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Aleppo to Athens: Sponsored Walk Raising Money for Help Refugees

On the 10th June, Durham for Refugees are partnering with DUCK for one of our biggest events yet - a sponsored walk raising money for Help Refugees.

(28 Apr 2017) » More about Aleppo to Athens: Sponsored Walk Raising Money for Help Refugees

Call for participants! Speech perception study

The Durham Psychology Department is looking for participants to take part in a new speech perception study. The session last approximately 90 minutes and will take place at the Department of Psychology (Durham Campus). You will be compensated with a £10 Amazon voucher. 

(28 Apr 2017) » More about Call for participants! Speech perception study

Durham SU New Strategy Proposal - Now Open for Student Review!

Durham SU is in the process of setting our strategy for the next five years. A big thank you to the variety of students who’ve put their knowledge and thoughts into the strategy so far!

We now have a draft of the building blocks for our strategy and we want to share with as many students as possible, and gather your ideas and feedback. These are the proposes mission, vision, guiding principles and three strategic themes that underpin the strategy, and you can find them here.

(28 Apr 2017)

Durham University Kendo Club - New Website and Summer Sessions!

Ever wanted to try the awesome martial art and sport of kendo, while getting some revision-helping exercise and stress-reducing fun? We've got sessions this term too and newcomers are always welcome - check out our new website or contact us to find out more! 

(28 Apr 2017) » More about Durham University Kendo Club - New Website and Summer Sessions!

Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know … May is National Walking Month? Why not take a study break to see the bluebells in Great High Wood? Visit the Greenspace walking webpage ( for fun walking tips and other local walks.

During May, Living Streets are running their #Try20 campaign to encourage walking for 20 minutes each day. They have created great tips and suggestions, and even a short 20 minute daily walk has the potential to boost productivity.

(28 Apr 2017)

Guitar Hero give it a go - Sunday 30 April 18:00 - 22:00

Have you ever dreamed of being a rock star?

Want the opportunity to perform music live on stage?

Well we offer the next best thing!

Come along to Riverside Bar and rock your heart out on the classic video game series Guitar Hero for the start of a revolutionary new gaming society at Durham!

Book now here

(28 Apr 2017)

IHRR Postgraduate Forum

Hold the date
Wednesday June 14th, 2017
3rd postgraduate forum 2016-2017 academic year
W007, Geography
12:00 – 16:00

(28 Apr 2017) » More about IHRR Postgraduate Forum

Institute of Advanced Study Events – Easter Term 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. 

(28 Apr 2017) » More about Institute of Advanced Study Events – Easter Term 2017

Japanese Class at Teikyo University

Teikyo University of Japan in Durham are offering free Japanese classes to the public and university community! 

Please come along to our free Japanese classes!

Starting 3rd May and running until 14th June (you can come along as many or as few as you like!).

The Lafcadio Hearn Cultural Centre (across from the Oriental Museum and Van Mildert College).

You can find more information here

(28 Apr 2017)

Khatulistiwa Indonesia 2017 - Saturday 29 April 18:30 - 21:00

The event is unique and one-of-a-kind. It aims to introduce Indonesia, known to be the nation on the equator (hence the event name of Khatulistiwa (equator), to the people of Durham. The event will be filled with arts and crafts, food, music, dances, as well as information regarding Indonesia. We aim to provide an authentic experience for visitors by introducing as much tradition and culture as possible, as well as decorating the venue with a large outline of Indonesia's islands.

Book now here

(28 Apr 2017)

Language learning opportunities this summer

Registration is now open for the Centre for Foreign Language Study’s summer language courses.

Nine week development and nine day intensive courses are available, offering the opportunity to study to a schedule which suits your summer plans. Languages available include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish – in a range of levels. All courses are open to staff, students and members of the public for a fee.

For more details and to register, please visit the website

(28 Apr 2017)

Narratives and Economics - a Talk by Paul Omerod (Economist and former IAS Fellow)

The concept of narratives is gaining traction in economics. The 2016 American Economics Association Presidential address by Robert Schiller was on this topic. The basic idea is that a change in policy may not have a unique outcome because of the way in which it is interpreted, the dominant narrative around it which emerges. Paul illustrates the talk with examples of current policy, such as austerity, and the continuing crises in the Euro. He also give examples of how modern computer science techniques can identify narratives, giving policy makers for the first time a systematic way of influencing them.

This talk will take place on Thursday 4th May 2017 at 12:15pm in the Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Palace Green.

Registration is essential. Anyone wishing to attend must register at

(28 Apr 2017)

Police Liaison Officer drop in sessions

Rebecca Carey, Durham Constabulary's Police University Liaison Officer, is available for private 1 to 1 or small group meetings in the Student Support Hub PC063 in the Palatine Building 12.00-13.00 on most Thursdays this term.

(28 Apr 2017) » More about Police Liaison Officer drop in sessions

Reminder - The Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue – Beyond Bombs and Bandaids: The Prospects for Peace

Thursday 4th May 2017, 18:15 to 19:15, Rosemary Cramp Theatre, Calman Learning Centre
Harriet Lamb (International Alert)

This eighth Annual King Hussein Lecture in Cultural Dialogue will be given by Harriet Lamb, CEO of International Alert, Europe’s largest peace building organisation. Harriet Lamb spent 16 years leading Fairtrade in the UK and internationally, guiding the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK through a period of significant growth. Her leadership in this area led to her being awarded a CBE. She has worked with several other non-governmental organisations, always with an interest in international development issues, and has written a book Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles.

