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    Our research-led education ensures our broad range of courses will challenge and inspire you.

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    Our taught Masters and research programmes will enable you to push the boundaries of current thinking and research.

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Undergraduate Study

Our research-led education ensures our broad range of courses will challenge and inspire you.

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Postgraduate Study

Our taught Masters and research programmes will enable you to push the boundaries of current thinking and research.

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Our student ambassadors are here to answer your questions about student life at Durham. They represent a range of different course and colleges. You can filter by subject or read their profiles to find out what college they are a member of.

REF 2021: Celebrating Our Research Excellence

Our reputation as a world-leading university has been confirmed in a national exercise looking at the quality of research at UK universities and its impact around the world.

90% of Durham’s research is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. Six Durham subjects are also in the UK top ten for the overall quality of their research including Geography (1st), Archaeology (2nd), Education (2nd), Classics and Ancient History (4th), Theology and Religion (8th) and Sport and Exercise Sciences (10th).
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Research at Durham: Making an Impact

Our research is making a positive difference to the lives of people all around the world. Across our faculties of Arts and Humanities, our Business School, Science, and Social Sciences and Health, the work of our experts is having a big impact.

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IMPACT magazine - World Economy and Society - Issue 11

Issue 11 of our award-winning magazine, IMPACT, is out now. Themed around ‘world economy and society’, the issue looks at our research on the economy at a global and local level. With the world experiencing war in Europe the shockwaves are being felt everywhere and driving a cost-of-living crisis through the availability of oil, gas and grain. Is it overly dramatic to say the world economy is on a knife edge?
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Global Opportunities: Funding Boost for Durham

Thanks to a boost in funding from the UK government’s Turing Scheme, more than 400 of our students will get the life-changing opportunity of working or volunteering abroad in the coming academic year – with around 50 destination countries worldwide to pick from. The programme, which funds international mobility as a means of ‘levelling up’, is helping students of all income groups experience education opportunities in any country they choose.
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What is 'normal' baby sleep? How evolutionary clues, not cultural expectations, can help new parents

Professor Helen Ball from the Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre explores a biological view of infant sleep, and how it's quite different from the cultural and clinical expectations of infant sleep in most western societies.
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Need help tackling your procrastination? This could be the book for you!

Professor Fuschia Sirois, a globally renowned expert in the psychology of procrastination in our Department of Psychology, has distilled her game-changing insights into a new book to help procrastinators understand the issue, and how to tackle it.
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Scientists envisage climate change will severely impact bird communities by 2080

Leading ecologists from our Department of Biosciences and Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Germany have predicted in their latest research that bird communities will change worldwide in 2080 due to climate change, largely as result of shifting their ranges.
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27% of European companies are actively using HR analytics for performance management

Keen to understand why firms make use of the opportunities HR analytics can offer, new research conducted by Barbara Bechter, Associate Professor in Human Resource Management, and Bernd Brandl, Professor in Management, alongside Alex Lehr, Radboud University, has found that 27% of European companies are actively using HR analytics for performance management.
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Bonobos make “baby-like” signals to seek consolation from others

Pioneering academics from our top-rated Psychology Department have found in their study that bonobos produce a variety of signals including “baby-like” signals to strategically display distress when they are attacked by other bonobos.
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Majority of customers have a positive experience with customer services robots

Interacting with robots triggers emotions of joy, love, surprise, interest and excitement for customers, whilst discontent is mainly expressed when customers cannot use service robots due to them malfunctioning, according to new research conducted by Dr Zhibin Lin, Associate Professor of Marketing, alongside colleagues from Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, Audencia Business School and Jimei University.
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  • Reflections from Durham DBA Graduate Tom McDonogh

    Ahead of graduation, our DBA alumni Tom McDonogh is looking back at his time at the Business School and sharing memories of his own graduation as well as his experience being on the Durham DBA programme.
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  • Durham student becomes Canadian Music Laureate

    PhD Music student Rita Ueda has been awarded the prestigious title of 2022 Laureate for the Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music, offered by the Azrieli Foundation – the most coveted title for composers in Canada. The accolade secures a prize package valued at $200,000 CAD which includes a world-premiere performance by the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montréal, two subsequent international performances and a professional recording of her prize-winning work.
    2022 Canadian Music Laureate
  • Durham becomes the largest All-Steinway school in the UK

    With a project spanning three years, Durham became the largest All-Steinway school in the nation in April. In the enviable position of having 61 Steinways throughout the University in both its Music Department and Colleges, all students, regardless of music experience, will be able to enjoy music at its finest, with these wonderful, world-class instruments.
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Durham student becomes Canadian Music Laureate

PhD Music student Rita Ueda has been awarded the prestigious title of 2022 Laureate for the Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music, offered by the Azrieli Foundation – the most coveted title for composers in Canada. The accolade secures a prize package valued at $200,000 CAD which includes a world-premiere performance by the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montréal, two subsequent international performances and a professional recording of her prize-winning work.
2022 Canadian Music Laureate

Durham becomes the largest All-Steinway school in the UK

With a project spanning three years, Durham became the largest All-Steinway school in the nation in April. In the enviable position of having 61 Steinways throughout the University in both its Music Department and Colleges, all students, regardless of music experience, will be able to enjoy music at its finest, with these wonderful, world-class instruments.
A person playing a piano

Encouraging writers to present an accurate view of self-harm

We’ve created new resources designed to help writers present an accurate view of people at risk of self-harm.
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Securing Scotland’s independence: Moving beyond process?

Aileen McHarg, Professor of Public Law and Human Rights at Durham Law School, discusses the paths to independence for Scotland following the First Minister's statement, including a new 'plan C' - the next UK General Election.
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A summer of opportunities

Professor Karen O'Brien, our Vice-Chancellor, explores some of the opportunities on offer at the University this summer.
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Durham hosts international meeting on protecting cultural heritage

Experts from around the world met in Durham to discuss how to protect cultural heritage at risk of destruction from human and natural disasters.
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Upcoming events

QS Virtual Connect Masters – Thailand & Vietnam

Wednesday 24 August 2022 - Wednesday 24 August 2022
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Online
QS Virtual Connect Masters – Thailand & Vietnam

Worked in Stone: Early Medieval Sculpture in its International Context

Wednesday 31 August 2022 - Sunday 4 September 2022
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Durham
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Durham Global Debate - Athens

Thursday 1 September 2022 - Thursday 1 September 2022
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Alkis Argiriadis Theatre, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Central Building, 30 Panepistimiou str. 10679, Athens, Greece

Royal Musical Association Annual Conference 2022

Thursday 8 September 2022 - Saturday 10 September 2022
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Durham University
Palace Green Music Department

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Russia and Ukraine Information

A hub of information, advice and support for current and prospective staff and students.

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Congregation 2022 – Congratulations!

Summer Congregation is always a big event here at Durham and this year's been bigger and better than ever, with two weeks of ceremonies and celebrations. We've celebrated the achievements of this year’s students and welcomed back graduates from last year, whose graduation ceremonies were postponed due to the pandemic. Congratulations to all our graduates!

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