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Outside shots taken at the Botanic Garden on a freezing but sunny day in January. No people in the images.

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.

We are kicking off the new year with a number of events throughout January.

This includes our Oriental Museum’s Silk Road Gallery where children can come along and make a camel to take home and a workshop at Palace Green Library.

Latest news

Our newsletter also features University news that might interest our local community.

This includes the 60th anniversary of Kingsgate Bridge, the return of our former Chancellor Sir Thomas Allen to the Assembly Rooms Theatre, now named in his honour, and the celebration of our latest cohort of graduates with Winter Congregations.

On top of this we have shared the results of our Festive Food Drive, our rise up the QS World University rankings for Sustainability and the latest on our thriving partnership with Atom Bank to attract women from low-income backgrounds to pursue their studies with us.

Research highlights

Our academics continue to conduct impactful research and we’ve highlighted some of this work in our latest Community Newsletter.

You can read about our Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen O’Brien describing to the UK Parliament how we support spinout businesses.

We also have included details on some of our latest leading research.

This includes our archaeologists analysing teeth that revealed how a Roman-era skeleton came to be found in rural Cambridgeshire and new revelations about how the change in African landscapes during the Miocene Era affected how our ancient ancestors communicated.

You can also read about the influence behind a new book by a researcher in our Department of Sociology calling for pregnant women to not be sent to prison.

Find out more

  • You can read January’s newsletter in full here
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