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'Literary Minds' Symposium

21 January 2017, from 1 – 5pm

St Chad’s College Chapel, 18 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3RH

This public symposium explores the minds of writers, readers and characters as participant agents in literary experience. With a lecture by Professor Pat Waugh on Virigina Woolf, followed by a conversation with the acclaimed novelist Pat Barker and a panel discussion led by Professor Linda Anderson from the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, it will open up new perspectives on literature in order to challenge our understanding of creativity, reading, fictional minds, narrative and inner speech, memory, trauma and therapy. Further information about this event and how to reserve your place can be found here.

(20 Jan 2017)

A new tool to manage calls into the IT Service Desk

We've introduced a new tool to manage calls and queries into the IT Service Desk to support improvements to how we respond to them. Whilst the way you contact us are the same, there are some changes you need to be aware of, read on for an explanation and examples.

(20 Jan 2017) » More about A new tool to manage calls into the IT Service Desk

Academic Skills Programme Workshops

January - March workshops open for booking. Academic Skills Programme provides workshops, one-to-one support and online resources to support undergraduates to develop their academic writing, maths, IT and general study skills.

For more details click here

(20 Jan 2017)

AUDITIONS: Made in Dagenham

Come and audition for, ‘Made in Dagenham’, an uplifting musical based upon the true story of men and women working in the Ford factory in 1960’s Essex. This is an uplifting, inspiring and funny musical which tells about a fight for equality.

(20 Jan 2017) » More about AUDITIONS: Made in Dagenham

Belly Dancing Give it a Go

Does your New Year's resolution still need a little shimmy? If so, then join us this Wednesday the 25th for our Belly Dancing taster session! Our classes are open to all levels of experience and are great for those looking to try something new and funky fresh this term. There is no need to bare any flesh or have any prior experience; come along whatever your skills! Classes are held weekly from 6:30- 7:30 for beginners and from 7:30-8 for Improvers.

Wednesday 25 January, 18:30-19:30 - Durham Students' Union, The Ballroom

Sign up for the event here

(20 Jan 2017)

Big Fairtrade Bake

Did you know you can sign up to the Big Fairtrade Bake and receive 250g plain flour and 250g Fairtrade sugar for free?

The University is Fairtrade accredited and as part of the national Fairtrade Fortnight, the Big Fairtrade Bake will take place between 27th February and 12th March and is open to all staff and students. The Big Fairtrade Bake gives you the chance to bake and share Fairtrade goods with your friends and colleagues, and you could even win a selection of Fairtrade goodies. Sign up by 17th February to receive 250g of Fairtrade sugar and 250g of plain flour for free. Full details and sign up are available on the Greenspace Fairtrade website.

(20 Jan 2017)

Calisthenics Give it a Go

The University Calisthenics Society is prepping for a monster work out session in the Ballroom. Open to all abilities, we organise tiered workouts, so no matter whether you're mastering your slow muscle ups or still trying to touch your toes, there is always a place to start. The only weight you use is your own body. That's pretty much the entire premise. Think more shredded than hench. The session lasts for an hour, with no muscle left unused. We hope that you'll leave us at the end with a better understanding of what Calisthenics is and an intimate relationship with DOMS.

Tuesday 24 January, 18:00-19:00 - Durham Students' Union

Sign up here

(20 Jan 2017)

Christmas E-card Competition

Would you like your photo to be used as an e-card by staff and students? Submit your Christmas-themed images to by Friday 24th February. Please note we cannot accept any photos containing people or private dwellings due to privacy laws. Full details available on the Greenspace website.

(20 Jan 2017)

Cypriot Society Food Festival (Ziyafetti)

Food festival by the Cypriot Society of Durham, a chance to taste delicious Cypriot food and drinks!

As an initial boost for the 9 weeks of uni that awaits us the Cypriot Society presents you its greatest event of the year...Ζιyαfέttι!

Called Ζιαφέττι (Ziafetti) by Cypriot Greek speakers and Ziyafet by Cypriot Turkish speakers, Ζιyαfέttι is a massive feast event that is a main characteristic of Cypriot culture and tradition.

Come together with us to celebrate this evening with lots of great Cypriot food, drinks and music!

Get prepared for some tasty Baklava and Commandaria wine while having some Halloumi bites and a shot of Zivania.

Saturday 21st of January | 7-11pm | Vane Tempest, Durham Students' Union

The event is free for members and £2 for non-members.

