Five things we’re doing to help prevent the spread of Covid-19
Our ground breaking research has never been so critical during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mapping our wasted heat
Have you ever thought about all the wasted heat that’s released into our atmosphere from large factories and power stations?
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Royal visit for bio-detection dogs
The Duchess of Cornwall has visited the training centre where trials will take place to determine whether dogs can sniff out Covid-19 in people.
(9 Sep 2020) » More about Royal visit for bio-detection dogs
Durham University in UK top five of prestigious league table
Durham University has risen to fourth in The Guardian University Guide 2021.
Zooming in on dark matter
Our cosmologists have zoomed in on the smallest clumps of dark matter in a virtual universe – which could help us find the real thing in space.
(2 Sep 2020) » More about Zooming in on dark matter
Rationing might be recommended for future pandemics
New research at the Business School has found that rationing could be an effective measure for governments to introduce in future pandemics. This is alongside a number of recommendations revealed by a pioneering forecasting model.
Understanding past warming can limit climate change effects
Evidence from Earth’s past warming events should be built into forecasts showing how today’s climate change could affect different species and ecosystems.
How effective are primate conservation measures?
With about 60 per cent of the world’s primate species threatened with extinction, conservation efforts are now more important than ever.
(26 Aug 2020) » More about How effective are primate conservation measures?
Migrating bird populations affected by climate and land changes
Changes in climate and habitat on the breeding and non-breeding grounds of migratory birds are both playing an important part in driving their long-term population changes.
Reporting the atomic bombs and VJ Day
In an era before the internet and smartphones the dropping of the atomic bombs and eventual surrender of Japan on VJ Day was reported in more traditional ways.
(14 Aug 2020) » More about Reporting the atomic bombs and VJ Day
Coffee stains inspire new printing technique
Have you ever spilled your coffee on your desk? You may then have observed one of the most puzzling phenomena of fluid mechanics – the coffee-ring effect.
(13 Aug 2020) » More about Coffee stains inspire new printing technique
World leading scholars honoured
Two of our leading academics have been honoured in recognition of their outstanding contributions to subjects within humanities and social sciences.
(13 Aug 2020) » More about World leading scholars honoured
Britain’s first Viking helmet discovered
A team from our Archaeology Department have been helping to uncover the past of a rare Viking artefact.
(10 Aug 2020) » More about Britain’s first Viking helmet discovered
Enabling researchers to innovate in business
We’re working to create an enabling environment where the inspiring research of our academics can become innovative solutions to economic challenges and needs, both global and local. So we’re excited to announce a new £1.7m (US $2.23m) seed investment fund to support spin-out businesses.
(6 Aug 2020) » More about Enabling researchers to innovate in business
Volunteers needed for Covid-19 detection dog trial
Our researchers who are investigating whether specially trained dogs can sniff out Covid-19 in humans are asking people in England for help with the trial.
Scientists find new way to kill tuberculosis
Our scientists have found a new way to kill the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB).
(29 Jul 2020) » More about Scientists find new way to kill tuberculosis
University spin-out wins prestigious award
A University spin out company been recognised for its pioneering work helping Network Rail to investigate hidden shafts and voids in its tunnels.
(24 Jul 2020) » More about University spin-out wins prestigious award
Nature inspires first manufactured non-cuttable material
Our engineers have been inspired by nature to create what they say is the first manufactured non-cuttable material.
English speakers some of the least likely to wear face masks
Recent research by Professor Sascha Kraus suggests Brits, Americans and other English speakers are some of the least likely to wear face masks and social distance in the world. The only native speakers, researched by the academics, less likely to following health precautions are German speakers.
Why better guidance on school PE is needed
Since lockdown began in England, children have become increasing sedentary with one in fourteen children reported to be doing no daily exercise.
(17 Jul 2020) » More about why better guidance on school PE is needed
Galaxy evolution research among most cited of past decade
A supercomputer simulation carried out in Durham that realistically calculates the formation of galaxies from the Big Bang to the present day is one of cosmology’s most popular research papers of the past decade.
Study reveals long-term impact of rugby injuries
Rugby players continue to suffer from their high ‘injury load’ after retirement from the sport.
(16 Jul 2020) » More about Study reveals long-term impact of rugby injuries
Revealing the atmospheric impact of planetary collisions
Giant impacts have a wide range of consequences for young planets and their atmospheres, according to research led by our scientists.
Report calls for higher education to empower Muslim voices
A fresh debate on future models of university citizenship is called for by a new report, based on a survey of students nationally conducted by Durham and three other universities.
How partnerships help us make a difference
At Durham, we know the value of partnerships. Why? Because they help us make a difference. And because they help to make sure our research makes changes to the way we live, solve complex industry challenges, and even help our graduates find jobs.
(10 Jul 2020) » More about How partnerships help us make a difference
Positive culture change in family firms
The impact of Covid-19 has forced a drastic positive culture change in family firms, creating stronger solidarity and cohesion within companies, plus increased digitalisation, according to new research at the School.
