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  • Explore Global Week events

    Featuring a wide range of events, Global Week 2024 aims to highlight and celebrate our global impact and cultural diversity.

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  • Celebrating the Year of the Dragon

    We would like to wish all those preparing for and celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Dragon a very happy and healthy New Year.

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Explore Global Week events

Featuring a wide range of events, Global Week 2024 aims to highlight and celebrate our global impact and cultural diversity.

Students Smiling with Globe

Celebrating the Year of the Dragon

We would like to wish all those preparing for and celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Dragon a very happy and healthy New Year.

Year of the Dragon

Events in the Middle East: support and assistance for students and staff

Read our statement and answers to frequently asked questions.

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Research Impact at Durham

We conduct innovative and impactful research to transform lives and make a difference, globally and locally: research to empower and inspire.

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Scientists discover the real-life impacts of northern elephant seal bottleneck

New research of northern elephant seals has revealed their reproductive and foraging success has been affected by a population bottleneck which nearly caused their extinction and could make them vulnerable as the environment changes in the future.
up northern elephant seal on a beach in California. Credit: Dan Costa, University of California

What does social justice mean and why does it matter?

As part of World Day of Social Justice, Dr Simona Capisani, who works in our Philosophy department, explains how her research looks to address structural and historical injustices and inequalities in the context of climate and environmental change.
International Society for Environmental Ethics Summer Meeting in H.J. Andrews Forest Research Station, Blue River Oregon)

How digital technology helps reduce hospital admissions from care homes

We’re part of a research team that has shown a healthcare app used in care homes has reduced the number of residents admitted to hospital by 25%.
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Why forgetting is a normal function of memory – and when to worry

Professor Alexander Easton, who works in our Psychology department, explores at what point you should start to feel concerned if you or a loved one start to forget things.
A brain with jigsaw pieces representing memory loss

From ‘The BIG Durham Talent Show’ to Netflix blockbuster – alumna Ambika Mod is ‘one to watch’!

Alumna Ambika Mod (English Literature, St Mary's College, 2014-17) is currently starring in the recently released Netflix series 'One Day’ and has been named by a national UK magazine as a 'woman to watch' in 2024. She has received extensive media coverage, including prime time UK TV chat shows.
Ambika Mod in Durham Revue

Shadow Home Secretary praises Durham research

UK Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has praised Durham research aimed at addressing serious violence, during a visit to the University.
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How 16th century survivors of wartime sexual violence found justice

Dr Tom Hamilton from our Department of History has discovered criminal records revealing a rare, 400-year-old legal case which successfully prosecuted a soldier for sexual crimes during Europe’s notoriously violent Wars of Religion.
Sixteenth century image of Murder of the Protestants at Sens, 1562

New research opens avenues for more efficient and stable blue OLED displays

Researchers in our top-rated Physics department are world-leading experts in their field.
OLED displays in the lab

Explore a world full of performances from Durham students

This February we’re exploring how our talented students weave global themes into productions and concerts here at Durham.
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Student Employee of the Year award nominations now open!

The annual Student Employee of the Year Awards (SEOTY) aim to recognise and celebrate the achievements of students who combine part time work with their studies. These prestigious awards also proved the chance to highlight excellent student employers, who provide valuable work experience opportunities. With six distinct categories open to individuals, employers and teams, plus the chance to win up to £100 in vouchers, the SEOTY Awards are a great way to celebrate success.
  • Looking back to build a better future

    Ita Mac Carthy is Professor of early modern Italian literature and art in our School of Modern Languages and Cultures. She also directs the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) with Professor Richard Scholar. She recently took part in an Ideas Forum as part of 'UP North Culture + Knowledge: Growing Opportunities in the North East’. Here she discusses why Research Institutes like IMEMS can help us build a better future together for the North East of England.
    Lindisfarne Gospels c.715 - 720
  • Somaliland-Ethiopia port deal: international opposition flags complex Red Sea politics

    Professor Jutta Bakonyi, who works in our School of Government and International Affairs, looks at how a memorandum of understanding between Ethiopia and Somaliland announced on 1 January 2024 set off diplomatic rows in the Horn of Africa – and beyond.
    Berbera, Sahil Region, Somaliland, Somalia: freighter ships moored in the Port of Berbera - tugboat and dhows, view from the beach - Somaliland's main harbor, operated by DP World and Berbera Port Authority, Dekedda Berbera.
  • How educational scholarships can help create long lasting peace

    The sixth United Nations International Day of Education will be celebrated on Wednesday 24 January, with a theme of ‘learning for lasting peace’. Our PhD student Anas N. Almassri is exploring how Palestinians receiving scholarships are using these educational opportunities to build everyday peace.
    Mr Anas Almassri delivering a talk in Gaza in 2018. Credit: Nada Flaifel, Me To You Initiative

Somaliland-Ethiopia port deal: international opposition flags complex Red Sea politics

Professor Jutta Bakonyi, who works in our School of Government and International Affairs, looks at how a memorandum of understanding between Ethiopia and Somaliland announced on 1 January 2024 set off diplomatic rows in the Horn of Africa – and beyond.
Berbera, Sahil Region, Somaliland, Somalia: freighter ships moored in the Port of Berbera - tugboat and dhows, view from the beach - Somaliland's main harbor, operated by DP World and Berbera Port Authority, Dekedda Berbera.

How educational scholarships can help create long lasting peace

The sixth United Nations International Day of Education will be celebrated on Wednesday 24 January, with a theme of ‘learning for lasting peace’. Our PhD student Anas N. Almassri is exploring how Palestinians receiving scholarships are using these educational opportunities to build everyday peace.
Mr Anas Almassri delivering a talk in Gaza in 2018. Credit: Nada Flaifel, Me To You Initiative

Explore February's Community Newsletter

Want to know more about how we interact with our local community? Our monthly Community Newsletter explores the news, events, and research both at Durham University and in the city itself.
Durham Castle and Cathedral in the winter

Capturing fans’ memories of Sunderland football club

A new research project will capture fans’ memories of Sunderland football club going back to the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
Black and white photo of Ian Porterfield's winning goal for Sunderland Football Club in the 1973 FA Cup Final

Upcoming events

WorldFest

Sunday 25 February 2024 - Sunday 25 February 2024
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House
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Postgraduate Open Day

Wednesday 13 March 2024 - Wednesday 13 March 2024
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Teaching and Learning Centre, Durham University
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Public Lecture on the future of international criminal justice - Judge Sir Howard Morrison

Tuesday 27 February 2024 - Tuesday 27 February 2024
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
PCL048 - Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Durham University
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Postgraduate Online Open Week

Wednesday 14 February 2024 - Friday 23 February 2024
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Online
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From our Student Blogs:

My first term studying abroad – a dream come true!

Mia, a third year Modern Languages and Cultures student, is adapting to the challenging and rewarding experience of studying a year abroad, with her first term in Italy.
Read Mia's blog
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Our ground-breaking research that inspired Lumiere 2023

Professor Nicole Westmarland, from Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse was involved in the development of On Blank Pages, which explores the state of the UK justice system. Carlos Frenk, Ogden Professor of Fundamental Physics worked on Universal Loom. While Durham Energy Institute was part of the team behind Diamond Garden, that focused on themes of sustainability.

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