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Durham University Writing Group, Monday 11 November

Do you ever find research and writing too solitary an activity? Durham University Writing Group can help! The group will be meeting on Mondays this term. The next session will take place in the Horsfall Room, St Chad's College, from 9am-4pm, this Monday (11 November) - feel free to drop in and out at any time. For more information, contact helen.b.roche@durham.ac.uk

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Durham University Writing Group, Monday 11 November


Go Volunteer Week!

Durham University Student Volunteering have organised a week of one-offs and open project sessions so everyone has the chance to get involved and do something good! Highlights include helping out at a Kennels and at Old Durham Gardens. See the list of sessions and sign-up via this link: durham.ac.uk/experiencedurham/studentvolunteering/one-offs/govolunteer

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Go Volunteer Week!


Durham Christmas Festival - Student Discount

Durham Christmas Festival is a magical event, a true festive experience.

The festival takes place on Palace Green from Friday 29 November until Sunday 1 December. There's all kinds of great stall holders and events on across the weekend.

This year we are offering students entry to the Craft & Gift Marquee for just £2, half the normal price.

For more information visit the website.

(7 Nov 2019)


Family Network Event

Drop in and meet with other colleagues who work at the university and their families on Saturday 16 November.

(7 Nov 2019) » More about Family Network Event


Lumiere Conference 2019 – ‘Learning Curve: Syllabus for the Future’

Tickets are now on sale for an inspiring day of talks, debate and discussion on Friday 15 November at Gala Theatre, Durham as part of Lumiere Festival. For more information please visit the website.

(7 Nov 2019) » More about Lumiere Conference 2019 – ‘Learning Curve: Syllabus for the Future’


'UK-USA': Concert Band Michaelmas Concert

Durham University's Gold Award-winning Wind Band is starting off the year with a vibrant evening of music from the two sides of the Atlantic! From Mary Poppins to The Blues Brothers, Phantom of the Opera, 'Variations on America' and Holst's 'Fantasia on the Dargason' from his 2nd Suite in F, we guarantee there will be something for everyone! Come along to Elvet Methodist Church at 7.30 pm on 13 November. Tickets are £5/£6/£7 - available on the door and online at musicdurham.org/events

(1 Nov 2019)


Ballet workshop in French

Free ballet workshops taught in French for people who are interested in ballet and want to practise French in a relaxed environment. The first workshop will take place on Friday 8 November from 12 pm to 1 pm at the fitness studio of Collingwood College.

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Ballet workshop in French


CCCO Concert: ‘A Shadow and a Dream’

The Castle Chamber Choir and Orchestra welcome you to their annual Michaelmas concert, celebrating British music of the 19th and 20th centuries, from Parry to Vaughan Williams, in the Great Hall of the Castle on Remembrance Sunday 10 November, at 8 pm.

(1 Nov 2019) » More about CCCO Concert: ‘A Shadow and a Dream’


Choral Music of Remembrance and Consolation

Durham Singers will once again perform at the gorgeous surroundings of Ushaw college on Saturday 9 November, at 7.30 pm. As can be expected of the date and theme of the concert, the music will be quite solemn. We will sing music from Queen Mary’s as well as President J.F. Kennedy’s funeral services. If you don’t solely like just a capella singing but would like your choral music served with some instrumental accompaniment, we have a treat for you as the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble is performing with us. If you don’t know what cornets and sackbuts look like, better come and check for yourself.

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Choral Music of Remembrance and Consolation


Durham University Writing Group

Do you ever find research and writing too solitary an activity? Durham University Writing Group can help! The group will be meeting on Mondays this term. The next session will take place in the Horsfall Room, St Chad's College, from 9 am - 4 pm, Monday 4 November - feel free to drop in and out at any time. For more information, contact helen.b.roche@durham.ac.uk

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Durham University Writing Group


Free English Lessons

We are looking for volunteer students to volunteer as English language learners and be taught by our MA Applied Linguistics students. Classes are on Thursday at 1.30 - 3 pm in Elvet Riverside. Contact Lesley.Kendall@durham.ac.uk for further details.

(1 Nov 2019)


Rugby World Cup Final 2019 - Live In Riverside

Come to Durham SU's Riverside Bar and Cafe from 8.00 am tomorrow to watch the Rugby World Cup Final!

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Rugby World Cup Final 2019 - Live In Riverside


TTP Lunchtime Talk

Learn how your science degree can be used to make an impact on product and technology development. Free pizza provided! 7 November, 1-2 pm in room E360 of the Engineering Department.

