Dunkirk: how British newspapers helped to turn defeat into a miracle
As the UK gets ready to mark the 80th Anniversary of the rescue of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) from Dunkirk, Professor Tim Luckhurst, founding Principal of our new South College, looks at how British newspaper journalists were forced to report it from afar.
Tune into our arts and humanities podcasts
We’ve launched a new five-part podcast series that shines a light on our world-class arts and humanities research.
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Aarron Toal, from our Business School, explores what the future may hold for consumers after Covid-19.
(22 May 2020) » More about consumers post-Covid-19
Durham world top 50 for number of UN Sustainable Development Goals
We’ve been named as one of the world’s top universities for our contribution to a number of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Durham University Vice-Chancellor announces retirement
The Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University, Professor Stuart Corbridge, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the next academic year, 31 July 2021.
Secrets of famous French painter revealed
The mystery behind a painting by a renowned French post-impressionist may have been revealed by new research that has unearthed secrets from his past.
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UK Government supports Covid-19 detection dogs trial
The UK Government has awarded a specialist team of researchers more than £500,000 to find out if specially-trained bio-detection dogs could be used as a new rapid testing measure for Covid-19.
(16 May 2020) » More about UK Government supports Covid-19 detection dogs trial
Durham academic selected as New Generation Thinker
Dr Noreen Masud has taken up the prestigious role as one of this year’s New Generation Thinkers (NGT) which will see her working with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and BBC Radio 3.
(15 May 2020) » More about Durham academic selected as New Generation Thinker
Grief in the time of Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought massive changes to our lives including how we say goodbye to our loved ones.
(14 May 2020) » More about grief in the time of Covid-19
How will Covid-19 affect productivity in the UK?
Professor Richard Harris from our Business School uses the 2008-09 recession as a benchmark for assessing the possible impact of Covid-19 on productivity in the UK.
(12 May 2020) » More about how will Covid-19 affect productivity in the UK?
VE day and national thanksgiving in 1945
After Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) on 8 May 1945, thanksgiving services were held in churches throughout Britain and overseas. Philip Williamson, Professor of Modern History, reveals the meticulous planning that went on behind the scenes.
(11 May 2020) » More about VE day and national thanksgiving in 1945
Should we wear face masks?
Claire Horwell in our Department of Earth Sciences and Fiona McDonald in the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, consider the mixed messages behind face mask use during the Covid-19 pandemic.
(5 May 2020) » More about should we wear face masks?
29% of Scottish businesses at high risk of collapse due to Covid-19
Almost a third of businesses in Scotland are at high risk of collapse due to Covid-19 impacting on their supply chain.
Early career Psychology research wins prestigious award
One of our early career Psychology researchers has been recognised with a prestigious award for her outstanding PhD research.
How emotional memories of Coronavirus will affect our future
Elena Miltiadis from Anthropology considers the way our emotional memory of this pandemic will affect our future behaviour
Largest amount of microplastics found on ocean floor
Our researchers have helped record the highest level of microplastics ever found on the ocean floor – with up to 1.9 million pieces in an area of just one square metre.
(30 Apr 2020) » More about Largest amount of microplastics found on ocean floor
Young people’s experiences of life under lockdown
What is life like for young people during the current crisis? How do they feel and what impact is the Coronavirus pandemic having on their education, job, housing, finance and relationships?
(29 Apr 2020) » More about young people’s experiences of life under lockdown
Helium supplies at risk from plunging oil prices
Professor Jon Gluyas from our Durham Energy Institute explains why this is bad news for the coronavirus effort.
(28 Apr 2020) » More about helium supplies at risk from plunging oil prices
Research helps transform coal mine into geothermal heat source
Our research is being used to transform coal mines into multi-million pound renewable energy systems.
To lockdown or not to lockdown
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact societies around the world, Professor Parantap Basu from the Business School argues that indefinitely extending lockdown in India could cause more harm than good.
(24 Apr 2020) » More about to lockdown or not to lockdown
Literary expert honoured
One of our leading academics has been honoured for his contribution to the promotion of English literature.
(21 Apr 2020) » More about Literary expert honoured
Free advice available for local businesses at risk from Covid-19
Almost a third of businesses in the Midlands and the North of England are at high risk of collapse due to Covid-19 impacting on their supply chain.
Valuing ‘unskilled’ work
Dr Jo McBride from our Business School and Professor Miguel Martínez Lucio from the University of Manchester explain how Covid-19 is changing the way we value “unskilled” work in our society.
(8 Apr 2020) » More about valuing ‘unskilled’ work
The UK Government, businesses and unions are cooperating during Covid-19
Professor Bernd Brandl explains why it is vital that the UK Government, business groups and trade unions continue to cooperate as they tackle the impact of Covid-19.
Airlines, Covid-19, climate change and risk reporting
Professor Carol Adams examines how airlines have been reporting risk, how global pandemics like Covid-19 fit into this and how this may affect their futures.
How to avoid pension scams and fraud during Covid-19
Dr Anna Tilba suggests how we can protect ourselves against the scams and frauds, which are increasing during Covid-19.
Changing strategy quickly during Covid-19
Tom Shanks is Finance Director for Blueline Taxis, a firm based in the North East which was founded over 60 years ago by his grandparents. Tom graduated with an MSc Finance degree from Durham in January 2020, and we caught up with him to see how he and his firm have adapted to such a challenging time.
(31 Mar 2020) » More about changing strategy quickly during Covid-19
Geography and Physics research wins over £7million funding
Our Geography and Physics research is among the best in the world and we’ve just received three prestigious awards.
CO₂ emissions are plummeting – here’s how to keep them down
A positive result of the world’s response to Coronavirus, means that CO₂ emissions have been slashed. Professor Simone Abram looks at how we can maintain this environmental benefit.
Dogs could join fight against Covid-19
New research will look into whether man’s best friend could play a role in preventing the spread of Coronavirus.
(27 Mar 2020) » More about dogs could join fight against Covid-19
The deadly hour
Aarron Toal from our Business School explores the impact of the UK Prime Minister’s daily announcement on our wellbeing.
(26 Mar 2020) » More about the deadly hour
The lockdown is a dangerous time for victims of domestic abuse
As the coronavirus lockdown continues in the UK and many other countries Professor Nicole Westmarland and Rosanna Bellini provide a guide on what we need to consider in relation to domestic abuse.
Football and Covid-19: competition, jobs and finance
Neil Graney from the Business School explores the impact of Covid-19 on sport, particularly football.
(20 Mar 2020) » More about football and Covid-19: competition, jobs and finance
How to build a universe
How do you build a universe?
(19 Mar 2020) » More about How to build a universe
How will Covid-19 impact small businesses?
Dr Joanna Berry suggests ways we can help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) avoid the detrimental impact of Covid-19.
(19 Mar 2020) » More about how will Covid-19 impact small businesses?
Why are we panic buying?
Aarron Toal from the Business School looks at the emotions driving us to panic buy.
(18 Mar 2020) » More about why are we panic buying?
Five things to ‘dig’ about heritage at Durham
Our researchers are the history detectives, unearthing exciting things from our past and helping us learn from our ancestors.
(16 Mar 2020) » More about Five things to ‘dig’ about heritage at Durham
Will remote working become the new normal?
