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10 January 2020

AHRC Liaison Group Chair

Research & Innovation Services is recruiting for an AHRC Liaison Group Chair to start immediately.The UKRI Liaison Groups are internal groups established to initiate, support and follow up engagement activity, share feedback and disseminate opportunities and 'intelligence' appropriately across the University. The deadline for applications is Friday 17 January 2020. Applications should be submitted to

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Alternative drawing school

Over four weeks, artist Paul Raymond will lead an alternative drawing school at Palace Green Library. Each week the focus will change, exploring the themes of our current exhibition, Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks. The first session will be an introduction to experimental drawing and mark-making using Cornish’s sketchbooks as inspiration. No traditional drawing skills or experience will be necessary. You do not need to attend all workshops, each one will be standalone, although they will compliment each other. Please read on for further details.

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ARCHER: Reproducible Computational Environments Using Containers

This session on Monday 3 February between 10am - 4pm in the Penthouse Boardroom at Collingwood College, aims to introduce the use of Docker containers with the goal of using them to effect reproducible computational environments. Such environments are useful for ensuring reproducible research outputs and for simplifying the setup of complex software dependencies across different systems. We will also briefly introduce the Singularity container environment which is compatible with Docker and designed for use on multi-user systems (such as HPC resources). Please see the ARCHER website for more information on this session and the pre-requisites. Please note that lunch will not be provided.

(10 Jan 2020)

Community Newsletter out now

The first Durham University Community Newsletter of the New Year is out now, including our favourite stories and photos from 2019, a look ahead to the Durham Vocal Festival and memories of graduating from the Class of 1970. Read the Community Newsletter here. Anyone can sign up to receive the Community Newsletter here. If you have something you'd like included, please email:

(10 Jan 2020)

Congratulations Class of 2020

During winter congregation 2020, over 1,500 of our students graduated at ceremonies in Durham Cathedral. We also awarded honorary degrees to four inspiring individuals, who are nominated by our colleagues, in recognition of their long and exemplary service of national and international importance. Find out more on our website.

(10 Jan 2020)

Death of a Salesman

Often considered one of Miller’s greatest works, Death of a Salesman revolves around the Loman family and the final struggles of their father Willy. It is ultimately a candid and moving account of a man’s aspirations and obsessions and the brutal and devastating reality of the American dream. Come along to The Assembly Rooms Theatre between Friday 17 - Sunday 19 January to watch the production. Ticket prices are Standard- £5, Student- £4.50 and DST member- £4 and they are available here

(10 Jan 2020)

Do you identify as a staff member with a disability?

Would you like a space to discuss issues relating to this with colleagues and peers who share your experiences or at least some of them? We are looking to establish a group where any and all staff who identify as having a disability, irrespective of what that is, can come along and discuss issues that are important to them. We hope that this group will help to give a voice to the experiences of disabled staff across the University. If you are interested in attending our first event please email in confidence to be added to the distribution list. To find out more about the group, please email

(10 Jan 2020)

Imposter Syndrome workshop

Do you ever feel like a fraud? That you aren’t good enough? That you’re a complete imposter? Imposter Syndrome affects a huge number of us on a regular basis, and research has shown it has a much larger impact on women in the workplace. Women@DU will be hosting the first of a series of Imposter Syndrome events on Thursday 23 January 12 noon - 2pm in the Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, so that we can come together as a community and explore how to confront our own self-doubt. To register for this event, please sign up here.

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Last chance: open call for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Forum

The open call for Easter term Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Forum proposals closes on 17 January, so if you have not already done so, please get your talk proposals in soon here. For more information about the SOTL Forum, including recordings and slides from past sessions, please see our website.

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Launch Night at Kingsgate Cocktail Club

The launch of Kingsgate Cocktail Club at Durham Students' Union will take place on Friday 17 January. Come along and enjoy live music, nibbles and premium cocktails plus a free drink on arrival. Doors open at 7pm. Please email for more information.

