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22 May 2020

Breakfast webinar - A data-driven approach to research during the Covid-19 pandemic

Dr Stefan Szyniszewski, Department of Engineering, and final year BEng student Charlie Rougier will be speaking at a SpringerNature breakfast webinar looking at a data-driven approach as a way to replace lab-based activities during the Covid-19 pandemic. The webinar will take place from 8am to 9am on Tuesday 26 May and is designed to be a forum for scientists to discuss the path to academic work in the current circumstances. It will introduce data analysis tools and also consider general issues around data collection, organisation and curation. To register please visit this link.

(22 May 2020)

Conversations in Quarantine: Nick Mohammed

Listen in to a Q&A with Durham Alumni, Writer, Actor and Comedian Nick Mohammed (Mr Swallow, Piglet, The Martian, Bridget Jones Baby) as he talks about his time at Durham and his experience working in the theatre industry. Where: ART Facebook, What time: 3pm Wednesday 27 May

(22 May 2020)

Financial sustainability town hall meetings

Our Vice-Chancellor, Stuart Corbridge and Chief Financial Officer, Stephen Willis, will hold a series of Town Hall meetings through May and early-June as follows:

  • Tuesday 26 May 2020, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 27 May 2020, 9.15am – 10.15am
  • Monday 1 June 2020, 4pm – 5pm
  • Wednesday 3 June 2020, 10am – 11am
  • Tuesday 9 June 2020, 10am – 11am
  • Thursday 11 June 2020, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

The meetings will be held via Zoom. If you would like to attend one of the town hall meetings please register here. Once you have registered we’ll provide you with the meeting details.

(22 May 2020)

Government update on Covid-19

Please continue to follow government guidance to help control the spread of Covid-19.

This includes;

  • Staying at home as much as possible
  • Limiting your contact with other people
  • Keeping your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)

You cannot;

  • Visit friends and family in their homes
  • Gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your household), except for a few specific exceptions set out in law
  • Leave your home - the place you live - to stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose. This includes visiting second homes.

(22 May 2020)

Key worker payments

To recognise the work of colleagues attending campus during lockdown, we implemented a key worker payment on 23 March 2020. Now that the government has relaxed the requirements for attendance at work, the key worker payment will cease from Monday 25 May 2020. Earlier this week Heads of Department were informed of this change and managers are asked to submit payment requests by the June payroll deadline. If you have any questions regarding the key worker payment, please read the FAQs on our website or contact your line manager in the first instance.

(22 May 2020)

Make a difference, Stand for Senate - Academic Electoral Assembly Standing Committee Elections - Deadline 2 June 2020

Six positions on Senate and the AEA Standing Committee are open for election. The nominations period for the 2020 election closes at 12 noon, Tuesday 2 June 2020. Nomination forms are available here and further information can be found on our web pages or from

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My 365 is Teams and SharePoint. What's yours?

As we roll out the adoption programme for Microsoft 365, we will be sharing stories from different teams around the University to show how we're all using the Microsoft 365 apps and tools. This month, we’ll be hearing from Rebecca Dunn in Research and Innovation Services (RIS) about how the team is using Teams and SharePoint as their ‘one-stop shop’ for communications and document sharing. You can watch a short video of Rebecca talking about Teams and SharePoint in RIS. She’ll also be speaking at a lunch and learn webinar we’re running on Thursday 11 June at 12pm-12.30pm, where you can ask questions about how they’ve adopted the tools and how RIS is benefiting from them. To sign up to attend the webinar, click here. If you’d like more information on Teams and SharePoint, check out our Learning Hub and 365 webpages.

(22 May 2020)

Preparing for Teaching in 20/21 - Introduction to teaching and learning online

Introduction to teaching and learning online will help you to understand what it is like to be a student being taught online and to develop modules that can be taught either face-to-face or online. The course is on DUO and spans a two-week period, with approximately two hours of work per week. Most of the course can be completed in your own time, and you will have the opportunity to participate in two short, live sessions as well. PGRs who teach, or who may be teaching next year, and any other staff with learning and teaching roles are very welcome to attend. The next course begins on 1 June. Book your space on the Training Course Booking System (SD369).

(22 May 2020)

Recyke y'bike donations

One of the silver linings in the current crisis is the surge in cycling. However, the demand has led to a spike in bike sales and a shortage of bikes available to buy or donate. If you do have a bike that needs a new home, please donate it to Recyke y’bike, it would be very gratefully received.

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Recyke y'bike servicing and repairs

The Recyke y’bike Durham team is now offering servicing and repairs. Bikes can be dropped off on Saturdays and will be ready for collection the following week. Please follow instructions regarding queuing and social distancing. They have also been able to secure funding from Cycling UK to be able to offer Key Workers in Durham free servicing and repairs. Just show ID when you drop off your bike.

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The Great BioSoc Bark Off

Each year, the Department of Biosciences hosts a bake off contest. This year, due to Covid-19, it's going to be a bark off - a virtual charity dog walk. Staff and students are invited to take part or sponsor a dog.

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