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Durham University

University and City: Growing together

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Keep up to date with all the latest news and updates.

How our staff are helping good causes more than ever before…

We’re proud of the positive social contribution we make to our local communities, and so we’re very pleased to announce that our staff dedicated more in-work time to volunteering for local charities and good causes than ever before last year.

(21 Oct 2019) » More about How our staff are helping good causes more than ever before…


Lumiere Durham 2019: the countdown is on!

The organisers of Lumiere have announced the full programme for this November’s light festival – read on for details!

(17 Oct 2019) » More about Lumiere Durham 2019: the countdown is on!


Our first new College in 14 years: on track for 2020

As we grow, we want the benefits to be shared across our region. We want to contribute more to the local economy, have more of our students living in College accommodation and make more of our facilities open to our local communities.

So we’re pleased that our first new College in 14 years, South College, is on track to open for 2020, and will bring many benefits to the local community.

(11 Oct 2019) » More about Our first new College in 14 years: on track for 2020


Free science fun this October half-term

Are you looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids this October half-term? Then look no further than Celebrate Science, our free hands-on science festival.

(10 Oct 2019) » More about Free science fun this October half-term


Taking education beyond the lecture hall

We see our educational mission as going beyond teaching our students. Our Vice-Chancellor Stuart Corbridge talks about taking education beyond the lecture hall. 

(9 Oct 2019) » More about Taking education beyond the lecture hall


A Word On... Induction Week - an epic blog for an epic week!

In her latest 'Word On...', our Community Liaison Officer Hannah Shepherd recounts her busy and emotional but ultimately enjoyable experience of Induction Week 2019.

(8 Oct 2019) » More about A Word On... Induction Week


Celebrate Diwali with us in true Indian style

One of the great things about our Oriental Museum is getting to celebrate traditional ceremonies from around the world in real, authentic style. We’d love you to join us on Saturday 26 October to celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of lights.

(7 Oct 2019) » More about Celebrate Diwali with us in true Indian style


Have a ‘whale’ of a time at Lumiere Durham 2019…

The organisers of Lumiere have announced that Mysticète – “the whale in the river” – will return for this year’s light festival.

(2 Oct 2019) » More about Have a ‘whale’ of a time at Lumiere Durham 2019…


Could your child be a Hockey Hero?

We’ve got some fantastic sportsmen and women among our students, and many give up their own time to share their skills with local children. One new way they’re doing this is: Hockey Heroes.

(1 Oct 2019) » More about Could your child be a Hockey Hero?


Finding the formula for young mathematicians in North East England

A new flagship Mathematics School is planned to open in 2022, which will help raise attainment in mathematics and other STEM subject across the North East. The only one of its kind in the region, the school will benefit talented students in County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, Cleveland, the North Yorkshire Coast, and Cumbria.

(30 Sep 2019) » More about Finding the formula for young mathematicians


Inspiring teachers in physics

Teachers at the P3L training day

Part of our mission as a world-leading centre of learning is to share our knowledge with local schools. One way we do this is through training teachers.

Recently, 85 primary school teachers spent a day with us as part of the ​Ogden Primary Physics Professional Learning (P3L) programme, which our Science Outreach team hosted in partnership with The Ogden Trust.

(30 Sep 2019) » More about Inspiring teachers in physics


Local artists’ work on show at Oriental Museum

We’re proud of the contribution we make to the cultural scene in Durham and the North East. So we’re pleased to be hosting a new exhibition of work by local artists at our Oriental Museum.

(26 Sep 2019) » More about Local artists’ work on show at Oriental Museum


Working together to combat climate change

Climate change has been described as the most serious challenge facing the world today. As a world-leading research University and a major contributor to the local and national economy, we’re working together across our whole community to tackle it.

(25 Sep 2019) » More about Working together to combat climate change


International students help grow Lumiere Friendship Tree

We’re proud to welcome staff and students from right across the world. We believe this diversity enhances our University community and benefits our local communities, too.

So we’re very pleased that some of our international students will be writing messages for a Friendship Tree being created as part of the Lumiere light festival.

(24 Sep 2019) » More about International students help grow Lumiere Friendship Tree


Tyne-Wear derby match raises £250 for charity

We love to share our facilities with local communities, and so we were pleased to host a charity football match at our Collingwood College recently.

(19 Sep 2019) » More about Tyne-Wear derby match raises £250 for charity


Students take to Gala stage for literary classic

Our students will perform Lord of the Flies at the Gala Theatre later this month – and tickets are on sale now!

(18 Sep 2019) » More about Students take to Gala stage for literary classic


Science talks tackle big issues facing society today

From how the universe began to the scariest threats to life as we know it: our scientists are tackling the big questions and challenges facing the world today. And they’re passionate about sharing their discoveries with others.

If you’d like to hear more, we’d love you to join us for Saturday Morning Science.

(16 Sep 2019) » More about Science talks tackle big issues facing society today


Your chance to make art for Lumiere

Lumiere light festival returns to Durham in November and you can be part of it, thanks to the Bottle Festoon project.

(11 Sep 2019) » More about Your chance to make art for Lumiere


Helping our staff to help local schools

As a university, education is what we’re all about. But this doesn’t start and end with our own students. We also work hard to support education in schools, particularly in our local area. One way we do this is by supporting our staff to serve as school governors.

(9 Sep 2019) » More about Helping our staff to help local schools


New ‘Fungate’ artwork is another reason to visit Botanic Garden

Have you visited our Botanic Garden recently? Covering ten hectares on the southern outskirts of Durham City, the Garden is set among beautiful mature woodlands and is open to everyone to explore throughout the year.

(6 Sep 2019) » More about New ‘Fungate’ artwork is another reason to visit Botanic Garden


A good start, more work to do...

Professor Stuart Corbridge, our Vice-Chancellor, reflects on the first year of our Community Engagement Task Force. 

(5 Sep 2019) » More about A good start, more work to do...


How we’re working ‘4schools’ more than ever before…

We’re passionate about inspiring learning among people of all ages. So we’re very proud that our ‘4schools’ team worked with more young people than ever before last year.

(4 Sep 2019) » More about How we’re working ‘4schools’ more than ever before…


Hundreds of children enjoy summer camps with upgraded facilities

Over 700 children have enjoyed a fun and active summer at our holiday camps.

(2 Sep 2019) » More about Hundreds of children enjoy summer camps with upgraded facilities


Introducing The Spare Room: a new theatre for Durham

We’re proud of the contribution we make to the cultural scene in Durham and the North East. That’s why we’re very excited to announce we’re opening a new theatre venue in the City. 

(23 Aug 2019) » More about Introducing The Spare Room: a new theatre for Durham


Supporting local young people to succeed

We want talented students from all backgrounds to study with us, which is why we run many successful outreach projects. 

For one of those projects, Supported Progression, nearly 200 young people recently took part in week-long summer schools aimed at helping them fulfil their potential.

(22 Aug 2019) » More about Supporting local young people to succeed


Take a voyage through literature with our Late Summer Lectures

Would you like to take a voyage through literature this summer?

Then join us for the Late Summer Lecture series, running from August to October.

(12 Aug 2019) » More about Take a voyage through literature with our Late Summer Lectures


Don’t miss Durham Book Festival – returning in October

As a University, books are really important to us. We’ve got a world-leading English Department, and some great writers, artists and thinkers among our staff and students.

We’re also passionate about making literature accessible to all, in innovative ways, and inspiring new audiences to share our love of books.

