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Durham University News

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Medieval bishop's theory resembles modern concept of multiple universes

Professor Tom McLeish and Dr Giles Gasper (Durham University), together with Hannah Smithson (University of Oxford), reveal the findings of the Ordered Universe project.

(24 Apr 2014) » More about Medieval bishop's theory resembles modern concept of multiple universes


Britain's first FGM prosecution is all too politically convenient

Ben Warwick, Durham University Law School and Rosa Freedman, University of Birmingham, reflect on the timing of the first prosecution under Section 1(1) of the Female Genital Mutilation Act, and ask whether it is politically motivated.

(16 Apr 2014) » More about Britain's first FGM prosecution is all too politically convenient


Improving police training to ensure victims' voices are heard

Professor Nicole Westmarland explains how she is working with Durham Constabulary to improve officer training in the area of domestic violence.

(15 Apr 2014) » More about improving police training to ensure victims' voices are heard


International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) changes its tune on gas as way to mitigate climate change

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Professor of renewable energy, Janusz Bialek, comments on a significant change in strategy to stem climate change.

(15 Apr 2014) » More about IPCC changes its tune on gas as way to mitigate climate change


Why aren’t there more black British students at elite universities

Dr Vikki Boliver

Dr Vikki Boliver looks at the evidence which reveals that young people from black British backgrounds are more likely to go to university than their white British peers, but are much less likely to attend the UK’s most selective universities.

(11 Apr 2014) » More about why aren’t there more black British students at elite universities


Europe got phone spying wrong, now Obama should take heed

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Following the decision from the Court of Justice of the European Union to declare the EU's Data Retention Directive invalid, Fiona de Londras asks "How can we facilitate access to telephone metadata for security purposes without infringing unduly on individual liberties?"

(9 Apr 2014) » More about Europe got phone spying wrong, now Obama should take heed


Interdisciplinary Collaboration across Two Cultures and Eight Centuries:

Professor Tom McLeish describes how the Ordered Universe research project, which explores modern and medieval scientific questions, has already led to some startling discoveries.

(9 Apr 2014) » More about interdisciplinary Collaboration across Two Cultures and Eight Centuries:


The solution to the humanities crisis must come from within

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Professor Mikhail Epstein, co-Director of The Centre for Humanities Innovation considers how to address the decline in the study of humanities.

 

(8 Apr 2014) » More about the solution to the humanities crisis must come from within


Scientists at work: revealing strange fossils from the first carnival of animals on Earth

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Professor of Palaeontology David Harper describes how fossils can give us a unique insight into the earth's first complex ecosystems.

(7 Apr 2014) » More about scientists at work


Flaws in our thinking mean banks can do without our trust

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Dr Graham Dietz, Senior Lecturer in the Business School, argues that it may be the turn of the customer to create an impetus for change in the way banks carry out their business.

(1 Apr 2014) » More about flaws in our thinking mean banks can do without our trust


The sanitisation of divorce

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Following the announcement from Gwyneth Paltrow that she and husband Chris Martin are to divorce, Andy Hayward, Durham Law School asks "What does conscious uncoupling tell us about the termination of a relationship?"

(31 Mar 2014) » More about the sanitisation of divorce


We still don't know what works in education

Professor Stephen Gorard

Professor Stephen Gorard discusses why, despite 50 or more years of publicly-funded education research, there are still a lot of unanswered questions.

(27 Mar 2014) » More about we still don't know what works in education


Turkish Twitter ban casts social media as political protagonist

Mariann Hardey discusses Turkey's attempt to silence Twitter.

(25 Mar 2014) » More about Turkish Twitter ban casts social media as political protagonist


GM debate will never be resolved unless the public is consulted properly

Professors Tom McLeish Phil Macnaghten and Dr Susana Carro-Ripalda suggest that the quality of public engagement is a critical element in implementing GM.

(24 Mar 2014) » More about GM debate will never be resolved unless the public is consulted properly


False dawn? Iran on the edge of the international oil market

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Dr Mohammad M. Hedayati-Kakhki looks at the possibility of Iran's re-emergence in the international oil market and what this means to the rest of the world.

