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w/c 15 May 2017

Athena Swan Silver Success

This month the Psychology Department was awarded an accreditation for their work on promoting gender equality, once again achieving silver against the Athena Swan Charter Mark. Established by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), the Charter recognises and celebrates good practice that supports career progression, by identifying and removing obstacles to advancement, ensuring equal pay and mainstreaming support, through action at all levels across Departments and the wider University. 

(19 May 2017) » More about Athena Swan Silver Success

Blow away the exam cobwebs

Everyone is welcome on the annual Sponsored Walk in aid of the Durham Palestine Educational Trust on Sunday, 11 June. This year we are doing 11 miles in the Tyne valley, starting and finishing at Wylam. The walk plays a key part in DPET’s ability to fund Palestinian scholarships at Durham and it's also a very happy, social event. We cater for all levels of fitness and walking experience, with refreshments provided at points along the route. You can enrol for just the morning or just the afternoon if you wish. More details and the registration form can be found at here.

(19 May 2017)

BSM - Parking Fines

It has been noted that University staff are utilising purchasing cards/expenses to pay for parking fines and traffic violations when either using University vehicles or whilst on University business. The University Expenses Policy is quite clear that this is not permissible and therefore this process cannot continue.

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Celebrating Pride

Durham University has supported Pride from its inception and we are proud to sponsor the event again this year. Last year we saw the biggest Pride event yet with over 5,000 attending. This is a free event which is supported by volunteers and charitable donations. There is now a LocalGiving page for the Durham Pride event itself. If you want to support this event you can do so by following this link. The good news is that LocalGiving is set up to accept gift aid!

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Consent Matters

A reminder that Consent Matters - an online course covering the areas of sexual consent, communication and relationships, and bystander intervention is now available on DUO. Although the course is aimed at students, we encourage all members of the University community to take part. The course takes about an hour to complete.

(19 May 2017)

Environmental Fact of the Week

Did You Know… Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products are being introduced by Catering across all Colleges?

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Goodbye Garden Party for Professor Tim Burt, Master of Hatfield College

Professor Tim Burt will be leaving Hatfield College and Durham University at the end of this academic year, after over two decades of service. To celebrate Tim’s 21 years as Master at Hatfield, the College is hosting a Garden Party on Saturday, 1 July. The Garden Party will be held in the College from 3.00pm-11pm. If you would like to come to the Garden Party, please make your booking here.

(19 May 2017)

Institute of Advanced Study: 2018/19 Fellowships

The 2018/19 IAS Fellowship scheme is now open. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2017. The IAS seeks to catalyse new thinking on areas of significant interest by bringing together leading international academics as well as writers, artists and practitioners. IAS Fellowships remain a highly effective way to bring to Durham stellar researchers from across our various disciplines, not only further internationalising the University, but also expanding its worldwide network of research collaborators. Please encourage your colleagues to spread the word to the kinds of distinguished international academics we would all like to see in Durham. IAS Fellowships are available for a 3-month period between October 2018 and March 2019. For further details about the 2018/19 IAS Fellowships, please visit:

(19 May 2017)

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) Postgraduate Forum - Save the date

The third Postgraduate Forum for the 2016/17 academic year will be held on Wednesday, 14 June in W007, Geography between 12noon and 4pm. If you are interested in presenting your work or for more information please contact Hanna Ruszczyk, Postgraduate representative of the IHRR

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Reminder: Join a walk to the Tees Barage, the Wicker Man in Durham or a Nordic Walk

Staff may join several walks taking place during the National Walking Month of May, which include nordic walking around the Botanic Garden, guided walks along the River Tees at Queen's Campus or to the Wicker Man at Low Burnhall Wood in Durham. Various self-guided walks are also available. Further details of all walks can be found on the Greenspace website. Staff who wish to join a nordic walk are asked to register their interest to either Greenspace or Team Durham.

(19 May 2017)

Sexual Violence & Misconduct Operations Group

For the latest update from the Sexual Violence & Misconduct Operations Group, please visit the website

(19 May 2017)

Staff Survey 2017

The Staff Survey 2017 closes today. To get your views heard, please make sure you complete your online survey, or post off your paper copy to ORC International in the pre-paid envelopes. We have exceeded our University target response rate of 60%, with the total response rate this morning being 68%. You can view the updated response rate for your department here. A final response rate will be confirmed next Friday, so keep checking back!

