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14 February 2020

£15m investment in Chemistry

Over the next 10 years, we're investing £15m in the refurbishment of our Chemistry site to enhance our Department’s ability to deliver world-class education, research and student experience. Read more on the Department of Chemistry’s web pages.

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Ballet workshops in French

The remaining workshops in Term 2 will take place on 19 February, 26 February, 11 March and 18 March from 5pm - 6pm at the fitness studio of Collingwood College. For more information, please email

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Buddhist meditation group

The new Durham University Buddhist meditation group will meet on Thursdays starting on 27 February, 5pm - 6pm, in the Quiet Space on the first floor of the Teaching and Learning Centre. Anyone who practises any form of Buddhist meditation (or would like to) is very welcome to come along.

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Call for papers - Deadline extended

The call for papers to the 15th regional Learning and Teaching Conference, taking place on 24 April at the University of Sunderland, has been extended to 29 February. In this conference, the North East regional universities are exploring the theme of Knowledge Exchange in its broadest sense. Our teaching community is invited to participate with this 'Call for Papers'.

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Climate Change. The challenge of our time: from policy to personal action

Hatfield alumnus James Close, Head of the Circular Economy Programme for London, will talk about Climate Change on Tuesday 25 February at 6pm, Elvet Riverside room 201. To book your place please visit here. All are welcome.

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Creative writing workshop for International Women's Day

Explore the diverse world of feminist fiction, learn craft techniques, and practice short writing activities to incorporate into your day-to-day life with writer Florianne Humphrey on Thursday 12 March 5pm - 7pm at Alington House Community Association. For more information or to register, please visit here

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Durham University Education Agent Conference

In March, the International Office will welcome 19 of its leading global education agents to Durham for its 9th annual conference. The Conference will provide delegates with a greater insight into Durham, the University and how we inspire the extraordinary. Conference activities will include briefings and presentations from key University staff, Faculty showcases and visits to Colleges.

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Environment Week

We are working to make Durham a sustainable University. As part of this work, we are running an Environment Week from Monday 24 February to Friday 28 February to raise awareness of ways we can all live, work and travel more sustainably.

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Find out more about our Infrastructure Improvements project

Find out more about our Infrastructure Improvements project, an £8m investment to support and enhance the safe and sustainable movement of pedestrians, cyclists and road users around campus, at a drop-in session with our contractor Colas next week.

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Inaugural Event: Leadership in the time of Climate Crisis

The decade beginning in 2020 has been described as the decisive decade to determine the long-term environmental, social and economic impact of climate change. In response to this, we have assembled a high-profile panel to offer their perspectives on the issue of Leadership in the time of Climate Crisis. To register for this event on Tuesday 18 February at 6.15pm at Durham University Business School, please visit the Eventbrite page

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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) - Summer school

Applications for the IMEMS Summer school: Palaeography and Latin are now open. For more information and the application process, please visit the IMEMS web pages. Please note deadline for applications is Friday 1 May 2020. 

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

On Tuesday 11 February, the UN marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. We are proud to recognise some of the remarkable women researching and studying science with real-world impacts here at Durham. We’ve been talking to Mahek Vara, who balances being a second year Natural Sciences student with running a charity which teaches important digital skills to Indian school children. Watch the video here.

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International Development Society

We are pleased to invite you for our Annual Conference on Friday 21 February from 6pm in the Teaching & Learning Centre (TLC033). The theme for this year is 'Migrant Mobilities: Navigating the Globe'. The speaker line-up will be released over the course of the next week. Pizza and wine will be served. Come along for an interesting discussion with some of the leading voices in the field. A £1 fee will be charged at the gates for non-members, while members are welcome to attend free of charge.

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International Women's Day - student panel

In honour of International Women's Day 2020, students of the Durham Leadership & Development Programme are hosting an exciting networking and debating event, with special guest speakers, on Monday 9 March 2020, 5pm - 9pm. Please secure your place to this event by emailing by Thursday 5 March 2020. #EachforEqual

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International Women's Day panel discussion

The University’s Interfaith Inspirational Women’s Group invites everyone to a panel discussion with women from Jewish, Muslim, Christian and other faiths and cultures speaking about the challenges they face in their work and daily life. This event will take place on Sunday 8 March, 7pm at the Lindisfarne Centre, St. Aidan’s College. The panel will be followed by a Q&A discussion. Both men and women are welcome.

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Joint statement from University and UCU

The University and the University and College Union (UCU) are jointly committed to ensuring that all colleagues are treated fairly, with terms and conditions and rates of pay which are appropriate and clearly defined. A joint statement issued by the University and UCU to all staff and students yesterday is available online here

(14 Feb 2020)

New for Encore - Personal Recycle Bin

The Encore service now allows users with creator rights access to their own recycle bin. Recordings that are deleted by users are deposited in their personal recycle bin and can be retrieved for up to 90 days. This feature is restricted to those with Creator access (staff) - Viewers (primarily students) won't have access to any recycle bin. Further information can be found here.

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Post-offer visit days 2020

Wednesday 19 February will see the first of our Post-offer visit days with over 1,600 offer holders attending the event along with 1,000 guests. The event will be taking place throughout the University with offer holders having the chance to drop into their allocated college and spend time within their department. With more footfall on campus you may find facilities are busier than normal. To find out more, please visit the web pages.

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Restricted car parking

A polite reminder that staff, students and contractors are not permitted to park within the Botanic Gardens or the Oriental Museum as they are visitor attraction car parks. Staff are also not permitted to park within the Sports and Wellbeing Park's car park unless they are attending the gym, then they would need to register their vehicle at the main reception area. Please also note that staff with permits must park in a white marked car parking bay, unless the car park is un-marked for example, the Cricket Club and Hallgarth - please park responsibility on the gravelled area not on the grass verge. 

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School Governor and Academy Trustee network event

The Access and Engagement team is aiming to welcome more Governors from our network by providing both a breakfast session, and a lunchtime session for this term’s networking event on Wednesday 26 February. All are welcome to attend and we hope you will find the event interesting and useful. If you would like to attend one of the sessions, please register your attendance by clicking here. If you have any questions, please email

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Stephenson College Rainbow formal

To mark the end of LGBT + History Month we are delighted to invite you to join us at the Stephenson College Rainbow formal. The event will take place Friday 28 February 2020 at 6.30pm in Howlands Hall. Places can be booked online. For further information, please email

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Things that matter - Material and Culture in/for the Digital Age

This Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies' (IMEMS) summer school will take place 15 - 19 June. Please note the deadline for applications is Tuesday 31 March 2020. For more information and to book your place please visit the IMEMS web pages

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