(10 Jul 2020) » More about Positive culture change in family firms
Baboons do not view researchers as neutral
Baboons who are used to researcher presence are less tolerant than we thought, according to a new study by our anthropologists.
(9 Jul 2020) » More about Baboons do not view researchers as neutral
Reducing racial bias in facial recognition
Our computer scientists are helping to reduce racial bias in facial recognition algorithms.
(9 Jul 2020) » More about Reducing racial bias in facial recognition
Why the term “Super-spreader” can be stigmatising and unhelpful
Emma Cave from Durham Law School considers the impact of the label ‘super-spreader’.
Culture dictates how we cope with Covid-19 career impact
Whether we’re more concerned with our own career development or the success of the company is often determined by our culture, research at the School has revealed.
How we started a #womenintech revolution
In 2019, we launched TechUPWomen, a programme that took 100 women from the north and midlands (UK) and retrained them for a career in technology.
(29 Jun 2020) » More about How we started a #womenintech revolution
Transforming vacuums into ventilators
Dr Joanna Berry talks us through how, when the world was going into lockdown, vacuums were turned into ventilators through an innovative collaboration between people and organisations.
(29 Jun 2020) » More about Transforming vacuums into ventilators
Decarbonising heat research receives over £4 million in funding
We’ve won major funding for three new research projects to decarbonise heat which will significantly reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions.
The Culture of Women in Tech
Dr Mariann Hardey has a new podcast episode out this week with New Books Network. The episode focuses around the culture of women in tech and Dr Hardey’s own experiences in this area.
(26 Jun 2020) » More about The Culture of Women in Tech
How water could trigger earthquakes and volcanoes
We’re investigating if water cycles deep in the Earth play a role in the triggering and strength of earthquakes and volcanoes.
(24 Jun 2020) » More about How water could trigger earthquakes and volcanoes
Testing cheaper than lockdown
Mass testing is the safest way to reopen the economy and society and will cost much less than a hard lockdown, research reveals.
By Abderrahim Taamouti - June 2020
(22 Jun 2020) » More about Testing cheaper than lockdown
Why do we stare at ourselves on video calls?
Aarron Toal, PhD Candidate, explores why we stare at ourselves on video calls.
(22 Jun 2020) » More about Why do we stare at ourselves on video calls?
How earthquakes shape the landscape
Our geographers have revealed just how large earthquakes can change the physical features of the landscape surrounding them.
(17 Jun 2020) » More about How earthquakes shape the landscape
Teachers worried about safety in schools
The majority of teachers do not think that schools can effectively put in place social distancing measures, according to a survey.
(17 Jun 2020) » More about Teachers worried about safety in schools
What archaeological records can tell us about historic epidemics
Infectious diseases have been with us since our beginnings as a species. Professor Charlotte Roberts explains what the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history – and the human response to them.
The future of women’s football is under threat
New research by Dr Stacey Pope has found that Covid-19 is impacting men’s and women’s football differently. She and her fellow researchers believe urgent action is required to stop the coronavirus epidemic from destroying the women’s game, as they explain here.
(16 Jun 2020) » More about the future of women’s football is under threat
First space-based measurement of neutron lifetime
Our researchers have helped to find a way of measuring neutron lifetime from space for the first time.
(11 Jun 2020) » More about First space-based measurement of neutron lifetime
Black hole’s heart still beating
The first confirmed heartbeat of a supermassive black hole is still going strong more than ten years after first being observed.
(10 Jun 2020) » More about Black hole’s heart still beating
Durham in world’s top 100 universities
Durham University has again been ranked as a World Top 100 university.
(10 Jun 2020) » More about Durham in world’s top 100 universities
Durham ranked in the UK top ten
We’ve once again been ranked as one of the UK’s leading universities alongside our standing as a world top 100 university.
(9 Jun 2020) » More about Durham ranked in the UK top ten
New floating energy platforms provide an alternative to fossil fuels
Durham Energy Institute (DEI) researchers are helping to revolutionise renewable energy generation and storage in a project that aims to offer environmentally friendly power generation to coastal communities that don’t have access to reliable grid electricity.
Dunkirk: how British newspapers helped to turn defeat into a miracle
As the UK gets ready to mark the 80th Anniversary of the rescue of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) from Dunkirk, Professor Tim Luckhurst, founding Principal of our new South College, looks at how British newspaper journalists were forced to report it from afar.
Tune into our arts and humanities podcasts
We’ve launched a new five-part podcast series that shines a light on our world-class arts and humanities research.
(26 May 2020) » More about Tune into our arts and humanities podcasts
Aarron Toal, from our Business School, explores what the future may hold for consumers after Covid-19.
(22 May 2020) » More about consumers post-Covid-19
Durham world top 50 for number of UN Sustainable Development Goals
We’ve been named as one of the world’s top universities for our contribution to a number of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Secrets of famous French painter revealed
The mystery behind a painting by a renowned French post-impressionist may have been revealed by new research that has unearthed secrets from his past.
(18 May 2020) » More about Secrets of famous French painter revealed
UK Government supports Covid-19 detection dogs trial
The UK Government has awarded a specialist team of researchers more than £500,000 to find out if specially-trained bio-detection dogs could be used as a new rapid testing measure for Covid-19.
