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11 June 2021

Awards for Professor Jan Verlet and Professor Jonathan Steed

Professor Jan Verlet and Professor Jonathan Steed from our Department of Chemistry have been awarded prestigious prizes from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Professor Jan Verlet won the Corday-Morgan Prize for his his work on electron-molecule reactions and Professor Jonathan Steed was awarded the Tilden prize for his discovery of special gels as substances for creating new types of crystalline drugs for use in medicines.

(11 Jun 2021) » More about Awards for Professor Jan Verlet and Professor Jonathan Steed


Cycle coaching for cycling novices

Interested in cycling but would like to gain a little more confidence? Coaching sessions are being offered to students and staff to allow them to gain confidence on balance, how to use gears, bike suitability and technique. At present no dates have been arranged as we are gauging interest. Sessions will be free and will last for two hours. It will be essential for those interested to have their own bike. To register interest, please email greenspace.staff@durham.ac.uk, advising if you will be available during June and July.

(11 Jun 2021)


Durham Research Methods Centre - Easter Term bulletin

We would like to share our Durham Research Methods Centre Easter Term Bulletin with colleagues across the University. In this issue we make an announcement about our Inaugural Annual Methods Lecture; say farewell to the current Director of the Centre, Professor Adetayo Kasim; update you on our MA in Research Methods and introduce you to the EEF online Teaching and Learning Toolkit. View it here.

(11 Jun 2021)


Health and well-being scoping exercise

As part of the Health Strategy at the 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. Closing date for responses is 27 June 2021.

(11 Jun 2021)


Help stop the spread of Covid-19 in our University and community

 We are aware of a number of coronavirus cases amongst our community. Please continue to be vigilant in following the Covid-19 guidance, even as we enjoy the opportunities that the end of term and easing of restrictions brings.

We strongly encourage anyone studying or working in Durham to take two LFTs per week and we urge all students to use the dedicated form on Banner self-service (duo) to let us know if they have Covid-19, are self-isolating for any reason or if they’ve been identified as a close contact. In the coming weeks you may also be asked to participate in surge testing. This is targeted testing to proactively find and isolate cases of Covid-19, helping to prevent the spread of the virus. Thank you for all that you are doing - by working together, we can continue to protect our community.

(11 Jun 2021)


Hidden Stories from the River Wear

You are invited to join an online live launch event of Hidden Stories from the Wear online exhibition. The exhibition has been created in collaboration with underwater archaeologist Gary Bankhead and our Museum of Archaeology. The exhibition will bring to light the stories of individual people, romance and religion, toys lost through time, and weird and wonderful artefacts. The exhibition will be launched online through Zoom at 6.30pm on 18 June. If this event is of interest to you, please get in touch by sending an email to phillips.baker@durham.ac.uk

(11 Jun 2021) » More about Hidden Stories from the River Wear


Join the Greenspace bike ride around Durham

Enjoy cycling and would like to explore areas around Durham City? Why not join a bike ride, led by a British Cycling qualified Ride Leader, who will lead an 8 mile easy cycle ride on Wednesday 23 June 2021, starting at 1.30pm from ‘The Tent’ on the Racecourse along Green Lane. All part of the Greenspace Festival. Please book your place by visiting the Lets Ride website.

(11 Jun 2021)


June Community Newsletter - read now

This month’s Community Newsletter is out now. Find out what’s on this June - From quilting and composing to intriguing exhibitions, take a look at how our experts are improving lives in new and unexpected ways, and join us in celebrating some recent league table successes. Anyone can sign up to receive the Community Newsletter here. If you have something you'd like included, please email: dialogue@durham.ac.uk.

(11 Jun 2021)


MyTimetable is now here

A few weeks ago we told you that we’re launching new, personalised timetables for the 2021/22 academic year, and we’re pleased to share that MyTimetable is now live.For the first time, you will have a completely personalised online timetable that you can access from the MyTimetable website or home screen shortcut. 

