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Understanding early human cave art

A psychological phenomenon where people see meaningful forms in random patterns, such as seeing faces in clouds, may have stimulated early humans to make cave art.
A Palaeolithic painting of an aurochs from the cave of La Pasiega. The artist traced the natural cracks in the cave wall when painting the head, horns, and back leg of the animal

Ensuring Durham stays a wonderful place to study, work and live

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Karen O'Brien, explores how we are putting sustainability at the heart of our operations.
Professor Karen O'Brien, Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University, stood smiling with arms folded, in front of bookshelves

Durham ranked top 30 in Europe

We’re at the forefront of academic excellence and our global rankings reflect that status. We’re pleased to announce that we have been ranked 27th in Europe in the new QS World University Rankings: Europe 2024.
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A new phase of expansion for our Department of Mathematical Sciences

Since the inception of our Mathematical Sciences department, we have expanded significantly. Our student and staff numbers have gone up resulting in an enhanced global research reputation for Maths.
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Empowering women in Computer Science research and High-Performance Computing

In our Computer Science Department, we are delighted to be playing a key role in improving diversity and opportunity for women.
women in a classroom

Celebrating Sports at Durham

We welcomed students, staff, alumni, members of the wider community and partners to celebrate the culmination of our year as Times and Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2023.
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Statistical analysis for real-world challenges

Our statisticians are world-leading experts. Statistical analysis undertaken by our Mathematicians are refining complex data sets and statistics to provide solutions for real-world challenges.
microscope being used for statistical analysis

Durham leads new £21.3m research hub to decarbonise UK maritime sector

We’ve been chosen to lead a new £21.3m national research partnership focussed on decarbonising the UK maritime sector.
Aerial view of a container ship being guided by tug boats on a blue ocean

Meet Dr Anne Reinarz from our Department of Computer Science

Get to know Dr Anne Reinarz from our Department of Computer Science.
Anne Reinarz

New research groups to build on our strength in Computer Science

Our Computer Science is one of the top-ranked departments in the UK and it is rapidly growing.
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University welcomes Horizon Europe announcement

The University has welcomed the announcement that Britain is to rejoin the €95.5billion Horizon Europe research funding programme.
A scientist looking into a microscope

My Durham Story - Chris Long

We caught up with Chris Long who graduated from our department of Mathematical Sciences last year.
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