(16 May 2020) » More about UK Government supports Covid-19 detection dogs trial
Durham academic selected as New Generation Thinker
Dr Noreen Masud has taken up the prestigious role as one of this year’s New Generation Thinkers (NGT) which will see her working with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and BBC Radio 3.
(15 May 2020) » More about Durham academic selected as New Generation Thinker
Grief in the time of Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought massive changes to our lives including how we say goodbye to our loved ones.
(14 May 2020) » More about grief in the time of Covid-19
How will Covid-19 affect productivity in the UK?
Professor Richard Harris from our Business School uses the 2008-09 recession as a benchmark for assessing the possible impact of Covid-19 on productivity in the UK.
(12 May 2020) » More about how will Covid-19 affect productivity in the UK?
VE day and national thanksgiving in 1945
After Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) on 8 May 1945, thanksgiving services were held in churches throughout Britain and overseas. Philip Williamson, Professor of Modern History, reveals the meticulous planning that went on behind the scenes.
(11 May 2020) » More about VE day and national thanksgiving in 1945
Should we wear face masks?
Claire Horwell in our Department of Earth Sciences and Fiona McDonald in the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, consider the mixed messages behind face mask use during the Covid-19 pandemic.
(5 May 2020) » More about should we wear face masks?
Early career Psychology research wins prestigious award
One of our early career Psychology researchers has been recognised with a prestigious award for her outstanding PhD research.
How emotional memories of Coronavirus will affect our future
Elena Miltiadis from Anthropology considers the way our emotional memory of this pandemic will affect our future behaviour
Largest amount of microplastics found on ocean floor
Our researchers have helped record the highest level of microplastics ever found on the ocean floor – with up to 1.9 million pieces in an area of just one square metre.
(30 Apr 2020) » More about Largest amount of microplastics found on ocean floor
Young people’s experiences of life under lockdown
What is life like for young people during the current crisis? How do they feel and what impact is the Coronavirus pandemic having on their education, job, housing, finance and relationships?
(29 Apr 2020) » More about young people’s experiences of life under lockdown
Helium supplies at risk from plunging oil prices
Professor Jon Gluyas from our Durham Energy Institute explains why this is bad news for the coronavirus effort.
(28 Apr 2020) » More about helium supplies at risk from plunging oil prices
Research helps transform coal mine into geothermal heat source
Our research is being used to transform coal mines into multi-million pound renewable energy systems.
Literary expert honoured
One of our leading academics has been honoured for his contribution to the promotion of English literature.
(21 Apr 2020) » More about Literary expert honoured
Valuing ‘unskilled’ work
Dr Jo McBride from our Business School and Professor Miguel Martínez Lucio from the University of Manchester explain how Covid-19 is changing the way we value “unskilled” work in our society.
(8 Apr 2020) » More about valuing ‘unskilled’ work
The UK Government, businesses and unions are cooperating during Covid-19
Professor Bernd Brandl explains why it is vital that the UK Government, business groups and trade unions continue to cooperate as they tackle the impact of Covid-19.
Airlines, Covid-19, climate change and risk reporting
Professor Carol Adams examines how airlines have been reporting risk, how global pandemics like Covid-19 fit into this and how this may affect their futures.
How to avoid pension scams and fraud during Covid-19
Dr Anna Tilba suggests how we can protect ourselves against the scams and frauds, which are increasing during Covid-19.
Geography and Physics research wins over £7million funding
Our Geography and Physics research is among the best in the world and we’ve just received three prestigious awards.
CO₂ emissions are plummeting – here’s how to keep them down
A positive result of the world’s response to Coronavirus, means that CO₂ emissions have been slashed. Professor Simone Abram looks at how we can maintain this environmental benefit.
Dogs could join fight against Covid-19
New research will look into whether man’s best friend could play a role in preventing the spread of Coronavirus.
(27 Mar 2020) » More about dogs could join fight against Covid-19
The lockdown is a dangerous time for victims of domestic abuse
As the coronavirus lockdown continues in the UK and many other countries Professor Nicole Westmarland and Rosanna Bellini provide a guide on what we need to consider in relation to domestic abuse.
How to build a universe
How do you build a universe?
(19 Mar 2020) » More about How to build a universe
Five things to ‘dig’ about heritage at Durham
Our researchers are the history detectives, unearthing exciting things from our past and helping us learn from our ancestors.
(16 Mar 2020) » More about Five things to ‘dig’ about heritage at Durham
The origins of life on Earth challenged in new research
How did life on earth begin? There’s hardly a bigger question, but one of the most commonly held theories has been challenged by new research.
Commemorating Basil Bunting and Briggflatts
Did you know that we’re home to the archives of one of Britain’s most distinguished modern poets?
(6 Mar 2020) » More about Commemorating Basil Bunting and Briggflatts
Record 19 Durham subjects in world top 100
A record 19 Durham subjects have been named in the top 100 of a major international league table.
