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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.

(17 Jul 2019) » More about Lumiere light festival offers pianists the chance to shine


Measuring the expanding universe

Our physicists will help create a 3D map of galaxies to learn more about the universe’s accelerating expansion.

(17 Jul 2019) » More about Measuring the expanding universe


Meet our new Executive Deans

Janet Stewart, Charlotte Clarke, Jacqui Rammage

We are pleased to confirm that we have successfully appointed to the three new Executive Dean roles, to join our community of extraordinary people. 

(12 Jul 2019) » More about Meet our new Executive Deans


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.

(8 Jul 2019) » More about Chameleon Theory could change our thoughts on gravity


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.

(5 Jul 2019) » More about How a tiny bug inspires surfaces that don’t get wet


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.

(3 Jul 2019) » More about Celebrating women who make a difference


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.

Giving women a voice in disaster risk reduction

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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.

(2 Jul 2019) » More about Big honours for two scientists who explore the very small


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.

(1 Jul 2019) » More about How unwanted sexual images are shattering lives


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. 

(28 Jun 2019) » More about Permanent headstone marks Scottish soldiers 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.

(27 Jun 2019) » More about Venerable Master’s visit celebrates Buddhist links


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.

How three students are trying to reduce the plastic mountain

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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.

Bringing the works of great 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.

How a simple mesh could clean up oil spills

(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?

(21 Jun 2019) » More about Evidence matters - especially for our schools


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.

(20 Jun 2019) » More about celebrating four great female philosophers


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.

(19 Jun 2019) » More about US military bigger polluter than most countries


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.

(19 Jun 2019) » More about We’re a World Top 100 university


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.

(18 Jun 2019) » More about Bringing no man’s land to life online


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.

(14 Jun 2019) » More about China-Durham partnership going from strength to strength


Tracing our religious heritage: prehistory to present

An archaeological excavation at Binchester Roman Fort

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.

(13 Jun 2019) » More about Tracing our religious heritage: prehistory to present


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.

(11 Jun 2019) » More about New Advocacy Prize in memory of Tony Blair’s father


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


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