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01 November 2019

'UK-USA': Concert Band Michaelmas Concert

Durham University's Gold Award-winning Wind Band is starting off the year with a vibrant evening of music from the two sides of the Atlantic! From Mary Poppins to The Blues Brothers, Phantom of the Opera, 'Variations on America' and Holst's 'Fantasia on the Dargason' from his 2nd Suite in F, we guarantee there will be something for everyone! Come along to Elvet Methodist Church at 7.30 pm on 13 November. Tickets are £5/£6/£7 - available on the door and online at

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Ballet workshop in French

Free ballet workshops taught in French for people who are interested in ballet and want to practise French in a relaxed environment. The first workshop will take place on Friday 8 November from 12 pm to 1 pm at the fitness studio of Collingwood College.

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CCCO Concert: ‘A Shadow and a Dream’

The Castle Chamber Choir and Orchestra welcome you to their annual Michaelmas concert, celebrating British music of the 19th and 20th centuries, from Parry to Vaughan Williams, in the Great Hall of the Castle on Remembrance Sunday 10 November, at 8 pm.

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Changes to Arriva Bus Services Timetables

New timetables came into effect on Sunday 27 October for the Arriva X12, 6, 22, 24, 49/49A and 64 bus services. Improvements have been made to the number 6 bus service which now runs half-hourly on Sundays on the Durham - Bishop Auckland section, the evening service now runs 25 minutes past the hour out of the bus station and the last bus from the station leaves at 11.25 pm. Printed timetables will shortly be available from key receptions and access to all timetables is available on the Arriva website or the Arriva app.

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Choral Music of Remembrance and Consolation

Durham Singers will once again perform at the gorgeous surroundings of Ushaw college on Saturday 9 November, at 7.30 pm. As can be expected of the date and theme of the concert, the music will be quite solemn. We will sing music from Queen Mary’s as well as President J.F. Kennedy’s funeral services. If you don’t solely like just a capella singing but would like your choral music served with some instrumental accompaniment, we have a treat for you as the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble is performing with us. If you don’t know what cornets and sackbuts look like, better come and check for yourself.

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Could you be a South College Pioneer?

Find out more about transferring to South College and the Pioneer Scholarship. Become one of our first Pioneers and help to build a new college community. Come along and enjoy free food at one of our Kickstart lunches on:

Friday 8 November, 12.30 pm - 2 pm in Bishop's Dining Room, University College.

Monday 11 November, 1 pm - 3 pm in Vane Tempest Room, Durham Students' Union.

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CPI Biologics Presentation and Networking Event

Interested in collaboration with industry? Working in the Biologics field? Come along to a presentation and networking event with CPI Biologics on 5 November, 10.30 am to 12 pm, Whitehead Room (BL201), Biosciences.

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Durham University Writing Group

Do you ever find research and writing too solitary an activity? Durham University Writing Group can help! The group will be meeting on Mondays this term. The next session will take place in the Horsfall Room, St Chad's College, from 9 am - 4 pm, Monday 4 November - feel free to drop in and out at any time. For more information, contact

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Earn £5 in a Short Study on Ratings of Everyday Sounds

You are invited to participate in a research study at the Music Department on Palace Green. We are collecting ratings of some properties of everyday sounds (nature sounds, music, machines, etc.). The study takes about 30 minutes and you’ll receive £5 cash upon completion! We are currently recruiting adult participants aged 18-50 years; the only requirement is for normal hearing, due to the fact that you’ll be listening to sounds. Contact Kelly Jakubowski at to sign up for a slot.

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Experiences of Depression: Philosophical Perspectives

Monday 4, 11, 18 and 25 November, 7 - 8.30 pm, in the Teaching and Learning Centre Room 117. A collaboration between the Department of Philosophy and the Counselling Service, this short course of four weekly evening sessions will present findings for discussion from a major academic study of the lived experience of depression. Topics will include changes to emotions and moods, the bodily aspects of depression, changes to interpersonal relations and difficulties performing everyday tasks.

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Food waste, what happens to it?

We have 17 sites that have food waste collections. Our food waste is sent to an Anaerobic Digestion facility in Newton Aycliffe, which collects the Biogas (Methane). Last year it is estimated that our food waste generated over 330,000 kWh energy; this is equivalent to powering 33 homes for a whole year!

