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International Dance Day: Looking at literature’s relationship to dance in 19th and 20th century modernism

On International Dance Day (Monday, 29 April) Dr Megan Girdwood from our Department of English explains how her research concentrates on late nineteenth and twentieth-century modernism, with a particular focus on literature’s relationship to performance, dance and the human body.
The dancer Vaslav Nijinsky in the ballet Le spectre de la rose as performed at the Royal Opera House in 1911.

Scientists explain why some exoplanets are spiralling towards their stars

In a new study, our pioneering scientists think they have solved a mystery about exoplanets (planets outside our solar system) that are getting closer and closer to the stars they orbit around.
An artist's impression of exoplanet WASP-12b

Experts urge action as research reveals extent of sewage pollution in major UK river

A new study examining nitrogen pollution in the Mersey Estuary over the last 200-years has found concerning levels of sewage in the water today – and our experts say immediate action is needed to clean it up. 
The wide Mersey Estuary in north west England

Things to do this Spring and Summer

Our new ‘Things To Do’ Guide listing free, family-friendly events, activities and exhibitions taking place across University visitor attractions this Spring and Summer season is now available.
Things TO DO COver 2024

Celebrating our work in our community

Durham is a world-leading university and proudly part of North East England. From inspiring learning to sharing our facilities, from driving economic growth to helping our region become more sustainable: we ensure that the benefits of a world-leading university are shared across our city, county and region.

Shadow Education Secretary praises Durham for widening access

UK Shadow Secretary of State for Education Bridget Phillipson has praised our work to widen access to university during a visit to campus.
Five people standing outside Teaching and Learning Centre. Bridget Phillpson is centre, with four university leaders

Sir Harry Evans Global Fellow helps Reuters scoop top award

Our first ever Sir Harry Evans Global Fellow is part of a team of Reuters journalists to win a prestigious award for exposing wrongdoing in Elon Musk’s business empire.
Waylon Cunningham standing in the courtyard of Castle College

Pupils discuss particle physics with US experts at Masterclass event

More than 100 secondary school pupils from across the North of England were treated to an International Masterclass on Particle Physics at Durham.
A group of smiling pupils in a lecture theatre

Achievements of Durham students recognised in national campaign

The success of two students from Durham University who were the first in their families to attend university is being highlighted in a new national campaign, led by Universities UK (UUK).
Head and shoulders image of Durham student Abbie Doherty and Durham alumnus Cameron Stocks with UUK's 100 Faces campaign border

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.