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Academic Talent

Staff well-being and faith

Health and well-being

Durham University prides itself in being a collegiate institution which provides unique health and well-being opportunities and initiatives for all staff based on national best practice. The support services and initiatives available include:

  • A comprehensive occupational health service, provided by occupational health specialist practitioners, a consultant occupational physician and an occupational health technician.
  • Fast track to the University physiotherapy service for assessment and treatment following musculoskeletal injury.
  • Fast track to the University counselling service, including face-to-face and online courses.
  • Health surveillance based on a health and safety risk assessment to monitor health when staff are exposed to workplace hazards e.g. lung function tests, skin checks and hearing tests.
  • Fitness-for-task assessments based on role requirement to ensure the safety of staff and students, and to identify reasonable adjustments, if required, to support staff in their work role.
  • Leadership and management training – to empower managers to support staff health and well-being, for example: in managing change, workplace stressors – recognising that effective leadership is vital to building and sustaining an organisational culture where staff can thrive.
  • Comprehensive coaching and mentoring programmes to support staff induction and professional and personal development.
  • Comprehensive staff benefits package to support economic wellbeing.
  • Encouraging staff participation in a wide range of activities which support health and well-being.
  • Health promotion – linking to national campaigns (e.g. alcohol, healthy eating, stress management, change for life).
  • Advice and signposting to other services and agencies to support health and well-being (e.g. smoking cessation, national health screening programmes)

Access and disability support

We are committed to attracting, growing and engaging with talented people from diverse backgrounds at every level. As part of this commitment the University recognises the importance of inclusivity; ensuring that all can flourish and reach their full potential.

We are a Disability Confident Employer and we work with our Occupational Health service and external partner organisations, such as Access to Work, to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to overcome issues which colleagues may have in respect of the work environment or their role.

Staff networks

The University is a large, complex and unique environment. You will find a growing number of staff networks which cut across departmental boundaries, enabling you to meet people from all areas of the University, who share common interests and backgrounds. There are designated web pages outlining the different networks in place, including the New Staff Network.

Faith and religion

Durham University is an inclusive community, and is supportive of students and staff of all faiths and none. Our student and staff body is made up of people from over 150 different nationalities and many different religions, so wherever you are from, and whatever your beliefs, you will feel welcome here.

The University provides a number of facilities for its main religious communities through its collegiate system. University and college chaplains are an integral part of the welfare provision and pastoral support that the University offers both to staff and students. Additionally, many different religious communities are represented in the local area.


For further information on faith support at Durham University and the surrounding area, including details of places of worship, please visit our dedicated faith support web pages.

Dr Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro, Royal Commission 1851 Research Fellow in Chemistry

Contact us

Durham University
Human Resources
Rowan House
Mountjoy Centre
Stockton Road
Durham DH1 3LE
T: +44 (0) 191 334 6536
E: e.recruitment@durham.ac.uk