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29 November 2019

'A Christmas Carol'

Join us for a glass of mulled wine as Rocket Theatre presents a new telling of an old tale. Tonight, Mr Scrooge will be greeted by three very different kinds of ghost: a nurse, a doctor and a priest. Taking place between 5 - 7 December at 7pm in the Saltwell Hall, Stephenson College, Howlands Farm, DH1 3DE. Tickets are available here

(29 Nov 2019)

24-hour football match raises over £4,000 for charity

Well done to everyone who helped raise over £4,000 for The Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation by participating in Collingwood College AFC’s 24-hour football match at the weekend. For more information, please visit the website

(29 Nov 2019)

Annual Christmas Food Drive

We will be collecting food donations from Monday 2 December - Thursday 12 December for our Annual Christmas Food Drive. All donations will be used to make up food hampers for local families. This is all in support of Feeding Families Charity.

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Castle Theatre Company presents: Three Sisters

A modern retelling of one of Chekov's finest plays, 'Three Sisters' is about the decay of the privileged class in Russia and the search for meaning in the modern world. Come along to the City Theatre between 5 - 7 December. Tickets are available here.

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Data Science Forum

We would like to make you aware that every Friday at 4pm in room 218 in the Ogden Centre, the Institute for Data Science (IDAS) hold their weekly seminars. This week, Benjamin Lopex from Mathematical Sciences will be discussing Bayes linear methodology for analysis of medical X-Ray images.

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David Olusoga - We need to talk about windrush

We are pleased to announce that Professor David Olusoga OBE will be joining us to discuss the Windrush scandal on 9 December 2019 from 6pm - 7.30pm at Durham Miners Hall. This event is co-hosted by Durham University Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit, Ustinov College and Durham Miners Association. This event is open to all staff and students of Durham University as well as members of the local community, free of charge. Admission is by ticket only and there will be no tickets available on the door on the evening of the event. Tickets are available here.

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DCAD Collaborative Innovation Grant Workshops

This workshop, taking place in the Teaching and Learning Centre on 16 December, 11am - 12pm or, 17 January 2020, 10am-11am, provides support and information on the DCAD Collaborative Innovation Grant Scheme. For more information and to book a place on either workshop, please visit here.

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Dialogue 65 - out now

Our latest edition of Dialogue magazine is out now, so why not have a read here?

(29 Nov 2019)

Durham Dynamics Christmas showcase

Durham Dynamics, Durham's largest a cappella choir, is proud to present their Christmas Showcase on Wednesday 4 December at 7.30pm. Come to St Oswald's for a fun filled evening with a wide variety of music, from chart toppers to old favourites, and of course some festive tunes too. A great way to enjoy the Christmas season. Tickets start from £4.50. Tickets are available here.

(29 Nov 2019)

Durham University Classical Ensemble (DUCE) Michaelmas Concert

You are invited to DUCE's first concert of the 2019/20 Academic Year in Castle’s Great Hall on Friday, 6 December. Tickets are available online until 5pm on the day or on the door. Doors open at 7.50pm.

(29 Nov 2019)

Environmental Fact of the Week: Christmas e-card

Last year over 1,122 e-cards were sent in December. The average Carbon Footprint of sending one greeting card is 140g CO2e. Sending a Christmas e-card instead saves both the production and travel associated with sending paper cards. Why not send an e-card for Christmas this year; take a look here.

(29 Nov 2019)

Farewell tea and cakes for Cynthia Connolly, Hatfield College

Cynthia Connolly will be leaving Hatfield College and Durham University at the end of this term, after over 47 years of outstanding service to the College community. Colleagues and friends are warmly invited to join us for tea and cakes in College on Tuesday 10 December at 10.30am to thank Cynthia for her extraordinary contributions to Hatfield, and to wish her the very best for many more years of complete retirement. Please email if you are able to join us. If you are unable to come into College but would like to send Cynthia a message, Janet is happy to receive it.

(29 Nov 2019)

Final presentation

Dr Courtney Shuert will give her final presentation 'Quantifying individual variation in fine-scale time and energy trade-offs in breeding grey seals: How do differing behavioural types solve these trade-offs?' starting at 12 noon in the Whitehead Room, Department of Biosciences on Monday, 2 December. Staff, students, and members of the public are invited to attend.

(29 Nov 2019)

MUSICON concert

For an awe-inspiring performance that is not to be missed, MUSICON welcomes three of the most celebrated hereditary shaman ritualists from Busan: Kim Dongeon, Kim Dongyeol, and their son Kim Jinhwan. They are joined by the tradition's preeminent drummer Kim Junghee and his son Jo Jonghun, who have both performed in MUSICON before, exactly 10 years ago. The concert will take place in the Department of Music, Palace Green on Tuesday 3 December from 6.45pm. Tickets are £10 standard, Students £4, and under 18s £1 and can be bought at the door and online

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My Durham: Black Friday double discounts

If you pay for Black Friday discounted items with vouchers purchased through My Durham, you'll be able to double up on discounts to save even more as well as being in with a chance of winning Love2Shop vouchers or a pair of cinema tickets through our local spend competition. Visit the My Durham benefits platform today to view a list of participating retailers and special offers.

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N8 Digital Humanities and Digital Health

The N8 Centre of Excellence in Computationally Intensive Research (N8 CIR) are currently exploring the CIR skills gaps and requirements within the Digital Humanities and Digital Health communities. A series of events are being held across the eight Northern Universities to allow all Researchers, Academics and PGR’s to discuss the research that is currently happening within each institution, and give their feedback on how this could be improved. The key objective of the meeting is to help the N8 Partnership shape their future strategy for Digital Humanities and Digital Health.

