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20 November 2020

£1m to help us understand hidden health issues

Our Institute for Medical Humanities has just been awarded £1million from the Wellcome Trust to further expand their research into health conditions that can be 'hidden' - those that are stigmatised by society, difficult to measure or displays no visible symptoms. The team will work closely with people who experience these health conditions as well as with healthcare professionals and others to understand the challenges faced in day-to-day life. With a mission to change research approaches, improve public and clinical understanding, address shame and stigma, and develop new approaches to managing health to make a difference to people who are often not represented in policy decisions, funding, and research initiatives. You can find out more here.

(20 Nov 2020)

A reminder when out in the dark - Be Seen, Be Safe

Whether you walk or cycle during the winter months, it is important that you are safe and that you are visible to others. We are reminding everyone to be seen, be safe whilst out and about. If you are a cyclist why not share a story or photo of how you #LightTheNight on your bike for your chance to win one of six prizes from our £700 prizes with Love to Ride. This month they are raising awareness of how important it is to see and be seen now that the clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in. If you're in need of bike lights or locks in the Durham Area, Recyke Y'Bike is offering 10% off for staff and students.

(20 Nov 2020)

Advance HE

We are institutional members of Advance HE who provide a range of information and support for the HE sector including - research papers, development resources and the opportunity to engage with sector wide discussions. Please see the November edition of their “In-Partnership” publication which provides an overview of all their resources and specifically focuses on student retention and its related content and events, accreditation and there are a number of articles, development opportunities and a survey on the impact of Covid on working from home within the equality, diversity and inclusion area.

(20 Nov 2020)

Catalan event - Passat, present i futur del teatre català. Evolució i noves escenes

You are cordially invited to a double online session about Catalan theatre organised in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and Institut Ramon Llull, in which we will be able to hear many experts in the field on Wednesday 25 November and 2 December between 5pm-6pm. For more information on this event, please contact

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Enhancing Accessibility funding call

DCAD is delighted to be able to announce a second call to access a new fund to enhance the accessibility of teaching and learning and will allow you to develop new approaches to accessibility in the coming academic year. This funding is providing through the government’s Disability Premium funding. For further details visit here.

(20 Nov 2020)

Funded PhD research placements in Canada

A new and exciting opportunity has been announced for doctoral students to participate in a 12 week research exchange scheme at Canadian Universities in 2021. The scheme is open to doctoral students who are funded by the Research Councils of UK Research and Innovation - AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC - in all areas of UKRI research remit. The deadline for application is 8 December.

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Love to Ride winter wheelers is back

Winter wheelers is a cycling advent calendar for adults organised through Love to Ride. There are discount codes from their sponsors Proviz, Beryl and Loffi, which you can unlock just by logging a ride between 1-24 December. Logging a ride will also put you into their Christmas Day draw for a brand new e-bike.

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New Immigration System from 1 January 2021

The UK is introducing a points-based immigration system from 2021. These new arrangements will take effect from 1 January 2021, once freedom of movement with the European Union (EU) has ended.

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Online help needed

We are looking for volunteers to complete an online questionnaire to help understand the development of digital and social and civic skills in different educational contexts. The target age group: 16 - 35 years. Time needed: 10-15 minutes for the online questionnaire with the option to sign up for an online focus group.

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Open Course Training Programme for 2020/21

The HR-OD team announces a new Open Course Training Programme for 2020/21 with a wide range of opportunities including: online workshops, leadership programmes, eLearning resources and webinars. This year all of the workshops and leadership programmes on the Open Course Training Programme for 2020/21 will be delivered online. 

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Study a language this January - evening course programme now open

Registration is now open for our Centre for Foreign Language Study’s January evening courses. 17 languages are available, including Bengali, Norwegian and Polish which have been recently reintroduced to the programme. All courses will be delivered online by experienced, professional language teachers, in an engaging and interactive virtual classroom. Courses are open to staff, students, and members of the public (for a fee). For full details and course listings, please see our web page. For enquiries, please contact

(20 Nov 2020)

Successful funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund Collective Programme

Congratulations to Professor Claire Horwell from Earth Sciences, Professor Mike Crang and Professor Alex Densmore, both from Geography, on their successful bids for funding worth over £5.5 million by UK Research and Innovation through the Global Challenges Research Fund announced earlier today.

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Supporting local charities with this year's Christmas Wish Tree

Our Christmas Wish Tree will be a little different this year, but will still provide much-needed support, especially during these uncertain times. Staff and students are invited to donate an amount of their choice to one or both of this year’s charities - Children North East and REfUSE - which will help them to provide items from their Christmas wish lists! Find out more and how to get involved.

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Take on the Lunchtime Walk Challenge

If your commute has changed to just travelling from your bedroom to your kitchen table on a morning, you might be missing out on those valuable minutes of exercise which used to really add up. Even though most of us are staying home for work or studies, it’s still important to get outside and get some fresh air which also has the bonus of some much-needed natural light. Why not make a Living Street’s pledge to get out for a short walk each day or try one of their 20 tips #Try20 if you need some ideas.

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The Fitness Centre Online Class Programme

The Team Durham Fitness Team has been working hard over the lockdown period to continue to ensure that the Durham University community can maintain their activity levels throughout these unprecedented times.

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Virtual Protest Choir

Do you like to sing? Do you have a mobile and a set of headphones? Then the Sociology Department needs you! We’re running a ‘Virtual Protest Choir’ singing a song - ‘Active Bystander’ - written by local singer Nicky Rushton as part of our recent Artist in Resident Project. We would love to have some more singers to join in. You don’t need to have experience singing in a choir and you don’t need to be able to read music, just the will to join in. Interested? 1) Check out a clip of our first video 2) Find out more and at 3) join one of our 30 minute drop in sessions, running Thursdays via Zoom, and have a sing with Nicky 4) send us your recording 5) sit back knowing your voice matters.

(20 Nov 2020)

What to do if you develop covid-19 symptoms again

If you have previously tested positive for Covid-19 and you develop symptoms again, you must self-isolate immediately and book a free test. Tests are available seven days a week. Following a period of self-isolation, if anyone in your household develops Covid-19 symptoms, they should book a test and everyone in the household should follow government guidance and self-isolate again. This applies even if they have had a positive Covid-19 test in the past. If you have tested positive for Covid-19, you may have developed some immunity to the disease. However, it cannot be guaranteed that everyone will develop immunity or how long it will last. Full government guidance is available at 

(20 Nov 2020)