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24 January 2020

An audience with Bill Bryson

The Library is delighted to offer you an opportunity to spend some time in the entertaining company of author and former University Chancellor, Bill Bryson, as he returns to the Library that is named after him on Wednesday 29 January at 5.30pm. This is a free event, but to guarantee a seat please book a ticket in advance. Tickets are available online

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Business School's Digital IMPACT magazine available now

The seventh issue of IMPACT, Durham University Business School’s award-winning magazine, is now out. The theme of this issue is Entrepreneurship and Innovation with articles by faculty, staff, students, alumni and business connections.

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Call for Papers: Summer School Visual Intersections

The Leverhulme Durham Doctoral Training Programme in Visual Culture and the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, Durham University, would like to invite scholars and early career researchers to submit their papers to the fifth summer school which brings scholars together to explore the interdisciplinary nature of visual culture and exchange current ideas and approaches in the field. The closing date for proposals is 28 February. For more information, please visit our website

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Celebrating Lunar New Year: the Year of the Rat

The Lunar New Year festival begins on Saturday 25 January. Our staff, students and venues are involved in a series of events to celebrate. For more information, please visit our community web pages

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Collaborative study on lecture capture

If you teach, we would like to invite you to participate in a new collaborative study between the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh looking at attitudes to lecture recordings and how they relate to broader conceptions of teaching and learning. You can be at any career stage and you do not need to currently record your lectures. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed here

(24 Jan 2020)

Data Protection Day 2020

Did you know 267 million Facebook user IDs and phone numbers were exposed in late December last year? Some of the information could have been kept safe if privacy settings were adequate. Why is this relevant? Tuesday 28 January marks Data Protection Day, an initiative launched to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. For more detailed information on privacy considerations, please visit the website

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Durham City Run Festival 2020 - registrations open now

Registration is open for events at this year's Durham City Run Festival, which takes place from 16-18 July. To sign up, please visit the website. We're more involved with the Festival than ever before this year, including hosting many events at our Sports and Wellbeing Park. More details will be announced nearer the time.

(24 Jan 2020)

Durham University Men's staff football club

Training for the men’s staff football club takes place Wednesdays from 6.45pm to 8pm on the 3G pitch at Maiden Castle. We also have two 11-a-side teams participating in the inter-college leagues in term time. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome and we hope to see some new faces soon whether it's just to meet new people, train or play for one of our teams this coming season. For further information, please email

(24 Jan 2020)

Durham Vocal Festival 2020

Durham Vocal Festival begins this weekend, with many of our students and staff performing at venues across the City over the next fortnight. For full details, please visit our community web pages

(24 Jan 2020)

Ever wondered how you can reduce your energy bill?

Energy wastage can be eliminated by making small and simple changes in your day to day lives. For example, keeping the lid on a saucepan reduces energy usage by up to 90 per cent. The Energy Saving Trust believes that an average UK home wastes between £50 and £86 each year by leaving appliances on standby. Turning your monitor off at night, rather than leaving it on standby, will reduce your carbon footprint and electricity use. Why not take the Energy Quiz to find out more interesting facts and tips?

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Executive and Personal Assistant Network (EPAN) - Next meeting

The next meeting of the EPAN will take place on Monday 10 February at 12.30pm in room PC169, (first floor of the Palatine Centre). We look forward to welcoming our guest speaker, Sophie Sowerby, Head of Organisation Development, who will talk to us about 'Communities of Practice’ (Where we are up to so far). An agenda has already been emailed to current members. New members are more than welcome. Please just let us know in advance if possible - or Lunch is not provided so feel free to bring your own.

(24 Jan 2020)

Hardware Buy-back

Staff can now purchase refurbished University IT equipment at discount prices, including laptops, desktops, and iPads via Stone Computers' Encore portal. For further information, please see the CIS web pages or Staff benefits portal.

(24 Jan 2020)

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

Ustinov College is partnering with the Durham University Jewish Society to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2020. Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, and the millions of people murdered under Nazi persecution and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. The talk will take place on Tuesday 28 January at 6.30pm room ER140, Elvet Riverside. Free to attend, all staff and students welcome.

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January pay

In line with University policy, salaries will continue to be credited to bank accounts on the penultimate working day of the month. Therefore, this month’s pay date will be 30 January. Should you have any questions please contact

(24 Jan 2020)

Library online services disrupted Thursday 30 January

Access to some Library online services will be disrupted on Thursday 30 January to enable routine maintenance. Disruption is expected to last for up to three hours. However, the work is expected to be finished by 9am. The affected services are any e-resource accessed via the Library website – eg Discover and the Library catalogue – and also Durham Research Online (DRO) and Durham e-Theses. 

(24 Jan 2020)

Medical Research Council (MRC) Liaison Group Chair

Research & Innovation Services is recruiting for a MRC Liaison Group Chair to start in April 2020. Applications should be submitted via your Head of Department/ School to receive their endorsement and should consist of a two page CV and a two page (maximum) supporting statement that outlines your interest in the position, your experience with the funder and some initial ideas for increasing University engagement with the funder. The Chair is usually held for a three year term. The deadline for applications is 7 February 2020. Queries about the process can be directed to or

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New CIS Apple Desktop Service

CIS has launched a new service for staff working on Macs: the Apple Desktop Service. This is an entirely new service launched in response to the growing demand for support from Mac users across the University. We expect this new service to significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to prepare new computers for staff use and improve the overall experience for Mac users requiring access to CIS software and services, including file stores and printing. For further information, please contact the IT Service Desk or see the Self-service portal.

