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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.

(27 Mar 2020) » More about CO₂ emissions are plummeting – here’s how to keep them down


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 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. 

(26 Mar 2020) » More about The lockdown is a dangerous time for victims of domestic abuse


How to build a universe

How to build a universe

How do you build a universe?

(19 Mar 2020) » More about How to build a universe


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


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.

(11 Mar 2020) » More about The origins of life on Earth challenged in 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?

Basil Bunting reading from 'Briggflatts'

(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


Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry art on show at Oriental Museum

Visitors to Durham University Oriental Museum view Sovereign 3 by Hew Locke, part of the Pushing Paper exhibition. The backs of the visitors heads are visible in silhouette in front of the artwork

Drawings by leading artists Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry and David Hockney are part of a new exhibition at our Oriental Museum.

(3 Mar 2020) » More about Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry art on show at Oriental Museum


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.

(20 Feb 2020) » More about Global conservation priorities identified in 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

Person wearing forensic gloves examining a skull

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.

(11 Feb 2020) » More about Archaeologists unearth Durham’s earliest known resident


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 roe deer captured on camera by a MammalWeb motion-sensing camera

A citizen science project we ran in schools has dramatically increased children’s knowledge of UK wild mammals.

(4 Feb 2020) » More about Animal spotting project helps double children’s mammal knowledge


Durham named one of the world’s most international universities

Durham named one of the most international universities in the world

We’ve been ranked joint 30th among the world’s most international universities in a new league table.

(30 Jan 2020) » More about Durham named one of the world’s most international universities


UK Government minister praises inspiring research and innovation at Durham

Universities Minister Chris Skidmore Visits Durham University

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.

(24 Jan 2020) » More about UK Government minister praises inspiring research and innovation at Durham


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?

A visitor to Ely Cathedral Science Festival takes a photograph of a model of a Dalek from BBC's Dr Who

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?

(17 Jan 2020) » More about Can science and religion co-exist in the 21st Century?


Influential Durham law expert made honorary QC

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.

(10 Jan 2020) » More about Professor recognised for contribution to dyslexia understanding


Baby sleep expertise leads to new bedsharing advice

Research by our baby sleep experts has led to new international guidance on bedsharing.

(7 Jan 2020) » More about Baby sleep expertise leads to new bedsharing advice


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?

Watching TV makes us prefer thinner women

(19 Dec 2019) » More about Watching TV makes us prefer thinner women


Can politics be moral?

Rowan Williams

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

Revealing the true colours of quasars

Research at Durham isn’t just confined to life here on Earth.

(17 Dec 2019) » More about Five cool things about our Cosmology & Astronomy research


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.

(16 Dec 2019) » More about Enduring interest in the fate of the Scottish Soldiers


Greenland ice losses rising faster than expected

Animation - Greenland ice losses

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

Anonymous group of male and female students walking

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.

(5 Dec 2019) » More about universities ‘should have legal duty’ to fight sexual violence


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.

(27 Nov 2019) » More about Air pollution and the ethics of recommending facemasks


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

How a simple mesh could clean up oil spills

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.

(18 Nov 2019) » More about India’s National Academy of Sciences honours Durham researcher


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.

(13 Nov 2019) » More about National Energy Champion award for geothermal researcher


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.

(6 Nov 2019) » More about Triple success in international subject league tables


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?

Dr Mariann Hardey, Associate Professor at Durham University Business School, is a social scientist and digital humanities scholar.
Her research interests have long been concerned with mediated relationships and digital communications while bringing a richer comprehension of opportunities around working in technology into the process of leadership with a focus on supporting gender equality in tech in particular.

(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.

(14 Oct 2019) » More about Netflix pioneer makes $3.5M donation to Durham University


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.

(14 Oct 2019) » More about Stemettes inspire the next generation of women in tech


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. 

(9 Oct 2019) » More about Leading social scientists awarded Fellowships of the Academy of Social Sciences


Observing the Cosmic Web

Astronomers get detailed view of 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

Opening up the archives of Radical Jack

We’ve achieved our highest-ever global ranking in Arts and Humanities in a prestigious international league table.

