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
Hungry birds as climate change drives food mismatch
Warmer springs create a mismatch where hungry chicks hatch too late to feast on abundant caterpillars, new research shows.
(23 Apr 2018) » More about Hungry birds as climate change drives food mismatch
High number of barriers in Europe’s rivers could hinder fish migration
The density of barriers in European rivers is much higher than indicated by available databases – up to one barrier in every kilometre of river, according to a new study.
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.
Supporting young women to row for the top
Durham University is helping local schoolgirls achieve their rowing ambitions.
(18 Apr 2018) » More about Supporting young women to row for the top
Researchers awarded £50,000 to help tackle religious hate crime in North East England
Our researchers have today been awarded £50,000 to help combat religious-based hate crime and harassment in the North East of England.
Hundreds of children enjoy Durham University holiday camps
Over 200 children aged four to 16 have enjoyed Easter Holiday Camps run by students from Durham University.
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.
What is the future of modern languages in the 21st century?
The future of modern languages as a university discipline is the topic of a major conference at Durham University from 16-18 April.
Public Consultation to take place for three estates projects
Durham University and Durham County Council are holding a joint public consultation event on three estate projects proposed for Durham City
The University is inviting staff, students, residents and businesses to view and comment on proposals for a new Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building, and an Infrastructure project designed to improve pedestrian and movement for road users around both the University and the City.
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
Expert review recognises quality of research across Durham University through academic panel appointments
Eleven members of Durham staff have been nominated to form part of a national assessment of research quality, having been selected to join Sub-Panels ahead of the next review taking place in 2021.
Universities unite to boost regional economy
Durham University is leading a new project which will see the North East of England’s universities join forces to commercialise research and boost the region’s economy, with £4.9m in Government funding from the Connecting Capability Fund (CCF).
(29 Mar 2018) » More about Universities unite to boost regional economy
Landslide computer 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.
Showcasing research at Durham
Breathlessness, ancient manuscripts and geothermal energy are among the diverse subject areas benefiting from world leading research at Durham University.
(22 Mar 2018) » More about Showcasing research at Durham
New research suggests measures to tackle club drug deaths
Radical measures are needed to tackle the increase in the number of people being harmed by the use of drugs in clubs, according to a new report involving Durham University.
Record number of Durham University teams in British Universities & Colleges Sport Finals
Durham University is set to have a record breaking 18 teams compete in this year’s prestigious British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Team Sport Finals, which take place in Nottingham this Wednesday, 21 March.
Durham University invites residents to help shape future growth
Durham University is inviting residents, businesses and organisations to help shape its future growth.
Newborns needed for baby sleep study
Durham University’s Parent-Infant Sleep Lab is looking for parents-to-be or parents with newborn babies to take part in a study in their own homes.
(15 Mar 2018) » More about Newborns needed for baby sleep study
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.
US dyslexia policies ‘ignore scientific evidence’
Many of the current US Federal and State dyslexia laws should be scrapped as they ignore scientific evidence and privilege some poor readers at the expense of huge numbers of others, according to Durham University’s Professor Julian Elliott.
Man-made earthquake risk reduced if fracking is 895m from faults
The risk of man-made earthquakes due to fracking is greatly reduced if high-pressure fluid injection used to crack underground rocks is 895m away from faults in the Earth’s crust, according to new research.
Record number of subjects in World Top 50
Durham University has recorded its highest ever number of subjects in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2018.
(28 Feb 2018) » More about Record number of subjects in World Top 50
Neanderthals were artistic like modern humans, study suggests
Researchers have found the first major evidence that Neanderthals, rather than modern humans, created the world’s oldest known cave paintings – suggesting they may have had an artistic sense similar to our own.
Young future hockey stars get a masterclass from University top team
Young potential World Cup winners were treated to a special hockey skills clinic and tournament, hosted by Durham University’s Hockey Club.
Royal Honour for baby and parent sleep research
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have presented the UK’s highest academic honour to Durham University for research that has helped to shape the way babies sleep and how parents care for them at night time.
