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Research in Colleges

Research in Colleges

Durham University's 16 colleges comprise a diverse, interdisciplinary landscape and they complement, enable and facilitate research-related activities across the University. Research activities within our colleges are a central driver of the development of our own scholarly communities. Each college makes its own unique contribution to our University research environment. Through our research committee, the Colleges Research Forum, our objective is to ensure that colleges play an increasing role in the support of research activities, in the development of the Graduate School and in linking research and education. Working closely with our colleagues in academic departments and faculties, we are committed to recruiting and integrating researchers in college communities at all academic levels in order to participate in a varied menu of research activities.
Critical to our strategy is to embed research centres and institutes in our colleges. For example, there are existing close links between: John Snow College and the Wolfson Research Institute; George Stephenson College and the Business School; Trevelyan College and the Centre for Medical Humanities; Hatfield College and the Durham Global Security Institute; St Mary's College and the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse; St Aidan's College and Institute for Hazard and Risk Research; St John's College and the Wesley Study Centre; and, St Chad's College and the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Other research groups such as the Durham Energy Institute have arrangements with several colleges. And more such collaborations are on the way.
Deputy Head (Research and Scholarship) of the Durham Colleges


Cooling climate and oceanographic changes main drivers behind great mass extinction event

Climate change and the changing oceans contributed towards one of the first great mass extinctions in the history of life on Earth, according to new research.

Almost half of the marine invertebrate genera and an estimated 85 per cent of species became extinct during the event at the end of the Ordovician Period, about 445 million years ago.

It is thought the mass extinction had coincided with a sudden ice age, but a team of researchers, including experts at Durham University’s Department of Earth Sciences, say there were other contributing factors.

The findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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