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2017 NUS Conference Media Observer

In 2017 Durham Students’ Union will send one media observer along with our delegate team to NUS Conference in Brighton, 25 – 27 April.

Our Media Observer role will be to report back to Durham students on what happens at Conference, so that they know how their delegates have represented them and the direction of their national union.

To learn more about the role click here

(24 Feb 2017)

Celebrating International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) at Durham University and the Resilience Planning team at Newcastle City Council (NCC) have come together to organise a workshop to celebrate and reflect on the role of women working in disaster and emergency management.

(24 Feb 2017) » More about Celebrating International Women's Day

Come to Women’s Forum: 1 March 2016

The Women’s Forum is the first of its kind in Durham University. It is open to all Durham University students who are interested in women’s issues. The event will include: a Q&A session with and election of the candidates standing to be our NUS Women’s Conference delegates; an update on the University’s work on sexual violence; discussion of the motions going to conference, with a focus on the three which we see as being most relevant to Durham students and a workshop to plan coordinated campaigns and events to raise awareness of women’s issues. Find out more here

(24 Feb 2017)

Einstein, Einstein, Give us a Wave

Gravity explained by the best expositor around. Also included are descriptions of the recent experimental discovery of gravitational waves, which will surely be awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. No scientific knowledge is assumed, and yet at the end you will have a true understanding of the force which keeps us on the ground.

Dr. Pete Edwards (Director of Science Outreach) will give this talk at 14.15 on Sunday 5th March in Holgate House, Grey College. This public talk is free and open to all - no need to book.

(24 Feb 2017)

Enter the BRILLIANT competition

Get your bright idea in the Lumiere Durham Programme.

BRILLIANT is a competition open to anyone originally from, or currently living in the North East. You don’t need to be an artist to take part. If successful, Lumiere Durham producers Artichoke will work with you to help make your concept a reality. Find out more here

(24 Feb 2017)

Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know ….. Greenspace Fortnight commences Monday 27th February 2017? Why not join in the events and enter the competitions. Full details available on the Greenspace website along with a schedule of events.

(24 Feb 2017) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week

Exhibitions at Palace Green Library, ‘The best words in the best order’ - Poetry in Durham and the North East

Contemplating the story of poetry in the north east, this exhibition takes an inspired look at the connections between poetry and life.

This exhibition has been extended until Sunday 12 March due to popular demand.

(24 Feb 2017) » More about Exhibitions at Palace Green Library, ‘The best words in the best order’ - Poetry in Durham and the North East

Feedback on our strategy and get a £5 Starbuck voucher

We are looking for student feedback on the active citizenship strand in our strategy. We will be holding focus groups where students can give us feedback and thoughts. All participants who attend the focus group will receive a £5 Starbucks voucher as a thank you. Find out more and sign-up here

(24 Feb 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 next seminar of the series is on Monday, 27 February, 1pm-2pm in W007, Geography with Dr Tom Robinson, Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Geography. Full event details are available here

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

International Women's Day 2017 - Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall Ruth is currently Chief Executive of UK-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-equality charity Stonewall, the largest LGBT equality body in Europe. Since her appointment, she has successfully led the development of Stonewall's ground-breaking policy, campaigns and research outputs; including its work to tackle homophobic bullying in schools, effective interventions to improve the health of lesbian, gay and bisexual people, and Stonewall's acclaimed leadership development programmes.

The event will take place in the Joachim Room, College of St Hild & St Bede, on Tuesday 7th March from 12noon to 2pm, and include lunch.

(24 Feb 2017)

Library 24/7 comes to Queen’s Campus Library 27 February - 18 March 2017

At the end of February, Queen’s Campus Library will join the Bill Bryson Library in offering Library 24/7 opening hours. From 27 February until 18 March 2017, Queen’s Campus Library will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

(24 Feb 2017) » More about Library 24/7 comes to Queen’s Campus Library 27 February - 18 March 2017

Meet next year's Student Officers!

Four of the five Student Officers for next year have now been elected!

All of these roles were contested, and all candidates are to be congratulated for their passion and commitment to their campaigns.

This hard work has resulted in the voter turnout increasing by 17% from the 2016 elections. 

