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Durham University

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11 December 2020

AI for Admissions launch comms

In 2015 Durham introduced a CRM platform as part of the recruiting the Next Generation of Students Project (RNGS). The aim of this project was to put applicants and prospective applicants at the heart of the recruitment and admissions process, allowing Durham to attract and recruit the most able undergraduate and postgraduate students in a highly competitive global market. Subsequently in 2017 a live chat tool was added to meet the changing communication needs of our current and future cohort of applicants.

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Engaging students in online sessions webinar

The events of the last few months have resulted in much teaching, training and student development activity relocating to online platforms such as Collaborate Ultra, MS Teams or Zoom. However, if the value-added from a session is based on practice-sharing, discussion, or critical thinking, encouraging ‘participation’ and ‘engagement’ is a trickier proposition.

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Information for those with caring responsibilities

The HR-OD Department has produced a SWAY to outline the comprehensive range of support available for those with caring responsibilities. The SWAY can be accessed within the resources on the Wellbeing Hub main page here.

(11 Dec 2020)

Laidlaw Programme in Leadership and Research

New opportunities are now available to apply for as part of the Laidlaw Programme in Leadership and Research - please encourage your students to apply and offer your support as a supervisor! Funded by The Laidlaw Foundation, the Laidlaw Research and Leadership Scholarship Programme now also has a small number of unique opportunities for students interested in participating in our research and leadership development programme.


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Motivating Staff workshop

Now, more than ever it is important to provide teams with successful motivating ways to work. The Motivation workshop is designed for managers wishing to motivate their teams, demonstrating how to create and sustain motivation for individuals and teams. Moving beyond simplistic ideas of "carrot" and "stick" this evidence-based session will explore the fundamentals to motivating individuals and groups for better performance and engagement and will share practical ideas of how to do this. For further information & dates please visit the Motivation webpage.

(11 Dec 2020)

New dates added – Improving Productivity Using OneNote

Following the success of the recent OneNote workshops which ran in November, the HR OD team are pleased to offer two additional workshops in January. Improving Productivity – Using OneNote is a 2 hour live, hands-on event created by productivity expert David Longstaff. Microsoft OneNote is a great app to include a professional and academic tool kit. But it can be confusing – which version should I use? How can I sync it across my devices? How will it help our team? For further information & dates please visit the OneNote webpage

(11 Dec 2020)

Oracle Learning Cloud is coming soon!

As you may be aware, we are in the process of replacing the staff training course booking system and the use of Duo for staff training. This will see us introduce the Oracle Learning Cloud application of the Oracle portal.  Following on from the implementation of the Oracle portal for payroll and annual leave requests last year, from mid-January 2021, we will launch the first phase of Oracle Learning Cloud. 

(11 Dec 2020) » More about Oracle Learning Cloud is coming soon!

Supported Progression programme

Supported Progression is a programme designed to support Year 12 students interested in applying to Durham University. Throughout a series of events, students completing the programme will gain first-hand insight into life as a Durham University student, receive key admissions information and complete a project (non-assessed) for a subject of their choice. Students who complete the programme will be eligible for a guaranteed offer for a programme of study at Durham. Applications for the 2021 programme are now open, and can be found here.

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Team Leader Essentials programme

This programme has been designed to help people who are aspiring to be a team leader or who are new to a team leader role to develop the relevant skills and knowledge. A blended learning model will be used with a mixture of live online sessions and self-directed online learning and it is externally accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management. For further information on this programme click here.

(11 Dec 2020)