(22 Feb 2018) » More about Royal Honour for baby and parent sleep research
Commissioners announced for creativity and education partnership
UK fracking industry would need strict controls to minimise spill risk
Strict controls would be “a necessity” to minimise the risk of spills and leaks from any future UK shale gas industry, according to new research.
Understanding human needs is key to wildlife ecology research
The Department of Anthropology’s Primate and Predator Project was showcased on BBC One’s Animals with Cameras show on Thursday 8 February, looking at their work with local farmers to try and stop crop raiding by baboons. Based in the Soutpansberg mountain range of South Africa, the project aims to better understand the ecology of local species and the threat that human activity poses to their conservation. Here project Director Professor Russell Hill, Department of Anthropology, discusses the challenges of managing a research project abroad and successfully engaging with local communities.
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.
HRH The Prince of Wales visits Durham Cathedral and Durham University
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has officially opened a new visitor experience, honoured a local ancestor and a local regiment and witnessed a 350-strong singalong of the popular hymn Jerusalem during a visit to Durham Cathedral and Durham University.
(5 Feb 2018) » More about HRH The Prince of Wales visits Durham
Understanding seal behaviour
Dr Sean Twiss has been studying seal behaviour for 30 years and has recently featured on the BBC’s Winterwatch programme. Here Dr Twiss, of the Department of Biosciences, tells us more about his latest research and why seals are as individual as we are.
(1 Feb 2018) » More about Understanding seal behaviour
Durham alumna named Australian of the Year
Durham alumna Professor Michelle Simmons has been named 2018 Australian of the Year.
Michelle (Physics & Chemistry of Materials, Trevelyan College, 1985-88 and Physics PhD, St Aidan's College, 1988-92) is now a Physics professor at the University of New South Wales, leading pioneering research that could result in a quantum leap in computing.
(30 Jan 2018) » More about Durham alumna named Australian of the Year
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
Atom bank and will.i.am visit Durham University
Atom bank along with musician, tech entrepreneur and philanthropist will.i.am have visited Durham to find out more about how the University is engaging young people in science and technology.
(28 Nov 2017) » More about Atom bank and will.i.am visit Durham University
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.
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
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.
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)
Durham’s leading role in forging links with India
Durham University is playing a key role in exploring new research and teaching links with India, one of the world’s fastest growing economies.
Study shows teachers have some concerns about their Prevent duty
School and college staff in England are largely confident about implementing the Prevent duty, but some have concerns that it is increasing stigmatisation of Muslim students, according to a new study.
Outstanding recognition for Durham University's scientists
Durham University’s outstanding achievements in science have been recognised with a series of awards.
Durham University Business School achieves five-year EQUIS accreditation
Durham University Business School, one of the UK’s longest established business schools, has been awarded a five-year extension to its accreditation from EQUIS, the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration.
From ashtrays full of cigarette butts to smoke-free environments
This week, it will be ten years since the smoking ban for enclosed workplaces in the UK came into force. Dr Andrew Russell from the Life of Breath research project takes a look at how things have changed.
Making a difference beyond graduation
IT may be nearing the end of the academic year, but Durham University has many family and learning activities on offer right through the summer.
(23 Jun 2017) » More about Making a difference beyond graduation
Durham ranked in world’s top 100 universities
Durham University’s position among the world’s leading universities has been confirmed once more, with the publication of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2017.
(14 Jun 2017) » More about Durham ranked in world’s top 100 universities
Durham students helping charities
DURHAM University students are encouraging more good causes to benefit from their charity fundraising efforts.
(9 Jun 2017) » More about Durham students helping charities
Post-election 2017 – Durham University expertise
A selection of Durham University experts who are available for comment to the media on a variety of post-election issues.
Geography professors honoured for outstanding achievements
Two of Durham University’s geographers have been honoured for their outstanding achievements by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS).
Durham Festival of the Arts offers something for everyone
DURHAM University is inviting local residents to enjoy the third annual Durham Festival of the Arts.
Ten-year Strategy to deliver world-class research, education and wider student experience
Durham University has launched a new ten-year Strategy which will ensure it continues to deliver world-class research, education and wider student experience.