(4 Mar 2020) » More about Record 19 Durham subjects in world top 100
Durham welcomes Spanish Consul General
Our work to help bring the vast wealth of Spanish art and culture to the world has been marked by a visit from Spain’s Consul General.
(3 Mar 2020) » More about Durham welcomes Spanish Consul General
Durham Inspired – North East Scholarships programme launched as part of record donation
We want to welcome the best and brightest students with the merit and potential to succeed, regardless of their economic circumstances.
That’s one of the reasons we are delighted to announce the establishment of a major scholarships programme to enable students from low-income backgrounds in North East England to study here at Durham.
(20 Feb 2020) » More about New scholarships programme part of record donation
Education experts to advise Government
Three of our education experts have been appointed to a Cabinet Panel to help Government decide which policies work and which don’t.
(20 Feb 2020) » More about Education experts to advise Government
Global conservation priorities identified in new research
Environmental conditions, more than human activity, explain why some parts of the globe have more endangered species than others, according to new research.
Durham to host new national supercomputer
We’re hosting a new £3.1m supercomputer facility to address challenges in subjects ranging from Artificial Intelligence to advanced X-ray imaging.
(17 Feb 2020) » More about Durham to host new national supercomputer
Monumental medieval chapel finally uncovered
Our archaeologists have helped uncover the remains of a long lost chapel from Britain’s medieval past.
(17 Feb 2020) » More about Monumental medieval chapel finally uncovered
Meet our Bone Detectives
Did you know that our teeth and bones hold many secrets?
(14 Feb 2020) » More about meet our Bone Detectives
Vital rainfall belt at risk from climate change
Our researchers have found that future climate warming could put a tropical rainfall belt relied upon by billions of people at risk
(14 Feb 2020) » More about Vital rainfall belt at risk from climate change
Learning from nature to tackle global challenges
The solutions to some of the most pressing global challenges could be right under our noses, in the trees, plants and insects around us.
(12 Feb 2020) » More about Learning from nature to tackle global challenges
Archaeologists unearth Durham’s earliest known resident
Durham is well known for its inspiring World Heritage Site, home to the 900-year-old Durham Castle and Cathedral. But our archaeologists have now found proof that people have been living in the area for at least 2,000 years.
Rare Viking-age board game piece found
Our archaeologists have helped unearth a 1,200 year old board game piece on a small island off the coast of north east England.
(11 Feb 2020) » More about Rare Viking-age board game piece found
Animal spotting project helps double children’s mammal knowledge
A citizen science project we ran in schools has dramatically increased children’s knowledge of UK wild mammals.
UK Government minister praises inspiring research and innovation at Durham
Our researchers are tackling some of the biggest challenges facing the world today, from improving soil health in Africa to working to prevent natural disasters in Southern Asia. So it was great to be able to show Chris Skidmore, the UK Government’s Universities Minister, some examples of our research and innovation in action.
Unearthing Britain’s medieval past
Our archaeologists have unearthed the secrets of Britain’s most powerful bishops to teach us more about the country’s medieval past.
(21 Jan 2020) » More about Unearthing Britain’s medieval past
Influential Durham law expert made honorary QC
A Durham law expert who has championed women in the legal profession and shaped new laws on extreme pornography and upskirting has been appointed an honorary Queen’s Counsel (QC).
(16 Jan 2020) » More about Influential Durham law expert made honorary QC
Professor recognised for contribution to dyslexia understanding
One of our leading education experts has been recognised for his work to improve our understanding of reading disability.
Baby sleep expertise leads to new bedsharing advice
Research by our baby sleep experts has led to new international guidance on bedsharing.
That’s a wrap 2019
As 2019 has now drawn to a close, we are taking the opportunity to look back and celebrate some of our highlights of the past year here at Durham, and here’s just a handful! We can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring.
(2 Jan 2020) » More about That’s a wrap 2019
Watching TV makes us prefer thinner women
Films, adverts and reality TV shows don’t always paint a realistic picture of women’s body shapes but how much influence does TV have on our preferences?
(19 Dec 2019) » More about Watching TV makes us prefer thinner women
Five cool things about our Cosmology & Astronomy research
Research at Durham isn’t just confined to life here on Earth.
Sharing our 350-year-old library with the world
We’re proud to be home to the earliest public library in the North East of England, Cosin’s Library, established in 1669 by John Cosin, Bishop of Durham for the benefit of the local community.
(17 Dec 2019) » More about Sharing our 350-year-old library with the world
Enduring interest in the fate of the Scottish Soldiers
In the six years since we found a mass grave of 17th century prisoners on Durham University land, our Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project has captivated thousands of people across the world.
Greenland ice losses rising faster than expected
Greenland is losing ice seven times faster than in the 1990s, shows a new study by an international research team including Durham University.
(10 Dec 2019) » More about Greenland ice losses rising faster than expected
Durham researchers named among world’s best
At Durham we’ve long had a global reputation for the high standard and impact of our research.
(6 Dec 2019) » More about Durham researchers named among world’s best
Universities ‘should have legal duty’ to fight sexual violence
Universities in the UK should have new legal duties to prevent and respond effectively to sexual violence and harassment on campus, according to a survey of selected higher education staff whose views were analysed in a new study.