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Free English Lessons

We are looking for volunteer students to volunteer as English language learners and be taught by our MA Applied Linguistics students. Classes are on Thursday at 1.30 - 3 pm in Elvet Riverside. Contact for further details.

(1 Nov 2019)

Green Ambitions; A public Talk from Boris Palmer, Mayor of Tübingen

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the civic twinning of Durham and Tübingen in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. As part of these anniversary celebrations the Mayor of Tübingen, Boris Palmer, will deliver a talk titled 'Greening the City' on Saturday 16 November at 11 am in the Ustinov room in Van Mildert College. Free entry.

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Lumiere Durham 2019

Lumiere, the UK's largest light festival, returns to Durham from Thursday, 14 to Sunday 17 November. The University is a major partner, and it promises to be an inspiring event with lots of opportunities to get involved.

There will be an impact on our day-to-day operation. An email was sent to all students on Thursday 31 October. You can read this message online here:

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Postgraduate Open Day- 20 November 2019 - Book Now!

Interested in learning more about doing a Masters or a PhD? Did you know we offer alumni discount for Durham students? Come along to our Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 20 November to find out everything you will need to know! The day runs between 9 am - 5 pm but you do not have to attend the whole day if you are unable to. Feel free to attend as much or as little as you would like. Details of all of the sessions can be found on our website. Book now to attend!

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Printing and Binding at the SU

Student, Staff and Departmental Printing and Binding is available at Durham SU.

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Rare Mushrooms discovered around our University

Our Biodiversity continues to amaze us with the discovery of the cauliflower fungus and the rare Earth Star Fungus, the latter of which has not been recorded anywhere locally for probably in excess of 100 years, if ever.

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Rugby World Cup Final 2019 - Live In Riverside

Come to Durham SU's Riverside Bar and Cafe from 8.00 am tomorrow to watch the Rugby World Cup Final!

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SolidariTee - Recruiting Representative for the 2019/20 Academic Year

SoldariTee are recruiting for new representatives for 2019-20 and we would love to have you on board! If you are looking for something to add to your CV, LinkedIn or more generally, this might be it. If you are a college or society and would love to collaborate with SolidariTee in any meaningful way, please also don’t hesitate to get in contact with me (Nichola Vo) at:

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Space Utilisation

From Monday 4 November to Friday 8 November, the University will conduct its annual space utilisation surveys for all the teaching and meeting spaces.

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The empire strikes back: Baroque art and Spanish contemporary culture

Zurbarán Fellow's Public Lecture on Tuesday 12 November 2019 at 5.30 pm in the Kenworthy Hall St Mary’s College. Attendance is free but registration is essential. To book a place email The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art is delighted to welcome Professor Luis Vives-Ferrándiz Sánchez as this academic year’s first Zurbarán Fellow. Professor Vives-Ferrándiz Sánchez is a lecturer in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of Valencia in Spain. He is a specialist of Baroque and Neo-Baroque art and theory, with a special focus on the presence of the past in contemporary visual culture and the historiographic models that explain such persistence.

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TTP Lunchtime Talk

Learn how your science degree can be used to make an impact on product and technology development. Free pizza provided! 7 November, 1-2 pm in room E360 of the Engineering Department.

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UK Top 4 for Durham MBA

The Durham MBA (Full-time) has been recognised as one of the world's top programmes by The Economist in its Which MBA? Ranking 2019. The programme is now ranked 4th in the UK, 13th in Europe and 58th globally.

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Visit the newly reopened Kingsgate Bar and Café at Durham SU

Try Kingsgate Bar and Café, the newly-renovated food and drinks venue run by Durham SU. With comfortable furniture, ethical coffee and fresh food, it’s the perfect place to stop by for a break or a more relaxed study session.

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Waste Awareness Week

It’s Waste Awareness Week, from 4 November to 10 November. Come along to the library square and take part in our recycling game! We are here to answer any questions you have about recycling too.

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Write for The Durham Scientist

Write for us, we need you! We are a student-run magazine aiming to provide you with exciting news and opinions on pertinent scientific topics. We work to bring you information on science in your everyday life along with the fascinating things happening within the scientific community here at Durham as well as around the world!

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