Durham ranked 4th in The Guardian University Guide
Durham University has moved up to 4th in the UK according to The Guardian University Guide League Table 2018.
This ranking is a move up from 6th place in last year’s survey and is Durham’s highest ever position in this league table, reaffirming its standing as one of the UK’s top universities.
(16 May 2017) » More about Durham ranked 4th in The Guardian University Guide
Get involved with Durham University's broad education offer
DURHAM University is inviting more local residents to take advantage of its broad education offer, from lectures to language courses; exhibitions to events.
Pioneering work in chemistry receives prestigious recognition
Professor Jas Pal Badyal FRS from Durham University has been named as the Royal Society of Chemistry Tilden Prize winner for 2017 for his pioneering work on the functionalization of solid surfaces and deposition of nanocoatings.
Students offer first-class theatre
DURHAM University is inviting more residents to enjoy the first-class theatre on offer from its students, available close to home and at affordable prices.
(28 Apr 2017) » More about Students offer first-class theatre
A decade in the top 10 for Durham
Durham University is ranked 6th in the UK according to 2018 Complete University Guide – reaffirming its place in the top 10 since the Guide was launched.
(26 Apr 2017) » More about A decade in the top 10 for Durham
Simulated galaxies provide fresh evidence of dark matter
Further evidence of the existence of dark matter – the mysterious substance that is believed to hold the Universe together – has been produced by Cosmologists at Durham University.
Staff volunteers making a difference
As part of the So Much More campaign, we celebrate our Staff Volunteering and Outreach.
(18 Apr 2017) » More about Staff volunteers making a difference
Should primary schools teach philosophy?
Schools are places where children can learn behaviour, skills and attitudes that have lifelong relevance, in addition to subjects on the formal curriculum. Dr Nadia Siddiqui from the School of Education has looked at the contribution philosophy discussions can make to children’s ‘soft’ skills.
(12 Apr 2017) » More about Should primary schools teach philosophy?
Enjoy world-class sporting facilities and outreach
DURHAM University is inviting more people to take advantage of its sports outreach programme – and enjoy its world-class sporting facilities.
Major new Commission launched on creativity and education
Durham University and Arts Council England have announced The Durham Commission on Creativity and Education.
Launching in September 2017, the Commission will investigate what happens when children experience arts and culture, and how this helps them develop and thrive.
Official Lumiere partnership with Durham University announced
Lumiere’s relationship with Durham University received a boost today with the announcement that the University is to be a major sponsor in this year’s light festival, which will return to Durham 16 -19 November 2017.
Come and enjoy our visitor attractions
DURHAM University is inviting more people to enjoy its range of community and educational events, based out of its acclaimed visitor attractions.
(17 Mar 2017) » More about Come and enjoy our visitor attractions
Improving maths knowledge in schools
Low attainment in maths is seen as one of the most serious problems in UK education. Dr Lee Copping from the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University tells us more about a project which will dig deeper into the causes.
(6 Mar 2017) » More about improving maths knowledge in schools
Get involved with Durham University music
DURHAM University is inviting more residents to enjoy the first-class music on offer from its students, available close to home and at affordable prices.
(3 Mar 2017) » More about Get involved with Durham University music
Policing domestic abuse
‘Out of court resolutions’, including apologies, are used in domestic abuse cases by all police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland despite official guidance advising against their use, according to new research.
(3 Mar 2017) » More about policing domestic abuse
New framework to safeguard children
A new NSPCC national framework to help tackle the issue of harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people is proving beneficial to professionals working in safeguarding. The research of Professor Simon Hackett of Durham University’s School of Applied Social Sciences has strongly influenced the Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) framework of which he is first author.
(27 Feb 2017) » More about New framework to safeguard children
Opportunity for young people to try student life
DURHAM University is inviting talented teenagers to take advantage of free support aimed at helping them reach their full potential.
(17 Feb 2017) » More about Opportunity for young people to try student life
Durham part of new Barnardo’s centre of expertise
Durham University is a partner in a new £7.5m Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse launched by the UK Home Office and led by Barnardo’s.
