Testing regularly, staying safe and protecting others
Since January, our students and staff have taken over 5,000 lateral Flow Tests, and our pioneering testing programme is continuing to help stop the spread of Covid-19, protecting our University and local community.
(22 Feb 2021) » More about Testing regularly, staying safe and protecting others
Starry night or black holes?
Our astronomers have helped make a huge map of the night sky showing more than 25,000 active supermassive black holes in distant galaxies.
(19 Feb 2021) » More about Starry night or black holes?
Lockdown sees increased demand for male domestic abuse support
New research by our Department of Sociology shows that calls for help from male domestic abuse victims have rocketed during lockdown and, behind closed doors, many are facing challenges that will continue long after social isolation ends.
Did dogs join us in settling the Americas?
Dogs are regarded as our best friend and now our researchers say the first people to settle in the Americas brought their canines with them.
(26 Jan 2021) » More about Did dogs join us in settling the Americas?
Ancient DNA reveals secrets of Game of Thrones wolves
For fans of the TV show Game of Thrones, dire wolves are often seen as mysterious iconic legends.
(13 Jan 2021) » More about Ancient DNA reveals secrets of Game of Thrones wolves
Galaxy mergers could limit star formation
Our astronomers have looked nine billion years into the past to find evidence that galaxy mergers in the early universe could shut down star formation and affect galaxy growth.
(11 Jan 2021) » More about Galaxy mergers could limit star formation
Durham honours inspirational physicist
We are saddened to hear of the death of Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale, one of the finest physicists of his generation and an inspirational teacher to generations of our students.
(4 Jan 2021) » More about Durham honours inspirational physicist
How our brains help us find misplaced objects
Have you ever wondered how we remember the last place we saw our car keys or other objects like mobile phones and glasses?
(21 Dec 2020) » More about How our brains help us find misplaced objects
Unlocking the mystery of the Moon’s formation
We’re using supercomputer simulations to see how the Moon might have formed following a huge collision involving the early Earth 4.5 billion years ago.
(4 Dec 2020) » More about Unlocking the mystery of the Moon’s formation
Heating our homes with hydrogen
Our research is supporting a new project that could see hydrogen become the future heat source for homes and provide green energy to industry.
(2 Dec 2020) » More about Heating our homes with hydrogen
Durham researchers named among best in world
Four of our professors have been named among the world’s best for the quality and influence of their work, highlighting the global strength of Durham’s research.
(20 Nov 2020) » More about Durham researchers named among best in world
Easier way to create biodiesel developed
Our researchers have developed a new way to turn the rubbish we throw away into chemicals that can help make fuel, medicines, fertilisers and biodegradable packaging.
(4 Nov 2020) » More about Easier way to create biodiesel developed
Covid-19 technologies must be regulated
Technologies such as track and trace apps, used to halt the spread of Covid-19, have to be thoroughly examined and regulated before they are rolled out for wider adoption to ensure they do not normalise a big-brother-like society post-Covid-19, according to Dr Jeremy Aroles.
(2 Nov 2020) » More about Covid-19 technologies must be regulated
Tackling floods and water waste
We need to look to nature for help so new homes are resilient to climate change according to a new report to MPs and policymakers.
(20 Oct 2020) » More about Tackling floods and water waste
Psychotic, Incompetent, Greedy or Heroic?
Which boss are you?
An exploration into how popular fiction has shaped modern business management styles has been published this week, by Dr Martyn Griffin of the Business School.
(19 Oct 2020) » More about Psychotic, Incompetent, Greedy or Heroic?
Insects provide strategy for sustainable food production
Did you know that each year 1.3billion tonnes of food are wasted?
Changing attitudes to soil health
Future generations need to be educated about the crucial role that healthy soil plays in tackling climate change, according to new research.
(14 Oct 2020) » More about Changing attitudes to soil health
Covid-19 testing needed in schools
Daily Covid-19 testing in schools would keep children in full-time education safe, stop mass spread, and keep the economy afloat, according to Professor Abderrahim Taamouti.
