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Durham University

Organisation Development

Take Notice

In the current situation we can find ourselves worrying about the future, faced with digital learning and hybrid teams, and bogged down with unhealthy thoughts and negative feelings.

TAKING NOTICE is about actively bringing our minds, attention and interest to the world around us and ourselves. It means being aware of thoughts and feelings as they arise, without getting lost in them.

“Sometimes you have to take a break to have a breakthrough!”

Dr Sam Nolan, Assistant Director, DCAD

When the reality of Covid-19 first hit, and we all started working very differently, for many of us this placed many additional tensions on our daily lives, and for so long we run on adrenalin. However, that doesn’t last forever. We now face the prospect of a new academic year with our potential demands never being more astute. Are you in danger of burnout?

10 signs you are burning out and what to do about it (Forbes, Gerry LM, 2013)

Have you been able to take a break? Maybe that is a staycation, or a day off just for you. Booking and taking some annual leave can be exceptionally beneficial for you and your future achievements. Speak to your Head of Department to make the arrangements.

Your future self will certainly thank you for it!

Paying more attention to the present moment is known to help maintain your wellbeing and prevent burnout. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. Mindfulness can help you to change the way you feel, how you approach challenges, and help you to understand yourself better.

Online Weekly Mindfulness Community:

- From Friday 18th September Pat Hanley, Assistant Professor (Teaching), Sociology Department will be running a weekly online mindfulness session every Friday at 15:30 for 30 mins. If you are interested please contact for joining details.

- Weekly Mindfulness Mediation Session for Durham University Staff and Students are available free every Friday 11:00 – 12:00 Via Zoom. To sign up, email

Mental Health Training:

- Preventing ill health because of work-related stress is part of creating a good working environment. Access Mental Health Training online via Duo. In addition to the Core Modules, this also includes Staff Support Modules.

Employee Assistance Programme:

- We are committed to promoting the positive mental wellbeing of all employees. Our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), through Health Assured, provides a complete support network with expert advice and compassionate guidance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all colleagues and immediate family members.

Find out more and how to access the Health and Wellbeing Portal here or contact 0800 030 5182.

Information and advice for colleagues can be found on our Covid-19 response page.