Hearing voices and spirituality
Although voice-hearing is often associated with severe mental illness, it can be an important aspect of people’s religious or spiritual life.
This is an area explored in the world’s first major exhibition on hearing voices which enters its final month (February) at Durham University’s Palace Green Library.
(3 Feb 2017) » More about Hearing voices and spirituality
Kind-hearted students ready to give boost to community
DURHAM University students are ready to help more good causes in the region.
Bill Bryson: I thought Durham was perfect when I first saw it - I still think so now
Bill Bryson, the celebrated author and former Chancellor of Durham University, speaks about his enduring love affair with Durham, its Cathedral and its people.
International Study Centre to open in September
Durham University will strengthen its global links with the opening of a new International Study Centre (ISC) in September 2017. The new centre, based at the University’s Queen’s Campus in Stockton-on-Tees, will welcome students from around the world to North East England.
(30 Jan 2017) » More about International Study Centre to open in September
Durham University is key to bright future
Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, explores how the University is key to the economic success of County Durham and North East England.
(9 Jan 2017) » More about Durham University is key to bright future
Durham academic awarded National Teaching Fellowship
Durham University’s Dr Sam Nolan, Assistant Director, Centre for Academic, Researcher & Organisation Development & Honorary Fellow in the School of Education has become only the fourth Durham academic to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.
(16 Dec 2016) » More about Durham academic awarded National Teaching Fellowship
Durham University worth £1.1 billion a year to the UK economy
Durham University is worth £1.1 billion a year to the UK economy, an independent report has revealed. A major study undertaken by BiGGAR Economics found the University generated £1.1 billion Gross Value Added (GVA) for the UK economy in 2014-15 and supported 13,600 UK jobs.
Durham appoints Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
Durham University has appointed Professor Antony Long as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost following a competitive recruitment process. Antony is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Durham University and will take up his new position on 1 November 2016. He succeeds Professor Ray Hudson who retired in April this year.
(10 Oct 2016) » More about Durham appoints Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
Fusion energy could be the future
Fusion energy offers the tantalising possibility of clean, sustainable and almost limitless energy. But can it be an economically viable option?
(20 Sep 2015) » More about Fusion energy could be the future
Low cost ethical loans for postgraduate study
Durham University has launched an innovative postgraduate loan product to help to attract the most talented students to further study after they finish their undergraduate degree.
(20 Sep 2015) » More about Low cost ethical loans for postgraduate study
Skeletons found in mass graves are 17th Century Scottish soldiers
New analysis carried out on skeletons discovered in a centuries-old mass grave in Durham, UK, has led experts to conclude they are the remains of Scottish soldiers taken prisoner after the 1650 Battle of Dunbar.
International focus on Magna Carta exhibition
Eight hundred years on from when it was first written, the enduring legacy of one of the world’s most important documents lives on.
(31 Aug 2015) » More about International focus on Magna Carta exhibition
Is there life out there?
Humans have long wondered: “Are we alone in the Universe?”
After all, the Earth is just one planet in one galaxy among hundreds of billions that exist across the cosmos.
(31 Aug 2015) » More about Is there life out there?
Understanding landslide risk in post-earthquake Nepal
In April 2015 parts of Nepal were devastated by an intense earthquake and significant aftershocks. But the danger to human life and livelihoods doesn’t end when the ground stops shaking. Earthquake-triggered landslides present an immediate and long-term threat in mountain environments, compounding the difficulties for those affected.
(31 Aug 2015) » More about Understanding landslide risk in post-earthquake Nepal
Olympic Torch given warm welcome on University’s Racecourse
Thousands of people celebrated the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Durham City on the University’s Racecourse this weekend.
World-famous opera star Sir Thomas Allen appointed Chancellor of Durham University
Celebrated opera star Sir Thomas Allen, who has performed on some of the world's great stages, has been appointed to a new leading role as Chancellor of Durham University.
Durham Declares as University Fees Market Takes Shape
England's third oldest university, renowned for the quality and employability of its graduates, has announced plans to charge a headline fee of £9,000 per year to undergraduates from 2012.
(16 Mar 2011) » More about Durham Declares as University Fees Market Takes Shape