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22 November 2019

Are you a research-active member of staff? Do you know about new storage for your personal and shared research?

You told us that you wanted highly available storage where you could keep your important research findings, data and analysis. This storage needed to be big enough so you didn’t need to keeping asking for upgrades. Moreover, you wanted to be able to increase the size and give access to others yourself. Here in CIS, we thought that sounded like a reasonable request, so we set about making it happen. Read on to learn more about Personal Research Storage (PRS) and Shared Research Storage (SRS).

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Barclaycard Spend Management (BSM) system update – Changes to login process

Barclays is updating our online platform BSM. From Wednesday 27 November a PINsentry device will be required to login to the system. Your user name and the receipting process will remain the same.

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British Science Festival 2020

The British Science Festival is inviting participation in the 2020 Festival in Essex in September. The Festival is seeking proposals for lectures, panel events or drop in activities and nominations for eary career academics to give Award Lectures.

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Christian staff prayer group

Christian members of staff are invited to join a prayer group, which meets fortnightly on Tuesday lunchtimes. The group meets in St Mary's College chapel from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Colleagues are welcome to attend for any part of the meeting and to bring their lunch. The next meeting is Tuesday 26 November. For more information, please email

(22 Nov 2019)

Christmas lunch at the Castle

Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience a Christmas Lunch in the splendid surroundings of Durham Castle on Thursday 19 December. Places are limited so please book early using this link. Noon arrival for seating at 12.30pm, lunch to conclude at 2.30pm with the Courtyard bar opening after.

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Durham Christmas Festival

The Christmas Festival returns on Friday 29 November - Sunday 1 December with festive entertainment and markets in and around the City Centre. Discounted £2 entry to the Craft & Gift Marquee on Palace Green will be available on Friday 29 November if you show your Durham University card.

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Durham Global Lectures

We couldn’t have asked for a more distinguished speaker for our inaugural event of the Durham Global Lecture Series than Lady Brenda Hale, President of the Supreme Court, UK. On Wednesday 23 October, she gave a fascinating lecture on the topic of “The Supreme Court at 10 years old”. The core mission of the Global Lecture Series is to encourage discussion, debate and challenge by hosting high calibre speakers and thought leaders to grow our reputation globally. The first of the lectures will take place in London, but we plan to roll the series out across other key global cities. Find out more about the series and view video and photographs of the first event here.

(22 Nov 2019)

Four Letter Word Slam - Durham's Annual Slam Competition

We're back in Caedmon Hall next Wednesday 27 November, with Durham's Annual Slam competition where 12 poets will battle it out in two rounds to be crowned Durham's Slam champion 2019! With featured poet Talya Stitcher and sacrificial poet Prerana Kumar - come along for an evening of poetry, great hosts and all the emotions... Tickets are free for members or £3 for non-members on the door.

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Howlands Park and Ride - Parking challenges

Durham County Council (DCC) has been made aware of recent obstructive parking and verge damage outside of Howlands Park and Ride Site. In an effort to tackle this, DCC will be installing 'no waiting at any time' (double yellow lines) restrictions. These works are programmed over the next two weeks, and once complete, penalty charge notices will be issued to any vehicles seen to be parked on the restriction. DCC would therefore appreciate your cooperation in requesting you to park in a safe and legal manner.

(22 Nov 2019)

Industrial Action next week

The University and College Union (UCU) intends to start industrial action this coming Monday 25 November until 4 December. We have created some dedicated web pages for staff and students. These pages, which include FAQs, will be updated regularly in the coming weeks with the latest information, guidance and messages. If you have any questions, comments or concerns that are not addressed in the FAQs provided, please email

(22 Nov 2019)

Lost Academics

Lost Academics is a group for academics who are new to Durham, or who have been here for longer but would like to make new friends. We meet once a month usually (first Thursday of the month) for drinks and conversation at Ye Old Elm Tree pub in Durham, at 7pm. Our next meet up is on Thursday 5 December 2019. All are welcome.

(22 Nov 2019)

Meeting of University Council

University Council met on Tuesday 29 October and its key business included: discussion of the updated five year Financial Forecasts, together with revised financial KPIs against which Council will measure the University’s financial health; approval of the suite of documents which comprises the University’s Annual Accountability Return to the Regulator (Office for Students). Further information is available from the University Secretary at

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Notes from a Midwinter's Night

Voices choir presents ‘Notes from a Midwinter’s Night’, a Christmas Concert filled with carols, hymns, and secular songs - even some acapella on Wednesday 11 December at St Margaret's Church. Our repertoire includes: John Rutter's Star Carol, Berlioz's Shepherd's Farewell, and Wells and Tormé's The Christmas Song. So, come along and get into the Christmas spirit, when at last it’s actually December, and enjoy our range of Christmas songs as well as a few nice mince pies and other refreshments. Tickets are available on the Music Durham web pages and are sold in support of the Rainbow Trust Charity.

(22 Nov 2019)

Road closures - Durham City Christmas Festival

Please note the following road closures, dates and times for the 2019 annual Christmas Festival: Market Place, Saddler Street, Owengate, North Bailey, Elvet Bridge, Silver Street, Framwellgate Bridge.

  • Friday 29 November 10am to 6.30pm.
  • Saturday 30 November 10am to 6.30pm.
  • Sunday 1 December 10am to 6pm.

There will be an accessible taxi service operating during the road closures from the City Centre across Prebends Bridge to Palace Green. Emergency vehicle access will be maintained throughout the festival.

(22 Nov 2019)

Smartphone App study on music and mind-wandering

You are invited to participate in a study that investigates how music shapes everyday episodes of mind-wandering. The study is based on an Android application and you can participate from anywhere in the world, but to be eligible you need to have an Android 5.0 (or above) that you will carry with you all the time for the duration of the study (10 days). The app will randomly notify you to answer a number of short questions related to your current thoughts, emotions, and activities (4 times x day). The app will also notify you to fill a short report when you listen to music on Spotify (twice x day). If you complete the study and have at least filled 70% of the sent notifications, you will receive one £10 Amazon voucher and will be entered into a prize draw to win a £25 Amazon voucher. Please email to sign up or for more information.

(22 Nov 2019)

Water Awareness week

Did you know...a leaking toilet could be wasting on average 215 litres of water a day? As part of water awareness week we will be showing a video of what a leaking toilet looks like. Come and meet a member from the Energy and Sustainability Team, at the Calman Café on Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 November from 11am to 4pm. For more information please visit our web pages

(22 Nov 2019)

Work to begin on infrastructure improvements project

Work is to begin very shortly on our £8m infrastructure improvements project, which will improve pedestrian and road user movement around our site. Read on for more information.

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Social Sciences & Health Faculty Research networking and briefing event

Are you an early career researcher, new to the University or looking to expand your research network across the Social Sciences & Health Faculty (SS&H), and find out more about research opportunities and support? If so, then do join us at the SS&H Faculty research networking and briefing event, which will be held on 20 January 2020, noon to 1.30pm, in the Bar Lounge at the Business School. If you would like to attend, please email with your name, department and any special dietary requirements.

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