To meet your new officers please click here

(24 Feb 2017)

Nominations for Undergraduate Academic Officer have re-opened

The Undergraduate Academic Officer represents undergraduate student’s academic interests, support for student representatives and encourages undergraduate students to participate in academic evaluation.

As all the candidates for this role have had to withdraw from the election, nominations have now re-opened. If you think you might be right for this role, please click here for more details

(24 Feb 2017)

Protect yourself from phishing emails: do you know what to look for?

The helpful people in the CIS security team have pulled together some top tips to help you spot phishing emails: Take a look at their article here to make sure you know what to look for to protect your details.

(24 Feb 2017)

Reminder - Great Debate: Science, Rationality and Religion

3rd March 2017, 7.00 - 9.30pm, Physics Department, Ogden Centre West, Lower Mountjoy, Durham University

The Bishop of Durham; Professor Stewart Clark and Professor Tom McLeish

Great Debate: Science, Rationality and Religion

For further details please click here

(24 Feb 2017)

Reminder - Institute of Advanced Study Forthcoming 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.

(24 Feb 2017) » More about Reminder - Institute of Advanced Study Forthcoming Events taking place in Epiphany 2017

Storytelling Experiment_second edition

The Storytelling experiment is now running its second edition. Come and join this study to have an opportunity to take part in a Anthropology research project.

The experiment consists in hearing an ancient recorded story for 4/5 minutes and then being a storyteller and tell it back to the researcher! Sign up now

Free sweets provided!

(24 Feb 2017)

Summer Opportunities Fair

Durham Students' Union, in partnership with DUCK, are playing host to a variety of local and national employers, who are looking to promote their summer camps, part-time jobs and voluntary opportunities.

This event will welcome exhibitors on the day who are all hoping to employ or give volunteering opportunities to Durham students, both at home and abroad.

Join the Facebook Group now.

(24 Feb 2017)

Theology Society Veritas Forum

At a time of deep uncertainties and conflicts on the world stage, what better time to contemplate the role of religion in the public sphere? Come and have your say in Durham University Theology Society's conversation with Theos Think Tank and others on Thursday 2nd March, 6.30pm, St Chad's College Chapel, where we will be discussing: "Should religion have a legitimate place in the public sphere in the 21st century?"

(24 Feb 2017) » More about Theology Society Veritas Forum

Café Politique at Ustinov: Remote Warfare

Café Politique at Ustinov College is organising an event on Remote Warfare on the 28th of February.

(17 Feb 2017)

Canny Fringe Festival 2017!

3rd - 5th &10th - 12th March, Northumbria Students' Union, Newcastle
£5 per Day, £8 Weekend (includes both weekends, half price for DU Rock Society members)
Showcasing some of the best talent from the North East, featuring: Art, Comedy, Drama, Music, Photography, Pole Routines, and much more! Three stages of Indie, Alternative, Folk, Acoustic, Rock and Metal, with artists from Durham University! DU Rock Society will be DJing the Saturday night afterparty and tickets are available from the exec, by emailing

(17 Feb 2017) » More about Canny Fringe Festival 2017!

Women in Science Keynote Lecture 2017: Careering through Astronomy

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS is an astrophysicist, best known for her discovery of pulsars. She is now a Visiting Professor in Oxford, a Pro-Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin, and (the first female) President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh – Scotland’s Academy. 

(10 Feb 2017) » More about Women in Science Keynote Lecture 2017: Careering through Astronomy

Calman Café Open Weekends – 20% Discount!

Calman Café will be opening its doors on weekends to support the 24/7 Library & exam period, with 20% discounts on all food & drink! 

The café will be open Saturdays & Sundays during term time from 10.30am until 3pm.

For up to date information about Library 24/7 and café opening hours, visit our website

(3 Feb 2017)

IHRR Postgraduate Forum

This is the second Postgraduate Forum of the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose is to foster the creation of links between PhD researchers from different disciplines. PhD scholars from a range of departments will discuss the value the concepts of risk and or resilience serve in their research.

(3 Feb 2017) » More about IHRR Postgraduate Forum

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

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

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)

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