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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


Black hole and gravity research honoured

Two astrophysicists have been honoured for research to further our understanding of black holes and the effects of gravity.

(11 Jan 2019) » More about Black hole and gravity research honoured


Targeted treatment technology wins award

A Durham University spin out-company, led by academics in our Chemistry and Biosciences departments, has been recognised for its excellence at a regional awards ceremony.

(11 Jan 2019) » More about Targeted treatment technology wins award


The connection between obesity and broken bones

Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. 

(9 Jan 2019) » More about The connection between obesity and broken bones


Bringing the world’s largest telescope to life

A cutting-edge component of what will be the world’s largest telescope has passed critical tests.

(8 Jan 2019) » More about Bringing the world’s largest telescope to life


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.

(8 Jan 2019) » More about Celebrated emergency aid worker and Netflix pioneer among those receiving honorary Durham degrees


Milky Way heading for catastrophic collision

The Milky Way is on a collision course with a neighbouring galaxy that could fling our Solar System into space.

(4 Jan 2019) » More about Milky Way heading for catastrophic collision


Researching health hazards of volcanic emissions

There are 1,500 active volcanoes worldwide and Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii is one of the most active. In 2018, eruptions from Kīlauea intensified significantly.

Dr Claire Horwell, in our Department of Earth Sciences, has been providing public information on the health impacts of eruptions, including the smog from Kilauea, known as “vog”, in collaboration with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Here she explains her work.

(2 Jan 2019) » More about Researching health hazards of volcanic emissions


Could future crops adapt to climate conditions?

A better understanding of how plant roots develop could open up the possibility of breeding new crops that are more adaptive to climate change, and in turn help with food security in the future.

(21 Dec 2018) » More about Could future crops adapt to climate conditions?


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


Big Bang fossil discovered

A relic cloud of gas, orphaned after the Big Bang, has been discovered in the distant Universe.

(18 Dec 2018) » More about Big Bang fossil discovered


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.

(18 Dec 2018) » More about Staff and students give big to help good causes at Christmas


Putting clean growth on the map

The Durham Energy Institute’s (DEI) work on geothermal energy has featured on an interactive map showcasing innovation across small businesses and organisations in the UK.

(17 Dec 2018) » More about Putting clean growth on the map


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.

(14 Dec 2018) » More about Bright future for John Snow College, as 2019/20 location is announced


How we are protecting our cultural heritage

From the Colosseum to the Dead Sea Scrolls, cultural heritage is a vital part of our identity but faces a number of threats including climate change, natural disasters, conflict and mass tourism. 

(14 Dec 2018) » More about How we are protecting our cultural heritage


How surface science can solve big challenges

Did you know that more than a billion people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water? And that the majority of mobile phones carried by doctors and nurses in hospitals carry infections?

(13 Dec 2018) » More about How surface science can solve big challenges


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.

(12 Dec 2018) » More about Durham Women FC wins historic victory over Manchester United


Bioenergy crops could damage biodiversity

Oil palm plantation

Increasing the use of bioenergy is seen as one of the most important ways in which countries could help to meet climate change targets. However, researchers are warning that this could be just as damaging for global biodiversity as climate change itself.

(11 Dec 2018) » More about Bioenergy crops could damage biodiversity


Festival drug checking can reduce drug-related harm

One of the biggest dangers for people who take illegal drugs at festivals is knowing what has been supplied to them – in terms of contents, strength and contaminants.

(9 Dec 2018) » More about Festival drug checking can reduce drug-related harm


New Chief Financial Officer appointed

We’re pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Willis as our new Chief Financial Officer.

(29 Nov 2018) » More about New Chief Financial Officer appointed


Why violence against older people needs more attention

One in four killings by a loved one involves a victim over the age of 60, says new research.

(29 Nov 2018) » More about Why violence against older people needs more attention


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.

(20 Nov 2018) » More about Sector-leading pre-sessional programmes offer world-class welcome for international students


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.

(19 Nov 2018) » More about UK Government legal adviser receives inaugural Durham University award


Fracking causes earthquakes by design: can regulation keep up?

Miles Wilson, PhD Candidate, Gillian Foulger and Jon Gluyas (all Department of Earth Sciences) and Richard Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and Internationalisation, Newcastle University explain that fracking is intended to bring about the very process which results in earthquakes.

(9 Nov 2018) » More about Fracking causes earthquakes by design: can regulation keep up?


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