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Black History Month 2019

Ustinov College is hosting a number of events as part of the University’s Black History Month Programme, in collaboration with the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit. The events are free and open to all. 

(11 Oct 2019) » More about Black History Month 2019

Screening of Classical film 'Cleft Lip'

Durham University Classics Society is excited to advertise the film screening of “Cleft Lip”, a modern adaption of Sophocles’ Oedipus, on Friday 25 October, which may be of interest to some.

The screening will take place in ER140 (Elvet Riverside 140) at 5pm, with doors opening at 4.45pm. We hope to see you there.

(11 Oct 2019)

Student Tours at Palace Green Library

Make sure you don’t miss out on an induction to Palace Green Library which houses archives, early printed books and other special collections. There is quiet study space and staff are always available to help you find what you need. Also hear about the exhibitions and Castle Tours that are a central part of the building and free for students.

(11 Oct 2019) » More about Student Tours at Palace Green Library

African Drumming Workshop

Learn African drumming the fun way! As part of our Black History Month programme for 2019, Durham University's Ustinov College, BAME Network and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit bring you an African drumming workshop. In this exciting activity, you will learn how to combine different beats together to create authentic African rhythms.

This activity is free to attend by everyone. It will take place on Tuesday 15 October (3pm to 5pm) at Ustinov College. To book a place, please click here.

(10 Oct 2019) » More about African Drumming Workshop

Brexit: Student town hall

A town hall-style meeting for students to ask questions regarding Brexit will be held on Monday 21 October in CG60 (Chemistry) from 11am-12pm.

(10 Oct 2019) » More about Brexit: Student town hall

Free cream tea

Jam or cream first? Help celebrate the National Lottery's 25th birthday by joining an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest ever cream tea party - at midday on Wednesday 23 October 2019 at the Sage Gateshead. Event is free but attendees must register. Visit the website for details.

(10 Oct 2019)

Italian Language Course for Beginners at St John's College

Italian Language Course for Beginners

Thursdays 6.20-8.20pm St John’s College- Room TBC (Meet up at College reception for the very first class)


Italian is a beautiful language, the language of the cradle of the Western civilisation and the most romantic of all the roman languages. It is a definite 'must learn' it if you are passionate about delicious food, history of art, music and even business- did you know that “Made in Italy” is the third most recognised brand in the world after Coca Cola and Visa?

The course runs every Thursday for eight weeks starting Thursday 17 October 2019, with each session lasting 2 hours. The teacher is a native Italian speaker and the sessions will be highly interactive. All fees will be donated to the new Learning & Resource Centre (LRC) on the Bailey.

(10 Oct 2019) » More about Italian Language Course for Beginners at St John's College

Northern Lights at York Minster, featuring Durham's Ordered Universe project

This autumn see York Minster in a different light with Northern Lights, an awe-inspiring light and sound installation inspired by Durham University research. The installation will transform the cathedral’s vast Nave with images and audio, some inspired by the work of the Ordered Universe project led by Durham University.

(10 Oct 2019) » More about Northern Lights at York Minster, featuring Durham's Ordered Universe project

Part-time Jobs and Volunteering Fair

Looking for Part-time work or Volunteering opportunities whilst you study? Come along to the Part-time Jobs and Volunteering Fair on Wednesday 16 October (2-4pm) in the Durham Students' Union Ballroom.

(10 Oct 2019) » More about Part-time Jobs and Volunteering Fair

Registration deadline approaching for language courses

There is still time to register for The Centre for Foreign Language Study’s daytime and evening courses.

(10 Oct 2019) » More about Registration deadline approaching for language courses

RS Components Roadshow

RS Components will visit the Science Site with their Titan 2 mobile display vehicle during Tuesday 15 October.This is an opportunity for staff and students to speak with industry experts, discuss practical and design projects and experience the comprehensive RS support mechanism. A selection of innovative electrical, electronic and mechanical components will be on display. The Titan truck will be parked in the main Engineering car park throughout Tuesday 15 October.

Please come along; all staff and students welcome.

(10 Oct 2019) » More about RS Components Roadshow

Take on the world's biggest challenges with Game Changer

Do you want to have impact on the world around you? Do you want to do your part to help achieve the United Nations 17 Global Goals for Sustainability by 2030? Then join us for a 6-week innovation programme.

You will gain key skills that you can apply in your studies and your furture career, and who knows, you might come up with an idea that can really change the world.

Game Changer launches on Tuesday 29 October, 11am, in the new Teaching & Learning Centre room 116. You can sign up here.

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

The Successful Researcher Escape Room

The Durham Centre for Academic Development, in collaboration with the Oriental Museum, invites Postgraduate Researchers to take part in the Successful Researcher Escape Room Challenge.

(10 Oct 2019) » More about The Successful Researcher Escape Room

Black History Month Programme

Durham University is marking Black History Month throughout October with a fantastic programme of events for students, staff and members of the community. Our theme for this year is “commemorating the history and cultural heritage of our African and Caribbean communities.” To find out more about Black History Month and the activities taking place, please click here.

(4 Oct 2019)

Breeze Bike Ride around Durham City

Would you like to find out where to ride around Durham City and meet fellow cycling colleagues? Then why not join the women’s only Breeze ride (max. 10 miles), which is established for women riders, on Wednesday 23 October at 12.30pm, meeting at Durham University Sport and Wellbeing Park (Maiden Castle). 

(4 Oct 2019) » More about Breeze Bike Ride around Durham City

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 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 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

Rugby World Cup 2019 - Live In Riverside

Durham SU are showing all home nations games of the RWC. Click the link to get the selected schedule.

(30 Sep 2019) » More about Rugby World Cup 2019 - Live In Riverside

Forthcoming Exhibition : 'Things From Home'

An exhibition of contemporary ceramics inspired by the experiences of international students, created by artist Katrin Moye. From Friday 22 March to Sunday 27 October at the Oriental Museum.

(6 Mar 2019) » More about Forthcoming Exhibition : 'Things From Home'

Lumiere light festival: How to make the most of it

Lumiere, the UK's largest light festival, returns to Durham in November. To hear what's happening and how to get involved, come to a talk by Kate Harvey, Senior Producer of Artichoke, the company that produces Lumiere. The talk will be in the Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, in the Palatine Centre, on Thursday 7 November at 5pm. Booking is recommended. Please do so here.

(10 Oct 2019) » More about Lumiere light festival: How to make the most of it

Bright Network

Bright Network is an innovative network of the brightest students and we help connect them with the best career opportunities out there. Everything we do for our members is free of charge and diversity is critical to our mission in helping the brightest get ahead in their careers.

(4 Oct 2019) » More about Bright Network

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

'It's Up To You' Funding - Durham Area Action Partnership

Student groups are encouraged to apply for funding from Durham Area Action Partnership after 'It's Up To You' funding confirmed.

A total of £20,000 is available for - a fantastic opportunity if you’ve got an idea for a project in your local area. Applicants can apply for between £1,000 and £2,000.

Groups interested in applying can request a copy of the application form and guidance notes from: Marie Ainscough (Durham Area Action Partnership Support Officer) at:

Durham AAP’s ‘It’s Up To You’ event will take place on Saturday 23 November 2019 from 10.00am – 2.00pm in Durham Town Hall.

(4 Oct 2019) » More about 'It's Up To You' Funding - Durham Area Action Partnership

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