That’s why we’re proud to once again be supporting the Durham Book Festival, when it returns in October 2019.

(9 Aug 2019) » More about Don’t miss Durham Book Festival – returning in October


Planning permission granted for infrastructure improvements

The safety of our staff, students, visitors, and the public is very important to us.

That’s why we are proposing to invest over £8 million in improving pedestrian, cycling and road user movement around the University.

We’re very pleased that Durham County Council granted planning permission for this project in July 2019, and we now hope to begin work on site in autumn 2019.

For more information on the project, please click here. 

(5 Aug 2019)


A summer of opportunities

Professor Stuart Corbridge, our Vice-Chancellor, writes about some of the activities taking place at the University over the summer, and how you can get involved. 

(1 Aug 2019) » More about A summer of opportunities


A word on...''It's vacation Jim, but not as we know it''

Hannah Shepherd, our Community Liaison Officer, reflects on her second summer 'vacation' experience at the University.

(1 Aug 2019) » More about A word on...''It's vacation Jim, but not as we know it''


Come visit our new Fitness Centre

We believe sport and exercise can bring people of all backgrounds together. That’s why we’ve long made our sports facilities at Maiden Castle open to the local community, as well as our staff and students.

We’re currently investing £32 million upgrading these facilities to create the Durham University Sports and Wellbeing Park, which will offer more space, more classes, and better facilities for all users.

(23 Jul 2019) » More about Come visit our new Fitness Centre


The secret lives of mammals

Looking for something to do with the kids during the school holidays?

Why not take the family to the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle this summer, and have a go at identifying some of the many secretive animals with whom we share our natural environment?

MammalWeb would appreciate your help categorising some of the 640,000 photographs in its online database.

(19 Jul 2019) » More about The secret lives of mammals


Your chance to be part of Lumiere, at our John Snow College

We’re proud to be sponsoring Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival, when it returns to Durham in November 2019, and we’re very excited to announce we’ll be hosting an innovative installation at one of our Colleges.

(17 Jul 2019) » More about Your chance to be part of Lumiere, at our John Snow College


Inspiring local teachers

It’s really important to us to share our knowledge and expertise with local communities: it’s part of what we call ‘Durham for All’. So we were very pleased to recently welcome over 60 science teachers from secondary schools across the North East for a training day, organised in conjunction with the Institute of Physics.

(10 Jul 2019) » More about Inspiring local teachers


Children and local artist create ‘cosmic’ art for Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics

Why are we all here? How did the Universe begin? What is its ultimate fate? These were some of the big questions that school children, a local artist and some of our physics researchers explored when they got together to create a new piece of art for our Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.

(3 Jul 2019) » More about Children and local artist create ‘cosmic’ art for Ogden Centre


Departing students are going green to help local charities

We want to preserve Durham as a beautiful place to live, work, study and visit. That’s why we’re encouraging our students to donate belongings they no longer want to good causes, rather than throw them away, as they leave Durham for the summer.

(1 Jul 2019) » More about Departing students are going green to help local charities


Celebrating our first Community Fun Day: tell us what you thought

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make our first Community Fun Day such a wonderful success.

(28 Jun 2019) » More about Celebrating our first Community Fun Day: tell us what you thought


Meet the next generation of scientists

One of the pleasures of doing science outreach work in North East schools is that we get to meet so many inspiring young people – the world-changers of the future.

So it was our pleasure to honour the next generation of scientists at our annual Durham Schools’ Physicist of the Year awards.

(28 Jun 2019) » More about Meet the next generation of scientists


A year in review: the Vice-Chancellor's highlights of 2018/19

As the 2018/19 academic year draws to a close, Professor Stuart Corbridge, our Vice-Chancellor, shares some of his highlights.

(27 Jun 2019) » More about A year in review: the Vice-Chancellor's highlights of 2018/19


Could you help out at Lumiere?

We’re proud to be a major partner for Lumiere, the UK’s biggest light festival, which is returning to Durham in November.

(26 Jun 2019) » More about Could you help out at Lumiere?


Technician Ian is a real lifesaver

We’re proud of the positive contribution our staff make to their local communities, and we want to support them to do this however possible.

So we’re very pleased to congratulate Ian Garrett, an electrical technician in our Engineering Department, on receiving an ‘above and beyond’ award from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) Trust.

(21 Jun 2019) » More about Technician Ian is a real lifesaver


Dementia-friendly art workshops at Oriental Museum

We want our museums and attractions to be accessible to, and enjoyed by, all.

So we’re really pleased to be starting dementia-friendly art workshops at our Oriental Museum.

(20 Jun 2019) » More about Dementia-friendly art workshops at Oriental Museum


Running mates: how we’re supporting Durham City Run Festival

We love helping to put on events that the whole City can enjoy, and we see it as part of our role to enable our staff, students and neighbours to pursue healthy lifestyles.

(14 Jun 2019) » More about Running mates: how we’re supporting Durham City Run Festival


Student musicians perform new work written by school children

Student musicians will join local school children to perform a new classical music piece the children helped compose.

(14 Jun 2019) » More about Student musicians perform new work written by school children


Your chance to unearth our shared religious heritage

From Stone Age rock art to Durham Cathedral, the North East of England has a religious heritage to rival anywhere in the world.

(13 Jun 2019) » More about Your chance to unearth our shared religious heritage


Chinese treasures on show, thanks to refugee of Nazi regime

Priceless Chinese art is to go on show at one of our museums, in memory of a generous philanthropist who fled the Nazi regime.

(11 Jun 2019) » More about Chinese treasures on show, thanks to refugee of Nazi regime


Be among first to see new historical finds

You can be among the first to see re-discovered Bronze Age artefacts at a new exhibition.

(10 Jun 2019) » More about Be among first to see new historical finds


Construction of new Colleges progressing well

As we grow the University, we want more of our students to live in Colleges, where they can benefit from a mixed community and dedicated support.

(6 Jun 2019) » More about Construction of new Colleges progressing well


A Word On... having much to be thankful for

Hannah Shepherd, our Community Liaison Officer, reflects on her first year in post and looks ahead to what’s to come. 

(3 Jun 2019) » More about A Word On... having much to be thankful for


Durham’s medieval defences discovered under Assembly Rooms Theatre

What would you expect to find hidden under a centuries-old theatre?

Archaeologists excavating our Assembly Rooms Theatre believe they have found parts of a medieval defensive wall for Durham’s inner Bailey. The structure was demolished around the late 16th Century and was previously thought to have completely disappeared.

(29 May 2019) » More about Durham’s medieval defences discovered under Assembly Rooms Theatre


Investing in our shared infrastructure

It’s really important to us that as we grow the University, we do so in a way that preserves and enhances our City as a great place to live, work, study and visit.

(29 May 2019) » More about Investing in our shared infrastructure


Planning permission granted for infrastructure improvements

The safety of our staff, students, visitors, and the public is very important to us.

That’s why we are proposing to invest over £8 million in improving pedestrian, cycling and road user movement around the University.

We’re very pleased that Durham County Council granted planning permission for this project in July 2019, and we now hope to begin work on site in autumn 2019.

For more information on the project, please click here. 

(29 May 2019)


Planning permission granted for infrastructure improvements

The safety of our staff, students, visitors, and the public is very important to us.

That’s why we are proposing to invest over £8 million in improving pedestrian, cycling and road user movement around the University.

We’re very pleased that Durham County Council granted planning permission for this project in July 2019, and we now hope to begin work on site in autumn 2019.