(10 Jan 2020)

Meeting of University Council

University Council met on Tuesday 10 December 2019 in the Teaching and Learning Centre to celebrate its opening and receive a tour of the new facilities. Council’s key business included: approval of the next steps in the development of a new building for the Business School; approval of a programme of refurbishment of the Chemistry building; and formal approval of the interim name of the 17th College as ‘South College’; Council welcomed the excellent progress made in Phase 1 of the Durham Inspired Philanthropic Campaign and an update on a proposal to establish an office in India as a base for the University to aid student recruitment and international research collaborations. Further information is available from the University Secretary at

(10 Jan 2020)

Mental Health Awareness Art Exhibition

This year, as apart of St. Aidan’s Mental Health Awareness Campaign, we’re going to hold an art exhibition on the topic of mental health. The exhibition will consist of donated pieces from anyone across the University and Durham community and will be open to everyone to see. Anyone who is interested and would like to contribute can contact for more details. 

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Networking and briefing event

Are you an early career researcher, new to the University or looking to expand your research network across the Social Sciences & Health (SS&H) Faculty and find out more about research opportunities and support? If so, then do join us at the SS&H Faculty research networking and briefing event, which will be held on Monday 20 January, midday – 1.30pm, Bar Lounge in the Business School. If you would like to attend, please email with your name, department and any special dietary requirements. Please note that places are limited.

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Registration deadline approaching for January language courses

Our Centre for Foreign Language Study has courses starting this month, with the deadline for registration being next week. Thirteen different languages are available at a range of levels. Courses are 9-10 weeks in length, and all are open to staff, students and members of the public (for a fee). For further details, please visit our web pages.

(10 Jan 2020)

Supported Progression 2020

Do you know a student in Year 12 who is considering studying at a university like Durham? If they attend a state school in the North East of England, they might be interested in Supported Progression. Students will complete a two-year programme of events, working towards an assessed summer school with the potential to receive a guaranteed conditional offer. Further information, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, can be found here. The closing date for applications is Friday 31 January 2020.

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Take part in the ongoing Race Equality Survey for staff and students

All staff and students are invited to take part in a University-wide race equality survey. The anonymous survey is open now and can be completed online until 24 January 2020. Insights gathered via the survey will help to inform our Race Equality Action Plan. All members of the University community are encouraged to complete the survey. There are questions relevant to you and we want to hear from you. For a link to the survey and for further information, please click here.

(10 Jan 2020)

Vice-Chancellor monthly drop-in sessions

The Vice-Chancellor is holding monthly surgeries/drop-in sessions on a Friday afternoon between 12 noon and 2pm. These sessions consist of 15 minute slots (in the Executive Office, Palatine Centre) bookable by individuals and will offer an opportunity to raise any concerns or ideas you may have directly with the VC. The next sessions are as follows:

  • Friday 24 January
  • Friday 6 March (please note time 2pm - 4pm)
  • Friday 3 April
  • Friday 1 May 
  • Friday 5 June
  • Friday 10 July
  • Friday 11 September
  • Friday 9 October
  • Friday 6 November
  • Friday 18 December

Should you wish to book a slot for any of these dates with the Vice-Chancellor please contact Pat Martin at or on 0191 334 6972 in the first instance.

(10 Jan 2020)

Vice-Chancellor's message to staff

The Vice-Chancellor invites you to view his video message to staff which can be found here.

(10 Jan 2020)

Watch Women's Basketball League Durham Palatinates take on Oaklands Wolves

This weekend the Women's Basketball League (WBBL) Durham Palatinates take on Oaklands Wolves in the WBBL Championships 2019-20. The game takes place on Saturday 11 January at 1pm at the Sports and Wellbeing Park and admission is free to all staff, students and members of the public. Read more about the WBBL Durham Palatinates' success this season on the Team Durham website.

(10 Jan 2020)

DCAD Collaborative Innovation Grant

This new and exciting grant scheme is designed to support staff across the University to develop innovative and inclusive learning and teaching approaches to enhance student learning and success, and to disseminate good practice across the institution and beyond. More information is available here. Deadline for next round of applications is Monday 3 February 2020.

(9 Jan 2020)