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Territorial Lane and Waterside car parks

This is a reminder that the car parks at Territorial Lane and Waterside will close to staff and students from Sunday, 7 July. Please see links to the University's web pages for information about alternative car parks and other modes of transport.

(28 Jun 2019) » More about Territorial Lane and Waterside car parks


duo services - planned downtime, Friday, 5 July

Access to all duo services will be temporarily unavailable on Friday, 5 July while CIS installs important security updates. Maintenance work will start at 6pm and we anticipate that full service will be restored by 9pm. Remember you can keep updated on all the IT services you use by subscribing to our service status alerts.

(27 Jun 2019)


Encore Upgrade - Monday, 1 July

The Encore lecture recording service will be upgraded from 12 midnight on Monday, 1 July to 1am on Tuesday, 2 July. Access to existing recordings on the Panopto/duo portal will not be affected. The Encore service utilises 'Remote Recorders' to capture and upload lectures into the Panopto cloud. These Remote Recorders need to be upgraded to version 6.0 prior to Friday, 19 July to allow service to continue. As the upgrade is taking place overnight, you should not notice any impact on recordings taking place the following day. If there are any isolated incidents, we will update the Service Status Message accordingly.

(27 Jun 2019)


Out-of-hours access through Botanic Garden

We would like to remind you that from Monday, 1 July, access through the Botanic Garden for staff and students will be during opening hours only. This measure is to ensure the safety of staff and students.

(27 Jun 2019) » More about Out-of-hours access through Botanic Garden


Telephony outage

CIS will carry out the transfer of our current telephony technology to a new platform on Sunday 7 July commencing at 8am. The switchover, which should take no longer than eight hours, will affect all 0191 334 numbers operated by the University, including Queen’s Campus. During this time, you will be unable to make or receive any external calls including 999 calls. As mobile telephony will not be affected, it should be used as default for contacting emergency services. Whilst the switch over takes place, security can be contacted on a temporary number 0191 3843683. We would like to apologise for any disruption this may cause.

(14 Jun 2019)


Information Security simple steps

Please take time to ensure that you're familiar with the University’s Information Security Policy. Some simple steps you can take to help keep University Information secure include:

  • Never share your passwords
  • Lock your screen when you leave your desk unattended
  • Follow a clear desk policy
  • Ensure that your portable data storage devices are encrypted if holding personal data or commercially confidential information
  • Dispose of hard copy information and IT hardware via the University’s secure procedures 

(7 Jun 2019) » More about Information Security simple steps


Empowering Learners in the Matariki Network

We will be hosting six delegations from of staff and students from universities in the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) Monday, 8 - Thursday, 11 July as part of an annual Global Citizenship Forum. On the morning of Thursday, 11 July our international partners will be sharing their experiences, challenges and best practice on empowering learners around three sub-themes: support & wellbeing; the wider student experience; and education & student unions. This half-day conference is free to attend and takes place at St John’s College Learning & Resource Centre, 9.30am – 12.30pm, followed by lunch. Open to all staff and students. To register interest, please email global.citizenship@durham.ac.uk.

(28 Jun 2019)


What does respect look like to you - have your say

Only a few days left to give your feedback on respect at the University. Our Commission on Respect, Values and Behaviour is asking for feedback from staff and students about what respect looks like to you. Please to tell us your views by 30 June.

(28 Jun 2019)


Brand Identity - Fonts

Need to know which font to use when producing copy for our various communications platforms? Check out this section of the brand website and page 44 of the Brand Identity Guidelines.

(27 Jun 2019)


Kynren 2019

Staff, students and alumni can benefit from a 10% discount on all ticket types (except VIP, shuttle and parking) for the first five dates of the 2019 season. To claim your discount, simply visit the Kynren website and enter code BTKYN19 and the discount will be applied at checkout. 