For more information on the project, please click here. 

(29 May 2019)


‘Her World, Her Rules’ – supporting schoolgirl basketball

We’re passionate about inspiring young people in sport – we believe it not only helps children lead healthy and active lives, but also can have many other benefits for personal development.

(23 May 2019) » More about ‘Her World, Her Rules’ – supporting schoolgirl basketball


Theatre, art, music and more on offer as summer approaches

There is much to look forward to and get involved with as summer arrives. Professor Stuart Corbridge, our Vice-Chancellor, picks out some highlights.

(23 May 2019) » More about Theatre, art, music and more on offer as summer approaches


An ‘out of this world’ opportunity – meet astronaut Michael Foale

Have you ever dreamed of space walking? Or seeing Planet Earth out of the window, from thousands of miles up?

Here’s your chance to meet someone who’s done it all.

(16 May 2019) » More about An ‘out of this world’ opportunity – meet astronaut Michael Foale


Pop to the pub for a 'Pint of Science'

Fancy a Pint of Science? Why not head down to your local and learn about quantum computers, nuclear threats, or great ape emotions?

(16 May 2019) » More about Pop to the pub for a 'Pint of Science'


First for England as science course taught in prison

A Durham academic has been teaching science to prison inmates, in what is believed to be a first for England.

(15 May 2019) » More about First for England as science course taught in prison


Opera star to perform with students at Durham Cathedral

Sir Thomas Allen will perform popular hits from films and musicals at Durham Cathedral next month.

(14 May 2019) » More about Opera star to perform with students at Durham Cathedral


Durham Cathedral window unveiled in memory of popular student

A new window has been unveiled at Durham Cathedral in memory of Sara Pilkington, who died while studying with us in 2012.

(13 May 2019) » More about Durham Cathedral window unveiled in memory of popular student


Summer in the City Festival to showcase Durham’s best theatre, music and art

The first Summer in the City Festival is taking place in Durham throughout June, celebrating the best of the City’s theatre, music and art.

(13 May 2019) » More about Summer in the City Festival launched


Lighting up Durham, as Lumiere festival returns

We’re proud to announce that we’re going to be a major partner of the tenth anniversary edition of Lumiere, when the UK’s biggest light festival returns to Durham in November 2019.

(9 May 2019) » More about Lighting up Durham, as Lumiere festival returns


Take a walk on the Wild side with new exhibition

Nature-lovers of all ages can explore how animals have adapted to survive and thrive in the varied environments of the British Isles at a new exhibition at Palace Green Library.

(7 May 2019) » More about Take a walk on the Wild side with new exhibition


Celebrate Buddha’s Birthday at the Oriental Museum

Everyone is invited to celebrate Buddha’s Birthday at our Oriental Museum on Saturday 18 May.

(3 May 2019) » More about Celebrate Buddha’s Birthday at the Oriental Museum


Exhibition explores soldiers’ experiences of returning home

We’re helping to organise a new exhibition exploring what it was like for soldiers returning home from war.

(30 Apr 2019) » More about Exhibition explores soldiers’ experiences of returning home


Working together to benefit Durham

Professor Stuart Corbridge, our Vice-Chancellor, writes on how we're working with Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) for the benefit of the City we share. 

(26 Apr 2019) » More about Working together to benefit Durham


Children enjoy a fun and active Easter at our holiday camps

Over 200 children have enjoyed a fun and active Easter at our ever-popular holiday camps.

(18 Apr 2019) » More about Children enjoy a fun and active Easter at our holiday camps


Keeping our riverbanks clean and tidy

Staff, students and local residents have joined forces to tidy up our beautiful riverbanks.

(15 Apr 2019) » More about Keeping our riverbanks clean and tidy


Remembering Prof John Clarke

An oak tree has been planted in memory of Professor John Clarke, who helped establish Teikyo University of Japan in Durham. 

(10 Apr 2019) » More about Remembering Prof John Clarke


Inspiring school students in our science labs

Over 800 secondary school students from across the North East tried hands-on science at our Schools’ Science Festival 2019.

(8 Apr 2019) » More about Inspiring school students in our science labs


Student Social Entrepreneurs reach National Competition for Local Projects

Enactus Durham, a student organisation which works within the community to develop social enterprise projects, has been successful at the regional Enactus competition, qualifying for the National competition which will take place on 8-9 April in London.

(5 Apr 2019) » More about Student Social Entrepreneurs reach National Competition for Local Projects


Helping women in 'Period Poverty'

Our staff and students have donated an incredible 15,100 sanitary products to help tackle Period Poverty in North East England.

(4 Apr 2019) » More about Helping women in 'Period Poverty'


Computing students help local charities

Some of our Computer Science students have been using their newly acquired skills to help local charities.

(2 Apr 2019) » More about Computing students help local charities


Your chance to study with Durham University – for free

Professor Stuart Corbridge, our Vice-Chancellor, explores an exciting opportunity through which local residents can learn about one of our most exciting research projects, free of charge.

(28 Mar 2019) » More about Your chance to study with Durham University – for free


Maiden Castle tournament brings people together through sport

Nearly 100 young people enjoyed a charity football tournament that we hosted at Maiden Castle.

(22 Mar 2019) » More about Maiden Castle tournament brings people together through sport


Cutting back on single use plastics

We’re reducing our impact on the environment by cutting out single use plastics.

(15 Mar 2019) » More about Cutting back on single use plastics


Celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi at the Oriental Museum

Students and community volunteers will spring in to action to help celebrate the spectacular Hindu festival of Holi at Durham University’s Oriental Museum.

(13 Mar 2019) » More about Celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi at the Oriental Museum


Children enjoy free activities programme

We’re currently running a free activities programme for nearly 50 children with limited social opportunities.

(8 Mar 2019) » More about Children enjoy free activities programme


A word on… house parties and noise

In the first of a series of blog posts, our Community Liaison Officer Hannah Shepherd tackles nuisance noise – and what to do about it.

(5 Mar 2019) » More about A word on… house parties and noise


First for North East England, as specialist science classroom opens

We're supporting a new specialist classroom designed to nurture pupil-led scientific investigation across six primary schools.

(5 Mar 2019) » More about First for North East England, as specialist science classroom opens


Standing together against hate crime

We’ve pledged our support for a new campaign to tackle hate crime in County Durham and Darlington.

(4 Mar 2019) » More about Standing together against hate crime


Preserving and enhancing the City we share

Professor Stuart Corbridge, our Vice-Chancellor, writes on our lived environment initiative: how we are working to preserve and enhance the City we all share.

(28 Feb 2019) » More about Preserving and enhancing the City we share


Enabling our volunteers to make a difference

Our student volunteering programmes have been praised in an independent assessment, receiving Investing in Volunteers UK Quality status for the third time.

(26 Feb 2019) » More about Enabling our volunteers to make a difference


Student fashion show raises £150,000 for charity

A student fashion show has raised a record-breaking £150,000 for the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), shedding light on the environmental and human impact of the fast fashion industry.

(22 Feb 2019) » More about Student fashion show raises £150,000 for charity


Public Consultation to be held on proposals for a new £70m home for Durham University Business School at Elvet Waterside

Durham University is planning to relocate its internationally–accredited, Top 50 European Business School from Mill Hill Lane to the heart of Durham City on Elvet Waterside.

