Impact of lead in children of Roman Empire
Researchers from our Department of Archaeology have found for the first time that widespread use of lead in Roman culture was one of the main contributing factors to childhood death and illness throughout the Roman Empire.
(17 Jun 2021) » More about Impact of lead in children of Roman Empire
Introducing the handheld sensors that can ‘smell’ Covid-19
Research involving Durham has found that electronic sensors can detect the distinct odour of Covid-19 with almost 100 per cent accuracy.
Durham Professors win prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry awards
Professor Jan Verlet and Professor Jonathan Steed from our Department of Chemistry have been named the winners of Royal Society of Chemistry’s highly-admired Corday-Morgan Prize and Tilden Prize, respectively.
Private schools receive more investment per pupil
A new report by Dr. Sol Gamsu analyses a sample of private schools in England and exposes inequalities in the schooling system.
(10 Jun 2021) » More about Private schools receive more investment per pupil
Does a mother’s stress and depression affect how her unborn baby moves?
New research from our Psychology and Mathematical Sciences departments found that stress and/or depression during pregnancy, affects how much unborn babies touch and engage in the womb.
Durham moves up in QS World University Rankings
Durham University has once again been named in the world’s top 100 universities.
(8 Jun 2021) » More about Durham moves up in QS World University Rankings
New Podcast: 100 Moments That Rocked Computer Science
Join leaders from the worlds of science and technology and experts from our Computer Science department for a new podcast series exploring ‘100 Moments that Rocked Computer Science’ - streaming now!
(8 Jun 2021) » More about Computer Science Podcast
Astronomers apply their skills to cancer research
You might not think that studying the universe could benefit research into serious illnesses like cancer, but Durham’s astronomers have joined forces with cancer researchers to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
(6 Jun 2021) » More about Astronomers apply their skills to cancer research
Developed in Durham: Magnitude Biosciences
Magnitude Biosciences is a specialist Contract Research Organisation (CRO) founded in 2018 as a Durham university spin out by life sciences expert Dr David Weinkove and physicist Dr Christopher Saunter.
(4 Jun 2021) » More about Developed in Durham: Magnitude Biosciences
Can echolocation help people with vision loss?
Known as nature’s own sonar system, echolocation occurs when an animal emits a sound that bounces off objects in the environment, returning echoes that provide information about the surrounding space.
(3 Jun 2021) » More about Can echolocation help people with vision loss?
Counting down to the COP26 climate change summit
Welcome to the first in our monthly ‘Countdown to COP’ series, where we will be exploring climate change research, events and expertise across our University ahead of the next COP climate change summit in November.
(3 Jun 2021) » More about Counting down to the COP26 climate change summit
Developed in Durham: Sphera
Founded in September 2019 by three PhD students, Sphera is Durham University’s first student spinout.
(28 May 2021) » More about Developed in Durham: Sphera
3D printing technology can ease hospital pressures
A study looking at the costs versus benefits of introducing 3D printing technology into hospitals has shown that such innovations can aid complicated surgeries, as well as be a key tool in easing both time and financial pressures.
(27 May 2021) » More about 3D printing technology can ease hospital pressures
Helping our region bounce back
With innovative schemes to support start-ups and small businesses and boost spin-out company creation, we’re ensuring our students and graduates are at the heart of our local economy bouncing back from the Covid-19 pandemic.
(27 May 2021) » More about Helping our region bounce back
Can the height of your house reduce malaria?
Whilst we think of the home as a sanctuary, in Africa, around 80% of malaria bites occur indoors at night. Preventing mosquitoes from getting indoors is a simple way of protecting people from this often lethal disease.
(26 May 2021) » More about Can the height of your house reduce malaria?
Meet the dogs that can sniff out Covid-19
Asher may just look like a cute cuddly dog but he is much more than that.
He, along with some of his canine friends, have been trained to sniff out Covid-19 in people and the initial results show they can do it very reliably.
(24 May 2021) » More about Meet the dogs that can sniff out Covid-19
Developed in Durham: Applied Graphene Materials
2020 was a year of transition, of changing mindsets and, most importantly, a year of evolution.
Throughout this, our research continues to be translated into thriving spin-out businesses that will boost the North East economy for many years to come.
(21 May 2021) » More about Developed in Durham: Applied Graphene Materials
Can women curate their social media feed to protect mental health?
Hester Hockin-Boyers (PhD student in Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences & Department of Sociology), Dr. Stacey Pope (Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences) and Dr. Kimberly Jamie from our Department of Sociology discuss the impact of social media on women’s mental health.
Creating a tranquil place for critically ill patients
We’re working with a local hospital to create an intensive care garden for critically ill patients and their relatives.
(20 May 2021) » More about Creating a tranquil place for critically ill patients
Mapping the universe in 3D
We’ve helped design and build a new telescope instrument that aims to create the most extensive 3D map of the universe ever attempted.
(17 May 2021) » More about Mapping the universe in 3D
Developed in Durham: Gliff.ai
Developing world-class artificial intelligence for the medical, environmental and industrial sectors, Gliff.ai now employs 11 people after being launched as a spin-out from Durham University in 2018.
(14 May 2021) » More about Developed in Durham: Gliff.ai
Inspiring the next generation of space scientists
We’re inspiring the next generation of astronomers and cosmologists to aim for the stars!