Air pollution and the ethics of recommending facemasks
Record levels of air pollution have been measured in some parts of the world posing a danger to human health.
Supporting our technicians
Our technical staff play an important part in our ongoing success, so we’re proud to be supporting our technical community through the Technician Commitment.
(22 Nov 2019) » More about Supporting our technicians
Durham ranked in world top 100 for Physical Sciences
We’ve once again been ranked in the world top 100 for our strengths in Physical Sciences in an international league table.
(19 Nov 2019) » More about Durham ranked in world top 100 for Physical Sciences
Five thousand eyes on the sky
A cutting-edge new telescope instrument designed and built by an international team including Durham University has taken its first observations of the night sky.
(18 Nov 2019) » More about Five thousand eyes on the sky
India’s National Academy of Sciences honours Durham researcher
One of our leading researchers is to be honoured by India’s oldest science academy.
National Energy Champion award for geothermal researcher
Research into the potential of using geothermal energy as a low-carbon heat source has won a national award for one of our leading researchers.
Is social media a plague we can’t escape?
(14 Oct 2019) » More about Is social media a plague we can’t escape?
Stemettes inspire the next generation of women in tech
Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and cofounder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Is Planet 9 really a black hole?
Is there a black hole in our solar system?
(10 Oct 2019) » More about Is Planet 9 really a black hole?
Leading social scientists awarded Fellowships of the Academy of Social Sciences
Following an extensive peer review process, five of our academic colleagues have been awarded Fellowships by the Academy of Social Sciences, the UK’s national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. They are recognised for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit.
Observing the Cosmic Web
The Cosmic Web is believed to contain huge threads of gas that connect multiple galaxies across the universe.
(4 Oct 2019) » More about Observing the Cosmic Web
Should summer-born pupils be treated differently?
Evidence shows that children who are among the youngest in their year at school do less well on average than their autumn-born classmates.
(3 Oct 2019) » More about should summer-born pupils be treated differently?
Durham geothermal energy expertise at UK Conservative Party conference
Delegates at the UK Conservative Party annual conference have heard how Durham’s research could provide a long-term, sustainable source of low-carbon energy.
Why our extreme porn laws need to change
A law against possession of rape pornography, introduced in 2015, is very rarely used with few charges and prosecutions.
(1 Oct 2019) » More about Why our extreme porn laws need to change
Durham UK lead on hydrogen fuel research
We’re leading a national research project to decarbonise transport through hydrogen-fuelled vehicles and technology.
(30 Sep 2019) » More about Durham UK lead on hydrogen fuel research
Thousands of meltwater lakes mapped on East Antarctic Ice Sheet
More than 65,000 meltwater lakes have been discovered on the edge of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet by our researchers.
New enterprise zone to work with industry
From developing a mesh coating that could help clean up oil spills to finding greener energy alternatives, our research is really making a difference.
Now, we’ve been awarded over £1.4m to develop premises in the North East of England for businesses where they can collaborate with our world-leading research experts.
(20 Sep 2019) » More about New enterprise zone to work with industry
Recognition for rising stars of research
Two pioneering researchers - one who is improving telescope images of space and the other studying the environmentally damaging practice of sand mining - have received national recognition for their work.
(20 Sep 2019) » More about recognition for rising stars of research
Why humans take so long to grow up
Why do our children take so long to grow up, compared to other animals?
(18 Sep 2019) » More about why humans take so long to grow up
The heat beneath our feet
Old coal mines could provide us with a source of low-carbon heat for many years to come, according to geothermal energy expert Dr Charlotte Adams, who is the new President of the Geology section at the British Science Association.
Here, Charlotte, who is a member of our Durham Energy Institute, explains more about her research into how water stored in flooded abandoned mines could provide cleaner energy for homes and businesses.
(17 Sep 2019) » More about The heat beneath our feet
Developing cheaper and more efficient solar power
Our scientists have helped to solve a puzzle that could lead to cheaper and more efficient solar power.
(16 Sep 2019) » More about Developing cheaper and more efficient solar power
Support for voice-hearers goes online
People who hear voices, their families and mental health professionals will benefit from a new information and support website based on research by Durham University.
(11 Sep 2019) » More about Support for voice-hearers goes online
Five cool things about our environmental research
From decarbonising heat to food security and water sustainability, we’re working to bring about improvements that will benefit nature and the well-being of the planet.
(5 Sep 2019) » More about Five cool things about our environmental research
A new home for the archive of ‘Radical Jack’
A political firebrand, a radical reformist and a leading society figure – the life and times of John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham, were truly captivating.
Durham University is now the new home to the archives of Lord Durham, as he was also known, whose energetic support for political reform earned him the nickname ‘Radical Jack’.
(30 Aug 2019) » More about A new home for the archive of ‘Radical Jack’
Smart surfaces as a solution to global challenges
Professor Jas Pal Badyal, a Fellow of the Royal Society, is widely considered a leader in the field of surface science. Here he talks about the students in his team, their inventions and tackling global challenges.