(1 Nov 2019) » More about TTP Lunchtime Talk


Visit the newly reopened Kingsgate Bar and Café at Durham SU

Try Kingsgate Bar and Café, the newly-renovated food and drinks venue run by Durham SU. With comfortable furniture, ethical coffee and fresh food, it’s the perfect place to stop by for a break or a more relaxed study session.

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Visit the newly reopened Kingsgate Bar and Café at Durham SU


Write for The Durham Scientist

Write for us, we need you! We are a student-run magazine aiming to provide you with exciting news and opinions on pertinent scientific topics. We work to bring you information on science in your everyday life along with the fascinating things happening within the scientific community here at Durham as well as around the world!

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Write for The Durham Scientist


British Sign Language Level 1 Classes

British Sign Language society is organising Level 1 courses in BSL this year, and we have a few spaces left in the Thursday 9-11am class. The course is open to staff and students, and the lessons will be weekly - classes start next week! (W/C October 28) Contact us at bsl.society@durham.ac.uk with any questions, or to reserve your place.

(25 Oct 2019) » More about British Sign Language Level 1 Classes


Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy: Disclosure Training available for PGRs

At any time, someone you know, work with, teach, or care about could disclose to you that they have been subjected to sexual violence or domestic abuse. If they do, then how you respond in the moment that follows matters a great deal. We run free training courses to help staff and PGR students who teach fellow students to understand how best to respond if someone discloses to them highlighting the responsiblities that all staff have under the Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy. For dates and times, please see the website.

(25 Oct 2019) » More about Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy: Disclosure Training available for PGRs


Lumiere Durham 2019: Programme and practicalities

Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival, returns to Durham in November and this week the organisers have announced the full programme. We’re proud to be a major partner for Lumiere: sponsoring the festival, hosting several installations and partnering across volunteering, cultural engagement and logistics. For more information on how we’re involved, please visit the website.

(18 Oct 2019) » More about Lumiere Durham 2019: Programme and practicalities


Take on the world's biggest challenges with Game Changer

Join us for GAME CHANGER – an exciting 6-week innovation programme taking on some of the world’s biggest problems, inspired by the United Nation’s Goals for Sustainable Development.

Open to all students – no prior knowledge required.

For more information, email rachel.bickerdike@durham.ac.uk.

(18 Oct 2019) » More about Take on the world's biggest challenges with Game Changer


Foreign Language study courses

The Centre for Foreign Language Study offers extra-curricular courses in a wide range of languages, from Beginners to Higher Advanced level. Courses begin later this month, and on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 October we will be holding open evenings to offer those interested in registering the chance to find out more. Teachers will be available to offer individual advice on choosing your level, and you will also be able to browse textbooks and course syllabi. For full details please see the website.

(4 Oct 2019)


New Lunchtime Karate Club for Staff and Student

Staff and students are invited to join a new lunchtime karate class in The Dojo at Maiden Castle from 12:30 to 1:30pm on Tuesday afternoons.

(4 Oct 2019) » More about New Lunchtime Karate Club for Staff and Student


Coding Club

We would like to invite you to join our Coding Club.

The coding club is a place for people that want to learn how to code (absolute beginners) and, for people that want to work on their own projects, learn a new language, or just have fun programming in a friendly environment.

We meet on Wednesdays 1-2pm at TLC031. Please email coding.club@durham.ac.uk to join as a member or as a volunteer/mentor.

(2 Oct 2019) » More about Coding Club


Free English language classes

We are looking for volunteers to take part in our free English classes. Classes are taught by teachers on the MA Applied Linguistics course running in DCAD.

(2 Oct 2019) » More about Free English language classes


Need your dog walking? Durham students are here to help

Our service is free and runs seven days a week at a time to suit you.

We are a group of volunteers who love dogs and want to help those in our community who may be struggling to walk their dog enough or who can't walk their dogs at all for whatever reason, we would simply love to help. If you are interested in this service please email us at dogwalking.sca@durham.ac.uk. Hope to hear from you soon.

(1 Oct 2019)


CoderDojo events

CoderDojo is a global movement providing children with the opportunity to learn coding and technology in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The sessions are always free and open to all. We provide computer coding activities in a fun and relaxed environment to young people aged between 7 and 17 who live in Durham City and the surrounding area.

 

You can find sessions and register here.

(30 Sep 2019) » More about CoderDojo events


Experiences of Depression: Philosophical Perspectives

Mondays 11, 18 and 25 November, 7 - 8.30pm, Teaching and Learning Centre, Room 117.

