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16 October 2020

Black History Month Programme

We would like to encourage everyone to take part in the ongoing Black History Month programme of activities. These events are open to all members of the University community. To find out more about Black History Month and its significance, please click here.

(16 Oct 2020)

Durham Book Festival

It's the last few days of this year's digital Durham Book Festival, so make sure to take a look at the fantastic programme of events for this weekend. And don't forget, you can view all the past festival events for free on Crowdcast - just click here

(16 Oct 2020)

Peer Support Groups for Students

The Counselling Service organises thematic Peer Support Groups for students on a termly basis. The groups this term are:

  • Estrangement group
  • International group
  • Student parent group
  • Student carer group
  • PGR group
  • Long-term physical health group

Students should email to register interest.

(16 Oct 2020) » More about Peer Support Groups for Students

Supporting face-to-face teaching and learning: your input requested

We want to support academic colleagues to deliver face-to-face teaching and learning in a safe manner. To help us to help you, we would be grateful if you would complete this short questionnaire, which should take no more than five minutes. For more information on the measures in place for face-to-face and online teaching this term, please click here 

(16 Oct 2020)

Academic Skills support for students

The Academic Development for Students team has had a very good take-up of classes for the live online academic skills classes this term, ranging from improving academic writing to time management. For all taught sessions, students can access a recording of the full session  or in some cases a summary of the session  through our DUO page. Also on our DUO page, students might find our academic reading and notetaking resources helpful. To access these from our welcome page, they should click on ‘Class materials’ and then ‘Being productive’. To enrol on our DUO page, students should click on the ‘Academic Skills portal’ on the right under ‘Student Services’ when they log into DUO. For any queries, please contact

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Academic Skills support for students

Botanic Garden Open to staff and students

The Botanic Garden is now open to staff and students from 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday only. It is closed on weekends.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Botanic Garden Open to staff and students

Creating an environment of respect and safety

We're committed to making Durham University an environment that is respectful and inclusive. Earlier this week, the Vice-Chancellor wrote to all staff and students regarding:

i) A new approach to sharing the outcomes of disciplinary investigations;

ii) The outcomes of two investigations recently completed;

iii) A new procedure for handling suspected breaches of Covid-19 restrictions.

The messages can be viewed online here.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Creating an environment of respect and safety

DCAD workshops

DCAD’s Digital Learning Team is running a suite of workshops supporting 'Teaching on Teams, Zoom and Collaborate' along with additional slots for consultations with the team. Places can be booked here.

(15 Oct 2020)

Designing digitally for active learning

In this interactive 3 hour workshop, taking place 27 October 2020, 10am-1pm, DCAD’s Dr Mark Childs will explore the underlying principles around online learning design, before using breakout rooms to explore the design process in groups. Places can be booked here.

(15 Oct 2020)

Discounts on Organic Sanitary products

We are delighted to let you all know that we have negotiated a discount with Grace and Green. They provide organic, 100% plastic free sanitary products; pads, tampons and cups. We have a one off 30% discount (or 20% for cups) available for all staff and students. Please see here for further information and t&cs.

(15 Oct 2020)

Durham Research Methods Centre - Bulletin Issue 1

We would like to share our first Durham Research Methods Centre Bulletin with colleagues across the University. This will be a termly bulletin and will showcase the work DRMC are involved in. You can view our October 2020 Bulletin here.

(15 Oct 2020)

Exciting Opportunity for staff to help shape the future direction of the University - University Council Professional Services staff member

The University Council has overall responsibility for the governance and strategic planning of the University. As well as external independent members and the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor/Provost, it includes 7 members of University staff (of which 5 are academic and 2 can be appointed from all categories of staff). We are currently advertising for one Professional Services staff member, advertised on our internal jobs site here

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Exciting Opportunity for staff to help shape the future direction of the University - University Council Professional Services staff member

Honorary Treasurer for North East Environment Charity

The North East Environment Network – a charity and company limited by guarantee (trading as Outdoor and Sustainability Education Specialists)  is looking for a new Treasurer.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Honorary Treasurer for North East Environment Charity

