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10 July 2020

Additional cyber security protection for Internet access

We are aware of multiple phishing campaigns targeting people from all over the world where fraudsters are using the fear of the Covid-19 outbreak for financial gain. To reduce the risk to staff and students, devices connected to the University network will now benefit from an additional layer of network security. When navigating to a malicious site known for malware, phishing or other malicious content, you will be redirected to a Durham University branded webpage indicating the site has been blocked.

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Challenge yourself with the Virtual Durham City Run Festival

The Virtual Durham City Run Festival takes place next week, in association with the University. Send in your best 5km, 10km or one-mile solo run time via a special app. For more information, visit the Durham City Run Festival website. Though the Festival had to be postponed until October (Covid-19 restrictions permitting), we're looking forward to the Virtual Run - and you can take part wherever you are in the world. As well as the runs, there is a varied programme including Yoga for Runners, a running podcast and an event celebrating Sir Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile.

(10 Jul 2020)

Click and Collect at Bill Bryson Library

As a part of our phased re-opening, we are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer a Click and Collect service for Durham University postgraduates and staff. From Tuesday 14 July, academic staff, as well as taught and research postgraduates will be able to request to borrow items that are currently held at Bill Bryson Library. To make your request, you will need to complete and submit the Click and Collect form, which will be available once the service goes live next week. This will also be available via Discover and the Library Catalogue.

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DCAD Teaching Online Training

DCAD is offering a range of resources and live online classes over the coming weeks to support blended and online teaching. Classes include 'An Introduction to Teaching and Learning Online', 'Designing digitally for active learning', 'Creating active learning modules in duo' and 'Designing & Delivering Live Classes Online'. More details can be found here.

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Discounts and offers at major retailers

Our MyDurham employee benefits platform gives eligible staff access to hundreds of offers and discounts at major retailers. Get 4% discount or more off your food shop at Tesco, Sainsburys, ASDA and Waitrose or save on your current house project with a 5% minimum discount at B&Q, IKEA, Argos and Wickes. You can save at least 8% on retail therapy at M&S and Debenhams or you can save on your next night in with discounts on take-away delivery services and movie rentals. There really is something for everyone. Please email to check your eligibility for MyDurham and request an account.

(10 Jul 2020)

Financial Wellbeing

Financial wellbeing is part of a person's overall health and wellbeing, information for all staff regarding education resources to support financial wellbeing can be found at this link. This includes benefits which are available for Durham University members of staff and points of reference for advice in areas such as budgeting and financial planning. Information on general wellbeing can be found on the Wellbeing and Development for colleagues working differently web pages, these pages are being updated regularly with new information and advice. 

(10 Jul 2020)

Free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

Consider Change and Innovation this summer - two free MOOCs to help you with your personal development. For the past four years students have benefited from the MOOC offering, and registration is now open for Durham University Business School’s two open online courses, 'Leading and Managing People-Centred Change' and 'Harnessing Open Innovation'. Both start on Monday 13 July and run over three weeks in association with FutureLearn.

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Our Virtual Open Event has launched

On Friday 3 July, an invitation went out to 14,380 individuals booked to attend our very first Virtual Open Event. We had 13,383 sign-ups for individual Live Events by Monday morning, with over 1,297 individuals attending Monday's sessions alone.

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Participants needed

Participants are being sought to take part in an online survey which involves listening to a number of short music clips and rating which emotion(s) the music sounds like. Two £10 Amazon vouchers will be up for grabs. Follow this link to get started and join the fun. Please open the link (or copy and paste it) in a browser and ideally carry out the survey on a desktop/laptop. 

(10 Jul 2020)

Record number of Durham subjects in world top 100

We’re celebrating a record 19 subjects in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 after Geology and Geophysics in our Department of Earth Sciences were added to this prestigious league table. Both appear in the world top 50 where we now have 11 subjects, with three in the top ten. Congratulations to everyone involved! Find out more.

(10 Jul 2020)

Staff Volunteering - reflection and moving forward

Last academic year was the best ever for Staff Volunteering – most volunteers, most hours and greatest impact – amazing. Then in March came Covid-19, lockdown and the whole world changed. But what didn’t change was the spirit, selflessness and commitment of our staff to support our communities. As we begin to look ahead it is worth reflecting on the last few months...

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The 3rd Degree - BBC Radio 4

Back in February 2020, a series of The 3rd Degree quiz show was recorded at Collingwood College, in which a team of three students took on a team of three of their professors. The show is hosted by Steve Punt and will be broadcast later this month. The transmission time is Monday 20 July at 3pm, repeated the following Saturday at 11pm, and then on BBC Sounds for a week or so after that. This is the fourth episode in the series of six.

(10 Jul 2020)

UCAS Embargo Training

Every year we receive results early for a number of qualifications. To ensure we continue to receive these early, we must adhere to the UCAS embargo. You don’t need to be directly involved in admissions to be at risk of breaching the embargo; it applies to anyone who may come into contact with any of our applicants receiving results. The training covers scenarios we might encounter, including some you may not have thought would cause problems, and is available here.

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Voluntary measures to reduce staffing costs

This week we have launched a number of voluntary measures to reduce staffing costs. These measures are purely voluntary, and you may choose to apply for one, all, or none of the options, depending on your own circumstances and preferences. For more details please visit our web pages.

(10 Jul 2020)

Wider Student Experience Strategy

This week Council approved the University’s refreshed Wider Student Experience Strategy, describing the University’s approach to enrichment and student support and its ambitions for the coming years. The Wider Student Experience is integrated with the Academic Student Experience and is delivered by and through all parts of the University. The intent of our WSE strategy is to equip our graduates with enhanced life skills and broader perspectives to complement their world-class degree, so that they are able to make a positive and purposeful difference in an ever-changing and challenging world. Further information on the Wider Student Experience Strategy is available here.

(10 Jul 2020)