See you all there!

(20 Jan 2017)

Dr Peter Garratt on ‘Dickens and Over-hearing’

26 January 2017, from 5.30 – 7pm

Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Durham, DH1 3RN

Dickens’s universe is thronged by innumerable well-defined voices, and his fiction carefully renders the acoustics of individual human speech and utterance. But what does Dickens reveal about what it’s like to overhear others? In this lecture, Peter Garratt will suggest why overhearing can help us unlock Dickens’s writing and creativity. Further information about this event and how to reserve your place can be found here.

(20 Jan 2017)

Elected Officer Info and Campaigns Session

Ever thought about running to be an elected officer in the Students' Union or in your common room? We'll be running info sessions where you can come along and find out more about the roles within Durham, offer hints and tips about campaigning and give you the tools to stand for these amazing positions.

The next event will be Wednesday 25 January in Dunelm House, MR1.

(20 Jan 2017)

Extremist Speakers and the Government's Prevent Strategy

A presentation by Elliot Miller, the National Organiser for Student Rights. Elliot will be speaking about extremist speakers, the government’s counter radicalisation strategy (Prevent) and more. 

(20 Jan 2017) » More about Extremist Speakers and the Government's Prevent Strategy

Gliding Give it a Go

Taster gliding session, no prior experience required! Take to the skies in the beautiful Yorkshire country side, a great opportunity to see if you'd like to take up gliding as a sport and become a regular flyer! One time only chance to fly at a massively subsidised cost!

This activity is free, however a deposit of £10 is required and can be reclaimed the week after the activity takes place. There are only 3 free places available. 

Saturday 28 January, 07:30-16:30 - Meet at the SU

Sign up for the event here

(20 Jan 2017)

Human Scale: Time on a Human Scale Public Lecture series - How to negotiate the modern regime of historicity (1870-1930)?

25th January 2017, 6.15pm, Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre

Francois Hartog (Ecole des hautes en sciences sociales, Paris)

Human Scale: Time on a Human Scale Public Lecture series - How to negotiate the modern regime of historicity (1870-1930)?

All Welcome.

For further details, please click here

(20 Jan 2017)

Institute of Advanced Study Events taking place in Epiphany 2017

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) has a wide variety of events this term including lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2016/17 ‘Scale’ programme. Most events, and in particular lectures, are free to attend and open to all.

(20 Jan 2017) » More about Institute of Advanced Study Events taking place in Epiphany 2017

Krav Maga Give it a Go

We'll be holding a small taster session to help people gain a better idea of what Krav Maga is about, how training sessions will be conducted, and the sort of thing members can expect in the future. Please come dressed in exercise attire, and bring water along. No prior experience needed! If you have personal protective equipment, feel free to bring it along. Our instructor and the president of the society will be around to answer any questions you may have about joining.

Saturday 28 January, 19:00-20:00 - Hild Gym

Sign up for the event here

(20 Jan 2017)

Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies Seminars and Events 2017

The Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies promotes pioneering interdisciplinary research into the global Anglican tradition in all its depth and diversity. The centre’s series of seminars and events is free and welcomes all. Highlights in the coming term include two seminars in association with The Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion project, which explore issues in African and Indian Christianity, as well as the annual Hensley Henson lecture in which Frank Field MP considers the Church as a political player.

(20 Jan 2017) » More about Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies Seminars and Events 2017

Mug painting & Tea Give it a Go

Come along to our chilled event, drink tea, decorate a mug and eat cake. Please bring your own mug to drink tea from (we will provide mugs to decorate).

Wednesday 25 January, 14:00-16:00 - Durham Students' Union, Kingsgate

Sign up for the event here 

(20 Jan 2017)

Nichiren Buddhist Give it a Go

An introductory meeting to the practise of Nichiren Buddhism. There will be a short introductory presentation, and then we will have an open discussion about Buddhism, spirituality, philosophy, life & whatever! Anyone is welcome to come along, even if you are just curious or have some questions. Please come along to find out more about the revolutionary and powerful teachings of Nichiren Buddhism!

Tuesday 24 January, 19:00-20:30 - Durham Students' Union, Upper Kingsgate

Sign up for the event here

(20 Jan 2017)

Officer Elections - Nominations are open now!

Are you interested in becoming a Student Officer or running for another elected position? Do you want to find out more about campaigning and what it's like to be a student leader?