(22 Aug 2019) » More about smart surfaces as a solution to global challenges
Keeping Africa moving in a changing climate
Durham’s engineers are working with partners in Africa to find ways to use cheaper and more sustainable local materials to build all-weather, low-traffic roads and railway lines.
(21 Aug 2019) » More about Keeping Africa moving in a changing climate
Revealing quasars’ true colours
Our astronomers have identified a rare moment in the life of some of the universe’s most energetic objects.
(7 Aug 2019) » More about Revealing quasars’ true colours
Malaysian Minister of Education visits Durham
The University has hosted a visit by the Malaysian Minister of Education to celebrate a new partnership that will see an important collection of diplomatic papers digitised for study in South East Asia.
(26 Jul 2019) » More about Malaysian Minister of Education visits Durham
Prestigious fellowships awarded to two academics
We’re celebrating after two of our academics were awarded Fellowships by the British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences.
(23 Jul 2019) » More about Prestigious fellowships awarded to two academics
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
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.
(3 Jul 2019) » More about Celebrating women who make a difference
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.
(3 Jul 2019) » More about Giving women a voice in disaster risk reduction
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.
(2 Jul 2019) » More about celebrating world class arts and humanities
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.
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.
(26 Jun 2019) » More about Reducing the plastic mountain
Reviving the music of great composers
We’re helping to bring the forgotten music of two great classical composers back to life.
(26 Jun 2019) » More about Reviving the music of great composers
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
A city that's more afraid of tigers than earthquakes
People living in one of Nepal’s biggest cities are more worried about attacks by tigers and rhinos than a repeat of the earthquake that caused devastation a little over four years ago.
From food flavourings to biofuels, metals are key
We all know that metals like iron and calcium are essential for a healthy body - but our pioneering scientists estimate that almost half of life’s processes depend upon various metals interacting with living cells.
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Universities would be £4.5m poorer without chaplains
University chaplains play an important role in the lives of students of many different faiths and are believed to contribute around £4.5 million per year of volunteer labour to the UK Higher Education sector.
Star award for dark matter research
A Durham astrophysicist has been named as a rising star of research and innovation for her work on the mysterious substance that makes up a large part of the universe.
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Students showcase research at Westminster
Our students have visited Parliament to show how technology normally used to explain the mysteries of the universe can create clearer X-ray images of humans.
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How to keep your bones strong
Think you should slow down as you get older? Think again!
(25 Apr 2019) » More about how to keep your bones strong
Online course brings Scottish soldiers project to the world
Durham University has launched an online archaeology course to give people around the world the chance to study one of its most captivating research projects, relating to the fate of the prisoners from the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.
Top jobs still lack diversity and equality
Privately educated, white, male graduates are more likely to be recruited to senior roles and be paid higher wages by elite multinational firms, new research shows.
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Saving coffee using space technology
We drink two billion cups of coffee every day – 95 million cups in the UK alone.
(29 Mar 2019) » More about Saving coffee using space technology
Improved housing in Africa could prevent disease
Housing in sub-Saharan Africa has dramatically improved and could help in the fight against diseases such as malaria.
(28 Mar 2019) » More about Improved housing in Africa could prevent disease
Ancient royal charter discovered in Durham
An ancient royal charter might not be what everyone expects to find when they come to work, but for one of our visiting fellows that’s exactly what happened.
(26 Mar 2019) » More about Ancient royal charter discovered in Durham
Making water more sustainable
Water is a precious and vital resource that is under threat from climate change and growing demands.
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Tackling risks from outer space
Space is a risky place. Our planet faces a number of potential threats from asteroids and comets to the impact of space weather on vital technologies.
(19 Mar 2019) » More about Tackling risks from outer space
Plan to grow North’s chemicals sector
Did you know that the North of England’s research strengths in chemical and process industries could help to contribute more than £20billion to the UK economy over the next 20 years?
(18 Mar 2019) » More about Plan to grow North’s chemicals sector
Training the next generation of global problem solvers
Tropical diseases, water and food security, and flooding are some of the issues being tackled by our new training centre dedicated to global challenges.
How to keep sleeping babies safe
How best to keep babies safe when they’re asleep has been a focus of research by our specialists for more than 20 years.
(11 Mar 2019) » More about How to keep sleeping babies safe
#BalanceforBetter: A royal celebration of Women, Peace and Security
Two of our leading researchers celebrated International Women’s Day at an event in Buckingham Palace to mark 20 years of Women, Peace and Security.
Durham professor appointed to UK’s Infected Blood Inquiry
A Durham University professor is giving her expertise to an Inquiry looking at how men, women and children in the UK received infected blood products.
Gambling apps encourage futile betting
Low-value bets and video game-style play may make smartphone gambling apps seem like harmless fun. But could they be encouraging people to play even when it is no longer possible to win?
(22 Feb 2019) » More about Gambling apps encourage futile betting
World top six ranking for space science
Durham University’s astrophysicists have been ranked joint sixth in the world for the quality and influence of their research in space science.
(19 Feb 2019) » More about World top six ranking for space science
Medieval thinking meets modern research
Imagine being able to step back in time and see how a great mind of the past understood our world, or experience how food and drink tasted hundreds of years ago.