(14 May 2021) » More about Inspiring the next generation of space scientists
Supporting business through astronomy
Durham’s astronomers and cosmologists are increasingly sharing their knowledge and expertise to support business.
(13 May 2021) » More about Supporting business through astronomy
Furthering the exploration of space
Durham’s researchers are helping to build some of the world’s most powerful new telescopes to further our exploration of space.
(12 May 2021) » More about Furthering the exploration of space
A bus journey to the stars!
Dr David Rosario is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in our Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, Department of Physics. An Indian national, born and brought up in Qatar, he lived and worked in the USA and Germany before joining Durham in 2015. Here he tells how a short bus journey began a long-lasting relationship with Durham University.
(11 May 2021) » More about A bus journey to the stars!
Building a universe in a supercomputer
You can’t physically crash a planet into another planet in a lab to see what happens or look quite far enough back in time to see how the universe might have formed. So what do you do?
(11 May 2021) » More about Building a universe in a supercomputer
How giant radio telescopes will tell us more about black holes
Dr Leah Morabito, in our Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, is a leading figure in two international radio telescope projects that will help us see more of the universe and give us new insight into distant galaxies and black holes. Find out more about Leah’s story.
Impacting life on Earth
Our Astronomy and Cosmology research is having an impact on life here on Earth.
(11 May 2021) » More about Impacting life on Earth
A world leader in Astronomy and Cosmology
We’re a world leader in Astronomy and Cosmology and our students are taught by some of the best researchers in their field.
(10 May 2021) » More about A world leader in Astronomy and Cosmology
At the forefront of space research
We’re at the forefront of research that is furthering our understanding of the universe and the exploration of space.
(10 May 2021) » More about At the forefront of space research
Climate change and wildlife conservation across the Americas
A continental-scale network of conservation sites is likely to remain effective under future climate change scenarios, despite a predicted shift in key species distributions.
Can bad weather really cause headaches?
In this article, Professor Amanda Ellison explores the connection between headaches and the weather, and explains how to reduce the impact that headaches have on our daily lives.
(30 Apr 2021) » More about Can bad weather really cause headaches?
Graduates crowdfund over £1m to launch the UK’s first green debit card
Two of our graduates Peter Kirby (Engineering, University College, 2011-15) and William Smith (Engineering, University College, 2011-15) have been working with colleagues at Durham to launch Tred.
(28 Apr 2021) » More about Graduates crowdfund over £1m
Award for next generation science leaders
We’ve benefited from a share of £5.7m in funding to support the next generation of science leaders to research the evolution of stars and the decay of subatomic particles.
(27 Apr 2021) » More about Award for next generation science leaders
Durham to support Church of England in ambitious decarbonisation plan
The Church of England will be supported in their ambitious aim of achieving net-zero carbon by 2030 through a new partnership with Durham Energy Institute (DEI).
What does Britain's new Cyber Force mean for the future of cyber security?
Dr Andrew Dwyer from our Department of Geography, and Dr Joe Devanny – deputy director of the Centre for Defence Studies in the Department of War Studies (King’s College London) – discuss how the success of the new UK National Cyber Force (NCF) will be determined by the quality of the leadership, strategy, structures and processes that shape its growth and operational use.
Black holes to dark matter – an evolving universe
From supermassive black holes to the hunt for dark matter, Durham’s scientists are at the forefront of investigations into the evolution of the universe.
(23 Apr 2021) » More about Black holes to dark matter – an evolving universe
Durham a world top 100 university for sustainability
We’ve been ranked 87th in the world for our overall contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), demonstrating our commitment to a sustainable future.
(21 Apr 2021) » More about Durham a world top 100 university for sustainability
Durham among first to use Hubble successor
Durham’s astronomers are playing a key role in the biggest scientific programme to be carried out on the new successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.
(19 Apr 2021) » More about Durham among first to use Hubble successor
Durham signs up to the ‘Poitiers Declaration’
This week, we played host to a virtual event that brought together colleagues from 41 European universities as well as signing a historic partnership agreement.
(16 Apr 2021) » More about Durham signs up to the ‘Poitiers Declaration’
University and Council partnership delivers £3.3million for Durham
A recent report has concluded that a joint Durham University and Durham County Council project supporting business growth in County Durham has brought in over £3.3 million in value to its participants to date.
Tribute to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh
We are deeply saddened at the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
Melting ice sheets caused sea levels to rise up to 18 metres
Research led by our geography department has found that previous ice loss events caused sea-levels to rise around 3.6 metres per century, offering vital clues as to what lies ahead should climate change continue.
National praise for our knowledge exchange
We’re proud to have performed strongly in the first ever national exercise that measures how we share our knowledge and expertise with businesses, charities and community organisations.
(7 Apr 2021) » More about National praise for our knowledge exchange
Sexually violent pornography regularly advertised to first time users
Sexually violent pornography is being regularly promoted to first-time visitors on the landing pages of the UK’s most popular pornography websites, finds the largest study of online pornographic content to date.
Durham joins coalition to combat climate change
We’re proud to be working with our partners to promote climate justice and support the move to a green economy.
(30 Mar 2021) » More about Durham joins coalition to combat climate change
Tracking garden songbirds this spring
Researchers from our Department of Biosciences have launched a new project to help track the variety and distribution of garden songbirds this spring.
(30 Mar 2021) » More about Tracking garden songbirds this spring
How to read numbers
To answer some of life’s questions, we often rely on numbers. How we hear about these numbers though, is often through the media. The problem with this is that the way the media uses numbers isn’t particularly reliable.
