Support for Teaching and Research Colleagues returning to campus
Please access a short Stream video showcasing the tools and resources available that can help colleagues at this time.
We will come through this, together, and we will be there for each other throughout.
Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice Chancellor and Warden
The world has altered significantly because of Covid-19, and the way in which we work, engage, learn and teach, is almost unrecognisable from what we once knew.
Each of us will respond and react in our own way. You might be feeling frustrated or isolated. You may be concerned about your physical health, or that of your family. You might even be feeling a little out of sorts, low, anxious or worried about how you are going to tackle such an altered environment and balance your teaching. This is a normal reaction to these extremely exceptional events.
We want to continue to ensure we do the very best we can to protect your health and wellbeing as we prepare for an extraordinary academic year in 20/21.
Behaviour and respect in learning and teaching online
As we move to blended learning and more online teaching, we need to all remain aware of how our behaviour can affect others. It’s important to continue to treat each other with respect, especially when we can’t be face-to-face, to ensure everyone gets the most out of their learning experience.
TAKE 5 – The Five Ways to Wellbeing
The University's Wellbeing Hub has been developed specifically by specialist colleagues from Durham, for colleagues across the Durham community. It details guidance, resources and tools to support you at this time. The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based public mental health messages aimed at improving your mental health and wellbeing. Practising them regularly will help you to feel more positive and able to get the most out of life. We can all make active and deliberate choices about changing the state in which we find ourselves. Here we consider some top tactics for implementing these five ways in your life, right now.
Professor Janet Stewart, Executive Dean (Arts & Humanities) guidance to HoDs and Senior Teams to actively manage workload through 6 main means:
(1) Reduce - identify and pull tasks and activities that are not important
(2) Reprioritise - identify tasks and activities that are not urgent and pause
(3) Rebalance - does the normal balance between research, teaching and citizenship work in an extraordinary year?
(4) Revise anticipated demand – keep an eye on the admissions data as it emerges. Numbers can go up as well as down;
(5) Remember to share best practice – you don’t need to do it all in isolation. Faculties are facilitating discussion between departments. DCAD has great resources, different departments are adapting and developing technology. We need to learn from and support one another. There is less work involved, generally, in adapting existing solutions than in putting in place new, completely bespoke solutions;
(6) Recognise and reward effort - both formally and informally, to reach the collective prize, both formally and informally. To remind you, the prize is: the delivery of ‘Excellent Education in Extraordinary Circumstances’.
The full case study from Professor Janet Stewart can be viewed here.
Information and advice for colleagues can be found on our Covid-19 response page.