(27 Jun 2019) » More about Kynren 2019


Launch of new leadership programmes and personal development workshops for all staff

The Organisation Development team is pleased to announce details of a suite of new leadership development programmes and personal development workshops for 2019/20. Leadership development options include a range of programmes for first line supervisors through to those who are in a senior leadership role. The personal development workshops consist of a day, half-day and ‘bite-sized’ two-hour briefings. Workshops can be booked via the Training Course Booking System. For further information, please email hr.od@durham.ac.uk.

(27 Jun 2019) » More about Launch of new leadership programmes and personal development workshops for all staff


National Catch the Bus Week 2019 - a chance win free bus tickets

National Catch the Bus Week 2019 takes place between Monday, 1 and Sunday, 7 July and is an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of getting the bus. During the week, Arriva is offering an m-ticket for the North East region for a £1 a day and will donate 10p to the charity Mind on all tickets sales. Prizes are also on offer which include an annual saver m-ticket for the zone of your choice.

(27 Jun 2019) » More about National Catch the Bus Week 2019 - a chance win free bus tickets


Open Days

This summer's Open Days will be held on Monday, 1 July, and Saturday, 6 July. Each of these events is attended by large numbers of prospective students and their families. In order to ensure the health and safety of our students, visitors and staff there will be restrictions to vehicles on the Lower Mountjoy site during Open Day events. In advance of the events can you please work closely with your contractors to ensure that suitable alternative arrangements are made for these two days. The existing arrangements for the use of contractor parking at Green Lane remain available. Find out more about Open Days here.

(27 Jun 2019)


Road closure - Miners Gala

We would like to make you aware of the annual road closure to accommodate the Miners Gala event on Saturday, 13 July, which will impact vehicle access in Durham City Centre. Emergency service and pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the closure. For further information, please email darren.weir@durham.ac.uk.  

(27 Jun 2019)


Tell us your Durham City Run story

Are you running the Durham City Run for a personal reason, or a cause close to your heart? The Run organisers want to hear your story. Contact us at: dialogue@durham.ac.uk. Don’t forget: as we’re sponsoring this year’s Run, you get a 10% discount on entry. The deadline for taking advantage of this offer is today (Friday 28 June). Register at durhamcityrunfestival.com and enter the code 10DUNIV19.

(27 Jun 2019)


Win a family theme park ticket

Enter the MyDurham daily prize draw from Monday, 8 - Friday, 12 July for your chance to win a family ticket for UK Merlin attractions including LEGOLAND and Thorpe Park. If you haven’t yet registered with MyDurham, our staff benefits platform, email reward.team@durham.ac.uk to access monthly competitions and discounts at major retailers. If you already have a MyDurham account, just log in each day during the competition and answer simple quiz questions to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck.

(27 Jun 2019)


2019 County Durham Environment Awards - applications now open

This year the awards celebrate their 30th anniversary and are sponsored by various organisations, including Durham University. Several categories are available and applications can be made online until Friday, 19 July. Details of previous winners are also available on their website to give you an idea of the various successful projects, including several awards received by Durham University for example in 2017 two category winners; ‘Community’ for Van Mildert Outreach Programme and ‘Climate Change’ for the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics. An information guide is also available to assist you with your application.

(21 Jun 2019)


Do you know someone who is an all-round good egg?

Give a shout out to someone you know, who is doing great things and it could feature in Northern Power Women’s podcast, recorded here at Durham and released early July. 

(21 Jun 2019) » More about Do you know someone who is an all-round good egg?


Expenses and hospitality briefing sessions

We have added further briefing sessions for the new expenses & hospitality policy. You can book onto these by using the training course booking system. These will be available to book later today.

(21 Jun 2019) » More about Expenses and hospitality briefing sessions


Global Challenges Summit

The next Global Challenges Summit will be held on Tuesday, 9 July, 9.30am-8pm at Northern Stage, followed by a reception at the Great North Museum. An agenda for the event and details on how to register can be found here. Please note that places are limited and the deadline for registration is Tuesday, 2 July.

(21 Jun 2019)


Open Days

The Summer Open Days will shortly be upon us, taking place on Monday, 1 July and Saturday, 6 July. Bookings have closed for both events and we are expecting 11,000 visitors on the Monday and 10,500 on the Saturday. Parking of vehicles on the Lower Mountjoy pedestrian area will be restricted during all events to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. You can find out more here.

