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Women sidelined for leadership roles in sport

Women’s participation in sport as athletes and fans is at an all-time high, yet men continue to outnumber women in positions of power in sport, in particular football.
Two players with a football

New study finds ‘hermit crab’ lifestyle first invented by penis worms

Leading academics from our Department of Earth Sciences in collaboration with counterparts from Yunnan University in China have identified that a ‘hermit’ lifestyle was invented by ancient penis worms first, rather than by hermit crabs.
penis worms

Scientists call for transparency over military carbon emissions

Our researchers are part of a team calling for more transparency over the hidden carbon emissions created by countries’ armed forces.
A US military helicopter flies over a green landscape

Lumiere 2021 - Innovative research showcased at enlightening new event

Dr Paul Chazot, from our Department of Biosciences, will be taking part in the inaugural Bright Ideas Gathering, on Saturday 20 November. This fringe event to the Lumiere light festival, will bring together innovators and influencers in a one-day gathering designed to inspire and inform.
Image of Dr Paul Chazot, Lumiere Bright Ideas Gathering

Leading research to help decarbonise heat

Globally, heating our homes and businesses accounts for nearly half of all energy consumption and in the UK 77% of our heating is produced using fossil fuels. Decarbonising heat is essential if targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are to be met. Thanks to the work of Durham Energy Institute (DEI), we are at the forefront of research into how to achieve this.
Finger touching household thermostat

Chancellor to step down after ‘glorious’ decade

Our Chancellor, Sir Thomas Allen, is to step down from his post after more than ten years in the role.
Sir Thomas Allen singing with students at Durham Cathedral

Our Arts and Humanities subjects are ranked in world’s top 30

We are proud to say that our Arts and Humanities subjects have been ranked among the best in the world.

Lumiere 2021 – In conversation with Kayo Chingonyi

For this year’s biennial Lumiere light festival we brought together the producers, Artichoke, and regional writing development agency New Writing North, on an exciting collaboration that will see new works from some of the UK’s leading poets light up Durham Castle. Among them is prize winning writer Kayo Chingonyi, an Assistant Professor in our Department of English Studies. Here Kayo tells us about his involvement and how poetry has been a central part of his life.
Image of Kayo Chingonyi

Scientists’ model suggests alien encounters are on the horizon

A team of scientists say that ‘grabby aliens’ are needed to explain why we humans have appeared so soon after the big bang, and that our descendants would encounter them in roughly a billion years’ time.
Grabby aliens model

Pioneering simulation model helps curb COVID-19 in world’s largest refugee settlement

A new model developed by our data scientists to simulate the spread of COVID-19 has helped curb the spread of the virus in the world’s largest refugee settlement.
UNHCR/Coxs Bazar

Student musicians record music for Lumiere light festival

A specially created ensemble made up of some of our most talented student musicians has recorded the soundtrack to the centrepiece of this year’s Lumiere light festival.
Image showing recording session with student musicians

New leader for equality, diversity and inclusion

We’re working to build an environment that is respectful and where people feel comfortable to be themselves and flourish. As part of this work, we’re very pleased to announce the appointment of our first Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion).
Dr Shaid Mahmood