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New research groups to build on our strength in Computer Science

Our Computer Science is one of the top-ranked departments in the UK and it is rapidly growing.
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'Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom'

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Karen O'Brien, makes the case for languages education
A male, back to camera, points a pen at a screen displaying a globe and 'hello' in different languages

Research project receives major grant to explore how music shapes imagination

Durham Music Scholar, Dr Kelly Jakubowski, has been successful in her application for a prestigious grant from the Leverhulme Trust, enabling her to carry out a research project investigating the impact that music has on what we imagine.  
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Students celebrate Shakespeare this summer in Durham

As Durham University celebrates the 400th anniversary of the Shakespeare First Folio, performing arts productions will be held across the city in honour of the playwright.
The cast of Othello

Strengthening our North American partnerships

In April we celebrated our long-standing partnership with the University of Notre Dame in North America.
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How King Charles’s coronation will reflect his desire to be defender of all faiths

Emeritus Professor of Modern British History, Philip Williamson, discusses how King Charles III's Coronation will include a larger and more diverse cast of religious participants, including leaders and representatives of the Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Buddhist communities, amongst others.
King Charles at the Durham Cathedral

Sudan’s entire history has been dominated by soldiers and the violence and corruption they bring

Professor Justin Willis from our Department of History explains the history of Sudan from 1820 to the present day in light of the current conflict in the region.
map of sudan

New interdisciplinary health research awarded £9m grant

Our cutting-edge Institute for Medical Humanities (IMH) has been awarded a £9m Discovery Research Platform Award to develop a new Discovery Research Platform for Medical Humanities (DRP-MH).
Wellcome trust grant

Let’s protect nature, but not merely for the sake of humans

Professor Simon James from our Department of Philosophy explains why we must protect nature and his reasoning extends beyond prioritising human needs.
nature landscape

Celebrate Jazz Day with Dr Andy Hamilton

April 30 is International Jazz Day, which was designated by the UN to celebrate jazz music worldwide. Professor Andy Hamilton is the Director of Aesthetics, Ethics, and Politics Research Cluster in the Department of Philosophy and he discusses his personal interest in jazz as well as the philosophy of improvisation below.
person playing the trumpet

Celebrate Spanish Language Day with Dr Yarí Pérez Marín

April 23 is Spanish Language Day, one of a series of Language Days selected by the United Nations to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. Dr Yarí Pérez Marín, an Associate Professor and Director of Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, discusses her research as well as the duality of the Spanish language.
Spanish language medical texts early modern period

Celebrate Chinese Language Day with Ethnomusicologist Dr Samuel Horlor

April 20 is Chinese Language Day, one of a series of Language Days selected by the United Nations to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. Dr Samuel Horlor, a Teaching Fellow in Ethnomusicology in our Music Department, discusses his research on Chinese popular music with a particular focus on audiency, street music, and music's embeddedness in everyday urban life.
Chinese street musicians