(2 Oct 2019) » More about Durham gains highest-ever global ranking in Arts & Humanities


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.

Shaping the Future of Energy - Interview with Prof. Jon Gluyas, Director Durham Energy Institute

(2 Oct 2019) » More about Durham geothermal energy expertise at UK Conservative Party conference


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.

(25 Sep 2019) » More about Thousands of meltwater lakes mapped on East Antarctic Ice Sheet


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

How a simple mesh could clean up oil spills

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

How three students are trying to reduce the plastic mountain

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

Rethabile's Story - Short Version

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’

Opening up the archives 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

Revealing the true colours of quasars

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.

(17 Jul 2019) » More about Lumiere light festival offers pianists the chance to shine


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

Janet Stewart, Charlotte Clarke, Jacqui Rammage

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.

(8 Jul 2019) » More about Chameleon Theory could change our thoughts on gravity


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.

(5 Jul 2019) » More about How a tiny bug inspires surfaces that don’t get wet


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.

Giving women a voice in disaster risk reduction

(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.

(2 Jul 2019) » More about Big honours for two scientists who explore the very small


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. 

(28 Jun 2019) » More about Permanent headstone marks Scottish soldiers 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.

How three students are trying to reduce the plastic mountain

(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.

Bringing the works of great composers back to life

(26 Jun 2019) » More about Reviving the music of great composers


A simple mesh to clean up oil spills

Oil spills happen frequently ranging from large ones like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster to smaller ones on industrial sites. All have a damaging impact on the environment and wildlife.

How a simple mesh could clean up oil spills

(24 Jun 2019) » More about A simple mesh to clean up oil spills


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

An archaeological excavation at Binchester Roman Fort

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.

(4 Jun 2019) » More about A city that's more afraid of tigers than earthquakes


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.

(17 May 2019) » More about from food flavourings to biofuels, metals are key


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.

(9 May 2019) » More about Lighting up Durham, as Lumiere festival returns


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.

(9 May 2019) » More about universities would be £4.5m poorer without chaplains


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.

(23 Apr 2019) » More about Online course brings Scottish soldiers project to the world


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.

(18 Apr 2019) » More about top jobs still lack diversity and equality


Why elite cyclists should talk to astronauts

It is well known that the bones of astronauts can become weak from being in space. But did you know that elite cyclists can lose a similar amount of bone density during a racing season?

(2 Apr 2019) » More about Why elite cyclists should talk to astronauts


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.

(13 Mar 2019) » More about Training the next generation of global problem solvers


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.

(8 Mar 2019) » More about #BalanceforBetter: A royal celebration 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.

(1 Mar 2019) » More about Durham professor appointed to UK’s Infected Blood Inquiry


Gambling apps encourage futile betting

Person using mobile phone

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

Image showing digital artwork of medieval understanding of the universe

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?

Fish and chips in take-away box

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.

(8 Jan 2019) » More about Celebrated emergency aid worker and Netflix pioneer among those receiving honorary Durham degrees


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?

(19 Dec 2018) » More about does Santa need a passport?


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.

(18 Dec 2018) » More about Staff and students give big to help good causes at 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.

(14 Dec 2018) » More about Bright future for John Snow College, as 2019/20 location is 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.

(12 Dec 2018) » More about Durham Women FC wins historic victory over Manchester United


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.

(9 Dec 2018) » More about Festival drug checking can reduce drug-related harm


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.

(20 Nov 2018) » More about Sector-leading pre-sessional programmes offer world-class welcome for international students


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.

(19 Nov 2018) » More about UK Government legal adviser receives inaugural Durham University award


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.

(9 Nov 2018) » More about Fracking causes earthquakes by design: can regulation keep up?


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.

(7 Nov 2018) » More about Charities share nearly £30,000 raised through Durham University Community Fund


‘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.

(5 Nov 2018) » More about State-of-the-art facilities for Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science now under construction


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.

(19 Oct 2018) » More about one million international visitors attend Walking with the Buddha Exhibition


Play with time at Oriental Museum exhibition

Yasmin and Florence Bird experiment with the When the Dust Settles artwork

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.

