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The Importance of our own Past: Research at Durham University

The Importance of our own Past: Research at Durham University

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Dr Giles Gasper explains that by bringing together historians and scientists we are shedding new light on medieval thinking and what it means for scientific learning today.


UK General Election 2017 – Durham University expertise

A selection of Durham University experts who are available for comment to the media in the lead-up to, and during, the upcoming 2017 General Election is listed below

(10 May 2017) » More about UK General Election 2017 – Durham University expertise


Chancellor of the Exchequer’s visit highlights Durham’s strengths in research and industrial partnerships

Durham University’s contribution to the UK economy and links with industry have been highlighted by a visit from the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

(9 May 2017) » More about Chancellor of the Exchequer’s visit highlights Durham’s strengths in research and industrial partnerships


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.

(9 May 2017) » More about pioneering work in chemistry receives prestigious recognition


Sun's eruptions might all have same trigger

Large and small scale solar eruptions might all be triggered by a single process, according to new research that leads to better understanding of the Sun’s activity.

A Solar Eruption in 5 Steps

(27 Apr 2017) » More about Sun's eruptions might all have same trigger


Simulated galaxies provide fresh evidence of dark matter

A simulated galaxy is pictured, showing the main ingredients that make up a galaxy: the stars (blue), the gas from which the stars are born (red), and the dark matter halo that surrounds the galaxy (light grey)

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.

(21 Apr 2017) » More about Simulated galaxies provide fresh evidence of dark matter


Saving leopards from human threats

Leopard populations in part of South Africa are decreasing in greater numbers and at a greater speed than expected, due in large part to illegal killing by humans according to new findings. 

(19 Apr 2017) » More about Saving leopards from human threats


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?


UK shale gas extraction could be reduced by limited space to develop wells

Only a quarter of the shale gas contained in one of the UK’s largest reserves might be recoverable because of limited space to develop the wells needed to extract it, according to new research.

(3 Apr 2017) » More about UK shale gas extraction could be reduced by limited space to develop wells


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.

(28 Mar 2017) » More about Major new Commission launched on creativity and education



Monday 29 May 2017

"To the Life" Art Exhibition

9:00am to 6:00pm, Trevelyan College, Durham

Local artist Allan Archibald exhibits this collection of paintings in Trevelyan College.

Contact janet.n.evans@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there

10:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library

This exhibition asks, How big is time? And what will the future be like?
The sheer enormity of time is a mind-bending concept - one which humans have always tried to measure and understand. Step through a portal and journey through time as we reveal how advances in science allowed authors to create stories that transport us to the distant past, parallel universes, and future worlds.

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


A Good Reputation Endures Forever: The Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

An exhibition exploring the role of the thousands of Chinese who risked their lives alongside the British armed forces during the First World War. This exhibition examines the vital role of the Chinese Labour Corps using historic photographs and objects created by the men at the front.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 30 May 2017

"To the Life" Art Exhibition

9:00am to 6:00pm, Trevelyan College, Durham

Local artist Allan Archibald exhibits this collection of paintings in Trevelyan College.

Contact janet.n.evans@gmail.com for more information about this event.


A Good Reputation Endures Forever: The Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

An exhibition exploring the role of the thousands of Chinese who risked their lives alongside the British armed forces during the First World War. This exhibition examines the vital role of the Chinese Labour Corps using historic photographs and objects created by the men at the front.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.