Working remotely offers many advantages according to Dr Mariann Hardey from our Business School. She explains why, and provides tips for successful remote working.
(13 Mar 2020) » More about whether remote working will become the new normal?
The origins of life on Earth challenged in new research
How did life on earth begin? There’s hardly a bigger question, but one of the most commonly held theories has been challenged by new research.
Commemorating Basil Bunting and Briggflatts
Did you know that we’re home to the archives of one of Britain’s most distinguished modern poets?
(6 Mar 2020) » More about Commemorating Basil Bunting and Briggflatts
Durham subjects ranked among best in world
We have once again been named as one of the world’s leading universities across a number of our subjects in a new international league table.
(4 Mar 2020) » More about Durham subjects ranked among best in world
Durham welcomes Spanish Consul General
Our work to help bring the vast wealth of Spanish art and culture to the world has been marked by a visit from Spain’s Consul General.
(3 Mar 2020) » More about Durham welcomes Spanish Consul General
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 Feb 2020) » More about New scholarships programme part of record donation
Education experts to advise Government
Three of our education experts have been appointed to a Cabinet Panel to help Government decide which policies work and which don’t.
(20 Feb 2020) » More about Education experts to advise Government
Global conservation priorities identified in new research
Environmental conditions, more than human activity, explain why some parts of the globe have more endangered species than others, according to new research.
Durham to host new national supercomputer
We’re hosting a new £3.1m supercomputer facility to address challenges in subjects ranging from Artificial Intelligence to advanced X-ray imaging.
(17 Feb 2020) » More about Durham to host new national supercomputer
Monumental medieval chapel finally uncovered
Our archaeologists have helped uncover the remains of a long lost chapel from Britain’s medieval past.
(17 Feb 2020) » More about Monumental medieval chapel finally uncovered
Meet our Bone Detectives
Did you know that our teeth and bones hold many secrets?
(14 Feb 2020) » More about meet our Bone Detectives
Vital rainfall belt at risk from climate change
Our researchers have found that future climate warming could put a tropical rainfall belt relied upon by billions of people at risk
(14 Feb 2020) » More about Vital rainfall belt at risk from climate change
Learning from nature to tackle global challenges
The solutions to some of the most pressing global challenges could be right under our noses, in the trees, plants and insects around us.
(12 Feb 2020) » More about Learning from nature to tackle global challenges
Archaeologists unearth Durham’s earliest known resident
Durham is well known for its inspiring World Heritage Site, home to the 900-year-old Durham Castle and Cathedral. But our archaeologists have now found proof that people have been living in the area for at least 2,000 years.
Rare Viking-age board game piece found
Our archaeologists have helped unearth a 1,200 year old board game piece on a small island off the coast of north east England.
(11 Feb 2020) » More about Rare Viking-age board game piece found
Animal spotting project helps double children’s mammal knowledge
A citizen science project we ran in schools has dramatically increased children’s knowledge of UK wild mammals.
Durham named one of the world’s most international universities
We’ve been ranked joint 30th among the world’s most international universities in a new league table.
UK Government minister praises inspiring research and innovation at Durham
Our researchers are tackling some of the biggest challenges facing the world today, from improving soil health in Africa to working to prevent natural disasters in Southern Asia. So it was great to be able to show Chris Skidmore, the UK Government’s Universities Minister, some examples of our research and innovation in action.
Unearthing Britain’s medieval past
Our archaeologists have unearthed the secrets of Britain’s most powerful bishops to teach us more about the country’s medieval past.
(21 Jan 2020) » More about Unearthing Britain’s medieval past
Can science and religion co-exist in the 21st Century?
We live in a world where science is all around us: from how we travel to social media, medicine to climate change.
But followers of just the world’s three biggest religions, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, still number about 70% of the global population.
So how can faith leaders engage with the scientific developments and ideas shaping society today?
Influential Durham law expert made honorary QC
A Durham law expert who has championed women in the legal profession and shaped new laws on extreme pornography and upskirting has been appointed an honorary Queen’s Counsel (QC).
(16 Jan 2020) » More about Influential Durham law expert made honorary QC
New Head of University College appointed
We’re pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Wendy Powers as our new Head of University College.
Wendy has over 30 years’ experience in Higher Education and is currently Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Alverno College, Milwaukee in the USA, where she has responsibility for the wider student experience.
(16 Jan 2020) » More about New Head of University College appointed
Professor recognised for contribution to dyslexia understanding
One of our leading education experts has been recognised for his work to improve our understanding of reading disability.
Baby sleep expertise leads to new bedsharing advice
Research by our baby sleep experts has led to new international guidance on bedsharing.
That’s a wrap 2019
As 2019 has now drawn to a close, we are taking the opportunity to look back and celebrate some of our highlights of the past year here at Durham, and here’s just a handful! We can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring.
(2 Jan 2020) » More about That’s a wrap 2019
Strengthening European partnerships
We were delighted to welcome Dr Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the UK, for his first visit to the University in early December.
(19 Dec 2019) » More about Strengthening European partnerships
Watching TV makes us prefer thinner women
Films, adverts and reality TV shows don’t always paint a realistic picture of women’s body shapes but how much influence does TV have on our preferences?
(19 Dec 2019) » More about Watching TV makes us prefer thinner women
Can politics be moral?
Following on from the successful inaugural event in October with Lady Hale, the interest in the Durham Global Lecture Series continued in London on 20 November. On this occasion we were joined by Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and former Archbishop of Canterbury, who, as he stated himself, has been a friend of Durham University for many years.
(18 Dec 2019) » More about Can politics be moral?
Five cool things about our Cosmology & Astronomy research
Research at Durham isn’t just confined to life here on Earth.
Sharing our 350-year-old library with the world
We’re proud to be home to the earliest public library in the North East of England, Cosin’s Library, established in 1669 by John Cosin, Bishop of Durham for the benefit of the local community.
(17 Dec 2019) » More about Sharing our 350-year-old library with the world
Enduring interest in the fate of the Scottish Soldiers
In the six years since we found a mass grave of 17th century prisoners on Durham University land, our Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project has captivated thousands of people across the world.
Greenland ice losses rising faster than expected
Greenland is losing ice seven times faster than in the 1990s, shows a new study by an international research team including Durham University.
(10 Dec 2019) » More about Greenland ice losses rising faster than expected
Durham researchers named among world’s best
At Durham we’ve long had a global reputation for the high standard and impact of our research.
(6 Dec 2019) » More about Durham researchers named among world’s best
Universities ‘should have legal duty’ to fight sexual violence
Universities in the UK should have new legal duties to prevent and respond effectively to sexual violence and harassment on campus, according to a survey of selected higher education staff whose views were analysed in a new study.
Queen’s translator to offer teaching to students
Dr Kevin Lin OBE will bring his expertise as the UK’s top Chinese-English interpreter to his role of Professor of Practice here at Durham.
(29 Nov 2019) » More about Queen’s translator to offer teaching to students
Air pollution and the ethics of recommending facemasks
Record levels of air pollution have been measured in some parts of the world posing a danger to human health.
Supporting our technicians
Our technical staff play an important part in our ongoing success, so we’re proud to be supporting our technical community through the Technician Commitment.