(11 Jun 2021) » More about MyTimetable is now here


Participants needed for sports and exercise study

What's in it for you? Body composition analysis, dietary analysis and nutritional advice, maximal strength test and training guidance. Read on to find out more.

(11 Jun 2021) » More about Participants needed for sports and exercise study


QS World University Rankings 2022

We have once again been named in the world's top 100 universities. In the QS World University Rankings 2022, which rank 1,300 institutions across the globe, we’ve moved up by four places to 82nd position. In addition to the QS Rankings, we have also moved up to 5th place from our previous 7th position in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2022 rankings. Find out more from the homepage or our dedicated world rankings pages.

(11 Jun 2021)


Research participants needed for household 'bubble' study

Are you a first year undergraduate or postgraduate student? Were you in a student household 'bubble' earlier this year? We're carrying out research in the Sociology Department to explore the role of student household 'bubbles' as a source of support, including if things went wrong and would like to speak to you about your experiences. Students living in college or who 'live out' and were part of student household 'bubbles' are welcome to take part. If you would like to find out more or think you would like to take part, please contact Kate at kate.butterby@durham.ac.uk

(11 Jun 2021)


Returning borrowed items to the Library

As we head towards the end of term, please remember to return any borrowed items to us before the end of the academic year. To make it as easy as possible, we have a few options available to you, including our book drop outside the main entrance to Bill Bryson Library, self-service returns inside the building if you’ve booked a timeslot to visit, and free postal returns for UK-based staff and students not able to access campus in the current situation. For more information, visit our website.

(11 Jun 2021)


Senate Discipline Committee outcomes

We would like to update our community on two recent cases that were considered by Senate Discipline Committee. More about Disciplinary outcomes.

(11 Jun 2021)


Shakespeare Tour launches with ‘All’s well that ends well’

Castle Theatre Company launch their annual Shakespeare Tour next week, with outdoor matinee performances of the classic comedy ‘All’s well that ends well’. Bring your picnic along and enjoy the show in the beautiful setting of the Fellows Garden, Durham Castle. Performances 2.30pm Wednesday 16, Thursday 17 and Friday 18 June. Visit the website for full information and to book tickets.

(11 Jun 2021)


St Aidan's Senior Common Room's final lecture of the year

The St Aidan’s Senior Common Room (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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Stephenson College celebrates the 240th anniversary of its namesake

Stephenson College has a new resident - a 7ft statue of namesake George Stephenson, which has been unveiled in the refurbished college bar. 

(11 Jun 2021)


Student Art Prize awards

You are invited to the Student Art Prize award announcement via Zoom on Wednesday 23 June, 6.30pm - 7.30pm, where the three prize-winners will be announced and livestreamed from the University's Teaching and Learning Centre. Sign up here.

(11 Jun 2021) » More about Student Art Prize awards


Student Community Wardens Service goes live on social media

Our Student Community Warden service, which launched in October 2020, to promote good community relations between students living out in Durham and the wider community, now has a new home on social media. Find out more here or follow the Wardens on Facebook @DUSCWs.

(11 Jun 2021)


Student wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic

If you are an undergraduate student with experience of both in-person and online learning and assessment at university, help us understand what the impact has been on student mental health. Complete this short survey and enter a £30 prize draw 

(11 Jun 2021) » More about Student wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic


The Tent on the Racecourse

The arts festival is now in full swing, offering theatre, music, dance and entertainment until 25 June. Join in the fun this weekend when the Big Band and Jazz Band present the Big Summer Festival. Visit the website for details of all activities and to book online.

(11 Jun 2021)


Participants wanted for interactive psychology study

If you are a healthy adult from Europe or Asia, you are invited to participate in this fun, interactive psychology study, including a virtual ball-toss game and an opportunity to enter a prize draw - staff and students both welcome.

(28 May 2021) » More about Participants wanted for interactive psychology study