A lot of the time, numbers are misunderstood, misrepresented, or misused.
This is all insight from a new book and accompanying campaign, ‘How to Read Numbers’ by Assistant Professor in Economics Dr David Chivers and cousin Tom Chivers, a journalist at UnHerd.
(25 Mar 2021) » More about How to read numbers
Spanish cinema expert appointed honorary vice-consul
A Durham University professor, who is an expert in Spanish cinema and culture, has been appointed to the prestigious post of Honorary Vice-Consul.
(25 Mar 2021) » More about Spanish cinema expert appointed honorary vice-consul
A new home for world-class teaching, research and enterprise
We’re celebrating the launch of the latest addition to our campus – a new, world-class home for our Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science departments.
Fellowship for world-class scholar
As a world Top 100 university, we are proud to be home to academics who are acclaimed experts in their fields.
(18 Mar 2021) » More about Fellowship for world-class scholar
New facilities to nurture student entrepreneurship
We’re really proud of the entrepreneurial spirit that shines so brightly across our student community. So much so that we will be opening our first dedicated space to nurture this.
(18 Mar 2021) » More about New facilities to nurture student entrepreneurship
What bonobos could tell us about adoption in humans
We’re part of an international team that has seen the first evidence of wild bonobo apes adopting infants who were born outside of their social group.
(18 Mar 2021) » More about What bonobos could tell us about adoption in humans
Medieval parchment worn as ‘birthing girdle’ during labour
A 500-year-old parchment birthing girdle could give us more insight into childbirth for medieval mothers.
Impact of ultra-thin dolls on girls’ body image
What was your favourite childhood toy? A car? A teddy bear? A doll? Many of us have fond memories of playing with dolls: dressing them up, combing their hair or doing some kind of role play with other toys.
(11 Mar 2021) » More about Impact of ultra-thin dolls on girls’ body image
Meet our two new Heads of College
We are pleased to confirm that we have successfully appointed two new Heads of College, to join our community of extraordinary people.
(9 Mar 2021) » More about Meet our two new Heads of College
Durham-based supercomputer helps tackle Covid
We’re proud to host a new £3.8m supercomputer that is being used to better understand Covid-19 and how to recover from the pandemic.
(8 Mar 2021) » More about Durham-based supercomputer helps tackle Covid
From Phoenicia to Finance
The North East Times Magazine, published today, carries an interview with Dr Arzé Karam, assistant professor in finance here at the School and covers both her journey to Durham and her current research. Appropriately we share this piece on International Women's Day with thanks to the North East Times.
(8 Mar 2021) » More about From Phoenicia to Finance
Durham subjects ranked among the world’s best
We have once again been named as one of the world’s leading universities across a number of our subjects in the latest edition of the world’s most-consulted university rankings.
(4 Mar 2021) » More about Durham subjects ranked among the world’s best
Honouring Mary Thoits – an inspirational alumna
We are proud to have awarded former student Mary Thoits with the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters, celebrating her as the very embodiment of our ethos ‘inspiring the extraordinary’.
(4 Mar 2021) » More about Honouring Mary Thoits – an inspirational alumna
Supporting the local creative community
Creative Fuse North East at the Business School is a multi-year project aimed at supporting County Durham’s creative economy. Over the last six months, the project has brought together local small businesses, freelancers and practitioners within the creative, cultural and digital sectors to form a dynamic and inclusive community of learning.
(26 Feb 2021) » More about Supporting the local creative community
How can Computer Science help match transplant patients with donors?
Worldwide, thousands of patients require a kidney transplant. Some patients may have a friend or relative willing to donate a kidney but blood- and tissue-type problems may make that donation impossible.
Does banning junk food ads work?
PhD Candidate Aarron Toal on the psychology behind our cravings.
In 2020, the UK Government announced a ban on junk food advertising before 9pm. This followed the ban on in-store deals like ‘buy one get one free’ on unhealthy foods. There are also restrictions on where promotions can be placed in-store for foods high in fat, salt and sugar, such as those chocolate bars you sneakily add to your basket at checkouts.
(22 Feb 2021) » More about Does banning junk food ads work?
Testing regularly, staying safe and protecting others
Since January, our students and staff have taken over 5,000 lateral Flow Tests, and our pioneering testing programme is continuing to help stop the spread of Covid-19, protecting our University and local community.
(22 Feb 2021) » More about Testing regularly, staying safe and protecting others
Starry night or black holes?
Our astronomers have helped make a huge map of the night sky showing more than 25,000 active supermassive black holes in distant galaxies.
(19 Feb 2021) » More about Starry night or black holes?
The future of vegan supplements?
New findings could improve the biomanufacturing of a crucial vitamin that is missing from vegan diets and one which remains prohibitively expensive.
(19 Feb 2021) » More about The future of vegan supplements?
Solving a 100 year-old maths puzzle
For 100 years mathematicians have been trying to solve the question of whether it is possible to fit all four points of a rectangle into any given closed curve shape. Or, more bluntly, can you fit a square peg into a round hole?
(17 Feb 2021) » More about Solving a 100 year-old maths puzzle
How has the pandemic impacted our wellbeing?
