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Our links with our European neighbours could be said to date back to Durham University's foundation in 1832, through the Bishop of Durham, William Van Mildert, a leading figure in the establishment of the University. The bishop was the grandson of Abraham Van Mildert of Amsterdam, who was a deacon of the Dutch church in 1711. He belonged to a family formerly resident at Mildert or Meldert in North Brabant (Belgium). Since Durham University's formation a wide range of collaboration programmes evolved over the years with numerous European partner institutions. 

As a fellow member of the Coimbra Group and Matariki Network (MNU), Uppsala University is one of Durham’s most important partners in Europe. Building on many years of successful student exchange and a precedent for research collaboration, a strategic partnership was established. Starting as a connection through the Matariki Network and a longstanding track record of student exchange, the Tübingen-Durham partnership has grown into a robust, bilateral alliance, which is considered to be one of Durham’s flagship European partnerships.

The Durham European Law Institute (DELI) acts as a focus for the dissemination of European Law at regional, national and international level. Our Zurbarán Centre aims to promote and generate innovative research relating to the arts in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. Since its launch in 2017, the Centre has engaged in major international conferences, research projects, and exhibitions, including the first UK exhibition of the works of Jusepe de Ribera.

This section highlights some of the collaborative research and other activities with our partners in Europe.

Europe

Partnerships with Europe

Projects with our European partners range from Childhood Competence Development to Death & Demographics with Tuebingen and from Studying the rapid melting of the Greeland Ice Sheet to Decarbonising Energy systems with Uppsala. The past 5 years sees our top co-publishing partners in Europe to be CNRS and Paris-Saclay in France, Leiden in the Netherlands and CSIC in Spain, mostly focused in the area of Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computer Sciences & Life Sciences.
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Collaborating for Impact

Explore a snapshot of our collaborative work with our partners in Europe

NATure-based URban innoVATION

We collaborated with 14 institutions across Europe to find nature-based solutions for responding to urban sustainability challenges.
Building with green growth

New Perspectives on Hearing Voices: Literary Illuminations of Auditory Hallucination

Our researchers are collaborating with European and other experts to find relations between hearing voices & everyday processes of sensory perception.
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Customers prefer robots to be human-like

Our research alongside colleagues from Germany and China has found customers prefer robots to have human-like characteristics in customer service
Friendly robot smiling

Apes show similar interaction patterns to humans

Research with European partners revealed that apes such as chimps & bonobos show striking similarities to humans in how they interact using signals.
An ape using signals

Ocean radioactivity and its impact on the world

The project RAMONES has a research team from across Europe; we are creating an innovative prototype to inform on risks coming from radioactivity
Turtle and fish swimming in ocean

Unravelling the Sun’s knotty problem

With colleagues from Glasgow & INAF in Italy, our mathematicians are devising a new approach to analyse how the magnetic tangles of the Sun develop
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'Icelandia' – Is Iceland the tip of a vast, sunken continent?

With experts in Norway & France we are investigating whether a sunken continent under Iceland can give new ideas on the formation of volcanic islands
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Tackling the puzzle of dark matter

Our astronomers are part of a team led by Dutch partners, that has taken another step towards solving the puzzle of what dark matter might be made of
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Disassembling the power of high-carbon imaginaries

Uppsala & Durham are awarded £930k through the Swedish RC to continue research on high-carbon imaginaries.
Burning Coals

REFIT: Resituating Europe’s first towns

The REFIT project is a cooperation with partners in France & Spain focusing on developing sustainable management of cultural landscapes.
Aerial view of the landscape around Mont Beuvray, France

Climate, Landscape, Settlement and Society

With Tuebingen & Leeds we investigate the relationships: climate fluctuations, the emergence of complex social and political formations over 8000 yrs
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The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is one of the largest potential sources of future sea-level rise

Our researchers are working with European colleagues on projects aimed at limiting the impacts of sea level rise and other effects of climate change
Ice melting
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Alumni in Europe

We recognise the value of an engaged international alumni community and are establishing alumni ambassadors in key countries throughout Europe.

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University student
Whilst at Durham, Brexit was a big topic, so with a few friends we got together and founded the European society, to share the continental view of Europe and to convince our fellow students of the benefits of being united in diversity. Apart from stimulating discussions it also brought me lifelong friendships.

Dorian Michael Kronenwerth
Durham Alumni; class of 2014
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European Students

We welcome over 1500 European students annually. Students come from our Erasmus+ exchange partner universities or as fee-paying study abroad students. We currently have around 250 Erasmus exchange agreements in place.

Explore our exchange agreements with Europe Check out our European entry requirements
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Our engagement with European Networks

We have been actively engaged with a number of European Networks, e.g. the Coimbra Group Network where we have contributed to publications & policy documents & signed up to the Poitiers Declaration. Additionally the EUA appointed one of our professors as chair of their Energy & Environment Platform.

More about our International Networks engagement
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Partner with us

Europe is our largest partner in terms of research co-authored publications. Our close relationship with our European partners has resulted in world-leading collaborative projects that are in line with our goal to maximise the impact of our research & contribute to International engagement agendas

Interested to partner with us? Contact us