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Durham University

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Dialogue Signposts

21 May 2021

Can you help?

Changing Relations CIC is working with colleagues at the College of St Hild & St Bede on a project called 'Who Wears The Trousers' about sex and relationships. They have designed a very short survey in support of their forthcoming 'Let's Talk About Sex' project (in which the university will be a partner) to the wider student body. It would be great if you could spare five minutes to share your views.

(21 May 2021)

Covid-19 Contact Tracing

You may be contacted by the University or NHS contact tracing teams if:

  • You have had a positive Covid-19 test result
  • You have been identified as a close contact of someone who has recently tested positive for Covid-19

We encourage everyone to engage with Covid-19 contact tracing to help control the rate of reproduction (R), reduce the spread of the infection and save lives.

Visit to find out what to do if you are contacted.

(21 May 2021)

Does your social media give too much away?

Have you ever thought about how much you give away on social media? Where you are, what you’re doing, who you’re with, what you’re thinking? Our social media accounts really are a window to our personal lives and information and could very easily fall into the wrong hands. As part of our focus on cyber safety, we’ve created a short video with some top tips on how you can better protect your presence on social media and keep your personal information safe. For most people, social media is a fun place to keep in touch with mates and family. But not everyone plays by the same rules. Cyber attacks on social media accounts have seen a big rise in recent years, and more so since the start of the current global pandemic.

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Exhibition - Journeys: Reading the World

This exhibition builds on our 'Preparing for a Journey' exhibition launched earlier in the year and explores the themes of travel, adventure and exploration through rare books, diaries, maps and letters. Visit now to investigate the differences between travellers and tourists and examine the legacies of European exploration. You will also find out more about historic journeys to and from Durham, hear stories of pioneering women travellers and walk the fine line between travel fact and travel fiction. The exhibition looks just as good on desktop or mobile, so whether you are stuck at home or out on a journey of your own, why not visit today?

(21 May 2021)

Invasive Species Week 2021

Invasive Species Week runs from Monday 24 May by GB Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) to raise awareness of invasive species and how everyone can help to prevent their spread. Why not volunteer today to reduce the spread of Himalayan Balsam and if you are boat user, help to reduce the spread by following the check, clean, dry campaign?

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Job opportunity: Decolonising the Curriculum Faculty Student Interns

Durham SU is working with Durham University on a multi-year project to decolonise the curriculum. We need students who engage critically with their education to work with faculties towards decolonisation. This might look like interviewing academic staff and students, researching other universities to develop ideas, and delivering workshops to other students. Hours: 5 hours per week (for remainder of 2020-21 academic year) with an hourly pay rate of £9.50. The deadline for applications is Friday 4 June.

(21 May 2021)

Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) service evaluation

There’s still time to take part in our COVID-19 LFT service evaluation to help us shape future improvements to the programme. The survey is anonymous and by completing it you will be entered into a draw for one of three cash prizes: £50, £30 and £20. Complete the survey here

(21 May 2021)

Love to ride? Join us in June

Bike Month is a celebration of biking and a chance to ride your bike and encourage and support you and your friends, family and community to get out and ride too. Why not log your rides on the Love to Ride website - where you can get all the benefits that cycling can bring, soak up some of that summer sun and go into the draw for prizes.

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Participants needed

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. As a section of the study is of interactive nature, if you are interested in taking part, please email the researcher at, preferably provide a couple of dates that are convenient for you.

(21 May 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.

(21 May 2021)

Ushaw College

Since 2015 Ushaw College has been developing its facilities to reflect its role as a significant heritage and cultural attraction in the North-East. It has had to reinvent its offer to respond to Covid-19 and now charges for admission to its gardens and grounds to help support the extensive estate, buildings and collections.

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Volunteer Awards 2021

The Volunteer Awards nominations are now open for 2021. This is opportunity to recognise and celebrate the incredible work that both staff and students in our community have been doing over the past year. The deadline for nominations is 9am on 24 May 2021. Please use this link for nominations.

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