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Driving forward technology innovation

The University has a great track record for working with high-tech industries – including those in our own home region.

Our world-class research and teaching is helping to boost the tech sector in North East England, which now employs 30,000 people and is forecast to grow to £2.5bn by 2020.

We’ve written a blog about our contribution to this vibrant sector, which has now been published on the UK Government’s website.

A generation of computer scientists

At Durham, we’ve been teaching computer sciences for the last four decades.

We know that the next generation of students need to be able to tackle big tech developments such as artificial intelligence and data science.

Our new £40m state-of-the-art Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building will provide the space and facilities to meet these challenges.

It will house an enterprise hub to encourage student and industry collaboration, provide a place for networking and enterprise expertise.

Stars of the future

Our students and staff are making waves in the tech industry.

Masters student Ryan Jessop recently picked up two national awards for his data expertise.

He was named Best Future Innovator at the Knowledge Transfer Network Best of Best awards, following a successful research partnership with digital marketing company, Clicksco. Ryan now works with Clicksco from their office in Middlesbrough, North East England.

Ryan’s talents were also recognised at the Artificial Intelligence and Data Science awards where he was named DataScientist of the Year.

Professor Sue Black recently joined our Computer Science department and is leading a new programme to increase the number of women working in tech. The programme, TechUP Women, is giving 100 women from the UK’s North and Midlands regions the opportunity to retrain for a tech career.

Alumni achievements

Our successful alumni are part of some brilliant tech companies in the North East of England.

Business School Alumna Giselle Stewart OBE is Director of UK Corporate Affairs at gaming company, Ubisoft, based in the North East of England.

Alum Ed Twiddy is at the helm of Atom Bank, the UK’s first digital bank, as Chief Operations and Innovation Officer. The bank’s headquarters is in the heart Durham.

  • Read our contribution to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport blog on tech in the north here.
  • Take a look at our Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building
  • Read about TechUP Women and Professor Sue Black.

Other news

Other news

Tune in: The new ‘Possible Podcast’ shines a light on creative thinking in arts and humanities research this month

The new five-part ‘Possible Podcast’ series is released this month, shining a light on research from Durham University’s world-class Arts & Humanities Faculty.

It features interviews with a blend of Durham academics, international activists and regional change-makers - all coming together to explore how to deliver impact from big ideas and academic research.

The ‘Possible Podcast’ is produced and hosted by the Arts & Humanities Faculty Entrepreneur in Residence, Paul Drury-Bradey. Since March 2019 he has been working with Durham academics, students, and professional support staff on a wide range of entrepreneurial and impact-focused ideas. These have included Durham Soup, a series of ideas party pitching events; leading sessions on social enterprise; and one-on-one coaching for staff and students.

This month’s ‘Possible Podcast’ release is the result of three months’ work that started in February. Across five episodes the podcast tackles critical ideas arts and humanities research, connecting them to new audiences and exploring its impact on culture and society.

  • Episode one: New Narratives - exploring self-publishing and zine culture both internationally and in the North East
  • Episode two: Music and Memory - uncovering the links between music and autobiographical memories
  • Episode three: Uncensored - asking questions about censorship of marginalised communities, and looking at what modern society could learn from historical censorship
  • Episode four: Breathless - exploring how breathing and breathlessness is represented in art and literature
  • Episode five: Protest Song - examining the work of Durham University’s Singer-Songwriter in Residence, and looking at the future of movement music

Each episode is around 20 minutes long, and will be available to listen to on Soundcloud from Monday May 18th onwards. An episode will be released on a daily basis.

You can take a listen to the podcasts on Spotify and Soundcloud.

Find out more:

  • The Possible Podcast was produced by audio specialists Ideosound. Follow the hashtag #PossiblePodcast and @helloDurhamSoup for the latest news and conversation. There are plans to produce Series 2 in late May, June and July. To submit research and ideas for future podcasts please email