmas’ appeal aims to raise money and donations for disadvantaged children who are at risk of not receiving a gift on Christmas Day. The appeal will launch on Monday 11 November and the Careers & Enterprise Centre is a registered collection point for Durham University. You are invited to donate new, unwrapped gifts of any value which would be suitable for children and young people aged 0-18 years. The deadline for donations is 5pm on Thursday 12 December. 

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Durham Code Club

Durham Code Club, a student volunteering project, offering free sessions teaching children aged eight and above to code. This is an exciting way for your child to learn a valuable skill. Sessions run every Wednesday between 6.30pm-7.30pm in Elvet Riverside 1. Contact codeclub.sca@durham.ac.uk for more information and to register your child.

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Durham University Writing Group

The next session will take place in the Horsfall Room, St Chad's College, from 9am-4pm, on Monday 11 November - feel free to drop in and out at any time. For more information, please email helen.b.roche@durham.ac.uk.

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ESRC IAA Funding opportunities - December 2019 call

The Durham ESRC Impact Acceleration Account has funding of up to £15k, available to Durham social science academics and independent researchers to help develop impact from their research.

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ESRC IAA Mentoring Impact Scheme - £1,000 funding support for impact engagement projects

The Durham ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Mentoring Impact Scheme supports Durham researchers in the social sciences to maximise the impact and influence of their research on non-academic beneficiaries. The scheme is open to researchers at all career stages who wish to develop their impact and engagement work. To apply, please submit a maximum one-page description of your research and details of your planned impact engagement project to esrciaa@durham.ac.uk by Friday 29 November. For further information, please visit the website

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Extraordinary meeting of the Academic Electoral Assembly: Lecture Capture Policy

An extraordinary meeting of the Academic Electoral Assembly (AEA) has been called to discuss Lecture Capture policy and to propose changes of policy to Senate. All members of the AEA, which includes staff grade 7 or above performing an academic or academic-related role, are invited to attend. The meeting will be held in D110, Dawson Building (next to the Bill Bryson Library) between 1pm-2pm on Wednesday 13 November. The agenda and relevant documentation will be made available online.

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Family network event

Drop in and meet with other colleagues who work at the University and their families. Join in with the Celebrating Faith event on 16 November, children can decorate an Islamic-style tile to take home and take a look around the Oriental Museum. If you would like to join the Staff Network, please email stina.maynard@durham.ac.uk.

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Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Have Your Say - Staff Consultation Drop-ins

Next week we’re holding a further two Consultation Drop-in Events so you can put your ideas forward to help inform the Health and Wellbeing strategy. There’s no need to book, just drop in and have a chat with a member of staff from Occupational Health, or pop your ideas on a post-it. 

  • Wednesday 13 November 2019, 11am – 2pm in Penthouse B, Collingwood College
  • Friday 15 November 2019, 11am – 2pm in Room PC004 and PC005, Palatine Centre

During the sessions we will be offering blood pressure checks, advice on health and wellbeing and some freebies (you’ll have to come along to find out what these are). If you can’t make it to the sessions you can still send us your suggestions and ideas via internal mail to Occupational Health, Green Lane.

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Hild Bede Theatre presents: The 39 Steps

Come along to this theatre production between 14 and 16 November in the Caedmon Hall at the College of St Hild and St Bede. Please visit the website to book your tickets

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Important information for all Windows 10 users

CIS is updating all University-provided Windows 10 desktops. The update will install in the background like all Microsoft updates, however it will require a long 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 leave work for the day.

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Late availability training opportunities

We still have a number of places available on a couple of our forthcoming workshops. The ‘Practical Guide to Well-Being & Supporting Absent Staff’ half day session on 20 November, to prepare managers to understand staff well-being. This workshop is designed for those managing staff. For those undergoing changes we have the last in the series of ‘CV Writing & Interview Skills’ half day sessions on 21 November designed to help you to learn how to sell yourself to employers. Both sessions are bookable on the Training Course Booking System.

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Lord Mayor's Show - this Saturday

Around 30 of our top sports students have been invited to participate in the Lord Mayor’s Show 2019, celebrating the inauguration of alumnus William Russell (General Arts, Grey College, 1987) as the 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London. Team Durham will be representing the University and celebrating our successes in both participation and elite achievement within the sporting arena. Over 75% our students are involved in sports and physical activity at college and university level at Durham, competing in diverse activities from the traditions of Rugby, Hockey, Cricket and Rowing through to newer entrants of Extreme Frisbee and Cheerleading. Tune in to BBC1 from 10.45am on Saturday and keep an eye out for the team!

