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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 are used to trigger an avalanche in a new 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


Durham subjects ranked in World Top 50

Durham University’s research and teaching has been ranked among the world’s best in the latest global subject rankings.

(17 Oct 2018) » More about Durham subjects ranked in World Top 50


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


Government backs up Durham research on ‘bad pub quiz’

The Government has likened its own British citizenship test to a ‘pub quiz’ repeating what Durham researcher, Professor Thom Brooks, showed in his research five years ago.

(4 Oct 2018) » More about Government backs up Durham research on ‘bad pub quiz’


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


Thousands of far-flung galaxies revealed

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 Thousands of far-flung galaxies revealed


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


Prehistoric changes in vegetation could predict future of Earth’s ecosystems

Dramatic changes in the Earth’s vegetation at the end of the last ice age could be a sign of future climate driven changes if greenhouse gas emissions are not cut.

(31 Aug 2018) » More about Prehistoric changes in vegetation could predict future of Earth’s ecosystems


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


International award for Durham Physicist

A Durham University physicist has won an international award for his work on modelling elementary particles, in particular the Higgs boson.

(21 Aug 2018) » More about International award for Durham Physicist


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


New type of bed net could help fight against malaria

A new type of bed net could prevent millions of cases of malaria, according to new research published in The Lancet.

(13 Aug 2018) » More about New type of bed net could help fight against malaria


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


Launch of new Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

On Wednesday 1 August, Durham University officially launched the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences. The move comes as the University seeks to further build on its reputation as a global leader in the field of Academic Sport and Exercise.

(7 Aug 2018) » More about Launch of new Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences


Academics rewarded for world-changing research

Durham University researchers were rewarded for their world-changing research at the University’s inaugural Impact and Engagement Awards.

(6 Aug 2018) » More about Academics rewarded for world-changing research


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


Deforestation will have ‘drastic impact’ on South America

Deforestation of the ‘overlooked’ Guiana rainforests will have drastic impact on the rainfall patterns that support ecosystems and livelihoods across South America, warn scientists from Durham and other UK universities in a new report.

(25 Jul 2018) » More about Deforestation will have ‘drastic impact’ on South America


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


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


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


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


Durham University climbs in world university rankings

Durham University has climbed to 74th in the world in the latest global university rankings.

The University moved up four places overall from 78th last year in the QS World University Rankings 2019.

The increase puts Durham in the top eight per cent of 1,011 global higher education institutions ranked, according to the QS.

(6 Jun 2018) » More about Durham University climbs in world university rankings


Gold Award to mark excellence in teaching

Durham University has been awarded the highest possible accolade in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). This comes as the University continues to strive to deliver world-class teaching, with significant investment in new facilities and innovative teaching practices.

(6 Jun 2018) » More about Gold Award to mark excellence in teaching


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


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


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


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


Durham ranked 6th in the UK

Durham University is ranked 6th in the UK according to the 2019 Complete University Guide – cementing its place as one of the UK’s leading universities. 

(25 Apr 2018) » More about Durham ranked 6th in the UK


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


Supporting young women to row for the top

Julia Gledson, of Durham School, takes part in the coaching session

Durham University is helping local schoolgirls achieve their rowing ambitions.

(18 Apr 2018) » More about Supporting young women to row for the top


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


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


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


HRH The Prince of Wales visits Durham Cathedral and Durham University

HRH the Prince of Wales

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has officially opened a new visitor experience, honoured a local ancestor and a local regiment and witnessed a 350-strong singalong of the popular hymn Jerusalem during a visit to Durham Cathedral and Durham University. 

(5 Feb 2018) » More about HRH The Prince of Wales visits Durham


Durham alumna named Australian of the Year

Michelle Simmons

Durham alumna Professor Michelle Simmons has been named 2018 Australian of the Year.

Michelle (Physics & Chemistry of Materials, Trevelyan College, 1985-88 and Physics PhD, St Aidan's College, 1988-92) is now a Physics professor at the University of New South Wales, leading pioneering research that could result in a quantum leap in computing. 

(30 Jan 2018) » More about Durham alumna named Australian of the Year


Philanthropist, filmmaker and children's champion receive honorary degrees

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


Atom bank and will.i.am visit Durham University

Ogden Centre

Atom bank along with musician, tech entrepreneur and philanthropist will.i.am have visited Durham to find out more about how the University is engaging young people in science and technology.

(28 Nov 2017) » More about Atom bank and will.i.am visit Durham University


Schools could play a vital role to help prevent mental health problems in young people

More needs to be done to provide guidance and support in schools to prevent mental health problems in young people according to a new report.