New research from Professor Roger Gill, helps us to understand the impact of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions on mental health and wellbeing. The study, delivered in partnership with Professor Matt Grawitch and colleagues at St Louis University in Missouri, surveyed people living and working across the UK, France, Germany, Canada and the US.
(16 Feb 2021) » More about How has the pandemic impacted our wellbeing?
Why we're obsessed with music from our youth
In this article, Dr Kelly Jakubowski from our Department of Music explores how music is closely linked with memory and emotion.
(12 Feb 2021) » More about Why we're obsessed with music from our youth
Human borders threaten wildlife as climate changes
Human-made borders like the USA-Mexico border wall could make it difficult for almost 700 mammal species to adapt to climate change.
Lockdown sees increased demand for male domestic abuse support
New research by our Department of Sociology shows that calls for help from male domestic abuse victims have rocketed during lockdown and, behind closed doors, many are facing challenges that will continue long after social isolation ends.
Strategy, saving lives and continuous improvement: talking Government communications with Alex Aiken
The 5Ds - digital, diversity, data, direct communications and disinformation - are the major challenges for 2021, says Alex Aiken, the UK Government’s most senior communications professional.
Disappearing glaciers are threatening rare alpine plants with extinction
In this article, Dr Robert Baxter from our Department of Biosciences comments on how unique alpine plants are adapting to thrive in new areas of bare ground in front of retreating glaciers. He explains that with continued warming threatening the extinction of some glaciers, the rare alpine plants are forced higher and higher up the mountain and eventually left with nowhere to grow.
Supporting people with dementia to live well
Recent figures suggest that around 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, expected to rise to one million by 2025.
Now, our health researchers are developing a new programme to support people living with dementia.
(1 Feb 2021) » More about Supporting people with dementia to live well
Durham in Top 25 of most international universities
We’ve been named as one of the world’s most international universities by the Times Higher Education (THE).
(29 Jan 2021) » More about Durham in Top 25 of most international universities
Did dogs join us in settling the Americas?
Dogs are regarded as our best friend and now our researchers say the first people to settle in the Americas brought their canines with them.
(26 Jan 2021) » More about Did dogs join us in settling the Americas?
Investigating impact of human activity on birds
Our scientists have shown where bird species would exist in the absence of human activity under research that could provide a new approach to setting conservation priorities.
(25 Jan 2021) » More about Investigating impact of human activity on birds
Customers prefer robots to be human-like
New Business School research has found customers prefer robots to have human-like characteristics when dealing with them in customer service settings, e.g. in banking, hotel receptions and when providing information. Customers prefer robots to have a human voice, show emotions, and physical embody a human not a robot.
(20 Jan 2021) » More about Customers prefer robots to be human-like
Why some people report ‘hearing the dead’
Spiritualist mediums might be more prone to immersive mental activities and unusual auditory experiences early in life, our researchers have found.
(18 Jan 2021) » More about Why some people report ‘hearing the dead’
'Happy' and 'sad' music differs across cultures
Whether they make us feel happy or sad, songs inspire emotions in all of us. New research by our Music experts has shown that what you feel could depend on your cultural background.
(14 Jan 2021) » More about 'Happy' and 'sad' music differs across cultures
Bolder approach to Higher Education admissions needed
Universities should be bolder in how they use contextual data when making decisions about admitting prospective students, according to a new report by education experts at Durham.
(14 Jan 2021) » More about Bolder approach to Higher Education admissions needed
Ancient DNA reveals secrets of Game of Thrones wolves
For fans of the TV show Game of Thrones, dire wolves are often seen as mysterious iconic legends.
(13 Jan 2021) » More about Ancient DNA reveals secrets of Game of Thrones wolves
Galaxy mergers could limit star formation
Our astronomers have looked nine billion years into the past to find evidence that galaxy mergers in the early universe could shut down star formation and affect galaxy growth.
(11 Jan 2021) » More about Galaxy mergers could limit star formation
Durham honours inspirational physicist
We are saddened to hear of the death of Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale, one of the finest physicists of his generation and an inspirational teacher to generations of our students.
(4 Jan 2021) » More about Durham honours inspirational physicist
How our brains help us find misplaced objects
Have you ever wondered how we remember the last place we saw our car keys or other objects like mobile phones and glasses?
(21 Dec 2020) » More about How our brains help us find misplaced objects
12 Stories to Remember from 2020: part 1
It has been an extraordinary year. In the first in a two-part series, we recall the first six of 12 Stories to Remember from 2020, from how researchers adapted to the fight against Covid-19 to inspiring archaeological discoveries.
(18 Dec 2020) » More about 12 Stories to Remember from 2020: part 1
More than a million barriers on Europe’s rivers
Fresh water ecosystems can be adversely affected by barriers to the flow of water and a new study suggests that Europe’s river system is particularly badly affected.
(17 Dec 2020) » More about More than a million barriers on Europe’s rivers
Transforming our understanding of voice-hearing
Durham University researchers are changing the way people think about experiences of hearing voices.
(4 Dec 2020) » More about transforming our understanding of voice-hearing
Unlocking the mystery of the Moon’s formation
We’re using supercomputer simulations to see how the Moon might have formed following a huge collision involving the early Earth 4.5 billion years ago.
(4 Dec 2020) » More about Unlocking the mystery of the Moon’s formation
Award for research that could revolutionise computing
As the world becomes ever more dependent on imaging, computers and communication, research by our physicists could help revolutionise how these technologies work.
