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Making an impact on the world

From improving people's health and influencing changes in the law, to supporting business and bringing long lost music to new audiences, our research is having an impact around the world.

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Making Durham a centre for Spanish art

From rediscovering lost paintings to organising exhibitions, supporting museums and securing thousands of pounds in funding, we’re helping turn Durham

Improving the identification of human remains

Our Department of Archaeology’s innovative research is helping the world’s forensic scientists to better identify human remains.

Shedding light on medieval arts and science through modern eyes

We’re leading the international research project ‘Ordered Universe’ bringing new perspectives to medieval science.

Inspiring cities to respond to climate change

We’re playing a pioneering role in helping cities respond to the challenges of climate change.

Bringing the music of great composers back to life

Our extraordinary music research has helped to bring back the forgotten music of two great classical composers to modern audiences.
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Pioneering research in infant sleep safety

Durham University was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for this work in 2018. It has directly influenced the Unicef BFI guidance on co-sleeping.
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Supporting voice-hearers and changing perceptions

We’re changing the way people think about voice-hearing, which is often associated with distress, mental illness, and shame linked to social stigma.
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Rethinking value creation for sustainable business

Research by Carol Adams has looked at the need to rethink value and the way companies generate wealth through economic activity.
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Latest Research

Research at Durham is transformative and inspirational led by world-leaders in their fields. Find out more about the amazing research we do.

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About the Research Excellence Framework 2021

Durham is participating in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK universities. First held in 2014 it was repeated in 2021 (delayed until May 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic).

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