(22 Nov 2019) » More about Supporting our technicians
Durham ranked in world top 100 for Physical Sciences
We’ve once again been ranked in the world top 100 for our strengths in Physical Sciences in an international league table.
(19 Nov 2019) » More about Durham ranked in world top 100 for Physical Sciences
Five thousand eyes on the sky
A cutting-edge new telescope instrument designed and built by an international team including Durham University has taken its first observations of the night sky.
(18 Nov 2019) » More about Five thousand eyes on the sky
India’s National Academy of Sciences honours Durham researcher
One of our leading researchers is to be honoured by India’s oldest science academy.
Strengthening strategic partnerships in the US
As a research-intensive University, we aim to deliver world-leading research that has a positive impact on global challenges. To do this, we need to develop and sustain strategic partnerships with institutions who share our common goals.
(18 Nov 2019) » More about Strengthening strategic partnerships in the US
Lumiere light festival welcomes millionth visitor
Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival, returned to Durham in November, and we were a major partner.
(14 Nov 2019) » More about Lumiere light festival welcomes millionth visitor
National Energy Champion award for geothermal researcher
Research into the potential of using geothermal energy as a low-carbon heat source has won a national award for one of our leading researchers.
Lady Hale launches Durham Global Lecture series
We have a strong tradition of hosting eminent and inspiring speakers at Durham University. In recent years alone these have included Rt Revd Justin Welby, Professor Noam Chomsky and former poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
We are building on this to reach an increasingly international audience through the development of lecture series across key global cities, starting in London during 2019/20, and moving to other global cities in the near future.
(12 Nov 2019) » More about Lady Hale launches Durham Global Lecture series
Triple success in international subject league tables
Durham is once again celebrating after three of its subjects were ranked in the world top 100 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020.
Black History Month 2019 – Highlights
We are celebrating Black History Month 2019 with a series of talks and exhibitions.
(25 Oct 2019) » More about Black History Month 2019 – Highlights
Is social media a plague we can’t escape?
(14 Oct 2019) » More about Is social media a plague we can’t escape?
Netflix pioneer makes $3.5M donation to Durham University
We are delighted to announce that a transformative donation of $3.5M has been received from Durham University alumnus Dr Neil Hunt, former Chief Product Officer of Netflix. Dr Hunt’s gift will be used to establish the ‘Hunt Programme’ which will provide targeted scholarship, bursary, and internship support across the Department of Computer Science and Collingwood College.
Stemettes inspire the next generation of women in tech
Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and cofounder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
TechUP kick starting careers
Did you know only 17% of the tech workforce is female? Or that out of the top 16 tech companies in the FTSE 100, there’s only one ethnic minority woman on the board?
(14 Oct 2019) » More about TechUP kick starting careers
Is Planet 9 really a black hole?
Is there a black hole in our solar system?
(10 Oct 2019) » More about Is Planet 9 really a black hole?
Leading social scientists awarded Fellowships of the Academy of Social Sciences
Following an extensive peer review process, five of our academic colleagues have been awarded Fellowships by the Academy of Social Sciences, the UK’s national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. They are recognised for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit.
Observing the Cosmic Web
The Cosmic Web is believed to contain huge threads of gas that connect multiple galaxies across the universe.
(4 Oct 2019) » More about Observing the Cosmic Web
Should summer-born pupils be treated differently?
Evidence shows that children who are among the youngest in their year at school do less well on average than their autumn-born classmates.
(3 Oct 2019) » More about should summer-born pupils be treated differently?
Durham gains highest-ever global ranking in Arts & Humanities
We’ve achieved our highest-ever global ranking in Arts and Humanities in a prestigious international league table.
Durham geothermal energy expertise at UK Conservative Party conference
Delegates at the UK Conservative Party annual conference have heard how Durham’s research could provide a long-term, sustainable source of low-carbon energy.
Why our extreme porn laws need to change
A law against possession of rape pornography, introduced in 2015, is very rarely used with few charges and prosecutions.
(1 Oct 2019) » More about Why our extreme porn laws need to change
Durham UK lead on hydrogen fuel research
We’re leading a national research project to decarbonise transport through hydrogen-fuelled vehicles and technology.
(30 Sep 2019) » More about Durham UK lead on hydrogen fuel research
Finding the formula for young mathematicians in North East England
A new flagship Mathematics School is planned to open in 2022, which will help raise attainment in mathematics and other STEM subject across the North East. The only one of its kind in the region, the school will benefit talented students in County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, Cleveland, the North Yorkshire Coast, and Cumbria.
(30 Sep 2019) » More about Finding the formula for young mathematicians
Thousands of meltwater lakes mapped on East Antarctic Ice Sheet
More than 65,000 meltwater lakes have been discovered on the edge of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet by our researchers.
Working together to combat climate change
Climate change has been described as the most serious challenge facing the world today. As a world-leading research University and a major contributor to the local and national economy, we’re working together across our whole community to tackle it.
(25 Sep 2019) » More about Working together to combat climate change
New enterprise zone to work with industry
From developing a mesh coating that could help clean up oil spills to finding greener energy alternatives, our research is really making a difference.
Now, we’ve been awarded over £1.4m to develop premises in the North East of England for businesses where they can collaborate with our world-leading research experts.
(20 Sep 2019) » More about New enterprise zone to work with industry
Recognition for rising stars of research
Two pioneering researchers - one who is improving telescope images of space and the other studying the environmentally damaging practice of sand mining - have received national recognition for their work.
(20 Sep 2019) » More about recognition for rising stars of research
Greenland is melting but it’s the tip of the iceberg
Rapid melting of glaciers in Greenland is causing major concern but we know from many years of research that the problem is much more widespread.
(19 Sep 2019) » More about Greenland is melting but it’s the tip of the iceberg
Why humans take so long to grow up
Why do our children take so long to grow up, compared to other animals?
(18 Sep 2019) » More about why humans take so long to grow up
The heat beneath our feet
Old coal mines could provide us with a source of low-carbon heat for many years to come, according to geothermal energy expert Dr Charlotte Adams, who is the new President of the Geology section at the British Science Association.
Here, Charlotte, who is a member of our Durham Energy Institute, explains more about her research into how water stored in flooded abandoned mines could provide cleaner energy for homes and businesses.
(17 Sep 2019) » More about The heat beneath our feet
Developing cheaper and more efficient solar power
Our scientists have helped to solve a puzzle that could lead to cheaper and more efficient solar power.
(16 Sep 2019) » More about Developing cheaper and more efficient solar power
Support for voice-hearers goes online
People who hear voices, their families and mental health professionals will benefit from a new information and support website based on research by Durham University.
(11 Sep 2019) » More about Support for voice-hearers goes online
Five cool things about our environmental research
From decarbonising heat to food security and water sustainability, we’re working to bring about improvements that will benefit nature and the well-being of the planet.
(5 Sep 2019) » More about Five cool things about our environmental research
Improving working conditions in Africa
Millions of people worldwide work in low-waged, insecure jobs that don’t provide a decent living with many also working in unsafe conditions that deny fundamental rights.
(5 Sep 2019) » More about Improving working conditions in Africa
A new home for the archive of ‘Radical Jack’
A political firebrand, a radical reformist and a leading society figure – the life and times of John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham, were truly captivating.
