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9 October 2020

Applications now open for the Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship Programme 2021

Applications are now open for the next intake of Laidlaw Scholars, deadline is Midnight on Sunday 17 January 2021. This year we in are inviting students to apply with their own project proposal’s and will be encouraged to approach an academic member of staff to support them. Each scholar will receive a stipend payment of £6,000 (£3,000 per summer). Additional fund are also available to support the research work.

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Video message from the Vice-Chancellor

Each week we will be sending out a video message from the Vice-Chancellor. In these short videos, he will focus on key, topical messages for staff. You can watch the first video - a message of thanks to all staff - here.

(9 Oct 2020)

£4.5m funding boost for our plant survival research

We are delighted to have received £4.5m from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council to help us further research into how we can futureproof crops against climate change, led by our Department of Biosciences. For more information, please visit our web page.

(8 Oct 2020)

Academic Skills support for students

The Academic Development for Students team is offering a suite of live online academic skills classes this term ranging from improving academic writing to time management. We also offer both academic writing and maths and stats one-to-one support for all students. To access our self-study learning resources and to keep up to date with what’s on offer, we are encouraging students to self-enrol in our DUO page by clicking on the ‘Academic Skills portal’ on the right under ‘Student Services’ when they log into DUO. For information on all of our services, see our web page for further details.

(8 Oct 2020)

Covid essential supplies and installations - 'business as usual' operations

Effective from Monday 5 October 2020, following the reoccupation of the non-residential and residential estate, and as we continue to move into our new ‘business as usual’ phase, Estates and Facilities have updated the process for requesting all essential PPE supplies and Covid installation items. To find out more, please visits the Estates and Facilities web page.

(8 Oct 2020)

Exit barrier at Stockton Road site entrance

If you have visited the Mountjoy site recently, you may have noticed that the exit barrier at the Stockton Road entrance has been lowered. This is to enhance security for vehicles parked on the site. Staff wishing to exit the site in a vehicle via this route should swipe their campus card to have the barrier raised.

(8 Oct 2020)

Knowledge Across Borders - webinar

We have launched a new webinar series in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, called Knowledge Across Borders. The first webinar will be held on Thursday 29 October and presented by palaeontologists, Professor David Harper (Earth Sciences, Durham University) and Professor Renbin Zhan (Chinese Academy of Sciences/Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology). The topic of the webinar is “The first carnival of the animals: Causes and consequences of the diversification of Early Palaeozoic marine life”. For more information and to register, please visit our web page.

(8 Oct 2020)

Library reservations and recalls

Reservations and recalls will be reinstated as of Monday 12 October 2020. Fines will not be reinstated until November - more details will be available in the coming weeks.

(8 Oct 2020)

Make Durham more sustainable - let's start the Greenspace movement

We welcome you all to join our Greenspace movement. We hope we can work together to implement some new ideas to help us become a more sustainable university. Together we can make an impact.

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My Digital Skills

Durham University is offering a new digital skills programme as part of My Digital Durham. My Digital Skills will help students improve their digital skills using Microsoft 365.

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Nominate your heroes of Covid - The County Durham Together Awards

Durham County Council and The Northern Echo have launched an awards scheme to recognise those who have gone above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic. The County Durham Together Awards will be held virtually on 10 December. Do you know a person, organisation or business who you want to nominate? You have until this Sunday 11 October 2020 to make your nominations. Nominate online here

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October's Community Newsletter out now

October’s community newsletter is out now – Read about some of the fantastic accomplishments from our staff and students this month, and discover events not to be missed this autumn, from Durham Book Festival to the return of our children’s hockey programme. Read it here. Anyone can sign up to receive the Community Newsletter here. If you have something you'd like included, please email:

(8 Oct 2020)

Online language courses - registration deadline approaching

Our Centre for Foreign Language Study has an extensive programme of online courses commencing mid-October.

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PGR conference - Registration link/page now live

Registration for the SSH Faculty PGR conference is now open. Please register via the following this link.

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School of Education Research newsletter

The School of Education Research newsletter includes items of news from our academic staff, postgraduate news, a staff profile, latest research grants awarded, seminar series and recent publications. If you would like to receive a regular copy, please contact Nicola Apperley at You can view most recent newsletter here.

(8 Oct 2020)

Staff flu vaccination programme

To help support a healthy community, the University has arranged for a very limited number of free flu vaccinations to be made available to staff, which will be administered by BUPA Nurses. You can now register to receive a vaccination at one of our clinics at Durham Students’ Union on Thursday 26 November, Tuesday 1 December or Wednesday 2 December 2020. Due to the limited number of vaccinations available, colleagues who are eligible for a free flu vaccination provided by the NHS should pursue this opportunity in the first instance. For any queries please email

Please note: The flu vaccination does not protect against COVID-19

(8 Oct 2020)

Talent Development in Football

Durham Inspired is excited to be launching a series of regular webinars, Durham Inspired Presents, featuring field leaders in sport, music, theatre and the corporate world.

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University Governing Body: Professional Services Staff Member required for Council

The University Council has overall responsibility for the governance and strategic planning of the University. As well as external independent members and the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor/Provost, it includes seven members of University staff. We will shortly be advertising for one Professional Services staff member.

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Welcome to Durham Book Festival 2020

There’s still time to save your spot at one the free online events at this year’s Durham Book Festival, which starts today and features a truly international line up of writers, artists and thinkers. Staff and students can also access exclusive free access to tonight’s event: ‘Funny You Should Ask: A Quiz with the QI Elves at 7.30pm - just enter code dbf20qiquiz and sign up with your email address. Check out the full programme via Crowdcast

(8 Oct 2020)

World Mental Health Day 2020

Saturday 10 October 2020 marks World Mental Health Day. 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems this year and having a colleague in your corner can make all the difference. At Durham University we know that it benefits all of us to talk about mental health and wellbeing. Resources and support for staff and managers include; 24/7 unlimited access to counselling support via the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), and Wellbeing information and advice via the Organisational Development Wellbeing Hub. For further information on the resources available download the EAP app via the Occupational Health webpage or visit the Organisational Development Wellbeing Hub.

(8 Oct 2020)

Zoom - Protect your Zoom video calls from unwanted guests

As part of our drive to defend Durham University from cyber criminals, we'd like to remind you to be careful when sharing Zoom or Teams meeting details. To stay safe and ensure only those who you want to attend your events come along, use passwords and only distribute your invites through email or calendar invites. Never post your meeting details on public social media channels. For further information visit our Zoom pages and our Staying Safe Online pages.

(8 Oct 2020)

Senior Leadership Town Hall meetings

Over the coming months, the Vice-Chancellor and other members of the University Executive will be holding Town Hall meetings for all staff on a range of topics. These will take place fortnightly and are an opportunity for staff to come with any questions they may have. The next meetings will take place as follows:
  • Monday 19 October, 10am-11am
  • Friday 6 November, 10.30am-11.30am
To book your place please visit our Town Hall web page or click this link. If you have a question in advance you can ask via our online form or visit our Town Hall web page.

(2 Oct 2020)