Heating our homes with hydrogen
Our research is supporting a new project that could see hydrogen become the future heat source for homes and provide green energy to industry.
(2 Dec 2020) » More about Heating our homes with hydrogen
Keeping sleeping babies safe
Is he a good sleeper? Does she sleep through the night yet? These are common questions new parents are asked about their babies.
(27 Nov 2020) » More about Keeping sleeping babies safe
Legal expert appointed to Parliamentary sexual misconduct panel
A Durham legal expert who shaped new laws on extreme pornography and upskirting has been appointed to a new panel of the UK Parliament.
Creating knowledge across disciplinary boundaries
From the study of silkworms to understanding gravity waves to designing human knee implants, collaborating across different disciplines in research is a common way of working for academics. At Durham, we pride ourselves on this kind of work.
(20 Nov 2020) » More about Creating knowledge across disciplinary boundaries
Durham researchers named among best in world
Four of our professors have been named among the world’s best for the quality and influence of their work, highlighting the global strength of Durham’s research.
(20 Nov 2020) » More about Durham researchers named among best in world
Bryson interviews graduate tipped for Sheriff
Where can your Durham degree take you?
Ex-Chancellor Bill Bryson interviewed law grad Alison Gowman who is set to become a Sheriff of the City of London next year.
(12 Nov 2020) » More about Alderman Alison Gowman
Using big data to fight Covid-19
Our particle physics and cosmology research students are using their knowledge of maths and big data in the fight against Covid-19.
(9 Nov 2020) » More about Using big data to fight Covid-19
Easier way to create biodiesel developed
Our researchers have developed a new way to turn the rubbish we throw away into chemicals that can help make fuel, medicines, fertilisers and biodegradable packaging.
(4 Nov 2020) » More about Easier way to create biodiesel developed
Covid-19 technologies must be regulated
Technologies such as track and trace apps, used to halt the spread of Covid-19, have to be thoroughly examined and regulated before they are rolled out for wider adoption to ensure they do not normalise a big-brother-like society post-Covid-19, according to Dr Jeremy Aroles.
(2 Nov 2020) » More about Covid-19 technologies must be regulated
Recognition for our dedication to diversity in tech
Our efforts to make tech industries more diverse are going from strength to strength.
Arts and Humanities ranked in world top 20
We’re celebrating after Arts and Humanities at Durham was named in the World Top 20 of a prestigious league table.
(28 Oct 2020) » More about Arts and Humanities ranked in world top 20
Bio-detection dogs meet Matt Hancock and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
Dogs trained to sniff out Covid-19 received a VIP visit for a training demonstration at Paddington Station in Central London.
Who cares? Food banks and the poverty of morality
Professor Benedetta Cappellini considers the normalisation of food banks during the global pandemic.
(27 Oct 2020) » More about Who cares? Food banks and the poverty of morality
Participation in Lateral Flow Test (LFT) pilot
We are to take part in a pilot of a new Covid-19 testing technology. Read on for more details.
(23 Oct 2020) » More about Participation in Lateral Flow Test (LFT) pilot
Tackling floods and water waste
We need to look to nature for help so new homes are resilient to climate change according to a new report to MPs and policymakers.
(20 Oct 2020) » More about Tackling floods and water waste
Psychotic, Incompetent, Greedy or Heroic?
Which boss are you?
An exploration into how popular fiction has shaped modern business management styles has been published this week, by Dr Martyn Griffin of the Business School.
(19 Oct 2020) » More about Psychotic, Incompetent, Greedy or Heroic?
How Covid-19 is affecting the global clothing industry
The Covid-19 pandemic is intensifying challenges to worker protection in the garment sector and the effects on workers have become a global concern.
Researching potential e-cigarette risk in pregnancy
Our psychologists say e-cigarettes might not be a safer alternative to smoking during pregnancy and have called for more awareness of the risks.
(16 Oct 2020) » More about Researching potential e-cigarette risk in pregnancy
How French words became part of the English language
We may not realise it, but many of us speak more French than we think.
(15 Oct 2020) » More about How French words became part of the English language
Insects provide strategy for sustainable food production
Did you know that each year 1.3billion tonnes of food are wasted?
Changing attitudes to soil health
Future generations need to be educated about the crucial role that healthy soil plays in tackling climate change, according to new research.
(14 Oct 2020) » More about Changing attitudes to soil health
Covid-19 testing needed in schools
Daily Covid-19 testing in schools would keep children in full-time education safe, stop mass spread, and keep the economy afloat, according to Professor Abderrahim Taamouti.
(7 Oct 2020) » More about Covid-19 testing needed in schools
Durham theologian supports launch of Pope Francis’ new teachings
One of our leading theologians has spoken alongside Pope Francis at the global launch of his new Papal Encyclical – one of the Pope’s highest forms of communication.
Law strengthens its global reputation
Did you know that students who join Durham Law School are joining a world top 50 department where they’ll be taught by some of the world’s leading experts?
(6 Oct 2020) » More about Law strengthens its global reputation
Webinar series showcases world class research
Some of the world’s leading academics are discussing their work in a series of webinars organised by Durham University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
(6 Oct 2020) » More about Webinar series showcases world class research
£4.5m to help us futureproof crops
Our research into how crops could be ‘future-proofed’ against climate change to avoid food shortages has been boosted by a major funding award.
