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Video of the week

Constructing Authority in International Law

Dr Gleider Hernandez introduces the research themes addressed by the project 'Constructing Authority in International Law' funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


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Comment and opinion

Do schools in the North East of England under-perform?

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership has recommended that ‘urgent attention’ must be given to improving education in the North of England. Professor Stephen Gorard from the School of Education looks at the evidence for the North East.

(3 Feb 2017) » More about Do schools in the North East of England under-perform?


Trump's travel ban is nothing to do with national security

Dr Alan Greene from the Law School explains why Trump’s executive order on refugees and foreign arrivals has everything to do with the optics of the situation.

(2 Feb 2017) » More about Trump's travel ban is nothing to do with national security


Does missing one week of school lead to lower grades?

Professor Stephen Gorard from the School of Education takes a critical look at the Government’s case for fining parents for term-time holidays as an appeal on the issue reaches the Supreme Court.

(31 Jan 2017) » More about Does missing one week of school lead to lower grades?


Events

The Effect Size Fallacy

A seminar from Professor Adrian Simpson of the School of Education, Durham University. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.
The “what works” agenda which drives much education policy is often based on comparing and combining a form of effect size: the standardised mean difference. This measure is assumed to give an indication of the educational impact of an intervention with greater effect sizes generally associated with better bets for what might bring about improvements in learning than smaller effect sizes. We will show that this assumption is wrong.

‘Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About...

A lecture by Michael Wear one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history.
Michael Wear is the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, and a leading expert and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics and American public life. He was one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts.

- 'A Greedy Queen: Queen Victoria and her food'

Durham Castle Lecture
Dr Annie Gray, Writer, broadcaster, and resident food historian on BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet give this free Durham Castle Lecture offering a fascinating insight into Queen Victoria's diet and love of food. All welcome. No ticket required, seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

From lectures, conferences and exhibitions, to concerts, plays and family activities, see our full programme of events on the What's On Guide.

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Upcoming Web Chats

This online event is aimed at prospective undergraduate applicants to Durham University. It is a great opportunity to have your questions answered about the Durham University experience.

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