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We are a globally outstanding centre of teaching, learning and research excellence. We are a world top 100 university, with 12 of our subjects ranked in the world top 50 and 19 in the world top 100. 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 decrypt the ‘mechanical code’ of DNA

Our highly-rated Department of Biosciences has helped to decipher the mechanical code of DNA.
DNA code

Professor Sue Black named on new Diversity Power List

We’re thrilled to announce that Professor Sue Black OBE has been recognised in a brand-new Diversity Power List, honouring 50 of the UK’s most inclusive and inspirational people.
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US Presidential adviser Fiona Hill announced as new Chancellor

Fiona Hill, an acclaimed foreign affairs specialist and authority on Russian and European geopolitics, is to be our next Chancellor.
Fiona Hill

The New Spirit of Capitalism: How neoliberalism has changed the way we do religion

In his new book – Neoliberal Religion: Faith and Power in the Twenty-First Century – Mathew Guest interrogates the relationship between contemporary religions and neoliberal logic, and how the former have used the latter to build their movements.
Pound notes.

Durham graduate named new generation astronaut

We’re exceptionally proud to say that Durham graduate Dr Rosemary Coogan has been named as a new generation astronaut.
head and shoulders picture of ESA astronaut Rosemary Coogan in uniform

Collaboration in Research and Education - Durham CSDLP at COP27

A COP27 side event hosted by Centre for Sustainable Development Law and Policy (CSDLP) about extending collaborative links with climate learners, including researchers, students, and civil society took place on 14 November 2022. The core of the event was the role of the Centre for Sustainable Development Law and Policy (CSDLP) in delivering lifelong literacy.
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COP27 and the Impasse of Climate Responsibility: Liability, Reparation, and the Role of Innovative Enterprises

Dr Laura Marsiliani from our Department of Economics and Co-Director Centre for Environmental and Energy Economics (CE3) comments on her recent attendance at COP27 as a member of Durham University observer delegation and the significance of the conference being held in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Photo of logo COP27 Climate Justice Pavilion

Researchers launch new book on improving school systems worldwide for disadvantaged students

Pioneering academics from our top-rated School of Education are introducing a new book that presents detailed research into how poverty affects student opportunities and underachievement in schools.
School systems book

Civic welcome for International Students

In October 2022, representatives from Durham’s international student community were invited to attend a special civic welcome event, hosted by the Rt Worshipful Mayor of Durham, Cllr David Freeman and Chair of Durham County Council, Cllr Beaty Bainbridge.
A group of international students holding flags at a civic reception event

How cities are embracing nature-based solutions to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss

As the planet warms, the demand for keeping cool is growing. The International Energy Agency estimate that air conditioners and electric fans today account for about 10% of all global electricity consumption and will triple by 2050 – requiring the equivalent of all the electricity currently used by the USA and Germany just to keep us cool.
A row of buildings in a green landscape.

World’s military must accurately report carbon emissions

The world’s military must more accurately report its carbon emissions or measures to cut the greenhouse gas risk becoming “guesswork”.
Military fighter jets on an aircraft carrier

Durham University start-up named as a finalist in prestigious Earthshot Prize 2022

Durham University start-up, Low Carbon Materials, has recently been announced as one of three international finalists in the Fix Our Climate category in the world’s most prestigious environmental prize, The Earthshot Prize 2022.
Low Carbon Materials CEO Natasha Boulding (1050 x 350px)
Korean drummers playing at the Oriental Museum

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