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27 September 2019

£1.4m to create an enterprise zone to work with industry

We’ve received £1.4m from Research England and UK Research and Innovation to develop accommodation in the North East of England for businesses where they can collaborate with our world-leading research experts. The University Enterprise Zone will house business accommodation with lab space, hot desks and meeting facilities co-located within one of our existing research institutes.Find out more about our enterprise zone.

(27 Sep 2019)

Additional study space

The new Teaching and Learning Centre includes 450 extra study spaces, for collaborative and individual study. This follows investment in study spaces at the Bill Bryson Library and Leazes Road Library. A variety of study environments are available from individual study desks and rooms to silent study areas, collaborative work areas and group study rooms. Group study rooms at Bill Bryson Library now all have new AV kit installed. If you haven't yet had chance to take a look around our new Teaching and Learning Centre, then check out the DU Library and Collections blog, 'Looking for a seat?' which gives readers a visual tour of the building and its numerous study spaces. 

(27 Sep 2019)

Alternative travel and parking

To assist staff with the closure of Territorial Lane and Elvet Waterside car parks and access to the University for those who may not have an option but to drive, details are available on alternative travel options, University car parks, public car parks and Park and Ride Sites.

(27 Sep 2019) » More about Alternative travel and parking

Applications open for IBM 2020 Two-Year Worldwide IBM PhD Fellowship

IBM is one of our strategic partners. Strong collaboration with universities is vital to IBM and their PhD Fellowship Program advances this collaboration by recognising and supporting exceptional PhD students who want to make their mark in promising and disruptive technologies. For more program details and FAQs please visit the IBM website. For advice and connections directly to IBM please email

(27 Sep 2019) » More about Applications open for IBM 2020 Two-Year Worldwide IBM PhD Fellowship

Bill Bryson Library 24/7 Opening Hours

For the 2019/20 academic year, the Bill Bryson Library will be open 24/7 for 35 weeks, including every week of term time plus the Easter vacation. We have listened to student feedback and, in response to a Students' Union campaign to increase opening hours, are investing in this provision. As part of the increased opening, service hours will also change with library staff on duty until 10pm daily. Overnight services will be provided by Customer Services Assistants. Details of service hours can be found here.

(27 Sep 2019) » More about Bill Bryson Library 24/7 Opening Hours

Design and Print Framework

Following a competitive procurement process our new Design and Print Framework is in the process of roll out effective from Monday, 30 September. The new framework will support the Marketing and Communications team and other departments across the University with design and/or printing of materials and will cover the following areas:

  • Lot 1 – Project Design
  • Lot 2 – Campaign Design
  • Lot 3 – One Stop Shop Print (Statex)

Statex our printing provider can be contacted directly for any enquiries, Richard Barksby or 0191 245 7200. For any design work please contact your Marketing and Communications representative. Further supplier information will be updated on both Marketing and Communications and Procurement webpages shortly.

(27 Sep 2019) » More about Design and Print Framework

Dialogue Signposts submission

We would like to remind you that the content deadline for the weekly Signposts email is 5pm on a Thursday. We reserve the right to edit content submitted to Dialogue Signposts in line with our editorial policy and will not include content which does not align with these guidelines.

(27 Sep 2019)

Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) documentation

We have recently received reports of documentation submitted by students in support of DBS application checks being misdirected and subsequently lost. If you receive any documents related to DBS checks (e.g. utility bills, passport, drivers license etc) please forward these to: Dr Charlotte Quarless, Student Support & Wellbeing, Palatine Centre, for redirection.

(27 Sep 2019)

Durham Palestine Educational Trust's (DPET) Book Fair.

DPET’s next book fair will take place 5-6 October in the Pemberton Rooms on Palace Green, just yards from Durham Cathedral. Open 10am to 4pm each day, admission is free and accompanied children are welcome.

(27 Sep 2019) » More about Durham Palestine Educational Trust's (DPET) Book Fair.

Durham University: Tackling climate change event - Event feedback

We know that many of our staff and students feel strongly about the consequences of climate change and so on the global day of action we ran Durham University: Tackling Climate Change, an event exploring research we’re undertaking aimed at tackling climate change and work we’re doing to reduce our own carbon footprint. For more information and to listen to the talks please click here

(27 Sep 2019) » More about Durham University: Tackling climate change event - Event feedback

Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know … The University’s Environment Schedule for 2019-20 is now available? Why not take a look at the activities and see what difference you can make! The schedule is designed to address a wide range of environmental issues and supports our Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy. A copy of the schedule is available on the Greenspace website.

(27 Sep 2019)

Finalisation of the USS 2018 Valuation

A series of consultations relating to the scheme valuations has been held over the last 18 months. The USS trustee board met on 12 September 2019 and finalised the 2018 valuation in line with its proposed option 3 solution. Click here for details of contribution rates and further information.

(27 Sep 2019)

Grant schemes

The Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) and the British Academy of Management (BAM) are pleased to announce the launch of a new grant scheme which started in July 2019, with a second round of funding to be announced in 2020. The scheme partnership strengthens the commitment of both organisations to support management research and promote capacity building. More information is available on the website

(27 Sep 2019) » More about Grant schemes

Grey College car park closure

Please note there will be no parking available at Grey College on both Saturday, 28 September (tomorrow) and Wednesday, 2 October to enable College 'Induction and Welcome' activities to take place. Staff members are kindly requested to ensure that all cars are moved by midnight on the preceding evening.

(27 Sep 2019) » More about Grey College car park closure

Lord of the Flies

Don't miss this new production of William Golding's classic adventure story with a dramatic twist, performed by our students at The Gala Theatre Durham all next week. Tickets are £10 - £16 and available online or via the Box Office at 03000 266 600. This is is the first Gala Theatre and Durham Student Theatre co-production in association with Unfolding Theatre.

