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Durham University News

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The challenges ahead around Brexit

Durham University experts outline the challenges ahead for the UK as it starts its exit from the European Union.

(27 Mar 2017) » More about the challenges ahead around Brexit


Issue of children who sexually abuse other children is not something that can be ignored

Professor Simon Hackett explains why children who sexually abuse other children should not be treated like criminals.

(7 Mar 2017) » More about issue of children who sexually abuse other children is not something that can be ignored


People have been used as bargaining chips before - by Romania's Nicolae Ceausescu

As EU citizens' rights are debated by the UK government and the House of Lords, Dr James Koranyi, Lecturer in Modern European History, sees parallels in recent Romanian history.

(2 Mar 2017) » More about people have been used as bargaining chips before - by Romania's Nicolae Ceausescu


The next scientific breakthrough could come from the history books

Dr Giles Gasper, Professor Tom McLeish and Oxford colleague Professor Hannah Smithson explain why it's important to study the history of science.

 

(1 Mar 2017) » More about the next scientific breakthrough could come from the history books


California's rain may shed light on new questions about what causes earthquakes

Gillian Foulger, Jon Gluyas, and Miles Wilson, of Durham Universityexplain how California's rain may shed light on new questions about what causes earthquakes.

(24 Feb 2017) » More about California's rain may shed light on new questions about what causes earthquakes


Do schools in the North East of England under-perform?

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership has recommended that ‘urgent attention’ must be given to improving education in the North of England. Professor Stephen Gorard from the School of Education looks at the evidence for the North East.

(3 Feb 2017) » More about Do schools in the North East of England under-perform?


Trump's travel ban is nothing to do with national security

Dr Alan Greene from the Law School explains why Trump’s executive order on refugees and foreign arrivals has everything to do with the optics of the situation.

(2 Feb 2017) » More about Trump's travel ban is nothing to do with national security


Does missing one week of school lead to lower grades?

Professor Stephen Gorard from the School of Education takes a critical look at the Government’s case for fining parents for term-time holidays as an appeal on the issue reaches the Supreme Court.

(31 Jan 2017) » More about Does missing one week of school lead to lower grades?


Earthquakes triggered by humans pose growing risk

Professor Gillian Foulger , Professor Jon Gluyas and PhD student Miles Wilson from the Department of Earth Sciences explain how their research showed that mining-related activity accounts for the largest number of earthquakes.

(27 Jan 2017) » More about Earthquakes triggered by humans pose growing risk


It's important to listen to imaginary voices – just ask Virginia Woolf

Professor Patricia Waugh from the Department of English Studies believes Virginia Woolf's archive can be seen as a serious resource for research into the experience of hearing voices.

(24 Jan 2017) » More about it's important to listen to imaginary voices – just ask Virginia Woolf


60% of primate species now threatened with extinction

Professor Jo Setchell from the Department of Anthropology explains why we are responsible for the dire situation facing our closest biological relatives.

(19 Jan 2017) » More about 60% of primate species now threatened with extinction


Durham University is key to bright future

The importance of having one of the world’s top 100 universities is central to Durham’s position as a first-class business destination – and there are dynamic plans in place to accelerate the momentum of recent years.

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


China's new Silk Road is all part of its grand strategy for global influence

Professor Anoush Ehteshami explains how China's "One Belt, One Road" project may strengthen its global influence. 

(6 Jan 2017) » More about China's new Silk Road is all part of its grand strategy for global influence


Babies don’t need sleep coaches – but sometimes their parents do

Professor Helen Ball from Anthropology explains why babies are experts at sleeping and don’t need to be taught how to do it.

(22 Dec 2016) » More about babies don’t need sleep coaches – but sometimes their parents do


Whose fault is PISA?

Professor Peter Tymms from the School of Education and Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring questions how much we can take from the recent international education rankings results.

(16 Dec 2016) » More about whose fault is PISA?


Ankle tags, house arrest and forced relocation: how does Britain balance security and civil rights?

Professor Helen Fenwick from Durham Law School looks at the recent use of TPIMs, Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures, as a counter-terror strategy.

(10 Nov 2016) » More about ankle tags, house arrest and forced relocation: how does Britain balance security and civil rights?


 

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