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Durham University

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Research at Durham University

The Societal Benefit of Durham University’s Research – Case Studies

The University is proud of its outstanding research staff. 

Our research-led approach to education ensures that study programmes are intellectually challenging and delivered by leading academics, thereby creating a researcher mindset amongst our students.

Our applications for research funding are increasingly successful and we are conducting leading inter-disciplinary research of the highest significance and quality, which is a key factor in our research success.

Bridging the Education Gap

Professor Steve Higgins

The Pupil Premium Toolkit developed by Durham University is helping schools invest wisely in the education of disadvantaged children... Read more


Waterproofing At Your Fingertips

Professor Jas Pal Badyal

Millions of mobile phones are protected from water damage by super-repellent nanocoatings invented in Durham University’s chemistry laboratories... Read more


Influencing the Law on Pornography

Professors Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley

A campaign to outlaw possession of pornographic images of rape has been strengthened by Durham University research... Read more


Reviving Classical Music

Professor Jeremy Dibble

The neglected work of three talented British composers has been revived as a result of research at Durham University... Read more

Global Access to Ancient Literature

Dr Peter Heslin

Access to Latin and Greek texts is available to people all over the world via free software developed at Durham University... Read more

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