A collaboration between the Department of Philosophy and the Counselling Service, this short course continues with the second session on 11th. New attendees welcome. We will present findings for discussion from a major academic study of the lived experience of depression. Topics will include changes to emotions and moods, the bodily aspects of depression, changes to interpersonal relations and difficulties performing everyday tasks.

(8 Nov 2019) » More about Experiences of Depression: Philosophical Perspectives


Science in the news media – accurate and responsible reporting

If you are a scientist or engineer, you are invited to come along to this session by the Science Media Centre (SMC) which is an independent press office for the UK scientific community. The SMC helps ensure that science and engineering in the UK national news is reported accurately and responsibly, particularly on controversial stories. For more information or to book onto the session, please go to the training booking system (Academic Development section). For any queries, please contact communications.team@durham.ac.uk

(8 Nov 2019)


Sir Thomas Allen: Talk and Masterclass

Join Durham Opera Appreciation Society as we present our first professional session, a chance to meet and hear from the University Chancellor Sir Thomas Allen. This will take place on Monday 18 November 5-6.30pm at Collingwood College.

Sir Thomas Allen will also be holding a masterclass as part of the event. For the chance to sing in this, please email j.r.lawrence@durham.ac.uk detailing your repertoire, your vocal experience, and why you would like to sing.

We are delighted to welcome him and invite you all to come and hear from this inspirational operatic figure. This event is open to everyone and completely free of charge but you must book a place via this link if you want to attend as part of the audience.

(7 Nov 2019) » More about Sir Thomas Allen: Talk and Masterclass


Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics: The Greatest Hits (so far)

The Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) is hosting a meeting of the SPH Special Interest Group on Thursday 28 to Friday 29 November. 

This meeting will be of benefit to all researchers with an interest in fluid mechanics and flow. A key focus of the meeting is to showcase the technology and to identify applications and interdisciplinary projects in other domains and industries (e.g. engineering, geophysics, biology etc.). To register your attendance please sign up here.

(7 Nov 2019)


CPI Biologics Presentation and Networking Event

Interested in collaboration with industry? Working in the Biologics field? Come along to a presentation and networking event with CPI Biologics on 5 November, 10.30 am to 12 pm, Whitehead Room (BL201), Biosciences.

(1 Nov 2019) » More about CPI Biologics Presentation and Networking Event


Experiences of Depression: Philosophical Perspectives

Monday 4, 11, 18 and 25 November, 7 - 8.30 pm, in the Teaching and Learning Centre Room 117. A collaboration between the Department of Philosophy and the Counselling Service, this short course of four weekly evening sessions will present findings for discussion from a major academic study of the lived experience of depression. Topics will include changes to emotions and moods, the bodily aspects of depression, changes to interpersonal relations and difficulties performing everyday tasks.

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Experiences of Depression: Philosophical Perspectives


Green Ambitions; A public Talk from Boris Palmer, Mayor of Tübingen

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the civic twinning of Durham and Tübingen in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. As part of these anniversary celebrations the Mayor of Tübingen, Boris Palmer, will deliver a talk titled 'Greening the City' on Saturday 16 November at 11 am in the Ustinov room in Van Mildert College. Free entry.

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Green Ambitions; A public Talk from Boris Palmer, Mayor of Tübingen


The empire strikes back: Baroque art and Spanish contemporary culture

Zurbarán Fellow's Public Lecture on Tuesday 12 November 2019 at 5.30 pm in the Kenworthy Hall St Mary’s College. Attendance is free but registration is essential. To book a place email zurbaran.centre@durham.ac.uk. The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art is delighted to welcome Professor Luis Vives-Ferrándiz Sánchez as this academic year’s first Zurbarán Fellow. Professor Vives-Ferrándiz Sánchez is a lecturer in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of Valencia in Spain. He is a specialist of Baroque and Neo-Baroque art and theory, with a special focus on the presence of the past in contemporary visual culture and the historiographic models that explain such persistence.

(1 Nov 2019) » More about The empire strikes back: Baroque art and Spanish contemporary culture


The 7th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise hosted by Durham

Abstract submission is now open for the 7th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Sciences. This biennial conference will be hosted by the University's Department for Sport and Exercise Sciences between Tuesday 7 - Thursday 9 July, 2020. It will bring together scholars from around the world to showcase qualitative research from diverse disciplines relating to sport, exercise and health.

(18 Oct 2019) » More about The 7th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise hosted by Durham


Make sure you have your say - Register to vote

With a General Election date set for 12 December it's more important than ever that you get the chance to have your say - Don't miss out!

Make sure you are registered to vote by the deadline of midnight on 26 November. For full information visit Register online.

