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30 November 2018

15 Days of Christmas

Did you know that Music Durham has a spectacular array of concerts scheduled from Friday, 30 November right up until the end of term? With a huge range to choose from, and many events with a Christmas twist, there's something for everyone. Read concert previews, check the full listings, and purchase tickets on the website

(30 Nov 2018)

A very Durham Christmas

The Vice-Chancellor has written an article about how the University plays its part in Durham's Christmas celebrations, including providing Christmas entertainment, supporting local events and helping good causes. The full article can be read here

(30 Nov 2018)

Appointment of Chief Financial Officer

The University is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Willis as our new Chief Financial Officer. Thanks go to Denise McConnell for her ongoing work as Interim Chief Financial Officer. For further details, please visit the website.

(30 Nov 2018)

Durham University Community Newsletter

The University's latest Community Newsletter is out now - and it's a special Christmas edition! Find out how the University is playing its part in the City's Christmas celebrations, supporting good causes, making our knowledge and facilities available for the benefit of local communities, and more. You can read the Newsletter here. To sign up to receive the Newsletter, please visit the website. To submit an item for the Newsletter, please email

(30 Nov 2018)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Capital Award

The EPSRC has awarded the University an institutional block grant of £150,000 from its capital budget to procure new equipment. The funding is based on Durham’s historical performance in schemes targeted at supporting Early Career Researchers (ECRs), as well as capital demand in those schemes. 

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Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know ... that you can send a Christmas e-card from the Greenspace website? Sending a Christmas e-card minimises the environmental impacts associated with sending paper cards. Last December, over 2,700 e-cards were sent. Visit the Greenspace website to have a look.

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Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Events Michaelmas Term 2018

The Institute of Advanced Study has a wide variety of events for Michaelmas Term including lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2018/19 programme. Events such as public lectures are free and open to all to attend. Other events may require registration.

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Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) call for outline project proposals

The IAS invites novel and ambitious interdisciplinary projects for 2020/21 and a short 1-2 page outline proposal by Friday, 4 January. Proposals from across the disciplinary spectrum, and from both established scholars as well as early-career researchers, are encouraged. Colleagues interested in applying, or seeking additional information, are advised to speak to their Faculty IAS Director (Dr Sam Hillyard (SSH); Professor Karen Johnson (SCI); and Professor Nicholas Saul (A&H). Successful projects will be provided with resources to allow a term’s dedicated focus on the project, as well as resource for visiting for Fellows. Further details are available on the website.

(30 Nov 2018)

New home for Durham University Business School

The University plans to relocate its triple-accredited, top 50 European Business School from Mill Hill Lane, to the heart of Durham City on Elvet Waterside. This is part of the Durham University Strategy 2017-2027 to deliver a student experience to rival anywhere in the world. To find out more please visit the website.

(30 Nov 2018)

Professor Martyn Evans - retirement

Martyn Evans has decided to retire in September 2019. He will step down as Durham’s Chair of Colleges, Principal of Trevelyan College, and as a Professor in our Music Department. Martyn joined the University 16 years ago and he has made an incredibly valuable contribution – to his Department and to both John Snow and Trevelyan Colleges, where he served as Principal. We will be sure to celebrate Martyn’s many achievements when he departs next year.

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Sexual Violence - Prevention and Response Training

Disclosing experiences of sexual abuse can be a deeply trusting, but traumatic step to take. We run free training courses to help managers and staff who support students, or work in roles involving students’ welfare or pastoral care, to understand how best to respond if someone discloses to them. It’s vital we all know how best to support others, in the event of such a disclosure. For dates and times of upcoming training sessions, please see visit the website.

(30 Nov 2018)

Times Higher Education Rankings by Subject 2019

Times Higher Education has published its latest subject rankings for Computer Science and Engineering & Technology. You can find out more here.

(30 Nov 2018)

Institute of Hazard Risk & Resilience (IHRR) Small Grant Call 2018/19

IHRR offers small grants to provide support for any individual, or group of researchers, within the University who have an interest in hazard, risk and/or resilience. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday, 7 December 2018. The aim of the small grants scheme is to support research activities linked to IHRR at the University. The following activities may be supported: pilot studies, growing research capacity, developing research networks, delivering impact and dissemination in the broad fields of hazard, risk and resilience with a preference for interdisciplinary work. The funds can be used to: pump-prime new research; organise workshops or meetings; develop marketing materials; or impact-facing work. The maximum amount normally awarded to any single proposal is £2,000 and partial funding of proposals is a possibility. Further information is available on the website.

(23 Nov 2018)

Marshals needed for Winter Congregation 2019

Do you like cake? Do you like chatting to people? Would you like to help make congregation a success? Then why not volunteer to be a marshal at Winter Congregation. There are still vacancies for Thursday, 10 January and Friday, 11 January. You will be working with colleagues from across the University to provide advice and guidance to students, guests and staff attending ceremonies. If you can help make this a special occasion, then please contact the Ceremonies Unit on 0191 3346125 or email

(21 Nov 2018)