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26 March 2021

Developing Personal Resilience for Staff

As we continue through this lockdown it can be difficult to maintain that willpower to carry out each day as normal. Maintaining and developing personal resilience is a key skill for all staff as organisations continue to adapt to new working practices, systems and processes. Working arrangements see staff continuing to working remotely and virtually and responding to rapidly changing situations, in both work and personal environments. Following the recent success of the previous workshops and in conjunction with the new Personal Resilience toolkit, the OD team is delighted to offer an additional resilience workshop for all staff members. More information on the workshop can be found on the webpage links provided.

(26 Mar 2021)

Call for contributions

Durham University’s COP 26 Steering Group is planning a series of interdisciplinary activities and events in the run up to COP 26, the international UN Climate Change Conference that will take place in Glasgow this November. We welcome expressions of interest and ideas to help share climate change research and knowledge with Durham’s wider community of staff, students, research partners and policy makers.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine

The coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus. The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. Visit the NHS website to find out more.

(26 Mar 2021)

Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences - Research Newsletter - Issue 4

You can read the latest issue of the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences research newsletter here. This issue contains an update on recent publications, a research theme update, as well as insight into the latest research projects being undertaken by colleagues in the department. To read our other newsletters, and to view our latest news, please view our news page here.

(26 Mar 2021)

Dialogue Signposts for staff and students

Please note there won't be a Dialogue Signposts for staff next week. We will be back on Friday 9 April. The next Dialogue Signposts for students will go out on Friday 30 April.

(26 Mar 2021)

Durham Leadership Academy Recruitment 2021- 2022

The Durham Leadership Framework has opened applications for the Leadership Academy 2021 - 2022.The Leadership Academy is a supportive development programme for students who are in a leadership position at University and covers leadership domains such as college, society, sport, music, theatre and volunteering.

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Early release of payslips due to Easter Vacation

The University will close on Thursday 1 April 2021 for Easter Vacation. Please note that pay day is Tuesday 30 March and due to the University closure we will be releasing payslips early on Monday 29 March so would encourage colleagues to check their payslips on or prior to pay day. Pay queries should be directed to the People & Pay Services Team using the following email address:, this is to ensure that all queries are resolved as efficiently as possible. The People & Pay Services Team will return to work on Wednesday 7 April. Any queries received over the Easter break will be dealt with immediately upon on our return.

(26 Mar 2021)

ESRC's Celebrating Impact Prize now open

The ESRC is pleased to launch the 2021 Celebrating Impact Prize. This is an annual opportunity to recognise and reward ESRC-supported researchers who have created or enabled outstanding impact. The Prize is open to current and previous ESRC-supported researchers, including doctoral students, and there are five competition categories this year - Outstanding Business and Enterprise Impact; Outstanding Public Policy Impact; Outstanding Societal Impact; Outstanding International Impact and Outstanding Early Career Impact.

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How to Read Numbers

Dr David Chivers, Assistant Professor of Economics at the Business School, has a new book out with his cousin Tom Chivers: How To Read Numbers. The book looks at how the media often skews numbers and misleads readers, and provides a practical guide to how to interpret numbers better and present them in more responsible ways. More information here.

(26 Mar 2021)

IAS 2022/23 Call for project proposals and Fellowship nominations

The deadline for the Institute of Advanced Study’s submission of project proposals and Fellowship nominations for academic year 2022/23 is midday 30 April 2021. Full details of the call, including relevant forms and guidance, are available on the IAS website.

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Interruption to Access VPN

Essential maintenance will be carried out on Access VPN between 6pm and 8pm on Tuesday 30 March. During this work users may experience temporary interruptions to service. Should the time or date of this work change CIS will provide updates via our Service Status Pages. Users of MDS Remote will not be affected by this work. Further information about this maintenance work can be found here

(26 Mar 2021)

Media Training for Academics

There has never been a greater demand for expert commentary on breaking news and current affairs. However, many academics find it difficult - even impossible - to get noticed by journalists. Have you ever wanted to know how to get your insights covered on the news? Or simply interested in how academics can use the media to boost their profile? Then this 2-hour webinar is for you. Professor Thom Brooks has over 2,000 media appearances since 2013 with regular interviews in broadcast media. Brooks will explain how he started with no training or contacts to become the Press Association's most broadcast academic worldwide. You can register here for the training on 26 April at 6pm.

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Motivating staff workshop

Now, more than ever, it is important to provide teams with successful motivating ways to work. The Motivation workshop is designed for managers wishing to motivate their teams, demonstrating how to create and sustain motivation for individuals and teams. Moving beyond simplistic ideas of "carrot" and "stick" this evidence-based session will explore the fundamentals to motivating individuals and groups for better performance and engagement and will share practical ideas of how to do this. For further information and dates please visit the Motivation webpage.

