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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


Urgent action needed to save primates from extinction

The majority of primate species worldwide are now threatened with extinction, according to an international group of primate conservation experts who are calling for urgent action to protect the world’s dwindling primate populations.

(19 Jan 2017) » More about urgent action needed to save primates from extinction


Mysterious sea creature part of a new family

One branch on the tree of life is a bit more crowded today as a team of scientists have revealed what a bizarre group of cone-shaped sea creatures actually are, as reported in Nature.

(12 Jan 2017) » More about mysterious sea creature part of a new family


Largest digital survey of visible Universe released

Cosmologists at Durham University have helped put together the world’s largest digital survey of the visible Universe.

(19 Dec 2016) » More about Largest digital survey of visible Universe released


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


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


Free science outreach programme

DURHAM University is inviting more schools and teachers in North East England to take advantage of its free science outreach programme.

(25 Jan 2017) » More about Free science outreach programme


Durham University is key to bright future

Place of Light

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


Hunting hidden supermassive black holes

L-R Prof David Alexander and Ady Annuar, Department of Physics

Monster black holes sometimes play a cosmic game of hide and seek, shrouding themselves from view behind giant clouds of gas and dust, according to new research.

(9 Jan 2017) » More about Hunting hidden supermassive black holes


Durham to play key role among Commonwealth universities

Durham University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Corbridge, has been elected to the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

(20 Dec 2016) » More about Durham to play key role among Commonwealth universities


Research reveals Eighteenth Century monks’ favourite tipple

Two Eighteenth Century drinks recipes, discovered by researchers from Durham University’s Department of Theology and Religion, have revealed that a brandy-based cocktail was a favourite drink amongst a community of English Catholic monks exiled in France. 

(19 Dec 2016) » More about Research reveals Eighteenth Century monks’ favourite tipple


Helping busy head teachers

Two-thirds of head teachers in England now use the Teaching and Learning Toolkit, developed by Durham University and the Sutton Trust, to inform how best to spend their pupil premium funding, according to a recent survey.

(14 Dec 2016) » More about helping busy head teachers


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

(7 Dec 2016) » More about Durham enters partnership with iconic Palace Museum


Research aims to “unpack Brexit”

Researchers at Durham University are aiming to unpack the issues behind the legal, constitutional and economic implications of Brexit.

(29 Nov 2016) » More about Research aims to “unpack Brexit”


Enthusiasm for high school music

Making a positive primary to secondary transition in Music HD

Pupils’ enthusiasm for school music lessons drops significantly during the first year of secondary school, according to new research.

(11 Nov 2016) » More about enthusiasm for high school music


Durham rises in prestigious world rankings

The number of Durham University subjects in the top 50 of the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings has more than doubled from three to seven.

Geography at Durham is ranked third in the world and Archaeology fifth, with Anthropology, Earth Sciences, English, History and Law also in the top 50.

Today's subject-specific rankings follow on from Durham achieving its highest ever world ranking in the overall QS league table published last year, where it rose more than 30 places to 61st in the world.

The strength across Durham's academic departments was further evidenced in May 2016, when 21 of Durham's 26 departments were ranked in the top 10 in the 2017 Guardian League Tables, with 11 ranked in the top 5. 

(22 Mar 2016) » More about Durham rises in prestigious world rankings


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?

Professor Damian Hampshire talks about fusion energy, suggesting it could be economically viable.

(20 Sep 2015) » More about Fusion energy could be the future


Low cost ethical loans for postgraduate study

Durham University has launched an innovative postgraduate loan product to help to attract the most talented students to further study after they finish their undergraduate degree.

FundED: Future Focussed Postgraduate Loans

(20 Sep 2015) » More about Low cost ethical loans for postgraduate study


Skeletons found in mass graves are 17th Century Scottish soldiers

New analysis carried out on skeletons discovered in a centuries-old mass grave in Durham, UK, has led experts to conclude they are the remains of Scottish soldiers taken prisoner after the 1650 Battle of Dunbar.

(2 Sep 2015) » More about Skeletons found in mass graves are 17th Century Scottish soldiers


International focus on Magna Carta exhibition

Eight hundred years on from when it was first written, the enduring legacy of one of the world’s most important documents lives on.

Dr Christian Liddy and Canon Rosalind Brown talk about the significance of the Magna Carta.

(31 Aug 2015) » More about International focus on Magna Carta exhibition


Is there life out there?

Humans have long wondered: “Are we alone in the Universe?”

After all, the Earth is just one planet in one galaxy among hundreds of billions that exist across the cosmos.

 

Dr Pratika Dayal asks if there is life out there

(31 Aug 2015) » More about Is there life out there?


Understanding landslide risk in post-earthquake Nepal

In April 2015 parts of Nepal were devastated by an intense earthquake and significant aftershocks. But the danger to human life and livelihoods doesn’t end when the ground stops shaking. Earthquake-triggered landslides present an immediate and long-term threat in mountain environments, compounding the difficulties for those affected.

Developing early warning systems for vulnerable communities: Research at Durham University

(31 Aug 2015) » More about Understanding landslide risk in post-earthquake Nepal