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Invitation to join research study

If you are a final-year international student, Tom Brotherhood, a doctoral student at University College London, would like to invite you to participate in his PhD research. The research seeks to better understand the process by which final-year international students negotiate their 'migrant identity', their decision-making processes when they consider whether to remain in the UK after completing their course of study, and how they pursue these decisions. The results will also be used to advise and support students and universities in the future, and to make recommendations to governments to help international students make successful transitions after completing their degree. If you would like to participate please contact Tom via email and he can arrange to meet at a time that is convenient for you. You can contact Tom at

(20 Oct 2017) » More about Invitation to join research study

View proposals for Mount Oswald

The University's proposal for the Mount Oswald site, Durham City, including a new home for John Snow College and a new 17th College, will be on display at the Waterside Restaurant, Queen's Campus, on Thursday, 26 October from 4pm to 7pm. The proposals are also available online here. Comments can be made until Monday, 23 October.

(20 Oct 2017)

Free 'Explore Bike Ride' from Maiden Castle

A free, 3 mile bike ride led by Cycling UK, as part of the University's UniCyle Campaign, will take place on Tuesday, 24 October departing from Maiden Castle at 1pm. Booking is essential and please bring along your own bike. If you are interested please email to register your place. Further details about the campaign and other bikes are available on the Greenspace Cycling website.

(19 Oct 2017)

Security bike marking by Durham Constabulary

Durham Constabulary will be on hand at the Recyke Y'Bike shop on North Road in Durham City to offer bike security marking on Friday, 27 October and Friday, 1 December between 12pm and 1pm. This is part of the national Operation Spoke campaign.

(19 Oct 2017)

Still time to comment on Mount Oswald proposals

Last week the University published detailed proposals for the Mount Oswald site, Durham City: two Colleges, a Hub building and a Multi-Use Games Area. Thank you to everyone who has commented on the proposals. There is still time to share your views, online here. Consultation closes on Monday, 23 October. 

(18 Oct 2017)

Environmental Fact of the Week

Did you know… if you purchase a Durham University reusable 'Keep Cup' you will get a free hot drink? And if you take your own mug to any Yum outlet you will get 20p off the price of a hot drink.

(13 Oct 2017) » More about Environmental Fact of the Week

Student Art Pass: A year of art for a fiver!

Explore world-class museums all over the UK and enjoy a year of endless inspiration with friends, for your studies, or just for you. Miss nothing with a Student Art Pass. From the V&A and Tate Modern to Cardiff Castle and Jupiter Artland, a Student Art Pass brings you free access to over 240 museums, galleries and historic houses, and 50% off major exhibitions. Plus, grab a tasty refreshment or memento at a bargain price with loads of café and shop discounts too. The Student Art Pass is available until Sunday, 10 December for just £5. Get yours now here.

(13 Oct 2017)

Study Abroad Fair

Come along to the Study Abroad Fair 2018 on Wednesday, 25 October between 2pm and 5pm in the Fonteyn Ballroom, DSU. There are so many reasons why you should think about applying for our Study Abroad programmes! Students on any Durham programme are eligible to apply. 

(13 Oct 2017)

UniCycle Campaign - Bike Freebies, rides and walks for students

Do you enjoy cycling or walking and wish to know more about Durham City? Then why not sign up to a cycle ride or a guided walk around Durham. There are several to chose from including a women only bike ride. These events are made possible through partnership working with Cycling UK, Living Streets, Breeze, Durham Constabulary and Durham County Council. The next bike ride will take place on Tuesday, 24 October and a guided walk on Thursday, 2 November. If you wish to join a women only bike ride Breeze are leading a bike ride on Saturday, 28 October.

(13 Oct 2017) » More about UniCycle Campaign - Bike Freebies, rides and walks for students

Waste roadshow

A waste roadshow will take place outside the Bill Bryson Library (or inside the Calman Learning Centre in the event of poor weather) on Tuesday, 17 October between 1pm and 4pm. Come along to pick up waste-related freebies to help you reduce your food waste. Members from Durham County Council’s Waste Team will be on hand to answer any queries about recycling as a Liver Out. All are welcome.

(13 Oct 2017)

2017 Annual Higginson Lecture

This year’s lecture is entitled ‘Engineering the Future’, and is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 8 November at 6pm in CLC013, Arnold Wolfendale Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre. Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm. This year’s speaker, Naomi Climer FREng FIET, will talk about positive potential applications of future technology such as the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, and discuss some of the challenges such as cybersecurity, privacy and whether we’ll all lose our jobs to machines. As always, this is a lecture open to all, UG, PGT, PGR, staff and friends. To find out more please visit here.