(23 Nov 2017) » More about schools could play a vital role to help prevent mental health problems in young people


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.

(19 Oct 2017) » More about Durham Law School tackles unacceptable working practices


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. 

(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

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


Working together to benefit Durham

Durham University and Durham County Council have signed a new partnership to work together for the good of County Durham.

(18 Jul 2017) » More about Working together to benefit Durham


Women have to ‘prove they are sports fans’

Female sports fans struggle to be taken seriously and feel they are regarded as being less committed than male fans, according to research by Dr Stacey Pope, who answers some questions about her findings below.

(14 Jul 2017) » More about women have to ‘prove they are sports fans’


Redevelopment to begin at popular sports complex

Work to enhance Durham University sports facilities already used by more than 2,000 residents of North East England each week is to begin.

(13 Jul 2017) » More about Redevelopment to begin at popular sports complex


Durham appoints new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global)

Durham University has appointed its first Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global) following a competitive recruitment process. 

(6 Jul 2017) » More about Durham appoints new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global)


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.

(6 Jul 2017) » More about Durham’s leading role in forging links with India


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.

(30 Jun 2017) » More about outstanding recognition for Durham University's scientists


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.

(28 Jun 2017) » More about from ashtrays full of cigarette butts to smoke-free environments


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.

(9 Jun 2017) » More about Post-election 2017 – Durham University expertise


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


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.

(9 May 2017) » More about pioneering work in chemistry receives prestigious recognition


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


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.

(28 Mar 2017) » More about Major new Commission launched on creativity and education


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.

(20 Mar 2017) » More about Official Lumiere partnership with Durham University announced


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.

(16 Feb 2017) » More about Durham part of new Barnardo’s centre of expertise


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.

(3 Feb 2017) » More about Kind-hearted students ready to give boost to community


Bill Bryson: I thought Durham was perfect when I first saw it - I still think so now

Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson, the celebrated author and former Chancellor of Durham University, speaks about his enduring love affair with Durham, its Cathedral and its people.

(2 Feb 2017) » More about Bill Bryson: I thought Durham was perfect when I first saw it - I still think so now


International Study Centre to open in September

**The International Study Centre is now recruiting**

Durham University will strengthen its global links with the opening of a new International Study Centre (ISC) in September 2017. The new centre, based at the University’s Queen’s Campus in Stockton-on-Tees, will welcome students from around the world to North East England.

(30 Jan 2017) » More about International Study Centre to open in September


Durham University is key to bright future

Place of Light

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, explores how the University is key to the economic success of County Durham and North East England.

(9 Jan 2017) » More about Durham University is key to bright future


Durham academic awarded National Teaching Fellowship

Durham University’s Dr Sam Nolan, Assistant Director, Centre for Academic, Researcher & Organisation Development & Honorary Fellow in the School of Education has become only the fourth Durham academic to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. 

(16 Dec 2016) » More about Durham academic awarded National Teaching Fellowship


Durham University worth £1.1 billion a year to the UK economy

Durham University is worth £1.1 billion a year to the UK economy, an independent report has revealed. A major study undertaken by BiGGAR Economics found the University generated £1.1 billion Gross Value Added (GVA) for the UK economy in 2014-15 and supported 13,600 UK jobs.

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(9 Nov 2016) » More about Durham University worth £1.1 billion a year to the UK economy


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?

Professor Damian Hampshire talks about fusion energy, suggesting it could be economically viable.

(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.

FundED: Future Focussed Postgraduate Loans

(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.

(2 Sep 2015) » More about Skeletons found in mass graves are 17th Century Scottish soldiers


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.

Dr Christian Liddy and Canon Rosalind Brown talk about the significance of the Magna Carta.

(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.

 

Dr Pratika Dayal asks if there is life out there

(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.

Developing early warning systems for vulnerable communities: Research at Durham University

(31 Aug 2015) » More about Understanding landslide risk in post-earthquake Nepal


Olympic Torch given warm welcome on University’s Racecourse

Matt Baker lighting the Olympic Cauldron, crowds at The Racecourse, Paul Collingwood at Durham Cathedral, Naomi at torch handover

Thousands of people celebrated the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Durham City on the University’s Racecourse this weekend.

(18 Jun 2012) » More about Olympic Torch given warm welcome on University’s Racecourse


World-famous opera star Sir Thomas Allen appointed Chancellor of Durham University

Sir Thomas Allen

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.

(13 Oct 2011) » More about World-famous opera star Sir Thomas Allen appointed Chancellor of Durham University


Durham Declares as University Fees Market Takes Shape

Students in lecture

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