(20 Mar 2014) » More about false dawn? Iran on the edge of the international oil market


The rise of the feminist killjoy

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Professor Nicole Westmarland explains why Paddy Power had to pull its misogynist advertising

(12 Mar 2014) » More about the rise of the feminist killjoy


International rankings don’t tell us much about academies and free schools

Professor Stephen Gorard from the School of Education considers what can be deduced about academies and free schools from the Organisation for Economic Developments's (OECD) international education rankings.

(11 Mar 2014) » More about international rankings don’t tell us much about academies and free schools


Loneliness has serious health risks and the solution is social

Dr Keming Yang looks at how those suffering from loneliness have a higher risk of death.

First published in The Conversation

(27 Feb 2014) » More about loneliness has serious health risks and the solution is social


No quick fix for future floods

Dr Nick Odoni

Dr Nick Odoni from the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resiliance writes about what needs to be done to help avoid the risk of further flooding in the future.

First published in The Northern Echo

(17 Feb 2014) » More about no quick fix for future floods


Thatcherism's lethal legacy and the politics of reporting research

Professor Clare Bambra

Professor Clare Bambra from the Wolfson Research Institute of Health and Wellbeing reflects on the lasting legacy of Thatcherism's economic and social policies.

First published in The Conversation

(17 Feb 2014) » More about Thatcherism's lethal legacy and the politics of reporting research


How Syrian conflict is putting British terrorism law to the test

Professor Helen Fenwick comments on the legal situation of Britons returning from Syria.

First published in The Conversation

(11 Feb 2014) » More about how Syrian conflict is putting British terrorism law to the test


Immigration ministers need to know more about immigrants

Dr Thom Brooks

Dr Thom Brooks explains why ministers need to engage with and learn from the experiences of immigrants who have built new lives in the UK.

First published in The Conversation

(11 Feb 2014) » More about immigration ministers need to know more about immigrants


We will need Monuments Men for as long as ancient sites remain battlefields

Emma Cunliffe writes about the volunteer Mounument Men and their fight to protect the world's cultural heritage during conflict. 

First published in The Conversation

(10 Feb 2014) » More about we will need Monuments Men for as long as ancient sites remain battlefields


Are we entering a new era for treatment choice for schizophrenia?

Our understanding of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders is changing. Traditionally these conditions have been viewed as purely biological in nature, not linked to personal life experiences in any way, and only treatable with medication. These views have been shaken by accumulating research findings that have emerged over the last 20 years. 

(6 Feb 2014) » More about are we entering a new era for treatment choice for schizophrenia?


Ministers exploit legal grey area to justify GCHQ spying

Professor Ian Leigh reports that debate is brewing after a report submitted to MPs suggested that GCHQ has been breaking the law by conducting mass surveillance on UK citizens.

First published in The Conversation

(6 Feb 2014) » More about ministers exploit legal grey area to justify GCHQ spying


Business drops the baton in higher ed innovation

Professor Tom McLeish writes about the engagement between universities and business.

First published in The Conversation

(4 Feb 2014) » More about business drops the baton in higher ed innovation


After three years of turmoil, Tunisia has the Arab world's most progressive constitution

Following the approval of a new constitution, Professor Emma Murphy looks at how Tunisia is moving towards democracy.

First published in The Conversation

(3 Feb 2014) » More about after three years of turmoil, Tunisia has the Arab world's most progressive constitution


Don't let reading wars hold back more able children

Dr Andrew Davis expresses his concerns that from September 2014, as part of the new national curriculum, all children in reception and year one must use a method known as synthetic phonics to learn to read.

(3 Feb 2014) » More about don't let reading wars hold back more able children


Sending the right message

Nicole Westmarland

Nicole Westmarland comments on the court's handling of two twitter trolls following their sentencing for sending abusive messages to Caroline Criado-Perez.

First published in the Conversation

(27 Jan 2014) » More about sending the right message


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