Well, research led by Durham University is allowing people to do just that.
(15 Feb 2019) » More about Medieval thinking meets modern research
New Vice-Provost (Research) appointed
We are pleased to announce that Professor Colin Bain has been appointed as Vice-Provost (Research).
(14 Feb 2019) » More about the appointment of our new Vice-Provost (Research)
Should fish and chips portions be smaller?
Next time you go for your fish and chips, you might be able to choose your portion size.
(7 Feb 2019) » More about should fish and chips portions be smaller?
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?
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.
Play with time at Oriental Museum exhibition
Visitors to the Oriental Museum can explore the physics and philosophy of time at a new interactive exhibition.
(19 Oct 2018) » More about Play with time at Oriental Museum exhibition
Avalanche – making a deadly snowstorm
Explosives, snow and a car were used to trigger an avalanche in an episode of BBC2’s Horizon Programme to reveal more about the mystery behind this natural rollercoaster. The experiment was led by avalanche expert, Professor Jim McElwaine, from Durham University’s Earth Sciences department.
(18 Oct 2018) » More about Avalanche – making a deadly snowstorm
Astronomers identify far flung galaxies
Astronomers have captured a spectacular image of a massive galaxy cluster embedded among nearly thousands of previously unseen galaxies scattered across space and time.
(13 Sep 2018) » More about Astronomers identify far flung galaxies
North-South divide in chronic pain
England has a North-South ‘pain divide’, with a clear geographical split in the prevalence and intensity of chronic pain and the use of potentially addictive opioid pain killers, shows new research.
(12 Sep 2018) » More about North-South divide in chronic pain
Protecting against volcanic ash
A first of its kind study, led by Dr Claire Horwell of the Department of Earth Sciences and Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, has found that industry-certified particle masks are most effective at protecting people from volcanic ash, whilst commonly used surgical masks offer less protection.
(11 Sep 2018) » More about Protecting against volcanic ash
Funding boost for Strategy delivery
Durham University has successfully secured £225 million of borrowing through a private placement.
(30 Aug 2018) » More about Funding boost for Strategy delivery
Earthquake research could improve seismic forecasts
The timing and size of three deadly earthquakes that struck Italy in 2016 may have been pre-determined, according to new research that could improve future earthquake forecasts.
(23 Aug 2018) » More about Earthquake research could improve seismic forecasts
Physicists reveal oldest galaxies
Some of the faintest satellite galaxies orbiting our own Milky Way galaxy are amongst the very first that formed in our Universe, physicists have found.
(17 Aug 2018) » More about Physicists reveal oldest galaxies
Outstanding partnership helps reduce power outages
Power outages caused by trees falling on power lines are being reduced as a result of a research partnership involving a Durham University Research Fellow and an international company.
(17 Jul 2018) » More about Outstanding partnership helps reduce power outages
European dogs wiped out ancient American breeds
The arrival of Europeans to the Americas, beginning in the 15th Century, all but wiped out the dogs that had lived alongside native people on the continent for thousands of years, according to new research published in Science.
(6 Jul 2018) » More about European dogs wiped out ancient American breeds
Archaeologists reveal castle’s medieval secrets
Medieval mysteries, hidden beneath the grounds of a 900-year-old British castle, have been uncovered during a major archaeological excavation.
(3 Jul 2018) » More about Archaeologists reveal castle’s medieval secrets
Cataclysmic collision shaped Uranus’ evolution
Uranus was hit by a massive object roughly twice the size of Earth that caused the planet to tilt and could explain its freezing temperatures, according to new research.
(3 Jul 2018) » More about Cataclysmic collision shaped Uranus’ evolution
Honouring the physicists of the future
Durham University has honoured the next generation of scientists at its annual Schools Physicist of the Year awards.
(3 Jul 2018) » More about Honouring the physicists of the future
Discovering how humans can see with sound
Human echolocation enables people to ‘see’ with their ears and build a picture of the world around them. The technique involves making sharp mouth clicks and then translating the sound reflected by surrounding objects into spatial information – a method also used by whales, dolphins and bats.
(5 Jun 2018) » More about discovering how humans can see with sound
Grammar schools could be damaging to social mobility
Grammar schools are no better or worse than non-selective state schools in terms of attainment, but can be damaging to social mobility, according to new research by Durham University.
(27 Mar 2018) » More about grammar schools could be damaging to social mobility
Schools could play a vital role to help prevent mental health problems in young people
More needs to be done to provide guidance and support in schools to prevent mental health problems in young people according to a new report.
Durham Law School tackles unacceptable working practices
According to the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO), only one quarter of workers worldwide has a stable employment relationship.
How telescope technology is helping treat heart disease
Research using space telescope technology that has ultimately led to better treatments for heart patients has won international recognition.
Reformation Rebels: The surprising histories of Benedictine monks in exile
Sixteenth and seventeenth century Benedictine monks refused abstinence, died in duels, went off to war and spread illegal Catholic doctrine, a new study has revealed.
