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Green Festive Tips

Did you know … there are lots of ways to stay ‘green’ over the festive period? So let's not make the University buildings work hard when we're off on holiday! Read the Green Christmas tips available on the Greenspace webpages.

(8 Dec 2017)

Laidlaw Scholarships - up to 25 placements for summer 2018

Are you an undergraduate in year 1 of a three year programme or year 2 of a four year programme? Could you design and undertake a research project in a Durham Academic department whilst developing your leadership potential? This programme will provide up to 25 successful applicants with generous funding for a research project to be undertaken in six weeks over two summer holidays, together with leadership training. If you are interested, we encourage you to view the research proposals in full detail which are available on our website. Closing date for applications is Friday, 17 March 2018.

(8 Dec 2017)

Last Dialogue Signposts for 2017

This is the last Dialogue Signposts for this year. We will be back in the New Year on Friday, 19 January 2018. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

(8 Dec 2017)

Save time and buy your printer credit online from £1

From Monday, we’re removing the £5 minimum spend for buying printer credits online so that all students can buy credits from as little as £1. This means you no longer have to visit the kiosk in Bill Bryson Library or the IT Service Desk for purchases under £5. Simply log on with your username and password here and select your amount (in multiples of £1) to make your purchase. You can also buy your print credits via the MyDurham app. Download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play.

(8 Dec 2017)

Language courses commencing January 2018

The Centre for Foreign Language Study’s programme of courses commencing in January 2018 is now open for registration. 16 different languages are available and 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.

(7 Dec 2017)

Join the Food Sharing Revolution

OLIO is a free app connecting neighbours with each other so surplus edible food can be shared, rather than thrown away. As you prepare to leave over the vacation period, why not install the free app and use it to redistribute edible food that you might otherwise throw away? Any edible food can be added; no matter if it is loose, raw, cooked, opened, unopened (in general, if it’s food you would be willing to eat, then it is okay to add). The app is easy to use – to make an item available, simply open the app, add a photo, description, and when and where the item is available for pick-up. To access items, browse the listings available near you, request whatever takes your fancy and arrange a pick-up via private messaging. 

(6 Dec 2017)

NUS staff-student sexual misconduct survey

NUS Women’s Campaign has launched research into staff-student sexual misconduct in higher education. Share your experiences to aid understanding of the problem, and responses to it. The survey closes on Friday, 15 December. To participate, please click here

(5 Dec 2017)

Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know ... you can send a Christmas e-card from the Greenspace website? Sending a Christmas e-card saves both the production and travel associated with sending paper cards. Last December, over 2700 e-cards were sent.

(30 Nov 2017) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week

Planning to travel home at Christmas?

When planning your end of (and start of) term travel, try where possible to travel by public transport. If you are travelling by car, then don’t forget to car share. Whether it is a taxi to the station or a longer drive home, car sharing is a great way to save money (and to reduce your impact on the environment). If you would like to register as a driver or look up a journey as a passenger, then visit here, Go Car Share or

(30 Nov 2017)

SCA Christmas drive

SCA Volunteering collected 40 advent calendars for the children of the Great North Children's Hospital last week! You can still get involved with the SCA Christmas drive by donating unused toys for children aged 0-18 until Friday, 15 December or you can collect a shoe box from your college JCR before Saturday, 9 December to fill with items for the homeless in the local area. Your shoe box could include socks, gloves, sweets, toothbrushes, toiletries and cutlery and anything else you can think of that might bring some happiness to a homeless person's Christmas Day. Please bring all donations of unused toys and Christmas shoe boxes to the Experience Durham Office in the Palatine Centre (PC012). 

(30 Nov 2017)

Multiple Award Successes for Environmental Sustainability

Van Mildert College won of the EAUC Community category and the Altogether Greener Voluntary Group of the Year category for their outstanding Outreach and Volunteering Activities. Six student-led projects support local families, young people, schools, the elderly and promote environmental conservation. The projects work across the North-East with a range of community partners including Aycliffe Secure Centre, County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service, and a range of local primary and secondary schools. During the 2016/17 academic year, Van Mildert students completed over 6,300 volunteer hours. The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics won the Climate Change category for the extensive adoption of sustainable technologies reducing the impact of the development. The Green Move Out scheme was a Finalist in the Green Gown Awards. Thank you to everyone who made this possible. For more information on the awards and list of finalists and winners, visit here.

