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Partnerships with Europe

Projects with our European partners range from Childhood Competence Development to Death & Demographics with Tuebingen and from Studying the rapid melting of the Greeland Ice Sheet to Decarbonising Energy systems with Uppsala. The past 5 years sees our top co-publishing partners in Europe to be CNRS and Paris-Saclay in France, Leiden in the Netherlands and CSIC in Spain, mostly focused in the area of Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computer Sciences & Life Sciences.
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Our links with our European neighbours could be said to date back to Durham University's foundation in 1832, through the Bishop of Durham, William Van Mildert, a leading figure in the establishment of the University. The bishop was the grandson of Abraham Van Mildert of Amsterdam, who was a deacon of the Dutch church in 1711. He belonged to a family formerly resident at Mildert or Meldert in North Brabant (Belgium). Since Durham University's formation a wide range of collaboration programmes evolved over the years with numerous European partner institutions. 

As a fellow member of the Coimbra Group and Matariki Network (MNU), Uppsala University is one of Durham’s most important partners in Europe. Building on many years of successful student exchange and a precedent for research collaboration, a strategic partnership was established. Starting as a connection through the Matariki Network and a longstanding track record of student exchange, the Tübingen-Durham partnership has grown into a robust, bilateral alliance, which is considered to be one of Durham’s flagship European partnerships.

The Durham European Law Institute (DELI) acts as a focus for the dissemination of European Law at regional, national and international level. Our Zurbarán Centre aims to promote and generate innovative research relating to the arts in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. Since its launch in 2017, the Centre has engaged in major international conferences, research projects, and exhibitions, including the first UK exhibition of the works of Jusepe de Ribera.

This section highlights some of the collaborative research and other activities with our partners in Europe.


Collaborating for Impact

Explore a snapshot of our collaborative work with our partners in Europe

Durham strengthens ties with twinned Ukrainian university

Universities UK International has announced new funding to support twinning partnerships across the UK and Ukraine. Durham will receive £200,000 to further support ZNU.
Ukraine flag and logos for Durham and ZNU universities

Our strategic partnership with Uppsala University is further strengthened by Vice-Chancellor's visit.

The Vice-Chancellor and Warden and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global) visited Uppsala University, Sweden, to renew our partnership agreement for a further five years.
University Main Building Photo by David Naylor

Robotic bees to support real-life ecosystem

The RoboRoyale project combines microrobotic, biological and machine-learning technologies to nurture the queen honeybee’s well-being.

Traded species have distinctive life histories with extended reproductive lifecycles

A study has been carried out by our Anthropology Department along with researchers from Queen’s University Belfast, Swansea University & University of Extremadura, Spain.

Unravelling the mystery of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies

The research was jointly led by Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology and the Department of Physics at the University of Helsinki
High-resolution simulations of the dark matter enveloping the Milky Way and its neighbour, the Andromeda galaxy.

Durham climate expert chosen for prestigious panel

A Durham University expert on climate change has been appointed to the governing body of the European Research Council (ERC).
Climate change protest signs

European colonialism is still visible in today’s plant distributions

A study led by the University of Vienna working a with a team of scientists from seven other collaborating institutions, including Dr Wayne Dawson from our Department.
Close up of a Black Locust tree with white flowers

NATure-based URban innoVATION

We collaborated with 14 institutions across Europe to find nature-based solutions for responding to urban sustainability challenges.
Building with green growth

New Perspectives on Hearing Voices: Literary Illuminations of Auditory Hallucination

Our researchers are collaborating with European and other experts to find relations between hearing voices & everyday processes of sensory perception.
Image of person hearing differnt voices through speech bubbles

Customers prefer robots to be human-like

Our research alongside colleagues from Germany and China has found customers prefer robots to have human-like characteristics in customer service
Friendly robot smiling

Ocean radioactivity and its impact on the world

The project RAMONES has a research team from across Europe; we are creating an innovative prototype to inform on risks coming from radioactivity
Turtle and fish swimming in ocean

'Icelandia' – Is Iceland the tip of a vast, sunken continent?

With experts in Norway & France we are investigating whether a sunken continent under Iceland can give new ideas on the formation of volcanic islands
An image of Iceland hills and waterfalls

Disassembling the power of high-carbon imaginaries

Uppsala & Durham are awarded £930k through the Swedish RC to continue research on high-carbon imaginaries.
Burning Coals

REFIT: Resituating Europe’s first towns

The REFIT project is a cooperation with partners in France & Spain focusing on developing sustainable management of cultural landscapes.
Aerial view of the landscape around Mont Beuvray, France

Climate, Landscape, Settlement and Society

With Tuebingen & Leeds we investigate the relationships: climate fluctuations, the emergence of complex social and political formations over 8000 yrs
A map of the study area

Scientists reveal how mysterious submarine landslides are developed

The research has been done by our Department of Engineering and the Institute for Geotechnical Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Foaming sea water



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Our engagement with European Networks

We have been actively engaged with a number of European Networks, e.g. the Coimbra Group Network where we have contributed to publications & policy documents & signed up to the Poitiers Declaration. Additionally the EUA appointed one of our professors as chair of their Energy & Environment Platform.

More about our International Networks engagement
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Partner with us

Europe is our largest partner in terms of research co-authored publications. Our close relationship with our European partners has resulted in world-leading collaborative projects that are in line with our goal to maximise the impact of our research & contribute to International engagement agendas

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University student
Whilst at Durham, Brexit was a big topic, so with a few friends we got together and founded the European society, to share the continental view of Europe and to convince our fellow students of the benefits of being united in diversity. Apart from stimulating discussions it also brought me lifelong friendships.

Dorian Michael Kronenwerth
Durham Alumni; class of 2014
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Alumni in Europe

We recognise the value of an engaged international alumni community and are establishing alumni ambassadors in key countries throughout Europe.

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European Students

We welcome over 1500 European students annually. Students come from our Erasmus+ exchange partner universities or as fee-paying study abroad students. We currently have around 250 Erasmus exchange agreements in place.

Explore our exchange agreements with Europe Check out our European entry requirements