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N8 New Pioneers

The N8 Research Partnership will be celebrating their rising research stars across the N8 universities – the ‘New Pioneers’ of research in the North between 6 - 19 January 2020. They would like academic staff to nominate some fantastic early careers researchers – the ‘N8 New Pioneers’ who are the ones to watch. Find out how to nominate your N8 New Pioneers, by Saturday 14 December, here

(29 Nov 2019)

New Arriva Bus Service timetables for 2020

Please note that new timetables will come into effect on Sunday 5 January 2020 for the Arriva 56, 56A, 57 and 57A bus services. Printed timetables will be available from key receptions in the new year and access to all timetables is available on the Arriva website or the Arriva app. There will be no change to the X12 bus timetable.

(29 Nov 2019)

Northern Railway: December timetable changes

Please note that new timetables will be in operation from Saturday 14 December with Northern trains. Full details and timetables can be found here.

(29 Nov 2019)

Our study skills advent calendar starts next week

We all know how important the gift of knowledge is, which is why we're launching our student Study Skills Advent Calendar this weekend. Please check out the advent calendar when it goes live on Sunday.

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Participating in research

Are you a non-mother of reproductive age? Do you have a baby under 3 months? Are you expecting? Are you over 18 and a non-smoker living in/around County Durham? Would you like to contribute to research on infant-feeding and sleep? You can take part in the parent-infant sleep-lab's latest study "New-Mum Sleep". Not only will you be helping to broaden understanding of how lactation affects sleep, but you'll also get £100 worth of high-street vouchers.

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Registration now open for January 2020 language courses

Thinking of learning a foreign language as a new challenge for 2020? Or perhaps you would like to develop your existing language skills. Then why not take a look at our Centre for Foreign Language Study’s January courses which are now open for registration. Courses are 9 - 10 weeks in length and available in 13 different languages. All are open to staff, students and members of the public (for a fee). For further details, please see our web pages

(29 Nov 2019)

Season Rail Ticket renewals

December is always a very busy time for the sales office as many Season Ticket holders renew their tickets before the fares increase on 2 January. You may therefore wish to apply for your renewal application before the Christmas break. New applications are also being taken for ticket start dates before 1 January. If you wish to find out more about the corporate season rail ticket for staff, please visit the Greenspace travel website

(29 Nov 2019)

Stand up and be counted

Come and join the newly formed WOMEN@DU at our first networking session to share experiences with and lend support to women working at Durham University. The ‘Stand Up and Be Counted’ networking event will take place on Tuesday 10 December in the Birley Room, Hatfield College.

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Supporting our technicians

Our technicians play an important part in our ongoing success, which is why we’re proud to have signed up to the Technician Commitment. On Wednesday 20 November, around 100 staff attended a launch event, celebrating the work of technical research and teaching support staff and bringing together our technical community across the University. For more information, please visit our website

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Take part in the ongoing Race Equality Survey for staff and students

The University’s Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team has developed a survey to aid us in understanding the institutional and cultural challenges that members of the University community face as a result of racial inequality. All staff and students are encouraged to complete the survey. There are questions relevant to you and we want to hear from you. For a link to the survey and for further information, please click here.

(29 Nov 2019)

Trevelyan College Orchestral Society presents: It's Beginning to Sound a Lot Like Christmas

Join us at St. Andrew's Church, Spennymoor on Wednesday 4 December at 7pm to begin the festive season in style with a selection of Christmas music and festive refreshments. Tickets are available on the door and are £3 for adults and £2 for concessions, with all proceeds going to Crisis at Christmas.

(29 Nov 2019)

Ustinov College and Neville's Cross Community Association Christmas Festival

Come and join Ustinov College and Nevilles Cross Community Association for our annual Christmas Festival, held at Ustinov College, Sheraton Park on Friday 6 December from 3pm - 5.30pm. This event is free of charge and open to staff, students and local community residents.

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Botanic Garden temporary closure

The Botanic Garden and Café will be closed for essential maintenance work from Monday 2 December until 10am on Monday 9 December. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period.

(25 Nov 2019)

Catch Your Breath on display at Stockton Central Library

See the Catch Your Breath pop-up exhibition at Stockton Central Library, Church Road, Stockton on Tees from Monday 2 December - Monday 9 December. This exhibition is free, so there’s no need to book.

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Mystery shoppers wanted

Would you like to earn yourself a £5 Durham University Catering Voucher, just by visiting one of our Retail Outlets? We are looking for mystery shoppers to visit the following outlets: World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, Palace Green Library and the Oriental Museum. If you are interested please email

(20 Nov 2019)

Reminder - Crop and Soil Innovation Pipeline launch event

The Crop and Soil Innovation Pipeline (CSIP) website is now live. To celebrate the launch of this exciting platform, we are inviting academics from each of the N8 Universities (including Durham), industry partners, and representatives from major funding bodies to take part in an industry innovation forum with the aim to drive breakouts and develop projects in areas related to innovation in crop and soil research. The event takes place at Sheffield University on 9 December. You can register here.

(14 Nov 2019)

New Viator System

This is a reminder that the Viator system for authorising travel on University business will be unavailable on Tuesday 10 December. Staff and students should not submit new Viator requests later than noon on Monday 9 December. Authorisation of existing requests should be completed by 5pm on 9 December. The new system will be available on Wednesday 11 December for requests to be submitted and approved.

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