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Archaeologists discover a ‘lost’ earthquake and solve mystery of abandoned medieval village

New research into a medieval village in southern Spain has found that an earthquake likely caused its abandonment in the 13th century. 
The El Castillejo Islamic settlement in Los Guajares, Granada

New geological map reveals secrets of Greenland's icy interior

A team of international scientists involving our Geography department has unveiled a new map of the geological provinces hidden beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet.
Picture of Greenland Ice Sheet by NASA

World Voice Day: How Germany shaped modern day opera

As part of World Voice Day, Dr Katherine Hambridge in our Music department explains how German nationalism led to the opera you know today.
The inside of a theatre with a stage set for an opera performance

Social scientist leads partnership towards net zero

Social anthropologist Professor Simone Abram has been announced as the new Durham University Ørsted Chair of Green Energy Systems and Director of Durham Energy Institute (DEI). She is the first social scientist to lead the DEI.
Photograph of David Bould, Ørsted Head of UK&IE Ventures and Open Innovation, new Ørsted Chair of Green Energy Systems at Durham University, Professor Simone Abram and Benj Sykes, Ørsted Head of Environment, Consents and External Affairs.

Enactus Durham are national champions - again!

Student-led team, Enactus Durham, have won the title of UK & Ireland Champions for Social Entrepreneurship in this national Enactus competition, for the second year in a row.
Enactus winners 2023, student holding trophy

Innovative body image research secures prestigious €2.5m grant

Researchers from our world-leading Department of Psychology have been awarded a c.€2.5m European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant for an international body image research project.
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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.
NASA spacecraft nearing planet Mars

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.
A collage of three images; students performing a show on stage, a student graduating and a researcher using a microscope

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.
A map of the Universe showing a web of blue, green and white against a black backdrop

Helping autistic people recognise unhealthy relationships

We’re part of a team behind a new healthy relationship guide written specifically for autistic people.
Artwork representing feelings of worry, happiness and masking feelings and

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.
Main image is a smiling family of five walking down the front entranceway to Castle College

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.
Female and male adults smiling with wooden framework of building in background
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