Durham University is now the new home to the archives of Lord Durham, as he was also known, whose energetic support for political reform earned him the nickname ‘Radical Jack’.
(30 Aug 2019) » More about A new home for the archive of ‘Radical Jack’
Smart surfaces as a solution to global challenges
Professor Jas Pal Badyal, a Fellow of the Royal Society, is widely considered a leader in the field of surface science. Here he talks about the students in his team, their inventions and tackling global challenges.
(22 Aug 2019) » More about smart surfaces as a solution to global challenges
Keeping Africa moving in a changing climate
Durham’s engineers are working with partners in Africa to find ways to use cheaper and more sustainable local materials to build all-weather, low-traffic roads and railway lines.
(21 Aug 2019) » More about Keeping Africa moving in a changing climate
Revealing quasars’ true colours
Our astronomers have identified a rare moment in the life of some of the universe’s most energetic objects.
(7 Aug 2019) » More about Revealing quasars’ true colours
Five cool things our surface scientists do
Surface science can make a big difference to our health, well-being and environment.
(5 Aug 2019) » More about Five cool things our surface scientists do
Malaysian Minister of Education visits Durham
The University has hosted a visit by the Malaysian Minister of Education to celebrate a new partnership that will see an important collection of diplomatic papers digitised for study in South East Asia.
(26 Jul 2019) » More about Malaysian Minister of Education visits Durham
Prestigious fellowships awarded to two academics
We’re celebrating after two of our academics were awarded Fellowships by the British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences.
(23 Jul 2019) » More about Prestigious fellowships awarded to two academics
Lumiere light festival offers pianists the chance to shine
We’re proud to be sponsoring Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival, when it returns to Durham in November 2019, and we’re very excited to announce we’ll be hosting an innovative installation at one of our Colleges.
Measuring the expanding universe
Our physicists will help create a 3D map of galaxies to learn more about the universe’s accelerating expansion.
(17 Jul 2019) » More about Measuring the expanding universe
Meet our new Executive Deans
We are pleased to confirm that we have successfully appointed to the three new Executive Dean roles, to join our community of extraordinary people.
(12 Jul 2019) » More about Meet our new Executive Deans
Chameleon Theory could change our thoughts on gravity
Einstein’s theory of General Relativity is world famous – but it might not be the only way to explain how gravity works and how galaxies form.
How a tiny bug inspires surfaces that don’t get wet
A tiny bug is the inspiration for research that could one day provide clean water or help ships sail more efficiently.
Celebrating women who make a difference
At Durham we’re proud to be home to incredible women who are making a difference in the world.
(3 Jul 2019) » More about Celebrating women who make a difference
Giving women a voice in disaster risk reduction
Women in Nepal are having a say in how to reduce the risk of disasters like fires and landslides.
(3 Jul 2019) » More about Giving women a voice in disaster risk reduction
Big honours for two scientists who explore the very small
The research coming out of our world-leading Physics Department is changing our understanding of the world around us, from the smallest building blocks of matter to the vastness of the Universe.
So we’re very proud that two of our quantum physicists have received prestigious awards from the Institute of Physics, the UK and Ireland’s professional body for practicing physicists.
Celebrating world class arts and humanities
Performances from a poet, a playwright and a musician were part of our annual research showcase for arts and humanities at Durham, a subject area ranked in the world top 30.
(2 Jul 2019) » More about celebrating world class arts and humanities
How unwanted sexual images are shattering lives
Imagine if you had a sexual image of yourself shared online without your consent. Sadly, this happens all too often and can be absolutely devastating for the victim.
(1 Jul 2019) » More about How unwanted sexual images are shattering lives
Permanent headstone marks Scottish soldiers resting place
The headstone has been installed at the grave of the 17th Century Scottish soldiers buried in Durham City, providing a permanent marker of their resting place.
Venerable Master’s visit celebrates Buddhist links
We’re proud to be a global university with many international links and partnerships, and students from 150 nations around the world. So we were pleased to welcome the Venerable Master Hai Tao to our Oriental Museum recently.
(27 Jun 2019) » More about Venerable Master’s visit celebrates Buddhist links
Reducing the plastic mountain
Every single minute, a truck load of plastic ends up in our oceans, killing millions of animals every year. This is only going to get worse unless we do something about it.
(26 Jun 2019) » More about Reducing the plastic mountain
Reviving the music of great composers
We’re helping to bring the forgotten music of two great classical composers back to life.
(26 Jun 2019) » More about Reviving the music of great composers
Celebrating four great female philosophers
Is time real? Do we have free will? Philosophical questions such as these seem to have little connection with current issues like the climate crisis or Brexit.
(20 Jun 2019) » More about celebrating four great female philosophers
US military bigger polluter than most countries
Surprised by the headline? No wonder when discussions about greenhouse gas emissions tend to focus on statistics for countries, not institutions. But research from our Department of Geography, in partnership with Lancaster University, found that the US military’s carbon footprint is so big it out ranks that of most countries in the world.
(19 Jun 2019) » More about US military bigger polluter than most countries
We’re a World Top 100 university
Durham University has again been ranked as a World Top 100 university – putting us in the top eight per cent of universities worldwide in a new league table.
(19 Jun 2019) » More about We’re a World Top 100 university
Bringing no man’s land to life online
Virtual Reality and 3D modelling have been used to bring some of the world’s hidden areas to life online.
(18 Jun 2019) » More about Bringing no man’s land to life online
Tracing our religious heritage: prehistory to present
From Stone Age rock art to the World Heritage Site of Durham Castle and Cathedral, the North East of England has a religious heritage to rival anywhere in the world.
(13 Jun 2019) » More about Tracing our religious heritage: prehistory to present
New Advocacy Prize in memory of Tony Blair’s father
Tony Blair, former UK prime minister, attended a Durham alumni event in London to present the new award to a law student on 4 June.
(11 Jun 2019) » More about New Advocacy Prize in memory of Tony Blair’s father
Durham ranked fifth in the UK
We find it easy to be proud of the extraordinary people we have at Durham. Now, our University has once again been ranked fifth in the Guardian University Guide (2020), maintaining our position from last year and achieving our third consecutive year in the top five of this influential guide.
Highlighting our outstanding student experience and cutting-edge teaching, the Guardian University Guide 2020 ranks English as top in the UK. We now have 19 subjects ranked in the top ten, with eight of these placed in the top five.
(7 Jun 2019) » More about Durham ranked fifth in the UK
A city that's more afraid of tigers than earthquakes
People living in one of Nepal’s biggest cities are more worried about attacks by tigers and rhinos than a repeat of the earthquake that caused devastation a little over four years ago.
From food flavourings to biofuels, metals are key
We all know that metals like iron and calcium are essential for a healthy body - but our pioneering scientists estimate that almost half of life’s processes depend upon various metals interacting with living cells.
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Can science be taught in prisons?
Education in prisons has a long history but science, other than distance learning, has been absent - in part because much science teaching traditionally relies on experimentation using technical equipment which is not available in prisons.
But now one of our academics has developed a science course that requires only a presentation, writing and reading materials.
(15 May 2019) » More about Can science be taught in prisons?
