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29 January 2021

5 Ways of Wellbeing - SilverCloud psychoeducation modules

Did you know that the University has access to the full suite of SilverCloud Psychoeducation Modules designed to support individuals with their wellbeing and mental health? The evidence-based modules are themed and once registered, you can access the material 24/7 via your mobile phone, tablet or computer. There is a specific module exploring the benefits of mindfulness, providing access to several audio recordings and tips on how to be more mindful in your everyday life.

(29 Jan 2021)


Additional study spaces - Teaching and Learning Centre

We’re pleased to announce that we have developed additional study spaces for students to pre-book in the Teaching and Learning Centre, open 7 days a week from 9am to 8pm.

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Annual leave in 2021

Annual leave provides us all with a break from work and is crucial to maintaining wellbeing. While the current situation curtails the opportunity to go away on holiday, it is still important that we take time off. Please continue to book and take your annual leave. Any cancellation of annual leave will be at line manager discretion. At least half of annual leave should be taken by the end of August 2021 and 5 days can be carried into 2022, but must be taken by 1 May 2022. Please refer to the online FAQs for more information.

(29 Jan 2021)


Business Travel feedback

This is your opportunity to provide feedback to the Procurement Service on how you currently book travel (pandemic allowing) and what improvements you'd like to see to the process. Please complete our questionnaire or get in touch with Catherine Chrichard, Category Manager to discuss further. All feedback will be used to scope future contracts.

(29 Jan 2021)


Call for papers for Visual Intersections 5

The call for papers is now open for ‘Visual Intersections 5’ the interdisciplinary summer school focused on visual culture hosted by CVAC. This year the summer school will be taking place online in the week of the 21 June 2021 and the deadline for submissions is 22 February.

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Cancel your unwanted study space booking

Over 25% of bookings for our study spaces have been wasted since the beginning of the year by people not showing up for their booked timeslot. That’s over a quarter of bookings. And we know that there are often good reasons for this – unforeseen circumstances, illness, personal issues, etc. - we know that sometimes, these things happen. But you can cancel your booking to allow others to make use of it – we need you to do this to let other students use unwanted study space timeslots. Simply go to the ‘My Bookings’ tab on the Space Bookings app and cancel your booking.

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Compassionate leadership workshop

There might have been a time when compassion was viewed as a weakness in the workplace – a time when society looked to the ‘hero leader.’ Echoes of this leadership thinking still reverberate in many institutions, however, these times of global disruption call for something more. The OD team presents to you a workshop which will challenge assumptions about what we actually mean by leadership and defining compassion. With this perspective we’ll explore and practise the core skills of listening and empathy. For more information and dates available please visit our web page.

(29 Jan 2021)


Cycling savings and discounts

The HR Reward team has recently extended the cycling savings and discounts to include 10% discount at Halfords for all staff, which will be of particular benefit to those who are not eligible for, or would not benefit from, accessing our salary sacrifice Cycle to Work scheme. Eligible staff can also now access free cyclist legal protection through our MyDurham employee benefits platform and the Cycle to Work scheme maximum cap has increased to £2,000. Further information on all our cycling benefits can be found here.

(29 Jan 2021)


Durham University leadership attributes webinar & café series launched

In September of 2019, the United Nations adopted a resolution to designate 2021 as the International Year of Peace & Trust. HR-OD launched the first in the series of the leadership attributes webinars this week, hosted by Kate Cooper from The Institute of Leadership and Management discussing the topic of Trust. The webinar has been recorded and uploaded to the series web page, you can find more information on the series, topics that will be discussed and the recent recording by clicking here.

(29 Jan 2021)


EUA (European University Association) Learning and Teaching Forum

The EUA is holding a free, virtual learning and teaching forum on 18 and 19 February with the theme: ‘Embedding and facilitating sustainability’. The programme includes sessions on topics such as 'How to engage students in the sustainability debate' and 'Harnessing the potential of digitalisation' as well as 'Meeting skills and employability demands'. Durham is a member of the EUA so there will be no registration cost for DU staff. The programme and registration link can be found here. For more information about Durham's membership of the EUA please contact Emma Moore, International Office.

(29 Jan 2021)


Fostering panel members

Foster Care Associates has an Ofsted Outstanding rated service in the North East with our office based in Durham City. During their last inspection Ofsted rightly raised the fact that their independent panel lacks cultural diversity with all our members currently being white British. The fostering panel is integral to who Foster Care Associates are. Foster panel members come from all walks of life and professions. It is a paid position with the panel meeting on average twice per month on Wednesday’s between 10am -12 noon. If you are interested, please email neil.morris@thefca.co.uk.

