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11 June 2021

Awards for Professor Jan Verlet and Professor Jonathan Steed

Professor Jan Verlet and Professor Jonathan Steed from our Department of Chemistry have been awarded prestigious prizes from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Professor Jan Verlet won the Corday-Morgan Prize for his his work on electron-molecule reactions and Professor Jonathan Steed was awarded the Tilden prize for his discovery of special gels as substances for creating new types of crystalline drugs for use in medicines.

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Cycle coaching for cycling novices

Interested in cycling but would like to gain a little more confidence? Coaching sessions are being offered to students and staff to allow them to gain confidence on balance, how to use gears, bike suitability and technique. At present no dates have been arranged as we are gauging interest. Sessions will be free and will last for two hours. It will be essential for those interested to have their own bike. To register interest, please email greenspace.staff@durham.ac.uk, advising if you will be available during June and July.

(11 Jun 2021)


Don't forget to vote - AEA Standing Committee Elections 2021

There is still time for all staff in academic or academic related roles (Grade 7 and above) to vote in the 2021 Academic Electoral Assembly Standing Committee elections. The six successful candidates to the Standing Committee, will also become members of Senate, but votes must be cast via the DU Voting System by 12pm on Friday 18 June 2021.

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Durham Research Methods Centre - Easter Term bulletin

We would like to share our Durham Research Methods Centre Easter Term Bulletin with colleagues across the University. In this issue we make an announcement about our Inaugural Annual Methods Lecture; say farewell to the current Director of the Centre, Professor Adetayo Kasim; update you on our MA in Research Methods and introduce you to the EEF online Teaching and Learning Toolkit. View it here.

(11 Jun 2021)


Health and well-being scoping exercise

As part of the Health Strategy at the University, the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing would like your opinion on the current training for PhD students who have an interest in health and well-being research. If you are a PhD student, supervisor, or other academic, your views would be most welcome. The questionnaire will take around six minutes of your time and will go a long way to improving our PhD training provision, and fulfilling core aims of the Health Strategy. Thank you for your input - you can access the questionnaire here. Closing date for responses is 27 June 2021.

(11 Jun 2021)


Help stop the spread of Covid-19 in our University and community

 We are aware of a number of coronavirus cases amongst our community. Please continue to be vigilant in following the Covid-19 guidance, even as we enjoy the opportunities that the end of term and easing of restrictions brings.

We strongly encourage anyone studying or working in Durham to take two LFTs per week and we remind our entire community to use our internal reporting systems to inform us of Covid-19 symptoms, a positive test result or periods of self-isolation. In the coming weeks you may also be asked to participate in surge testing. This is targeted testing to proactively find and isolate cases of Covid-19, helping to prevent the spread of the virus.

Thank you for all that you are doing - by working together, we can continue to protect our community.

(11 Jun 2021)


Hidden Stories from the River Wear

You are invited to join an online live launch event of Hidden Stories from the Wear online exhibition. The exhibition has been created in collaboration with underwater archaeologist Gary Bankhead and our Museum of Archaeology. The exhibition will bring to light the stories of individual people, romance and religion, toys lost through time, and weird and wonderful artefacts. The exhibition will be launched online through Zoom at 6.30pm on 18 June. If this event is of interest to you, please get in touch by sending an email to phillips.baker@durham.ac.uk

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Hybrid Working - development session reminder

We would like to remind you that the staff the Hybrid Working Information Hub has been launched, bringing together the University's hybrid working principles, guidance/tools for managers and information for staff. As hybrid working is new for all of us, HROD is providing opportunities for managers to come together to discuss scenarios and to share their planning/arrangements. These ‘Practically applying the 'Guiding Principles & Managers Toolkit' sessions are starting in June and we would encourage managers from all departments to engage in these sessions. To view and book on dates please click here.

(11 Jun 2021)


Join the Greenspace bike ride around Durham

Enjoy cycling and would like to explore areas around Durham City? Why not join a bike ride, led by a British Cycling qualified Ride Leader, who will lead an 8 mile easy cycle ride on Wednesday 23 June 2021, starting at 1.30pm from ‘The Tent’ on the Racecourse along Green Lane. All part of the Greenspace Festival. Please book your place by visiting the Lets Ride website.