Lighting up Durham, as Lumiere festival returns
We’re excited to announce that we’re going to be a major partner of the tenth anniversary edition of Lumiere, when the UK’s biggest light festival returns to Durham in November 2019.
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Universities would be £4.5m poorer without chaplains
University chaplains play an important role in the lives of students of many different faiths and are believed to contribute around £4.5 million per year of volunteer labour to the UK Higher Education sector.
Star award for dark matter research
A Durham astrophysicist has been named as a rising star of research and innovation for her work on the mysterious substance that makes up a large part of the universe.
(7 May 2019) » More about Star award for dark matter research
Students showcase research at Westminster
Our students have visited Parliament to show how technology normally used to explain the mysteries of the universe can create clearer X-ray images of humans.
(7 May 2019) » More about Students showcase research at Westminster
Durham ranked sixth in the UK
We are proud to be known globally as a centre of teaching and research excellence. Now, our University has once again been ranked sixth in the Complete University Guide (2020), maintaining our position from last year and achieving our 12th consecutive year in the top 10 of this prestigious guide.
(1 May 2019) » More about Durham ranked sixth in the UK
How to keep your bones strong
Think you should slow down as you get older? Think again!
(25 Apr 2019) » More about how to keep your bones strong
Online course brings Scottish soldiers project to the world
Durham University has launched an online archaeology course to give people around the world the chance to study one of its most captivating research projects, relating to the fate of the prisoners from the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.
Top jobs still lack diversity and equality
Privately educated, white, male graduates are more likely to be recruited to senior roles and be paid higher wages by elite multinational firms, new research shows.
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Saving coffee using space technology
We drink two billion cups of coffee every day – 95 million cups in the UK alone.
(29 Mar 2019) » More about Saving coffee using space technology
Improved housing in Africa could prevent disease
Housing in sub-Saharan Africa has dramatically improved and could help in the fight against diseases such as malaria.
(28 Mar 2019) » More about Improved housing in Africa could prevent disease
Ancient royal charter discovered in Durham
An ancient royal charter might not be what everyone expects to find when they come to work, but for one of our visiting fellows that’s exactly what happened.
(26 Mar 2019) » More about Ancient royal charter discovered in Durham
Meet our new student support and development champion
We’re pleased to announce that Jeremy Cook OBE has been appointed as our new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience).
(26 Mar 2019) » More about Meet our new student support and development champion
Making water more sustainable
Water is a precious and vital resource that is under threat from climate change and growing demands.
(21 Mar 2019) » More about Making water more sustainable
Tackling risks from outer space
Space is a risky place. Our planet faces a number of potential threats from asteroids and comets to the impact of space weather on vital technologies.
(19 Mar 2019) » More about Tackling risks from outer space
Plan to grow North’s chemicals sector
Did you know that the North of England’s research strengths in chemical and process industries could help to contribute more than £20billion to the UK economy over the next 20 years?
(18 Mar 2019) » More about Plan to grow North’s chemicals sector
Training the next generation of global problem solvers
Tropical diseases, water and food security, and flooding are some of the issues being tackled by our new training centre dedicated to global challenges.
How to keep sleeping babies safe
How best to keep babies safe when they’re asleep has been a focus of research by our specialists for more than 20 years.
(11 Mar 2019) » More about How to keep sleeping babies safe
#BalanceforBetter: A royal celebration of Women, Peace and Security
Two of our leading researchers celebrated International Women’s Day at an event in Buckingham Palace to mark 20 years of Women, Peace and Security.
Durham professor appointed to UK’s Infected Blood Inquiry
A Durham University professor is giving her expertise to an Inquiry looking at how men, women and children in the UK received infected blood products.
Gambling apps encourage futile betting
Low-value bets and video game-style play may make smartphone gambling apps seem like harmless fun. But could they be encouraging people to play even when it is no longer possible to win?
(22 Feb 2019) » More about Gambling apps encourage futile betting
Energy expert to take up key European role
We’re delighted that Dr Douglas Halliday, Associate Professor in our Physics Department and co-Director of the Durham Energy Institute, has been appointed to chair the European Universities Association’s Energy and Environment Platform (EUA-EPUE).
(21 Feb 2019) » More about Energy expert to take up key European role
World top six ranking for space science
Durham University’s astrophysicists have been ranked joint sixth in the world for the quality and influence of their research in space science.
(19 Feb 2019) » More about World top six ranking for space science
Medieval thinking meets modern research
Imagine being able to step back in time and see how a great mind of the past understood our world, or experience how food and drink tasted hundreds of years ago.
Well, research led by Durham University is allowing people to do just that.
(15 Feb 2019) » More about Medieval thinking meets modern research
New Vice-Provost (Research) appointed
We are pleased to announce that Professor Colin Bain has been appointed as Vice-Provost (Research).
(14 Feb 2019) » More about the appointment of our new Vice-Provost (Research)
Should fish and chips portions be smaller?
Next time you go for your fish and chips, you might be able to choose your portion size.
(7 Feb 2019) » More about should fish and chips portions be smaller?
New PhD opportunities in science and engineering
Smart surfaces, recyclable plastics and new medicines are some of the subjects students will be able to study and research, thanks to a £5.3 million funding boost.
(5 Feb 2019) » More about New PhD opportunities in science and engineering
University pledges support for estranged students
We’re pleased to announce we’re now a signatory to the Stand Alone Pledge, affirming our dedication to students who lack family support by ensuring they have help to thrive as part of our community.
(16 Jan 2019) » More about University pledges support for estranged students
Celebrated emergency aid worker and Netflix pioneer among those receiving honorary Durham degrees
A Netflix pioneer and former Chief Product Officer, and a former police officer turned aid worker who braved the front-lines of then war-torn Bosnia & Herzegovina, are among those receiving honorary degrees from Durham University this week.
Does Santa need a passport?
We all know that Santa Claus lives at the North Pole. But what is his citizenship? Who collects taxes from the elves’ workshop? And how is this all being affected by climate change?
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New Chief Information Officer appointed
We are pleased to announce the appointment of John Hemingway as our new Chief Information Officer, and he will take up office on 1 May 2019.
(19 Dec 2018) » More about New Chief Information Officer appointed
Staff and students give big to help good causes at Christmas
Staff and students have shown their generosity by supporting several charity appeals this Christmas.
Bright future for John Snow College, as 2019/20 location is announced
A great new home for John Snow College for 2019/20 has been announced.
How surface science can solve big challenges
Did you know that more than a billion people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water? And that the majority of mobile phones carried by doctors and nurses in hospitals carry infections?
(13 Dec 2018) » More about How surface science can solve big challenges
Durham Women FC wins historic victory over Manchester United
Durham Women FC secured an extraordinary 3-1 victory over Manchester United Women on Sunday – in front of a crowd of over 900 fans at home – becoming the first side to inflict a league defeat on the professional full-time team.
Festival drug checking can reduce drug-related harm
One of the biggest dangers for people who take illegal drugs at festivals is knowing what has been supplied to them – in terms of contents, strength and contaminants.
Sector-leading pre-sessional programmes offer world-class welcome for international students
Over 750 international students were welcomed to Durham through the Pre-sessional Programme this summer, the highest number yet to benefit from the sector-leading course.