(21 Feb 2019) » More about Public Consultation to be held on proposals for a new £70m home for Durham University Business School at Elvet Waterside


Students, artists and local residents explore climate change

An art exhibition bringing together students, local artists and Durham residents will open at our Ustinov College next weekend (Saturday 2 March).

(21 Feb 2019) » More about Students, artists and local residents explore climate change


Teaching archaeology in care homes - older people are often the best students

Professor Charlotte Roberts, from our Department of Archaeology, believes that learning isn’t the preserve of young people - giving older people a chance to learn new things can help them live more fulfilling lives. 

(19 Feb 2019) » More about Teaching archaeology in care homes


Looking back over a year in the community

It's now a year since we launched these Community web pages, so we thought we'd look back and pick out some of the highlights. Click here to browse our Flickr album of 2018/19.

(15 Feb 2019)


Celebrate Lunar New Year at our Oriental Museum

We’d love you to join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year with a Lantern Festival at our Oriental Museum on Tuesday 19 February.

(11 Feb 2019) » More about Celebrate Lunar New Year at our Oriental Museum


Try your hand at criminology and sociology during our Sociology in Action Week

In just a few years, “fake news” has gone from being a term little known or used to being Collins Dictionary’s Word of the Year for 2017.

(8 Feb 2019) » More about Try your hand at criminology and sociology during our Sociology in Action Week


Coaches and students help make local rowing event a big splash

Coaches and students from our rowing club helped make an annual training event for local teams the biggest and best it’s been for several years.

(4 Feb 2019) » More about Coaches and students help make local rowing event a big splash


World premiere: The Life of St Cuthbert, at Durham Cathedral

The world premiere of The Life of St Cuthbert, a musical journey through the life of Durham's most famous saint, takes place at Durham Cathedral on Friday 8 February, as part of Durham Vocal Festival. 

Dr Charlie Rozier, from our History department, has written a blog about his part in the project, exploring Durham's medieval history. Read his blog here

(1 Feb 2019)


Working together to find Durham solutions to global and local challenges

Professor Stuart Corbridge, our Vice-Chancellor (pictured), explores a Durham-led research project which is involving local communities, tackling a major global challenge - and has the potential to have great benefit locally.

(31 Jan 2019) » More about Working together to find Durham solutions to global and local challenges


Double success for University-supported fencing club

A fencing club that we support has achieved double success at the Active Durham Sport and Physical Activity Awards.

(30 Jan 2019) » More about Double success for University-supported fencing club


Celebrating the Year of the Pig in Chinese style

Durham is to celebrate the entry of the Year of the Pig in true Chinese style.

(28 Jan 2019) » More about Celebrating the Year of the Pig in Chinese style


Helping teachers to de-mystify studying at Durham

Close to 50 teachers and careers advisers have spent two days learning more about the University, in the hope of helping young people understand more about studying here at Durham.

(22 Jan 2019) » More about Helping teachers to de-mystify studying at Durham


Museum’s Ancient Egyptian treasures inspire new community art exhibition

A new exhibition featuring art inspired by our Ancient Egyptian treasures and created by members of a mental health charity opens soon.

(21 Jan 2019) » More about Museum’s Ancient Egyptian treasures inspire new community art exhibition


Student singers take centre stage at Durham Vocal Festival

We’re proud to be playing a key role in the Durham Vocal Festival 2019, which starts later this month.

(15 Jan 2019) » More about Student singers take centre stage at Durham Vocal Festival


Inspiring the next generation of female technology leaders

Staff and students from our Department of Computer Science have been helping primary school-age girls build websites at an event aimed at inspiring the female technology leaders of the future.

(14 Jan 2019) » More about Inspiring the next generation of female technology leaders


Durham students will be Singin’ in the rain

Students will be ‘singin’ in the rain’ this January, as they sing and dance their way into the New Year bringing the classic Hollywood musical to the stage.

(8 Jan 2019) » More about Durham students will be Singin’ in the rain


New Year message from the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Stuart Corbridge, the Vice-Chancellor, reflects on the year gone by and looks ahead to the coming months.

(4 Jan 2019) » More about New Year message from the Vice-Chancellor


Students help vulnerable adults develop skills through debating

Students have been helping vulnerable adults grow in confidence and develop life skills through a debating-based outreach programme.

(3 Jan 2019) » More about Students help vulnerable adults develop skills through debating


Staff and students give big to help good causes at Christmas

Staff and students have shown their generosity by supporting several charity appeals this Christmas.

(18 Dec 2018) » More about Staff and students give big to help good causes at Christmas


Developing student community engagement

George Walker, President of Durham Students' Union, has written about attending the first International Town & Gown Network Conference at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and how it will enhance his work developing a community engagement strategy. Read his blog here.

(17 Dec 2018)


Bright future for John Snow College, as 2019/20 location is announced

A great new home for John Snow College for 2019/20 has been announced.

(14 Dec 2018) » More about Bright future for John Snow College, as 2019/20 location is announced


Expanding our support for children’s hockey

We’ve expanded our support for the junior wing of a local hockey club.

(10 Dec 2018) » More about Expanding our support for children’s hockey


14 Days of Christmas music

Over 500 Durham student musicians and singers are delivering a jam-packed season of Christmas concerts. Until the end of term on Friday 14th December, there will be at least one performance by a Music Durham, student music ensemble on every day, at a host of venues across the city! It promises to be a festive season full of variety, with music for every taste.

(4 Dec 2018) » More about 14 Days of Christmas music


Students raise over £7,000 for charity with 24-hour football challenge

Students have raised £7,066.19 for charity by staging a 24-hour football challenge.

(3 Dec 2018) » More about Students raise over £7,000 for charity with 24-hour football challenge


Playing our part in a very Durham Christmas

Professor Stuart Corbridge, our Vice-Chancellor, explores the University's part in Durham's Christmas countdown.

(30 Nov 2018) » More about Playing our part in a very Durham Christmas


Student volunteers help children’s drama club prepare Christmas show

Student volunteers are supporting a drama club at a local community centre to prepare a special Christmas performance.

(27 Nov 2018) » More about Student volunteers help children’s drama club prepare Christmas show


Young people contest University-hosted rowing event

Around 90 young people have competed in a county-wide rowing contest at Durham University.

(20 Nov 2018) » More about Young people contest University-hosted rowing event


Football fundraiser to tackle male suicide

Collingwood College Association Football Club is staging a 24-hour football match to raise money for the Campaign Against Living Miserably, a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. Spectators and donations are welcome. Please visit www.justgiving.com and search for Collingwood College.

(16 Nov 2018)


Durham University acquires archive of world-famous philosopher Mary Midgley

Durham University’s Palace Green Library has acquired the archive of the world-famous philosopher Mary Midgley.

(15 Nov 2018) » More about Durham University acquires archive of world-famous philosopher Mary Midgley


New exhibition explores the amazing things your breath allows you to do

From singing to sports, the amazing things that breathing allows us to do are explored in a new, free exhibition at Palace Green Library this winter.

(14 Nov 2018) » More about New exhibition explores the amazing things your breath allows you to do


Schools invited to join student-run debating programme

A student-run debating programme is returning for a second year – and local schools are invited to get involved.

(13 Nov 2018) » More about Schools invited to join student-run debating programme


Charities share nearly £30,000 raised through Durham University Community Fund

Thirteen charities have received a total of nearly £30,000 through a supported giving initiative.

(7 Nov 2018) » More about Charities share nearly £30,000 raised through Durham University Community Fund


North East bakers invited to help 'soul cakes' rise again

Soul cakes, made to a 1604 recipe

Great British Bake Off may be over for another year, but North East bakers are invited to fire up their ovens in an attempt to bring one of the region’s traditions back to life.

