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25 September 2020

'Ease the Load' workshops

HR-OD is continuing to offer the new virtual workshops to help us adopt the new technologies that most of us can now access via the Microsoft 365 range of products. These very practical sessions are led by David Longstaff who will offer tips and hints for use of the new systems. There are still places available for our session on Tuesday 6 October at 10am. To book on the Training Course Booking system and further details can be accessed at this link.

(25 Sep 2020)

Catering Click & Collect

From Monday 28 September 2020 a Click & Collect service is available to order hot and cold refreshments across campus, with collection points at Palatine Café, Zing Restaurant in the Teaching & Learning Centre and Fusion within the Business School. Please visit the web page for catering at Palatine, Fusion and Zing. Register your details, create an account, select your collection time slot and choose from the menus available.

(25 Sep 2020)

Covid-19: Everything you need to know about health and safety on campus

To safeguard everyone on campus, we have developed effective and flexible health and safety plans, informed by guidance from the UK government and professional bodies. To find out more please click here.

(25 Sep 2020)

Covid-19: Everything you need to know about identifying and reporting symptoms, and self-isolating

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be providing you with regular updates on different topics to ensure you have all the information you need for the start of term and the return to campus. Please click here to find out what you need to know about identifying and reporting symptoms, and self-isolating.

(25 Sep 2020)

Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences - Research Newsletter - Issue 2

We would like to share our Research Newsletter with colleagues across the University. Included are some recent successes, recent research projects, a welcome to new colleagues, plus more. If you would like to receive a regular copy, please contact Lucy Cawson at You can view our September 2020 newsletter here

(25 Sep 2020)

Digital Learning Special Interest Group

The Digital Learning SIG Team hosts live events on practice in online and blended learning, keeps members up to date with the latest resources and support for online teaching, and provides a space to discuss good practice in digital learning. Everyone who teaches is welcome to join. To join: sign into Microsoft Teams, go to the Digital Learning SIG and ask to be added to the Team.

(25 Sep 2020)

Local restrictions

New restrictions came into force on 18 September in seven local authority areas across the North East of England to address the increase in the number Covid-19 cases seen in recent weeks. The new restrictions, which are legally enforceable, state that residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens. Residents are also advised not to socialise with other people outside of their own households in all public venues. If you are socialising with people from your household in a public place, please ensure that you limit your group to a maximum of six people, in line with national advice. More information on local restrictions is available on the UK Government website or on Durham County Council’s Covid webpage. 

(25 Sep 2020)

New reading list system: Talis Aspire

The new reading lists system, Talis Aspire, is now ready for you to use. This will improve the student experience and allow course tutors to edit their lists directly. If you already had a reading list on DUO, this will have been automatically copied to Talis Aspire.

(25 Sep 2020) » More about New reading list system: Talis Aspire

Online exhibitions news

Our galleries are closed to the public for now, but we’ve been working on all kinds of online exhibitions behind the scenes. Look at this Shorthand story to see what we have coming up over the next few months.

(25 Sep 2020)

Opportunities for social science researchers

A range of new training and development opportunities are available for social science researchers, funded by the Accelerating Business Collaboration initiative. All current opportunities are available to view online here.

(25 Sep 2020) » More about Opportunities for social science researchers

PGR Conference: Global Challenges

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Health will be hosting their second interdisciplinary PGR Conference, solely online. The theme of the conference, which will take place on Friday 20 November, is 'Global Challenges' and the Organising Committee invites proposals that fit the over-arching 'Global Challenges' theme.

(25 Sep 2020) » More about PGR Conference: Global Challenges

Race Equality Charter Consultations

The University is currently developing a Race Equality Charter (REC) action plan. To achieve sustainable and long-term impact, we need everyone’s input. All staff and students are invited to take part in our REC consultations with the VC and members of the REC Self-Assessment Team, which will take place on 29 September (3pm to 4pm) and on 29 October (2pm to 3pm). You can book your place at one of the consultation meetings here. The REC provides a framework to systematically address racial inequalities across the institution and to advance our ongoing anti-racism work. Further information on REC can be found here.

(25 Sep 2020)

Reporting symptoms of Covid-19

If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you must immediately self-isolate, book a Covid-19 test (via and inform your manager. If you have been in close contact with anyone else in the University community, including students and staff, we will ask those colleagues/students to self-isolate. We anticipate close contact being rare as the University is Covid-secure and colleagues should be socially distanced. We have a new process in place to allow managers to capture relevant information from colleagues who either have symptoms which may be Covid-19, or who have tested positive for the virus. This is so that we know where the colleague has been within the University (to allow for cleaning) and who they may have been in close contact with. Details of the process can be found in these posters which will be displayed around campus. More information, including FAQs and scenarios, is available on the Health & Safety page.


(25 Sep 2020)

Returning to campus

As some of us return to campus, to begin the academic year, many of us will find ourselves part of a blended/hybrid team. Here you can find support and guidance as you and members of your team begin to work in this new way. In addition, further support and guidance can be found on the Wellbeing Hub, as well as details of how to access the Employee Assistance Programme .

(25 Sep 2020)

Study a foreign language online

Our Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering a wide range of online courses starting this October. We have 18 languages available, with some new additions this year including Hebrew and Polish. All are open to Durham University staff, students and members of the public (for a fee). For full details and to register, please visit our web page.

(25 Sep 2020)

The Participant Hub

The Participant Hub was created with the help of a Durham University Northern Accelerator award. The vision: to make the process of conducting online research simpler, easier and more accessible to all. 

(25 Sep 2020) » More about The Participant Hub

We've doubled our number of female computer science students

We’re absolutely delighted to have doubled the number of female computer science students who will begin studying with us in the coming weeks. The success is thanks to a number of initiatives run by staff and students in our Computer Science department to address the lack of women who study and work in computer science. Find out more on ourwebsite. 

(25 Sep 2020)