UK Government legal adviser receives inaugural Durham University award
The Solicitor General for England and Wales has received the inaugural Dean’s Award for Achievement from Durham Law School.
Fracking causes earthquakes by design: can regulation keep up?
Miles Wilson, PhD Candidate, Gillian Foulger and Jon Gluyas (all Department of Earth Sciences) and Richard Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and Internationalisation, Newcastle University explain that fracking is intended to bring about the very process which results in earthquakes.
Charities share nearly £30,000 raised through Durham University Community Fund
Thirteen charities have received a total of nearly £30,000 through a supported giving initiative.
‘Hidden gem’ with Royal heritage opens its doors
A ‘hidden gem’ church with links to the Royal family is opening to the public on a regular basis for the first time in decades.
(5 Nov 2018) » More about ‘Hidden gem’ with Royal heritage opens its doors
State-of-the-art facilities for Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science now under construction
Work has begun on the construction of a new building which will house the expanding departments of Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science. The development is taking place on the Upper Mountjoy site of the University campus.
Arts and Humanities in World Top 30
Arts and Humanities at Durham has been ranked within the World Top 30 for another year.
(31 Oct 2018) » More about Arts and Humanities in World Top 30
One million international visitors attend Walking with the Buddha Exhibition
Over the summer a Durham University team co-curated an exhibition with the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum in Taiwan, which was visited by one million people, from 25 different countries.
Play with time at Oriental Museum exhibition
Visitors to the Oriental Museum can explore the physics and philosophy of time at a new interactive exhibition.
(19 Oct 2018) » More about Play with time at Oriental Museum exhibition
Avalanche – making a deadly snowstorm
Explosives, snow and a car were used to trigger an avalanche in an episode of BBC2’s Horizon Programme to reveal more about the mystery behind this natural rollercoaster. The experiment was led by avalanche expert, Professor Jim McElwaine, from Durham University’s Earth Sciences department.
(18 Oct 2018) » More about Avalanche – making a deadly snowstorm
Cardboard baby boxes may not be safe
In some parts of the UK, cardboard baby boxes are now being given out free to new mothers as places for their babies to sleep.
(18 Oct 2018) » More about Cardboard baby boxes may not be safe
Get involved in a fun-packed festival of science
Children and families can conduct amazing experiments and create their very own inventions at Durham University’s Celebrate Science festival this October half-term. The free event offers three fun-packed days of children's events, activities, workshops and experiments.
(17 Oct 2018) » More about Get involved in a fun-packed festival of science
Student health campaigner honoured by Prime Minister
English Literature undergraduate Sophie Ainsworth, who campaigns to raise awareness of invisible illnesses in schools and education, has been honoured by the Prime Minister.
(15 Oct 2018) » More about Student health campaigner honoured by Prime Minister
Teaching Excellence Recognised at Learning and Teaching Conference
Innovation in education was celebrated at the Learning and Teaching Conference on 13 September, where leading academics and teaching practitioners gathered to share best practice.
World-leading researchers to speak at Saturday Morning Science
Some of Durham University’s world-leading scientists will seek to inspire members of the public in their chosen field when an annual series of talks returns later in September.
Astronomers identify far flung galaxies
Astronomers have captured a spectacular image of a massive galaxy cluster embedded among nearly thousands of previously unseen galaxies scattered across space and time.
(13 Sep 2018) » More about Astronomers identify far flung galaxies
North-South divide in chronic pain
England has a North-South ‘pain divide’, with a clear geographical split in the prevalence and intensity of chronic pain and the use of potentially addictive opioid pain killers, shows new research.
(12 Sep 2018) » More about North-South divide in chronic pain
Protecting against volcanic ash
A first of its kind study, led by Dr Claire Horwell of the Department of Earth Sciences and Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, has found that industry-certified particle masks are most effective at protecting people from volcanic ash, whilst commonly used surgical masks offer less protection.
(11 Sep 2018) » More about Protecting against volcanic ash
Ustinov College celebrates first year at Sheraton Park
The University’s Ustinov College is celebrating one year since it moved to a new home at Sheraton Park.
(10 Sep 2018) » More about Ustinov's first year at Sheraton Park
Construction begins on £80 million Mount Oswald project
Construction has begun on an £80 million project to develop new College and student facilities.
Local artists find a home at Durham University
The University is to support two local artists by welcoming them to work from its theatre.
(4 Sep 2018) » More about Local artists find a home at Durham University
Work set to begin on new Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science Building
The creation of a brand new facility to house the departments of Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science has been given the green light by Durham County Council. Planning permission was granted for the project at a committee meeting on 4 September.
Funding boost for Strategy delivery
Durham University has successfully secured £225 million of borrowing through a private placement.
(30 Aug 2018) » More about Funding boost for Strategy delivery
State school students helped to reach university
Durham University has run two summer schools to help bright students from under-represented backgrounds reach university.
(29 Aug 2018) » More about State school students helped to reach university
600 children enjoy sixth annual Durham University summer camps
Over 500 young people aged four to 18 have enjoyed holiday camps run by Durham University this summer – and another 100 are expected for the final week of camps next week.
Earthquake research could improve seismic forecasts
The timing and size of three deadly earthquakes that struck Italy in 2016 may have been pre-determined, according to new research that could improve future earthquake forecasts.
(23 Aug 2018) » More about Earthquake research could improve seismic forecasts
Physicists reveal oldest galaxies
Some of the faintest satellite galaxies orbiting our own Milky Way galaxy are amongst the very first that formed in our Universe, physicists have found.
(17 Aug 2018) » More about Physicists reveal oldest galaxies
Boost for Arts and Humanities PhD students
Places for 335 postgraduate students studying 28 different disciplines have been announced by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
(15 Aug 2018) » More about Boost for Arts and Humanities PhD students
Summer schools help young people prepare for university
Over 300 young people have taken part in Durham University summer schools aimed at helping them reach their full potential.
Boosting diversity in Engineering and Physical Sciences
A consortium – led by Durham University – of nine universities and six companies has received nearly £600,000 aimed at boosting the representation of women, disabled and LGBT+ people, and people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds in Engineering and Physical Sciences in the North of England.
Are summer droughts and wildfires a sign of things to come?
Local charities get American help, thanks to Durham University
Two local charities have benefitted from some American support, thanks to Durham University.
Durham University’s Department of Engineering partners with the Institution of Engineering and Technology
Durham University and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) have today signed a formal partnership, enabling Durham Engineering students to access a professional community of engineers and build stronger relationships with industry.
University launches new department to lead on excellence and innovation in education
The newly-formed Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD) will deliver sector-leading programmes in learning and teaching, enhancing Durham’s educational provision for both students and staff.
Investing in a state-of-the-art sports facility
Work has begun on a major new sports and wellbeing facility at the University’s Maiden Castle site in the south west of the City in North East England.
(31 Jul 2018) » More about Investing in a state-of-the-art sports facility
Durham University supports local writer to develop new show
Durham University has helped a Durham-born writer return to her roots in developing her next theatre show.
Thirteen charities to benefit from Durham University Community Fund
DURHAM University and County Durham Community Foundation are joining forces to support 13 good causes in the first year of a supported giving scheme.
