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Celebrating with our new graduates at the Winter Congregation

Two days of blissful celebration at Durham Cathedral has drawn to a close for our Winter Congregation.
Winter congregation 6.1.23

New study reveals evidence of early Ice Age writing and what it meant

A research team including two Durham University academics have decoded the meaning of markings seen in Ice Age drawings, and in doing so found evidence of early writing dating back at least 14,000 years earlier than previously thought.
Image of Horse drawn onto the wall of Niaux Cave (Ariège, France) around 15,000 years ago. Credit - Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann

Congratulations to Shaid on his MBE

Shaid Mahmood, our Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion), has been honoured by King Charles III.
Dr Shaid Mahmood

Historic £1.4 billion devolution deal for North East

Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove has announced a historic devolution deal for the North East.
Picture of Durham Cathedral

A Global celebration planned and organised by our alumni community

Since its launch in 2014, Dunelm Days has been an annual event for our alumni and supporter community all around the world. It’s a great opportunity to get together informally to celebrate a shared connection with Durham University, to catch up with old friends and to meet new ones.
Three images of Dunelm Days celebrations

Birds build hanging-nests to protect offspring from nest invaders

A new study led by a pioneering researcher from our Department of Anthropology has found that birds build hanging-nests, particularly those with extended entrance tunnels, to help protect offspring against nest invaders like snakes and parasitic cuckoos.
Bird nest

Review of 2022: 12 top stories from the past 12 months, part 2

Welcome to the second part of our end-of-year review reflecting on some of our major research projects and achievements of 2022.
Montage showing an structure in Mayapan, a 4D fetus scan and researchers in Antarctica

Review of 2022: 12 top stories from the past 12 months, part 1

Christmas and New Year are traditionally periods for reflection, so what better time to look back at some of our achievements of 2022?
Montage showing a wolf, starry sky and chickpeas

We hosted a truly special, star-studded concert at the Cathedral this Christmas

We were very pleased to be a Platinum Sponsor of the Foundation of Light’s Carols of Light Event.
Durham Cathedral lit at night

Unravelling the mystery of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies

Our astronomers have solved an outstanding problem that challenged our understanding of how the Universe evolved.
High-resolution simulations of the dark matter enveloping the Milky Way and its neighbour, the Andromeda galaxy.

Durham University Chancellor to deliver prestigious BBC Reith Lecture

Our new Chancellor Fiona Hill is among four leading thinkers chosen to deliver a prestigious BBC Reith Lecture this December.
Fiona Hill giving a speech

Durham’s distinguished alumni contest BBC University Challenge quiz

A team of our own distinguished alumni and academics will be taking on rival university teams on this year’s BBC University Challenge Christmas Special.
Alumni in University Challenge studio