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13 March 2020

Call for participants: Race Equality Charter (REC) Focus Groups for Staff

Following our recent Race Equality Survey, we are inviting staff members to take part in our focus group discussion, which will be an opportunity to expand upon the key themes raised in the survey. This will take place on Monday, 16 March 2020 (1pm to 3pm in Room PCL050, Palatine Centre). To express your interest in taking part, please email by 10am on 16 March 2020. 

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Covid-19 and internal communications

To ensure that we can give our staff and students the latest information and advice on Covid-19 as quickly as possible, we are making some temporary editorial changes to our internal communications channels. Therefore from today and until further notice Dialogue Signposts will be used for business critical messages only, Message of the Day content will be reserved for coronavirus and any other business critical messages only, and all but coronavirus-related content will be removed from digital signage.

(13 Mar 2020)

DCAD Academic Staff Development Workshops – Covid 19 Response

In response to the Covid-19 situation, all DCAD staff development workshops will be postponed until 31 May at the earliest. We will be in touch directly if you’re already booked on one of our workshops to discuss whether postponing or running online would be the best alternative. We apologise for any disruption caused.

(13 Mar 2020)

Event Cancellations due to Covid-19

Please check the What’s On Guide, Research lectures, seminars and events and Department and Institute events pages for information on whether an event in the upcoming weeks has been cancelled/postponed.

(13 Mar 2020)

Health and Safety - offsite working

The Health and Safety Service has launched new guidance covering offsite work, which includes all travel away from Durham by staff and students under the auspices of the University for any purpose. As of 1 March, all offsite work must be supported by a risk assessment which has been approved through the department, college or service’s management structure. It remains the case that all travel requests must also be subject to a Viator application, and all Viator applications must now have an approved risk assessment attached – there will no longer be the option of writing risk information into Viator. Further information can be found on the Health and Safety Service’s web pages and from your Health and Safety Business Partner.

(13 Mar 2020)

POSTPONED Food and Ethnicity: The Durham Experience

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the decision has been taken to postpone the "Food and Ethnicity" event at Durham Castle. It will no longer be held on 27 March 2020. Details of the rescheduled date will be circulated shortly. N8 AgriFood, Durham BAME Network, and Durham EDI Unit apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused. We do hope many of you will be able to join us on the rescheduled date. For more information please contact

(13 Mar 2020)

The North East Environment Network (OASES) are looking for a new treasurer

The Honorary Treasurer will provide financial information to trustees and maintain accounting standards. They may act as an "interpreter" for trustees who have little understanding of financial affairs so they can make informed decisions. For more information visit their website here. If you are interested in applying for this voluntary role then please send a CV and a covering letter, highlighting your relevant skills and interests to:

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