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New study shows people can recognise emotions of other people in face masks

Leading psychologists from our highly-rated Department of Psychology have discovered in their latest research that people can identify emotions and traits of other people wearing a face mask when the whole body is visible.
BEAST stimuli

Durham student becomes Canadian Music Laureate

PhD Music student Rita Ueda has been awarded the prestigious title of 2022 Laureate for the Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music, offered by the Azrieli Foundation – the most coveted title for composers in Canada. The accolade secures a prize package valued at $200,000 CAD which includes a world-premiere performance by the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montréal, two subsequent international performances and a professional recording of her prize-winning work.
2022 Canadian Music Laureate

Welcome Team Zambia!

We are delighted to welcome the Zambian Commonwealth Games Team to Durham as they train and live on campus on the run up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Team Zambia at the Sport and Wellbeing Park

Students take to the stage for Durham Fringe Festival

The countdown is on for the launch of this year’s Durham Fringe Festival and we are delighted to be working in partnership with the organisers to deliver a festival everyone can enjoy.
Durham Fringe Festival Poster

First images from new space telescope part-developed in Durham

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) – which Durham helped to develop and engineer – has captured its first images.
James Webb first deep field image

Durham achieves consistently high NSS scores

We have maintained our strong position in the National Student Survey (NSS). For the third year in a row, “overall satisfaction” scores placed us in the top 20% of both non-specialist and Russell Group universities.
Two students looking at each other and smiling in a lecture theatre

Helping our region to thrive

How we're helping level up the economy and educational opportunities in North East England.
Student Grace Purnell with Katie Harland-Edminson, Deputy Director, Development, Durham University Development and Alumni Relations, pictured outside the Teaching and Learning Centre

Twinning scheme to support Ukrainian students and scholars

We have all been deeply concerned and affected by the war taking place in Ukraine. We are an international university, committed to social responsibility and democratic values.
A collective of Durham University members and Zaporizhzhia National University members on a Zoom call

Uncovering the mystery of the origins of dogs

One of the biggest unanswered questions about human prehistory is where dogs underwent domestication.
Close up of a grey wolf

Durham hosts international meeting on protecting cultural heritage

Experts from around the world met in Durham to discuss how to protect cultural heritage at risk of destruction from human and natural disasters.
University College (Durham Castle)

Encouraging writers to present an accurate view of self-harm

We’ve created new resources designed to help writers present an accurate view of people at risk of self-harm.
A couple holding hands in a comforting way

600,000-year-old finds point to some of Britain’s earliest humans

Early humans were present in Britain between 560,000 and 620,000 years ago, according to new research involving our Department of Geography.
Artist's impression of early humans