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Communications Office

Media coverage highlights

A selection of December's media coverage highlights are outlined below, categorised according to the University's strategic aims.


*Babies to help reveal more about autism

It is hoped research led by Dr Vincent Reid, Psychology, will give clues about how autism develops in babies.

Media coverage includes: Telegraph, Daily Mirror, PA, Guardian, BBC online, Scotsman, BBC Look North, BBC Newcastle, Northern Echo, Journal, Evening Gazette, Evening Chronicle, Yorkshire Post,


*View from the Pews

Sermons are still popular but are not doing enough to motivate congregations who listen to them, according to research carried out by a team from CODEC, the research centre at St.John’s College.

Media coverage includes: Guardian, Times, Telegraph, Sunderland Echo, Northern Echo


*UK recovery from recession “still in doubt”, says Durham economics expert

The UK’s recovery from recession is still in doubt despite figures showing a slight growth in the country’s economy, says expert Tony Cleaver.

Media coverage includes: Sunderland Echo, BBC Radio Tees, Northern Echo



*Durham scientists in running for entrepreneurship prize

A team of bioscientists from Durham University has made it through regional heats to take part in the final of a national competition that rewards exceptional entrepreneurial skills.

Media coverage includes: Northern Echo, Sunderland Echo



*Quake expert comments on Haiti

Following the earthquake that hit Haiti, expert Prof Roger Searle, Earth Sciences, explains more about the quake.

Media coverage includes: Independent, Today Programme, Observer, Daily Sport, Herald, BBC Scotland, BBC Wales, Agence France Presse, CNN, Press TV (Iran), KBC (Kenya), Malaysian Sun, Zimbabwe Star, Manila Bulletin



*University brings international sports facilities to Stockton

Work has begun on a new £5.2m sports hall at Queen’s Campus, bringing international standard facilities to Stockton.

Media coverage includes: Northern Echo, The Journal


*MP to see energy solutions in action at Durham Energy Institute

David Kidney (Parliamentary under Secretary of State and Department of Energy and Climate Change) will visit the new Durham Energy Institute. 


*Durham scientists beat Disney

A 3D movie, Cosmic Origins, produced by scientists led by Dr Nick Holliman and Prof Carlos Frenk has overcome competition from entertainment giants Disney to secure an international award.

Media coverage includes: ITV Tyne Tees, Sunderland Echo, Northern Echo, Evening Chronicle, BBC Newcastle