(24 Jul 2018) » More about Thirteen charities to benefit from Community Fund
School students explore big questions of science at Durham University
Students from two schools in North East England explored how computers mimic the human brain and the size of the Universe on a visit to Durham University.
Outstanding partnership helps reduce power outages
Power outages caused by trees falling on power lines are being reduced as a result of a research partnership involving a Durham University Research Fellow and an international company.
(17 Jul 2018) » More about Outstanding partnership helps reduce power outages
European dogs wiped out ancient American breeds
The arrival of Europeans to the Americas, beginning in the 15th Century, all but wiped out the dogs that had lived alongside native people on the continent for thousands of years, according to new research published in Science.
(6 Jul 2018) » More about European dogs wiped out ancient American breeds
Archaeologists reveal castle’s medieval secrets
Medieval mysteries, hidden beneath the grounds of a 900-year-old British castle, have been uncovered during a major archaeological excavation.
(3 Jul 2018) » More about Archaeologists reveal castle’s medieval secrets
Cataclysmic collision shaped Uranus’ evolution
Uranus was hit by a massive object roughly twice the size of Earth that caused the planet to tilt and could explain its freezing temperatures, according to new research.
(3 Jul 2018) » More about Cataclysmic collision shaped Uranus’ evolution
Honouring the physicists of the future
Durham University has honoured the next generation of scientists at its annual Schools Physicist of the Year awards.
(3 Jul 2018) » More about Honouring the physicists of the future
Naval Commander, High Court Judge, Anthropologist, and Historian awarded honorary degrees
A Naval Commander, a High Court Judge, an Anthropology Professor and a leading historian have received honorary degrees from Durham University.
Why and how we are growing
Professor Stuart Corbridge, the Vice-Chancellor, discusses how and why the University is growing.
(29 Jun 2018) » More about Why and how we are growing
Students honoured for science outreach
Two Durham University students have been honoured for their work to inspire communities to get involved in science.
(28 Jun 2018) » More about Students honoured for science outreach
Staff and students honoured for voluntary work
Staff and students have been honoured for their community work at the annual Durham University Volunteer Awards.
(25 Jun 2018) » More about Staff and students honoured for voluntary work
Vice-Chancellor hosts public Question Time
Durham University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Corbridge, has hosted a Question Time-style debate.
(22 Jun 2018) » More about Vice-Chancellor hosts public Question Time
Durham crowned cricket champions
Durham University’s men’s cricket team were yesterday crowned Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Universities Challenge Final winners – for the first time in eight years – after defeating rivals Loughborough University.
(21 Jun 2018) » More about Durham crowned cricket champions
Student honoured with environment award
A Durham University student who has dedicated her free time to arranging a two-day conference on climate change has been recognised with an environment award.
(19 Jun 2018) » More about Student honoured with environment award
Award recognises commitment to responsible drinking
The National Union of Students (NUS) has awarded Durham University and Durham Students’ Union its ‘Alcohol Impact’ accreditation.
(18 Jun 2018) » More about Award recognises commitment to responsible drinking
Understanding Antarctic ice sheet changes
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet was able to re-grow after shrinking but the process is not fast enough to combat the impact of today’s climate change, according to research involving Durham University.
(18 Jun 2018) » More about Understanding Antarctic ice sheet changes
Antarctica ramps up sea level rise
Ice losses from Antarctica have increased global sea levels by 7.6 mm since 1992, with two fifths of this rise (3.0 mm) coming in the last five years alone.
(14 Jun 2018) » More about Antarctica ramps up sea level rise
Exhibition tells the story of 17th Century Scottish soldiers
The story of the Seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers, whose remains were discovered in two mass burial sites in Durham City in 2013, is the subject of a major new exhibition at Durham University’s Palace Green Library.
Students help stage mental health charity fun run
Durham University students are helping a Durham-based mental health charity stage a 24-hour fundraising relay run.
(11 Jun 2018) » More about Students help stage mental health charity fun run
New Community Liaison Officer starts work
A new link person between Durham University and its local communities has begun work.
(7 Jun 2018) » More about New Community Liaison Officer starts work
A classical start to the Durham Festival of Arts 2018
Durham Festival of Arts 2018 opened with a spectacular ‘Beyond The Realms’ concert in the City’s majestic Cathedral.
Discovering how humans can see with sound
Human echolocation enables people to ‘see’ with their ears and build a picture of the world around them. The technique involves making sharp mouth clicks and then translating the sound reflected by surrounding objects into spatial information – a method also used by whales, dolphins and bats.
(5 Jun 2018) » More about discovering how humans can see with sound
Students bring the generations together
A SECOND World War veteran is learning new tricks, thanks to a Durham University project aimed at bridging the generation gap.
(1 Jun 2018) » More about Students bring the generations together
New ‘super festival’ to debut across Durham in celebration of the arts
For the first time this summer, a number of organisations are coming together to celebrate Durham City’s art scene, in a collaborative new festival debuting on Friday 1 June.
Put your questions to the Vice-Chancellor
Durham University is inviting residents, businesses and organisations to put their questions to the Vice-Chancellor.
(30 May 2018) » More about Put your questions to the Vice-Chancellor
Community work attracts national praise
DURHAM University’s hockey club won national praise for its innovative community work.
(24 May 2018) » More about Community work attracts national praise
Supporting local artists to thrive
Durham University is using its historic theatre to expand its role in supporting local artists.
(23 May 2018) » More about Supporting local artists to thrive
Seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers reburied in Durham
The remains of Seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers, discovered during construction work at the University’s Palace Green Library in 2013, have been reburied in Durham City.
Community work wins international acclaim
The community outreach and volunteering work undertaken by Durham University’s Van Mildert College has been recognised as among the best of any college or university anywhere in the world.
(17 May 2018) » More about Community work wins international acclaim
Could a Multiverse be hospitable to life?
A Multiverse – where our Universe is only one of many – might not be as inhospitable to life as previously thought, according to new research.
(14 May 2018) » More about Could a Multiverse be hospitable to life?
Students and schools raise £3,000 for charity with fun run
Durham University students and children from 11 schools have raised £3,000 for charity by taking part in a sponsored fun run.
Olympic hope turns coach and mentor for younger rowers
A Durham University rowing star is helping coach and mentor young people hoping to follow in her footsteps.
Warning signs: how early humans first began to paint animals
Durham student wins national award for volunteering
A DURHAM University student who has devoted many hours to helping young people enjoy sport and physical activity has won a national award for her volunteering.
(30 Apr 2018) » More about Durham student wins national award for volunteering
Consultation begins on three estates projects
Durham University and Durham County Council have begun consultation on three estates projects proposed for Durham City.
(27 Apr 2018) » More about Consultation begins on three estates projects
Artists invited to showcase work at new festival
A new visual arts festival is coming to Durham – and artists from North East England are being invited to get involved.
(25 Apr 2018) » More about Artists invited to showcase work at new festival
Reducing our impact on the environment
Durham University has become the first university in the North of England – and the second in the UK – to join a new campaign aimed at reducing plastic waste.
(24 Apr 2018) » More about Reducing our impact on the environment
Seminar shows value of arts and heritage to North East England
The role of the arts and heritage in supporting the economy and life of North East England will be explored at a seminar.
