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.
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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.
Saving leopards from human threats
Leopard populations in part of South Africa are decreasing in greater numbers and at a greater speed than expected, due in large part to illegal killing by humans according to new findings.
(19 Apr 2017) » More about Saving leopards from human threats
Staff volunteers making a difference
As part of the So Much More campaign, we celebrate our Staff Volunteering and Outreach.
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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.
UK shale gas extraction could be reduced by limited space to develop wells
Only a quarter of the shale gas contained in one of the UK’s largest reserves might be recoverable because of limited space to develop the wells needed to extract it, according to new research.
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.
Universe’s ultraviolet background could provide clues about missing galaxies
Astronomers have developed a way to detect the ultraviolet (UV) background of the Universe, which could help explain why there are so few small galaxies in the cosmos.
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.
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Archaeologists shed new light on 'modern' medical problem
Archaeologists have helped solve a centuries’ old medical mystery which could change the way doctors today view the common condition of prostate stones.
Highest ever number of Durham subjects in world Top 50
Durham University has achieved its highest ever number of subjects in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2017, with eight in the Top 50 and three in the Top 10.
Iconic research centre confirms Durham’s international position in space science
Durham University has reaffirmed its position as a world leading centre of research in astronomy and cosmology with the opening of the new £11.5m Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.
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.
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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.
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New research could increase availability of life saving drug
An effective treatment for a deadly strain of meningitis could become more readily available in less developed nations as a result of research led by Professor Graham Sandford of the Department of Chemistry.
Spectacular light show celebrates new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics
Stunning images of the cosmos will be projected on to one of Durham City’s newest landmarks to celebrate its official opening next week (9,10,11 March).
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.
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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.
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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.
Orangutan kisses point to dawn of spoken language
New research may help to unlock the mystery of why and how our evolutionary ancestors first combined a consonant with a vowel to make the first word.
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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.
Awards for distinguished geologist
The life and work of Professor Jon Davidson, who was an internationally renowned geologist at Durham University until his death last year, has been recognised by two leading professional bodies.
(1 Feb 2017) » More about Awards for distinguished geologist
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Durham strengthens senior leadership team with new appointment
Durham University has appointed Owen Adams OBE as the new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience) following a competitive recruitment process.
Owen, who is currently Commander at the Royal School of Artillery, British Army, will take up his position at Durham on 5 January 2017. He succeeds Professor Graham Towl, who stood down at the end of August to pursue his academic career.
University Statement on 2017 home/EU undergraduate fees
The University has been cited in media reports as one of a few universities advertising inflationary fee increases for home/EU undergraduates from 2017/18.
On 25 May 2016, the Minister of State for Universities and Science announced to Parliament that an inflationary rate of 2.8 per cent would apply to uplifts in home/EU tuition fee caps for 2017-18 where higher education providers achieve a rating of ‘meets expectations’ under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
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.
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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.
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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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