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Unravelling the Sun’s knotty problem

Our mathematicians are helping to unravel the knotty problem of how solar energy is injected into the Sun’s atmosphere before being released into space.
Magnetic loops on the Sun

Gigantic helium balloon to launch space telescope

Our astronomers are part of an international team building a new kind of telescope.

Reducing social housing stigma in England

A new report investigating the stigma attached to social housing in England has revealed its significant negative impact to residents’ lives and wellbeing. The research, by Dr Mercy Denedo of the School and Dr Amanze Ejiogu of the University of Leicester School of Business, identified the actions of the Government, social housing providers and the media as the key influencers behind such perceptions.
Social housing block against the sky

Record number of Durham stars at Tokyo Olympics

We’re proud to have one current and seven former students representing their home nations at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. We have a rich history of sporting success: since 2013, we’ve been Britain’s Number 1 Team Sport University, supporting over 50 capped internationals per year as well as an ever-growing performance and participation programme.
Student Fiona by Olympics rings and playing hockey

Proudly supporting Durham’s UK City of Culture bid

County Durham has launched its bid to be named UK City of Culture 2025 and we’re very proud to be a principal partner in this exciting initiative.
Durham Castle and grounds

University to offer free Skills Bootcamps as part of a national scheme

We are delighted to be able to offer two national Skills Bootcamps, which have been developed by the Department for Education to boost career prospects in the technology sector.

Top 20 in UK for student satisfaction

Our overall student satisfaction rating is 81%, placing us in the Top 20 in the UK and Top 4 in the Russell Group of elite UK universities. The National Student Survey (NSS), an independent annual survey, evaluates how satisfied students are with the quality of their experience at university.
Students on Lower Mountjoy site

Welcome back! Visitor attractions to reopen

We’re reopening our popular World Heritage Site visitor attractions to the public for the first time since March 2020, with a range of exhibitions, galleries, and self-guided tours on offer.

On target for sporting recovery

We’re proud to be the UK’s number 1 team sport university and that over 75% of our students take part in sport or physical activity.

Irreplaceable experiences and connections

As part of their studies, students on many of our Business School’s postgraduate programmes take part in international study experiences. This includes the Durham MBA (Online), Durham MBA (Full-time) and Durham-EBS Executive MBA as well as those on MSc Management, MSc Finance and Durham DBA at Fudan. While this year, the students could not travel due to Covid-19 restrictions, we provided a virtual alternative, with 136 students taking part.
Student writing notes while on a video call

Child protection pioneer appointed as professor

We’ve appointed a leading expert in the safeguarding of young people at risk of abuse as a professor in our Department of Sociology.
Professor Carlene Firmin, Department of Sociology

Why some people like ‘sad’ music

Music has amazing potential to inspire, motivate and bring people together across cultures.