(11 Jun 2021)


June Community Newsletter - read now

This month’s Community Newsletter is out now. Find out what’s on this June - From quilting and composing to intriguing exhibitions, take a look at how our experts are improving lives in new and unexpected ways, and join us in celebrating some recent league table successes. Anyone can sign up to receive the Community Newsletter here. If you have something you'd like included, please email: dialogue@durham.ac.uk.

(11 Jun 2021)


Music, Sound and Maternity

You are invited to join Erin Johnson-Williams (Durham Music Department) and the Durham University MAMS Network for a roundtable discussion about sound, music, colonial history and maternity. The discussion will take place on Friday 18 June, 12pm – 1pm via Microsoft Teams. This event is open to all and we hope to see you there! Please sign up for your free ticket here.

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MyTimetable, your personalised teaching timetable is now live

A few weeks ago, we shared that we will be launching a new personalised timetable for academic teaching staff and students for the 2021/22 academic year. We’re delighted to announce that MyTimetable is now live and contains your teaching timetable for next year. 

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New Mentee e-Learning available

HR-OD has launched a new eLearning module on being a mentee. This course is for those who are new to mentoring to help understand what to expect and how to get the best out of their time with their mentor. To view and enrol on the package please click here.

(11 Jun 2021)


Participants needed for sports and exercise study

What's in it for you? Body composition analysis, dietary analysis and nutritional advice, maximal strength test and training guidance. Read on to find out more.

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Pearn Kandola webinar series - Pride Month 2021

June celebrates Pride Month 2021. Pearn Kandola, a leading independent business psychology firm which works with global organisations, is taking an in-depth look into the ongoing movement towards equality for the LGBT+ community. It is vital to balance this month’s celebrations of the huge strides towards LGBT+ equality with the recognition that there is still a long way to go. Starting on 21 June, they will cover a range of topics and offer practical steps individuals and organisations can take to support the LGBT+ community. Details on webinar topics and links to register can be found here.

(11 Jun 2021)


QS World University Rankings 2022

We have once again been named in the world's top 100 universities. In the QS World University Rankings 2022, which rank 1,300 institutions across the globe, we’ve moved up by four places to 82nd position. In addition to the QS Rankings, we have also moved up to 5th place from our previous 7th position in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2022 rankings. Find out more from the homepage or our dedicated world rankings pages.

(11 Jun 2021)


Research Staff CEDARS survey

We are pleased to invite Research Staff to complete the Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) 2021. The survey can be accessed via this link and is available until 30 June.

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Returning borrowed items to the Library

As we head towards the end of term, please remember to return any borrowed items to us before the end of the academic year. To make it as easy as possible, we have a few options available to you, including our book drop outside the main entrance to Bill Bryson Library, self-service returns inside the building if you’ve booked a timeslot to visit, and free postal returns for UK-based staff and students not able to access campus in the current situation. For more information, visit our website.

(11 Jun 2021)


Senate Discipline Committee outcomes

We would like to update our community on two recent cases that were considered by Senate Discipline Committee. More about Disciplinary outcomes.

(11 Jun 2021)


Senior Leadership Town Hall meetings for staff

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, providing an opportunity for staff to come with any questions they may have. The meetings will take place as follows:

To register, please click on the event you would like to attend above. For any further questions, please email dialogue@durham.ac.uk.

(11 Jun 2021)


Shakespeare Tour launches with ‘All’s well that ends well’

Castle Theatre Company launch their annual Shakespeare Tour next week, with outdoor matinee performances of the classic comedy ‘All’s well that ends well’. Bring your picnic along and enjoy the show in the beautiful setting of the Fellows Garden, Durham Castle. Performances 2.30pm Wednesday 16, Thursday 17 and Friday 18 June. Visit the website for full information and to book tickets.