(7 Oct 2020) » More about Covid-19 testing needed in schools
Investigating the impact of planet collisions
Did you know that Earth could have lost anywhere between 10 and 60 per cent of its atmosphere in the collision that is thought to have formed the Moon?
(30 Sep 2020) » More about Investigating the impact of planet collisions
Nobel class cosmology researcher honoured
A world-leading Durham cosmologist has been recognised as being “of Nobel class” for his work on the evolution of the universe.
(23 Sep 2020) » More about Nobel class cosmology researcher honoured
Mapping our wasted heat
Have you ever thought about all the wasted heat that’s released into our atmosphere from large factories and power stations?
(17 Sep 2020) » More about Mapping our wasted heat
Zooming in on dark matter
Our cosmologists have zoomed in on the smallest clumps of dark matter in a virtual universe – which could help us find the real thing in space.
(2 Sep 2020) » More about Zooming in on dark matter
Rationing might be recommended for future pandemics
New research at the Business School has found that rationing could be an effective measure for governments to introduce in future pandemics. This is alongside a number of recommendations revealed by a pioneering forecasting model.
Reporting the atomic bombs and VJ Day
In an era before the internet and smartphones the dropping of the atomic bombs and eventual surrender of Japan on VJ Day was reported in more traditional ways.
(14 Aug 2020) » More about Reporting the atomic bombs and VJ Day
Britain’s first Viking helmet discovered
A team from our Archaeology Department have been helping to uncover the past of a rare Viking artefact.
(10 Aug 2020) » More about Britain’s first Viking helmet discovered
Scientists find new way to kill tuberculosis
Our scientists have found a new way to kill the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB).
(29 Jul 2020) » More about Scientists find new way to kill tuberculosis
University spin-out wins prestigious award
A University spin out company been recognised for its pioneering work helping Network Rail to investigate hidden shafts and voids in its tunnels.
(24 Jul 2020) » More about University spin-out wins prestigious award
English speakers some of the least likely to wear face masks
Recent research by Professor Sascha Kraus suggests Brits, Americans and other English speakers are some of the least likely to wear face masks and social distance in the world. The only native speakers, researched by the academics, less likely to following health precautions are German speakers.
Galaxy evolution research among most cited of past decade
A supercomputer simulation carried out in Durham that realistically calculates the formation of galaxies from the Big Bang to the present day is one of cosmology’s most popular research papers of the past decade.
Revealing the atmospheric impact of planetary collisions
Giant impacts have a wide range of consequences for young planets and their atmospheres, according to research led by our scientists.
Positive culture change in family firms
The impact of Covid-19 has forced a drastic positive culture change in family firms, creating stronger solidarity and cohesion within companies, plus increased digitalisation, according to new research at the School.
(10 Jul 2020) » More about Positive culture change in family firms
Baboons do not view researchers as neutral
Baboons who are used to researcher presence are less tolerant than we thought, according to a new study by our anthropologists.
(9 Jul 2020) » More about Baboons do not view researchers as neutral
Culture dictates how we cope with Covid-19 career impact
Whether we’re more concerned with our own career development or the success of the company is often determined by our culture, research at the School has revealed.
How we started a #womenintech revolution
In 2019, we launched TechUPWomen, a programme that took 100 women from the north and midlands (UK) and retrained them for a career in technology.
(29 Jun 2020) » More about How we started a #womenintech revolution
Decarbonising heat research receives over £4 million in funding
We’ve won major funding for three new research projects to decarbonise heat which will significantly reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions.
The Culture of Women in Tech
Dr Mariann Hardey has a new podcast episode out this week with New Books Network. The episode focuses around the culture of women in tech and Dr Hardey’s own experiences in this area.
(26 Jun 2020) » More about The Culture of Women in Tech
How water could trigger earthquakes and volcanoes
We’re investigating if water cycles deep in the Earth play a role in the triggering and strength of earthquakes and volcanoes.
(24 Jun 2020) » More about How water could trigger earthquakes and volcanoes
Testing cheaper than lockdown
Mass testing is the safest way to reopen the economy and society and will cost much less than a hard lockdown, research reveals.