Introducing the University Security Community Response Team

We want to do everything we can to support our local communities through Covid-19. As part of this we have created a University Security Community Response Team, to support Durham Constabulary during the pandemic by engaging with our students, explaining to them the current local and national Covid-19 restrictions and encouraging them to observe these.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Introducing the University Security Community Response Team

Library Document Delivery Service / Inter-Library Loans

Document Delivery Service (DDS) allows staff and students of Durham University to obtain material not currently held by the Library. All DDS services nationwide (including the British Library) were suspended as the nation went into lockdown in March. This has remained the situation until very recently, but some services are being re-established. The British Library re-instated their inter-library lending for DDS services on 1 October. We are now also gradually reinstating DDS services to request items from other libraries for Durham University library users. For information, please visit here.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Library Document Delivery Service / Inter-Library Loans

Managing long-term physical health conditions at University - webinar

Please signpost your students to our webinar on 4 November at 11am via Teams. This webinar is for students, helping them to cope with long-term physical health conditions whilst at the University. To register, students should email

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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Prioritising our mental health and wellbeing has never been more important as the Covid-19 crisis continues. The Organisation Development team has produced a series of short video clips that look at Health and Wellbeing at Durham University, along with a quick introduction to each of the resource pages you can find on the Wellbeing Hub. To get you started, you can find the first one in the series here.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Mental Health and Wellbeing

Nominations for Chancellor's Medals

Please remember to submit your nominations for the Chancellor's Medal, to be awarded in 2021, to Further details and the nomination form can be found here.

(15 Oct 2020)

Online evening language courses

Our Centre for Foreign Language Study has a wide range of online evening courses commencing this October.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Online evening language courses

PGR conference proposal submission – deadline extended

The deadline to accept oral presentation proposals for our Faculty PGR Conference has been extended to 5pm on Friday 6 November.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about PGR conference proposal submission – deadline extended

Recording Rooms available now

To support academic colleagues with recording asynchronous teaching sessions, CIS has created a number of small recording rooms which feature high quality recording facilities. There are a range of facilities available  from rooms capable of connecting your own device to capture recordings, through to more enhanced facilities which include large touchscreen display equipment. More information on the rooms, equipment, and the booking process can be found here.

(15 Oct 2020)

Research Staff Awards

Nominations are now open for the Research Staff Awards. These awards celebrate the excellent research and impact work undertaken by our research staff. There are three awards this year: Excellence in Academic Research, Excellence in Delivering Impact and Most Supportive Principal Investigator. For the winner in each category there will be a £500 prize to support the research they undertake. Research staff must be either employed on projects led by a member of Durham Academic Staff or hold a fellowship hosted by Durham University.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Research Staff Awards

Study spaces at Hotel Indigo

We are pleased to announce that University Library and Collections has procured additional study space at Hotel Indigo, Durham on a temporary basis. The Council Room will have 18 study spaces available to all Durham University students for individual study who may find it easier to access due to its location within the city. The room is open 8am-10pm, seven days a week. This is currently available on a drop-in basis (first come first served) with no time restriction, although we ask that you are considerate of other students who may need the space. In the coming weeks, this space will become available on a booking only basis with specific timeslots.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Study spaces at Hotel Indigo

Town Hall meeting on pensions

Joanne Race, Director of HR, and Modaser Choudhary, Finance Director will facilitate a town hall meeting on our latest position on the Universities Superannuation Scheme, what our next steps will be and the timetable for the current valuation. The town hall will include a presentation by an independent pensions consultant from Mercers and will take place on the following date:

  • Wednesday 21 October, 10am-11am

The meeting will be held via Zoom. Once you have registered, please confirm the slot in your diary and we'll provide you with the meeting details. If you haven't received the link an hour before the meeting is due to commence, please email you would like to attend the town hall meeting, please click here to register.

(15 Oct 2020)

Annual leave carryover

Following the decision to allow the carryover of 5 days of annual leave entitlement into 2021 please note that any leave carried over will be handled offline via line manager approval and should not be processed through Oracle. Additionally, any carried over leave must be taken by 1 May 2021. For further details, please see our FAQ.

(2 Oct 2020)