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Internal Communications

Dialogue Signposts

w/c 27 August 2018

Dialogue Signposts - Wednesday and Friday editions

From the start of September, Dialogue Signposts for staff will be published twice a week - on Wednesdays and Fridays. All content submitted before 12 noon on Wednesday will be published in the Wednesday email, and content submitted between 12 noon on Wednesday and 12 noon on Friday will be published in the Friday email. Please note that the same content should not be submitted twice in the same week. All content should be submitted via the online form. If you have any questions, please email Dialogue Signposts for students will also be produced on a bi-weekly basis from the beginning of the new academic term.

(27 Aug 2018)

Effectiveness Review of Boards of Studies: Green Paper Consultation

Colleagues are invited to engage with the Effectiveness Review which is jointly-led by the University Secretary and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost by providing a response to the online consultation on the Review's Green Paper. The Green Paper was welcomed by Senate as a direction of travel on 18 June 2018. It makes 19 high level recommendations to Senate regarding the effectiveness of Boards of Studies and the role and appointment process of Heads of Department. Comments and feedback upon the Green Paper will be welcomed until Friday, 21 September 2018.

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Free English language classes

Volunteer students are wanted to take part in free General English classes taught by trainee teachers studying for the MA in Applied Linguistics. Students should be elementary/ intermediate level (A2/B1-IELTS 5) and live in the Durham area. Volunteers should not be Durham University students, but could be friends or dependants of Durham staff or students. Classes will run once a week from October. Please email for further details.

(27 Aug 2018)

Learning Technologies 'Lunch and Learn'

Are you interested in discovering how to use in-class polling with your students? Or are you already a user of TurningPoint and want to make more use of its features? On Thursday, 20 September, staff from Turning Technologies will be coming to Durham to host a 'Lunch and Learn' event for staff. The session will take place at 12.00 noon in the Derman Christopherson Room, Calman Learning Centre. Visit the Training Course Booking System to book your place on this workshop.

(27 Aug 2018)

Open Days booking launch

Bookings have now opened for our upcoming Pre-application Open Days on Friday, 21 September and Saturday, 22 September. Both days will run from 9am-4pm. We are expecting 10,000 visitors each day. You can view information about these events online where you be able to download a copy of the Open Day Guide, find out about the requirements for potential applicants to claim a travel bursary and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

(27 Aug 2018)

Scaling the Heights

'Scaling the Heights' is an exhibition that will take place at the Oriental Museum from Friday, 21 September to Friday, 21 December. Working with Dr Abbie Garrington (Department of English Studies), artists Stephen, Margaret and Kate Livingstone will recreate heroic Himalayan mountain climbs in miniature, using a pair of vintage Action Men figures who will scale the heights of prestigious mountaineering libraries. The resulting handmade books will be exhibited alongside images and objects from the collections of the Mountain Heritage Trust. Project funded by Durham University, Arts Council England and Montane.

(27 Aug 2018)

Stephenson College walk to Durham

To mark their arrival in Durham City, students, staff and friends of Stephenson College will join together to walk 24 miles from Stockton to Durham on Monday, 24 September. In what will be a fond farewell to Stockton, the walk will also serve to raise funds for Foundation, a national organisation providing support to homeless and vulnerable people across Durham City. You are invited to join in with any, or all, sections of the walk. For more information please contact

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Stress risk assessment training

A training course has been developed with the aim providing practical advice to supervisors and managers on how to manage stress in the workplace and support staff with mental health conditions. 'Promoting Positive Mental Health & Reducing Work Related Stress' is being delivered during September and October 2018, and the areas included in the training are: stress risk assessments, line managers' behaviour and stress at work, and wellness action plans. Log in to the Training Course Booking System to book a place.

(27 Aug 2018)