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European birds move to cooler areas but natural obstacles ‘control the traffic’

European birds have shifted towards northeast Europe in the last 30 years in search of cooler temperatures but natural obstacles are causing problems.
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Taking care of our community

Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen O'Brien explores how we can all contribute to our community's success.
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Silicon Valley to The Big Apple - visiting our alumni in the USA

Our Vice-Chancellor and Warden, Professor Karen O’Brien has been consistent in her vision to meet as many of our alumni and supporter communities as possible. The latest chapter of this plan took her to the USA recently to meet alumni, friends and colleagues at receptions in San Francisco, Seattle and New York.
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Durham team victorious at University Challenge Grand Final

Last night our University Challenge team were victorious in the Grand Final, winning by 35 points (155 points to 120) against Bristol University. Opponents, Bristol, were in their first University Challenge final and kept the pressure on right up until the end.
University Challenge Team

Durham experts join forces to help improve North East pupils’ communication skills

Our researchers are involved in an innovative project across four different subject areas to help North East pupils improve their communication skills.
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Working together on student housing

We've met with the City of Durham MP, Durham County Council, City of Durham Parish Council, Durham Students’ Union, letting agents, independent landlords and representatives of Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) providers to discuss student accommodation.
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Environmental impacts of food highlighted in new campaign

Durham is proud to support Durham County Council’s Places to Eat initiative, an innovative new scheme which will see carbon ratings added to menus at eateries across our campus accommodation.
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Professor Jolyon Mitchell appointed as new Principal of St John’s College

We’re proud to welcome Professor Jolyon Mitchell as the new Principal of St John’s College.
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College bars secure national safety accreditation

Fourteen of our 16 college bars have secured national safety accreditation.
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Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week with Dr Patrick Jachyra

Dr Patrick Jachyra from our Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences explains the importance of physical activity for supporting mental health, particularly in neurodivergent and disabled people. He also shares some tools below that can contribute to mental well-being.
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Scientists unearth forgotten children of the past

Scientists have unearthed a harrowing story of forgotten children of the past, providing the first direct evidence of the lives of early nineteenth century ‘pauper apprentices’.
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6G and beyond...

We are delighted to announce that Durham University has partnered with Queen Mary University of London and UCL in a joint research project which aims to improve our mobile communications systems beyond 5G.
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