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.
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Can a smartphone app for parents help toddlers’ development?
A new trial will find out if a smartphone app that sends activities and tips to parents can help improve toddlers’ language and communication skills.
The trial, which will be carried out by researchers in the School of Education at Durham University, will involve parents and guardians of 1,500 children.
Lumiere Durham 2017 conference announced
Durham University Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Corbridge will be among the speakers at a conference to coincide with Lumiere 2017.
(20 Sep 2017) » More about Lumiere Durham 2017 conference announced
Durham in World Top 30 for Arts and Humanities
Durham University has been recognised as a global leader in Arts and Humanities in a prestigious international league table.
(13 Sep 2017) » More about Durham in World Top 30 for Arts and Humanities
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.
Durham's student support, community and research work shortlisted for awards
Durham University has been recognised for its commitment to student support, community engagement and research excellence with three projects shortlisted for prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.
Motorised molecules drill into cancer cells
Motorised molecules driven by light have been used to drill holes in the membranes of individual cells, including cancerous ones. The technique shows promise for either bringing therapeutic agents into the cells or directly inducing the cells to die.
(31 Aug 2017) » More about Motorised molecules drill into cancer cells
Reformation Rebels: The surprising histories of Benedictine monks in exile
Sixteenth and seventeenth century Benedictine monks refused abstinence, died in duels, went off to war and spread illegal Catholic doctrine, a new study has revealed.
People who hear voices can detect hidden speech in unusual sounds
People who hear voices that other people can’t hear may use unusual skills when their brains process new sounds, according to new research.
Durham top for graduate employment and further study
Durham University has the highest rate employment and further study for undergraduates completing their first degree, according to a survey by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
(17 Aug 2017) » More about Durham top for graduate employment and further study
Understanding human needs is key to wildlife ecology research
The Primate and Predator Project based in the Soutpansberg mountain range of South Africa, aims to better understand the ecology of local species and the threat that human activity poses to their conservation. Project Director Professor Russell Hill, Department of Anthropology, discusses the challenges of managing a research project abroad and successfully engaging with local communities.
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
Durham becomes first UK team to excavate in Forbidden City
Archaeologists from Durham University in the UK have become the first UK team to excavate inside the walls of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.
Calling time on the kissing bugs
They are known as ‘kissing bugs’ and they spread a disease that rarely makes the headlines but infects up to seven million people worldwide.
(21 Jul 2017) » More about calling time on the kissing bugs
Durham scientists play key role as construction starts on world’s largest telescope
Construction work has begun on the world’s largest visible to infrared telescope – and Durham University is playing a key role.
Working together to benefit Durham
Durham University and Durham County Council have signed a new partnership to work together for the good of County Durham.
(18 Jul 2017) » More about Working together to benefit Durham
Light-based medical start-up to receive expert guidance
A Durham University start-up company that could provide new light-based medical treatments has been selected to benefit from expert help in becoming ready for investment which could turn their ideas into businesses.
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.
National award recognises commitment to women in physics
Durham University’s Department of Physics has been rewarded for its commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace.
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
Modelling the invisible
Durham University’s Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP) took part in the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition this year for the first time, with an exhibit entitled Modelling the Invisible.
Here Dr David G. Cerdeño, Assistant Professor at the IPPP explains how they made complex physics accessible to a general audience and the benefits of taking part in events such as this.
(7 Jul 2017) » More about Modelling the invisible
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.
First real-time measurements of Earth's surface displacement during major earthquake
A team of researchers led by the Department of Earth Sciences has collected the first real-time measurements of Earth’s surface displacement during a major earthquake, as published in the journal Scientific Reports.
Exploring 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.
Study shows teachers have some concerns about their Prevent duty
School and college staff in England are largely confident about implementing the Prevent duty, but some have concerns that it is increasing stigmatisation of Muslim students, according to a new study.
