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A Lumiere installation that spells out 'I love Durham' in pink neon lights

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Our monthly Community Newsletter explores news, events and research both at Durham University and in the city itself. 

This month we're supporting Lumiere which returns to Durham from Thursday 16 November to Sunday 19 November.

The event will see a host of landmark Durham buildings become the canvas for stunning light projections.

And we’re looking forward to seeing some of our buildings, including the Ogden Centre and St Mary's College, artfully illuminated for the festival.

Latest news

Our newsletter also features University news of interest to our local community.

This includes how we're helping St Leonard’s Catholic School which had to partially close when Raac (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete) was found in its buildings. 

And how an educational trip run by our Science Engagement Team was a huge hit for the 110 County Durham residents who visited the Centre for Life in Newcastle. 

Research highlights

Our academics continue to conduct impactful research that hits the headlines globally.

This includes an international research team led by our Geography Department who discovered an ancient landscape hidden beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet.

The team used satellite data and radio-echo sounding techniques to uncover a landscape resembling North Wales that has quite literally been frozen in time under the ice sheet for at least 14-million-years.

Meanwhile, our Physicists helped carry out the biggest ever computer simulations from the Big Bang to the present day to investigate how the Universe evolved.

It’s hoped the simulations will allow researchers to compare the virtual Universe with observations of the real thing being captured by high-powered telescopes, like the James Webb Space telescope.

Over in our Department of Psychology, researchers found that cigarette style graphic warning labels could reduce people’s meat consumption.

The research suggests using warning labels on meat products could improve public health and reduce our carbon footprint.  

Find out more

  • You can read November’s newsletter in full here
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