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Community Liaison Officer

The Student Support and Wellbeing Directorate is delighted to announce the appointment of Hannah Shepherd to the new role of Community Liaison Officer. Hannah has considerable experience over 11 years working in a number of neighbourhood and housing roles for a local authority, most recently as Welfare Support Team Manager (South Tyneside Homes). She is a Durham graduate in English Language and Linguistics, and an alumna of University College. Hannah will be taking up her role within the Student Support and Wellbeing Directorate on Monday, 4 June. She will work on a set of agreed priorities to develop and maintain excellent community relations between the University, our students, and those who work and live in Durham City.

(25 May 2018)

Couch to 5k group

The staff Couch to 5K group completed the progressive programme on Thursday, 24 May, with an impressive performance, covering a 5k route around Durham Riverside and Maiden Castle’s grounds. Participants have been meeting at the Palatine reception on a Thursday lunchtime and running/walking for between 25-30 minutes per session. The initiative was delivered as part of Experience Durham’s Adult Outreach programme by qualified run leader, Lynn Preston. Staff were thrilled to reach their 5k goal today, and celebrated with cakes and fizzy water! It is hoped that the initiative can be repeated, on a smaller scale in the coming weeks, keeping staff running and introducing an intensive eight-week Couch to Summer Runner programme(during June and July). Any staff interested in participating should contact

(25 May 2018)

Deadline for promotional merchandise orders

Departments wishing to place orders for promotional merchandise with the Retail Office, to be charged in the current financial year, need to do so no later than Friday, 22 June. To discuss your requirements please contact

(25 May 2018) » More about Deadline for promotional merchandise orders

Dialogue 57 - Out now

The latest edition of Dialogue magazine is out now and you can view it online here.

(25 May 2018)

Durham University Community Fund - Update

Its not too late to get involved. All funds raised go to our amazing community partners. Over that past seven months individuals who pay into the fund have voted for charities in the following themes:

  • Quarter 1 - Children and Young People
  • Quarter 2 - Animal Welfare
  • Quarter 3 - Health and Ageing. 

Voting for the Quarter 4 theme Social will open on Monday, 4 June. If you would like to have your say on who receives funding at the end of the year, have a look at the website on how to get involved or send an email to

(25 May 2018) » More about Durham University Community Fund - Update

Environmental Fact of the Week

Did You Know…Livers In and Out can take part in the Green Move Out scheme to reduce waste and support local charities? Further details can be found here.

(25 May 2018) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week

Finance Transformation

As previously communicated by the Vice-Chancellor, the Durham DOES programme is closing, with the focus moving to getting IT systems in place alongside better management information in key areas such as Finance. University Finance Transformation will be progressing and the University Executive Committee (UEC) has agreed a business case and a plan to proceed with a package of work to deliver the Finance Transformation.

(25 May 2018) » More about Finance Transformation

GDPR - Documenting Personal Data Processing

Today the GDPR becomes enforceable across the EU. The new UK Data Protection Act 2018 is also now in force, replacing the Data Protection Act 1998 and making provisions for how the UK government applies the GDPR. In the lead up to GDPR enforcement the Information Governance Unit has been presenting a series of communications that draw from guidance available on the Data Protection webpages. This week the focus is on upholding documenting our data processing activities and disposal of personal data. For more information about data protection and information governance, please visit the Information Governance webpages and for more information about each of the Individual Rights, please see this page.

(25 May 2018) » More about GDPR - Documenting Personal Data Processing

Institute of Advanced Study - Easter Term events 2018

The Institute of Advanced Study continues its programme of events during Easter Term -including lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences linked to its 2017/18 ‘Structure’ programme, as well as additional activities independent of the annual theme. Most events, and in particular lectures, are free to attend and open to all.

(25 May 2018) » More about Institute of Advanced Study - Easter Term events 2018

Language courses available this summer

The Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish this summer. All are open to staff, students and members of the public. A range of levels is available, offering the opportunity to start learning a language as a beginner, or to develop your existing language skills. Please see the website for full details of days, times and fees.

(25 May 2018)

Marshals needed for Summer Congregation 2018

Staff are invited to get involved at Summer Congregation by volunteering to marshal. You will be working with colleagues from across the University to provide advice and guidance to students, guests and staff attending ceremonies. Please sign up here by Monday, 28 May. Instructions and training will be provided in advance and lunch plus cakes/refreshments will be supplied in the Cathedral Restaurant.

(25 May 2018) » More about Marshals needed for Summer Congregation 2018

Meeting of University Council

A joint meeting of Council and Senate was held on Tuesday, 8 May. Terry Collins, Chief Executive of Durham County Council delivered an informative and interesting presentation entitled an Ambitious University in an Ambitious City and Region. University Council met on following day. 

(25 May 2018) » More about Meeting of University Council

Public lecture

Following the nomination for an honorary degree by Durham University to Professor Veena Das, Krieger Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University, the Department of Anthropology has organised a public lecture entitled: ‘Ordinary Realism, Skepticism, and the Making of Legal Subjects’. The lecture will take place on Thursday, 28 June at 2pm in the Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre. Please contact for further information.

(25 May 2018)

Receiving SMS/texts from General Practice

Due to General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) the Claypath and University Medical Group (CUMG) is no longer able to communicate with patients by text message and/or email without their explicit consent. If you are patient and would like to receive or continue to receive, text messages and/or emails from the practice for the purposes of health promotion, practice news, and for appointment reminders please either inform practice reception staff or complete and return the SMS/Text Messaging Consent form on the practice website at

(25 May 2018) » More about Receiving SMS/texts from General Practice

Reminder - Call for contributions: Durham University Learning & Teaching Conference 2018

Submissions are now invited for Durham University’s annual internal learning and teaching conference. Contributions on a wide range of topics are welcome, sharing practices that have enhanced the student experience, smaller and bigger projects as well as research on learning and teaching. All staff interested in discussing learning and teaching regardless of role are invited to contribute a short or longer talk. Deadline for submissions is Monday, 11 June. The Conference will be held on Thursday, 13 September 2018. For further details please visit here.

(25 May 2018)

Team Durham Summer Camps

Bookings are now open and information available online for the Summer 2018 holiday camps.There will be a whole range of camps including the popular mini and multi-sports camp, tennis, dance and drama, adventure and water sports, netball, performing arts, learn to row, junior development and junior performance sculling camps. For more information please visit here or contact

(25 May 2018)

Update on pay negotiations for the 2018/2019 round

Following the final meeting for the 2018/2019 JNCHES negotiating round, employers made a final offer as follows:

  • 2% base pay increase to the New JNCHES pay spine points 16 - 51 from 1 August 2018
  • The employers made a final offer of 2% on spine points 16 - 51, with £425 on points 2 - 15 (worth up to 2.8%)

The trade unions will now consider the final offer at their various meetings after which they will arrange to consult with their members. Further updates will be issued in due course.

(25 May 2018)

Vote Now - Senate-AEA Election 2018

Over 400 eligible members of staff have already voted in the 2018 Senate-AEA Election. Members of staff at grade 7 and above wishing to vote must do so by 5pm on Tuesday, 29 May. To view candidate statements and to access the voting system to participate, together with guidance upon voting, please visit here.

(25 May 2018)

How do children develop?

The Durham Developmental Group is looking for children from birth to 17 years to take part in fun psychology projects. The group runs many different projects throughout the year which are easy to take part in. They play games tapping into sensory and motor skills, ranging from virtual reality tea parties to fast-paced stepping tasks. Visits are arranged to fit around your schedule, and they also provide snacks, refreshments and prizes. Find out more and volunteer here.

(21 May 2018)