(14 Sep 2018) » More about Teaching Excellence Recognised at Learning and Teaching Conference


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. 

(14 Sep 2018) » More about World-leading researchers to speak at Saturday Morning Science


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.

Zooming onto the galaxy cluster Abell 370

(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.

(6 Sep 2018) » More about Construction begins on £80 million Mount Oswald project


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.

(4 Sep 2018) » More about Work set to begin on new Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science Building


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.

(23 Aug 2018) » More about 600 children enjoy sixth annual Durham University summer camps


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.

(14 Aug 2018) » More about Summer schools help young people prepare for university


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.

(9 Aug 2018) » More about Boosting diversity in Engineering and Physical Sciences


Are summer droughts and wildfires a sign of things to come?

Professor Glenn McGregor from Geography explores the causes of the heat wave currently affecting much of Europe, and asks whether this might be a sign of things to come.

(8 Aug 2018) » More about 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.

(3 Aug 2018) » More about Local charities get American help, 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.

(1 Aug 2018) » More about Durham University’s Department of Engineering partners with the Institution of Engineering and Technology


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.

(1 Aug 2018) » More about University sets out to deliver ‘Education by Design’


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.

(25 Jul 2018) » More about Durham University supports local writer to develop new 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. 

(19 Jul 2018) » More about School students explore big questions of science at Durham University


Outstanding partnership helps reduce power outages

Durham University and NM Group Knowledge Transfer Partnership: Vegetation Analytics

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.

(2 Jul 2018) » More about Naval Commander, High Court Judge, Anthropologist, and Historian awarded honorary degrees


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.

(11 Jun 2018) » More about Exhibition tells the story of 17th Century Scottish soldiers


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.

(5 Jun 2018) » More about A classical start to the Durham Festival of Arts 2018


Discovering how humans can see with sound

Lore and student Josefina wear earphones and talk into foam covered microphones

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.

(31 May 2018) » More about New ‘super festival’ to debut across Durham in celebration of the arts


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.

(18 May 2018) » More about Seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers reburied in Durham


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.

Could a Multiverse be hospitable to life?

(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.

(10 May 2018) » More about Students and schools raise £3,000 for charity with 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.

(8 May 2018) » More about Olympic hope turns coach and mentor for younger rowers


Warning signs: how early humans first began to paint animals

Professor Paul Pettitt, from the Department of Archaeology and Derek Hodgson, University of York, explain why figurative art might derive from Neanderthal handprints.

(4 May 2018) » More about 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.

(20 Apr 2018) » More about Seminar shows value of arts and heritage to North East England


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.

(13 Apr 2018) » More about University reaffirms commitment to community engagement


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.

(10 Apr 2018) » More about Research into manufacture of life-saving drug wins industry-sponsored award


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

Just hours after the 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura earthquake hit New Zealand in 2016 research by Dr Tom Robinson, Department of Geography, was helping to inform the work of first responders in the area.

(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.

(27 Mar 2018) » More about University to fund £2.4m redevelopment of historic Durham theatre


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.

(22 Mar 2018) » More about Durham University dominate at the British University Team Sport Finals


Durham University invites residents to help shape future growth

Durham University is inviting residents, businesses and organisations to help shape its future growth.

(15 Mar 2018) » More about Durham University invites residents to help shape 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.

(14 Mar 2018) » More about Durham University to divest from companies involved in fossil fuel extraction


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.

(28 Feb 2018) » More about Man-made earthquake risk reduced if fracking is 895m from faults


Neanderthals were artistic like modern humans, study suggests

Neanderthal Origin of Cave Art

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.

(23 Feb 2018) » More about Neanderthals were artistic like modern humans, study suggests


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.

(15 Feb 2018) » More about UK fracking industry would need strict controls to minimise spill risk


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.

(7 Feb 2018) » More about MEETING POSTPONED: Durham University invites residents to help shape future growth


International medal for surface scientist

Prof Jas Pal Badyal (r) receives the Chemical Research Society of India’s International Medal

A chemist whose research is helping to harvest clean drinking water and has waterproofed millions of mobile phones has been awarded a major international honour.

