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Durham University

Computer Science


Saturday Morning Science

Dr. Tom Friedetzky gave the last Saturday Morning Science talk on "The power of randomness". Saturday Morning Science is a series of 27 exciting public talks from world-leading scientists across Durham University's Science departments on selected Saturdays between 28th September 2019 - 30th May 2020. The venue is the Calman Learning Centre and everyone is invited!

DurHack 2019

On 23rd–24th of November 2019, DurHack, a hackathon run by Durham University Computing Society, returned with its fourth edition, DurHack 2019, bringing together 207 students for a weekend-long programming marathon all about learning, collaboration, and innovation. During the two-day event, 46 teams participated in challenges pitched by sponsors, and also competed with Hack Western, a Canadian hackathon taking place at the same weekend, in a game of Battleship. Read more here.

Steven Bradley wins Koli 19 best paper!

Dr. Steven Bradley has won the Best Paper Award at the 19th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research for "Addressing Bias to Improve Reliability in Peer Review of Programming Coursework". Koli Calling is one of the leading international conferences dedicated to the exchange of research and practice relevant to the scholarship of teaching and learning and to education research in the computing disciplines. Learn more about it here.

Abdullah Sheikh passes Viva

We congratulate Dr. Abdullah Sheikh on passing his PhD viva! He is pictured with his supervisor Prof. Malcolm Munro and his wife and son can be seen to the other side. His wife prepared a beautiful Saudi Arabian celebratory buffet of magical treats for those passing by!

Developing our Students

On 4 November, the team from Durham University Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science Departments celebrated alongside Scott Logic, a Newcastle-based IT consultancy firm, following their generous donation of £150,000 to the University. The gift will enable the creation of two new scholarship funds. Read more here.

Auspicious times for our new building

Yesterday, Dr. Tom Friedetzky snapped our new building decorated with a double rainbow! Whether this marvellous phenomenon arose purely for our department remains unclear but Prof. Gordon Love is investigating whether it can reappear for the grand opening in 2020.

Schloss Dagstuhl: Algorithms and Complexity in Phylogenetics

Prof. Magnus Bordewich is one of four organisers of Dagstuhl Seminar 19443 which is taking place in Germany this week. The topic is "Algorithms and Complexity in Phylogenetics" of which Prof. Bordewich is a world expert. The co-organisers are Britta Dorn (Universität Tübingen), Simone Linz (University of Auckland) and Rolf Niedermeier (TU Berlin).

CS Alumnus visits the department and Receives Dunelmensis Award

On Friday 11th October we were really pleased to welcome Grey College alumnus (1988-91) Ian Ellison-Taylor to receive the University’s Dunelmenis Award. Ian is currently a “Distinguished Engineer” for Microsoft’s Hololens – based in Seattle. Ian presented a fantastic lecture to staff and students and answered questions on his journey from Grey College to Microsoft pioneer. 


“The Dunelmensis Award is given by the University’s Senate to a Durham alumnus or alumna for meritorious and exceptional service in support of the University, particularly for our institutional advancement and for enhancing the University’s reputation, nationally and internationally.”

Netflix pioneer makes $3.5M donation to Durham University

We are delighted to announce that a transformative donation of $3.5M has been received from Durham University alumnus Dr Neil Hunt, former Chief Product Officer of Netflix. Dr Hunt’s gift will be used to establish the ‘Hunt Programme’ which will provide targeted scholarship, bursary, and internship support across the Department of Computer Science and Collingwood College. See more on this story from Durham and Forbes.

Students go to Grace Hopper Celebration

This October three Durham University Computer Science students accompanied by Profs Sue Black and Alexandra Cristea, attended the Grace Hopper Celebration in Orlando Florida. The annual celebration is the largest gathering of female technologists in the world, creating a free and open space for networking, lectures, panels and discussions.

TechUP first residential weekend

TechUP first residential weekend

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TechUPWomen 2019 launched with its first residential weekend hosted by Durham University in July 2019.