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19 February 2021

AdvanceHE – Tackling Structural Race Inequality in Higher Education

Now, perhaps more than ever, higher education is being challenged to become accessible, inclusive and representative of the society we live in. The voices calling for change are many and strong, the opportunities, energy and urgency likewise. As members of AdvanceHE, university staff have access to videos and blogs on how institutions can better understand and address the structural race inequality. To access the blogs, videos and activities available, please click here.

(19 Feb 2021)

Become a School Governor: Information session for staff

If you are interested in finding out more about what a governor is, the benefits, responsibilities and University support available, then this session is for you. Led by Governors for Schools and hosted by the Access and Engagement team, this 30 minute session on Wednesday 3 March at 1.30pm – 2pm will provide all you need to know about becoming a School Governor/Academy Trustee, and is for all staff members who are interested in applying to become a School Governor/Academy Trustee or who would like further information about the role. To book a place please contact Ashley Callard at

(19 Feb 2021)

Bespoke online digital skills session for students

Following the recent launch of the M365 My Digital Skills site for students that aims to help students improve their digital skills using Microsoft 365, we have announced a bespoke session for students on 5 March, delivered by Steve Crompton, MD of Changing Social and former Durham University student. As a Durham alumnus and now current employer, Steve will share what employers are looking for when they are hiring and show students how they can stand out from the crowd. 

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We are pleased to announce a collaboration between Durham Research Methods Centre and the Durham Behavioural Science Team to launch Durham CREATE, an online participant recruitment platform for researchers and research participants to co-create knowledge.

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Durham Research Methods Centre - Bulletin Issue 2

We would like to share our Durham Research Methods Centre Epiphany Term Bulletin with colleagues across the University. In this issue we highlight our involvement with the Templeton Capacity Building Grant and Durham CREATE, update you on our MA in Research Methods and the new Master in Data Science (MDS) and outline our courses and workshops including Decolonisation with Stellenbosch and The R Course and the Collaboration with the NCRM. We also join the University in paying tribute to Professor Christine Merrell. View it here

(19 Feb 2021)

Fairtrade Fortnight: Choose the World you want

This month has been focused on Ethical Purchasing and Fairtrade for our Greenspace Calendar, ‘Fairtrade February’. Next week kickstarts the international campaign of Fairtrade Fortnight, and you can get involved and make a difference…

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Google Scholar: Getting more out of Google

Google Scholar is a part of the Google search engine which searches academic-related sources exclusively. The index which Google Scholar uses includes most peer-reviewed online journals from some of the largest scholarly publishers, as well as academic books and other non-peer-reviewed journals. This webinar session on Friday 26 February will cover how to make the most of Google Scholar, and utilise it as part of your research process. 

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Improvements to Oracle Payslips

HR People & Pay Services have been working with our external support partners to improve the current payslip to enable us to provide more detail for employees with multiple assignments and remove the Annual Leave reduction to Annual Salary.

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International Women's Day

Join us for International Women's Day at Durham University on Monday 8 of March. You can find out more and register for events on women, leadership, and pandemics including the Picture a Scientist screening and panel discussion and the Music Department's IWD concert here.

(19 Feb 2021)

Italian Course at St John's College

Italian is a definite 'must learn' it if you are passionate about delicious food, history of art, music and even business – did you know that “Made in Italy” is the third most recognised brand in the world after Coca Cola and Visa? This course will be a great opportunity to practice Italian in a friendly and relaxed environment, and will run online on Teams every Friday, 7pm-7.55pm for 6 weeks starting 26 February 2021. The teacher is a native Italian speaker, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with a PG-cert in Academic Practice and with years’ experience in teaching and the sessions will be highly interactive.

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LGBT+ History Month

Join us for a LGBT+ History Month conversation around physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing on Thursday 25 February 2021 at 12 noon. You can register here or find out more about LGBT+ History Month on our EDI pages.

(19 Feb 2021)

Opportunity to help improve research in the Institute for Medical Humanities

We are looking for non-academics to help us think through our research questions, methods and communications to help make our work as relevant and accessible as possible. Do you know anyone, e.g. friends, family or neighbours, who might be interested? We are holding two no-obligation information sessions this March over Zoom.

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Pearn Kandola new webinar series – Exploring LGBT+ experiences in the workplace

Pearn Kandola’s latest webinar series is focused on the LGBT+ History Month, taking an in-depth look into LGBT+ employees’ experiences in the workplace. Looking at what language is appropriate to use; the unique forms of exclusion the LGBT+ community face; the stereotypes and attitudes towards the LGBT+ community; how to cultivate an organisational culture where your LGBT+ employees feel safe to be themselves; and the practical steps to create an LGBT+ inclusive workplace. 

(19 Feb 2021)

Reporting unwanted behaviour during Covid-19 restrictions

At Durham University we pride ourselves on providing a supportive, inclusive environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community that does not tolerate bullying, harassment, hate, or sexual misconduct and violence. You can log an anonymous report, request to speak to an advisor, or make a formal report using our online Report + Support platform. Any individual who discloses an incident of bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct and violence will NOT face disciplinary action if social distancing rules were broken at the time of the incident. 

(19 Feb 2021)

Senior Leadership Town Hall meeting - 5 March

The next Town Hall meeting will take place on Friday 5 March, 11.30am-1pm, and will address our Health & Wellbeing Strategy and the Digital Strategy. To attend, please register here. Once you have registered, please confirm the slot in your diary and we'll provide you with the meeting details a few hours before the meeting starts. The Digital Strategy is available now for you to read at: The Health & Wellbeing Strategy will be available during the course of next week at: You can also access these links from our Town Hall meetings web page.

(19 Feb 2021)

St John's Cafe Scientifique

St John's Café Scientifique talks offer the invaluable opportunity to have a friendly meet up with world leading scientists and hear from them about the latest scientific discovery. This term, St John's Café Scientifique is pleased to invite our community to a series of talks on Covid-19. Read on to find out more about our upcoming events.

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Tune in to nature

Want to experience the sounds of Spring indoors? And to engage in a citizen science project? We have developed a new website to allow people to listen to birdsong, learn a few garden birdsongs, test yourself and perhaps have a go at recording (on a smart-phone) or even classifying uploaded clips. No prior knowledge necessary. Find out more here.

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