UK fracking industry would need strict controls to minimise spill risk
Strict controls would be “a necessity” to minimise the risk of spills and leaks from any future UK shale gas industry, according to new research.
Neanderthals were artistic like modern humans, study suggests
Researchers have found the first major evidence that Neanderthals, rather than modern humans, created the world’s oldest known cave paintings – suggesting they may have had an artistic sense similar to our own.
Royal Honour for baby and parent sleep research
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have presented the UK’s highest academic honour to Durham University for research that has helped to shape the way babies sleep and how parents care for them at night time.
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Commissioners announced for creativity and education partnership
Understanding human needs is key to wildlife ecology research
The Department of Anthropology’s Primate and Predator Project was showcased on BBC One’s Animals with Cameras show on Thursday 8 February, looking at their work with local farmers to try and stop crop raiding by baboons. Based in the Soutpansberg mountain range of South Africa, the project aims to better understand the ecology of local species and the threat that human activity poses to their conservation. Here project Director Professor Russell Hill, Department of Anthropology, discusses the challenges of managing a research project abroad and successfully engaging with local communities.
Understanding seal behaviour
Dr Sean Twiss has been studying seal behaviour for 30 years and has recently featured on the BBC’s Winterwatch programme. Here Dr Twiss, of the Department of Biosciences, tells us more about his latest research and why seals are as individual as we are.
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International award for Durham University chemist
A chemist whose research is helping to harvest clean drinking water and has waterproofed millions of mobile phones has been awarded a major international honour.
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Formation of human tissue to improve drug testing and reduce animal research
Innovative three dimensional (3D) cell culture technology is giving scientists the ability to grow realistic human tissues for more effective drug testing while reducing the need for animal research.
Durham’s cosmology research lights up London
Research by Durham University scientists into the evolution of galaxies lit up London as part of a major festival.
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First director appointed to new Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art
An international centre for the study of Spanish and Latin American art has appointed its inaugural director.
Why the best teachers should be in reception classes
Primary schools should consider putting their best teachers into Reception classes according to researchers at Durham University, who found that children who were taught well in their first year went on to achieve better GCSE results in English and Maths.
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New image brings people face to face with Seventeenth Century Scottish soldier
The face of one of the Seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers who was imprisoned and died in Durham following the Battle of Dunbar in 1650 has been revealed through a remarkable new digital reconstruction.
Research that helps parents and babies sleep better gets Royal approval
Research that has helped to shape the way babies sleep and how parents care for them at night-time has been given the Royal seal of approval.
Durham 73rd in world rankings for Physical Sciences
Durham University has been ranked 73rd in the world for Physical Sciences in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Subject Rankings 2017-18.
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Schools could play a vital role to help prevent mental health problems in young people
More needs to be done to provide guidance and support in schools to prevent mental health problems in young people according to a new report.
Durham Law School tackles unacceptable working practices
According to the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO), only one quarter of workers worldwide has a stable employment relationship.
How telescope technology is helping treat heart disease
Research using space telescope technology that has ultimately led to better treatments for heart patients has won international recognition.
Reformation Rebels: The surprising histories of Benedictine monks in exile
Sixteenth and seventeenth century Benedictine monks refused abstinence, died in duels, went off to war and spread illegal Catholic doctrine, a new study has revealed.
Calling time on the kissing bugs
They are known as ‘kissing bugs’ and they spread a disease that rarely makes the headlines but infects up to seven million people worldwide.
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Women have to ‘prove they are sports fans’
Female sports fans struggle to be taken seriously and feel they are regarded as being less committed than male fans, according to research by Dr Stacey Pope, who answers some questions about her findings below.
Durham appoints new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global)
Durham University has appointed its first Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global) following a competitive recruitment process.
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Outstanding recognition for Durham University's scientists
Durham University’s outstanding achievements in science have been recognised with a series of awards.
From ashtrays full of cigarette butts to smoke-free environments
This week, it will be ten years since the smoking ban for enclosed workplaces in the UK came into force. Dr Andrew Russell from the Life of Breath research project takes a look at how things have changed.
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.
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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.
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).
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.
Simulated galaxies provide fresh evidence of dark matter
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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.
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, the celebrated author and former Chancellor of Durham University, speaks about his enduring love affair with Durham, its Cathedral and its people.
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.
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Durham University is key to bright future
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.
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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
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?
(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.
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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.
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.
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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.
(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.
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