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30 April 2021

'Give an Hour, Make a Difference' campaign launches this week

We are challenging staff and students to all give at least an hour of their time this summer to volunteer to help make a difference to someone else. This can be volunteering you do on your own, or we have a number of one-off opportunities available - for a list of these and for details on how to register your interest for them, please follow this link.

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All Together Durham

This month, sees the launch of the Access and Engagement Team's All Together Durham project. The aim of the project is to positively promote the diversity of our current undergraduate students and to redress any misconceptions or myths associated with studying at Durham. We are doing this by linking those Durham Student Ambassadors who work with us back to their former school or college.

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Behavioural Insights Society: Prebunking and Misinformation with Rakoen Maertens

Join us for the opportunity to discuss psychological interventions to counter the impact of misinformation and how to scale them at 2pm on Friday 7 May.

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Covid-19: Let us know if you're self-isolating

If you're self-isolating for any reason, please inform your line manager. Reporting in this way helps us to proactively manage University cases with local and national public health experts and enables us to support you during periods of self-isolation.

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Durham CREATE: take part in research

Durham CREATE is a new university-wide research participation platform that allows members of our community to participate in research projects. We invite all members and friends of Durham to sign up and participate in research projects. Read on to find out more about the benefits of participating.

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Green Gown Awards 2021 - applications now open

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) Green Gown Awards are now open for 2021. Please visit the website for more information. A list of all categories is available, including the new 'Building Back Better'. Deadline for applications is 3 June 2021.

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Horizon Europe Information Session: Cluster 5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility

The Research Development team is hosting an information session (including Q&A) for the academic community on the major research themes and calls in Horizon Europe’s ‘Climate, Energy and Mobility’ cluster (cluster 5). This will take place on Wednesday 12 May at 12pm – 1pm via Zoom. If you would like to attend, please register by email at and we will send you a calendar invite with a Zoom link.

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How you can help support a healthy community

Wherever you are right now, there are some simple steps we can all take to help support a healthy community.

  • Hands: Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
  • Face: You must wear a face-covering in many indoor settings unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse.
  • Space: You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble.
  • Fresh Air: Follow local ventilation guidance and where possible open windows to increase fresh air.

Visit to find out more about what you can and cannot do in England during Step 2 of the Government’s Roadmap out of Lockdown.

(30 Apr 2021)

Hybrid working survey for Professional Services staff

During the last year we have changed the way we work, many of us working remotely, and going forward this agile way of doing our jobs, wherever possible, should continue. As part of this, we are looking at how hybrid working could possibly see the creation of new types of workspaces. To help us understand what this may look like we are asking Professional Services staff in central departments, across our faculties, departments and colleges, to complete a short survey about where you work, what activities you undertake, who you work with and what you need from workspaces. 

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Information for DHL users

We would ask that all University staff who send items using My DHL + portal please read shipping updates from DHL by following this link. This includes essential information for exporting and importing goods. Any enquiries please contact your Durham University DHL contact. Please refer to this page to assist you in completing customs invoices and more.

(30 Apr 2021)

Make a difference

Would you like to serve on Ethics, Research, Senate Discipline or Wider Student Experience Committee? Please visit our web pages to see full details of the available vacancies and to express an interest in serving on one of these committees. The last day for expressing an interest is Friday 14 May 2021.

(30 Apr 2021)

New date added – Successful Minute Taking

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 to support 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 organised agendas and capture accurate minutes of meetings. To view further information and enrol on the available offering via Oracle Learning click here.

(30 Apr 2021)

Oracle Recruitment system upgrade

The Oracle Recruitment System, Taleo, will be unavailable between 12am and 4am on the morning of Friday 7 May due to a system upgrade. During this period you will not be able to access the Recruitment System. Normal service is expected to resume at around 4am on Friday 7 May and users are not required to take any action once the upgrade is complete.

(30 Apr 2021)

Research Culture Committee - academic members wanted

Applications are sought for four academic members (one from each Faculty) to represent the academic voice on the newly formed Research Culture Committee.

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Research interview techniques conversation

Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD) and Durham Research Methods Centre (DRMC) are co-hosting an interdisciplinary research methods conversation for post graduate students and staff to share challenges and top tips for conducting research interviews in a variety of research contexts at 11am-12pm on Wednesday 5 May 2021. This is an interdisciplinary conversation that is free to attend and open to all staff and graduate students, including those experienced in conducting research interviews and those that are new to the approach. 

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Schools Engagement and Outreach virtual coffee morning

Coffee Anyone? The Access and Engagement team is pleased to a announce that we will be hosting our first virtual coffee morning on May 7 2021 at 9.30am - 10.30am. The aim is to give an overview of Access and Engagement and Student Recruitment projects and activities when it comes to engaging with school and colleges in the North East and nationally. 

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Senior Leadership Town Hall meetings for staff

Over the coming months, the Vice-Chancellor and other members of the University Executive will be holding Town Hall meetings for all staff on a range of topics, providing an opportunity for staff to come with any questions they may have. The meetings will take place as follows:

To register, please click on the event you would like to attend above. For any further questions, please email

(30 Apr 2021)

Taming an Uncertain Future – a new Bookboon series

Bookboon presents the first in a series of change strategy books exploring what change strategy is, why organisations need it to tackle a more complex, uncertain future, fast moving change and accelerating technology. To explore the library and download this book you can visit the Bookboon website

(30 Apr 2021)

The Digital Learning Special Interest Group is back

The Digital Learning Special Interest Group is back with practice-sharing this term. With sessions coming up on Wednesday 5 May at 1pm: PeerScholar: how to use it, what students think about it and how they engage with it and Tuesday 11 May at 1pm: Teaching a large Greek history class online: afterthoughts.

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The Three Musketeers audio drama

Durham University Audio Drama Society and Purple Radio are excited to present 'The Three Musketeers', a thrilling new audio drama. The production, involving over forty students, tells the story of four heroic, chivalrous swordsmen fight for justice, honour, and love in 17th-century Paris. It is adapted from perhaps the most famous historical novel of all time, infused with exciting contemporary themes and diversity.

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