(24 Nov 2017)

Survey on reading lists

Durham University Library and Durham Students’ Union are running a joint survey to assess students’ views and expectations on accessibility to reading items essential for their academic work. Results from the survey will help to understand how you use your reading lists and help to improve the overall academic experience for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students. The survey will be running from Monday, 13 November to Friday, 15 December. The short survey consists of just 12 questions and should only take around 10 minutes to complete. It can be accessed here

(15 Nov 2017) » More about Survey on reading lists

Institute of Advanced Study - reminder of final events Michaelmas Term 2017

The Institute of Advanced Study has a wide variety of events for Michaelmas and Epiphany Terms including lectures, seminars and workshops linked to the Institute’s 2017/18 ‘Structure’ programme. Most events, and in particular lectures, are free to attend and open to all.

(8 Dec 2017) » More about Institute of Advanced Study - reminder of final events Michaelmas Term 2017

Reminder - Institute of Advanced Study and University College Co-Convened Public lecture series: The Future of the University

The Future of the University Public Lecture series is a co-convened series by the Institute of Advanced Study and University College. In the face of this rapidly changing landscape, urging instant adaptive response, it is too easy to discount fundamental questions. What is the university now for? What is it, what can it be, what should it be? Are the visions of Humboldt and Newman still valid? If so, how?

(8 Dec 2017) » More about Reminder - Institute of Advanced Study and University College Co-Convened Public lecture series: The Future of the University

Avoid stress at the start of term - scan your computer during the Christmas vacation

At the start of every term we need to check that your device has the latest anti-virus and anti-spyware updates and system patches. It’s an important process that keeps your devices and our networks secure. If your computer doesn’t pass through the scan – you won’t be able to connect it to the University’s student network. Make sure you can get connected as soon as you return by using our remote scan facility – available from Monday, 1 January 2018. Look out for an email from the IT Service Desk or visit here.

(8 Dec 2017) » More about Avoid stress at the start of term - scan your computer during the Christmas vacation

Apple Mac users – make sure your device is secure

We are aware of a significant vulnerability affecting Apple Mac computers (Apple iPads and iPhones are not affected). As there is a growing Mac community outside of CIS support, and many students use these devices, the IT Service Desk has emailed all students and staff about the issue. If you are a Mac user and you missed it, take action now to protect the data held on your device. Find out how.

(1 Dec 2017)

Maiden Castle car park

Please note due to the high volume of traffic on BUCS Wednesdays the car park at Maiden Castle will be closed to all staff and students. This closure applies every Wednesday during Term 1 and Term 2. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. If you have any question please contact

(9 Nov 2017)

Police availability/safety and social responsibility messages

Durham Police University Liaison Officer (DPULO), Rebecca Carey, is extending her availability for private one to one or small group meetings in the Palatine Centre. She is now available on Thursdays between 1.30pm and 3.30pm in the Student Support Hub, PC063. Students may drop in or contact Rebecca in advance -

(9 Nov 2017) » More about Police availability/safety and social responsibility messages

A Cappella Christmas Concert

Barbershop and A Cappella unite for an A Cappella Christmas Extravaganza on Friday, 15 December at St Oswald's Church, Church Street, Durham. The Durham A Cappella scene this year is bigger and better than ever before. To celebrate this, Durham Dynamics, Durham’s largest mixed A Cappella Choir, is joining forces with Full Score, a brand-new Barbershop Society. Both are ready to showcase their talents in what promises to be a fabulous event. Expect an evening packed with chart toppers, barbershop classics, and festive tunes. From Stevie Wonder to Ariana Grande, there truly is something for everyone! A perfect way to round off Michaelmas Term. Tickets are available here.

(8 Dec 2017)

Fun Christmas Charity Dog Show

Come along to SCA's Christmas charity dog show on Saturday, 16 December. There will be a great variety of exciting classes and all breeds and crosses are welcome, no previous experience is needed! Entry cost is £1.50 per class and will open for registration at 9am with judging commencing at 10.30am. All proceeds will go to Stray Aid and Medical Detection Dogs. Please join the Facebook event for full info and updates. 

(8 Dec 2017)