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15 May 2020

Access and Disability

We are a Disability Confident Employer and we work with our Occupational Health service and external partner organisations and schemes, such as Access to Work, to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to overcome issues which colleagues may have in respect of the work environment or their role. Covid-19 support pages are now live. These pages are updated regularly so please do keep checking back.

(15 May 2020)

Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences: Research Newsletter

At the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences we would like to share our Research Newsletter with colleagues across the University. Included are some recent successes, our new research themes and identity, and news from our growing PGR and PDRA community. If you would like to receive a regular copy please contact Lucy Cawson at You can view our first newsletter here.

(15 May 2020)

Disruption to Library systems

On Monday 18 May at 9am, we will be performing essential maintenance on our systems. This will affect the following services: the Library Catalogue, DDS request forms and online payments and renewals. The maintenance is likely to take up to two hours. You can search for items within Discover, but you may experience problems accessing e-resources. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

(15 May 2020)

Government update on Covid-19

To help control the spread of Covid-19, please follow the latest government advice; 

  • stay at home as much as possible 
  • work from home if you can 
  • limit contact with other people 
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible) 
  • wash your hands regularly 

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. The government guidance is available in full here. If you are no longer in the UK, please continue to follow local government advice. 

(15 May 2020)

Institute of Advanced Study: 2021/22 Fellowship nominations

The 2021/22 IAS Fellowship scheme has opened a call for Fellowship nominations. The deadline for these is Monday 13 July 2020. Nominating individuals for IAS Fellowships is a very effective way for colleagues across the University to bring world-leading scholars to Durham, to collaborate with them on IAS major projects or other research developments, and to expand Durham’s international network of research collaborators. Fellows may be nominated to contribute to any of the four Major Projects sponsored by the IAS during 2021/22, or to collaborate on other research developments. All nominations must fully meet the criteria for the IAS Distinguished Fellowship scheme. Details are available here or you can contact the IAS at

(15 May 2020)

International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

Sunday 17 May is an important date for LGBTQ+ communities; the celebration brings together millions of people from all over the world, to recognise human rights for all, including countries where same sex acts are illegal. We will celebrate this day with the rest of the World as a way of raising awareness and showing solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. Find out more about IDAHOBIT and the services available to the LGBTQ+ community during Covid-19 here

(15 May 2020)

It's 'On Air - Online' Learning at Work Week

This takes place between 18-24 May. It aims to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of continual learning and development. Research shows that learning new skills can also improve our mental wellbeing by boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem. Here’s a reminder of some of the current online opportunities available from the HR-OD team. Online resources from HR-OD can be accessed here, which includes resources mapped to 15 of the most popular face to face development sessions to enable colleagues to continue with their CPD during this time. Also available (online on DUO) are courses for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion related development including Safeguarding from Radicalisation.

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Knitting blankets of rainbows for the NHS

Two university graduates joined forces to start a local social enterprise to fight social exclusion and their first project just hit the ground running. Knitting blankets of rainbows for the NHS is Culture Healing Communities' first community project, fully supported by Durham Area Action Partnership. Culture Healing Communities is a social enterprise started by Durham University graduates Sandra Almeida and Veronica Freitas, and the project is designed for participation of those still in social isolation, who will knit rainbows in squares that will then be sent back to Sandra and Veronica, to be joined in blankets. After the end of the lockdown the blankets will be auctioned and all the money will be given to the NHS. For more information, please email or visit the website.

(15 May 2020)

Make the most of University Library and Collections resources

Our extensive collection of e-resources, available through Discover, give you access to a superb range of electronic journals and books, articles, databases, museum collections and more. We have also been working with publishers to give you access to even more content during the Covid-19 lockdown. Some publishers have given us temporary access to additional content for a limited period and we’ve arranged trials of other resources that you should find valuable. You can find out more information from the temporary resources section on our website. If you need any advice and support on using any of our resources or finding information, don’t forget to contact your Faculty Librarian.

(15 May 2020)

Oracle Cloud upgrade

The Oracle system will be upgraded to version 20B this evening. You shouldn’t notice any changes, however the system may be a little slow when you log in for the first time. If you have any questions or experience any issues then please contact the service desk here.

(15 May 2020)

Recruitment of Chair of AHRC Liaison Group and Chair of BBSRC Liaison Group - available with immediate effect

We are recruiting to both the AHRC and BBSRC groups. Both positions are available immediately. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a track record of engagement with the Council; for example via grants awarded, peer review duties or strategic linkages. Applications should be submitted via your Head of Department / School to receive their endorsement and should consist of a two page CV and a two page (maximum) supporting statement that outlines your interest in the position, your experience with the funder and some initial ideas for increasing University engagement with the funder. The Chair is usually held for a three year term. The deadline for applications is Monday 1 June 2020. Applications should be submitted to

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Refresh of the University's Wider Student Experience Strategy

From next week, the University will be seeking views from student and staff communities on its proposals for a refreshed Wider Student Experience Strategy, consolidating the thinking that has taken place over the past few years. Stay tuned for a further announcement next week.

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Share your inspiring stories

Many members of our University community are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic in ways that support others, whether within our own community, locally, nationally or internationally. We'd love to hear what you're doing. You can read many inspiring stories of how we together are supporting the effort against Covid-19 on our web page. Please share your story with us, by emailing:

(15 May 2020)