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Congregation: a celebration for all

Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen O'Brien looks ahead to our Congregation and other summer activities.
Professor Karen O'Brien, Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University, stood smiling with arms folded, in front of bookshelves

Researchers make rare discoveries in Athenian history

Researchers from our Department of Classics and Ancient History have discovered an unpublished Athenian gravestone in a museum in the North East of England.
Greek Inscriptions

Piano donation is music to the ears of community groups

We’ve donated 18 pianos to local community groups across County Durham to help spread the joy and benefits of music.
Image showing donation of piano to Entre CIC community group

Chancellor Sir Thomas Allen bows out with final Congregation

Opera star Sir Thomas Allen will take his final bow as Chancellor here at Durham University during Summer Congregation. His retirement was announced last year and he will say farewell to the University and our students as he hosts an extended programme of graduation ceremonies to be held in Durham Cathedral.
Sir Thomas Allen at Congregation

Durham graduate makes Forbes 30 under 30 list

A Durham graduate has been named on the Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2022. The Forbes list celebrates the brightest young entrepreneurs and leaders making a positive impact on the world. Former Engineering student Will Smith has been named on this year’s list for his work as co-founder of the U.K.'s leading green online banking app Tred, which aims to help customers live more sustainably.
Founders of Tred, Will and Pete

Durham Alumni to play Harvard University in Online World Chess League

The Durham Alumni Chess team are to face Harvard University in their final qualifying match for the play-offs that will crown the worldwide champions in August.
Durham Alumni Chess Team

Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday Honours List

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2022 was announced to coincide with the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. We would like to congratulate and celebrate the achievements of the following alumni, supporters and friends who are honourees in this year’s list.
Beacon lit for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee on Palace Green, Durham

University awarded £1.6m to accelerate bright ideas into global opportunities

We have been awarded £1.6m by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to jumpstart knowledge exchange, translation and commercialisation.

Human echolocators can better locate targets placed off to the side

A pioneering scientist from our Department of Psychology collaborating with researchers from University of Birmingham, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands and World Access for the Blind, Placentia, USA have discovered for the first time that human echolocators have better acuity in localising a target placed 45° off to the side as compared to straight ahead at 0°.

Hillary Clinton visits our region

Members of the University were delighted to meet Hillary Clinton on a special visit to our region earlier this month. The ex-US Secretary of State was a speaker at the annual South Shields lecture, a free public event organised by former South Shields MP David Miliband, and sponsored by a number of partners, including Durham University.
Chair of Council Joe Docherty, Vice-Chancellor Karen O'Brien and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Global Claire O'Malley meet Hillary Clinton

Durham ranked top 10 in the UK again

Durham University is consistently ranked among the top universities in the UK, and we are delighted to be once again ranked 6th in the UK and the top university in North East England in the latest Complete University Guide league table.
Students sitting in the castle courtyard

Celebrating new supercomputer and greater opportunity for women in tech

We’re celebrating the launch of a new £3.8m supercomputer and our role in improving diversity and opportunity for women in High Performance Computing.
Racks belonging to the Bede supercomputer