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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.
Professor Jolyon Mitchell, wearing a white shirt and dark blue jacket, smiles at the camera standing in front of a green shrub with red berries.

College bars secure national safety accreditation

Fourteen of our 16 college bars have secured national safety accreditation.
Officials pictured on the steps outside Durham Castle, holding licensing certificates

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.
two people running in nature

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’.
Image of a young child in a cotton mill factory setting

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.
Connected world wireless signals

First-of-its-kind measurement of Universe’s expansion rate

Our physicists are part of an international team that has successfully used a first-of-its-kind technique to measure the expansion of the Universe.
A supernova surrounded by stars

Our scientists are supporting Durham Cathedral to bring swifts to nest

Leading scientists from our Department of Biosciences and Mathematical Sciences are encouraging breeding swifts to nest by setting up high powered speakers in Durham Cathedral’s iconic Belfry Tower.
Cathedral swifts

Top award for project to support care-leaver students

A partnership between ourselves and four other universities has won a national award for helping care-experienced students into higher education.
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Professor Edith Hall wins the Classical Association Prize

We are delighted that Professor Edith Hall from our Department of Classics and Ancient History has been awarded the prestigious Classical Association Prize in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the promotion of Classics in the UK.
Edith Hall CA prize

Sir Harry Evans Global Summit attracts huge names from journalism worldwide

Internationally acclaimed journalists, publishers and political commentators gathered in London for the inaugural Sir Harry Evans Global Summit in Investigative Journalism.
Durham University VC Karen O'brien with Alessandra Galloni and Tina Brown

Buddha’s Birthday Celebrations at the Oriental Museum

The Oriental Museum will celebrate Buddha’s Birthday on Saturday 27 May, from 12-4pm . Buddha’s Birthday, also known as Vesak, is celebrated around the world and commemorates the birth of Buddha in around 563 BCE. Born a prince, Buddha went on to renounce his privileged royal life and become a holy man, ultimately reaching Enlightenment. 
Oriental Museum, gallery view with paper lanterns

Strengthening our North American partnerships

In April we celebrated our long-standing partnership with the University of Notre Dame in North America.
A group of people standing in they foyer of a large building.