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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

(17 Feb 2017)

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!

Come to Women’s Forum

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

(17 Feb 2017)

Don't miss out: follow CIS on Twitter!

Make sure you know what is happening in the event of IT disruption by following CIS' Twitter feed. If you can't access emails or University web pages, it's one of the places where we share information about what is happening about our services. In the event of major IT disruption it can sometimes be the only source of information.

(17 Feb 2017) » More about Don't miss out: follow CIS on Twitter!

Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know you can win Fairtrade goodies by guessing the Fairtrade ingredients in the Vice-Chancellor’s and the Green Dean’s cake?

In preparation for Greenspace Fortnight, the Catering department has baked a delicious and very attractive Greenspace Fairtrade Fortnight cake. Can you guess the Fairtrade ingredients which are in the cake? If you guess correctly you will be entered into the competition to win some Fairtrade goodies. (Hint: There are five Fairtrade ingredients in the cake).

More information and photographs of the cake can be seen here

(17 Feb 2017)

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

(17 Feb 2017)

Institute of Advanced Study Forthcoming Events Reminder Epiphany 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.

(17 Feb 2017) » More about Institute of Advanced Study Forthcoming Events Reminder Epiphany Term 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, 20 February, 1pm-2pm in W007, Geography with Professor Virginia Murray, Public Health Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England. Full event details are available here

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

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 will re-open today. If you think you might be right for this role, please click here for more details

(17 Feb 2017)

Online Survey for Students with and without Autism

We are conducting a large-scale online questionnaire exploring the academic and social experiences of University students in the UK, including those student who are functioning on the Autism Spectrum.

(17 Feb 2017) » More about Online Survey for Students with and without Autism

Participants needed for unusual experience promeness study

Stockton/Durham undergraduates wanted to take part in 45 minute study involving two questionnaires and two cognitive tasks. Participant credit / £10 amazon voucher for your time.

(17 Feb 2017) » More about Participants needed for unusual experience promeness study

Run to be a delegate at Women’s Conference

There are two open places for NUS Women’s Conference. All Durham University students who define as a woman are invited to nominate themselves to be elected for these open places. Alongside the two elected positions, there is one reserved place for a delegate who defines as a black woman, and one reserve place for a delegate who defines into another liberation group (LGBT+ or disabled), or has caring responsibilities. If you would like to find out more about how to be a candidate click here

(17 Feb 2017)

Thinking About Consent

The University have launched a learning module entitled Consent Matters. We are encouraging all students to work through this module. It has thought provoking content which covers the areas of sexual consent, communication and relationships, and bystander intervention. The interactive course teaches the importance of good communication, clear boundaries and mutual respect. Within the context of social norm and bystander intervention theory, you will learn how to recognise difficult situations and possible ways of stepping in if others need help. Complete the course now on DUO 

(17 Feb 2017)

Voting opens on Monday

Voting for the 2017 Officer Elections will open on Monday at 08:00. You can read the full candidate manifestos here, and watch their Q&A session over on our Facebook page

Once voting opens on Monday you will be able to have your say by following this link

(17 Feb 2017)

Guided tour of the 'Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration, and the everyday' exhibition

Palace Green Library
25 February 2017, 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition and learn about the research behind some of the highlights and the making of some of the displays. Tours will be led by members of the Hearing the Voice research team and students of the ARCH Recovery College in Durham. All tours are free and open to the public, but places are limited and need to be reserved in advance by following the links below.

Places are limited and can be booked through Eventbrite here.

(10 Feb 2017)

Photography Competition

The competition is open to all current Durham undergraduate and postgraduate students. Your photograph(s) can be of anything which you feel captures the theme of ‘Inclusion’. Interpretation is entirely up to you but the photographs will be judged on creativity, artistic flare and how they meet the theme. 

(10 Feb 2017) » More about Photography Competition

The Bill Bryson Library is now open 24/7!

The Bill Bryson Library is now operating Library 24/7 opening hoursuntil 22:00 on 24 March 2017.

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Tuning into the Light

11 - 25 February 2017, from 10am - 4pm

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Durham Cathedral 

Join us for an audio piece exploring the experiences of hearing divine voices that combines rich phenomenological accounts of mystical and ecstatic experiences, with sound, music and silence in an intentionally unmediated way. 

All welcome. No advanced booking required.

(10 Feb 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