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30 August 2019

A new home for the archive of 'Radical Jack'

We are the new home for the archives of John George Lambton, the first Earl of Durham. Lord Durham was a nineteenth century politician, diplomat and society figure who was nicknamed ‘Radical Jack’ for his energetic support of parliamentary reform. He was central to the development of the Reform Bill, which went on to become the Great Reform Act of 1832. In its new home at the University’s Palace Green Library, the collection will be available to study for the first time in over 40 years. You can read more here

(30 Aug 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.

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Did you know...Cycle September is running from 1-30 September?

Cycle September is a global bike challenge where individuals are able to compete worldwide to raise the profile of cycling. It's a fun, free competition where you log your journeys and see how you are doing against all other competitors. Find out more here.

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Open Days

Open Days will be held on Friday, 20 September, and Saturday, 21 September. Each of these events is attended by large numbers of prospective students and their families with 22,000 visitors attending our Open Days in July. In order to ensure the health and safety of our students, visitors and staff there will be restrictions to vehicles on the Lower Mountjoy site. In advance of the events can you please work closely with your contractors, including deliveries, to ensure that suitable alternative arrangements are made for these two days. The existing arrangements for the use of contractor parking at Green Lane remain available. Find out more about Open Days here.

(30 Aug 2019)

Organic September

Organic September is a month-long campaign designed to encourage more people to try organic as a way to promote and educate people about organic food and farming practices. Are you taking part in #OrganicSeptember this year? Better for biodiversity, better for soils and better for animal welfare, organic is food as it should be. Explore the ‘Soil Association’s organic hub to find out more.

(30 Aug 2019)

Parking on Lower Mountjoy

Please note that Lower Mountjoy is a designated No Parking area and signage in this area has been changed to reflect this. Enforcement activity will continue and any vehicles found to be parked in a No Parking area will be in breach of the University’s Parking Policy terms and conditions and subject to a Parking Charge Notice (PCN).

(30 Aug 2019)

Second Hand September

Every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill. Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people - it’s unsustainable. Now there's something you can do to help. Join Second Hand September and pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days. Find out more here.

(30 Aug 2019)

Short online study

We're looking for participants for a 15-minute online study in which you are asked to rate the emotions conveyed by environmental sounds. All participants have a chance to win an Amazon gift card worth £25. The link to the survey is here. For any further questions, please email

(30 Aug 2019)

Sign-up deadline extension

Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith, University of Otago, New Zealand, will open this Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Forum session on Wednesday, 11 September, by presenting her research on the preparedness of PhD graduates for career pathways, a comparative case study of graduates from US and NZ universities. Places can be booked via this link.

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