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  • New £1.4m enterprise zone at NETPark opens

    The zone will provide bespoke support to technology and science-focused small and medium enterprises.
    Sophie Walton (Group Director of Academic Engagement at CPI), Jenny Taylor (Head of Economic Development at Durham University), Sarah Slaven (Managing Director at Business Durham)
  • Can the height of your house reduce malaria?

    Whilst we think of the home as a sanctuary, in Africa, around 80% of malaria bites occur indoors at night. Preventing mosquitoes from getting indoors is a simple way of protecting people from this often lethal disease.
    Malaria 21 May 2021
  • Mapping the universe in 3D

    We’ve helped design and build a new telescope instrument that aims to create the most extensive 3D map of the universe ever attempted.
    DESI
  • Inspiring the next generation of space scientists

    We’re inspiring the next generation of astronomers and cosmologists to aim for the stars! Our research and expertise shapes a number of outreach activities, delivered by our students and staff, to encourage young people to get involved in science.
    Outreach activities at Durham
  • Developed in Durham: Gliff.ai

    Developing world-class artificial intelligence for the medical, environmental and industrial sectors, Gliff.ai now employs 11 people after being launched as a spin-out from Durham University in 2018.
    Image of two founders of GiffAI
  • Furthering the exploration of space

    Durham’s researchers are helping to build some of the world’s most powerful new telescopes to further our exploration of space. Our astronomers and cosmologists are also involved in major international projects that will hunt two of the universe’s most mysterious ingredients – dark matter and dark energy – and investigate how the universe formed.
    A telescope
  • Developed in Durham: Applied Graphene Materials

    2020 was a year of transition, of changing mindsets and, most importantly, a year of evolution. Throughout this, our research continues to be translated into thriving spin-out businesses that will boost the North East economy for many years to come.
    Applied Grapheme Materials

Can the height of your house reduce malaria?

Whilst we think of the home as a sanctuary, in Africa, around 80% of malaria bites occur indoors at night. Preventing mosquitoes from getting indoors is a simple way of protecting people from this often lethal disease.
Malaria 21 May 2021

Mapping the universe in 3D

We’ve helped design and build a new telescope instrument that aims to create the most extensive 3D map of the universe ever attempted.
DESI

Inspiring the next generation of space scientists

We’re inspiring the next generation of astronomers and cosmologists to aim for the stars! Our research and expertise shapes a number of outreach activities, delivered by our students and staff, to encourage young people to get involved in science.
Outreach activities at Durham

Developed in Durham: Gliff.ai

Developing world-class artificial intelligence for the medical, environmental and industrial sectors, Gliff.ai now employs 11 people after being launched as a spin-out from Durham University in 2018.
Image of two founders of GiffAI

Furthering the exploration of space

Durham’s researchers are helping to build some of the world’s most powerful new telescopes to further our exploration of space. Our astronomers and cosmologists are also involved in major international projects that will hunt two of the universe’s most mysterious ingredients – dark matter and dark energy – and investigate how the universe formed.
A telescope

Developed in Durham: Applied Graphene Materials

2020 was a year of transition, of changing mindsets and, most importantly, a year of evolution. Throughout this, our research continues to be translated into thriving spin-out businesses that will boost the North East economy for many years to come.
Applied Grapheme Materials

New £1.4m enterprise zone at NETPark opens

The zone will provide bespoke support to technology and science-focused small and medium enterprises.
Sophie Walton (Group Director of Academic Engagement at CPI), Jenny Taylor (Head of Economic Development at Durham University), Sarah Slaven (Managing Director at Business Durham)

Can the height of your house reduce malaria?

Whilst we think of the home as a sanctuary, in Africa, around 80% of malaria bites occur indoors at night. Preventing mosquitoes from getting indoors is a simple way of protecting people from this often lethal disease.
Malaria 21 May 2021

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Thought Leadership

Boris Johnson wants to pay Stem teachers a £3,000 premium – research shows incentives don’t work

Professor Stephen Gorard and Professor Beng Huat See, from our School of Education, ask if the idea of paying £3,000 to attract maths and science teachers to poorer schools and areas will work?
Children in a Science Class

Sats – why bringing back tests for 14-year-olds could help disadvantaged students

Professor Stephen Gorard and Dr Nadia Siddiqui, from the School of Education, consider if bringing back SATs for 14 year olds will help disadvantaged students.
Empty classroom with desks & chairs