(24 Jan 2020)

New Deputy Executive Dean (Postgraduate)

The Faculty of Science is pleased to announce that Dr John Brigham (Engineering) has been appointed to succeed Professor Mark Allen (Earth Sciences) as Deputy Executive Dean (Education and Student Enterprise, Postgraduate) with immediate effect. We wish to pass on our thanks to Mark for his commitment, hard work and support he has given to the Faculty over the last three and half years and invite you all to welcome John into his new role.

(24 Jan 2020)

Notice of statutory consultation in relation to the Universities Superannuation Scheme: Proposed change to maintain the revaluation of the salary threshold

A statutory consultation has opened today in relation to USS with this message acting as one of the formal notices of this consultation. Further information including the background, key dates and frequently asked questions can be found here

(24 Jan 2020)

Participants needed

We are looking for participants to take part in two studies in the Department of Psychology. In study one we are investigating memory and learning, lasting between 45-90 minutes. Study two investigates colour vision and lasts approximately two hours.You will be compensated £15 for your time for study one, and between £10 to £20 for study two. To participate, please email

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Postgraduate Open Day - 12 February 2020

We are asking staff and mentors to help tell students all about our upcoming Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 12 February, running from 9am – 5pm. Attending the full day is not essential and students are welcome to come along to as much or as little as they would like. Booking is essential. For details of all sessions and how to book please direct students to our website.

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Race Equality Survey: Deadline extended until 31 January 2020

We are asking all staff and students to take part in the University-wide race equality survey - there are questions relevant to you and we want to hear from you. The survey can be accessed online until 31 January 2020 and will take about 10 minutes to complete. Insights gathered through the survey will inform our Race Equality Charter Action Plan; so have your say. For a link to the survey and for further information, please click here.

(24 Jan 2020)

Replacement of local administrative privileges on MDS with software and self-elevation

We would like to remind you of the replacement of local administrative privileges on MDS with software and self-elevation. UEC has decided to stop providing local administrative capabilities for users of the CIS Managed Desktop Service. This is to help us better manage our GDPR obligations and reduce our exposure to cyber-attacks. If you believe you still require ongoing or ad hoc elevated privileges, for example to run software, you can provide your requirements via the IT Service Desk and a suitable solution can be arranged. This change will take effect from 17 February 2020, when CIS will remove local administrative privileges from MDS devices. More information is available here.

(24 Jan 2020)

Rugby Club car park closure

We would like to make you aware that the Rugby Club car park will be closed all day on Wednesday 29 January as we are hosting a BUCS Super Rugby event. The car park will be open as usual on Thursday 30 January.

(24 Jan 2020)

Scaling up to a Complex Research Project in Social Science, Arts & Humanities

Research Development in collaboration with colleagues from the Departments of Geography, Anthropology and MLAC, is hosting a networking lunch on Tuesday 18 February from 12pm - 2pm (Turner Room, Van Mildert): Scaling up to a Complex Research Project in Social Science, Arts & Humanities: Experiences of bringing together and leading collaborative projects as a PI. If you would like to reserve a place at this session, please email and let us know if you have any access or dietary requirements by 10 February.

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Step into spring at the Assembly Rooms Theatre

Monday 27 January marks the launch of our spring / summer season at the Assembly Rooms Theatre. The exciting line-up includes poetry, comedy, landmark drama and a sprinkling of Shakespeare. You can find out more and buy tickets online at our website

(24 Jan 2020)

WBBL Championship cup finals for Durham Palatinates

On Sunday 26 January, the Durham Palatinates take on Sevenoaks Suns in their first Women's British Basketball League Championship cup final game. You can watch the game live on BBC at 12pm by pressing the red button on your TV remote. Find out more on our website.

(24 Jan 2020)

We're giving Wi-Fi a reboot

Throughout 2020/21, we will be upgrading all of the Wi-Fi access points across campus, giving you access to seamless Wi-Fi connections across campus. This significant project will see CIS come into each College, Department and University building to improve Wi-Fi capacity and connectivity, remove blackspots and enhance internet speed. We’ve already completed work in Collingwood College, and will be moving to Grey College in February. To keep up to date with the programme, and find out when we’re coming to your building, please visit our web pages

(24 Jan 2020)

Earn £5 in a short experiment

You are invited to participate in an experimental study that investigates social perception and interaction. The study takes about 30 minutes and takes place at the Behavioural Lab of the Business School. You’ll receive £5 cash upon completion, plus an opportunity to win a £25 Amazon gift card. We are currently recruiting adult participants aged 18-60 years. Please email to participate.

(15 Jan 2020)

Durham University Writing Group

Do you ever find research and writing too solitary an activity? Durham University Writing Group can help. We will be meeting on Tuesdays at Castle this term. For more information and to be added to the group mailing list, please email

(8 Jan 2020) » More about Durham University Writing Group