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24 January 2020

Academic support

One of your Undergraduate Academic Officer's priorities this year is improving academic support - from academic advisors to extensions and extenuating circumstances processes. In order to do this, we need to know where and how things are going. We want to know your good stories and your bad ones - all experiences of academic support are important and we want to know what they are!

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Celebrating Lunar New Year: the Year of the Rat

The Lunar New Year festival begins on Saturday 25 January. Our staff, students and venues are involved in a series of events to celebrate. For more information, visit: 
Events begin on Saturday 25 January with a crafts session at the Oriental Museum. A whole day of events is planned for Durham city centre on Saturday 1 February. The Oriental Museum will be open late for a Lantern Festival on Saturday 8 February. Finally, an exhibition exploring the festival is at the Oriental Museum until mid-February.


(24 Jan 2020)

Earn £5 in a Fun Experiment

You are invited to participate in an experimental study that investigates social perception and interaction. The study takes about 30 minutes and takes place at the Consultation Room, Business School. You’ll receive £5 cash upon completion, plus an opportunity to win a £25 Amazon gift card! We are currently recruiting adult participants aged 18-60 years. Please contact Bibi Zhang at to sign up for a slot.

(24 Jan 2020)

Ever wondered how you can reduce your energy bill?

Energy wastage can be eliminated by making small and simple changes in your day to day lives. Such as, keeping the lid on a saucepan reduces energy usage by up to 90%?!

The Energy Saving Trust believes that an average UK home wastes between £50 and £86 each year by leaving appliances on standby. Turning your monitor off at night rather than leaving it on standby, will reduce your carbon footprint and electricity use.

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Participate in psychological research and receive up to £35!

Two studies are available to participate in. Study 1 investigates memory and learning, lasting between 45-90 minutes. Study 2 investigates colour vision and lasts approximately 2 hours.You will be compensated £15 for your time for study 1, and between £10 to £20 for study 2. To participate please email

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Research being conducted on the Grenfell Tower Fire

You are invited to take part in an 8-10 minute questionnaire investigating public opinion of the Grenfell Tower fire. The devastating event two years ago has sparked much debate on who should be considered responsible, hence this questionnaire is looking into just that. If you are interested, the survey can be found here: Email any questions to

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The Inter-Collegiate Energy Competition of 2020

The inter-collegiate energy competition challenges colleges to reduce their electricity usage as much as possible. Electricity wastage can be eliminated by making small and simple changes in your day to day lives. The competition will run from Monday 27 January to Sunday 9 February 2020. Last year’s winner was John Snow with a 5% reduction! Who will win this year!?

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1-2-1 Tutoring: Tutors needed!

We tutor local students for 1 hour a week, 7-8pm, at Elvet Riverside 1/Palatine Centre (Monday - Thursday slots available) in A Level and GCSE subjects. We are especially in need for tutors in the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Maths and History, but are always in need of tutors for all other subjects! You can sign up here: or email us for more information:

(23 Jan 2020)

Ballet workshop in French

Free ballet workshops taught in French for people who are interested in ballet and want to practise French in a relaxed environment. The next workshop will take place on Wednesday 5 February from 5 to 6.30 pm at the fitness studio of Collingwood College

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Call for Papers: Summer School Visual Intersections 5 - 6-8 July 2020 Durham

The Leverhulme Durham Doctoral Training Programme in Visual Culture and the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, Durham University, would like to invite scholars and early career researchers to submit their papers to the fifth summer school which brings scholars together to explore the interdisciplinary nature of visual culture and exchange current ideas and approaches in the field. 

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Durham City Run Festival 2020 - registrations open now

Registration is open for events at this year's Durham City Run Festival, which takes place from 16-18 July. To sign up, visit:

We're more involved with the Festival than ever before this year, including hosting many events at our Sports and Wellbeing Park. More details will be announced nearer the time.


(23 Jan 2020)

Durham Vocal Festival 2020

Student singers will take centre stage for the Durham Vocal Festival, which starts this weekend. For full details, please visit:

(23 Jan 2020)

Race, Racism, and Racial inclusiveness at Durham University

Should we stop talking about race? Is there racism at Durham University? Are you an undergraduate who is White or of Colour? Interested in sharing your opinions in a focus group or 1-1 interview to tell us your perceptions of race, racism, and racial inclusiveness at Durham University? If so, and you'd like to take part in this PhD study or have any queries, please contact PGR student Christopher Jones at

(23 Jan 2020)

Safety at UK Music Festivals

Have you been to a UK music festival in the last five years? Receive a £20 high-street voucher for taking part in a 45-60 minute focus group, or anonymous telephone interview.

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Step into spring at the Assembly Rooms Theatre

Monday 27 January marks the launch of our spring / summer season at the Assembly Rooms Theatre. The exciting line-up includes poetry, comedy, landmark drama and a sprinkling of Shakespeare. You can find out more and buy tickets online at

(23 Jan 2020)

We're giving Wi-Fi a reboot!

Throughout 2020-21, we will be upgrading all of the Wi-Fi access points across campus, giving you access to seamless Wi-Fi connections across campus.

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Win a £20 Amazon voucher and help us improve student volunteering opportunities at Durham University!

Regardless of whether you have never volunteered or are engaged in several projects, we want to hear your opinion on volunteering and want to learn from your experiences to improve volunteering opportunities for all students. Therefore, we have created a survey that will take you 4-5 minutes to complete. As a thank you, you’re given the opportunity to win a £20 Amazon voucher. Please click on the link to be forwarded to the survey:

Thank you for your time!

(23 Jan 2020)