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20 March 2020

Cancellation of fitness classes at Fountains Hall

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the fitness classes at Fountains Hall on Thursday lunchtimes are cancelled for the foreseeable future from 19 March 2020. We will be back in touch as soon as we know we can start them again.

(20 Mar 2020)

Corporate Card Applications

From Monday 23 March 2020, in line with Government and University guidance, the Procurement Services team will be working from home – this will remain the case until further notice. In light of this we have decided to suspend all new applications for purchasing and travel cards until further notice, as there will be no staff in the office to either receive/process applications or to receive/distribute cards when they arrive. If you are currently waiting for a card, please contact if you need to receive this urgently. Where you have an urgent need for a new card, please contact to discuss your requirement. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

(20 Mar 2020)

Covid-19 Working from home

Colleagues in HR have produced some guidance for managers regarding arrangements for working from home. This includes guidance on self-isolation, wellbeing and underlying health conditions. It is available here

(20 Mar 2020)

How to report suspected cases of Covid-19

We are aware that rumours and “fake news” can gain momentum quickly during uncertain times, and so we would ask all members of the community to act responsibly with information you receive. Please report all suspected cases to the University, through your normal absence reporting channels. At the same time we are asking students to report in through their College Student Support Office.

(20 Mar 2020)

New Gender Pay Gap data published

This week we have published our Gender Pay Gap data for the year to 31 March 2019 online. Our figures show an improvement on the previous year, but we recognise there is still much more to do. The background to this data, analysis of the figures and details of our approach to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion can be found here

(20 Mar 2020)

Rotary Club of Durham

Since 1984/5 the University has allowed the Rotary Club of Durham to take donations from people using University car parking on Saturday mornings, initially based at Territorial Lane before recently moving to Elvet Riverside. This partnership has raised over £330,000 for local charities and good causes, and in 2019-20 the Rotary Club of Durham is on course to raise another £6,000. University permit holders are not obliged to make a donation to park but many do and the Rotary Club wish to extend their thanks to all staff and the University for their continued support.

(20 Mar 2020)

Some buildings will close from Sunday 22 March

As increasing numbers of colleagues are working from home, we will be closing some University buildings, where possible. This is to prioritise resources for essential services. Closures will be introduced on a phased basis, beginning from Sunday 22 March. If you have personal belongings at work which you require continued access to, please take them home if possible. While we appreciate staff who are already self-isolating will not be able to access buildings before Sunday, we cannot delay the closure programme. Please be assured: we will keep access under review. A list of the buildings to be closed on Sunday 22 March has been issued to Heads of departments. It is also available online here. More detailed information on the phased building closure programme will be shared at a local level by Estates and Facilities. Please do everything you can to assist.

(20 Mar 2020)

Volunteering during Covid-19

The developments around Covid-19, the escalation of preventative measures and the increasing transition of University staff to home working have unsurprisingly meant that the current University Staff and Student Volunteering programmes will not be able to operate as they have. As we transition into different modes of working and living, our spirit of volunteering and desire to contribute to our local communities will become more important than ever.

(20 Mar 2020) » More about Volunteering during Covid-19

Wellbeing and working remotely web page

We find ourselves in a time of significant change to our normal working lives. There is a huge amount of useful information on the Covid-19 FAQ site which is updated regularly. Colleagues from HR & OD, CIS, Occupational Health, Health and Safety and The Counselling Service have created a working from home and wellbeing web page and summary leaflet including some best practice advice and guidance on personal wellbeing whilst working remotely. This page will be regularly updated with information on personal development opportunities and suggestions for wellbeing and we would welcome any suggestions you have as to what would be useful to include. Please email your ideas to

(20 Mar 2020)