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  • A record year for sport at Durham

    Our sports clubs have achieved an all-time University record, and four alumni and a graduating student have been named in Team GB’s Olympics squad.

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  • Postgraduate Discover Durham Tours

    Interested in postgraduate study at Durham? Our Postgraduate Discover Durham Tours are a great way to explore the University campus and our beautiful city, as well as an opportunity to find out more about postgraduate study at Durham from our staff and PG Student Ambassadors.

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A record year for sport at Durham

Our sports clubs have achieved an all-time University record, and four alumni and a graduating student have been named in Team GB’s Olympics squad.

A group of mainly women standing on the banks of a river celebrating while holding a trophy and standing in front of a red BUCS champions banner

Postgraduate Discover Durham Tours

Interested in postgraduate study at Durham? Our Postgraduate Discover Durham Tours are a great way to explore the University campus and our beautiful city, as well as an opportunity to find out more about postgraduate study at Durham from our staff and PG Student Ambassadors.

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Events in the Middle East: support and assistance for students and staff

Read our statement and answers to frequently asked questions.

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Research Impact at Durham

We conduct innovative and impactful research to transform lives and make a difference, globally and locally: research to empower and inspire.

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Appointment of new Executive Dean for Faculty of Social Sciences and Health

Professor Martin Evans has been appointed as our new Executive Dean (Social Sciences and Health).
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Durham researchers work with community to address food insecurity 

Our researchers have worked with community support workers to explore the drivers behind foodbank use and offer alternative solutions to support vulnerable people. 
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Durham Professors elected to prestigious British Academy

Congratulations to Canon Professor Michael Snape and Professor Janet Montgomery who have been recognised for their contribution to the humanities and social sciences.
Canon Professor Michael Snape (left) and Professor Janet Montgomery (right)

Platinum Award shines spotlight on Durham’s support for biodiversity

We have achieved recognition for our great work on promoting biodiversity by achieving the Platinum Hedgehog Friendly Campus Award 2024.
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Multiple concussions in rugby players change proteins in their blood

A new study shows that retired rugby players who have suffered multiple concussions have abnormal levels of certain proteins in their blood.
Male rugby players in a game.

World Day for International Justice: Shining the spotlight on our Law and Global Justice @ Durham group

Wednesday 17 July marks World Day for International Justice. Our Law and Global Justice @ Durham group (LGJD) was formed in 2015 and here they explain how they came together to better understand the role law plays in responding to global challenges.
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Brain size riddle solved as humans exceed evolution trend

We’ve helped clarify centuries of controversy surrounding brain size evolution - and resolved some puzzling complexities in the relationship between brain size and body mass.
A model of a human brain from three different angles

Durham Psychologist to take on new President role

We’re celebrating the news that a leading academic from our Department of Psychology has been elected as the next president of the European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS).
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Durham Fringe Festival’s fourth year showcases University student talent

For the fourth year in a row, Durham University is partnering with the Durham Fringe Festival to bring a programme of arts and culture in Durham City’s biggest arts festival. Running from Wednesday 24 – Sunday 28 July, this year’s Fringe is looking to be the biggest and best to date.
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Not just any tour: Chapel Choir of University College to perform at the Vatican

This summer, the Chapel Choir of University College (known as Castle Chapel Choir) will be embarking on a tour spanning the UK and Italy to share their vocal talents. Including well-known UK venues, the tour also includes St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Italy.

Euro 2024: women need safer fan spaces at big football tournaments to stamp out hostility and abuse

With Euro 2024 in full-flow, Professor Stacey Pope, from our Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, looks at what more can be done to help women feel more safe when attending major football tournaments.
A female football fan wearing England face paint in front of an England flag

Labour’s plan to tax private school fees has drawbacks – but it could be better for society

The Labour party has confirmed its intention to end this VAT exemption for private schools if elected to government. Professor Stephen Gorard, from our School of Education, has assessed the pros and cons of what this would mean for the British public if implemented.
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Schoolchildren get their hands dirty learning about soil health

Around 150 pupils from a County Durham school weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty when they visited our Botanic Garden to learn about soil health.
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Explore July's Community Newsletter

Want to know more about how we interact with our local community? Our monthly Community Newsletter explores the news, events, and research both at Durham University and in the city itself.
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Upcoming events

Durham City Run Festival 2024

Thursday 18 July 2024 - Saturday 20 July 2024
7:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Various locations around Durham

Durham Fringe Festival 2024

Wednesday 24 July 2024 - Sunday 28 July 2024
12:00 PM to 11:55 PM
Various locations across Durham City.
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University College - Postgraduate Discover Durham Tours

Monday 22 July 2024 - Monday 22 July 2024
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
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Make The Most Of Your Time In Durham

Thursday 18 July 2024 - Thursday 18 July 2024
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Online
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From our Student Blogs:

From clearing to Law with a foundation year

Lilly came to Durham through clearing, studying Law with a foundation year. During that year she has made great friends, travelled, participated in many sports and societies, and learned much about herself and what she wants from her university experience.
Read Lilly's blog
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Street Cosmos

Street Cosmos is a new collaboration from Durham University that brings world-class advances in space science and technology directly into communities. Since August 2023, Street Cosmos has brought together people from across County Durham, and used creativity to explore the universe with scientists from the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.

Funded by the UK Museums Association and UKRI, through the Mindsets and Missions programme.

Watch Street Cosmos 2023-24