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Taking the lead on sport and culture for County Durham

Durham City Run Festival returns this July, with our support as a major partner.

Explore February's Community Newsletter

Want to know more about how we interact with our local community? Our monthly Community Newsletter explores the news, events, and research both at Durham University and in the city itself.
Durham Castle and Cathedral in the winter

Fruit flies give clues to sexual selection-driven evolution

They may be tiny, but fruit flies have given scientists new insight into the genetic basis for rapid evolution of male external genitalia driven by sexual selection.
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'Pacman' style therapy tricks mutant p53 cancer cells into leaving healthy cells alone

First celebrated in 2000, World Cancer Day aims to raise awareness of a disease which claims millions of lives every year. The goal is that more research into innovative treatments will one day save many more lives from this condition. Dr Patricia Muller in our Biosciences department is working to discover whether mutant p53 cells can be manipulated to eat particles posing as cells while leaving healthy cells untouched.
The therapy works like a Pacman gobbling up the other cells.

Welcome the Year of the Dragon at the Oriental Museum

The Oriental Museum will be staying open late to host its annual Lunar New Year Lantern Festival celebration on Saturday 24 February 2024 from 6pm to 8pm. Staff, students and volunteers at the Museum are looking forward to sharing in the rich cultural traditions of Lunar New Year, an important festival celebrated across Asia.
Children with Oriental Museum Dragon

New Executive MSc programme launched in Behavioural Science

We are delighted to announce the launch of an innovative new, predominantly online executive postgraduate programme – the Executive MSc in Behavioural Science.
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Archaeologists shed new light on children’s health during Industrial Revolution

Our archaeologists have helped shed new light on the health of children living in North East England during the Industrial Revolution.
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Durham Global Week 2024 Programme announced

We are delighted to announce the Programme of events for this year’s Durham Global Week, a celebration of the university's international impact, through our students, staff and connections Durham Global Week will take place from February 24 to March 3, 2024 and include over 30 events for staff, students, our the local and international communities and to enjoy.
Durham Global Week news, tapestry showing image of Lunar new year Dragon parade

Leading security scholar addresses Parliamentary inquiry

Professor Anoush Ehteshami was recently invited to give evidence to the UK Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry hearing into the UK’s engagement with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
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Explore a world full of performances from Durham students

This February we’re exploring how our talented students weave global themes into productions and concerts here at Durham.
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How we are taking big steps forward to protect the future of the planet

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Karen O'Brien, explores the role Durham University plays in tackling some of society's biggest challenges.
Professor Karen O'Brien - Durham University's Vice-Chancellor

Durham researcher leads major preterm baby study

Our Department of Engineering is one of the top ranked in the UK and at the forefront of global technological advancement.
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