(21 Jun 2019)


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Forum

Thursday, 20 June marked the last presentation of the Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD) inaugural season of workshops on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The programme consists of a mix of plenary sessions and practical ‘how to’ workshops, and will resume on Wednesday, 11 September. More details will be available in due course via Dialogue and the Training Course Booking System.

(21 Jun 2019) » More about Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Forum


The Encore Academic Liaison Group

To coincide with the rollout of our lecture capture service Encore last October, the Encore Academic Liaison Group (EALG) was established to help oversee operations and explore further potential of the technology. Representing all faculties including the Business School and meeting monthly, the group engages with teaching colleagues to gather feedback on the service as well as ideas for future priorities. You can read more about the group and their work so far, current membership and how to get involved by visiting the new web page.

(21 Jun 2019)


World Top 100 university

We’ve again been ranked as a World Top 100 university – putting us in the top eight per cent of universities worldwide. The QS World University Rankings 2020 place Durham 78th globally out of more than 1,000 higher education institutions and 24th in Europe. For more details, have a look here

(21 Jun 2019)


Are you on the new Big 3 network?

As part of our significant IT infrastructure programme, The Big 3, we are delivering a brand new, high speed network. Our interactive map (best viewed in Chrome or Edge browsers) shows which buildings we’ve transferred and which are planned for a move. Check out the map to see if your College or Department is one of the first to join the new network. For more information on the programme, visit The Big 3 website.

(20 Jun 2019)


Brand Identity - Tone of Voice

Our Tone of Voice is just as important to our brand identity as the visual look. Find out how to incorporate this into your content here and on page 9 of the Brand Identity Guidelines.

(20 Jun 2019)


Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) Inaugural Conference

The registration for the IMEMS Residential Research Library Inaugural Conference: Libraries, Learning and Religious Identities is now open. Durham staff and students can access the special rate on the website (CIS login details may be required). We hope that many of you will be able to join us.

(20 Jun 2019) » More about Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) Inaugural Conference


Pre-sessional mentors

Josephine Butler College is recruiting mentors for the upcoming pre-sessional programme for incoming international students this summer. Being an international student takes an extraordinary amount of bravery and drive, especially travelling to a country with a different language, a different culture, and a different set of perspectives. Your role as a mentor will be to provide a welcoming and rewarding experience for these students. Please read on for further information.

(20 Jun 2019) » More about Pre-sessional mentors


UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) - Council appointments

UKRI brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. They work to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation and are looking to appoint members to each of the nine Councils. UKRI welcomes applicants from a wide range of professional backgrounds and would encourage applications from the business community. Members will be appointed for a period of two, three or four years. To find out more and to apply please visit the website.

(20 Jun 2019)


Women@DU

A new Women’s Network, Women@DU has been set up for all colleagues at the University who identify as female, regardless of role, grade, or whether you are an academic or professional service colleague. The network provides the opportunity for us all to come together to discuss shared issues, and offer support where needed. Workshops will be led by a professional facilitator, who will help us explore 'What is it like being a woman at DU?'. The workshops will be held in the Penthouse Suite at Collingwood College on Thursday, 18 July and Tuesday, 6 August between 12pm-2pm with lunch provided.

(20 Jun 2019)


Mystery shoppers wanted

Would you like to earn yourself a £5 Durham University Catering Voucher, just by visiting one of our Retail Outlets? With the Mystery Shopper programme we invite one member of staff each month, to visit the Botanic Garden, Palace Green Library, the Oriental Museum and the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. Then all you have to do is fill in a quick form outlining your experience and feedback. There are spaces for July onwards so, if you would be interested please email: georgina.m.salmon@durham.ac.uk.

(14 Jun 2019)


Research participants needed

The Department of Psychology is looking for participants between 55 and 80 with no neurological disorders and normal vision (this includes vision corrected with glasses or lenses) for a study aiming to improve diagnosis of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a rare neurological disease. Please email lisa.wen@durham.ac.uk for more information.