(19 May 2017)

Stevo Book Club

If you are a book worm or want to join a group of avid readers please do come along to the relaunch of the book club on Wednesday, 31 May at 5.30pm in the Heighington Room, Stephenson College. Meet Mr Richard Drake, Proprietor of Drake Bookshop (Stockton High Street) and a fellow SCR member who has kindly agreed to lead our book club. Copies of the book are available to loan from the windowsill of the Heighington Room. This is a free and open event and there is no need to book - just turn up. Refreshments will be available. 

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Stevo Walking Club

Join fellow walker, SCR member Pamela Beddow and students for a leisurely walk to view the Stockton Flyer and a picnic along the Tees Barrage on Wednesday, 31 May. You will collect Elderflower blossoms on your way and back at the Heighington Room Pamela will demonstrate how to make and bottle a delicious cordial. The walk will start from the Heighington Room at 12.30pm. For those members with children at school age, please feel free to bring them along, as we know they will be on their school holidays that week. Just remember to bring sensible footwear and a water bottle. Stephenson Brollies can be provided, but will hopefully not be necessary. This is a free event open to everyone. To establish how many Elderflower bottles and picnics will be needed, please book your place by emailing

(19 May 2017)

The migrations have started

The migration of University IT services into their new home started last week and so far four are safely housed in the new data centres. The schedule for the migrations has been updated up to the first week of June: read on to find out more and don't forget to keep a look-out for updates here in Dialogue Signposts.

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Voluntary Severance Scheme Deadline

The closing date for applications to the Voluntary Severance (VS) scheme is 5pm on Friday, 26 May*. Further information about the scheme is available online at: 

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Institute of Advanced Study - Easter Term Events 2017

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) has a wide variety of events this term including lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2016/17 Scale programme. Most events, and in particular lectures, are free to attend and open to all. For a full list of events, please click here.

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Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) visit on Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Professor Tim Wheeler, Director of Science and Innovation at NERC will be visiting Northumbria University on Tuesday, 23 May. There will be a presentation from Professor Wheeler at 3.30pm which is open to anyone from the five North East Universities who has an interest in NERC Science. The event will take place in the Great Hall, Sutherland Building at Northumbria University. To register for this event, please email Tracy Suddick at no later than Monday, 22 May.

(18 May 2017)

Staff 'sleep out' to fight poverty

Several colleagues recently spent a night sleeping out in Durham Cathedral to raise money to fight homelessness and poverty, as part of the CEO Sleepout. They raised more than £1,000, and the event raised nearly £25,000 in total. Well done to all who took part.

(18 May 2017)

Third Year Recitals

Come along to the Music Department on Thursday, 25 May and Friday, 26 May to hear the third year recitals. Admission is free and the recitals are open to all.

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University Governing Body: Staff Members Required

The University Council has overall responsibility for the governance and strategic planning of the University. As well as external independent members, the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, it includes seven members of University staff. We are currently advertising for two staff members (one open to all staff, the other to academic staff only). This is an opportunity to get involved at the highest level of the University’s strategic planning and governance, so please think about applying or encouraging a colleague. If you would like to know more about the role please contact the University Secretary or any of the current staff members listed here

(18 May 2017)

YUM buffet orders for Graduation week

University Catering is now taking YUM buffet orders for Graduation week (week commencing 26 June). This is an extremely busy week, so we would encourage any departments wishing to book catering provisions to do so as early as possible to avoid disappointment, as orders will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis. Bookings can be made via the online booking system.

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Day Conference: 'Hope and Hunger; Foodbanks and Theology'

The aim of the conference is to bring together lay and expert voices in religious, academic and civil spheres to discuss the part played by foodbanks in meeting local need, and the prospects for a sustainable food economy beyond emergency provision in the North East of England. It will take place on Saturday, 3 June at Abbey House in Durham. More information and online booking can be found here.

(16 May 2017)

English Jesuit Drama 1599-1916: From Martyrs to Rum Punch

Jan Graffius and Joe Reed (Stonyhurst College) will give this lecture as part of the Ushaw Lecture Series at Ushaw College at 6pm on Tuesday, 23 May 2017. The lecture will be preceded by a drinks reception at 5.30pm. All are welcome. To register, please email Should you need help with transport between Durham City and Ushaw College, please contact Jane at or on 0191 334 1656 by 9am on Monday, 22 May. For directions, please visit

(15 May 2017)

Durham World Heritage Site Lecture Series 2017

Emma Cunliffe will present the next event in the series with her lecture entitled 'Syrian Heritage in Conflict: Destruction and Protection" on Wednesday, 24 May at 6pm in the Learning Room of Palace Green Library, Palace Green. This lecture is free for all. Please confirm your attendance by emailing as spaces are limited. 

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