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12 June 2020

Durham in world's top 100 universities

In the latest university league tables, we have once again been ranked in the top ten nationally and top 100 globally. Find out more from the homepage or our dedicated world rankings pages.

(11 Jun 2020)

Disruption to online library services

On Tuesday 16 June at 1pm, we will be performing essential maintenance on our systems which will cause disruption to some of our online library services. This will affect the following services:

  • The Library catalogue
  • DDS request forms
  • Online payments and renewals 

The system will be unavailable until 9am on Wednesday 17 June. You can continue to search for items and access e-resources within Discover. The A-Z lists of e-journals and databases will also be available.

(11 Jun 2020)

Elvet Bridge closure

Durham County Council has announced that New Elvet Bridge will be closed for up to 14 months commencing on 20 July.

(11 Jun 2020)

Festival of Sport

This year's College Festival of Sport (FoS) will be run as a virtual event on Sunday 21 June. With mass participation being the main objective of the FoS each year, this year will be no different.

(11 Jun 2020) » More about Festival of Sport

Infrastructure Improvements Project - Islamic Prayer Room to Grey College Works

As part of our £8m Infrastructure Improvements project to enhance movement around the University, work to install a new footpath between the Islamic Prayer Room and Grey College will start on Monday 15 June. This phase of the work is expected to last two weeks.

(11 Jun 2020) » More about Infrastructure Improvements Project - Islamic Prayer Room to Grey College Works

Join the virtual Durham City Run Festival

How are you keeping fit and active during Covid-19? Join the virtual Durham City Run Festival this July - part of our Wider Student Experience Online. For more information, please visit here

(11 Jun 2020)

Meeting of University Council

Council met on Tuesday 19 May. The main item of business was an update from the Executive on responses to Covid-19 and Financial and Educational Impact. Council also approved the Motto and Logo of South College, commented on the Wider Student Experience Strategy Refresh Green Paper, and received an update on the progress of Durham Maths School and a summary of the recommendations of the Casual Working Group which had been approved by UEC. Further information is available from the University Secretary at

(11 Jun 2020)

Online language courses commencing next week

Our Centre for Foreign Language Study’s online language courses commence next week. Registrations can be made up until 4pm on the start day of each course. Languages available are Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. For full details including dates, times and fees, please visit our web pages or email

(11 Jun 2020)

Palatinate and College Sport Awards

It’s been another great season for Team Durham which will culminate in the first ever online Palatinate and College Sports Awards. The awards ceremony will be hosted on the Team Durham Youtube channel, compared by Head of Sport, Mark Brian, Team Durham President and College Sport Coordinator, Hannah Knowles and Polly Pearse. It will be a fitting tribute to a very successful but also difficult season with Covid-19 meaning some sports did not complete their seasons, whilst others didn’t even get started. The ceremony will involve Durham's talented and hard-working athletes being presented with their awards, recognising their commitment to and achievements within University sport. Tune in to the awards ceremony via the Team Durham YouTube page at 7pm on Monday 15 June, raise a glass and toast another successful season of sport.

(11 Jun 2020)

Save a life in lockdown

Anthony Nolan is a charity that finds potential donors for those with blood cancer, giving them a second chance at life. If you're from the UK, aged 16-30 and in good health, you can apply to be a lifesaver today. It's as simple as getting a cheek swab pack in the post and sending it back. Please visit for more information and to sign up.

(11 Jun 2020)

Supporting businesses through Covid-19 and beyond

We’re continuing to support the local economy in uncertain times through our student and academic research expertise. From virtual internships to our masters students providing advice to help businesses recover from the pandemic, we remain as committed as ever to supporting the local economy. For more information, please visit the web pages.

(11 Jun 2020)

The key to unlocking lockdown

Dr Camila Caiado from Mathematical Sciences and Professor Brian Castellani from Sociology are helping regional health services predict and understand outcomes for Covid-19 patients. The work involves using data and statistics to predict outcomes, known as predictive modelling. The models can be used by hospitals to support planning for critical care capacity and to investigate effectiveness of treatment for different groups of patients. For more information, please visit the website.

(11 Jun 2020)

Virtual AGM 26 June 2020 - Centre for Arts and Culture

You are invited to celebrate another year of activities at the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, please join us for an afternoon of presentations and discussion on topics including photography, history and art. Our virtual AGM will be held on Friday 26 June 2020 from 1.30pm - 4.15pm. If you would like to attend, please click the Zoom registration link. Once registered, you will receive an email notification with a unique join link. For the programme, please click here.

(11 Jun 2020)

Within Living Memory: Transitional Justice and the Politics of Memorialisation in Zimbabwe

Debra Sithole, Ruth First Scholar, will present her research on demands for justice following the Gukurahundi massacres in post-independence Zimbabwe, focussing on narratives of memory and commemoration on Thursday 18 June between 5.30pm - 7pm via Zoom. For further information about the Ruth First Educational Trust, please visit the website

(11 Jun 2020)