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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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.
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Hunting hidden supermassive black holes
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.
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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.
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Durham University is key to bright future
The importance of having one of the world’s top 100 universities is central to Durham’s position as a first-class business destination – and there are dynamic plans in place to accelerate the momentum of recent years.
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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).
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.
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.
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”
Understanding the dynamics of an avalanche
Professor Jim McElwaine of the Department of Earth Sciences talks about new research, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, which has given some of the first detailed measurements of what takes place inside an avalanche.
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Hurricane risk to Northeast USA coast increasing
The Northeastern coast of the USA could be struck by more frequent and more powerful hurricanes in the future due to shifting weather patterns, according to new research.
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Global science research partnerships praised
Durham University has been ranked in the top 25 in the world for its strong global research partnerships in a prestigious Nature Index.
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Enthusiasm for high school music
Pupils’ enthusiasm for school music lessons drops significantly during the first year of secondary school, according to new research.
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Classical Indian music meets modern technology with new app
An innovative new iPad app has been created to bring classical Indian music to a new audience.
Solar car to exhibit at UN Climate Change Conference
A car designed and built by Durham University students and powered only by the sun is taking to the global stage.
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.
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
Durham student elected Chair of Commonwealth Youth Council
Durham postgraduate student Kishva Ambigapathy has been given the responsibility of engaging 1.2 billion of the world’s young people in global issues.
MSc student Kishva has been elected as the new Chair of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), the largest and most diverse youth-led organisation in the world, representing young people in 53 Commonwealth countries.
For more information, you can read the full story and watch a short video on our postgraduate web pages.
(25 Feb 2016)
Helping children recover from abuse
Many children suffering from the trauma of sexual abuse can benefit from a therapy using creative methods, according to a study by Durham and Bristol universities.
The therapy offered by the NSPCC, called Letting the Future In , gives children a chance to talk about their abuse experiences and to express themselves through activities such as painting, drawing and storytelling with a therapist.
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Childhood environment and fertility
The environment girls grow up in could affect their fertility as adults, according to new research by the Department of Anthropology. Lead researcher, Professor Gillian Bentley explains more.
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Can a computer generate a hit musical?
Technology and art are combining to create the world’s first computer generated musical.
(15 Feb 2016) » More about Can a computer generate a hit musical?
Business School appoints new Dean
Professor Susan Hart has been appointed as the new Dean of Durham University Business School following a competitive recruitment process. She will take up her position in summer 2016. Professor Hart, currently Associate Deputy Principal at the University of Strathclyde, will succeed Professor Rob Dixon, Dean since 2008.
(10 Feb 2016) » More about Business School appoints new Dean
Folk tales are older than you think
Many folktales can be traced back to prehistoric populations that existed thousands of years ago, according to research which has attracted media attention across the globe. Co-author of the study, Dr Jamie Tehrani from the Department of Anthropology explains more.
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Putting soil health on the political agenda
Soil is a vital, and often overlooked, natural resource, helping to reduce flooding and mitigate climate change. Now, thanks in part to the work of a Durham University researcher, soil health is being discussed and reviewed in Westminster.
(4 Feb 2016) » More about Putting soil health on the political agenda
Monitoring methane leaks from decommissioned oil and gas wells
Decommissioned oil and gas wells can leak methane into the atmosphere but contribute less of the gas to the air than agricultural use of the same land, according to a new study.
With the possible increase in the drilling of onshore gas wells in the UK as part of any potential shale gas exploitation it has become important to understand the risk of methane leaking into the atmosphere from decommissioned gas wells.
Public event in Durham - Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project
In September 2015, after extensive analysis, Durham University announced that the jumbled remains of at least 17 and up to 28 individuals, found in a mass grave behind the University’s Palace Green Library, were Scottish Soldiers who fought in the 1650 Battle of Dunbar.
World's largest canyon?
The world's largest canyon may lie under the Antarctic ice sheet, according to analysis of satellite data by a team of scientists, led by Durham University.
(22 Jan 2016) » More about World's largest canyon?
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.
(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.
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.
(31 Aug 2015) » More about Understanding landslide risk in post-earthquake Nepal