(6 Nov 2018) » More about North East bakers invited to help 'soul cakes' rise again


'Hidden gem' with Royal heritage opens its doors

A ‘hidden gem’ church with links to the Royal family is opening to the public on a regular basis for the first time in decades.

(5 Nov 2018) » More about 'Hidden gem' with Royal heritage opens its doors


Developing a ‘Durham for All’

Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Corbridge explores how the University is sharing its facilities and expertise for the benefit of both the University and local communities.

(1 Nov 2018) » More about Developing a ‘Durham for All’


Boxing clever – how Durham University is helping adults in recovery through the ‘gentleman’s sport’

Participants in a University-run boxing programme have told how the project has aided their recovery.

(26 Oct 2018) » More about Helping adults in recovery through boxing


Diwali celebrations at the Oriental Museum

On Friday 9th November 2018, from 6-8pm, Durham University’s Oriental Museum will be celebrating Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights. 

(22 Oct 2018) » More about Diwali celebrations at the Oriental Museum


Students help young people commemorate Armistice

Three student volunteers are helping young people commemorate 100 years since the First World War ended.

(22 Oct 2018) » More about Students help young people commemorate Armistice


Play with time at Oriental Museum exhibition

Yasmin and Florence Bird experiment with the When the Dust Settles artwork

Visitors to the Oriental Museum can explore the physics and philosophy of time at a new interactive exhibition.

(19 Oct 2018) » More about Play with time at Oriental Museum exhibition


Get involved in a fun-packed festival of science

Children and families can conduct amazing experiments and create their very own inventions at Durham University’s Celebrate Science festival this October half-term. The free event offers three fun-packed days of children's events, activities, workshops and experiments.

(17 Oct 2018) » More about Get involved in a fun-packed festival of science


Student health campaigner honoured by Prime Minister

English Literature undergraduate Sophie Ainsworth, who campaigns to raise awareness of invisible illnesses in schools and education, has been honoured by the Prime Minister.

(15 Oct 2018) » More about Student health campaigner honoured by Prime Minister


Government Minister heralds our outreach work

Government minister, the Rt. Hon Damian Hinds MP, visited the University to hear about its efforts to support disadvantaged, talented, young people from North East England to go to university and flourish there.

(8 Oct 2018) » More about Government Minister heralds our outreach work


Public event: Let's make education fairer

Durham Marriott Hotel, Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3JN, Saturday 10th November, 11am to 2pm

(5 Oct 2018) » More about Public event: Let's make education fairer


Durham University students help the environment and local charities

Eco-conscious students have raised money for local charities as part of the Green Move Out scheme run by Durham University, County Durham Furniture Help Scheme (CDFHS), Durham County Council and Durham Constabulary.

(4 Oct 2018) » More about Durham University students help the environment and local charities


University’s new science training is electric for primary school teachers

Durham University has become the first university in the country to run a new training programme for primary school teachers on how to teach children about electricity. 

(3 Oct 2018) » More about University’s new science training is electric for primary school teachers


Working in partnership with our local community

Professor Stuart Corbridge, the Vice-Chancellor, discusses how the University is encouraging positive citizenship among our students.

(27 Sep 2018) » More about Working in partnership with our local community


Miniature Mountaineering at the Oriental Museum

A new exhibition will star two vintage Action Man figures, fully equipped and dressed in appropriate climbing gear, as they re-enact famous Himalayan climbs at Durham University’s Oriental Museum.

(17 Sep 2018) » More about Miniature Mountaineering at the Oriental Museum


World-leading researchers to speak at Saturday Morning Science

Some of Durham University’s world-leading scientists will seek to inspire members of the public in their chosen field when an annual series of talks returns later in September. 

(14 Sep 2018) » More about World-leading researchers to speak at Saturday Morning Science


Ustinov College celebrates first year at Sheraton Park

The University’s Ustinov College is celebrating one year since it moved to a new home at Sheraton Park.

(10 Sep 2018) » More about Ustinov's first year at Sheraton Park


Heritage Open Days: special event

Come along to the Oriental Museum on Saturday 8 September from 3pm, for a fascinating, free curator-led tour of the galleries telling the stories of the people who have donated their collections to the museum: dukes, diplomats, travellers, missionaries and many more. Booking is not required and entry is free this weekend. To celebrate this month's Heritage Open Days, entry to the museum is also free on Sunday 9 September, Saturday 15 September and Sunday 16 September.

(7 Sep 2018)


Local artists find a home at Durham University

The University is to support two local artists by welcoming them to work from its theatre.

(4 Sep 2018) » More about Local artists find a home at Durham University


Supporting young people from all backgrounds through their education journeys

Professor Stuart Corbridge, the Vice-Chancellor, writes on our commitment to supporting young people.

It has been wonderful to see the happy faces of young people collecting their A-level and GCSE results recently.

(31 Aug 2018) » More about Supporting young people from all backgrounds


State school students helped to reach university

Durham University has run two summer schools to help bright students from under-represented backgrounds reach university.

(29 Aug 2018) » More about State school students helped to reach university


600 children enjoy sixth annual Durham University summer camps

Over 500 young people aged four to 18 have enjoyed holiday camps run by Durham University this summer – and another 100 are expected for the final week of camps next week.

(23 Aug 2018) » More about 600 children enjoy sixth annual Durham University summer camps


Summer schools help young people prepare for university

Over 300 young people have taken part in Durham University summer schools aimed at helping them reach their full potential.

(14 Aug 2018) » More about Summer schools help young people prepare for university


Local charities get American help, thanks to Durham University

Two local charities have benefitted from some American support, thanks to Durham University.

(3 Aug 2018) » More about Local charities get American help, thanks to Durham University


Summer in the City

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, explores what is happening at the University over the summer.

(3 Aug 2018) » More about Summer in the City


Investing in a state-of-the-art sports facility

Work has begun on a major new sports and wellbeing facility at the University’s Maiden Castle site in the south west of the City in North East England.

(2 Aug 2018) » More about Investing in a state-of-the-art sports facility


Answering your questions

In advance of June's 'University and City: Question Time' event, the University invited members of the public to submit questions for the Vice-Chancellor.

(1 Aug 2018) » More about Answering your questions


Durham University supports local writer to develop new show

Durham University has helped a Durham-born writer return to her roots in developing her next theatre show.

(25 Jul 2018) » More about Durham University supports local writer to develop new show


Thirteen charities to benefit from Durham University Community Fund

DURHAM University and County Durham Community Foundation are joining forces to support 13 good causes in the first year of a supported giving scheme.

(24 Jul 2018) » More about Thirteen charities to benefit from Community Fund


School students explore big questions of science at Durham University

Students from two schools in North East England explored how computers mimic the human brain and the size of the Universe on a visit to Durham University. 

(19 Jul 2018) » More about School students explore big questions of science at Durham University


Durham University receives donation to provide scholarship for County Durham residents

Durham University has received a generous gift to set up a scholarship fund for prospective students living in County Durham. The Brian Cooper Scholarship Fund will provide an annual scholarship to a local student in need of financial assistance.

(16 Jul 2018) » More about Durham University receives donation to provide scholarship for County Durham residents


Harnessing innovation to tackle water challenges

Durham University researchers have worked with global, national and local companies to tackle water-related challenges as part of a major innovation festival.

