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9 August 2019

All Purchasing and Travel Barclaycard holders - Important notice

Further to our previous Dialogue communications, all Travel and Purchasing card holders will be issued with a new Barclaycard and PINsentry device. This is a requirement of the new PSD2 EU legislation. You will need your PINsentry device to make online payments from Saturday, 14 September. It will be delivered directly to yourself via the University internal post system. The PINsentry device will not be needed to make in-person payments, for example at a Café or Train Station.

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Community Newsletter out now

The latest edition of our Community Newsletter is out now, full of news and information about our community-focused work. Read all about it! If you have an item you'd like included in the Newsletter, please email You can sign up to receive the Newsletter here.

(9 Aug 2019)

Deadlines extended

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for one of our new leadership and development programmes for 2019/20. We are pleased to advise that we have been able to negotiate extended application deadlines for completed applications. We are committed to developing and supporting all staff with responsibilities for supporting, managing or leading others. Development options range from training programmes to one-off workshops/briefings on a number of topics. Details of all options can be found here.

(9 Aug 2019)

Dialogue 63 - out now

Our latest edition of Dialogue magazine is out now. You can read the 'new look' edition here.

(9 Aug 2019)

Durham Energy Institute (DEI) 10 year anniversary symposium

The DEI's anniversary symposium will take place on Wednesday, 25 September, 10am-5pm in the Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre. Further information and the registration link is available here

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Durham Energy Institute (DEI) Energy Photography Competition

Our DEI invites you to submit entries to our energy photography competition, which will run alongside the annual research symposium on Wednesday, 25 September. This is an opportunity for any professional, amateur or budding photographers out there who are interested in documenting energy in the world around them, and is open to anyone. Further details on the rules, theme and prizes can be found here

(9 Aug 2019)

Durham University Business School becomes fourth Faculty

Our Business School has officially become Durham University’s fourth Faculty. This is a historic change and a significant milestone on the School’s development journey, providing a key pillar for the School to become one of Europe’s Top 20 business schools and further support the delivery of the University’s 2017-2027 Strategy. Executive Dean, Professor Susan Hart, joins three recently appointed Executive Deans of Science, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences and Health, in a newly-constituted University Executive Committee. To celebrate the news, the School is showcasing research from across the Faculty throughout August and September. For more information, please visit the news item.

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Energy 3-Minute Thesis Competition

We will be holding a 3-Minute Thesis competition as part of our Annual Research Symposium on Wednesday, 25 September at 4.30pm to provide students researching in any energy-related area with an opportunity to exercise their research communication skills in a language that is appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Participants will be challenged to present a compelling talk on their PhD Thesis or Masters Dissertation Project in just three minutes, and with the use of only one background slide. Further information on the rules and prizes can be found here

(9 Aug 2019)

N8 AgriFood conference

The annual N8 AgriFood Conference, showcasing the work of N8 members including Durham University, will take place in York on Tuesday, 22 October and Wednesday, 23 October. This year's conference theme is Creating Solutions for a Sustainable Food System. More information is available here.

(9 Aug 2019)

National Allotments Week

Did you know it's National Allotments Week from Monday, 12 August to Sunday, 18 August? Why not get involved and tell us what you love about your allotment or share photos of what you have grown? Post on our Facebook page, tag us in the photos or use #GreenspaceGrowing

(9 Aug 2019)

New online payroll giving platform

Staff are now able to set up donations to a charity of their choice online through the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Give As You Earn payroll giving platform. Payroll giving is a simple, tax-efficient way for you to donate straight from your salary to support the causes you care about. To start donating today click here. More information on Give As You Earn is available here. Any staff giving through the current County Durham Community Foundation cheme will have their contributions automatically ceased and will therefore need to register with CAF to continue with their donations. If you have any questions, please contact the Payroll Team.

(9 Aug 2019)

New temporary and permanent agency supplier framework

Following a competitive procurement process to update our suppliers, the roll-out of our new staffing recruitment framework is now live. Our Recruitment Team supports all Departments in the recruitment of permanent and fixed-term employees and the current processes will not change. However, in some hard-to-fill vacancies we may seek support from those listed on the supplier framework to search for and identify suitable candidates. If you have such a role, please speak to your Recruitment Team contact. The agencies on the framework will also support Departments where there are temporary requirements for staff which cannot be covered by other means such as internal resource.

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Notification of road and building closure to Lower Mountjoy

We would like to make you aware that the main access road to Lower Mountjoy from Stockton Road to the junction with the pedestrian zone will be closed on Saturday, 31 August and Sunday, 1 September19 from 6am-6pm each day. 

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Parking at James Barber House, Hatfield College

Due to a boiler plant replacement at James Barber House, Hatfield College, car parking spaces in this area will be restricted to allow suitable space for the site set-up. The works are planned to commence on Monday, 12 August and run for approximately five weeks.

(9 Aug 2019)

Requests for Business Model changes within Acquire

After a successful year end period the Procurement Service is continuing to work hard to meet your requirements. We are currently experiencing an increase in change-requests to current Business Models within Acquire. Unfortunately due to limited resource within our System Admin Team we are encountering greater timescales in processing these changes. Please allow extra processing time when submitting this type of request. The Procurement Service will continue to do it’s utmost to meet your needs. 

(9 Aug 2019)

Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Funder visit

Mark Thomson, Executive Chair, and Natalie Bealing, Head of Stakeholder Engagement at STFC, will be visiting the University on Thursday, 19 September. As part of their visit they will deliver an open information session to the academic community and provide an update on STFC’s activities, including their recently published Delivery Plan 2019 and future opportunities, followed by Q & A. The session will take place in Lecture Theatre PH30, Department of Physics, 12.45pm – 1.45pm. If you would like to attend the session please register here by Friday, 13 September. If you have any queries, please email

(9 Aug 2019)

Site speed limits

We place a high value on the safety and health of our staff, students and visitors. There has been a noticeable trend of vehicles travelling at speed on the main hill leading to and from Upper Mountjoy. Please be advised that the speed limit is 10 miles per hour. We would appreciate your cooperation in keeping our site safe by observing all posted speed limits and being mindful of your surroundings.

(9 Aug 2019)

Staff invitation to Matriculation

Staff are invited to attend Matriculation ceremonies at Durham Cathedral on Wednesday, 2 October, to welcome new students to the University. You can get involved by volunteering to marshal at this event, working with colleagues to provide advice and guidance to students and staff attending ceremonies. Instructions and training will be provided in advance and lunch plus cakes/refreshments will be supplied in the Cathedral Restaurant. Please confirm your availability to marshal by Tuesday, 17 September here. If you would like to join the Staff Procession at ceremonies please fill in this form by Thursday, 19 September.

(9 Aug 2019)

Enquiries contact information

Our centralised Enquiries Team now has an integrated enquiries web form. When referring people to the Enquiries Team, please direct them to this form. Please make them aware the web form will get them a quicker response than emailing or calling 0191 334 1000. 

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Panopto Cloud downtime - Saturday 10 August

Panopto will be making a number of mandatory updates to the Panopto Cloud infrastructure on Saturday, 10 August. These updates will require downtime, beginning at 10pm BST and lasting approximately three hours. During the downtime you will not be able to access recordings on the Encore site (either via duo or the external Panopto portal) and any attempts to upload recordings will fail. Normal service is expected to resume at around 1am BST on Sunday, 11 August and users are not required to take any action once the updates are complete.

(26 Jul 2019)