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Durham Energy Institute

Collaborations with Mexico

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 what our current Mexican students think of Durham University.

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 hosted the XV Symposium of Mexican Studies and Students in 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, visited Durham to open the event in his first visit outside of London in his new role.

This symposium opened with a special panel discussion focused on the Energy Reforms in Mexico recognising the huge transformations that Mexico is currently undergoing as part of these reforms and exploring where Mexico needs to focus next. The panel was organised with the help of Durham Energy Institute (DEI) and was introduced by the UK Ambassador for Mexico.

The high profile international panel was chaired by Professor Jon Gluyas, Director of Durham Energy Institute, who has had 28 years experience working in the Oil and Gas sector. The panel consisted of Chris Sladen, President of BP Mexico; Tania Songini, Formerly Chief Financial Officer for Siemens UK and now at Thrive Renewables; Jose Padilla, from Ernest Young Latin America Business Centre (Europe).

Mexican Ambassador (center back) and Head of BP Mexico (back left) with student organisers and senior academics from Durham and UNAM