Outstanding recognition for Durham University's scientists
Durham University’s outstanding achievements in science have been recognised with a series of awards.
Durham University Business School achieves five-year EQUIS accreditation
Durham University Business School, one of the UK’s longest established business schools, has been awarded a five-year extension to its accreditation from EQUIS, the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration.
From ashtrays full of cigarette butts to smoke-free environments
This week, it will be ten years since the smoking ban for enclosed workplaces in the UK came into force. Dr Andrew Russell from the Life of Breath research project takes a look at how things have changed.
Making a difference beyond graduation
IT may be nearing the end of the academic year, but Durham University has many family and learning activities on offer right through the summer.
(23 Jun 2017) » More about Making a difference beyond graduation
Durham ranked in world’s top 100 universities
Durham University’s position among the world’s leading universities has been confirmed once more, with the publication of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2017.
(14 Jun 2017) » More about Durham ranked in world’s top 100 universities
Durham students helping charities
DURHAM University students are encouraging more good causes to benefit from their charity fundraising efforts.
(9 Jun 2017) » More about Durham students helping charities
Post-election 2017 – Durham University expertise
A selection of Durham University experts who are available for comment to the media on a variety of post-election issues.
Geography professors honoured for outstanding achievements
Two of Durham University’s geographers have been honoured for their outstanding achievements by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS).
Durham Festival of the Arts offers something for everyone
DURHAM University is inviting local residents to enjoy the third annual Durham Festival of the Arts.
Ten-year Strategy to deliver world-class research, education and wider student experience
Durham University has launched a new ten-year Strategy which will ensure it continues to deliver world-class research, education and wider student experience.
Durham ranked 4th in The Guardian University Guide
Durham University has moved up to 4th in the UK according to The Guardian University Guide League Table 2018.
This ranking is a move up from 6th place in last year’s survey and is Durham’s highest ever position in this league table, reaffirming its standing as one of the UK’s top universities.
(16 May 2017) » More about Durham ranked 4th in The Guardian University Guide
Get involved with Durham University's broad education offer
DURHAM University is inviting more local residents to take advantage of its broad education offer, from lectures to language courses; exhibitions to events.
Pioneering work in chemistry receives prestigious recognition
Professor Jas Pal Badyal FRS from Durham University has been named as the Royal Society of Chemistry Tilden Prize winner for 2017 for his pioneering work on the functionalization of solid surfaces and deposition of nanocoatings.
Students offer first-class theatre
DURHAM University is inviting more residents to enjoy the first-class theatre on offer from its students, available close to home and at affordable prices.
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A decade in the top 10 for Durham
Durham University is ranked 6th in the UK according to 2018 Complete University Guide – reaffirming its place in the top 10 since the Guide was launched.
(26 Apr 2017) » More about A decade in the top 10 for Durham
Simulated galaxies provide fresh evidence of dark matter
Further evidence of the existence of dark matter – the mysterious substance that is believed to hold the Universe together – has been produced by Cosmologists at Durham University.
Staff volunteers making a difference
As part of the So Much More campaign, we celebrate our Staff Volunteering and Outreach.
(18 Apr 2017) » More about Staff volunteers making a difference
Should primary schools teach philosophy?
Schools are places where children can learn behaviour, skills and attitudes that have lifelong relevance, in addition to subjects on the formal curriculum. Dr Nadia Siddiqui from the School of Education has looked at the contribution philosophy discussions can make to children’s ‘soft’ skills.
(12 Apr 2017) » More about Should primary schools teach philosophy?
Enjoy world-class sporting facilities and outreach
DURHAM University is inviting more people to take advantage of its sports outreach programme – and enjoy its world-class sporting facilities.
Major new Commission launched on creativity and education
Durham University and Arts Council England have announced The Durham Commission on Creativity and Education.
Launching in September 2017, the Commission will investigate what happens when children experience arts and culture, and how this helps them develop and thrive.