(29 Jan 2021)


Furniture reuse saves £50,000 and saves the carbon equivalent of planting 25 trees

Warp It is a great system for reusing any unwanted office furniture and equipment within the University. Across all departments, staff have saved over £50,000 through reusing furniture and equipment. This has not only saved money and resources but enough carbon that’s equivalent to planting 25 trees. Help save furniture in your department and become a Warp It member today.

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How much is your data worth to you?

To mark international Data Protection Day, we’re asking all staff to think about the value of your data. Did you know that email addresses and passwords are for sale on the dark web for as little as £1.60? Thursday 28 January was Data Protection Day, and we’ve put together a short video that can help you keep your data safe.

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Introduction to playwriting programme

This is an introduction to plays, how they work and how you might go about starting to write one. Led by local award-winning playwright, Christina Castling, this series of five workshops will have you go from blank page to 10 minute play and will include practical advice, writing exercises and group discussion. The series will end with your work being read by professional actors, plus feedback. So, whether you’re totally new to playwriting or have an idea you’re already working on, this will help you make your next steps. Grab a pen and some paper and come along.

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Know your IP - expert-led awareness session for academics

Whether or not you have a current interest in commercialisation, recognising the value and power of Intellectual Property, and knowing how to protect it, is important to you and the University. Join Marks & Clerk – Intellectual Property Services, in an expert-led awareness session on Intellectual Property (IP), at 2.30pm – 3.30pm on 18 February 2021. Find out more and register here.

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Make your impact - online training opportunity to develop the impact of your research

Places are available to join spring’s cohort of Action for Impact, an exciting training opportunity for academics at Northern Accelerator universities, enabling them to develop the personal, societal and commercial impact of their research. If you want to make a positive change in society by actively applying your research skills and knowledge, find out more and apply by midday on 5 February 2021.

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New workshop date - How to present yourself confidently for remote interviews

Following the demand of the recent remote interview workshop ran earlier this month the HR OD team is pleased to run an additional workshop in February. As we continue to adapt to online ways of working, you may be applying for new opportunities which lead to remote interviews. The OD team is pleased to offer a workshop with Hays Recruitment, the leading recruitment company to help understand what can be done to prepare and present confidently for remote interviews. For more information and dates available please visit our web page.

(29 Jan 2021)


Researchfish 2021 submission period

Researchfish is an online reporting system used by funders to collect information on the outcomes, outputs and impact of the research they fund. The 2021 submission period is open from Monday 1 February to Thursday 11 March at 4pm. Full information on deadlines and instructions on how to submit can be found on our web page.

(29 Jan 2021)


Student Recruitment and Conversion Services Teams

Recruitment and Conversion Services are part of the Recruitment and Admissions Office. Our remit is to promote the University to prospective students and to convert these prospects to application, offer, and enrolment status via a range of varied activities, events, and engagement opportunities. We have launched an internal bulletin as a means to inform the wider University of our work. This month's edition introduces the Campaigns Team. If you would like to receive future copies of this bulletin, please email crm.team@durham.ac.uk.

(29 Jan 2021)


UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) Training

The training session on Tuesday 9 February at 11am will provide an overview of the University’s obligation to ensure UKVI compliance and will outline the responsibilities for Colleges and Departments in relation to monitoring and record keeping for visa holding staff members.

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Wallace and Gromit producer funds new theatre scholarship

David Sproxton, a Collingwood graduate and co-founder of the Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations, is offering a scholarship totalling up to £16,000 over four years to help a prospective student who has exceptional potential in stagecraft. It offers the opportunity to get involved in every aspect of theatre production – to be part of a community of fellow theatre-makers at Durham Student Theatre, guiding them in a wide range of skills involving lighting, sound, projection, stage management, set and costume design and video production.

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Wi-Fi refresh programme update

We want a University that is strong, robust and ready for the future. The way we manage our IT is no different, and we constantly review, update and refresh our infrastructure to ensure it meets the needs of our staff and students now and into the future. The Wi-Fi Refresh project is currently modernising all Wi-Fi kit across the University. We’re keen to make our Wi-Fi more reliable and accessible, wherever you are on campus.

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