By Abderrahim Taamouti - June 2020
(22 Jun 2020) » More about Testing cheaper than lockdown
Why do we stare at ourselves on video calls?
Aarron Toal, PhD Candidate, explores why we stare at ourselves on video calls.
(22 Jun 2020) » More about Why do we stare at ourselves on video calls?
First space-based measurement of neutron lifetime
Our researchers have helped to find a way of measuring neutron lifetime from space for the first time.
(11 Jun 2020) » More about First space-based measurement of neutron lifetime
Black hole’s heart still beating
The first confirmed heartbeat of a supermassive black hole is still going strong more than ten years after first being observed.
(10 Jun 2020) » More about Black hole’s heart still beating
Aarron Toal, from our Business School, explores what the future may hold for consumers after Covid-19.
(22 May 2020) » More about consumers post-Covid-19
Secrets of famous French painter revealed
The mystery behind a painting by a renowned French post-impressionist may have been revealed by new research that has unearthed secrets from his past.
(18 May 2020) » More about Secrets of famous French painter revealed
How will Covid-19 affect productivity in the UK?
Professor Richard Harris from our Business School uses the 2008-09 recession as a benchmark for assessing the possible impact of Covid-19 on productivity in the UK.
(12 May 2020) » More about how will Covid-19 affect productivity in the UK?
Largest amount of microplastics found on ocean floor
Our researchers have helped record the highest level of microplastics ever found on the ocean floor – with up to 1.9 million pieces in an area of just one square metre.
(30 Apr 2020) » More about Largest amount of microplastics found on ocean floor
Helium supplies at risk from plunging oil prices
Professor Jon Gluyas from our Durham Energy Institute explains why this is bad news for the coronavirus effort.
(28 Apr 2020) » More about helium supplies at risk from plunging oil prices
Literary expert honoured
One of our leading academics has been honoured for his contribution to the promotion of English literature.
(21 Apr 2020) » More about Literary expert honoured
Valuing ‘unskilled’ work
Dr Jo McBride from our Business School and Professor Miguel Martínez Lucio from the University of Manchester explain how Covid-19 is changing the way we value “unskilled” work in our society.
(8 Apr 2020) » More about valuing ‘unskilled’ work
The UK Government, businesses and unions are cooperating during Covid-19
Professor Bernd Brandl explains why it is vital that the UK Government, business groups and trade unions continue to cooperate as they tackle the impact of Covid-19.
CO₂ emissions are plummeting – here’s how to keep them down
A positive result of the world’s response to Coronavirus, means that CO₂ emissions have been slashed. Professor Simone Abram looks at how we can maintain this environmental benefit.
Dogs could join fight against Covid-19
New research will look into whether man’s best friend could play a role in preventing the spread of Coronavirus.
(27 Mar 2020) » More about dogs could join fight against Covid-19
The lockdown is a dangerous time for victims of domestic abuse
As the coronavirus lockdown continues in the UK and many other countries Professor Nicole Westmarland and Rosanna Bellini provide a guide on what we need to consider in relation to domestic abuse.
How to build a universe
How do you build a universe?
(19 Mar 2020) » More about How to build a universe
Five things to ‘dig’ about heritage at Durham
Our researchers are the history detectives, unearthing exciting things from our past and helping us learn from our ancestors.
(16 Mar 2020) » More about Five things to ‘dig’ about heritage at Durham
The origins of life on Earth challenged in new research
How did life on earth begin? There’s hardly a bigger question, but one of the most commonly held theories has been challenged by new research.
Commemorating Basil Bunting and Briggflatts
Did you know that we’re home to the archives of one of Britain’s most distinguished modern poets?
(6 Mar 2020) » More about Commemorating Basil Bunting and Briggflatts
Durham welcomes Spanish Consul General
Our work to help bring the vast wealth of Spanish art and culture to the world has been marked by a visit from Spain’s Consul General.
(3 Mar 2020) » More about Durham welcomes Spanish Consul General
Education experts to advise Government
Three of our education experts have been appointed to a Cabinet Panel to help Government decide which policies work and which don’t.
