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Celebrating our work in our community

Durham is a world-leading university and proudly part of North East England. From inspiring learning to sharing our facilities, from driving economic growth to helping our region become more sustainable: we ensure that the benefits of a world-leading university are shared across our city, county and region.

Shadow Education Secretary praises Durham for widening access

UK Shadow Secretary of State for Education Bridget Phillipson has praised our work to widen access to university during a visit to campus.
Five people standing outside Teaching and Learning Centre. Bridget Phillpson is centre, with four university leaders

Sir Harry Evans Global Fellow helps Reuters scoop top award

Our first ever Sir Harry Evans Global Fellow is part of a team of Reuters journalists to win a prestigious award for exposing wrongdoing in Elon Musk’s business empire.
Waylon Cunningham standing in the courtyard of Castle College

Pupils discuss particle physics with US experts at Masterclass event

More than 100 secondary school pupils from across the North of England were treated to an International Masterclass on Particle Physics at Durham.
A group of smiling pupils in a lecture theatre

Achievements of Durham students recognised in national campaign

The success of two students from Durham University who were the first in their families to attend university is being highlighted in a new national campaign, led by Universities UK (UUK).
Head and shoulders image of Durham student Abbie Doherty and Durham alumnus Cameron Stocks with UUK's 100 Faces campaign border

Flying the flag for the North East of England

North East England is about to get its first elected mayor. Here at Durham University, we’ve been part of the region for nearly 200 years. Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Karen O'Brien, explores our contribution to the region.
Vice Chancellor Karen O'Brien smiling resting on a bannister

Celebrate Buddha’s Birthday at the Oriental Museum

The Oriental Museum is hosting a free community event on Saturday 18 May, from 12 - 4pm, to celebrate Buddha’s Birthday. Also known as Vesak, Buddha’s Birthday is celebrated around the world and commemorates the birth of Buddha in around 563 BCE. Born a prince, Buddha went on to renounce his privileged royal life and become a holy man, ultimately reaching Enlightenment. 
Oriental Museum decorated for Buddha's birthday celebration event

Star bars show galaxies evolved faster than previously thought

Our astronomers have looked back more than ten billion years in time to find that the Universe’s early galaxies developed much faster than scientists previously thought.
Artist's impression of the Milky Way galaxy with a bright yellow centre and white spiral arms against a blue background.

Durham supports local football legend’s induction into Hall of Fame

Jack Greenwell was posthumously honoured by the National Football Museum at a celebratory evening hosted at St Mary’s College on Tuesday 16 April.

Durham undergraduate named in England Student rugby squad

Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity student Max Pepper is part of the 23-player squad selected to face France Universities at Coventry Rugby Club on Saturday 4 May.

English Language Day: The medieval influences that shaped the English language we speak today

On English Language Day (Tuesday 23 April), Professor Neil Cartlidge from our English department explains how the language we use today was heavily influenced by medieval culture.
Two open pages on a dictionary

Durham graduate Rosemary Coogan becomes UK's newest astronaut

Durham University Physics and Astronomy alumna Dr Rosemary Coogan has taken another giant leap towards space by becoming the UK's newest astronaut.
Rosemary Coogan standing with arms folded in a blue astronaut's boiler suit with a Union Flag on the sleeve.