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Santander supports Durham students

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We are delighted that nine of our students have been granted places on the Santander Black Inclusion program, a new online learning experience for up to 3,000 university students and recent graduates from a Black and Black Mixed Ethnicity background across the UK.

(5 May 2021) » More about Santander supports Durham students


The Durham MBA (Online) climbs in QS global ranking

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The Durham MBA (Online) has been placed 4th in the UK, 7th in Europe and 11th in the world, in the QS Online MBA Rankings 2021. Now in its 10th year, the ranking lists the 57 best online MBA programmes at business schools around the world. Criteria judged includes class profiles, employability, academic reputation, and class experience.

Rising up one place in the UK from 2020, two places in Europe and five globally, the result shows the strength of our programme and the excellent collaboration it allows to take place across different time zones, with the flexibility to fit studies around busy lives.

(27 Apr 2021) » More about The Durham MBA (Online) climbs in QS global ranking


Ustinov College marks the centenary of its namesake

On 16 April 2021, Ustinov College is marking what would have been the 100th birthday of the late Sir Peter Ustinov, former Durham University Chancellor and namesake of Ustinov College.

(15 Apr 2021) » More about Ustinov College marks the centenary of its namesake


Unearthing England in your own time

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From Hadrian’s Wall to urban Tyneside, our Archaeology Department have access to some of the best historical sites in the UK right on our doorstep. These last few months, they’ve been working incredibly hard to ensure that these remain accessible to all.

(14 Apr 2021) » More about Unearthing England in your own time


New Master of Energy Systems Management

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We’re pleased to announce we have launched a new Master of Energy Systems Management (MESM) programme today, starting in September 2021.

The one year full-time programme, will be taught by the Business School, and the Department of Engineering, in partnership with the Durham Energy Institute. We plan to introduce a part-time online and blended option for the following academic year.

(31 Mar 2021) » More about New Master of Energy Systems Management


Our VR Labs

Our Archaeology team has worked with Danish company Labster, to make a series of interactive, virtual labs available for students to hone their hands on skills.

(31 Mar 2021) » More about Our VR Labs


New support for students with a disability

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Our Disability Support Service has developed exciting new initiatives since the start of the pandemic to help our students access the support they need.

(30 Mar 2021) » More about New support for students with a disability


Levelling Up Launches

A new programme has launched at Durham University, aiming to open up access to STEM subjects for students across our region and beyond.

(26 Mar 2021) » More about Levelling Up Launches


Highly Commended in Green Gown Awards

Durham University has been Highly Commended at the Green Gown Awards in the Student Engagement category, for our innovative Green Move Out campaign.

(25 Mar 2021) » More about Highly Commended in Green Gown Awards


Durham graduate launches new film set in the city.

Recent History graduate Ed Whelan, 23, is celebrating the release of his first feature film – ‘Audition’ set in Durham. 

(24 Mar 2021) » More about Durham graduate launches new film set in the city.


Have you received your bone delivery?

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Our innovative archaeology team has been working hard these last few months, delivering packs of bones to students to facilitate temporary ‘living room labs’.

(22 Mar 2021) » More about Have you received your bone delivery?


Civic Trust win for the Teaching and Learning Centre

Our Teaching and Learning Centre has been recognised as a Highly Commended Winner at the Civic Trust Awards 2021.

(19 Mar 2021) » More about Civic Trust win


Been feeling creative during lockdown?

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Our ‘virtual crafting retreats’ have been offering solace to staff and students wanting a break from academia.

(18 Mar 2021) » More about Been feeling creative during lockdown?


MBA Alumna wins prestigious Study UK award

Christel Adamou, Durham MBA alumna, who is currently Director of the Office of Professional Conduct at the Asian Development Bank, has received the Study UK Europe Professional Achievement Award 2021. This award recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership in their professional field.

(18 Mar 2021) » More about MBA Alumna wins prestigious Study UK award


Music Durham – Bring a community together stitch by stitch.

Thursday 8 March is University Mental Health Day, so provides the perfect opportunity to highlight the latest project from the student-led welfare team of Music Durham. Their latest project – ‘Stitching A Quilt of Community’, is being run in collaboration with local mental health charity, Durham based the RT project. It offers a unique opportunity for students and the local community to work together to create a unique artwork in the form of a quilt.

(4 Mar 2021) » More about Music Durham – Bring a community together stitch by stitch.


