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Reflecting on our values

Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen O'Brien reflects on our future development, short and long term.
Profile picture of Professor Karen OBrien Vice Chancellor of Durham University

Apprenticeship success for University chef Henry 

A Durham resident who first joined our hospitality team aged just 16 is now a qualified chef helping cook around 900 meals per day. 
Two pictures of chef Henry Oakes, one he is stirring a pan in a kitchen and the other he is stood on the steps of Castle/University College

Durham Centre for Crop Improvement Technology awarded £1m grant from Wolfson Foundation

Durham Centre for Crop Improvement Technology is one of the country’s leading centres for crop research, with a long-standing internationally recognised record of research excellence.
wolfson grant crop

New supercomputer simulation to test model behind Universe’s formation

We’re part of an international team of astrophysicists who’ve simulated galaxy formation and large-scale cosmic structure with unprecedented detail to investigate how the Universe formed.
Computer simulation showing the threads and stars of the Universe

Thousands participate in Durham City Run Festival

Durham City Run Festival took place from Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 July with our support as a major partner. Rain showers didn’t dampen spirits and there was a sense of friendly camaraderie as runners focused in on their pacing, the terrain, race strategies and, quite literally, soaking up every moment.
Durham City Run Festival graphic

Durham celebrates the renewal of our strategic partnership with the Palace Museum Beijing

On 8 July, we welcomed a delegation from the Palace Museum Beijing, led by Senior Deputy Director Mr LOU Wei, to Durham.
Lanterns at Oriental Museum

Experience boundary-pushing performances at Durham Fringe Festival

This year’s Durham Fringe Festival will take place from Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 July and it’s set to be a bumper event showcasing student and local performers.
Illustration of Durham Cathedral Sanctuary Knocker

Congregation 2023

Congregation is an annual event at Durham. The ceremonies allow our students to celebrate all they have achieved in their time at university, not only academic, but social and pastoral too. This period allows our students to connect with fellow course mates as well as their friends and family and the wider Durham community.
Students exiting Durham Cathedral after their Congregation ceremony

Durham Physicists support pioneering space satellite project

Durham researchers are helping transform satellite communications in a joint project that has won millions in funding from the UK Space Agency (UKSA).
Graphic depicting two satellites in space with a red laser bouncing between them and hitting the earth

Using gravitational waves to hunt for dark matter

We’re part of an international team of cosmologists who’ve discovered that observations of gravitational waves might reveal the true nature of dark matter.
Two black holes move towards each other against a starry backdrop

How we support our Jewish students and staff

We’ve contributed to a major UK parliamentary report into understanding the Jewish experience at universities.
The Star of David

Engineering students launch new solar car

We are very excited to announce the launch of a new solar car, called ‘DUSC2023’, from our pioneering Durham University Solar Car Team.
solar car 1
Three international students sat talking

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