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Explore April's Community Newsletter

Want to know more about how we interact with our local community? Our monthly Community Newsletter explores the news, events, and research both at Durham University and in the city itself.
Exterior pictures around Hild Bede

Financial support for postgraduate study

We have a range of financial support available for eligible home fee paying students commencing postgraduate study this September. This includes our new scholarships, the Postgraduate Student Support Scholarship and Dean’s Scholarship.
Law school undergraduates sit at the boardroom table in the AG room as they study and chat

How Sir Charles Villiers Stanford’s legacy lives on 100 years after his death

Professor Jeremy Dibble, from our Department of Music, has devoted much of his academic career to researching and writing about Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. Friday 29 March 2024 will mark 100 years since the composer’s death so we sat down with Jeremy to understand how Stanford’s legacy is very much alive.
Professor Jeremy Dibble standing in front of a bookcase and a blackboard with musical notes written on it

To memorise or not memorise – does music memorisation improve piano performance?

Music memorisation and practising strategies have long been debated by instrumental music teachers. As part of World Piano Day, Chara Steliou, a PhD student in our Music department, is looking to explore how piano teachers teach music memorisation in one-to-one piano lessons and how piano students perform when learning a piece from memory.
Chara (right) teaching a young student to play the piano

Vice-Chancellor contributes to two leading sector reports

The strategic leadership insights of our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Karen O’Brien, have opened two recent key higher education sector reports, published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).
Our Vice-Chancellor Karen O'Brien with a background of books

Department of Computer Science awarded Athena SWAN Silver Award

The Department of Computer Science has been awarded the Athena SWAN Silver Award from Advance HE (Athena SWAN Charter), the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector.
Maths and Computer Science building at sunset

New road material paves the way to net zero

A new material which enables the creation of net zero asphalt has been used in a road resurfacing scheme in County Durham – and it’s a UK first.
Low Carbon Materials at Elvett Hill resurfacing project

Our Global Lecture Series

Durham asking the big questions across the world.
Dr Rowan Williams speaking and gesturing

Durham to power up next generation of fusion scientists and engineers

Researchers in our Physics Department will receive funding for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Fusion Power from the UK’s biggest-ever investment in engineering and physical sciences doctoral skills.
Electrical grid

Monitoring the UK’s at-risk hedgehogs

We’ve joined a pioneering new three-year pilot to monitor the UK’s hedgehogs and try to reverse the fall in their numbers.
A hedgehog on the grass facing the camera

Elephant Group Spring Conference inspires pupils to achieve

Sixth form pupils from schools across the North of England were given a taste of university life at Durham via the Elephant Group Spring Conference.
Young people standing against a building, behind a purple Durham University 'welcome' banner

Vice-Chancellor welcomes North East England devolution deal

Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen O'Brien welcomes the North East England devolution deal and reflects on our role in the region
Professor Karen O'Brien, Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University, stood smiling with arms folded, in front of bookshelves