(14 Jun 2019) » More about Research participants needed


What does respect look like to you?

Our Commission on Respect, Values and Behaviour is asking for feedback from staff and students about what respect looks like to you. Click here to tell us your views by Sunday, 30 June.

(14 Jun 2019)


Your chance to explore our shared religious heritage

Our Department of Archaeology has announced a major community archaeology project, and hundreds of volunteers are needed to take part. Belief in the North East will deliver an overview of the heritage of religion in the region, from prehistory to present. A wide variety of volunteering opportunities are available, along with expert training and supervision. For more information, please visit the website.

(14 Jun 2019)


Building a more open, inclusive and diverse community

We’re working to build an open, inclusive and diverse environment where all members of our community can achieve their full potential. That’s why we’ve signed the NUS-UUK Closing The Gap pledge to address the BAME student attainment gap and are working towards the Advance HE Race Equality Charter Mark for representation, progression and success of BAME staff and students.

(31 May 2019) » More about Building a more open, inclusive and diverse community


Honorary Professorship in Law

Our Law School has awarded a Distinguished Honorary Professorship to Professor Steven Schwarcz, of Duke University in the USA. One of the world's leading authorities on financial regulation, Professor Schwarcz gave his inaugural lecture at a symposium on ‘Financial Inclusion and Access to Credit’ on Tuesday, 28 May at Durham Castle. You can read more about it here.

(31 May 2019)


Infrastructure improvements project moves forward

We are proposing to make a significant investment in improving paths and roads around our campus. We consulted on detailed proposals last year, and have now submitted a planning application to Durham County Council for consideration. For more information, please visit the project web page.

(31 May 2019) » More about Infrastructure improvements project moves forward


Participants needed

Our Music and Science Lab is running a 45-50 minute experiment on how non-Western music is emotionally perceived. The study will involve listening to variations of (mostly) non-Western pieces, and then rating them via pictures while connected to GSR/HRV monitoring device. It is essential that volunteers have musical training to Grade 5 level (minimum) on any instrument/vocal training, or equivalent practice-based experience. Participants will receive £8 for taking part. If you are interested, please visit the website.

(31 May 2019) » More about Participants needed


Registration closing soon

Conference registration for the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies' 2019 'Durham Early Modern Studies Conference', which will offer a broad and inclusive interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of the period c.1450 to c.1800, is closing soon. To book, please visit the website.

(31 May 2019) » More about Registration closing soon


Registration deadline approaching for summer language courses

Our Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering daytime and evening courses this summer in a range of languages. The deadline for registration is midnight Monday, 3 June, with courses starting week commencing Monday, 10 June. All are open to staff, students and members of the public (for a fee). For full details, please see the website.

(31 May 2019)


Sustainable Travel Plan Survey now open

Our Sustainable Travel Plan Survey is now open and a link can be found on the Greenspace website. Each year we undertake a travel survey to find out whether we are on track to reach our sustainable travel targets. Our survey is open until Tuesday, 11 June and we encourage everyone to take part.

(31 May 2019)


Hundreds of children enjoy Durham University holiday camps

Over 200 children aged four to 16 enjoyed our recent Team Durham Easter Holiday Camps, run by students and volunteers. Details of the ever-popular Summer Holiday Camps will be announced shortly. For further details, please click here

(16 Apr 2018)


Divestment from Companies Involved in Fossil Fuel Extraction

The University is to divest from companies involved in fossil fuel extraction, and has committed to becoming a major international partner in the development of green energy. This decision follows a Commission on Divestment from Companies Involved in Fossil Fuel Extraction, which was established following a proposal from Durham Students’ Union, which included staff and student members, and which undertook consultation on the issue with staff, students and alumni. For more information, please click here.

(14 Mar 2018)


View progress on the Centre for Teaching and Learning

Two cameras have been installed looking over the Centre for Teaching and Learning construction site at Lower Mountjoy. The feed from these cameras can be viewed on the project webpage, here. The cameras update every 10 minutes. 

