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Durham Energy Institute

Collaborations with Mexico

Find out about what our current Mexican students think of Durham University.

Durham University’s partnership with CONACyT

Durham University currently has a large cohort of students from Mexico who are fully or partially funded through the Mexican Science and Technology Council - CONACyT. The University recently built on its general agreement with CONACyT by signing a new energy-focused agreement to deliver postgraduate training in energy at Durham University through Durham Energy Institute (DEI).

The first students coming to Durham through the energy-specific scheme arrived in October 2016, with students undertaking both masters (taught and research) and PhD in energy-related areas across a range of departments. Further students arrived in January 2017 with a new cohort due to arrive in September 2017. These postgraduate students are based across Durham University in Departments of Engineering, Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences, focusing on a range of energy issues including new and renewable Energy technologies, smart energy systems, Solar energy materials, fuel cells and batteries, waste management, and the social impacts of energy technologies.

Find out about some of our current CONACyT funded students.

Durham University Mexican Society

Durham University has its own Student Mexican Society which can be found on Facebook at This trhiving society is a place to share, celebrate and enjoy Mexican culture. !Bienvenidos!

XV Symposium of Mexican Studies and Students

Durham University will also be hosting the XV Symposium of Mexican Studies and Students 12 to 14 July 2017. The Symposium is an annual student-led multidisciplinary meeting that brings together talented researchers from all over the UK supported by the Mexican Embassy in the UK and CONACyT. Throughout fourteen years, the event has become the most relevant academic event in the United Kingdom for students and academics interested in Mexico. The Mexican Ambassador to the UK, Julián Ventura, will be opening the event.

This year’s event will hold an energy panel discussion focused on the energy reforms underway in Mexico and Mexico’s role in wider global energy transitions. Professor Jon Gluyas, Executive Director of Durham Energy Institute will be joining the panel along with Tania Songini, former Chief Financial Officer of Siemens UK, and Jose Padilla from Ernest Young’s International Tax Services Latin America Business Centre (Europe). Other high profile speakers will also be presenting at the event. The Mexican Ambassador to the UK, Julián Ventura, will be opening the event.