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Durham University

Internal Communications

Dialogue Signposts

24 July 2020

Browse and Borrow at Bill Bryson Library

As of Wednesday 29 July, we will be offering a Browse and Borrow service at Bill Bryson Library. A limited number of timeslots will be available for postgraduate students and staff to pre-book. 

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Chancellor's Appeal - Covid-19 Recovery Fund

As you may know, last week our Chancellor, Sir Thomas Allen, launched a short-term, University-wide Chancellor’s Appeal to raise £300,000 as part of Durham's efforts to support our student and research community. The Covid-19 Recovery Fund will support: low-income students with increased financial burdens, key worker individuals and families, researchers in financial need, and ‘Class of 2020’ graduates whose finances and wellbeing have been hardest hit by coronavirus.

(24 Jul 2020) » More about Chancellor's Appeal - Covid-19 Recovery Fund


Health and Wellbeing

Your health and wellbeing remains our key priority during this time. Information on general wellbeing can be found on the Wellbeing and Development for colleagues working differently web pages and are being regularly updated with new information and advice. The Five Ways to Wellbeing page has been updated with links to a number of wellbeing webinars on a range of topical issues including, ‘Covid-19 Managing return to work anxiety’, ‘What is Burnout’, ‘Mindfulness’ and ‘Sleep’. Why don't you bookmark these handy support resources to look after yourself and keep up to date?

(24 Jul 2020)


Meeting of University Council

Council met on Tuesday 7 July. The main item of business was discussion of a paper from the Vice-Chancellor about Black Lives Matter. Council approved the Wider Student Experience Strategy Refresh White Paper and commented on the updated Strategic Risk Register, the draft Budget for 2020/21, a Covid-19 Education Impact update and key issues timeline. Council also considered a One Year on Review by the Vice-Chancellor of the operation of UEC’s two Boards, and received updates on the Monitoring and Implementation of the Access and Participation Plan and the Appointment Process for the new Vice-Chancellor and Warden. Further information is available from the University Secretary at university.secretary@durham.ac.uk.

(24 Jul 2020)


Participants needed

Do you have children in school currently? If so, we need your help filling in a quick 10-minute survey. We are university students conducting research for our final year project on children's health, with particular focus on school lunches. The valuable information you provide can help us to identify new opportunities that can benefit both parents and children in the future. We hope you can support us and the full details of our study can be found here.

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Planning with your team and your time - getting the most out of Microsoft 365

As we roll out the adoption project 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 focusing on how you can use Microsoft 365 tools to plan with your team and your time.

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Pre-Retirement planning online course

All staff who are considering retirement in the next 2-3 years are invited to attend a pre-retirement planning online course led by Planned Future, specialist providers of workplace financial education. The course will cover both the financial and emotional considerations of retirement and will take place over two mornings on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 August. For more information and to book a place please use the training course booking system. If you cannot attend one or both of these dates but are interested in attending a future course, please email reward.team@durham.ac.uk.

(24 Jul 2020)


Preparing for Teaching in 2020/21 - Introduction to teaching and learning online

The Introduction to Teaching and Learning Online course will help you to understand what it is like to be a student in an online teaching environment and to develop modules that can be taught either face-to-face or online.

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Respect: creating an environment where we can all flourish

We have this week published the Report of the Durham Commission on Respect, Values and Behaviour, which was set up to understand experiences of studying and working at the University and what can be done to create positive change. For more information, please visit our web pages.

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Science Site Automatic Bollards

Over the last several months, Estates and Facilities has been working with Cam-tec, to upgrade and replace the 3no automatic rising bollards and associated controls located on Lower Mountjoy.

(24 Jul 2020) » More about Science Site Automatic Bollards


Stay and Study and Bill Bryson Library

As of Thursday 30 July, we will be offering a Stay and Study service at Bill Bryson Library. A limited number of study spaces will be available for postgraduate students and staff to pre-book.

(24 Jul 2020) » More about Stay and Study and Bill Bryson Library


We're getting a new Virtual Learning Environment

Over the next year, we will be getting ready to replace our current Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Duo, with a new platform; Blackboard Learn Ultra. Duo has been our University-wide VLE for over 20 years, and like other home-grown systems, it's been used for many things not just teaching and learning. As such, it's complex to manage and requires significant downtime periods for maintenance and updates.

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Webinar: University Library and Collections - towards 2020-21

Covid-19 will have a significant impact on the way we work during the next academic year. In this briefing for staff, University Librarian Liz Waller will outline some of the changes to University Library and Collections services and the plans in place to respond to these challenges.

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Covid-19 internal communications - your feedback

We want to make sure that in the coming weeks and months we’re able to communicate on the topics that are of most interest and help to you, and that we’re using the right methods to do so. Please complete this two-minute survey by 7 August to let us know what you want to find out more about and how that can best be achieved.

(23 Jul 2020)


Health & Safety/ Return to campus - Town Hall recording

Colleagues across the University are working hard to prepare our buildings for reoccupation and to implement the practical measures we need to safeguard everyone on campus. A series of Town Hall meetings on the subject of Health & Safety/ Return to campus were held last week and the recording is now available for colleagues who weren't able to attend. You can view the video here or it is also available at durham.ac.uk/dialogue/townhalls/

(23 Jul 2020)