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19 March 2021

A new home for world-class teaching, research and enterprise

Find out more about the latest addition to our campus – a new, world-class home for our Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science departments. The new building provides state-of-the-art facilities for students and researchers alike and is also home to a dedicated space for enterprise and entrepreneurship so our talented students can bring their ideas to reality.

(19 Mar 2021)

Award for the Teaching and Learning Centre

The Lower Mountjoy Teaching and Learning Centre has been recognised as a Highly Commended Winner at the Civic Trust Awards 2021. The building which opened in 2019, has received praise for its design which incorporates a dynamic roof profile with multiple facades, creating a visually interesting building which is in keeping with its surroundings. The judges commented particularly on the way that the top floor has created spaces reminiscent of a traditional reading room, and on the beautiful views from the teaching spaces through the tree tops. Congratulations to all involved.

(19 Mar 2021)

Census 2021 - 2 days to go until Census Day

Census Day will happen on Sunday 21 March and we're doing all we can to make sure every student who should complete the Census can do so. We urge you to take part in the Census, which can be completed wholly online in most cases. Doing so ensures that the needs of current and future students are represented in national statistics, and reflected in public spending and local planning.

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Energy and Sustainability Team update

This term the team has been busy, taking part in various Council Meetings, organising open forums and workshops for feedback and discussion, establishing a Biodiversity Group and developing a new strategy for sustainability across the University, to name but a few. Continue reading for more information and to find out how you can get involved. Together we can make an impact.

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Helping students in Mainland China better access University content

To support our students currently living and studying in Mainland China get online, we’ve launched a pilot programme with Alibaba. If you are based in China and are having problems connecting to Zoom classes, submitting your work through Turnitin, or accessing any other University system, you are eligible to apply to participate. Using Alibaba Cloud’s VPN solution, you will be able to more easily and more reliably access our University content. The pilot has been extended to run until 4 June 2021, so will also be available to ensure you can get online during the exam period too. Simply complete this form to be included in the pilot, and for more information contact  

(19 Mar 2021)

Liverpool Fashion Summit - Sustainable Fund

Liverpool Fashion Summit has announced a call for funding applications for student-led projects promoting sustainability. Open to students at Durham as members of the N8 Research Partnership, the project must be a collaborative effort of a student or group of students with their community to promote sustainability. Find out more and apply here or for more information get in touch at

(19 Mar 2021)

Research project awards over £500,000 to promote science-engaged theology

Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science, a Templeton Religion Trust-funded project at St John's College, has awarded grants of up to £60,000 to nine theological colleges in the UK to promote science-engaged theology. Colleges are expected to develop or refine at least one core module and host wider-reaching activities which model how science engages with theology. Among the successful applicants was Cranmer Hall.

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Webinar: Referencing and avoiding plagiarism in academic work

Using other people’s ideas, data or creations as evidence in your own work is an essential academic skill in every subject and at every level of study. This Zoom webinar will look at how to cite these sources as references in your academic work. The webinar is open to all members of the University and takes place at 2pm-3pm on Friday 19 March. To book your place, simply visit the Training Course Booking System.

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What to do if you experience Covid-19 symptoms after your vaccination

Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. If you've had your vaccine and you develop Covid-19 symptoms including;

  • A new continuous cough
  • Loss of, or change to, smell or taste
  • A high temperature

You must:

  • Self-isolate immediately
  • Book a Covid-19 test
  • Inform the University using the dedicated page on duo (Banner Self Service)

Visit to find out what to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination.

(19 Mar 2021)