(20 Feb 2020) » More about Education experts to advise Government
Global conservation priorities identified in new research
Environmental conditions, more than human activity, explain why some parts of the globe have more endangered species than others, according to new research.
Monumental medieval chapel finally uncovered
Our archaeologists have helped uncover the remains of a long lost chapel from Britain’s medieval past.
(17 Feb 2020) » More about Monumental medieval chapel finally uncovered
Rare Viking-age board game piece found
Our archaeologists have helped unearth a 1,200 year old board game piece on a small island off the coast of north east England.
(11 Feb 2020) » More about Rare Viking-age board game piece found
Five cool things about our Cosmology & Astronomy research
Research at Durham isn’t just confined to life here on Earth.
Sharing our 350-year-old library with the world
We’re proud to be home to the earliest public library in the North East of England, Cosin’s Library, established in 1669 by John Cosin, Bishop of Durham for the benefit of the local community.
(17 Dec 2019) » More about Sharing our 350-year-old library with the world
Enduring interest in the fate of the Scottish Soldiers
In the six years since we found a mass grave of 17th century prisoners on Durham University land, our Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project has captivated thousands of people across the world.
Air pollution and the ethics of recommending facemasks
Record levels of air pollution have been measured in some parts of the world posing a danger to human health.
Five thousand eyes on the sky
A cutting-edge new telescope instrument designed and built by an international team including Durham University has taken its first observations of the night sky.
(18 Nov 2019) » More about Five thousand eyes on the sky
India’s National Academy of Sciences honours Durham researcher
One of our leading researchers is to be honoured by India’s oldest science academy.
National Energy Champion award for geothermal researcher
Research into the potential of using geothermal energy as a low-carbon heat source has won a national award for one of our leading researchers.
Is Planet 9 really a black hole?
Is there a black hole in our solar system?
(10 Oct 2019) » More about Is Planet 9 really a black hole?
Durham UK lead on hydrogen fuel research
We’re leading a national research project to decarbonise transport through hydrogen-fuelled vehicles and technology.
(30 Sep 2019) » More about Durham UK lead on hydrogen fuel research
Thousands of meltwater lakes mapped on East Antarctic Ice Sheet
More than 65,000 meltwater lakes have been discovered on the edge of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet by our researchers.
The heat beneath our feet
Old coal mines could provide us with a source of low-carbon heat for many years to come, according to geothermal energy expert Dr Charlotte Adams, who is the new President of the Geology section at the British Science Association.
Here, Charlotte, who is a member of our Durham Energy Institute, explains more about her research into how water stored in flooded abandoned mines could provide cleaner energy for homes and businesses.
(17 Sep 2019) » More about The heat beneath our feet
Developing cheaper and more efficient solar power
Our scientists have helped to solve a puzzle that could lead to cheaper and more efficient solar power.
(16 Sep 2019) » More about Developing cheaper and more efficient solar power
A new home for the archive of ‘Radical Jack’
A political firebrand, a radical reformist and a leading society figure – the life and times of John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham, were truly captivating.
Durham University is now the new home to the archives of Lord Durham, as he was also known, whose energetic support for political reform earned him the nickname ‘Radical Jack’.
(30 Aug 2019) » More about A new home for the archive of ‘Radical Jack’
Smart surfaces as a solution to global challenges
Professor Jas Pal Badyal, a Fellow of the Royal Society, is widely considered a leader in the field of surface science. Here he talks about the students in his team, their inventions and tackling global challenges.
(22 Aug 2019) » More about smart surfaces as a solution to global challenges
Revealing quasars’ true colours
Our astronomers have identified a rare moment in the life of some of the universe’s most energetic objects.
(7 Aug 2019) » More about Revealing quasars’ true colours
Malaysian Minister of Education visits Durham
The University has hosted a visit by the Malaysian Minister of Education to celebrate a new partnership that will see an important collection of diplomatic papers digitised for study in South East Asia.