(27 Sep 2019) » More about Lord of the Flies

New Institute for Data Science launches

Our new Institute for Data Science (IDAS), will launch on Monday, 30 September. IDAS will provide a multi-disciplinary platform for researchers across all of our Faculties to explore new ideas in data science, connect subject-specific knowledge in novel ways, and to transform our view of the world around us - nature, society, and culture. It’s open to everyone interested in harnessing the increasing volume, velocity, and variety of data for both blue-sky research and concrete applications. For more about IDAS visit the web page

(27 Sep 2019)

Our commitment to our technicians - find out more

The work of our technicians, right across the University, is very important to our ongoing success. Last year we signed the Technician Commitment, a sector-wide initiative to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technical staff.

(27 Sep 2019) » More about Our commitment to our technicians - find out more

Research & Innovation Services - Team away day

All members of Research & Innovation Services staff will be out of the office on Wednesday, 2 October 2019 attending their Team Away Day. Please call 07771 500 836 for urgent enquiries only. Normal business will be resumed on Thursday, 3 October.

(27 Sep 2019)

Research Impact Fund - call for applications

Applications are invited for proposals to the next call for the Research Impact Fund for 2019/20. This fund is aimed at helping our academics to enhance the impact of their research, and in particular to support impact for Impact Case Studies for REF2021 as well as impact that might lead to Impact Case Studies for future REF exercises. Please note the closing date for this call is 5pm on Friday, 1 November 2019.

(27 Sep 2019)

Sandi Russell book launch

You are invited to the launch of Sandi Russell's book 'A Celebration' taking place at St. Chad's College, 18 North Bailey, Durham on Friday, 11 October at 5.30pm. Please email if you would like to attend.

(27 Sep 2019)

School Governor and Academy Trustee network event

The Access and Engagement team is holding the first School Governor and Academy Trustee network event of the new academic year on Tuesday, 22 October, 8am-9.30am in PC168, Palatine Centre. This network event will provide information on the new Access and Participation Plan, an overview of Access and Engagement provision, support available from the staff volunteering team, governor training opportunities provided by Durham County Council and finally, network updates. If you would like to attend, please email, along with any dietary requirements, by 5pm Wednesday, 16 October. Breakfast will be provided.

(27 Sep 2019)

Small research grant

SAMS and The British Academy call for applications for their grant scheme which aims to increase the number of small grants available to the Management and Business community. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 6 November. More information can be found on the website

(27 Sep 2019) » More about Small research grant

Station Approach Footbridge, Durham - Temporary Closure

We would like to inform you of a confirmed footpath closure which will impact pedestrian access in Durham City. Station Approach to Tenter Terrace will be closed from 8.30am on Monday, 30 September for seven days. Throughout the period of closure an alternative route will be available to pedestrian traffic from the northern side of the closure from Station Approach westerly to North Road then south easterly to A690 and the crossing point leading to Tenter Terrace to the southern side of the closure, and vice versa. If you have any questions relating to the detail of this footpath closure, please email at Durham County Council.

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The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell & others

Come along to 'The Best' of Keith James: Songs by Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, John Martyn and others on Thursday, 3 October, 7.30pm at Ushaw College, Ushaw Moor, Durham. For bookings please visit the website. Keith James will also return for another gig, this time in Durham's Cafedral Cafe on Friday, 4 October at 7.30pm. Keith will play songs from right across Cat Stevens' career, weaving in the story of his life, in what promises to be a memorable evening. This is a Durham Book Festival Fringe event. For booking please visit the website

(27 Sep 2019)

Travel for £1 a day on any Arriva Bus

Staff and students can travel within the Arriva Durham District Zone including around Durham City, for just £1 per day or £5 a week on any Arriva bus service. A map is available indicating the boundary points and price options for those living just outside the boundary line. Full details are available on the Greenspace Travel website.

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University College - meeting and dining rooms

In order to make best use of space and also to preserve some of the rare decoration and artefacts in the Castle, University College has recently made changes to some meeting and dining rooms. The Bishop’s Dining Room – formerly the SCR – is now available for meetings and dining for up to 50 people. Further details are here

(27 Sep 2019) » More about University College - meeting and dining rooms

Volunteering opportunities at Celebrate Science 2019

Celebrate Science is here again! It’s our 10th anniversary and we are currently looking for volunteers to help out at this year's festival on Palace Green. If you are interested please contact Event Durham directly with details of when you are available and whether you have any scientific specialism as soon as possible? Your involvement in Celebrate Science would be a huge help. Meanwhile, if you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact the team at

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Want to find out more about Organisation Development Opportunities at the University?

What is accessible to support your own personal development as a member of staff? Come along to one of our ‘OD’ roadshows where our dedicated team will give an outline of the range of development opportunities that are available. We would encourage all members of staff who want to find out more about new leadership programmes or personal development workshops to attend one of these informative sessions, meet the team, learn about how to access helpful resources and put your questions to the team. Sessions are an hour long and take place on Thursday, 24 October at 9.30am and Monday, 11 November at 2pm and are bookable on the Training Course Booking System.

(27 Sep 2019)

Your teaching may have moved

Please double check when and where you are teaching. Thousands of requests for changes to the timetable have been received since the timetable was published in May. In order to make these changes your teaching may have changed time, day or location. Please note, the timetable is now set and no further changes can be made. To access an individual staff timetable click on 'Staff' and enter your CIS login. Alternatively you can view the timetable by individual module.

(27 Sep 2019)