(8 Nov 2019)


Nominate yourself to be a course rep!

Want to represent the students on your course? Want to make a difference to your education? 

Nominate yourself to be a course rep from 9:00am on Monday 11th November. Nominations close at 11pm on Sunday 17th November, and elections will open on Monday 18th November at 9:00am. Put yourself forward and make your voice heard! Visit https://apps.dur.ac.uk/vote

(8 Nov 2019)


Cyclists – Be Seen, Be Safe! Use your lights

A reminder to all cyclists that you must have and use your lights when cycling in the dark, both on the front and back of your bike. Now the clocks have changed and the long dark nights are drawing in, it is time to use your lights when cycling in the dark. It is actually the Law that all cyclists have appropriate lighting on their bikes at night.

(7 Nov 2019) » More about Cyclists – Be Seen, Be Safe! Use your lights


Staff and Student Shopping Event

The annual Staff & Student Shopping event will be taking place again this year.

You can get 20% off retail purchases at our visitor attraction outlets from Monday 18 November to the Sunday 1 December. Simply present your campus card at the following attractions to get your discount:

  • Palace Green Library
  • World Heritage Site Visitor Centre
  • Oriental Museum
  • Botanic Gardens

Happy shopping!

(7 Nov 2019)


Lumiere Durham 2019

Lumiere, the UK's largest light festival, returns to Durham from Thursday, 14 to Sunday 17 November. The University is a major partner, and it promises to be an inspiring event with lots of opportunities to get involved.

There will be an impact on our day-to-day operation. An email was sent to all students on Thursday 31 October. You can read this message online here: durham.ac.uk/lumiere/password/internal

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Lumiere Durham 2019


Printing and Binding at the SU

Student, Staff and Departmental Printing and Binding is available at Durham SU.

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Printing and Binding at the SU


Botanic Garden Temporary Closure

The Botanic Garden and Cafe will be closed for essential maintenance work from Monday 2 December for a week. Everything will re-open at 10am on Monday 9 December 2019.

(25 Oct 2019) » More about Botanic Garden Temporary Closure


x12 Arriva Bus: Teesside Park

The X12 Arriva bus will changes its route from 27th October to include the Teesside Park; there have also been changes to the time the bus leaves the Durham bus station and Durham University Science Site. For more information about the X12 route visit the Arriva website or pick up a leaflet from reception points from Sunday 27 October 2019.

 

Teesside Park – will be easy to get to by bus Service X12 runs direct into the heart of Teesside Park. Get off the bus right outside the shops - there’s no need to hunt for a parking space. Visit the range of shops, restaurants, a cinema and the bowling alley with the whole family with Arriva’s £14 family ticket that allows unlimited travel across the whole of the North East via Arriva buses, (2 adults and up to 3 children).

(25 Oct 2019)


Christmas Day Lunch in Durham Castle

Not all our students get home for Christmas, luckily for those staying in Durham, the University offers the chance to get together and celebrate in style, with a traditional Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day in the stunning Great Hall at Durham Castle.

(18 Oct 2019) » More about Christmas Day Lunch in Durham Castle


Want to network your devices? Just Link IT!

Link IT is our new service allowing you to create your own personal network to connect your devices in your College room.This allows you to set up a network where your laptop can speak to your wireless printer, your phone can communicate with your TV, and Alexa can talk to everything!

(15 Oct 2019) » More about Want to network your devices? Just Link IT!


Travel for £1 a day on any Arriva Bus

Did you know ... students can travel within the Arriva Durham District Zone including around Durham City, for just £1 per day or £5 a week on any Arriva bus service?

 

Full details are available on the Greenspace Travel website.

(10 Oct 2019) » More about Travel for £1 a day on any Arriva Bus


Library 24/7

For the 2019/20 academic year, the Bill Bryson Library will be open 24/7 for 35 weeks, including every week of term time plus the Easter vacation. We have listened to student feedback and in response to a Student Union campaign to increase opening hours, are investing in this provision.

As part of the increased opening, service hours will also change with library staff on duty until 10.00pm daily. Overnight services will be provided by Customer Services Assistants. Details of service hours can be found here.

(30 Sep 2019) » More about Library 24/7


Territorial Lane and Waterside car parks

Territorial Lane and Elvet Waterside car parks will be closed from 7 July 2019. Activity in the car parks will commence with tracing of some services within these areas followed by intrusive archaeological works commencing on 22 July 2019 and continuing over the summer and autumn.

(28 Jun 2019) » More about Territorial Lane and Waterside car parks