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Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen O'Brien shares news with a global impact.
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Durham scientists to map the dark Universe

Our astronomers and cosmologists are involved in an international satellite mission to map the dark Universe.
Artists' impression of a satellite with a space background

Durham and the Palace Museum host ‘Pearl by the Sea’ archaeological exhibition

From May to August 2023, we have partnered with the Palace Museum in Beijing, to host ‘Pearl by the Sea - The Comparative Exhibition of Ceramic Finds from Ras al-Khaimah and China’ at the Longquan Celadon Museum in Zhejiang, China.
A group of archaeologists standing in front of a museum

Durham’s world-leading status affirmed in QS World University Rankings 2024

Our status as a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence has been affirmed once again in the QS World University Rankings 2024, being ranked 78th in the world.
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His Majesty The King’s Birthday Honours 2023

On the announcement of the King’s Birthday Honours List 2023, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and celebrate the fantastic achievements of the alumni, staff, students and friends who have been honoured.
Durham Cathedral skyline

How ceramics are telling the story of 14th century Chinese trade

The history of Chinese trade is sometimes still a bit of a mystery due to the lack of historical records. This is where archaeologists are relying on ceramics to tell the story.
A modern working ‘dragon kiln’ in the Longquan area in China

Volunteering and Outreach go for Gold with national award win

Our Volunteering and Outreach team (DUVO) has been awarded the prestigious International Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) Excellence Gold Award for Volunteering. Achieving a Gold Award for Volunteering at this level highlights the success of the DUVO programme and the University’s commitment towards volunteering and community outreach. 
DUVO CSR Gold Award winners 2023, Stacy Porter and Jackie Lowes

Careers Adviser wins AGCAS Award for Excellence

Stephen Nash from our Careers & Enterprise Service has won the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) John Roberts Memorial Award 2023. The winner was announced at the AGCAS Awards for Excellence ceremony at Keele University on Tuesday 20 June 2023.
AGCAS Awards for Excellence 2023 John Roberts Memorial Award Winner - Stephen Nash, Durham University

Leading Catholic figure visits Durham University

One of the Catholic Church’s leading figures has been welcomed to Durham University.
Sister Nathalie Becquart

Our pioneering projects in solar and space technologies awarded funding from UK Space Agency

Our scientists and engineers are at the forefront of global innovation. Experts from our world-leading Physics Department are leading on two pioneering projects that will develop optical technologies for future satellites instrumentation and transform our observations of the Sun and high energy astrophysics.

Durham researchers awarded new funding to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence

Researchers at the Durham Energy Institute have been awarded a £1.84m grant to lead a consortium of university and industry partners in developing virtual power plant technologies. The new funding is part of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) £13 million investment to fund 13 projects to help the UK meet its Net Zero targets.
The initials AI against and blue background

Royal honour for pioneering Classicist

Congratulations to Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, our Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History, who has been made an MBE by King Charles III for Services to Education.
Arlene Holmes-Henderson MBE pictured outside the Department of Classics and Ancient History