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How we're making a difference locally and globally

In her monthly column, our Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen O'Brien shares some examples of how Durham University research is making a difference, locally and globally, and invites all to join our Global Week events, starting this weekend (Saturday 24 February).
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Durham at forefront of AI research with major grants from EPSRC

We are part of a consortium that has received multiple high-value grants from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), that will establish Durham University as a leader in artificial intelligence (AI) research in the UK.
Artist's impression of AI

Scientists discover the real-life impacts of northern elephant seal bottleneck

New research of northern elephant seals has revealed their reproductive and foraging success has been affected by a population bottleneck which nearly caused their extinction and could make them vulnerable as the environment changes in the future.
up northern elephant seal on a beach in California. Credit: Dan Costa, University of California

Supporting the roll-out of innovative tutoring model

We’re helping deliver an innovative tutoring programme that will see our students work with local schools to help pupils develop their literacy skills.
Students in a classroom

What does social justice mean and why does it matter?

As part of World Day of Social Justice, Dr Simona Capisani, who works in our Philosophy department, explains how her research looks to address structural and historical injustices and inequalities in the context of climate and environmental change.
International Society for Environmental Ethics Summer Meeting in H.J. Andrews Forest Research Station, Blue River Oregon)

Social media coverage of war impacts mental wellbeing

An international team of researchers, including members of our Department of Psychology, have established the psychological and mental health impacts of the war on the general public.
Image of a brain with Earth design overlayed

Celebrating International Women’s Day through student music and theatre

A host of performances at Durham illustrates how our students are marking the creative and artistic talent of women.

From ‘The BIG Durham Talent Show’ to Netflix blockbuster – alumna Ambika Mod is ‘one to watch’!

Alumna Ambika Mod (English Literature, St Mary's College, 2014-17) is currently starring in the recently released Netflix series 'One Day’ and has been named by a national UK magazine as a 'woman to watch' in 2024. She has received extensive media coverage, including prime time UK TV chat shows.
Ambika Mod in Durham Revue

How 16th century survivors of wartime sexual violence found justice

Dr Tom Hamilton from our Department of History has discovered criminal records revealing a rare, 400-year-old legal case which successfully prosecuted a soldier for sexual crimes during Europe’s notoriously violent Wars of Religion.
Sixteenth century image of Murder of the Protestants at Sens, 1562

Project to advance recycling of rare materials secures £14 million UKRI funding

A national consortium involving researchers from Durham’s Biosciences department has secured £14 million UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding to help advance the recycling of rare metals.
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How digital technology helps reduce hospital admissions from care homes

We’re part of a research team that has shown a healthcare app used in care homes has reduced the number of residents admitted to hospital by 25%.
A close up of a person holding a phone with apps displayed on the screen

New guidance developed to improve rape investigations

We’ve helped to develop new guidance for police forces to improve investigations of rape and sexual offences.
Close up of the side of a British police van with police written in blue against a white background