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Celebrating County Durham’s cultural heritage

We’re celebrating the proud cultural heritage of County Durham by supporting an exciting programme of cultural projects and activities over the next few years. County Durham was recently shortlisted for the UK Government’s UK City of Culture title for 2025. In the end we narrowly missed out but working on the bid has helped forge even stronger relationships with culture partners, providing a catalyst for exciting future collaborations.
Image of the Castle gatehouse on a sunny day

Is controlling communication effective during public health crises?

Pioneering psychologists from our top-rated Department of Psychology and Illinois Institute of Technology, USA have carried out a large-scale study to experiment with the effectiveness of messaging style that has an impact on people’s behaviour to follow public health guidelines.
Public health comms

A history tour of jubilees

Her Majesty The Queen is the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Historian Professor Philip Williamson takes a look at the changes around jubilees over the years.
Her Majesty The Queen of the United Kingdom waving

A wealth of cultural opportunities on offer

Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen O'Brien explores some of the cultural opportunities on offer from the University over the coming weeks.
Professor Karen O'Brien, Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University, stood smiling with arms folded, in front of bookshelves

Game Changer Programme recognised by the United Nations

The Game Changer Innovation Programme, delivered by the Enterprise Team in Careers & Enterprise, has been chosen as one of 21 case studies to feature in the United Nations 'Sustainable Development Goals: Success Stories and Lessons Learned' publication.
Students sitting at desks

University hosts oral history event on the Miners’ Strike

Durham University is hosting an open discussion on an important part of the North East’s history, the Miners’ Strike.
A group of people taking part in the Miners' Strike in County Durham

The hidden stories of female Newcastle United fans

The stories of female Newcastle United fans from the 1950s have been revealed as part of a new research project by Durham University.
A group of male and female Newcastle United fans wearing black and white scarves and hats

Researchers create most efficient organic solar cell certified to date

Dr Roderick Mackenzie, of our Department of Engineering, has been a part of an international research team which has created the most efficient single-junction organic solar cell certified to date.
Simulation of the most efficient solar cell to date

Durham – a hub of culture, creativity and heritage

With just days to go until we find out whether Durham will be crowned UK City of Culture 2025, we’re shining a light on the many ways our University celebrates, embraces and contributes to creativity, culture and heritage.
A student in Cousins Library

90 per cent of Durham research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

The international standing of research at Durham has been confirmed in an exercise looking at the quality of research at the UK’s universities and its impact on society. 
Academics working together on a whiteboard

Why we’re supporting City of Culture 2025

The University is one of three founding partners in Durham’s City of Culture 2025 bid, with Durham County Council and Culture Durham. Our Executive Dean for Arts and Humanities, Professor Janet Stewart, outlines the significance of the bid, why the University is lending its support, and what the title would bring to Durham City and County.
Durham: no ordinary county

Buddha’s Birthday celebrations at the Oriental Museum

Our Oriental Museum will be hosting its annual Buddha’s Birthday celebration on Sunday 15 May from 12-4pm.
Oriental museum