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20 November 2020

£1m to help us understand hidden health issues

Our Institute for Medical Humanities has just been awarded £1million from the Wellcome Trust to further expand their research into health conditions that can be 'hidden' - those that are stigmatised by society, difficult to measure or displays no visible symptoms. The team will work closely with people who experience these health conditions as well as with healthcare professionals and others to understand the challenges faced in day-to-day life. With a mission to change research approaches, improve public and clinical understanding, address shame and stigma, and develop new approaches to managing health to make a difference to people who are often not represented in policy decisions, funding, and research initiatives. You can find out more here.

(20 Nov 2020)


A reminder when out in the dark - Be Seen, Be Safe

Whether you walk or cycle during the winter months, it is important that you are safe and that you are visible to others. We are reminding everyone to be seen, be safe whilst out and about. If you are a cyclist why not share a story or photo of how you #LightTheNight on your bike for your chance to win one of six prizes from our £700 prizes with Love to Ride. This month they are raising awareness of how important it is to see and be seen now that the clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in. If you're in need of bike lights or locks in the Durham Area, Recyke Y'Bike is offering 10% off for staff and students.

(20 Nov 2020)


Are you facing the festive season alone?

The festive season can be a challenging time for estranged students who have little or no contact with family. If you are worried about being by yourself this year, join the Estrangement Workshop, taking place via Zoom on Tuesday 1 December at 2pm-3.30pm. Whilst no two experiences of estrangement are the same, some comfort can be drawn from meeting others on a parallel journey. Email counsel.service@durham.ac.uk to register for the Zoom link to the event. Please see our sway here.

(20 Nov 2020)


Be a writer for the Economics Society Journal

Our team of writers is making great progress with our journal. If you want to contribute an article, but don't fancy the commitment of being on a team, you can now submit a one-off piece. Submit your work here for a chance for it to be featured in our issue. If you want to regularly contribute articles, join a writing team using this link.

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Catalan event - Passat, present i futur del teatre català. Evolució i noves escenes

You are cordially invited to a double online session about Catalan theatre organised in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and Institut Ramon Llull, in which we will be able to hear many experts in the field on Wednesday 25 November and 2 December between 5pm-6pm. For more information on this event, please contact neus.colomer-collell@durham.ac.uk.

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Cyber 9/12 competition

We are gauging interesting at putting together a student team for the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge in February 2021. If you're interested in cyber security, policy, and strategy; then this may be your thing. More information is available on the Cyber 9/12 website. If you would like more information or would like to express interest, please contact Dr Andrew Dwyer at andrew.dwyer@durham.ac.uk no later than 2 December.

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Funded PhD research placements in Canada

A new and exciting opportunity has been announced for doctoral students to participate in a 12 week research exchange scheme at Canadian Universities in 2021. The scheme is open to doctoral students who are funded by the Research Councils of UK Research and Innovation - AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC - in all areas of UKRI research remit. The deadline for application is 8 December.

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Online help needed

We are looking for volunteers to complete an online questionnaire to help understand the development of digital and social and civic skills in different educational contexts. The target age group: 16 - 35 years. Time needed: 10-15 minutes for the online questionnaire with the option to sign up for an online focus group.

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Planning a lockdown get-together on Teams? We can help!

We know you’re missing your friends and course mates at the moment, so to help keep you connected during the national lockdown, we’re running a series of student-only webinars on Office 365. These webinars will cover everything from how you can work and study using the O365 apps, through to innovative ways you can use the technology to socialise and have fun. Next week, we’ll be holding two webinars showcasing How to have fun and connect with Office 365 and MS Teams. We’ll be sharing ideas and tips on how you can run a virtual lockdown catch up, College formals and even a silent disco from Teams. Sign up to attend these live webinars on Monday 23 or Wednesday 25 November at 2pmWe look forward to seeing you next week. In the meantime, remember there are lots of videos, how-to guides and webinar recordings on the learning hub to support you with any questions you may have in Microsoft 365. 

(20 Nov 2020)


Study a language this January – extra-curricular course programme now open

Registration is now open for our Centre for Foreign Language Study’s January extra-curricular courses. 17 languages are available, including Bengali, Norwegian and Polish which have been recently reintroduced to the programme. All courses will be delivered online by experienced, professional language teachers in an engaging and interactive virtual classroom. Everybody is welcome. For further details, fees and course listings, please see our web page. For enquiries, please contact languages.forall@durham.ac.uk

(20 Nov 2020)


Successful funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund Collective Programme

Congratulations to Professor Claire Horwell from Earth Sciences, Professor Mike Crang and Professor Alex Densmore, both from Geography, on their successful bids for funding worth over £5.5 million by UK Research and Innovation through the Global Challenges Research Fund announced earlier today.

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Supporting local charities with this year’s Christmas Wish Tree

Our Christmas Wish Tree will be a little different this year, but will still provide much-needed support, especially during these uncertain times. Staff and students are invited to donate an amount of their choice to one or both of this year’s charities - Children North East and REfUSE - which will help them to provide items from their Christmas wish lists! Find out more and how to get involved.

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Take on the Lunchtime Walk Challenge

If your commute has changed to just travelling from your bedroom to your kitchen table on a morning, you might be missing out on those valuable minutes of exercise which used to really add up. Even though most of us are staying home for work or studies, it’s still important to get outside and get some fresh air which also has the bonus of some much-needed natural light. Why not make a Living Street’s pledge to get out for a short walk each day or try one of their 20 tips #Try20 if you need some ideas.

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Take on the Study Break Walking Challenge

Now we’re in lockdown we are travelling less, a lot less, no more walking between lectures, or the dreaded cardiac hill! So, you might be missing out on those valuable minutes of exercise which used to really add up. Did you know we’re spending 16 times longer watching TV than being physically active? Getting active will help reduce some of the increasing pressures on our health care. Let’s try to get out for a short walk each day. A lunchtime walk also has the bonus of some much-needed natural light.

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The Durham Christmas Quiz - Raising money for Sport in Action

Experience Durham is fundraising for Sport in Action Zambia. Sport in Action is a Zambian NGO that uses sport as a vehicle to work with the very poorest children in Zambia to help provide them life opportunities in extremely difficult circumstances. This year, due to Covid-19, fundraising may prove difficult if not impossible and yet this year more than any other we need your support.

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The Fitness Centre Online Class Programme

The Team Durham Fitness Team has been working hard over the lockdown period to continue to ensure that the Durham University community can maintain their activity levels throughout these unprecedented times.

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Virtual Protest Choir

Do you like to sing? Do you have a mobile and a set of headphones? Then the Sociology Department needs you! We’re running a ‘Virtual Protest Choir’ singing a song - ‘Active Bystander’ - written by local singer Nicky Rushton as part of our recent Artist in Resident Project. We would love to have some more singers to join in. You don’t need to have experience singing in a choir and you don’t need to be able to read music, just the will to join in. Interested? 1) Check out a clip of our first video 2) Find out more and at durham.ac.uk/sociology/singsback 3) join one of our 30 minute drop in sessions, running Thursdays via Zoom, and have a sing with Nicky 4) send us your recording 5) sit back knowing your voice matters.

(20 Nov 2020)


Work Experience Forum - Wednesday 25 November

Join our Work Experience Forum to find out from fellow students about the insightful & inspiring work experiences they have undertaken; including the opportunity to ask questions to the students and the Work Experience Team. Be inspired...

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'Raise' Durham - Become a Rep

'Raise', an award-winning student charity initiative that’s changing the way students think about giving, is looking for reps. Join a growing community, gain valuable skills for your CV and make a big impact in the process. Sign up here, or email raisedurham@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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