You can read more about the positions and the reasons you should run on our website

Nominations are open until 17:00 on Friday 27 January.

(20 Jan 2017)

Pole dancing Give it a Go

Ever wondered what the life of a DUPDS student is like? Want to try the hair flicks, the spins, the lifts and the tricks without the commitment of bruised thighs and abb ache? Come along and give it a go! Our PDC qualified instructor will teach the basics of pole dancing in a fun, safe, and supportive environment! Places are limited.

Friday 27 January, 15:00-16:00 - Durham Students' Union, Vane Tempest

Sign up for the event here

(20 Jan 2017)

Reminder: The Scale of Things

The IAS is pleased to announce this term’s series of public lectures on The Scale of Things.

(20 Jan 2017) » More about Reminder: The Scale of Things

Shellshock! Give it a Go

Shellshock! is here to bring you some improvised comedy! In this show, you first get to laugh at a few society members making up scenes based on your suggestions, and afterwards you get to give improv a go yourself! Come along to try your hand at scenes and games like the ones seen in "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", and have a fun evening filled with laughter!

Friday 27 January, 20:00-22:00 - ER141

Sign up for the event here

(20 Jan 2017)

Subject Support at the Library

Subject Support will be available to Durham University students on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-16:00 from our Academic Liaison Librarians. Alongside the Subject Support Point at the Bill Bryson Library, a live Twitter chat will also be operating, just Tweet #AskDULIB to ask your questions!

(20 Jan 2017) » More about Subject Support at the Library

Thai Boxing Give it a Go

This Give it a Go Taster training session for those who are interested in joining the society who would lik to try it for free! There will be an introduction into basic techniques and also some basic pad and glove work. The session will be run with a professional Muay Thai trainer that we hire to run our sessions so everything will be safe and fun!

Monday 23 January, 18:30-20:00 - Durham Students' Union

Sign up now here

(20 Jan 2017)

The Housing Fair @DurhamSU

Wednesday 25 January - 12:00-16:00

In the Ballroom

Come along to meet landlords and find out more about your accommodation options for next year. There will be a Housemate Wanted - Find A Flatmate! event later the same evening in the building so stay around or come back later!

(20 Jan 2017)

Third Sector Forum: Careers in the Charity Sector

Wednesday 8th February, 12-2pm
Join representatives from some of the biggest local and national charities for an insight into careers in the third sector, including career pathways, opportunities, challenges and top tips from professionals. Speakers will include representatives from organisations such as BBC Children in Need, RSPB, The Prince’s Trust, Worthwhile, Relate NE and RT Projects. Click here for more information.

(20 Jan 2017)

Treasures of Durham Cathedral Library: Music

Saturday 4 February, 2.00pm – 3.00pm, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

An opportunity to view a selection of manuscript and early printed music in the beautiful surroundings of Durham Cathedral's Refectory Library – usually closed to visitors.

(20 Jan 2017) » More about Treasures of Durham Cathedral Library: Music

Update to computers in open access areas

The Managed Desktop on student and teaching computers is based on Windows 10. Over the Christmas break we updated the version of Windows 10 that we use in open access areas only, to the latest release from Microsoft. You may notice some small differences on the new version, compared to the version that is used in teaching rooms and colleges. Read on to find out more. 

(20 Jan 2017) » More about Update to computers in open access areas

Vintage Bargains Galore!


The Vintage Kilo Sale - 21 January Pick & Mix from 1000’S of mens and womens vintage items – Buy your vintage by the kilo – pay only £15 per kilo!

Join the Facebook event now

Headlock Vintage XL Fair - 23 January Adidas, Nike, Ralph Lauren,Barbour, Tommy Hilfiger, Levis, Fila, Kappa, Ellesse, Lacoste and loads more!... more

Join the Facebook event now

(20 Jan 2017)

Winter Warmer

Winter Warmer with Durham Quakers: FREE cake, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Come and have a chat about peace, equality, Quakerism and the state of the world.

Sunday 5th February, 2pm-4pm, Alington House, North Bailey.

(20 Jan 2017)

Your digital experience at Durham: have a say and enter to win a £50 Amazon voucher

Want to influence how technology is used at Durham? Are digital resources targeted to your needs? The national Student Digital Experience Tracker, is available from Monday for Durham students. This anonymous survey only takes 15 minutes and you could win a £50 Amazon voucher. 
Log into duo on Monday and find the Student Digital Experience Tracker for your chance to win!

