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Flying the flag for the North East of England

North East England is about to get its first elected mayor. Here at Durham University, we’ve been part of the region for nearly 200 years. Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Karen O'Brien, explores our contribution to the region.
Vice Chancellor Karen O'Brien smiling resting on a bannister

Celebrate Buddha’s Birthday at the Oriental Museum

The Oriental Museum is hosting a free community event on Saturday 18 May, from 12 - 4pm, to celebrate Buddha’s Birthday. Also known as Vesak, Buddha’s Birthday is celebrated around the world and commemorates the birth of Buddha in around 563 BCE. Born a prince, Buddha went on to renounce his privileged royal life and become a holy man, ultimately reaching Enlightenment. 
Oriental Museum decorated for Buddha's birthday celebration event

Star bars show galaxies evolved faster than previously thought

Our astronomers have looked back more than ten billion years in time to find that the Universe’s early galaxies developed much faster than scientists previously thought.
Artist's impression of the Milky Way galaxy with a bright yellow centre and white spiral arms against a blue background.

Durham supports local football legend’s induction into Hall of Fame

Jack Greenwell was posthumously honoured by the National Football Museum at a celebratory evening hosted at St Mary’s College on Tuesday 16 April.

Durham undergraduate named in England Student rugby squad

Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity student Max Pepper is part of the 23-player squad selected to face France Universities at Coventry Rugby Club on Saturday 4 May.

English Language Day: The medieval influences that shaped the English language we speak today

On English Language Day (Tuesday 23 April), Professor Neil Cartlidge from our English department explains how the language we use today was heavily influenced by medieval culture.
Two open pages on a dictionary

Durham graduate Rosemary Coogan becomes UK's newest astronaut

Durham University Physics and Astronomy alumna Dr Rosemary Coogan has taken another giant leap towards space by becoming the UK's newest astronaut.
Rosemary Coogan standing with arms folded in a blue astronaut's boiler suit with a Union Flag on the sleeve.

Alumnus George Rexstrew stars in new supernatural-comedy Netflix series

‘Dead Boy Detectives’ launched on Thursday 25 April on Netflix with George Rexstrew in a starring role.

Two Durham researchers elected to Academia Europaea

We’re celebrating the news that two of our leading academics have been elected members of Academia Europaea in recognition of their subject-leading achievements.
Professors Arlene Holmes-Henderson and Harriet Bulkeley

Durham research project could find better treatments for depression and anxiety

Dr Marco Bocchio, from our Department of Psychology, has received a funding award of £124,000 as part of a new project aiming to uncover new insights into the human brain.
A head and shoulders picture of Marco Bocchio

New senior leader to drive health agenda

We have appointed our first Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health): Professor Charlotte Clarke.
An image of Charlotte Clarke smiling, on a purple background

Rome launch for new Catholicism book

The City of Rome was the venue for an embassy-hosted event to celebrate a ground-breaking new publication exploring the history of British and Irish Catholicism.
Image of Dr James Kelly and others at the launch of the new book in Rome
Three international students sat talking

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