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Durham University News

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24 hours in Van Mildert College

Photograph of Owen Adams

Owen Adams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience), reflects on 24 hours spent helping out in Van Mildert College.

(22 Feb 2018) » More about 24 hours in Van Mildert College


Space - the final business opportunity?

Famous red sports car and planet earth in background

Professor Martin Ward from the Department of Physics explains why the launch of the Heavy Falcon rocket has opened up new frontiers.

(13 Feb 2018) » More about Space the final business opportunity?


Votes for Women

Dr Henry Miller and Ciara Stewart from Durham's Petition, Parliament and People Project, explain how 17,000 petitions helped deliver votes for women. 

(6 Feb 2018) » More about votes for women


How we explored medieval theories of colour through glass

What is colour? Dr Giles Gasper from the Department of History, Dr Cate Watkinson (University of Sunderland) and Professor Tom McLeish (University of York) discuss how we explored medieval theories of colour through glass.

(5 Feb 2018) » More about how we explored medieval theories of colour through glass


Religion isn't the enemy of science: it's been inspiring scientists for centuries

Professor Tom McLeish from the Department of Chemistry/Department of Physics considers why religion isn't the enemy of science.

(25 Jan 2018) » More about religion isn't the enemy of science: it's been inspiring scientists for centuries


Access to mobile phones won't magically fix youth unemployment in Africa

Professor Gina Porter from the Department of Anthropology discusses a study into young people in Africa using mobile phones to access or create employment.

(18 Dec 2017) » More about Access to mobile phones won't magically fix youth unemployment in Africa


What the Brexit deal means for EU citizens and their families

Professor of European Law, Eleanor Spaventa considers the grey areas of the deal agreed earlier this month. 

(15 Dec 2017) » More about what the Brexit deal means for EU citizens and their families


We could use old coal mines to decarbonise heat – here's how

miner's hands holding a lump of coal

Dr Charlotte Adams from Geography and Durham Energy Institute Executive Director Professor Jon Gluyas believe that the UK's abandoned deep mines could meet our future energy needs.

(28 Nov 2017) » More about we could use old coal mines to decarbonise heat – here's how


After Mugabe, all eyes are on Museveni: how long can he cling to power?

Professor Justin Willis from the Department of History discusses issues around President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda with Professor Gabrielle Lynch (University of Warwick) and Professor Nic Cheeseman (University of Birmingham).

(27 Nov 2017) » More about After Mugabe, all eyes are on Museveni: how long can he cling to power?


Almost two million UK adults have experienced domestic abuse in the last year

Dr Hannah Bows from the School of Applied Social Sciences discusses the latest Office for National Statistics figures on domestic violence.

(27 Nov 2017) » More about Almost two million UK adults have experienced domestic abuse in the last year


What works in education does not always chime with what Ministers want to hear

Professor Carole Torgerson from the School of Education and Professor Dominic Wyse from University College London explain why the curriculum policy for English teaching is at odds with current research.

(23 Nov 2017) » More about What works in education does not always chime with what Ministers want to hear


Nearly half of teenage smokers have bought illegal tobacco, so what are the dangers?

cigarette stubs in an ashtray

Dr Andrew Russell from the Department of Anthropology and the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing discusses new figures that show more than half of all teenage smokers in the north-east of England have bought illegal tobacco.

(22 Nov 2017) » More about nearly half of teenage smokers have bought illegal tobacco, so what are the dangers?


Sexual harassment - it's all part of growing up

Dr Fiona Vera-Gray from Durham Law School talks about sexual harassment being commonly disregarded as an inevitable part of life.

(9 Nov 2017) » More about sexual harassment - it's all part of growing up


Trump - Rating the presidency

After a tumultuous year beset by controversy, how should we assess Donald Trump, twelve months on from his US presidential election win? 

(9 Nov 2017) » More about Trump - rating the presidency


Time to celebrate the unsung women heroes of peace mediation

While women are active and successful mediators at the grassroots level, they remain largely invisible in international peacemaking.

(31 Oct 2017) » More about time to celebrate the unsung women heroes of peace mediation


What is space? The 300-year-old philosophical battle that is still raging today

Dr Emily Thomas, from Philosophy, examines the way debate over the definition of space has unfurled and grown in the last 300 years.

(19 Oct 2017) » More about what is space? The 300-year-old philosophical battle that is still raging today


Why the US withdrawal from UNESCO is a step backwards for global cultural cooperation

Professor Robin Coningham, UNESCO Chair on Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, explains why this will result in few benefits.

(19 Oct 2017) » More about why the US withdrawal from UNESCO is a step backwards for global cultural cooperation


A step-change in tackling sexual violence

Owen Adams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience)

Owen Adams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience) and Chair of the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Group at Durham University, writes on a step-change in the higher education sector, and Durham's part in it.

(18 Oct 2017) » More about a step-change in tackling sexual violence


Why hunger is on the rise in the world, and what can be done about it

The United Nations reports that global hunger is on the rise for the first time in ten years - Professor Peter Atkins examines the reasons behind this increase.

(3 Oct 2017) » More about why hunger is on the rise in the world, and what can be done about it


How Taylor Swift has become a femme fatale - with a little help from Sylvia Plath

clip from Taylor Swift video - she is in a bath of diamonds

Dr Eleanor Spencer-Regan, Digital Director of the Centre for Poetry and Poetics considers what the former "pop princess" and the confessional poet have in common. 

(20 Sep 2017) » More about how Taylor Swift has become a femme fatale - with a little help from Sylvia Plath


What new barriers can EU citizens expect in their daily lives after Brexit?

Professor Eleanor Spaventa warns that EU citizens living in Britain should prepare to present documentation whenever they interact with the state.

