Formation of human tissue to improve drug testing and reduce animal research
Innovative three dimensional (3D) cell culture technology is giving scientists the ability to grow realistic human tissues for more effective drug testing while reducing the need for animal research.
Durham’s cosmology research lights up London
Research by Durham University scientists into the evolution of galaxies lit up London as part of a major festival.
(16 Jan 2018) » More about Durham’s cosmology research lights up London
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.
First director appointed to new Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art
An international centre for the study of Spanish and Latin American art has appointed its inaugural director.
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
Why the best teachers should be in reception classes
Primary schools should consider putting their best teachers into Reception classes according to researchers at Durham University, who found that children who were taught well in their first year went on to achieve better GCSE results in English and Maths.
(15 Dec 2017) » More about Why the best teachers should be in reception classes
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
New image brings people face to face with Seventeenth Century Scottish soldier
The face of one of the Seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers who was imprisoned and died in Durham following the Battle of Dunbar in 1650 has been revealed through a remarkable new digital reconstruction.
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
Research that helps parents and babies sleep better gets Royal approval
Research that has helped to shape the way babies sleep and how parents care for them at night-time has been given the Royal seal of approval.
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
Durham 73rd in world rankings for Physical Sciences
Durham University has been ranked 73rd in the world for Physical Sciences in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Subject Rankings 2017-18.
(27 Nov 2017) » More about Durham 73rd in world rankings for Physical Sciences
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.
University attractions are big hit at Lumiere 2017
Lumiere has been declared as a resounding success with Durham University’s attractions and expertise playing a major part in the UK’s biggest light festival.
(23 Nov 2017) » More about University attractions are big hit at Lumiere 2017
Mars might be drier than previously thought
Dark features previously proposed as evidence for significant liquid water flowing on Mars have now been identified as granular flows, where sand and dust move rather than liquid water, according to a new study.
(21 Nov 2017) » More about Mars might be drier than previously thought
Illuminating the Universe
Durham University is one of the world’s leading centres for research into the origins and evolution of the Universe.
(14 Nov 2017) » More about Illuminating the Universe
Student invites Lumiere visitors to Know Thyself
A throbbing red heart that will illuminate one of Durham’s most famous landmarks has been inspired by the historical research of postgraduate student Finola Finn.
(14 Nov 2017) » More about Student invites Lumiere visitors to Know Thyself
Multi-million pound boost to help improve energy technology
A newly announced research centre will see Durham University join forces with two of North East England's other universities to help improve energy technology at an atomic level.
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.
Starting school at a younger age could benefit children in South Africa
Children in South Africa could benefit from starting school a year earlier, according to new research by Durham University in the UK and the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
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
Free science outreach programme
DURHAM University is inviting more schools and teachers in North East England to take advantage of its free science outreach programme.
(25 Jan 2017) » More about Free science outreach programme
Urgent action needed to save primates from extinction
The majority of primate species worldwide are now threatened with extinction, according to an international group of primate conservation experts who are calling for urgent action to protect the world’s dwindling primate populations.
(19 Jan 2017) » More about urgent action needed to save primates from extinction
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
Helping busy head teachers
Two-thirds of head teachers in England now use the Teaching and Learning Toolkit, developed by Durham University and the Sutton Trust, to inform how best to spend their pupil premium funding, according to a recent survey.
(14 Dec 2016) » More about helping busy head teachers
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