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Durham University

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16 October 2020

Black History Month Programme

We would like to encourage everyone to take part in the ongoing Black History Month programme of activities. These events are open to all members of the University community. To find out more about Black History Month and its significance, please click here.

(16 Oct 2020)

Durham Book Festival

It's the last few days of this year's digital Durham Book Festival, so make sure to take a look at the fantastic programme of events for this weekend. And don't forget, you can view all the past festival events for free on Crowdcast - just click here

(16 Oct 2020)

Helping you stay safe, on campus and in the City

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff and the communities of which we are part has been our first priority. Within that, we want you to enjoy the best possible education and student experience with us. To help us do this, we would be grateful if you would complete a short questionnaire, which should take no more than two minutes. For more information about keeping safe on campus and in the City, please click here. 

(16 Oct 2020)

Application to be editor/writer at the Economics society

We are now open for recruitment of new editors and writers for Ceteris Paribus, the official journal of Durham University Economics Society. Please register your interest by Friday, 23 October through this form.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Application to be editor/writer at the Economics society

Botanic Garden Open to staff and students

The Botanic Garden is now open to staff and students from 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday only. It is closed on weekends.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Botanic Garden Open to staff and students

Creating an environment of respect and safety

We're committed to making Durham University an environment that is respectful and inclusive. Earlier this week, the Vice-Chancellor wrote to all staff and students regarding:

i) A new approach to sharing the outcomes of disciplinary investigations;

ii) The outcomes of two investigations recently completed;

iii) A new procedure for handling suspected breaches of Covid-19 restrictions.

The messages can be viewed online here.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Creating an environment of respect and safety

Discounts on Organic Sanitary products

We are delighted to let you all know that we have negotiated a discount with Grace and Green. They provide organic, 100% plastic free sanitary products; pads, tampons and cups. We have a one off 30% discount (or 20% for cups) available for all staff and students. Please see here for further information and t&cs.

(15 Oct 2020)

Durham Research Methods Centre - Bulletin Issue 1

We would like to share our first Durham Research Methods Centre Bulletin with colleagues across the University. This will be a termly bulletin and will showcase the work DRMC are involved in. You can view our October 2020 Bulletin here.

(15 Oct 2020)

Introducing the University Security Community Response Team

We are proud that most of you have responded to the current Covid-19 restrictions positively. However, if behaviour falls below the standards we would expect, we will take swift and decisive action to protect other students, our staff and the local community. We have introduced a Community Response Team to support our local police during Covid-19 by engaging with students, explaining the current local and national Covid-19 restrictions, and encouraging students to observe these.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Introducing the University Security Community Response Team

Library Document Delivery Service / Inter-Library Loans

Document Delivery Service (DDS) allows staff and students of Durham University to obtain material not currently held by the Library. All DDS services nationwide (including the British Library) were suspended as the nation went into lockdown in March. This has remained the situation until very recently, but some services are being re-established. The British Library re-instated their inter-library lending for DDS services on 1 October. We are now also gradually reinstating DDS services to request items from other libraries for Durham University library users. For information, please visit here.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Library Document Delivery Service / Inter-Library Loans

Managing long-term physical health conditions at University

We will be holding a one hour webinar on Teams on 4 November at 11am facilitated by members of the Counselling and Disability Support teams. The focus of the webinar will be on reviewing the support which students with long-term health conditions can access while at University, and discussing techniques to help maintain psychological wellbeing. For further information please visit our web page dedicated to the workshops, webinars and groups organised by the Counselling Service.

(15 Oct 2020)

My Digital Durham – learning, studying and socialising online

From everyone at Computing and Information Services, we’d like to welcome you (back) to campus. To help you get set up and ready to learn, work and socialise this term, we’ve developed the My Digital Durham interactive PDFs for new students and returning students. Here you will find specific information about how you access the internet on campus, the software we are using for teaching and learning, and also how you can have fun and socialise using technology. As always, we’re on hand to support you should you have any questions. You can also contact one of our Durham Student Digital Leaders who are based in College and can help you if you’re having any problems with IT.

(15 Oct 2020)

Online evening language courses

Our Centre for Foreign Language Study has a wide range of online evening courses commencing this October.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Online evening language courses

PGR conference proposal submission – deadline extended

The deadline to accept oral presentation proposals for our Faculty PGR Conference has been extended to 5pm on Friday 6 November.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about PGR conference proposal submission – deadline extended

Study spaces at Hotel Indigo

We are pleased to announce that University Library and Collections has procured additional study space at Hotel Indigo, Durham on a temporary basis. The Council Room will have 18 study spaces available to all Durham University students for individual study who may find it easier to access due to its location within the city. The room is open 8am-10pm, seven days a week. This is currently available on a drop-in basis (first come first served) with no time restriction, although we ask that you are considerate of other students who may need the space. In the coming weeks, this space will become available on a booking only basis with specific timeslots.

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Study spaces at Hotel Indigo

Thematic Peer Support Groups

The Counselling Service organises thematic peer support groups on a termly basis. Groups planned for this term are:

  • Estrangement group
  • International group
  • Student parent group 
  • Student carer group
  • PGR group
  • Long-term physical health group

For further information and to register interest, email:

(15 Oct 2020) » More about Thematic Peer Support Groups

Want to take your academic skills to the next level?

Why not come along to one of our free online academic skills classes? Our classes, ranging from academic writing to time management, are free to you as a registered student. We are aware that some classes have waiting lists, but would encourage you to still sign up as spaces may become available. For all taught sessions, you can access a recording of the full session, or in some cases a summary of the session, through our DUO page. You can enrol on our DUO page by clicking on the ‘Academic Skills portal’ on the right under ‘Student Services’ when you log into DUO. We also offer both academic writing and maths and stats one-to-one support. For information on all of our services, and to sign up for classes, see our website.

(15 Oct 2020)