Official Lumiere partnership with Durham University announced
Lumiere’s relationship with Durham University received a boost today with the announcement that the University is to be a major sponsor in this year’s light festival, which will return to Durham 16 -19 November 2017.
Come and enjoy our visitor attractions
DURHAM University is inviting more people to enjoy its range of community and educational events, based out of its acclaimed visitor attractions.
(17 Mar 2017) » More about Come and enjoy our visitor attractions
Improving maths knowledge in schools
Low attainment in maths is seen as one of the most serious problems in UK education. Dr Lee Copping from the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University tells us more about a project which will dig deeper into the causes.
(6 Mar 2017) » More about improving maths knowledge in schools
Get involved with Durham University music
DURHAM University is inviting more residents to enjoy the first-class music on offer from its students, available close to home and at affordable prices.
(3 Mar 2017) » More about Get involved with Durham University music
Policing domestic abuse
‘Out of court resolutions’, including apologies, are used in domestic abuse cases by all police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland despite official guidance advising against their use, according to new research.
(3 Mar 2017) » More about policing domestic abuse
New framework to safeguard children
A new NSPCC national framework to help tackle the issue of harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people is proving beneficial to professionals working in safeguarding. The research of Professor Simon Hackett of Durham University’s School of Applied Social Sciences has strongly influenced the Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) framework of which he is first author.
(27 Feb 2017) » More about New framework to safeguard children
Opportunity for young people to try student life
DURHAM University is inviting talented teenagers to take advantage of free support aimed at helping them reach their full potential.
(17 Feb 2017) » More about Opportunity for young people to try student life
Durham part of new Barnardo’s centre of expertise
Durham University is a partner in a new £7.5m Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse launched by the UK Home Office and led by Barnardo’s.
Hearing voices and spirituality
Although voice-hearing is often associated with severe mental illness, it can be an important aspect of people’s religious or spiritual life.
This is an area explored in the world’s first major exhibition on hearing voices which enters its final month (February) at Durham University’s Palace Green Library.
(3 Feb 2017) » More about Hearing voices and spirituality
Kind-hearted students ready to give boost to community
DURHAM University students are ready to help more good causes in the region.
Bill Bryson: I thought Durham was perfect when I first saw it - I still think so now
Bill Bryson, the celebrated author and former Chancellor of Durham University, speaks about his enduring love affair with Durham, its Cathedral and its people.
International Study Centre to open in September
Durham University will strengthen its global links with the opening of a new International Study Centre (ISC) in September 2017. The new centre, based at the University’s Queen’s Campus in Stockton-on-Tees, will welcome students from around the world to North East England.
(30 Jan 2017) » More about International Study Centre to open in September
Free science outreach programme
DURHAM University is inviting more schools and teachers in North East England to take advantage of its free science outreach programme.
(25 Jan 2017) » More about Free science outreach programme
Urgent action needed to save primates from extinction
The majority of primate species worldwide are now threatened with extinction, according to an international group of primate conservation experts who are calling for urgent action to protect the world’s dwindling primate populations.
(19 Jan 2017) » More about urgent action needed to save primates from extinction
Major investment will expand global access to cultural treasures
Thousands of international scholars, school children and visitors from around the globe will benefit from a major £147k UK Government funding boost to Durham University museums that host some of the world’s finest cultural collections.
Mysterious sea creature part of a new family
One branch on the tree of life is a bit more crowded today as a team of scientists have revealed what a bizarre group of cone-shaped sea creatures actually are, as reported in Nature.
(12 Jan 2017) » More about mysterious sea creature part of a new family
Durham University is key to bright future
Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, explores how the University is key to the economic success of County Durham and North East England.
(9 Jan 2017) » More about Durham University is key to bright future
Durham academic awarded National Teaching Fellowship
Durham University’s Dr Sam Nolan, Assistant Director, Centre for Academic, Researcher & Organisation Development & Honorary Fellow in the School of Education has become only the fourth Durham academic to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.