Calling time on the kissing bugs
They are known as ‘kissing bugs’ and they spread a disease that rarely makes the headlines but infects up to seven million people worldwide.
(21 Jul 2017) » More about calling time on the kissing bugs
Durham scientists play key role as construction starts on world’s largest telescope
Construction work has begun on the world’s largest visible to infrared telescope – and Durham University is playing a key role.
Women have to ‘prove they are sports fans’
Female sports fans struggle to be taken seriously and feel they are regarded as being less committed than male fans, according to research by Dr Stacey Pope, who answers some questions about her findings below.
(14 Jul 2017) » More about women have to ‘prove they are sports fans’
Durham appoints new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global)
Durham University has appointed its first Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global) following a competitive recruitment process.
(6 Jul 2017) » More about Durham appoints new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global)
Exploring geothermal energy potential
(4 Jul 2017) » More about Exploring geothermal energy potential
Little Cub gives astronomers rare chance to see galaxy demise
A primitive galaxy that could provide clues about the early Universe has been spotted by astronomers as it begins to be consumed by a gigantic neighbouring galaxy.
Outstanding recognition for Durham University's scientists
Durham University’s outstanding achievements in science have been recognised with a series of awards.
From ashtrays full of cigarette butts to smoke-free environments
This week, it will be ten years since the smoking ban for enclosed workplaces in the UK came into force. Dr Andrew Russell from the Life of Breath research project takes a look at how things have changed.
Durham ranked in world’s top 100 universities
Durham University’s position among the world’s leading universities has been confirmed once more, with the publication of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2017.
(14 Jun 2017) » More about Durham ranked in world’s top 100 universities
Post-election 2017 – Durham University expertise
A selection of Durham University experts who are available for comment to the media on a variety of post-election issues.
(9 Jun 2017) » More about Post-election 2017 – Durham University expertise
Geography professors honoured for outstanding achievements
Two of Durham University’s geographers have been honoured for their outstanding achievements by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS).
Pioneering work in chemistry receives prestigious recognition
Professor Jas Pal Badyal FRS from Durham University has been named as the Royal Society of Chemistry Tilden Prize winner for 2017 for his pioneering work on the functionalization of solid surfaces and deposition of nanocoatings.
Simulated galaxies provide fresh evidence of dark matter
Further evidence of the existence of dark matter – the mysterious substance that is believed to hold the Universe together – has been produced by Cosmologists at Durham University.
Should primary schools teach philosophy?
Schools are places where children can learn behaviour, skills and attitudes that have lifelong relevance, in addition to subjects on the formal curriculum. Dr Nadia Siddiqui from the School of Education has looked at the contribution philosophy discussions can make to children’s ‘soft’ skills.
(12 Apr 2017) » More about Should primary schools teach philosophy?
Major new Commission launched on creativity and education
Durham University and Arts Council England have announced The Durham Commission on Creativity and Education.
Launching in September 2017, the Commission will investigate what happens when children experience arts and culture, and how this helps them develop and thrive.
Improving maths knowledge in schools
Low attainment in maths is seen as one of the most serious problems in UK education. Dr Lee Copping from the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University tells us more about a project which will dig deeper into the causes.
(6 Mar 2017) » More about improving maths knowledge in schools
Policing domestic abuse
‘Out of court resolutions’, including apologies, are used in domestic abuse cases by all police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland despite official guidance advising against their use, according to new research.
(3 Mar 2017) » More about policing domestic abuse
New framework to safeguard children
A new NSPCC national framework to help tackle the issue of harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people is proving beneficial to professionals working in safeguarding. The research of Professor Simon Hackett of Durham University’s School of Applied Social Sciences has strongly influenced the Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) framework of which he is first author.
(27 Feb 2017) » More about New framework to safeguard children
Durham part of new Barnardo’s centre of expertise
Durham University is a partner in a new £7.5m Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse launched by the UK Home Office and led by Barnardo’s.
(16 Feb 2017) » More about Durham part of new Barnardo’s centre of expertise
Hearing voices and spirituality
Although voice-hearing is often associated with severe mental illness, it can be an important aspect of people’s religious or spiritual life.
This is an area explored in the world’s first major exhibition on hearing voices which enters its final month (February) at Durham University’s Palace Green Library.
(3 Feb 2017) » More about Hearing voices and spirituality
Bill Bryson: I thought Durham was perfect when I first saw it - I still think so now
Bill Bryson, the celebrated author and former Chancellor of Durham University, speaks about his enduring love affair with Durham, its Cathedral and its people.
Durham University is key to bright future
Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, explores how the University is key to the economic success of County Durham and North East England.
(9 Jan 2017) » More about Durham University is key to bright future
Durham enters partnership with iconic Palace Museum
Durham University and China’s Palace Museum have signed an agreement, bringing together these two world-renowned centres of research and cultural excellence for the first time. The agreement, which is the first between the Palace Museum and an English university, builds on Durham University’s already strong links with China.
Fusion energy could be the future
Fusion energy offers the tantalising possibility of clean, sustainable and almost limitless energy. But can it be an economically viable option?
(20 Sep 2015) » More about Fusion energy could be the future