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Tribute to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

We are deeply saddened at the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

(9 Apr 2021) » More about Tribute to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh


Melting ice sheets caused sea levels to rise up to 18 metres

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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.

(8 Apr 2021) » More about Melting ice sheets caused sea levels to rise up to 18 metres


National praise for our knowledge exchange

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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

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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.

(4 Apr 2021) » More about Sexually violent pornography regularly advertised to first time users


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

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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

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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.

(19 Mar 2021) » More about A new home for world-class teaching, research and enterprise


Fellowship for world-class scholar

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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

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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


Durham to lead European Employability Workshop

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Durham will bring together 41 European universities and play host to a virtual workshop as well as the signing of a historic partnership agreement.

(16 Mar 2021) » More about Durham to lead European Employability Workshop


Medieval parchment worn as ‘birthing girdle’ during labour

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A 500-year-old parchment birthing girdle could give us more insight into childbirth for medieval mothers.

(12 Mar 2021) » More about Medieval parchment worn as ‘birthing girdle’ during labour


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

Durham-based supercomputer to help research Covid-19 and Artificial Intelligence

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

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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

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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.

(24 Feb 2021) » More about How can Computer Science help match transplant patients with donors?


Does banning junk food ads work?

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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?


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