(2 Oct 2020) » More about £4.5m to help us futureproof crops
Geophysics research wins international award
One of our leading academics has been honoured for her outstanding achievements and contributions in geosciences.
(1 Oct 2020) » More about Geophysics research wins international award
Investigating the impact of planet collisions
Did you know that Earth could have lost anywhere between 10 and 60 per cent of its atmosphere in the collision that is thought to have formed the Moon?
(30 Sep 2020) » More about Investigating the impact of planet collisions
Durham University Vice-Chancellor pays tribute to ‘journalistic pioneer’, alumnus Sir Harold Evans
"Our community is devastated to learn of the loss of alumnus Sir Harold Evans - a journalistic pioneer whose exceptional career spanned decades and whose legacy will influence generations to come.
“Sir Harry is a deep loss to us all and will be remembered fondly here by so many of our staff, students, and alumni alike. Our thoughts and best wishes are with his family.”
Professor Stuart Corbridge paid the above tribute to the late Sir Harold Evans this morning.
Nobel class cosmology researcher honoured
A world-leading Durham cosmologist has been recognised as being “of Nobel class” for his work on the evolution of the universe.
(23 Sep 2020) » More about Nobel class cosmology researcher honoured
We’ve doubled our number of female computer science students
Did you know that just 13 per cent of students studying computing, gaming and related degrees in the UK are female? And women only account for 17 per cent of the tech workforce?
Durham ranked sixth in the UK
We’ve been ranked the sixth best university in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.
(18 Sep 2020) » More about Durham ranked sixth in the UK
Five things we’re doing to help prevent the spread of Covid-19
Our ground breaking research has never been so critical during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mapping our wasted heat
Have you ever thought about all the wasted heat that’s released into our atmosphere from large factories and power stations?
(17 Sep 2020) » More about Mapping our wasted heat
Royal visit for bio-detection dogs
The Duchess of Cornwall has visited the training centre where trials will take place to determine whether dogs can sniff out Covid-19 in people.
(9 Sep 2020) » More about Royal visit for bio-detection dogs
Durham University in UK top five of prestigious league table
Durham University has risen to fourth in The Guardian University Guide 2021.
Zooming in on dark matter
Our cosmologists have zoomed in on the smallest clumps of dark matter in a virtual universe – which could help us find the real thing in space.
(2 Sep 2020) » More about Zooming in on dark matter
Rationing might be recommended for future pandemics
New research at the Business School has found that rationing could be an effective measure for governments to introduce in future pandemics. This is alongside a number of recommendations revealed by a pioneering forecasting model.
Understanding past warming can limit climate change effects
Evidence from Earth’s past warming events should be built into forecasts showing how today’s climate change could affect different species and ecosystems.
How effective are primate conservation measures?
With about 60 per cent of the world’s primate species threatened with extinction, conservation efforts are now more important than ever.
(26 Aug 2020) » More about How effective are primate conservation measures?
Migrating bird populations affected by climate and land changes
Changes in climate and habitat on the breeding and non-breeding grounds of migratory birds are both playing an important part in driving their long-term population changes.
Reporting the atomic bombs and VJ Day
In an era before the internet and smartphones the dropping of the atomic bombs and eventual surrender of Japan on VJ Day was reported in more traditional ways.
(14 Aug 2020) » More about Reporting the atomic bombs and VJ Day
Coffee stains inspire new printing technique
Have you ever spilled your coffee on your desk? You may then have observed one of the most puzzling phenomena of fluid mechanics – the coffee-ring effect.
(13 Aug 2020) » More about Coffee stains inspire new printing technique
World leading scholars honoured
Two of our leading academics have been honoured in recognition of their outstanding contributions to subjects within humanities and social sciences.
(13 Aug 2020) » More about World leading scholars honoured
Responding to the Covid-19 domestic abuse crisis
Our researchers are leading a national project to better understand the impact of Covid-19 on domestic abuse and help reduce harm.
(11 Aug 2020) » More about Responding to the Covid-19 domestic abuse crisis
Britain’s first Viking helmet discovered
A team from our Archaeology Department have been helping to uncover the past of a rare Viking artefact.
(10 Aug 2020) » More about Britain’s first Viking helmet discovered
Enabling researchers to innovate in business
We’re working to create an enabling environment where the inspiring research of our academics can become innovative solutions to economic challenges and needs, both global and local. So we’re excited to announce a new £1.7m (US $2.23m) seed investment fund to support spin-out businesses.
(6 Aug 2020) » More about Enabling researchers to innovate in business
National fellowship for creative chemistry
At Durham University, innovation is at the heart of what we do. So we’re very proud that one of our academics has won a national award for promoting creativity in teaching and learning.
(6 Aug 2020) » More about National fellowship for creative chemistry
Volunteers needed for Covid-19 detection dog trial
Our researchers who are investigating whether specially trained dogs can sniff out Covid-19 in humans are asking people in England for help with the trial.
Enabling researchers to innovate in business
We’re working to create an enabling environment where the inspiring research of our academics can become innovative solutions to economic challenges and needs, both global and local. So we’re excited to announce a new £1.7m (US $2.23m) seed investment fund to support spin-out businesses.
(5 Aug 2020) » More about Enabling researchers to innovate in business
Scientists find new way to kill tuberculosis
Our scientists have found a new way to kill the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB).
(29 Jul 2020) » More about Scientists find new way to kill tuberculosis
University spin-out wins prestigious award
A University spin out company been recognised for its pioneering work helping Network Rail to investigate hidden shafts and voids in its tunnels.