(13 Sep 2017) » More about what new barriers can EU citizens expect in their daily lives after Brexit?


Primacy of the law has been asserted in Kenya – but the aftermath is unpredictable

Professor Justin Willis considers the potential impact of the decision by Kenya's Supreme Court to declare the election null and void. 

(7 Sep 2017) » More about primacy of the law has been asserted in Kenya – but the aftermath is unpredictable


A museum of Confederate statues – and how it could help end the American Civil War

Dr Kevin Waite, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, examines the fierce debate in the United States surrounding confederate memorials and suggests a solution.

(24 Aug 2017) » More about a museum of Confederate statues – and how it could help end the American Civil War


Why 'upskirting' needs to be made a sex crime

Clare McGlynn, Professor of Law at Durham and University of Birmingham's Professor Erika Rackley explain why a new law against upskirting is urgently needed.

(18 Aug 2017) » More about why 'upskirting' needs to be made a sex crime


Nosy neighbours and the outsourcing of UK gun control

Dr Sam Hillyard from the School of Applied Social Sciences, discusses nosy neighbours and the outsourcing of UK gun control. 

(11 Aug 2017) » More about nosy neighbours and the outsourcing of UK gun control


Kenya’s elections are much more than just a ruthless game of thrones

Professor Justin Willis from the Department of History and Professor Nic Cheeseman (University of Birmingham) talk about the threat of controversy and unrest that looms over Kenya’s election.

(3 Aug 2017) » More about Kenya’s elections are much more than just a ruthless game of thrones


Understanding why some female teachers sexually abuse pupils

Andrea J Darling, who is studying for a PhD in the School of Applied Social Sciences, discusses why some female teachers sexually abuse pupils. 

(11 Jul 2017) » More about Understanding why some female teachers sexually abuse pupils


How badly implemented land reform can affect wildlife: a Zimbabwean case study

Credit: Durham University

Dr Sam Williams Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology talks about land reform affecting wildlife.

Large carnivores are in decline all over the world. Threats like persecution and loss of both prey and habitat are key contributors. The planet’s top biodiversity hotspots have already lost around 90% of their primary (undisturbed) vegetation, driven by factors like growth of infrastructure, agriculture and the removal of natural resources.

(29 Jun 2017) » More about How badly implemented land reform can affect wildlife: a Zimbabwean case study


Twenty years on, Harry Potter continues to cast a spell on readers

Dr Eleanor Spencer-Regan Vice-Principal and Senior Tutor of St Chad's College and member of Department of English Studies considers the enduring appeal of Harry Potter.

(26 Jun 2017) » More about twenty years on, Harry Potter continues to cast a spell on readers


Is there enough good evidence to inform teaching in schools?

Professor Stephen Gorard talks about the importance of using solid evidence to inform education practice.

(21 Jun 2017) » More about is there enough good evidence to inform teaching in schools?


Fact Check: is China dumping steel?

Fact Check: is China dumping steel?

Professor Ian Greenwood and Professor Ray Hudson examine if China is dumping steel.

(15 Jun 2017) » More about Fact Check: is China dumping steel?


What's the difference between TPIMs and control orders?

Professor Helen Fenwick from Durham Law School explains the difference between Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) and control orders.

(8 Jun 2017) » More about what's the difference between TPIMs and control orders?


Linking lone wolf killers to Islamic State magnifies the threat – and could inspire future attacks

Dr Alan Greene believes the way we talk about terrorist attacks can help the extremists' cause.

(6 Jun 2017) » More about linking lone wolf killers to Islamic State magnifies the threat – and could inspire future attacks


This election must not result in another failed NHS Experiment

Professor David Hunter, from the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health explains that the election must not become an excuse for shelving much needed health system transformation.

(30 May 2017) » More about this election must not result in another failed NHS Experiment


Time travel: a conversation between a scientist and a literature professor

Literature professor Simon John James and physicist Richard Bower were both involved in the curating the exhibition, Time Machines – the past, the future, and how stories take us there

(26 May 2017) » More about Time travel: a conversation between a scientist and a literature professor


Walking with Pride

Professor Antony Long, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, and Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, explains why the University supports the Pride movement.

(26 May 2017) » More about walking with Pride


Why augmented reality is triggering cultural conflict and religious controversy

A cyclist using augmented reality

Robert Seddon, an Honorary Fellow in the Philosophy Department at Durham University explores why augmented reality is triggering cultural conflict and religious controversy.

(25 May 2017) » More about Why augmented reality is triggering cultural conflict and religious controversy


Disagreements on what Europe means go back to the 16th century

Europe depicted as a queen, Sebastian Munster, 1570

Niall OddyDurham Universityexplores how the idea of Europe was forged.

(19 May 2017) » More about Disagreements on what Europe means go back to the 16th century


Sport for peace and development: Zambia shows how it can be done

A football game in Zambia. Picture: Iain Lindsey

Iain LindseyDurham UniversityDavies BandaUniversity of EdinburghRuth JeanesMonash University, and Tess KayBrunel University London explore the potential of sport to change lives.

(7 Apr 2017) » More about Sport for peace and development: Zambia shows how it can be done


Does missing one week of school lead to lower grades?

Professor Stephen Gorard takes a critical look at the Government’s case for fining parents who take their children out of school during term.

(6 Apr 2017) » More about does missing one week of school lead to lower grades?


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


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


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


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


The wonders of Graphene

Karl Coleman Professor of Chemistry and Nanomaterials and Director of Research in the Chemistry Department, explains how folding graphene like origami, may allow us to wear sensors in our skin.

(30 Jul 2015) » More about the wonders of Graphene


 

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