(16 Dec 2016) » More about Durham academic awarded National Teaching Fellowship
Helping busy head teachers
Two-thirds of head teachers in England now use the Teaching and Learning Toolkit, developed by Durham University and the Sutton Trust, to inform how best to spend their pupil premium funding, according to a recent survey.
(14 Dec 2016) » More about helping busy head teachers
Durham launches its first ever MOOC
Durham University Business School has launched its first ever MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). If you’re looking to find out all about open innovation, then this new free online course could be for you!
(21 Nov 2016) » More about Durham launches its first ever MOOC
Enthusiasm for high school music
Pupils’ enthusiasm for school music lessons drops significantly during the first year of secondary school, according to new research.
(11 Nov 2016) » More about enthusiasm for high school music
Durham University worth £1.1 billion a year to the UK economy
Durham University is worth £1.1 billion a year to the UK economy, an independent report has revealed. A major study undertaken by BiGGAR Economics found the University generated £1.1 billion Gross Value Added (GVA) for the UK economy in 2014-15 and supported 13,600 UK jobs.
Durham appoints Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
Durham University has appointed Professor Antony Long as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost following a competitive recruitment process. Antony is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Durham University and will take up his new position on 1 November 2016. He succeeds Professor Ray Hudson who retired in April this year.
(10 Oct 2016) » More about Durham appoints Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
Durham University appoints new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Professor Alan Houston has been appointed as Durham University’s new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) following an international recruitment process. Alan is currently Director, Academic Strategic Initiatives and Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He will take up his position at Durham on 5 January 2017.
Remains of 17th Century Scottish soldiers to be laid to rest in Durham
Following extensive consultation, Durham University has decided that the remains of the soldiers, discovered in a mass grave on the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be reburied in Durham City.
Fusion energy could be the future
Fusion energy offers the tantalising possibility of clean, sustainable and almost limitless energy. But can it be an economically viable option?
(20 Sep 2015) » More about Fusion energy could be the future
Low cost ethical loans for postgraduate study
Durham University has launched an innovative postgraduate loan product to help to attract the most talented students to further study after they finish their undergraduate degree.
(20 Sep 2015) » More about Low cost ethical loans for postgraduate study
Skeletons found in mass graves are 17th Century Scottish soldiers
New analysis carried out on skeletons discovered in a centuries-old mass grave in Durham, UK, has led experts to conclude they are the remains of Scottish soldiers taken prisoner after the 1650 Battle of Dunbar.
International focus on Magna Carta exhibition
Eight hundred years on from when it was first written, the enduring legacy of one of the world’s most important documents lives on.
(31 Aug 2015) » More about International focus on Magna Carta exhibition
Is there life out there?
Humans have long wondered: “Are we alone in the Universe?”
After all, the Earth is just one planet in one galaxy among hundreds of billions that exist across the cosmos.
(31 Aug 2015) » More about Is there life out there?
Understanding landslide risk in post-earthquake Nepal
In April 2015 parts of Nepal were devastated by an intense earthquake and significant aftershocks. But the danger to human life and livelihoods doesn’t end when the ground stops shaking. Earthquake-triggered landslides present an immediate and long-term threat in mountain environments, compounding the difficulties for those affected.
(31 Aug 2015) » More about Understanding landslide risk in post-earthquake Nepal
Olympic Torch given warm welcome on University’s Racecourse
Thousands of people celebrated the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Durham City on the University’s Racecourse this weekend.
World-famous opera star Sir Thomas Allen appointed Chancellor of Durham University
Celebrated opera star Sir Thomas Allen, who has performed on some of the world's great stages, has been appointed to a new leading role as Chancellor of Durham University.
Durham Declares as University Fees Market Takes Shape
England's third oldest university, renowned for the quality and employability of its graduates, has announced plans to charge a headline fee of £9,000 per year to undergraduates from 2012.
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