(9 Mar 2018)


University Strategy, 2017-2027 toolkit

Colleagues preparing internal documents and presentations regarding the University Strategy, 2017-2027 are reminded that a number of resources can be downloaded from the Strategy toolkit web page. These include a summary presentation, template presentation and branding items. These resources should be used for internal documents and presentations only. All externally-facing documents must be produced by a design partner on the Communications Framework. If you have any questions or would like any help in using these resources, please email university.strategy@durham.ac.uk or call on x46075.

(19 Feb 2018)


Durham wins 'Best Student Community' Award.

Durham University has been awarded 'Best Student Community' in this year's National Student Housing Survey, highlighting the positive impact of the collegiate system and Durham's wider student experience offer. The survey is based exclusively on direct feedback from over 34,000 students across 200 universities and colleges across the UK. Read more about the award here

(8 Sep 2017)


University Strategy feedback

Our University Strategy 2017-2027 is a living document and we continue to welcome constructive engagement in its delivery. If you have comments or suggestions, you can make them here or email university.strategy@durham.ac.uk.

(6 Jul 2017)


Internationalisation Strategy now online

Our new Strategy 2017-2027 includes proposals to significantly internationalise the University. We will internationalise our student body, open an International Study Centre at Queen’s Campus and partner with peer institutions around the world. Find out more here.

(28 Jun 2017)


Education Strategy online now

We want to deliver world-class education that is challenging, enabling, research-led and transformative. Our University Strategy 2017-2027 includes ambitious proposals including for a new Centre for Teaching and Learning, an Education Laboratory and a new Fair Access Strategy. Find out more at www.durham.ac.uk/strategy2027/education

(13 Jun 2017)


Research and Engagement Strategy now online

As a University, we prize academic independence and curiosity driven research. Our University Strategy 2017-2027 includes ambitious proposals to deliver research that is world-leading and world-changing across the whole University. These include building critical mass across the University and investing £2.8 million annually in our new Chancellor’s Scholarships for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Find out more at www.durham.ac.uk/strategy2027/research

(8 Jun 2017)


Staff 'sleep out' to fight poverty

Several colleagues recently spent a night sleeping out in Durham Cathedral to raise money to fight homelessness and poverty, as part of the CEO Sleepout. They raised more than £1,000, and the event raised nearly £25,000 in total. Well done to all who took part.

(18 May 2017)


Summer concert

This year, Durham Singers' summer concert, on Saturday, 6 July, pays tribute to The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle and its collection that Joséphine Bowes and her husband John put together. The concert takes place at St Brandon’s Church, Brancepeth, a 10-minute drive south-west from Durham. The concert and summer reception will start at 7.30pm. For further information and to book tickets, please visit the website.

(27 Jun 2019) » More about Summer concert


Free badminton over the summer

The staff badminton club is offering free membership to any member of the University from now until the start of next academic year. The club meets from 8pm-10pm on Tuesdays in the main hall at the Maiden Castle sports centre and caters for a wide range of abilities. Everyone is welcome - just bring a racquet. For further information, please email adrian.simpson@durham.ac.uk.

(20 Jun 2019)


Christian staff prayer group

A number of Christian members of University staff meet regularly to pray together. Meetings take place fortnightly on Tuesday lunchtimes, in St Mary’s College chapel, from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Members are welcome to take their lunch. For more information, email: mark.a.tallentire@durham.ac.uk or j.p.moore@durham.ac.uk.

(17 Apr 2018)


Health and Safety workshops for Principal Investigators

Health and Safety (H&S) Services are re-launching the Introduction to Managing H&S for Principal Investigators workshops. This is an opportunity for participants to gain an insight into the key components of effective H&S management in a research-based environment and provide staff with an awareness of the underlying legislative principles and business drivers. The workshops are primarily aimed at new and existing academic staff overseeing research in laboratories or higher-risk fieldwork activities in the Faculties of Science and Social Sciences and Health. Book your place. For more information, please contact health.safety@durham.ac.uk.

(8 Mar 2019)


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