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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

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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

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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


Wallace and Gromit producer funds exciting new theatre scholarship

Durham alumnus David Sproxton, co-founder of the Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations, the studios behind Wallace and Gromit, is sponsporing a brand new Scholarship to help a students with a passion for the technical aspects of theatre. 

(25 Jan 2021) » More about Wallace and Gromit producer funds exciting new theatre scholarship


World Top 40 for The Durham MBA

The Durham MBA (Full-time) has been recognised as one of the top programmes in the world by The Economist Which MBA? Ranking 2021.

(25 Jan 2021) » More about World Top 40 for The Durham MBA


Durham Alumnus scores a spot in 2020 Forbes ’30 Under 30’ list

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Whittled down from over 15,000 nominees, 2016 graduate Nathaniel Barling secured a spot in the prestigious list.

(18 Jan 2021) » More about Durham Alumnus scores a spot in 2020 Forbes ’30 Under 30’ list


New student enterprise offers valuable business experience

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Students from a broad range of backgrounds are now able to experience managing a real global investment fund, giving them skills and credentials to bolster their career prospects.

(15 Jan 2021) » More about New student enterprise offers valuable business experience


Graduates celebrate across the globe

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Thousands of our students around the world have come together virtually to graduate and join our international alumni community.

(7 Jan 2021) » More about Graduates celebrate across the globe


Top green ranking recognises environmental action

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It’s really important to us that we take good care of our environment. So we’re proud to have achieved the top ‘Platinum’ award for EcoCampus.

(6 Jan 2021) » More about Top green ranking recognises environmental action


Students adapt to remote internships

Durham University student Molly Hayward

2020 saw staff and students finding innovative ways to secure work experience and internships whilst adapting to a rapidly changing work environment.

(5 Jan 2021) » More about Students adapt to remote internships


Placement Year Conference success

In November, over 400 current undergraduate students from across the University attended a new flagship placement event, which gave all attendees the opportunity to find out more about business placement opportunities available to them.

(8 Dec 2020) » More about Placement Year Conference success


Alumna recognised as a top entrepreneur

Congratulations to Khdeija Sidi Boubacar, who Poets and Quants have named in their Masters in Management Entrepreneurs of 2020 list. Published this week, the list is made up of 20 successful entrepreneurs from leading MSc Management programmes around the world.

(23 Nov 2020) » More about Alumna recognised as a top entrepreneur


Exploring heroism in art

What comes to mind when you think of heroism? We’re looking for your inspiring artworks for our Student Art Prize 2020/21.

(6 Nov 2020) » More about Exploring heroism in art


Letter from the Minister of State for Universities to all students

Michelle Donelan MP, the Minister of State for Universities, has written a letter addressed to students at all universities regarding the new national restrictions and how these will affect students and their studies. You can read the letter here: www.durham.ac.uk/resources/coronavirus/02112010-Nationalrestrictionslettertostudents.pdf

Please remember that the Counselling Service is available help you manage any difficulties that are impacting your successful engagement with your studies and with University life.

(3 Nov 2020)


Durham Inspired – North East Scholarships programme launched as part of record donation

We want to welcome the best and brightest students with the merit and potential to succeed, regardless of their economic circumstances. 

That's one of the reasons we are delighted to announce the establishment of a major scholarships programme to enable students from low-income backgrounds in North East England to study here at Durham.

(20 Oct 2020) » More about New scholarships programme part of record donation


New programme for North East students studying STEM subjects

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Our academics are supporting North East students with studying STEM subjects and applying to university, under a new scheme.

Through ‘Levelling Up: Aspire Higher’, our experts will tutor and mentor students that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education STEM subjects, particularly Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics, as they study towards A-levels in these subjects and apply to university.

(19 Oct 2020) » More about New programme for North East students


My virtual field trip to Spain…

Durham University - Virtual Geology field trip to Spain

Although our Geology students aren’t able to visit Spain for their usual field trip right now, their tutors came up with a really innovative virtual alternative. 

(16 Oct 2020) » More about My virtual field trip to Spain…