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4 June 2021

Building surveys

Estates and Facilities and Disability Support would like to make you aware that from Monday 7 June until end of July, our provider AccessAble will be surveying over 200 buildings across our sites to update our Access Guides which provide detailed disabled access information for staff, students and visitors. These guides will be generated from facts, figures and photographs.

(4 Jun 2021)

Change to study spaces opening times and availability

After the exam and assessment period, our study spaces and opening times will be revised. From 5 June onwards, pre-booked timeslots for our current services will remain available for those currently in Durham at Bill Bryson LibraryTeaching and Learning Centre, and Leazes Road Study Space with some updated opening times. Study spaces at Elvet Riverside, Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science Building, Hotel Indigo and Dunelm House will no longer be available. Please visit our website for full details. All current health and safety measures remain in place – visit our Services Guide for full details. We will continue to update you with any changes in line with guidance from the University. If you have any queries about our services and support, please contact our Virtual Enquiry Desk.

(4 Jun 2021)

Durham SU's Riverside Bar and Café is back

The sun is here, exams are over, and Riverside Bar and Café is back. Get back to pints from £2.50, big screen sport and riverside views with your friends. And we’ll be putting all profits back into your societies, campaigns and student representation.

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Footprint 2021 - a free online environmental conference

Footprint is back and will be taking place virtually on 11 - 12 June. The delegates attending will vary in scope from across the UK and we hope to encourage open discussions around climate change over the course of the two days. Everyone is welcome to attend. This will be the third year that this conference is held and has previously taken place in Durham’s Town Hall. You can find out more information and register for your free ticket from our web page.

(4 Jun 2021)

Free online live launch invitation - Jericho: An Ancient City Revealed

A group of MA Museum and Artefact Studies students at Durham University have been developing an online exhibition called 'Jericho: An Ancient City Revealed' as part of their course, alongside Durham University’s Oriental Museum. The exhibition centres on pioneering archaeologist Dame Kathleen Kenyon and her influential work at the site of Ancient Jericho/Tell es-Sultan - one of the oldest cities in the world. The project centres on the museum’s fantastic collection from Kenyon’s excavations at Tell es-Sultan, including objects which have never before been displayed. The exhibition will be launched alongside a podcast series and educational resources on 10 June. If this event is of interest to you or your colleagues, please RSVP by sending an email to by Wednesday 9 June, 5pm.

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Give an hour, make a difference

The staff and student volunteering team is challenging you to give at least an hour of your time to volunteer to help make a difference to someone else. We have a number of opportunities available or you can choose your own. If you have any questions please contact Our opportunities are listed here

(4 Jun 2021)

Have your say on the Community Response Team

All students who have interacted with the Community Response Team (CRT) at any point this academic year are now invited to give their feedback. An online form can be accessed here - just click on ‘Can I give feedback on my experience with the CRT?’ and complete the form underneath. You can do so anonymously or provide your details if you would like to be contacted about your feedback. This is your chance to contribute to the evaluation of the service and we would like to hear about as many CRT experiences as possible.

(4 Jun 2021)

Justice in Fashion (JIF) - volunteers needed

JIF is looking for volunteers to advise and support them in the creation of programmes to educate, engage and empower Gen Z about the imbalance and exploitation in the fashion industry. JIF is an alliance of like-minded and skilled individuals, endeavouring to create positive change in the fashion industry and provide a voice for those who are voiceless. What you need to know about the position:

  • They are looking for 6 volunteers
  • Aged between 18-25 years old
  • 6 months commitment (initially)
  • Interviews will be held by the end of June 2021

For further details about the role or if you wish to apply, please send your CV and expression of interest to

(4 Jun 2021)

Lateral Flow Testing

To help keep our community safe, you’ll need proof of a negative LFT test to take part in in-person wider student experience activities. You only need to complete the training once, tests are free, quick and easy and you’ll get results within two hours. You may also notice a QR Code in the email you receive confirming a negative LFT test result. The QR code does not include any additional information to that already included in the email. It is being introduced to support our current testing arrangements to allow students to take part in in-person wider student experience activities, specifically in anticipation of the busy schedule of planned events this Summer. Find out more here.

(4 Jun 2021)

Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) service evaluation

There are only a few days left to respond to our LFT service evaluation survey, which closes Tuesday 8 June. By taking part you can help us shape future improvements to the programme. The survey is anonymous and by completing it you will be entered into a draw for one of three cash prizes: £50, £30 and £20. Complete the survey here.

(4 Jun 2021)

Launching next week: 100 Moments That Rocked Computer Science podcast with Dr Sue Black OBE

Join Professors Sue Black and Gordon Love from the Department of Computer Science as they chat with leaders from the worlds of science and technology in this brand new podcast series exploring ‘100 Moments that Rocked Computer Science’ – streaming on all major platforms from Wednesday 9 June.

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Network downtime

CIS will be carrying our essential maintenance on the data centre between 9am and 7pm on Sunday 20 June. During this period all services that are hosted within the University data centre will experience intermittent disruption and should be considered at risk for the whole duration, this includes DUO, onsite storage such as J/S drives and the DU website. Cloud-based services such as Microsoft 365 applications, University email and Oracle will not be affected by this work. Similarly, onsite internet access will also remain unaffected. Updates on this work will be posted to the CIS Service Status pages

(4 Jun 2021)

Participants wanted for English as a foreign language study

Are you an international student who has taken the Password Language Test before? If you have, how did you feel about this test and its effectiveness? This is your chance to be part of a meaningful and fun study, and you will even have the opportunity to win a £10 Amazon gift card.

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Postgrad Awards 2021 - winner announcement ceremony

You are invited to the online ceremony on 7 July, 11am, where the winners of the Postgrad Awards 2021 will be announced. Follow this link on the day to find out whether Durham won in any of the following categories:

  • Masters Student of the Year – Alice Cooper
  • Masters Teacher of the Year – Sarah Knuth
  • PhD Supervisor of the Year – Paul McGonigal

(4 Jun 2021)

Re: Tension - Educational film screening and workshop discussing institutional racism within UK HE

Re: Tension explores the reality of how racism, micro-aggressions and unconscious bias can function in academic institutions. Please join us to watch this powerful film, and discuss and share your ideas on how to tackle racism in our UK universities with a focus on Durham University.

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St Aidan's SCR final lecture for this academic year

The St Aidan’s SCR is delighted to welcome a very special guest for our final lecture of the 2020/21 academic year. On Thursday 17 June we will welcome the University’s own Carlos Frenk; a world-renowned expert in the field of cosmology. Giving his lecture "Everything from nothing: how our universe was made" virtually, we welcome all University students, staff and guests to join us for what is promising to be a fascinating finale. Please sign up using the form here.

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Tent on the Racecourse

The 'Tent' is going up and the shows will go on. From Saturday 5 - Friday 25 June, our festival style venue will host an exciting programme of Covid safe events from our talented students for everyone to enjoy. Enjoy everything you've missed during lockdown from Music Durham, Durham Student Theatre, Durham Students' Union plus so much more. Please visit our web page for more information.

(4 Jun 2021)

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing CDT in Health and Wellbeing - Scoping Exercise

As part of the Health Strategy at Durham University, the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing would like your opinion on the current training for PhD students who have an interest in health and well-being research. If you are a PhD student, supervisor, or other academic, your views would be most welcome. The questionnaire will take around six minutes of your time and will go a long way to improving our PhD training provision, and fulfilling core aims of the Health Strategy. Thank you for your input - you can access the questionnaire here.

(4 Jun 2021)