(16 Jul 2018) » More about Harnessing innovation to tackle water challenges


Archaeologists reveal castle's medieval secrets

Medieval mysteries, hidden beneath the grounds of a 900-year-old British castle, have been uncovered during a major archaeological excavation.

(3 Jul 2018) » More about Archaeologists reveal castle's medieval secrets


Honouring the physicists of the future

Durham University has honoured the next generation of scientists at its annual Schools Physicist of the Year awards.

(3 Jul 2018) » More about Honouring the physicists of the future


Why and how we are growing

Professor Stuart Corbridge, the Vice-Chancellor, discusses how and why the University is growing.

(29 Jun 2018) » More about Why and how we are growing


Students honoured for science outreach

Two Durham University students have been honoured for their work to inspire communities to get involved in science.

(28 Jun 2018) » More about Students honoured for science outreach


Staff and students honoured for voluntary work

Staff and students have been honoured for their community work at the annual Durham University Volunteer Awards.

(25 Jun 2018) » More about Staff and students honoured for voluntary work


Vice-Chancellor hosts public Question Time

Durham University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Corbridge, has hosted a Question Time-style debate.

(22 Jun 2018) » More about Vice-Chancellor hosts public Question Time


Award recognises commitment to responsible drinking

The National Union of Students (NUS) has awarded Durham University and Durham Students’ Union its ‘Alcohol Impact’ accreditation.

(19 Jun 2018) » More about Award recognises commitment to responsible drinking


Durham success at charity football tournament

Congratulations to New College Durham, who were runners-up in the national KickOff@3 football tournament finals in London. 

They were up against 20 other teams, including Bishop Auckland College.

The national finals followed a regional tournament held at Durham University's Maiden Castle in March. 

(19 Jun 2018)


New Oriental Museum exhibition celebrates the birth of modern Japan

A new exhibition has opened at Durham University’s Oriental Museum. The Emperor’s New Clothes: Transforming 19th Century Japan explains how Japan transformed into the modern nation we see today during the Meiji Era (1868-1912 CE).

(19 Jun 2018) » More about New Oriental Museum exhibition celebrates the birth of modern Japan


Student honoured with environment award

A Durham University student who has dedicated her free time to arranging a two-day conference on climate change has been recognised with an environment award.

(19 Jun 2018) » More about Student honoured with environment award


Students help stage mental health charity fun run

Durham University students are helping a Durham-based mental health charity stage a 24-hour fundraising relay run.

(11 Jun 2018) » More about Students help stage mental health charity fun run


New Community Liaison Officer starts work

A new link person between Durham University and its local communities has begun work.

(7 Jun 2018) » More about New Community Liaison Officer starts work


Unleash your artistic skills at free event

Anyone who wants to have fun with arts and crafts is invited to Durham Town Hall on Thursday 14 June to learn new skills from North East creative businesses and to contribute to new community artwork.

(5 Jun 2018) » More about Unleash your artistic skills at free event


A classical start to the Durham Festival of Arts 2018

Durham Festival of Arts 2018 opened with a spectacular ‘Beyond The Realms’ concert in the City’s majestic Cathedral.

(4 Jun 2018) » More about A classical start to the Durham Festival of Arts 2018


Introducing the Durham University Community Newsletter

The University has published the first edition of a Community Newsletter.

(1 Jun 2018) » More about Introducing the Durham University Community Newsletter


Students bring the generations together

A SECOND World War veteran is learning new tricks, thanks to a Durham University project aimed at bridging the generation gap.

(1 Jun 2018) » More about Students bring the generations together


New 'super festival' to debut across Durham in celebration of the arts

For the first time this summer, a number of organisations are coming together to celebrate Durham City’s art scene, in a collaborative new festival debuting on Friday 1 June.

(31 May 2018) » More about New 'super festival' to debut across Durham in celebration of the arts


Put your questions to the Vice-Chancellor

Durham University is inviting residents, businesses and organisations to put their questions to the Vice-Chancellor.

(30 May 2018) » More about Put your questions to the Vice-Chancellor


Community work attracts national praise

DURHAM University’s hockey club won national praise for its innovative community work.

(24 May 2018) » More about Community work attracts national praise


Supporting local artists to thrive

Durham University is using its historic theatre to expand its role in supporting local artists.

(23 May 2018) » More about Supporting local artists to thrive


Durham University and Northumbrian Water sign partnership to tackle water challenges

Durham University and Northumbrian Water have joined together to help tackle water-related challenges and opportunities affecting society and the environment.

(21 May 2018) » More about Durham University and Northumbrian Water sign partnership to tackle water challenges


The Future of the University - public lecture

The final lecture in the 2017/18 IAS and University College series, ‘The Future of the University’ will be delivered by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Corbridge, on Wednesday 30 May 2018 at 8pm in the Senate Suite, University College. Attendance is on a first come, first served basis. Please contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk if you have any questions in relation to this event.

(21 May 2018) » More about The Future of the University - public lecture


Jurassic Park viewing and discussion

Watch Jurassic Park and discuss it with an animatronic dinosaur zookeeper on Monday, 4 June at 6.30pm at Ustinov College, Sheraton Park Café, Sheraton Park. There is no need to sign up and free food and drinks will be provided. For further information please email ustinov.cafesci@durham.ac.uk

(19 May 2018)


Van Mildert College - Recital

Van Mildert College is hosting a recital by three Durham University alumni (Matthew Morgan, Emily Penn and Michael Hickman) on Thursday, 31 May at 6pm. The performance, titled ‘English and Irish Treasures’ features music by Benjamin Britten, Arnold Bax, Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Butterworth, Ernest John Moeran and Hamilton Harty. Tickets to attend are £7 and are available on the door. The recital will be followed by a dinner at 7.30 pm – tickets for this are £12 per person. To book for dinner please email vm.development@durham.ac.uk.

(18 May 2018)


Community work wins international acclaim

The community outreach and volunteering work undertaken by Durham University’s Van Mildert College has been recognised as among the best of any college or university anywhere in the world.

(17 May 2018) » More about Community work wins international acclaim


Sharing community feedback to inform next steps

Durham University held its first 'University and City: Growing together' community engagement event at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham City, on Thursday 12 April. 

(14 May 2018) » More about Sharing community feedback to inform next steps


Students and schools raise £3,000 for charity with fun run

Durham University students and children from 11 schools have raised £3,000 for charity by taking part in a sponsored fun run.

(10 May 2018) » More about Students and schools raise £3,000 for charity with fun run


Northern premiere of 'Jesus Hopped The A Train'

The Assembly Rooms Theatre, in partnership with resident theatre company Elysium Theatre are thrilled to announce the northern premiere of ‘Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train.’

(9 May 2018) » More about Northern premiere of 'Jesus Hopped The A Train'


Olympic hope turns coach and mentor for younger rowers

A Durham University rowing star is helping coach and mentor young people hoping to follow in her footsteps.

(8 May 2018) » More about Olympic hope turns coach and mentor for younger rowers


Buddha’s Birthday celebrations at the Oriental Museum

Durham University’s Oriental Museum will be celebrate Buddha’s Birthday on Saturday 19 May, from 1-5pm.

(7 May 2018) » More about Buddha’s Birthday celebrations at the Oriental Museum


Douai/Ushaw 450th Anniversary Lecture

This lecture entitled 'The Restoration of the English and Welsh Seminaries in the Aftermath of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars' will be presented by the Revd Dr Peter Phillips (Diocese of Shrewsbury) at Ushaw College on Monday 21 May. More information and online registration is available here.

