The misleading evidence that fooled scientists for decades
'Upskirting' and 'revenge porn': the need for a comprehensive law
We discovered that life may be billions of times more common in the multiverse
The evolving civic role of universities
Jane Robinson, Chief Operating Officer at Durham University, writes on the evolving civic role of universities.
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What each of the G7 countries wants, and what they need
The 2018 meeting of the G7 countries promises to be tense due to recent decisions on trade policy by the Trump administration. Dr Dennis Schmidt (SGIA) joins other experts to consider what Germany and other member states hope to get from the summit.
A small secondment in Hatfield College, Durham University
Owen Adams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience), reminisces about volunteering in Hatfield College.
Was Ireland’s 8th amendment a breach of the country’s international human rights commitments?
Dr Aisling McMahon from Durham Law School and Dr Brid Ni Ghrainne (University of Sheffield) looked closely at the amendment and explain why it violated international human rights law
How to understand one of Stephen Hawking's final papers
Warning signs: how early humans first began to paint animals
How research uses the wisdom – and funding – of the crowd
Billions of people across the world are now connected by the internet and this online crowd is regularly used to provide information and funding to projects both big and small.
Why 'upskirting' needs to be made a sex crime
The Justice Secretary David Gauke has indicated that the government could support a change to the law surrounding upskirting. Clare McGlynn, Professor of Law at Durham and University of Birmingham's Professor Erika Rackley explain why a new law against upskirting is urgently needed.
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Tackling religious and race based hate crime
Recent events highlighted that many staff and students have different and less positive experiences of what it is like to live, work, and study in Durham. We know that people are treated differently simply because of their racial or religious identities. At Durham University we do not accept any form of prejudice or discrimination and we condemn any incidents of racism in the strongest possible terms.
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Grammar schools damage social cohesion and make no difference to exam grades — new research
Professor Stephen Gorard from the School of Education discusses new research which shows that grammar schools are no better or worse than non-selective state schools in terms of their pupils’ progress in attainment.
Would Jesus have done better in politics than in the church?
Revd. Dr Peter Phillips, Research Fellow in Digital Theology & Director of CODEC Research Centre, believes that the Bible is clear, and Christ's teachings were highly politicial.
How stigma in the healthcare system is undermining efforts to reduce obesity
Claims about Cambridge Analytica's role in Africa should be taken with a pinch of salt
Durham's Professor of Modern African History, Justin Willis, Professor Gabrielle Lynch, University of Warwick and Professor Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham urge caution about Cambridge Analytica's assertions.
Space - the final business opportunity?
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Votes for Women
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How we explored medieval theories of colour through glass
What is colour? Dr Giles Gasper from the Department of History, Dr Cate Watkinson (University of Sunderland) and Professor Tom McLeish (University of York) discuss how we explored medieval theories of colour through glass.
What the Brexit deal means for EU citizens and their families
Professor of European Law, Eleanor Spaventa considers the grey areas of the deal agreed earlier this month.
We could use old coal mines to decarbonise heat – here's how
After Mugabe, all eyes are on Museveni: how long can he cling to power?
Professor Justin Willis from the Department of History discusses issues around President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda with Professor Gabrielle Lynch (University of Warwick) and Professor Nic Cheeseman (University of Birmingham).
Nearly half of teenage smokers have bought illegal tobacco, so what are the dangers?
Dr Andrew Russell from the Department of Anthropology and the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing discusses new figures that show more than half of all teenage smokers in the north-east of England have bought illegal tobacco.
Sexual harassment - it's all part of growing up
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Trump - Rating the presidency
After a tumultuous year beset by controversy, how should we assess Donald Trump, twelve months on from his US presidential election win?
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Time to celebrate the unsung women heroes of peace mediation
While women are active and successful mediators at the grassroots level, they remain largely invisible in international peacemaking.
What is space? The 300-year-old philosophical battle that is still raging today
Why the US withdrawal from UNESCO is a step backwards for global cultural cooperation
Professor Robin Coningham, UNESCO Chair on Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, explains why this will result in few benefits.
A step-change in tackling sexual violence
Owen Adams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience) and Chair of the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Group at Durham University, writes on a step-change in the higher education sector, and Durham's part in it.
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Why hunger is on the rise in the world, and what can be done about it
The United Nations reports that global hunger is on the rise for the first time in ten years - Professor Peter Atkins examines the reasons behind this increase.
How Taylor Swift has become a femme fatale - with a little help from Sylvia Plath
What new barriers can EU citizens expect in their daily lives after Brexit?
Professor Eleanor Spaventa warns that EU citizens living in Britain should prepare to present documentation whenever they interact with the state.
Primacy of the law has been asserted in Kenya – but the aftermath is unpredictable
Professor Justin Willis considers the potential impact of the decision by Kenya's Supreme Court to declare the election null and void.
A museum of Confederate statues – and how it could help end the American Civil War
Nosy neighbours and the outsourcing of UK gun control
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Kenya’s elections are much more than just a ruthless game of thrones
Understanding why some female teachers sexually abuse pupils
How badly implemented land reform can affect wildlife: a Zimbabwean case study
Dr Sam Williams Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology talks about land reform affecting wildlife.
Large carnivores are in decline all over the world. Threats like persecution and loss of both prey and habitat are key contributors. The planet’s top biodiversity hotspots have already lost around 90% of their primary (undisturbed) vegetation, driven by factors like growth of infrastructure, agriculture and the removal of natural resources.
Twenty years on, Harry Potter continues to cast a spell on readers
Is there enough good evidence to inform teaching in schools?
Professor Stephen Gorard talks about the importance of using solid evidence to inform education practice.
Fact Check: is China dumping steel?
Professor Ian Greenwood and Professor Ray Hudson examine if China is dumping steel.
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What's the difference between TPIMs and control orders?
Professor Helen Fenwick from Durham Law School explains the difference between Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) and control orders.
Linking lone wolf killers to Islamic State magnifies the threat – and could inspire future attacks
Dr Alan Greene believes the way we talk about terrorist attacks can help the extremists' cause.
This election must not result in another failed NHS Experiment
Professor David Hunter, from the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health explains that the election must not become an excuse for shelving much needed health system transformation.
Walking with Pride
Professor Antony Long, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, and Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, explains why the University supports the Pride movement.
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Why augmented reality is triggering cultural conflict and religious controversy
Disagreements on what Europe means go back to the 16th century
Sport for peace and development: Zambia shows how it can be done
Does missing one week of school lead to lower grades?
Professor Stephen Gorard takes a critical look at the Government’s case for fining parents who take their children out of school during term.
Issue of children who sexually abuse other children is not something that can be ignored
Professor Simon Hackett explains why children who sexually abuse other children should not be treated like criminals.
People have been used as bargaining chips before - by Romania's Nicolae Ceausescu
As EU citizens' rights are debated by the UK government and the House of Lords, Dr James Koranyi, Lecturer in Modern European History, sees parallels in recent Romanian history.
The next scientific breakthrough could come from the history books
Do schools in the North East of England under-perform?
The Northern Powerhouse Partnership has recommended that ‘urgent attention’ must be given to improving education in the North of England. Professor Stephen Gorard from the School of Education looks at the evidence for the North East.
Trump's travel ban is nothing to do with national security
Earthquakes triggered by humans pose growing risk
Professor Gillian Foulger , Professor Jon Gluyas and PhD student Miles Wilson from the Department of Earth Sciences explain how their research showed that mining-related activity accounts for the largest number of earthquakes.
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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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