(28 Apr 2017) » More about Reminder - The Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue – Beyond Bombs and Bandaids: The Prospects for Peace

Students' Union Annual Awards 2017 - Nominations are open!

The Students’ Union Annual Awards will be the biggest and best they have ever been. Hosted at Ramside Hall, they will be a celebration of a years’ worth of activities, representation and changes for the student experience. 

Nominations for this year's awards are open now. If you know a student group or individual who deserves an award, let us know now!

(28 Apr 2017)

The Student Activities Impact Survey

If you are involved with Student Groups at Durham you could win one of five £10 Amazon vouchers for completing the Student Activities Impact Survey.

(One lucky SU student group will also win £50 funding for completing the group impact survey).

This stage of the project will look at both the experiences of individuals taking part in student group activities, and the impact groups themselves have on the wider community (both within and outside of the University). Complete the survey here

(28 Apr 2017)

Undergraduates complete our short survey to win an Amazon voucher

We are looking for feedback from undergraduate students on the role of Durham SU within the wider University community. Please complete our short survey and you could win one of five £10 Amazon vouchers. Complete it now here

(28 Apr 2017)

Waste Not, Want Not

Students from Castle and Hild Bede have worked with University Catering to set up a new initiative: Waste Not, Want Not; aiming to reduce food waste and help students or other members of the local community who may be struggling to afford food. The students collect unused soup, salad and sandwiches, which are still safe to consume, from catered College kitchens and University cafes, which would have otherwise been thrown away. Expect to see the students outside the Students’ Union every Friday during term time from 6pm. At the first food give away, the students gave food out to over 90 people!

(28 Apr 2017)

What’s it like to be an ecologist?

Come for an informal chat with a wildlife biologist on what an ecologist's career is like at 14:00 BST on Friday, 05 May 2017 @ Ustinov College with free food!

(28 Apr 2017) » More about What’s it like to be an ecologist?

WorkSmart - Exam stress sessions

Many students experience some anxiety or stress prior to and during exam and assessment periods. Durham University’s Counselling Service is putting a several drop-in sessions to teach you practical tools about how to utilise the anxiety to help you perform in your work.The sessions have been planned to give students the tools they need to manage stress and use it as a motivator for achieving their best results whilst at University. The sessions will equip you with tools that enable you to plan your work, consider methods of stress relief, looking after yourself during exams and celebrating your achievements.

You can drop into the Student Support Hub Room (PC063) in the Palatine Centre at the following times:

  • Tuesday 2 May, 13:45
  • Friday 5 May, 14:15
  • Tuesday 9 May, 13:45
  • Friday 12 May, 14:15

You can get in touch with the counselling service by emailing or calling 0191 334 2200. Find more details here

(28 Apr 2017)

Academic Skills Programme Workshops

The April - May programme of workshops is open for booking. 

The Academic Skills Programme provides support to help you develop your academic writing, maths and study skills with a mixture of workshops, online resources and one-to-one support.
For information and to book places click here

(21 Apr 2017)

Attention Parents!!

Big Fish Little Fish are bringing their Father’s Day Children’s Rave to Durham Students’ Union.

Treat the kids (and dads!) to a fun filled day out!

Tickets available here

(21 Apr 2017)

Binding at Durham Students' Union

Click here to see what printing and binding services Durham SU have to offer;

Also get 20% off the price of binding at Durham Students’ Union with your NUS Extra Card.

Don’t have a NUS Extra Card yet? Pop down to reception at Dunelm House and get yours today!

(21 Apr 2017)

Critical thinking in a post-factual world

Join us for a stimulating event where we question our critical thinking abilities, look at how we can better assess modern media output, and how government policy decision making is actually performed. Very timely and exciting topic for a post-factual world!

(21 Apr 2017) » More about Critical thinking in a post-factual world

Invitation to apply to be the student representative on the UK Student Information Advisory Group

We are seeking a committed student representative to join the newly established UK Student Information Advisory Group. The closing date for applications is midnight 2 May 2017.

(21 Apr 2017) » More about Invitation to apply to be the student representative on the UK Student Information Advisory Group

Maths and Stats Lab drop-in sessions

Lunchtime drop-in sessions increased to three a week during the run-up to exams. 

Providing maths and statistics support to students from any department and at any level.
25th April - 12th May sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:00-13:30, PC 063, Palatine Centre.
No booking required - bring your problem along and one of the tutors will assist you.
Further details here

(21 Apr 2017)

New Sandwich Supplier Trial

This spring try something different with Scribbles, a brand new sandwich supplier coming straight to the Bill Bryson Library Café. Starting on Tuesday 18th April for six weeks only, we are excited to offer a brand new range of sandwiches, salads, snack pots and fruit juices from this innovative and high quality supplier. 

(21 Apr 2017) » More about New Sandwich Supplier Trial

ZapatistA Pop-Up Burrito Bar on Durham University Campus

ZapatistA pop-up burrito bar will be landing on Durham University Campus this weekend! Serving hot tasty burritos and fajitas to tingle your taste buds, get yours outside the Bill Bryson Library on the square from 11.30am to 3.00pm Saturday & Sunday. 

(21 Apr 2017) » More about ZapatistA Pop-Up Burrito Bar on Durham University Campus

The experiences of Muslim students on campus

A survey has been launched to begin understanding the day-to-day experiences of Muslim students on all university campuses across the North East. 

(17 Mar 2017) » More about The experiences of Muslim students on campus

Write for an international initiative


If you'd be interested in writing a blog post for an international initiative please read on!

(10 Mar 2017) » More about Write for an international initiative

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