(4 May 2018)


Universities combine in £3.9m scheme to connect businesses with research

The North East’s universities are joining forces under a £3.9m scheme to connect the region’s businesses with research to encourage growth and job creation.

(3 May 2018) » More about Universities combine in £3.9m scheme to connect businesses with research


Celebrate Japanese Children's Day

Saturday 5 May, 1pm to 3pm
Oriental Museum

Celebrate Japanese Children's Day, make a cool carp banner, dress up in our fantastic array of kimonos and post some selfies.

Advice for parents and caregivers:

  • Drop in (any time between 1pm and 3 pm) unless otherwise stated.
  • This activity is included in the Museum admission price and is generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11.
  • Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

(2 May 2018)


Durham Festival of the Arts

DFoA is back for its fourth year, bigger and better than ever! With events celebrating music, theatre, and artistic excellence in Durham there is truly something for everyone. The festival will run from Friday, 1 June until Monday, 25 June and will encompass 14 music concerts, 14 theatre productions, a black box series, performance workshops, community masterclasses, an art and photography exhibition and so much more! Led by students, this year there is more for the local community to get involved in than ever before, so please head to the website to find out all about what’s on offer and plan your DFoA adventure.

(30 Apr 2018)


Durham student wins national award for volunteering

A DURHAM University student who has devoted many hours to helping young people enjoy sport and physical activity has won a national award for her volunteering.

(30 Apr 2018) » More about Durham student wins national award for volunteering


Arty Crafty Durham

Would you like to learn a new craft or skill, taught for free by one of the North East's artists or craftspeople? Could you help a creative business to develop and refine their craft workshop ideas? The Creative Fuse North East project at Durham University has brought together artists, creatives and craftspeople who are looking to develop new ideas and want some feedback on their work. Please read on for booking arrangements.

(29 Apr 2018) » More about Arty Crafty Durham


Language courses available this summer

The Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish this summer. All are open to staff, students and members of the public. A range of levels is available, offering the opportunity to start learning a language as a beginner, or to develop your existing language skills. Please see the website for full details of days, times and fees.

(29 Apr 2018)


Consultation begins on three estates projects

Durham University and Durham County Council have begun consultation on three estates projects proposed for Durham City.

(27 Apr 2018) » More about Consultation begins on three estates projects


Artists invited to showcase work at new festival

A new visual arts festival is coming to Durham – and artists from North East England are being invited to get involved.

(25 Apr 2018) » More about Artists invited to showcase work at new festival


Reducing our impact on the environment

Durham University has become the first university in the North of England – and the second in the UK – to join a new campaign aimed at reducing plastic waste.

(25 Apr 2018) » More about Reducing our impact on the environment


Julian Trevelyan Piano Recital

Trevelyan College is delighted to present a Piano Recital by Julian Trevelyan taking place on the evening of Wednesday 25 April at the Concert Hall in the Department of Music. Julian will be performing pieces by Byrd, Toppett, Granados, Ravel, Chopin and Mozart. The proceeds raised will go to support the experience and development opportunities for students of Trevelyan College with the assistance of the Trevelyan College Trust. Doors open at 7pm with the performance commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12.00 (Main Floor) and £5.00 (Gallery – available to students only). Please visit here to purchase your tickets.

(20 Apr 2018)


Seminar shows value of arts and heritage to North East England

The role of the arts and heritage in supporting the economy and life of North East England will be explored at a seminar.

(20 Apr 2018) » More about Seminar shows value of arts and heritage to North East England


Musicon Concert Series 2017/2018

Come along on Tuesday 24 April at 7.30pm to the final concert of the current Musicon series at Durham Town Hall for the return of the highly popular Brodsky Quartet. Tickets are priced at only £10 and £4 for students, and can be purchased from the World Heritage Visitor Centre, or online at www.musicdurham.org/musicon.

(19 Apr 2018)


Supporting young women to row for the top

Durham University is helping local schoolgirls achieve their rowing ambitions.

(18 Apr 2018) » More about Supporting young women to row for the top


Hundreds of children enjoy Durham University holiday camps

Over 200 children aged four to 16 have enjoyed Easter Holiday Camps run by students from Durham University.

(16 Apr 2018) » More about Hundreds of children enjoy Durham University holiday camps


University reaffirms commitment to community engagement

Durham University has reaffirmed its commitment to working with partners and neighbours, following a productive first community engagement event.

(13 Apr 2018) » More about University reaffirms commitment to community engagement


'Give Sita a Better Life' - fundraising campaign

In 2016 one of the English Language Centre's pre-sessional teachers, Sita Gartry, was involved in a life-changing road accident whilst cycling to work. Sita now lives with significant brain damage and physical impairment. Sita's family have set up a fundraising page which explains how you can donate and help buy a specially adapted vehicle for Sita, and help to fund a garage conversion to create a respite area with a bed and space for her essential medical equipment. The pre-sessional team and Josephine Butler college are working together to organise further fundraising efforts this summer.

(12 Apr 2018)


KOSMICA: Ethereal Things art exhibition

Spectacular images - created by our Institute for Computational Cosmology - of the cosmos will form part of the KOSMICA: Ethereal Things art exhibition at the new Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland, this weekend (14-15 April). A collaboration between scientists, artists and musicians, the event will explore the human connection with particle physics and the physics of the Universe through experiments, performances, music and poetry. Find out more here.

(12 Apr 2018)


Public Consultation to take place for three estates projects

Durham University and Durham County Council are holding a joint public consultation event on three estate projects proposed for Durham City

The University is inviting staff, students, residents and businesses to view and comment on proposals for a new Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building, and an Infrastructure project designed to improve pedestrian and movement for road users around both the University and the City.

(11 Apr 2018) » More about Public Consultation to take place for three estates projects


Conference: 450 Years Pioneering Catholic Education: Past, Present, Future

Ushaw College will celebrate the 450th anniversary of the founding of the English College at Douai with a conference entitled '450 Years Pioneering Catholic Education: Past, Present, Future'. The conference will take place Monday, 30 April and Tuesday, 1 May at Ushaw College. Speakers include Professor Eamon Duffy and HE Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi. Click here for more information.

(6 Apr 2018)


Language courses available this summer

The Centre for Foreign Language Study is offering courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish this summer. All are open to staff, students and members of the public. A range of levels is available, offering the opportunity to start learning a language as a beginner, or to develop your existing language skills. Please see the website for full details of days, times and fees.

(6 Apr 2018)


North East universities unite to boost regional economy

Durham University is leading a new project which will see the North East’s universities join forces to commercialise research and boost the region’s economy, with £4.9m in Government funding from the Connecting Capability Fund (CCF).

(29 Mar 2018) » More about North East universities unite to boost regional economy


Sixty young people enjoy charity football tournament at Durham University

Sixty young people have enjoyed a charity football tournament at Durham University.

Boys and girls aged 15 to 17 travelled from across North East England for the KickOff@3 seven-a-side charity football tournament, which was held at the University’s Maiden Castle sports complex on Thursday 29 March.

(29 Mar 2018) » More about Sixty young people enjoy charity football tournament at Durham University


Durham Singers in concert at Ushaw College

In their Passiontide programme, the Durham Singers interpret works by composers from two very different worlds using the power of music to help us contemplate the end of life and whatever may lie beyond. The concert will take place on Saturday, 24 March at 7.30pm in the St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw College. Tickets are £12; students and under-25s £8; children 13 and under will get free entry.