(11 Jun 2021)


St Aidan's SCR final lecture for this academic year

The St Aidan’s Senior Common Room (SCR) is delighted to welcome a very special guest for our final lecture of the 2020/21 academic year. On Thursday 17 June we will welcome the University’s own Carlos Frenk; a world-renowned expert in the field of cosmology. Giving his lecture 'Everything from nothing: how our universe was made' virtually, we welcome all University students, staff and guests to join us for what is promising to be a fascinating finale. Please sign up using the form here.

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Staff Network Coffee Break chat

Our next informal staff network coffee break chat will take place (via Microsoft Teams) on Thursday 17 June at 3pm. With recent changes being implemented as part of the Government's Covid roadmap, now is a great time to chat about these changes and how they will hopefully positively affect you - such as places in Durham to eat, leisure activities available etc. This is the opportunity to chat to colleagues, those who have been here a while, those who have just joined and those who may still be due to arrive over the next few months; to support each other, discuss any challenges and issues faced at this time and to meet new people. Pop the event in your diary and just click on the link at the time.

(11 Jun 2021)


Stephenson College celebrates the 240th anniversary of its namesake

Stephenson College has a new resident - a 7ft statue of namesake George Stephenson, which has been unveiled in the refurbished college bar. 

(11 Jun 2021)


Student Art Prize awards

You are invited to the Student Art Prize award announcement via Zoom on Wednesday 23 June, 6.30pm - 7.30pm, where the three prize-winners will be announced and livestreamed from the University's Teaching and Learning Centre. Sign up here.

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Student Community Wardens Service goes live on social media

Our Student Community Warden service, which launched in October 2020, to promote good community relations between students living out in Durham and the wider community, now has a new home on social media. Find out more here or follow the Wardens on Facebook @DUSCWs.

(11 Jun 2021)


Sustainable universities in the 21st Century

You are invited to join the Coimbra Group public conference, which will take place on 17 June 2021. Focus will be on universities as effective, accountable and inclusive institutions (Goal #16) and as providers of ‘solutions’ to all Sustainable Development Goals at different levels. The programme includes a video message from Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, and our Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Corbridge will be part of a panel discussion.

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The Tent on the Racecourse

The arts festival is now in full swing, offering theatre, music, dance and entertainment until 25 June. Join in the fun this weekend when the Big Band and Jazz Band present the Big Summer Festival. Visit the website for details of all activities and to book online.

(11 Jun 2021)


UCAS embargo training

Every year we receive results early for a number of qualifications including A Levels so that we can process these decisions in time for Confirmation and Clearing. To ensure we continue to receive these early, we must adhere to the UCAS embargo. Training is now live for all staff who may come into contact with offer-holder data over the August confirmation period.

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Upcoming Teaching and Learning workshop

DCAD's next Teaching and Learning workshop facilitated by Professor Simon Rees, will explore the nature of creativity in science and how to teach for and with creativity in science. Teaching for creativity involves developing pedagogical strategies that promote creative thinking while teaching with creativity involves developing strategies to promote creative approaches to teaching. To book onto the workshop please visit the training booking system. Further details can also be found on the Teaching and Learning Workshop sharepoint site

(11 Jun 2021)


Video message from the VC

The latest of the weekly videos from the Vice-Chancellor is available for all staff to view online. 

(11 Jun 2021)


Which polling solution? Time to have your say

The University has been trialling a range of different polling solutions.The pilots are almost over and it is time to choose between Poll Everywhere and Vevox.

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Working Differently

Please continue to visit the HR & OD Working Differently website which is regularly updated with resources and information to support colleagues. Recent updates include an example of how a large department is helping colleagues with the transition back to campus.

(11 Jun 2021)


Microsoft 365 - brush up on your basics

Before we close the Office 365 Engagement & Enablement project in July, we want to give you the opportunity to brush up on your basics and learn some great skills from our new range of support. We're hosting a series of live interactive webinars to showcase the most popular Microsoft 365 apps, how these work together and also group sessions for users to work with their colleagues to use the functionality specifically for their work areas. You can also access a library of short snappy videos of the most common M365 apps, tools and tasks for Durham University or make use of the Microsoft resources signposted on the project Learning Hub. To sign up for the interactive webinars or group sessions, visit our M365 Learning Hub

(28 May 2021)