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CSDLP partners webinar on 'Decoding the IPCC for Lawyers'

The CSDLP are delighted to share the recording of the webinar on 'Decoding the IPCC for Lawyers' that was organised by our partners at CIL/NUS, thank you for organising an inspiring conversation!
decoding IPCC CIL NUS

Two new articles by Karen Kilby

Two new articles from Karen Kilby on her visit to a drought-hit East Africa.
Karen Kilby

Celebrate Chinese Language Day with Ethnomusicologist Dr Samuel Horlor

April 20 is Chinese Language Day, one of a series of Language Days selected by the United Nations to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. Dr Samuel Horlor, a Teaching Fellow in Ethnomusicology in our Music Department, discusses his research on Chinese popular music with a particular focus on audiency, street music, and music's embeddedness in everyday urban life.
Chinese street musicians

Thinking about Earth Day every day

This week marks Earth Day (22 April), an awareness day which focuses the world to consider its impact on the Earth and encourage further investment in our planet.
A series of images including an otter, bee and sunflower, children interacting with a puffin, wind turbine, and helium

Employees adapt better to career transitions if they feel connected to the company

Employees are much better at adapting to career transitions in their company if they feel a connection from the very beginning.
Small group of people with a mixed age range sitting around a table in a café

Vice-Chancellor calls for higher education funding reform

The UK funding model for higher education should be changed to support students’ financial needs and the future viability of the sector, our Vice-Chancellor has said.
Professor Karen O'Brien speaking at a Policy Exchange debate

Professor Daniel L Newman appears on ‘The Ancestors’ Dining Tables' documentary series

Professor Daniel L. Newman has taken part in a six part documentary on the History of Medieval Arab food.
Colourful photograph of baskets of spices

Celebrating international connections with the Canadian High Commissioner

We had a great opportunity to celebrate our connections with Canada last week as we welcomed the Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom to Durham. The Honourable Ralph E. Goodale has been in post since April 2021 and was joined on the visit by Laura Lumsden, First Secretary (Trade) at the Canadian High Commission in London, whose remit includes education.

Light-bending gravity reveals one of the biggest black holes ever found

A team of astronomers, led by Dr James Nightingale from our Department of Physics, has discovered one of the biggest black holes ever found by taking advantage of a phenomenon called gravitational lensing.
biggest black hole ever found

Durham strengthens ties with twinned Ukrainian university

The war in Ukraine remains of immense concern to us all. Today (March 29) marks the one-year anniversary of the UK-Ukraine Twinning Initiative, under which we are twinned with Ukrainian university Zaporizhzhia National University (ZNU).
Ukraine flag and logos for Durham and ZNU universities

Durham Law School PhD Candidate Yaoqi Zheng listed as expert on World Bank website

The World Bank has listed Yaoqi Zheng on their website as an expert since she contributed their 2023 annual report.
DLS PhD Candidate Yaoqi Zheng listed as expert on World Bank website

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

The Department of Archaeology is proud to announce that we have been ranked 10th in the world for archaeology.
Logo for the QS University Rankings
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Research Impact at Durham

Read about our Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 impact case studies.

Impact Case Studies
Korean drummers playing at the Oriental Museum

Global Culture

Interested in how the cultural activities of Durham's staff and student bodies enrich life worldwide? Head to the Global Culture page to find out.

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