(26 Jul 2019) » More about Malaysian Minister of Education visits Durham
Measuring the expanding universe
Our physicists will help create a 3D map of galaxies to learn more about the universe’s accelerating expansion.
(17 Jul 2019) » More about Measuring the expanding universe
Chameleon Theory could change our thoughts on gravity
Einstein’s theory of General Relativity is world famous – but it might not be the only way to explain how gravity works and how galaxies form.
How a tiny bug inspires surfaces that don’t get wet
A tiny bug is the inspiration for research that could one day provide clean water or help ships sail more efficiently.
Giving women a voice in disaster risk reduction
Women in Nepal are having a say in how to reduce the risk of disasters like fires and landslides.
(3 Jul 2019) » More about Giving women a voice in disaster risk reduction
Permanent headstone marks Scottish soldiers resting place
The headstone has been installed at the grave of the 17th Century Scottish soldiers buried in Durham City, providing a permanent marker of their resting place.
Reducing the plastic mountain
Every single minute, a truck load of plastic ends up in our oceans, killing millions of animals every year. This is only going to get worse unless we do something about it.
(26 Jun 2019) » More about Reducing the plastic mountain
US military bigger polluter than most countries
Surprised by the headline? No wonder when discussions about greenhouse gas emissions tend to focus on statistics for countries, not institutions. But research from our Department of Geography, in partnership with Lancaster University, found that the US military’s carbon footprint is so big it out ranks that of most countries in the world.
(19 Jun 2019) » More about US military bigger polluter than most countries
A city that's more afraid of tigers than earthquakes
People living in one of Nepal’s biggest cities are more worried about attacks by tigers and rhinos than a repeat of the earthquake that caused devastation a little over four years ago.
From food flavourings to biofuels, metals are key
We all know that metals like iron and calcium are essential for a healthy body - but our pioneering scientists estimate that almost half of life’s processes depend upon various metals interacting with living cells.
(17 May 2019) » More about from food flavourings to biofuels, metals are key
Star award for dark matter research
A Durham astrophysicist has been named as a rising star of research and innovation for her work on the mysterious substance that makes up a large part of the universe.
(7 May 2019) » More about Star award for dark matter research
Students showcase research at Westminster
Our students have visited Parliament to show how technology normally used to explain the mysteries of the universe can create clearer X-ray images of humans.
(7 May 2019) » More about Students showcase research at Westminster
Online course brings Scottish soldiers project to the world
Durham University has launched an online archaeology course to give people around the world the chance to study one of its most captivating research projects, relating to the fate of the prisoners from the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.
Saving coffee using space technology
We drink two billion cups of coffee every day – 95 million cups in the UK alone.
(29 Mar 2019) » More about Saving coffee using space technology
Improved housing in Africa could prevent disease
Housing in sub-Saharan Africa has dramatically improved and could help in the fight against diseases such as malaria.
(28 Mar 2019) » More about Improved housing in Africa could prevent disease
Ancient royal charter discovered in Durham
An ancient royal charter might not be what everyone expects to find when they come to work, but for one of our visiting fellows that’s exactly what happened.
(26 Mar 2019) » More about Ancient royal charter discovered in Durham
Making water more sustainable
Water is a precious and vital resource that is under threat from climate change and growing demands.
(21 Mar 2019) » More about Making water more sustainable
Plan to grow North’s chemicals sector
Did you know that the North of England’s research strengths in chemical and process industries could help to contribute more than £20billion to the UK economy over the next 20 years?
(18 Mar 2019) » More about Plan to grow North’s chemicals sector
Training the next generation of global problem solvers
Tropical diseases, water and food security, and flooding are some of the issues being tackled by our new training centre dedicated to global challenges.
New PhD opportunities in science and engineering
Smart surfaces, recyclable plastics and new medicines are some of the subjects students will be able to study and research, thanks to a £5.3 million funding boost.
(5 Feb 2019) » More about New PhD opportunities in science and engineering
Warning signs: how early humans first began to paint animals
We could use old coal mines to decarbonise heat – here's how
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.
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.
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.
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.