(24 Jul 2020) » More about University spin-out wins prestigious award
Nature inspires first manufactured non-cuttable material
Our engineers have been inspired by nature to create what they say is the first manufactured non-cuttable material.
English speakers some of the least likely to wear face masks
Recent research by Professor Sascha Kraus suggests Brits, Americans and other English speakers are some of the least likely to wear face masks and social distance in the world. The only native speakers, researched by the academics, less likely to following health precautions are German speakers.
Why better guidance on school PE is needed
Since lockdown began in England, children have become increasing sedentary with one in fourteen children reported to be doing no daily exercise.
(17 Jul 2020) » More about why better guidance on school PE is needed
Galaxy evolution research among most cited of past decade
A supercomputer simulation carried out in Durham that realistically calculates the formation of galaxies from the Big Bang to the present day is one of cosmology’s most popular research papers of the past decade.
Revealing the atmospheric impact of planetary collisions
Giant impacts have a wide range of consequences for young planets and their atmospheres, according to research led by our scientists.
Positive culture change in family firms
The impact of Covid-19 has forced a drastic positive culture change in family firms, creating stronger solidarity and cohesion within companies, plus increased digitalisation, according to new research at the School.
(10 Jul 2020) » More about Positive culture change in family firms
Baboons do not view researchers as neutral
Baboons who are used to researcher presence are less tolerant than we thought, according to a new study by our anthropologists.
(9 Jul 2020) » More about Baboons do not view researchers as neutral
Reducing racial bias in facial recognition
Our computer scientists are helping to reduce racial bias in facial recognition algorithms.
(9 Jul 2020) » More about Reducing racial bias in facial recognition
Why the term “Super-spreader” can be stigmatising and unhelpful
Emma Cave from Durham Law School considers the impact of the label ‘super-spreader’.
Culture dictates how we cope with Covid-19 career impact
Whether we’re more concerned with our own career development or the success of the company is often determined by our culture, research at the School has revealed.
How we started a #womenintech revolution
In 2019, we launched TechUPWomen, a programme that took 100 women from the north and midlands (UK) and retrained them for a career in technology.
(29 Jun 2020) » More about How we started a #womenintech revolution
Transforming vacuums into ventilators
Dr Joanna Berry talks us through how, when the world was going into lockdown, vacuums were turned into ventilators through an innovative collaboration between people and organisations.
(29 Jun 2020) » More about Transforming vacuums into ventilators
Decarbonising heat research receives over £4 million in funding
We’ve won major funding for three new research projects to decarbonise heat which will significantly reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions.
The Culture of Women in Tech
Dr Mariann Hardey has a new podcast episode out this week with New Books Network. The episode focuses around the culture of women in tech and Dr Hardey’s own experiences in this area.
(26 Jun 2020) » More about The Culture of Women in Tech
How water could trigger earthquakes and volcanoes
We’re investigating if water cycles deep in the Earth play a role in the triggering and strength of earthquakes and volcanoes.
(24 Jun 2020) » More about How water could trigger earthquakes and volcanoes
Testing cheaper than lockdown
Mass testing is the safest way to reopen the economy and society and will cost much less than a hard lockdown, research reveals.
By Abderrahim Taamouti - June 2020
(22 Jun 2020) » More about Testing cheaper than lockdown
Why do we stare at ourselves on video calls?
Aarron Toal, PhD Candidate, explores why we stare at ourselves on video calls.
(22 Jun 2020) » More about Why do we stare at ourselves on video calls?
How earthquakes shape the landscape
Our geographers have revealed just how large earthquakes can change the physical features of the landscape surrounding them.
(17 Jun 2020) » More about How earthquakes shape the landscape
New Decarbonising Heat successes for Durham
Durham Energy Institute (DEI) has won funding for three major new projects on decarbonising heat.
The projects will develop new technology and processes to decarbonise heating and cooling across residential, business and industry sectors, to significantly reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions.
(17 Jun 2020) » More about Decarbonising Heat
What archaeological records can tell us about historic epidemics
Infectious diseases have been with us since our beginnings as a species. Professor Charlotte Roberts explains what the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history – and the human response to them.
The future of women’s football is under threat
New research by Dr Stacey Pope has found that Covid-19 is impacting men’s and women’s football differently. She and her fellow researchers believe urgent action is required to stop the coronavirus epidemic from destroying the women’s game, as they explain here.
(16 Jun 2020) » More about the future of women’s football is under threat
First space-based measurement of neutron lifetime
Our researchers have helped to find a way of measuring neutron lifetime from space for the first time.
(11 Jun 2020) » More about First space-based measurement of neutron lifetime
Black hole’s heart still beating
The first confirmed heartbeat of a supermassive black hole is still going strong more than ten years after first being observed.
(10 Jun 2020) » More about Black hole’s heart still beating
Durham in world’s top 100 universities
Durham University has again been ranked as a World Top 100 university.
(10 Jun 2020) » More about Durham in world’s top 100 universities
Durham ranked in the UK top ten
We’ve once again been ranked as one of the UK’s leading universities alongside our standing as a world top 100 university.
(9 Jun 2020) » More about Durham ranked in the UK top ten
New floating energy platforms provide an alternative to fossil fuels
Durham Energy Institute (DEI) researchers are helping to revolutionise renewable energy generation and storage in a project that aims to offer environmentally friendly power generation to coastal communities that don’t have access to reliable grid electricity.
