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Crucial that Brexit talks resolve issue of UK/EU citizens’ rights, expert says

As Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU continue, one of the key areas for discussion will be citizens’ rights.

(21 Jun 2017) » More about Crucial that Brexit talks resolve issue of UK/EU citizens’ rights, expert says


Professor Claire Warwick appointed Chair of Russell Group research committee

Durham University’s Professor Claire Warwick has been appointed as Chair of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research (PVCR) Committee of the prestigious Russell Group.

(14 Jun 2017) » More about Professor Claire Warwick appointed Chair of Russell Group research committee


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).

(5 Jun 2017) » More about Geography professors honoured for outstanding achievements


British government history of secret anti-communist surveillance

Britain had a secret ban on communists in government service from the 1920s to the 1940s and ran an extensive programme of covert surveillance of civil-service workers suspected of being communists, according to new research published in the journal American Historical Review.

(15 Jun 2017) » More about British government history of secret anti-communist surveillance


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


Scottish soldiers commemorated in Durham

The seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers, who were imprisoned and died in Durham following the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, were commemorated with a series of events in the City on Friday 12 May 2017. 

(12 May 2017) » More about Scottish soldiers commemorated in Durham


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


Remains of 17th Century Scottish soldiers to be laid to rest in Durham

Following extensive consultation, Durham University has decided that the remains of the soldiers, discovered in a mass grave on the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be reburied in Durham City.

(24 Aug 2016) » More about Remains of 17th Century Scottish soldiers to be laid to rest in Durham


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