(26 Mar 2021)

National Day of Reflection - recording

Professor Douglas Davies (Theology and Relegion) and Professor Stephen Regan (English Studies) held a Zoom event - A Short Reflection on Grief, Support and Covid-19 on Tuesday 23 March as part of the National Day of Reflection. A recording of the event is now available.

(26 Mar 2021)

New Information Security and Data Protection Training for staff is coming soon

From Friday 16 April, Information Security and Data Protection training will be the next Required Learning course available on Oracle Learning to all staff. This new and updated eLearning package will help the University to demonstrate compliance with data protection legislation and give staff an understanding of the principles of data protection and information security. More information will follow soon.

(26 Mar 2021)

New Insight2Uni Mentor Programme

Our Access and Engagement Department is pleased to be collaborating with 'With Insight Education C.I.C' on their Insight2Uni mentoring programme for Year 12 Black-heritage students. We have 12 current Black-heritage students mentoring 36 prospective students on the programme, which will run over the next 10 months.

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New workshop dates

Following the success of the Successful Minute Taking workshops, the HR OD team is pleased to offer an additional workshop in April. With remote working it can feel we are in more meetings than ever. If you are responsible for agenda creation and minute taking for meetings, we are delighted to offer a workshop supporting with successful minute taking. Heather Baker founder of Baker Thompson Associates, will deliver this online interactive workshop providing participants with skills to prepare, write and organise agendas and capture accurate minutes of meetings. For further information and dates please visit the Developing Self webpage.

(26 Mar 2021)

Oracle Learning - a new way to browse the catalogue

We are updating Oracle Learning later today to enable a new way to browse the learning catalogue. This new feature means that we don’t have to scroll through one single long list of learning items. Instead courses will be grouped together into ‘topics’. A new user guide is available on the Oracle Learning webpages. We also have a new updated Microsoft Stream video demonstration available here.

(26 Mar 2021)

Pre-retirement and mid-career financial planning online courses

There are still spaces available on our upcoming financial planning online courses led by Planned Future, a specialist provider of workplace financial education. Our pre-retirement course is open to all staff considering retirement in the next 2-3 years and will cover both the financial and emotional considerations of retirement. Our mid-career course covers areas such as budgeting, pension planning and investments. For more information and to book a place please visit the training booking system.

(26 Mar 2021)

Recent graduate launches new film set in Durham

Recent History graduate Ed Whelan, 23, is celebrating the release of his first feature film 'Audition'. You can find out more here.

(26 Mar 2021)

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

We have submitted our return to REF 2021, more than a week before the final deadline. The Research Excellence Framework has a major influence on the core research funding that the University receives and the REF rankings of departments and institutions are widely used as a measure of research excellence. We would like to extend our thanks to all of our colleagues who have worked hard to ensure that Durham’s return to REF 2021 reflects the best of research and impact at Durham. The results of REF 2021 are expected in May 2022.

(26 Mar 2021)

Research IN Business: Call for Academic Mentors

We are looking for enthusiastic academic mentors to support social science PGR students in the Research IN Business programme, which will take place from 17 May – 23 July 2021. Project lead Dr Derek Watson, Sunderland University, will be hosting an information session for interested parties on Wednesday 31 March, 11.30am - 12.30pm. If you are interested in joining the session, or would like more information about the programme, please contact

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Sarah Everard tributes web page

Our University community has been shocked and saddened by the death of alumna Sarah Everard (St Cuthbert’s Society, Geography). A web page has been created where members of the community can share tributes and memories of Sarah to celebrate and remember her life.

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Spread the word about world changing research and innovation at Durham

A brand new brochure presents some of the most interesting and impactful research stories from the past year. It is now available to read on our website, so please share it widely with colleagues around the globe. Why not use our distinct email footer to make that even easier?

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Town Hall meeting 5 March - recording

The last Town Hall meeting addressed our Health & Wellbeing Strategy and the Digital Strategy. A recording of the meeting is now available here and will be available on our Town Hall web page next week.

(26 Mar 2021)

University Nursery Survey - still time to respond

There is still time to have your say regarding the University Nursery. There is an exciting opportunity for the University to relocate our Day Nursery service to a new site, potentially at Upper Mountjoy, and we want your opinions on this. We are interested to know what you feel about the proposed new location and what you would like the nursery to provide in terms of the building, environment and quality of service, education and care. This short survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and we are hugely grateful to you for taking part. The survey is open to all our staff/students/parents and potential parents until Friday 9 April.

(26 Mar 2021)

Whispers & Shouts - Broadcast trailer

The ‘Whispers & Shouts’ broadcast, which is a collaboration between our University and Skimstone Arts, is a celebration and exploration of equality, diversity, belonging and identity at Durham University. In the live broadcast on 30 March you’ll be able to hear stories, poems, songs and spoken word inspired by staff and students sharing their experiences of working or studying at Durham. You can watch a trailer about the broadcast here.

(26 Mar 2021)