Dunkirk: how British newspapers helped to turn defeat into a miracle
As the UK gets ready to mark the 80th Anniversary of the rescue of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) from Dunkirk, Professor Tim Luckhurst, founding Principal of our new South College, looks at how British newspaper journalists were forced to report it from afar.
Aarron Toal, from our Business School, explores what the future may hold for consumers after Covid-19.
(22 May 2020) » More about consumers post-Covid-19
Durham world top 50 for number of UN Sustainable Development Goals
We’ve been named as one of the world’s top universities for our contribution to a number of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Secrets of famous French painter revealed
The mystery behind a painting by a renowned French post-impressionist may have been revealed by new research that has unearthed secrets from his past.
(18 May 2020) » More about Secrets of famous French painter revealed
Durham academic selected as New Generation Thinker
Dr Noreen Masud has taken up the prestigious role as one of this year’s New Generation Thinkers (NGT) which will see her working with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and BBC Radio 3.
(15 May 2020) » More about Durham academic selected as New Generation Thinker
Grief in the time of Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought massive changes to our lives including how we say goodbye to our loved ones.
(14 May 2020) » More about grief in the time of Covid-19
How will Covid-19 affect productivity in the UK?
Professor Richard Harris from our Business School uses the 2008-09 recession as a benchmark for assessing the possible impact of Covid-19 on productivity in the UK.
(12 May 2020) » More about how will Covid-19 affect productivity in the UK?
VE day and national thanksgiving in 1945
After Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) on 8 May 1945, thanksgiving services were held in churches throughout Britain and overseas. Philip Williamson, Professor of Modern History, reveals the meticulous planning that went on behind the scenes.
(11 May 2020) » More about VE day and national thanksgiving in 1945
Should we wear face masks?
Claire Horwell in our Department of Earth Sciences and Fiona McDonald in the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, consider the mixed messages behind face mask use during the Covid-19 pandemic.
(5 May 2020) » More about should we wear face masks?
Early career Psychology research wins prestigious award
One of our early career Psychology researchers has been recognised with a prestigious award for her outstanding PhD research.
Largest amount of microplastics found on ocean floor
Our researchers have helped record the highest level of microplastics ever found on the ocean floor – with up to 1.9 million pieces in an area of just one square metre.
(30 Apr 2020) » More about Largest amount of microplastics found on ocean floor
Helium supplies at risk from plunging oil prices
Professor Jon Gluyas from our Durham Energy Institute explains why this is bad news for the coronavirus effort.
(28 Apr 2020) » More about helium supplies at risk from plunging oil prices
Research helps transform coal mine into geothermal heat source
Our research is being used to transform coal mines into multi-million pound renewable energy systems.
Literary expert honoured
One of our leading academics has been honoured for his contribution to the promotion of English literature.
(21 Apr 2020) » More about Literary expert honoured
Valuing ‘unskilled’ work
Dr Jo McBride from our Business School and Professor Miguel Martínez Lucio from the University of Manchester explain how Covid-19 is changing the way we value “unskilled” work in our society.
(8 Apr 2020) » More about valuing ‘unskilled’ work
The UK Government, businesses and unions are cooperating during Covid-19
Professor Bernd Brandl explains why it is vital that the UK Government, business groups and trade unions continue to cooperate as they tackle the impact of Covid-19.
Airlines, Covid-19, climate change and risk reporting
Professor Carol Adams examines how airlines have been reporting risk, how global pandemics like Covid-19 fit into this and how this may affect their futures.
How to avoid pension scams and fraud during Covid-19
Dr Anna Tilba suggests how we can protect ourselves against the scams and frauds, which are increasing during Covid-19.
Geography and Physics research wins over £7million funding
Our Geography and Physics research is among the best in the world and we’ve just received three prestigious awards.
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.
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.
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.
Commemorating Basil Bunting and Briggflatts
Did you know that we’re home to the archives of one of Britain’s most distinguished modern poets?
(6 Mar 2020) » More about Commemorating Basil Bunting and Briggflatts
Record 19 Durham subjects in world top 100
A record 19 Durham subjects have been named in the top 100 of a major international league table.
(4 Mar 2020) » More about Record 19 Durham subjects in world top 100
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
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.
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
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
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 citizen science project we ran in schools has dramatically increased children’s knowledge of UK wild mammals.
Durham named one of the world’s most international universities
We’ve been ranked joint 30th among the world’s most international universities in a new league table.
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
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?
(19 Dec 2019) » More about Watching TV makes us prefer thinner women
Can politics be moral?
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
Research at Durham isn’t just confined to life here on Earth.
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.
Greenland ice losses rising faster than expected
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
We’ve achieved our highest-ever global ranking in Arts and Humanities in a prestigious international league table.
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.
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
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.
New enterprise zone to work with industry
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
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
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
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
A new home for the archive 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
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
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
Meet our new Executive Deans
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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
Play with time at Oriental Museum exhibition
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Funding boost for Strategy delivery
Durham University has successfully secured £225 million of borrowing through a private placement.
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State school students helped to reach university
Durham University has run two summer schools to help bright students from under-represented backgrounds reach university.
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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.
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).
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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.
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.
Local charities get American help, thanks to Durham University
Two local charities have benefitted from some American support, 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.