University reaffirms commitment to community engagement
Durham University has reaffirmed its commitment to working with partners and neighbours, following a productive first community engagement event.
Research into manufacture of life-saving drug wins industry-sponsored award
Durham University chemists have won a national award for research that could increase the availability of an effective treatment for a strain of meningitis in less developed countries.
Dark matter might not be interactive after all
Astronomers are back in the dark about what dark matter might be, after new observations showed the mysterious substance may not be interacting with forces other than gravity after all.
(6 Apr 2018) » More about Dark matter might not be interactive after all
Landslide modelling helps earthquake first responders
(28 Mar 2018) » More about Landslide modelling helps earthquake first responders
Grammar schools could be damaging to social mobility
Grammar schools are no better or worse than non-selective state schools in terms of attainment, but can be damaging to social mobility, according to new research by Durham University.
(27 Mar 2018) » More about grammar schools could be damaging to social mobility
University to fund £2.4m redevelopment of historic Durham theatre
Durham University has announced plans for a £2.4 million redevelopment of one the city’s historic and much-loved theatres – The Assembly Rooms. The renovation comes as part of the University’s Estates Masterplan.
Durham University dominate at the British University Team Sport Finals
Stunning performances by Durham’s sports teams have led the University to victory in as many as 13 national finals in this year’s acclaimed British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Championships.
Durham University invites residents to help shape future growth
Durham University is inviting residents, businesses and organisations to help shape its future growth.
Durham University to divest from companies involved in fossil fuel extraction
Durham University is to divest from companies involved in fossil fuel extraction, and has committed itself to becoming a major international partner in the development of green energy.
MEETING POSTPONED: Durham University invites residents to help shape future growth
Due to adverse weather conditions, Durham University regrets that it has been necessary to postpone the ‘University and City: Growing together’ community engagement event, which had been scheduled for Friday 2 March at 4.30pm at Durham Town Hall. This decision was not taken lightly, and was reached on safety grounds following close consultation with Durham County Council and Durham Police. The University remains committed to dialogue with our local communities and we will announce a new date for the event as soon as possible.
Philanthropist, filmmaker and children's champion receive honorary degrees
A leading philanthropist, a pioneering filmmaker and a children’s champion were awarded honorary degrees as thousands of students graduated from Durham University.
Work to begin on new colleges and student facilities
Work to develop new college and student facilities at Durham University will begin within weeks.
Durham joins student visa pilot
Durham University has been chosen to take part in a pilot which is looking at streamlining the process for international Masters students wanting to study in the UK.
(18 Dec 2017) » More about Durham joins student visa pilot
Work begins on innovative education hub
Construction has begun of a new hub for educational innovation at Durham University.
(15 Dec 2017) » More about Work begins on innovative education hub
Contributing to a positive community environment
Sir Thomas Allen, our Chancellor, and Professor Stuart Corbridge, our Vice-Chancellor, explore the breadth and depth of the positive contribution of Durham University.
(8 Dec 2017) » More about Contributing to a positive community environment
International Study Centre celebrates successful first term
DURHAM University International Study Centre (ISC) is celebrating a highly successful first term.
Outstanding student support honoured
Durham University has been recognised for its commitment to student support.
(1 Dec 2017) » More about Outstanding student support honoured
We could use old coal mines to decarbonise heat – here's how
Schools could play a vital role to help prevent mental health problems in young people
More needs to be done to provide guidance and support in schools to prevent mental health problems in young people according to a new report.
Leading research-focused universities worth £87 billion to UK economy
The UK’s leading research-focused universities, including Durham, are worth nearly £87 billion a year to the national economy, a major new study has revealed.
Durham's part in Science and Innovation Audit
(23 Oct 2017) » More about Durham's part in Science and Innovation Audit
Durham Law School tackles unacceptable working practices
According to the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO), only one quarter of workers worldwide has a stable employment relationship.
Why the US withdrawal from UNESCO is a step backwards for global cultural cooperation
Professor Robin Coningham, UNESCO Chair on Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, explains why this will result in few benefits.
How telescope technology is helping treat heart disease
Research using space telescope technology that has ultimately led to better treatments for heart patients has won international recognition.
Consultation begins on Mount Oswald project
Durham University has begun consultation on its proposed development for the Mount Oswald site, Durham City.
(12 Oct 2017) » More about Consultation begins on Mount Oswald project
Consultation on £85 million Mount Oswald project
Durham University is holding a public consultation on proposals to develop the Mount Oswald site, Durham City.
(28 Sep 2017) » More about Consultation on £85 million Mount Oswald project
New first-class home for Ustinov College
(26 Sep 2017) » More about New first-class home for Ustinov College
Durham Ranked 5th in the UK
Durham University has been ranked 5th in the UK according to The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. In addition, the guide has ranked Durham’s Music department as top for the second consecutive year and the English department as joint top.
(22 Sep 2017) » More about Durham Ranked 5th in the UK
Work to begin on education hub
Work to create a hub for educational innovation at Durham University will begin later this year.
The University anticipates work beginning on site for a new Centre for Teaching and Learning at Lower Mountjoy, Durham City, in December 2017 and the facility being completed and ready for use for the academic year 2019/20.
(13 Sep 2017) » More about Work to begin on education hub
Durham Ranked in World Top 50 for Employer Reputation
Durham University has been ranked amongst the world’s leading universities for employer reputation in the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.
(12 Sep 2017) » More about Durham Ranked in World Top 50 for Employer Reputation
International Study Centre welcomes first students
Durham University International Study Centre (ISC) has welcomed its first students, ahead of teaching starting later this month.
Reformation Rebels: The surprising histories of Benedictine monks in exile
Sixteenth and seventeenth century Benedictine monks refused abstinence, died in duels, went off to war and spread illegal Catholic doctrine, a new study has revealed.
University's major part in Durham Book Festival
DURHAM University is playing a major part in this year’s Durham Book Festival, the exciting programme for which has just been announced.
(10 Aug 2017) » More about University's major part in Durham Book Festival
Calling time on the kissing bugs
They are known as ‘kissing bugs’ and they spread a disease that rarely makes the headlines but infects up to seven million people worldwide.
(21 Jul 2017) » More about calling time on the kissing bugs
Durham scientists play key role as construction starts on world’s largest telescope
Construction work has begun on the world’s largest visible to infrared telescope – and Durham University is playing a key role.
Working together to benefit Durham
Durham University and Durham County Council have signed a new partnership to work together for the good of County Durham.
(18 Jul 2017) » More about Working together to benefit Durham
Women have to ‘prove they are sports fans’
Female sports fans struggle to be taken seriously and feel they are regarded as being less committed than male fans, according to research by Dr Stacey Pope, who answers some questions about her findings below.
(14 Jul 2017) » More about women have to ‘prove they are sports fans’
Redevelopment to begin at popular sports complex
Work to enhance Durham University sports facilities already used by more than 2,000 residents of North East England each week is to begin.
(13 Jul 2017) » More about Redevelopment to begin at popular sports complex
Durham appoints new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global)
Durham University has appointed its first Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global) following a competitive recruitment process.
(6 Jul 2017) » More about Durham appoints new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global)