Results will be made available to all students, who will then have a chance to join focus groups to discuss their views in more depth.

(20 Jan 2017)

Company by Samuel Beckett

16 – 20 January 2017 Daily performances at 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm Chapel of the Holy Cross, Durham Cathedral, Durham, DH1 3RN

Both moving and mysterious, Beckett’s Company is the story of a voice that comes ‘to one on his back in the dark.’ This voice, which the protagonist can neither verify or name, ‘tells of a past.’ In a performance of the text that is at the same time immersive and exploratory, the audience are invited to become the central character in this enigmatic story world. Further information about this event and how to reserve your place can be found here.

(13 Jan 2017)

Institute of Advanced Study Fellows Epiphany Term 2017

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) is delighted to welcome its second cohort of Fellows connected with its 2016/17 Scale theme. Please read on to find out who our new Fellows in residence for the Epiphany term are.

(13 Jan 2017) » More about Institute of Advanced Study Fellows Epiphany Term 2017

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) 10th Anniversary

In 2017, IHRR will celebrate 10 years of research-powered leadership in developing resilient, research-powered approaches to hazard and risk. To celebrate our anniversary we are organizing a number of events and activities. If you would like further details about any of these events please see our IHRR webpage or email You can so register your interest here to receive updates on our IHRR/DWD conference.

(13 Jan 2017)

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) events - Epiphany term

IHRR has a wide variety of events this term including seminars and workshops. These events are free to attend and open to all. The first seminar of the series is on Monday, 16 January between 1 - 2 pm in room W007, Geography with Mr Sam Bickersteth, Chief Executive, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). Full event details are available here

(13 Jan 2017) » More about Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) events - Epiphany term

Our Free Academic Language & Communication (ALC) courses will be back in January!

Our popular academic support courses start again on 30 January, but you will be able to book places from 16 January at 12:00 noon. Check out our timetables over the break to see which skills you'd like to improve next term!

(13 Jan 2017) » More about Our Free Academic Language & Communication (ALC) courses will be back in January!

Term 2 Academic Language & Communication Courses available from Monday 16th January

If you want to improve your academic skills this term, you can book a place on our huge selection of free ALC courses from 9am on Monday 16 January.

ALC courses run on weekday evenings and Wednesday afternoons, and consist of between 1 and 3 ninety minute classes.

Courses include things like Critical Reading, Speaking in Challenging Contexts, Dissertation Proposals Workshop, Effective Revision, Writing Critiques and more- there are nearly 50 courses available!

Courses are free to registered Durham University students- you simply have to visit here on Monday to see what is available and book a place.

For more information, email us at or follow us on Twitter: @DU_ALC

(13 Jan 2017)

Voices, knowledge and ignorance: Reflections on experiences of Company

20 January 2017, 12pm – 2pm

St Chad’s College Chapel, 18 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3RH

Renowned Beckett scholars and performers have been invited to challenge their knowledge of the author and of the text by attending a performance of Company in the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Durham. In this public event, they will report on their experience of the performance, and on how this affected, confirmed, enhanced or called into question previous understandings of the author, of voices in his work, of the text, and of their own human inner storytelling activity. Further information about this event and how to reserve your place can be found here.

(13 Jan 2017)

Police Drop Ins - Student Support Hub PC063, Thursdays 12:00-13:00

Good news! The Student Support Hub PC063 in the Palatine Building has been made available for Rebecca Carey, Durham Constabulary's Police University Liaison Officer, to meet with students 12:00-13:00 on most Thursdays during this academic year.

The Hub is not available on some dates and an alternative venue for those Thursdays will be publicised.

Rebecca is offering private 1 to 1 or small group meetings. Students may drop in or contact Rebecca in advance

(2 Dec 2016) » More about Police Drop Ins - Student Support Hub PC063, Thursdays 12:00-13:00

Vegan Panini Coming Soon!

2017 brings the opportunity for fresh starts, new commitments and resolutions to make changes in our lives. Here at YUM we want to help! Launching for the FIRST time into Durham a tasty, warming VEGAN panini.

This toasted ciabatta will appeal to all, a lightly spiced baked onion pakora, red onion, fresh coriander and a hint of sweet mango chutney. Let us know what you think on our website or on Facebook 

(2 Dec 2016)