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Cave discoveries on Mars could unveil secrets of alien life

Our scientists have identified dozens of potential cave entrances on the surface of Mars using cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) techniques.
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How we’re supporting North East England - part two

We’re a global university and make a major contribution to the economic, cultural and social vibrancy of North East England. This is the second part of a two-part series on ways we’re helping our region to thrive.
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Precisely measuring our expanding Universe

Our physicists are part of an international team that has made the largest 3D map of the Universe, measuring its expansion over 11 billion years.
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Helping autistic people recognise unhealthy relationships

We’re part of a team behind a new healthy relationship guide written specifically for autistic people.
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How we’re supporting North East England

We’re a global university making a major contribution to the economic, cultural and social vibrancy of North East England. Here’s part one of a two-part report.
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Celebrating RURAL research

Durham alumus, Sir Tim Smit KBE, founder of the Eden Project, recently returned to deliver the keynote address at Durham’s RURAL conference.
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Second UK triumph for Northern Lights

Durham’s a cappella group, Northern Lights, have won their second successive UK ICCA (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella) Finals in Wimbledon on Saturday 30 March 2024. As a result, they will compete at their second World University Finals in New York on Saturday 27 April.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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