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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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Light-bending gravity reveals one of the biggest black holes ever found

A team of astronomers, led by Dr James Nightingale from our Department of Physics, has discovered one of the biggest black holes ever found by taking advantage of a phenomenon called gravitational lensing.
biggest black hole ever found

Durham strengthens ties with twinned Ukrainian university

The war in Ukraine remains of immense concern to us all. Today (March 29) marks the one-year anniversary of the UK-Ukraine Twinning Initiative, under which we are twinned with Ukrainian university Zaporizhzhia National University (ZNU).
Ukraine flag and logos for Durham and ZNU universities

Durham Law School PhD Candidate Yaoqi Zheng listed as expert on World Bank website

The World Bank has listed Yaoqi Zheng on their website as an expert since she contributed their 2023 annual report.
DLS PhD Candidate Yaoqi Zheng listed as expert on World Bank website

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

The Department of Archaeology is proud to announce that we have been ranked 10th in the world for archaeology.
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Twelve of our subjects are ranked in the world top 50

We are at the forefront of global academic excellence and our global rankings reflect that status.
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Durham University theologian seconded to process that will shape future of Catholic Church

A leading Durham University theologian is to help shape the Catholic Church for years to come.
Professor Anna Rowlands

Professor Carol Adams appointed Chair of Global Sustainability Standards Board

Professor Carol Adams has been appointed as Chair of the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), the independent body that sets the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards.
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Durham Professor takes research to Hollywood

Professor Santiago Fouz Hernández, from our School of Modern Language and Cultures, will showcase his specialist research on the film director, designer and artist Bigas Luna at The Bigas Luna Tribute in Los Angeles, USA, from 17-24 March 2023. 
A scene from the Bigas Luna movie Jamón, jamón

Fearmongering about people fleeing disasters is a dangerous and faulty narrative

Dr Corey Robinson from our School of Government and International Affairs collaborates with Dr Yvonne Su from York University, Canada, on explaining why fearmongering about migrants is dangerous.
People walking across the desert.

Hands-on and fun: enhancing museum education in Jordan

Practical workshops are helping to invigorate young Jordanians' interest in their heritage.
Primary school children in Amman, Jordan as part of the 'Learning from Multicultural Amman' project

Regional environmental agreements are over twice as likely to be authorised than global agreements

Regionally-focused environmental agreements are two and a half times more likely to be ratified than globally-focused environmental agreements.
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Departmental delegation to India creates exciting opportunities

We recently took part in a delegation along with the Department of Education to collaborate with academic institutions and archaeological organisations in India. We are all looking forward to working together to manage cultural heritage sustainably.
Colleagues from Durham University and Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Archaeology Departments
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Research Impact at Durham

Read about our Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 impact case studies.

Impact Case Studies
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Global Culture

Interested in how the cultural activities of Durham's staff and student bodies enrich life worldwide? Head to the Global Culture page to find out.

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