Lumiere light festival offers pianists the chance to shine
We’re proud to be sponsoring Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival, when it returns to Durham in November 2019, and we’re very excited to announce we’ll be hosting an innovative installation at one of our Colleges.
Measuring the expanding universe
Our physicists will help create a 3D map of galaxies to learn more about the universe’s accelerating expansion.
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Meet our new Executive Deans
We are pleased to confirm that we have successfully appointed to the three new Executive Dean roles, to join our community of extraordinary people.
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Chameleon Theory could change our thoughts on gravity
Einstein’s theory of General Relativity is world famous – but it might not be the only way to explain how gravity works and how galaxies form.
How a tiny bug inspires surfaces that don’t get wet
A tiny bug is the inspiration for research that could one day provide clean water or help ships sail more efficiently.
Celebrating women who make a difference
At Durham we’re proud to be home to incredible women who are making a difference in the world.
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Climbing the ladder to success
Professor Louise Bracken, Executive Director of our Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR), gave a snapshot of her journey to the top at a recent podcast recording.
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Giving women a voice in disaster risk reduction
Women in Nepal are having a say in how to reduce the risk of disasters like fires and landslides.
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Big honours for two scientists who explore the very small
The research coming out of our world-leading Physics Department is changing our understanding of the world around us, from the smallest building blocks of matter to the vastness of the Universe.
So we’re very proud that two of our quantum physicists have received prestigious awards from the Institute of Physics, the UK and Ireland’s professional body for practicing physicists.
Celebrating world class arts and humanities
Performances from a poet, a playwright and a musician were part of our annual research showcase for arts and humanities at Durham, a subject area ranked in the world top 30.
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How unwanted sexual images are shattering lives
Imagine if you had a sexual image of yourself shared online without your consent. Sadly, this happens all too often and can be absolutely devastating for the victim.
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Permanent headstone marks Scottish soldiers resting place
The headstone has been installed at the grave of the 17th Century Scottish soldiers buried in Durham City, providing a permanent marker of their resting place.
Venerable Master’s visit celebrates Buddhist links
We’re proud to be a global university with many international links and partnerships, and students from 150 nations around the world. So we were pleased to welcome the Venerable Master Hai Tao to our Oriental Museum recently.
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Reducing the plastic mountain
Every single minute, a truck load of plastic ends up in our oceans, killing millions of animals every year. This is only going to get worse unless we do something about it.
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Reviving the music of great composers
We’re helping to bring the forgotten music of two great classical composers back to life.
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A simple mesh to clean up oil spills
Oil spills happen frequently ranging from large ones like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster to smaller ones on industrial sites. All have a damaging impact on the environment and wildlife.
(24 Jun 2019) » More about A simple mesh to clean up oil spills
Evidence matters - especially for our schools
How do we know if the Pupil Premium funding is closing the attainment gap between poorer children and their peers? Or how feasible it is for highly-selective universities to use reduced ‘contextualised’ offers for disadvantaged students? Or what is causing the shortage of teachers?
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Celebrating four great female philosophers
Is time real? Do we have free will? Philosophical questions such as these seem to have little connection with current issues like the climate crisis or Brexit.
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US military bigger polluter than most countries
Surprised by the headline? No wonder when discussions about greenhouse gas emissions tend to focus on statistics for countries, not institutions. But research from our Department of Geography, in partnership with Lancaster University, found that the US military’s carbon footprint is so big it out ranks that of most countries in the world.
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We’re a World Top 100 university
Durham University has again been ranked as a World Top 100 university – putting us in the top eight per cent of universities worldwide in a new league table.
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Bringing no man’s land to life online
Virtual Reality and 3D modelling have been used to bring some of the world’s hidden areas to life online.
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China-Durham partnership going from strength to strength
From archaeological excavations to teaching qualifications and legal training, we are proud to have extensive partnership links in China.
Tracing our religious heritage: prehistory to present
From Stone Age rock art to the World Heritage Site of Durham Castle and Cathedral, the North East of England has a religious heritage to rival anywhere in the world.
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New Advocacy Prize in memory of Tony Blair’s father
Tony Blair, former UK prime minister, attended a Durham alumni event in London to present the new award to a law student on 4 June.
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Durham ranked fifth in the UK
We find it easy to be proud of the extraordinary people we have at Durham. Now, our University has once again been ranked fifth in the Guardian University Guide (2020), maintaining our position from last year and achieving our third consecutive year in the top five of this influential guide.
Highlighting our outstanding student experience and cutting-edge teaching, the Guardian University Guide 2020 ranks English as top in the UK. We now have 19 subjects ranked in the top ten, with eight of these placed in the top five.
(7 Jun 2019) » More about Durham ranked fifth in the UK