New business embraces student talent

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A group of talented Durham students are at the heart of a new local business, set to launch in March 2021. Taxigoat aims to connect users to local taxi services, with founder and CEO Ross Pottenger describing the business model as ‘Just Eat meets Uber’.

(26 Feb 2021) » More about New business embraces student talent


Opening up access to Durham

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Creating an inclusive and supportive academic community is really important to us. We want to ensure that entry to university is based on merit and academic potential, not social background, ethnicity, gender or other factors. One of the ways we encourage and enable students from a wide variety of backgrounds to apply for, and go on to excel in, one of our programmes, is through our various accessprogrammes

(26 Feb 2021) » More about Opening up access to Durham


Learning the hidden secrets of Durham University

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Our on-campus classes may be on hold for now, however staff at the Durham Centre for Academic Development have lined up some innovative online opportunities for students to link up with experts and peers across the university.

(23 Feb 2021) » More about Learning the hidden secrets of Durham University


Making music across the world

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As a musician, nothing beats being able to play your music with others. The current pandemic makes that delicate choreography challenging – but not impossible – as our Music Department has shown.

(17 Feb 2021) » More about Making music across the world


Ancient art and modern history – the legacy of Lu Xun in China

Our museums may be closed for now, but why not join us online and find out how an ancient art became a tool of national resistance in China?

(11 Feb 2021) » More about Ancient art and modern history – the legacy of Lu Xun in China


The Durham MBA is top for value for money

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The Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2021 has ranked the Durham MBA (Full-time) 1st in the UK, 2nd in Europe and 6th in the world for value for money. This reveals the exceptional return on investment our full-time MBA graduates are realising, as they have seen, on average, an increase of 86% on their salaries three years after graduating with their MBA.

(9 Feb 2021) » More about The Durham MBA is top for value for money


Paving the way – innovations in Earth Sciences during a pandemic

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With our Earth Science students unable to access fieldwork sites due to ongoing restrictions, we’re taking a virtual approach to teaching this traditionally ‘hands-on’ subject. 

(8 Feb 2021) » More about Paving the way – innovations in Earth Sciences during a pandemic


The Lemonade Principle returns

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We’re pleased to say that series two of career insights podcast The Lemonade Principle has launched this week.

(8 Feb 2021) » More about The Lemonade Principle returns


Extraordinary opportunities for women in STEM

Women in STEM

Throughout history there have been pioneering women in different areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who have changed the world. Taking inspiration from them, we are delighted to announce the latest in a range of extraordinary opportunities for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at Durham.

(3 Feb 2021) » More about Opportunities for women in STEM


The Show Must Go On! Durham Drama Festival celebrates 47th Anniversary online.

Durham’s annual Drama Festival is all set to go-ahead, despite current lockdown restrictions. The Festival will run from Monday 1 – Sunday 7 February, celebrating its 47th anniversary unusually this year, with all of the performances taking place online, rather than on the stage

(1 Feb 2021) » More about The Show Must Go On! Durham Drama Festival celebrates 47th Anniversary online.


Supporting students, in the (virtual) classroom and out

We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic and studying remotely has meant a lot of change for our students. So we’re going the extra mile to support their learning and all-round wellbeing.

(29 Jan 2021) » More about Supporting students, in the (virtual) classroom and out


Archaeology … but not as we know it

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Government Covid-19 restrictions have changed the way we do a lot of things; the way we work, the way we socialise...and for our archaeology students, the way they examine bones.

(28 Jan 2021) » More about Archaeology … but not as we know it


Durham Students adapt classic horror ‘Frankenstein’ for lockdown audiences.

Two Durham student theatre companies are collaborating to create a brand-new audio animation production of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror story ‘Frankenstein’. The hour-long production will be available to stream on YouTube from 29 January – 19 February.

(28 Jan 2021) » More about Durham Students adapt classic horror ‘Frankenstein’ for lockdown audiences.


How to escape your PhD

Digital escape rooms

As of this Thursday, students have one hour to solve a puzzle to escape their PhD!

(26 Jan 2021) » More about How to escape your PhD


Celebrating a decade of international collaboration

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From cyber security to quantum science, the world today requires global innovation. That’s why we’re proud to be part of the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU), a group of seven like-minded institutions spanning three continents, aimed at sharing ideas and learning.

(25 Jan 2021) » More about Celebrating a decade of international collaboration