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A world leader in sustainability

We’ve been recognised as one of the top universities in the world for taking action to address the most pressing Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) challenges facing society today.
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Does loving your country hinder international collaboration?

Having a positive attitude towards your home country is more likely to stop you from collaborating internationally, according to new research undertaken by Professor of Experimental Economics Jason Shachat, alongside colleagues from Chapman University, USA, and Wuhan University, China.
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Durham students take part in Memorandum of Understanding ceremony at Canadian High Commission

In a ceremony yesterday (20 October), Durham students Risako Takamura (Law) and Hannah Moore (Geography with Year Abroad) were invited to London to deliver short speeches at the Canadian High Commission.
Durham students Risako Takamura and Hannah Moore at the Canadian High Commission in London in October 2022

First Sir Harry Evans investigative journalism fellow announced

Reuters, Durham University and Tina Brown have announced Texas-based journalist and photographer Waylon Cunningham as the first fellow of the Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship in Investigative Journalism.
Waylon Cunningham

Prof Nancy Cartwright winner of the Barcelona Hypatia European Science Prize

Philosopher Nancy Cartwright selected as winner of the Barcelona Hypatia European Science Prize for her outstanding contributions to philosophical research
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International physics honour for Durham University historian

A leading body representing physicists across the world has presented one of its most prestigious honours to a Durham historian.
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Durham University start-up accepted onto world-leading space programme in British first

Durham University graduate start-up, Charter, has become the first British space company to be accepted onto the prestigious TechStars Space Accelerator programme, widely considered as the world’s leading programme for start-ups in the space sector.
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New Centre with University of Johannesburg

A new Centre for Philosophy of Epidemiology, Medicine, and Public Health (CPEMPH) has been launched by Professor Alex Broadbent, Professor of Philosophy of Science and a member of the Institute for Medical Humanities.
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“The Polyphony Meets China”: New collaborative initiative at The Polyphony

The Institute for Medical Humanities (IMH) at Durham University is delighted to introduce “The Polyphony Meets China”, a new collaborative project between our web platform The Polyphony and the Narrative Medicine Research Centre (NMRC) at Southern Medical University (SMU).
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Teesside and Durham Universities embark on £11million project to support hydrogen innovation in the Tees Valley

We are collaborating with Teesside University on a ground-breaking project to accelerate decarbonisation and the use of hydrogen through supporting industrial research and development and capacity building in the Tees Valley.
Professor Tony Roskilly

Supercomputer simulations reveal new possibilities for the Moon's origin

Our pioneering scientists from the Institute for Computational Cosmology used supercomputer simulations to reveal an alternate explanation for the Moon’s origin, as a satellite placed immediately into orbit following a giant impact between Earth and a Mars-sized body.
Moon simulation

Capping energy costs will damage climate change progress in developing countries

Developing and emerging countries will fail to make any significant contribution to global sustainability efforts, unless governments stop capping electricity prices, according to new research from Associate Professor Laura Marsiliani and Associate Professor Thomas Renstrom alongside colleagues from North South University in Bangladesh and Copenhagen Business School.
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