(20 Oct 2017)

St Mary's College Society annual lecture

Professor Nancy Cartwright presents 'Evidence and Policy: Why 'What Works' Doesn't Work’ in the Kenworthy Hall of St Mary's College at 8.30pm on Tuesday, 24 October 2017. In this inaugural annual lecture, St Mary's College Society is delighted to invite members of the University, friends, family and members of the wider community to what promises to be a prescient and fascinating examination of thinking and ideas by a world renowned philosopher. No booking is necessary, please come along and refreshments will accompany the event. Should you have any questions please contact the SMCS Vice President, Steven Spencer.

(20 Oct 2017)

Durham Castle Lecture

Professor Hugh Pennington, Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen, will give this Durham Castle Lecture on 'Have Bacteria Won?' at 8pm on Thursday, 26 October in the Great Hall, Durham Castle. Doors will open from 7.30pm with the lecture commencing at 8pm. This lecture is free and open to all. You do not need a ticket or reservation. Seats are first come, first served. Please contact for more information about this event.

(19 Oct 2017) » More about Durham Castle Lecture

Institute of Advanced Study - Events happening in Michaelmas Term 2017

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) has a wide variety of events for Michaelmas Term 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.

(19 Oct 2017) » More about Institute of Advanced Study - Events happening in Michaelmas Term 2017

IHRR Postgraduate Forum: Utilising concepts of risk, resilience or uncertainty in research

Every academic year, the IHRR organises a series of postgraduate seminars with the goal of fostering links between PhD researchers from different disciplines. This Post Graduate Forum is one of the mechanisms we utilise to achieve this goal. PhD scholars from a range of departments will discuss how they utilise the concepts of risk, resilience or uncertainty in their research. The presentations will be 10 – 15 minutes with five minutes for questions.

(13 Oct 2017) » More about IHRR Postgraduate Forum: Utilising concepts of risk, resilience or uncertainty in research

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) Events - Michaelmas 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 with Hanna Ruszczyk, PDRA for IHRR, Durham University. Full event details are available here.

(11 Oct 2017) » More about Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) Events - Michaelmas Term

Become a Durham Student Ambassador

Durham Student Ambassadors (DSA) is a group of enthusiastic and committed students who assist the University with key recruitment and outreach activities. The aim of their work is to recruit the best students to Durham University regardless of background, particularly students from under represented groups. Ambassadors receive a package of benefits and training to ensure they excel in their vital role representing the University and positively promoting the student experience to prospective students. The majority of opportunities are paid and can be challenging, varied and very rewarding. These events range from long-term programmes to one-off events. More details can be found here

(12 Oct 2017)

Stephenson College book club meeting

Join the Stephenson College book club meeting on Wednesday, 1 November at 5.15pm in the Heighington Room. This meeting will be with Richard Drake, proprietor of Drake Bookshop and will be reviewing 'Half a Creature from the Sea'. There is no need to book.

(20 Oct 2017)

Stephenson College MCR visit to Durham Cathedral

Join the Stephenson College MCR on a visit to Durham Cathedral on Tuesday, 28 November between 11am and 12.30pm. You can find out more and sign up via Sensible footwear is required.

(20 Oct 2017)

Stephenson College walk

Come and join the Stephenson College walk with Pamela Beddows, SCR member. The walk will take place on Wednesday, 25 October and will take you along the Stockton Flyer Bridge and Infinity Bride. Meeting point is the Heighington Room at 12.30pm. Booking isn't required - just suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. 

(20 Oct 2017)

Free bike ride for women by 'Breeze'

A free bike ride, as part of the UniCycle Campaign led by Breeze, who lead bike rides for women only, will take place on Saturday, 28 October between 2pm and 4pm. The ride will depart from outside of the Students' Union (Dunelm House). For more information and to book your place please visit here.

(19 Oct 2017)

Christmas Day Lunch

A three course traditional Christmas meal is being offered at Durham Castle for students away from home this Christmas. The Christmas Day lunch will include a drinks reception with canapés at 11.45am, followed by a three course lunch with wine or non-alcoholic drinks in the Great Hall at 12.30pm. Residential students will have an exclusive booking period from Monday, 23 October 2017 to Monday, 6 November 2017. Non-residential students and staff will be able to book from Tuesday, 7 November 2017 to Tuesday, 21 November 2017 (subject to availability). All details, including the menu, are available on the booking website.

(13 Oct 2017)