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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. 

This month we're supporting Durham Book Festival 2023 which runs from Friday 13 October to Sunday 15 October.

The festival offers 35 events featuring more than 40 authors at locations such as Gala Durham, Clayport Library and Collected Books.

Meanwhile, our Centre for Poetry and Poetics is running an online event open to the community on Wednesday 18 October.

It features four speakers and will consider what barriers exist to the teaching of poetry in primary schools and explore how such barriers can be overcome.

Latest news

Our newsletter also features University news that might interest our local community.

This includes how we're working with partners in the city to ensure a student accommodation market that works for everyone.

This month we’re also celebrating the success of our Oriental Garden which has won a Northumbria in Bloom Award.

The garden scooped the Best Tourist or Visitor Attraction Award in the 2023 competition.

This the seventh time the Garden has been recognised, adding to its impressive portfolio of awards and accreditations.

Research highlights

Our academics continue to conduct impactful research and we’ve highlighted some of this work in the Community Newsletter.

This includes how our Physicists worked with NASA and Glasgow University to explore the origins of Saturn's rings.

Researchers conducted a new series of supercomputer simulations to offer an answer to the mystery of the origins of the rings – one that involved a collision between two moons a few hundred million years ago.

Over in our Psychology Department, our researchers studied which type of background creates the best first impression in virtual meetings such as Teams or Zoom.

They discovered that a background of books and/or plants significantly contributed towards creating a trusting and competent first impression.

We also share the news that we’ve been chosen to lead a new £21.3m national research partnership focussed on decarbonising the UK maritime sector.

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