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Research at Durham University


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

Orangutan kisses point to dawn of spoken language

New research may help to unlock the mystery of why and how our evolutionary ancestors first combined a consonant with a vowel to make the first word.

(9 Feb 2017) » More about Orangutan kisses point to dawn of spoken language

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

Bill Bryson, the celebrated author and former Chancellor of Durham University, speaks about his enduring love affair with Durham, its Cathedral and its people.

(2 Feb 2017) » More about Bill Bryson: I thought Durham was perfect when I first saw it - I still think so now

Spotlight on postgraduate research

A World of Opportunity - research at Durham University

Lectures and seminars

Scales of research, social anthropology meets epidemiology

The Scale of Things Public Lecture Series
This lecture is delivered by Professor William Sax, Heidelberg University, Germany.
It seems that social anthropology with its methodology of ethnographic participant-observation, and epidemiology with its focus on statistical methods, work at very different scales. Ethnographers usually conduct their research at the micro-scale of the tribe, village, family or even the single person, while epidemiologists prefer large-scale studies of "populations": the bigger the better.

Durham International Festival of Enterprise

Durham International Festival of Enterprise is a new 3-day business event aimed at showcasing enterprise and innovation in Durham and the North East of England. It offers an amazing opportunity to gain practical advice and inspiration from experts and peers who will share their views, advice and experiences on growing and succeeding in business.
The Festival aims to attract like-minded entrepreneurs, owners and managers, bringing them together to engage, collaborate and learn how to develop new and existing businesses.

‘What Difference Does Ordination Make? Solving a Catholic Problem...

Prof Paul D. Murray (Durham University) will give this seminar as part of the Catholic Theology Research Seminar series.

Ustinov College Cafe Politique presents: Drones, Intelligence and...

Military operations are often conducted from a distance without the deployment of large military forces. Café Politique's first event of 2017 examines this phenomenon, Remote Warfare, and three of its forms: drones, private military and security companies, and intelligence operations.

Infant Sleep Mobile App

For the latest research on sleep development, sleep location and sleep safety in infants, download our new mobile app for free. Contains a unique bed-sharing decision tool, and a sleep log tool to track babies' sleep. Search for 'infant sleep' on Google Play or the App Store. 

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Research and Innovation in Biosciences

From food security and healthy aging to climate change and control of disease, read about research and innovation in the department of Biosciences (formerly School of Biologicial and Biomedical Sciences).