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
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.
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.
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.
(27 Apr 2017) » More about Sun's eruptions might all have same trigger
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.
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.
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.
Universe’s ultraviolet background could provide clues about missing galaxies
Astronomers have developed a way to detect the ultraviolet (UV) background of the Universe, which could help explain why there are so few small galaxies in the cosmos.
Archaeologists shed new light on 'modern' medical problem
Archaeologists have helped solve a centuries’ old medical mystery which could change the way doctors today view the common condition of prostate stones.
Highest ever number of Durham subjects in world Top 50
Durham University has achieved its highest ever number of subjects in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2017, with eight in the Top 50 and three in the Top 10.
Iconic research centre confirms Durham’s international position in space science
Durham University has reaffirmed its position as a world leading centre of research in astronomy and cosmology with the opening of the new £11.5m Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.
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 research could increase availability of life saving drug
An effective treatment for a deadly strain of meningitis could become more readily available in less developed nations as a result of research led by Professor Graham Sandford of the Department of Chemistry.
Spectacular light show celebrates new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics
Stunning images of the cosmos will be projected on to one of Durham City’s newest landmarks to celebrate its official opening next week (9,10,11 March).
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.
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
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
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
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.
(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.
(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