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Global impact


When you study here you are joining an international Univeristy.

What we do has global impact.

Below are a range of examples highlighting the world-leading research that is taking place at Durham University.



Understanding Antarctic ice sheet changes

Researchers from Durham University were involved in a study looking at how the West Antarctic Ice Sheet was able to regrow after shrinking, discovering that the process is not fast enough to combat the impact of today’s climate change. The international team of scientists believe their results could help to refine predictions about how today’s warming climate will impact polar ice and sea-level rise over thousands of years.


Developing our knowledge of the multiverse

A Multiverse – where our Universe is only one of many – might not be as inhospitable to life as previously thought, according to new research led by Durham University and Australia’s University of Sydney, Western Sydney University and the University of Western Australia. Jaime Salcido, a postgraduate student in Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology, said: “Our simulations show that even if there was much more dark energy or even very little in the Universe, then it would only have a minimal effect on star and planet formation, raising the prospect that life could exist throughout the Multiverse.”


The Parent-Infant Sleep Lab at Durham University has worked with more than 5,000 parents and babies over the last 20 years and has substantially increased parents’ understanding of babies’ sleep, how best to care for babies during the night, and how best to keep them safe when asleep. Working together with partner organisations, the research of the Parent-Infant Sleep Lab in the Department of Anthropology has helped to reduce rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) through evidence-based advice for health professionals and parents.


Based in the Soutpansberg mountain range of South Africa, the Department of Anthropology’s Primate and Predator project aims to better understand the ecology of local species and the threat that human activity poses to their conservation.



As part of a new collaboration between Durham University and China’s Palace Museum, archaeologists from Durham have become the first UK university team to work at an archaeological site inside the walls of the Forbidden City in Beijing in China. Research is currently being undertaken into early examples of Chinese porcelain found in Europe and aims to reveal more about the trading history of China. Opportunities for collaboration on teaching in areas including museums and
heritage are also being explored.