(30 Jan 2018) » More about International medal for surface scientist


Formation of human tissue to improve drug testing and reduce animal research

Professor Stefan Przyborski, Biosciences, Durham University

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.

(18 Jan 2018) » More about Formation of human tissue to improve drug testing and reduce animal research


Philanthropist, filmmaker and children's champion receive honorary degrees

Jonathan Ruffer, Wendy Shepherd and Chris Terrill

A leading philanthropist, a pioneering filmmaker and a children’s champion were awarded honorary degrees as thousands of students graduated from Durham University.

(5 Jan 2018) » More about Philanthropist, filmmaker and children's champion receive honorary degrees


Work to begin on new colleges and student facilities

Work to develop new college and student facilities at Durham University will begin within weeks.

(2 Jan 2018) » More about Work to begin on new colleges and student facilities


Durham joins student visa pilot

Congregation, Durham Cathedral

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

Students and young people on a Team Durham holiday camp

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.

(4 Dec 2017) » More about International Study Centre celebrates 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

miner's hands holding a lump of coal

Dr Charlotte Adams from Geography and Durham Energy Institute Executive Director Professor Jon Gluyas believe that the UK's abandoned deep mines could meet our future energy needs.

(28 Nov 2017) » More about 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.

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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.

(2 Nov 2017) » More about Leading research-focused universities worth £87 billion to UK economy


Durham's part in Science and Innovation Audit

The Northern Powerhouse Chemicals and Process Consortium, led by Tees Valley Combined Authority, has been selected by the Government to lead a Science and Innovation Audit (SIA).

(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.

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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.

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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.

(17 Oct 2017) » More about how telescope technology is helping treat heart disease


Consultation begins on Mount Oswald project

An artist's impression of the view towards The Hub

Durham University has begun consultation on its proposed development for the Mount Oswald site, Durham City. 

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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

Sheraton House, Sheraton Park

An early pillar of Durham’s ambitious University Strategy, 2017-2027 has been delivered successfully, with the opening of Sheraton Park as a new 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.

(8 Sep 2017) » More about International Study Centre welcomes first students


Reformation Rebels: The surprising histories of Benedictine monks in exile

Monks in Motion

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.

(31 Aug 2017) » More about Reformation Rebels: The surprising histories of Benedictine monks in exile


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.

The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT)

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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.

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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.

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Exploring geothermal energy potential

Researchers at the University’s Durham Energy Institute (DEI) are exploring the Earth’s geothermal energy potential

(4 Jul 2017) » More about Exploring geothermal energy potential


Little Cub gives astronomers rare chance to see galaxy demise

A primitive galaxy that could provide clues about the early Universe has been spotted by astronomers as it begins to be consumed by a gigantic neighbouring galaxy.

(4 Jul 2017) » More about Little Cub gives astronomers rare chance to see galaxy demise


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.

(3 Jul 2017) » More about Study shows teachers have some concerns about their Prevent duty


Outstanding recognition for Durham University's scientists

Durham University’s outstanding achievements in science have been recognised with a series of awards.

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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.

(28 Jun 2017) » More about Durham University Business School achieves five-year EQUIS accreditation


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.

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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.

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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).

(5 Jun 2017) » More about Geography professors honoured for outstanding achievements


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.

(30 May 2017) » More about Durham Festival of the Arts offers something for everyone


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.

(23 May 2017) » More about Ten-year Strategy 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.

(16 May 2017) » More about Get involved with Durham University's broad education offer


Scottish soldiers commemorated in Durham

The seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers, who were imprisoned and died in Durham following the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, were commemorated with a series of events in the City on Friday 12 May 2017. 

(12 May 2017) » More about Scottish soldiers commemorated in Durham


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.

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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

A simulated galaxy is pictured, showing the main ingredients that make up a galaxy: the stars (blue), the gas from which the stars are born (red), and the dark matter halo that surrounds the galaxy (light grey)

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.

(21 Apr 2017) » More about Simulated galaxies provide fresh evidence of dark matter


Staff volunteers making a difference

Staff from Durham University Business School help tidy Stockton Road Cemetery, Durham City

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.

(4 Apr 2017) » More about Enjoy world-class sporting facilities and outreach