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19 March 2021

A new home for world-class teaching, research and enterprise

Find out more about the latest addition to our campus – a new, world-class home for our Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science departments. The new building provides state-of-the-art facilities for students and researchers alike and is also home to a dedicated space for enterprise and entrepreneurship so our talented students can bring their ideas to reality.

(19 Mar 2021)

Aspect - a network for social science researchers

Durham has recently joined Aspect, a network for organisations looking to make the most of commercial and business opportunities from social sciences research. Further information can be found on their website

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Award for the Teaching and Learning Centre

The Lower Mountjoy Teaching and Learning Centre has been recognised as a Highly Commended Winner at the Civic Trust Awards 2021. The building which opened in 2019, has received praise for its design which incorporates a dynamic roof profile with multiple facades, creating a visually interesting building which is in keeping with its surroundings. The judges commented particularly on the way that the top floor has created spaces reminiscent of a traditional reading room, and on the beautiful views from the teaching spaces through the tree tops. Congratulations to all involved.

(19 Mar 2021)

Durham to lead European Employability Workshop

Durham will bring together 41 European universities and play host to a virtual workshop as well as the signing of a historic partnership agreement. Held on 15 April, the event aims to bring together colleagues from across the Coimbra Group – an international network founded in 1985 committed to creating special academic and cultural ties across universities who believe in promoting internationalisation, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research, and service to society. The event is open to any member of staff at Durham or a Coimbra Group university and the programme and registration link can be found here.

(19 Mar 2021)

Energy and Sustainability Team update

This term the team has been busy, taking part in various Council Meetings, organising open forums and workshops for feedback and discussion, establishing a Biodiversity Group and developing a new strategy for sustainability across the University, to name but a few. Continue reading for more information and to find out how you can get involved. Together we can make an impact.

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Ensuring a coherent approach to a return to campus

A complement of staff has been on site throughout the pandemic and this will increasingly be the case as the country begins to open up in accordance with the Government Roadmap. Members of staff in our Professional Services should continue to work from home wherever possible until at least 21 June, and likely longer, depending on Government Guidance and the need to ensure appropriate spaces and arrangements for colleagues to return.

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EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme is the mechanism by which EU citizens may continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020. Applications are free and you have until 30 June 2021 to apply, providing that you were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.

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European University Association (EUA) Annual Conference

Durham University is a member of EUA, an international network that represents more than 800 universities in 48 European countries. The EUA plays a crucial role in influencing EU policies on higher education, research and innovation. The 2021 EUA Annual Conference 'Universities 2030: From vision to reality' will take place online on 22-23 April. Durham colleagues who would be interested to engage can find the full programme and registration details here.

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Financial education and wellbeing resources

We have a number of financial education and wellbeing resources that you can access including the following upcoming webinars in April: Pre-Retirement Planning, Mid-Career Financial Planning and Changing Your Money Mindset. For further information, please click here.

(19 Mar 2021)

Invitation to USS Events

There is still the opportunity for current and prospective members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) to attend upcoming events regarding various aspects of the scheme. These include guidance webinars targeted to specific career stages and information webinars to provide updates on the latest developments in the USS valuation process. Further information on all of these events including dates, times and registration can be found here.

(19 Mar 2021)

Post-offer Visit Day

The second of our live event dates for Post-offer Virtual Visits will be taking place on Saturday 20 March 2021. Following our final live date, current UG offer-holders will be able to view on-demand content until 12 May 2021.In addition to the on-demand content, we will be launching a series of 33 Discover Durham Live student-led events, where offer holders can find out more about Durham from our Durham Student Ambassadors. The session topics range from students talking about their experiences as a local student to what to expect from the transition from FE to HE.

(19 Mar 2021)

Research project awards over £500,000 to promote science-engaged theology

Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science, a Templeton Religion Trust-funded project at St John's College, has awarded grants of up to £60,000 to nine theological colleges in the UK to promote science-engaged theology. Colleges are expected to develop or refine at least one core module and host wider-reaching activities which model how science engages with theology. Among the successful applicants was Cranmer Hall.

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The impact of Covid-19 on mothers working in UK Higher Education Institutions

The Durham University Mothers-and-Mothers-to-be Support Network (MAMS) are launching a UK-wide research project into the impact of Covid-19 on mothers working in any job role in Higher Education. The network is delighted to announce that as part of this research, our survey for mothers is now live.

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Webinar: Referencing and avoiding plagiarism in academic work

Using other people’s ideas, data or creations as evidence in your own work is an essential academic skill in every subject and at every level of study. This Zoom webinar will look at how to cite these sources as references in your academic work. The webinar is open to all members of the University and takes place at 2pm-3pm on Friday 19 March. To book your place, simply visit the Training Course Booking System.

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What to do if you experience Covid-19 symptoms after your vaccination

Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. If you've had your vaccine and you develop any Covid-19 symptoms including;

  • A new continuous cough
  • Loss of, or change to, smell or taste
  • A high temperature

You must:

  • Self-isolate immediately
  • Book a Covid-19 test
  • Inform your manager

Visit to find out what to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination.

(19 Mar 2021)