From the Italian baroque, they sing deeply expressive settings by Domenico Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater, a medieval poem about Jesus's mother as she stands at the foot of the cross watching her son die; and Antonio Lotti’s Crucifixus, an exquisite 8-part gem, full of anguished harmonies depicting Christ's crucifixion.

In contrast to the lavish Italian outpourings of grief, there will be Hubert Parry's six Songs of Farewell, where he contemplates his own life as it is drawing to an end, but the music is also coloured by the tragedies of the First World War. These deeply personal and introspective songs, written in the last few years of his life, are very different to the ceremonial music that we often associate with him.

(26 Mar 2018)


Durham University invites residents to help shape future growth

Durham University is inviting residents, businesses and organisations to help shape its future growth.

(15 Mar 2018) » More about Durham University invites residents to help shape future growth


Durham World Heritage Site Lecture Series 2018

Chris Woodley-Stewart, Director of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, will give the lecture entitled 'The North Pennines Geopark - Durham's nearest neighbour in the UNESCO designated sites of the UK' on Thursday, 15 March at 6pm in room PG20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green. The lecture is free to attend, however places are limited. Please confirm your attendance by emailing raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk.

(12 Mar 2018)


New tour highlights the 'hidden women' at the Oriental Museum

The Oriental Museum launched a new tour around the galleries, highlighting the ‘hidden women’ in the museum’s collections on Thursday, 8 March. It was International Women's Day and 2018 also marks one hundred years since the first women gained the right to vote in the United Kingdom. Numerous events and exhibitions are taking place across the country to commemorate this momentous moment in British history. The Oriental Museum is celebrating this anniversary by highlighting some of the often overlooked women from around the world represented in the displays. The self-guided tour will be available until 21 December. Visitors can pick up a guide at the museum front desk.

(9 Mar 2018) » More about New tour highlights the 'hidden women' at the Oriental Museum


Durham University offers free skills workshops for the North East’s artistic, craft and creative businesses

Creative businesses across County Durham and the wider North East are invited to take advantage of a programme of free business development and support workshops, hosted by academics from Durham University, this spring.

(6 Mar 2018) » More about Durham University offers free skills workshops for the North East’s artistic, craft and creative businesses


Celebrate Holi at the Oriental Museum

Families are invited to join the colourful spectacle of celebrating Holi, the Indian Spring Festival, at Durham University’s Oriental Museum this Saturday 3 March but this week’s snow has forced a few changes.

(2 Mar 2018) » More about Celebrate Holi at the Oriental Museum


Durham University Classical Ensemble presents: Evolutions and Revolutions

The University’s only orchestra dedicated to baroque and classical music will be performing Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, Bach’s Concerto for Oboe d’Amore in A major, Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in D minor and more. This exciting line-up is an exploration of genre, an exhibition of style, and a display of shared passion. The concert will take place on Wednesday, 7 March at 7.30pm in the Music Department at Palace Green. Tickets, which are between £4 - £7.50 are available here.

(2 Mar 2018)


Importance of Being Earnest

Experience Durham isthrilled to announce the re-commencing of a staff play this year. Wilde’s ‘Importance of Being Earnest’ will take place in early May in The Assembly Rooms Theatre. Rehearsals will be once a week at Elvet Riverside. No experience is necessary just enthusiasm and a sense of fun! If you are interested in being involved Experience Durham is currently looking for actors, producers, technicians, stage management and costumes. If you would like to get involved please email theatre.manager@durham.ac.uk by Monday 5 March for more information and audition information.

(2 Mar 2018)


Tampon and Towel Donation Drive 2018

In recognition of International Women’s Day on Thursday, 8 March, members of staff from the PVC Colleges & Student Experience Office are working in partnership with staff and students across the University in organising a Tampon & Towel Donation Drive for homeless and vulnerable women in the North East. There are over 30 donation drop off points across the University from Monday, 5 March – Friday, 9 March. For further information including the list of donation drop off points please visit here.

(2 Mar 2018)


Hubert Parry – 100th Anniversary Concert at Durham Cathedral on Saturday 10 March

2018 is the 100th centenary of the death of Hubert Parry, arguably one of Britain’s most iconic and influential composers. To mark the occasion Durham University and Durham Cathedral are presenting a celebratory concert of his music on Saturday 10 March, 7.30pm at Durham Cathedral. Participants include Durham University Orchestral Society and Choral Society, Durham Cathedral Choir, Durham County Youth Choir and the Durham Cathedral Consort of Singers. 

(28 Feb 2018) » More about Hubert Parry – 100th Anniversary Concert at Durham Cathedral on Saturday 10 March


Environment Week 2018

Monday, 26 February sees the start of Environment Week with many activities, events and competitions for everyone. Throughout the week staff and students are encouraged to get involved and visit the different environmental stalls and talks with representatives about sustainability, reducing food waste, recycling, travelling by public transport, walking, cycling, volunteering in biodiversity activities and much more. A full schedule is available on the Greenspace Environment Week website.

More about Environment Week 2018

(23 Feb 2018)


Film screening

Jennifer Brea is an active Harvard PhD student about to marry the love of her life when suddenly her body starts failing her. Hoping to shed light on her strange symptoms, Jennifer grabs a camera and films the darkest moments unfolding before her eyes as she is derailed by M.E. (commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), a mysterious illness some still believe is 'all in your head'. The screening of the film will take place in the Department of Psychology on Wednesday, 14 March with the doors opening at 5.45pm. For further details and to book please visit here.

(23 Feb 2018)


Young future hockey stars get a masterclass from University top team

Young potential World Cup winners were treated to a special hockey skills clinic and tournament, hosted by Durham University’s Hockey Club.

(23 Feb 2018) » More about Young future hockey stars get a masterclass from University top team


Do you have a creative business on the side or know someone who has?

Durham University is launching a programme of support for the region’s artists and creative businesses as part of the Creative Fuse North East (CFNE) project. If you are a creative or digital practitioner or business, why not sign up for the first of a series of creative workshops? Inspire-a-thon, will help you channel your creativity to generate new ideas or products for your business. It will take place on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 between 9:30am-4pm at Ushaw College. Lunch is included. For more information, contact Alistair Brown (alistair.brown@durham.ac.uk) or Ladan Cockshut (t.l.cockshut@durham.ac.uk) on +44 (0)191 334 0471. 

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(19 Feb 2018)


Unwanted bicycles urgently required

Do you have a bicycle that you no longer use that could be donated for reuse? The University works closely with Recyke y’Bike, a local charity, to encourage students and staff to cycle around the city. They refurbish unwanted bicycles and would appreciate any donations. So if you have an unwanted bike lurking in your shed or garage, please dig it out and take it down to the Durham Recyke y’Bike store at 25 North Road, Durham DH1 4SG (open Wednesday-Saturday between 10am-5pm) where it can be refurbished and sold on.

(19 Feb 2018)


Student Volunteers take part in national event

From 19 to 25 February, Durham University students will take part in Student Volunteering Week 2018, a nationwide initiative that encourages university students to volunteer within their local communities. 

Students have a fantastic chance to learn new skills, improve post-graduate job prospects, and give something of value back to the local community – all as part of Student Volunteering Week 2018.

(16 Feb 2018) » More about Student Volunteers take part in national event


Durham University invites residents to help shape future growth

Durham University is inviting staff, students, residents, businesses and organisations to help shape its future growth. Find out more here

(7 Feb 2018)