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Lumiere Conference 2019

Tickets are now on sale for an inspiring day of talks, debate and discussion on Friday 15 November at Gala Theatre, Durham as part of Lumiere Festival. For more information please visit the website

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Lumiere Durham 2019: November 14-17

Lumiere, the UK's largest light festival, returns to Durham from November 14-17. We are a major partner and excited for what promises to be an inspiring event. We have worked hard to inform colleagues of any operational impact. For more details, visit our Lumiere web pages

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New Viator System

The Viator system for authorising travel on University business has been redeveloped by CIS. To enable the new system to be implemented Viator will be unavailable on Tuesday 10 December. Staff and students should not submit new Viator requests later than noon on Monday 9 December. Authorisation of existing requests should be completed by 5pm on 9 December. The new system will be available on Wednesday 11 December for requests to be submitted and approved.

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NUS Extra is now TOTUM

NUS Extra cards may have changed their name to Totum, but they are still available to University and Union staff. Get your card to access discounts over the Christmas period. Please visit here for more information.

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Poetry reading by Kate Clanchy

To mark the start of Lumiere Durham 2019, our Centre for Poetry and Poetics is hosting a talk and reading by poet Kate Clanchy. It will be held in the Old Library at Grey College on Thursday 14 November at 5pm. Entry is free. For more details, please visit our website. For more about Kate Clanchy, follow her on Twitter

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Rare mushrooms discovered around our University

Our Biodiversity continues to amaze us with the discovery of the cauliflower fungus and the rare Earth Star Fungus, the latter of which has not been recorded anywhere locally for probably in excess of 100 years, if ever. Why not take a walk in High Wood or the Botanic Garden and discover our Biodiversity Estate or visit our website to find out more.

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Reminder - Meet the Executive Team 'John Hemingway' 13 November

Don’t forget the first 'Meet the Executive Team' event next week on 13 November from 1pm-2pm. Each event will be led by a senior colleague to give you an opportunity to hear about their area of responsibility and how they practically demonstrate one of the University values. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

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Respecting Others: Challenging Negative Behaviours: Book your place

A number of places remain on the Respecting Others: Challenging Negative Behaviours workshops running on Tuesday 12 November and Wednesday 4 December. Please visit the Training Course Booking system to book your place. If you require any further information then please email michelle.taylor@durham.ac.uk.

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Rugby Club car park closure

Please be aware that the Rugby Club car park will be closed all day on Wednesday 13 November as Durham University is hosting a BUCS Super Rugby event. The car park will be open as usual on Thursday 14 November.

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Science in the news media – accurate and responsible reporting

If you are a scientist or engineer, you are invited to come along to this session by the Science Media Centre (SMC) which is an independent press office for the UK scientific community. The SMC helps ensure that science and engineering in the UK national news is reported accurately and responsibly, particularly on controversial stories. For more information or to book onto the session, please go to the training booking system (Academic Development section). For any queries, please contact communications.team@durham.ac.uk

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Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH): The Greatest Hits

The Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) is hosting a meeting of the SPH Special Interest Group on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 November. This meeting will be of benefit to all researchers with an interest in fluid mechanics and flow. A key focus of the meeting is to showcase the technology and to identify applications and interdisciplinary projects in other domains and industries (e.g. engineering, geophysics, biology etc.). To register your attendance please sign up here

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Staff and student shopping event

The annual staff and student shopping event will be taking place again this year. You can get 20% off retail purchases at our visitor attraction outlets from Monday 18 November to Sunday 1 December. Simply present your campus card at the following attractions to get your discount: Palace Green Library, World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, Oriental Museum or Botanic Garden. Happy Shopping!

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Triple success in international subject league tables

We are celebrating having three more of our subjects ranked in the world top 100 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020. Our Law School has achieved its best ever result in this ranking, being placed 33rd in the world, whilst Education and Social Sciences (which includes Sociology, Geography, Politics and International Studies) have both retained their world top 100 positions, ranking 53rd and 63rd respectively. The rankings look at hundreds of universities across the globe, based on teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. To find out more, please visit the website

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UK Honours Awards

Nominate that exceptional individual who really makes a difference to those around them. Honours awards are given to a wide variety of individuals from different backgrounds who make a significant contribution in their role, their field or in their community, over and above the normal expectations of their position. Information on eligibility and how to submit suggestions is published here

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Win when using My Durham

If you spend on the My Durham platform between 11 November and 11 December you'll not only make great savings towards your Christmas shopping but you'll also be automatically entered into our local prize draw exclusively for Durham University. Not yet registered with My Durham? Email reward.team@durham.ac.uk to check your eligibility and request an account.

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