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Media deference to the royals must have a limit – just look at how Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson were treated

Professor Tim Luckhurst, Principal of South College, discusses why media must avoid deference to monarchy, in order to fulfil their role of holding power to account.
Image showing front of Buckingham Palace

There’s more to do on sexual violence on campus

In order to tackle sexual violence on university campuses, Professor Graham Towl from our Psychology Department anticipates more rigorous regulation and calls for cultural change in the academic community.
A hand holding a notepad that says #metoo

Queen Elizabeth II: the history of royal funerals and how this one will be different

Professor Philip Williamson from our Department of History shares his insights on the history of royal funerals.
Royal funeral

Should we really believe scientific facts will last forever when history is full of revolutions in thinking?

Professor Peter Vickers from our Department of Philosophy discusses whether we can trust the scientific truths of today.
Woman looking at a blackboard with question marks on it.

Ukraine: how the UK press reported the Nazi invasion 1941-45

Professor Tim Luckhurst, Principal of South College, describes how British weekly political titles provided a deeper understanding of conflict in Ukraine during World War Two.
A bundle of old newspapers

What does ‘taking sexual violence seriously’ look like at universities?

In order to make university campuses perpetrator unfriendly, Professor Graham Towl from our Psychology Department suggests some of the positive steps universities can take to tackle sexual violence.
A library corridor with book shelves on either side

Festivals must do more to address sexual violence

With thousands of people attending music festivals every year, Dr Hannah Bows from our Durham Law School shines a light on safety issues that still need addressing.
Silhouette of a woman in a crowd cheering on a music band

Empowering people to improve well-being - in conversation with Professor Fuschia Sirois

Professor Fuschia Sirois is a globally-renowned expert on self-regulation and well-being, and has recently published an game-changing book to help procrastinators understand and tackle the issue. We caught up with her to chat about her research interests, her commitment to sharing her expertise and whether she too procrastinates!
Image showing Professor Fuschia Sirois

Waiting for Ethiopia: Berbera port upgrade raises Somaliland’s hopes for trade

Professor Jutta Bakonyi from our School of Government and International Affairs talks about the improvements in Berbera port that could elevate Somaliland's international trades.
Sea port

Why we should abandon the concept of the ‘climate refugee’

Dr Andrew Baldwin, from our Department of Geography, argues that we should abandon the concept of the 'climate refugee'.
Climate refugee concept

The world is getting exponentially more complex – here’s how we navigate it

Professor Alex Broadbent from our Department of Philosophy shares his thoughts on complexity of the world and rules for navigating it.
Complex world

How Brazilian politicians use religion to help them win

Professor Mathew Guest, from our Department of Theology and Religion, looks ahead to this autumn's Presidential Election in Brazil and considers how candidates court religious support.
Christ the Redeemer statue, Brazil