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Understanding a century of global fascination with Tutankhamun: In conversation with Professor Christina Riggs

Professor Christina Riggs, Department of History, is a renowned expert on ancient Egypt and the Tutankhamun excavation. As the world marks 100 years since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, we chat to Christina about her research expertise and how visual culture, such as photography, has been at the heart of a century of global fascination.
Image of Tutankhamun

Mitigating the impact of air pollution on dementia and brain health: Setting the policy agenda

Professor Brian Castellani from our Department of Sociology is the Director of InSPIRE, a research consortium focused on the links between air pollution and brain health. Here, together with InSPIRE colleagues Dr Suzanne Bartington (Birmingham University) and Professor Stefan Reis (UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology), Brian discusses why air quality strategies should include benefits on brain health.
Image showing people crossing a busy city street

London marathon: what to eat before, during and after the race

Thousands of people take part in the London Marathon every year, with many more attempting to run the 26.2 mile distance in marathons across the world. Dr Lindsay Macnaughton from our Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences talks us through some effective fuelling strategies.
Marathon runners during a race

Songbirds with unique colours are more likely to be traded as pets – new research

Dr Rebecca Senior from our Department of Biosciences shares her new research on uniquely coloured songbirds and how they could become extinct as a result of pet trade.
Coloured birds

The ‘Face’ notion and patient-centred communication

Dr Kayo Kondo from our School of Modern Languages and Cultures focuses her research on patient-/person-centred care and communication in health and social care settings. Her interests include the interactions between patients and professionals and clinical empathy. Dr Kondo recently wrote a book about patient-centred communication, and in this article, she explains how face and politeness theory interact with patient-centred communication.
Doctor and patient in conversation

Media deference to the royals must have a limit – just look at how Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson were treated

Professor Tim Luckhurst, Principal of South College, discusses why media must avoid deference to monarchy, in order to fulfil their role of holding power to account.
Image showing front of Buckingham Palace

There’s more to do on sexual violence on campus

In order to tackle sexual violence on university campuses, Professor Graham Towl from our Psychology Department anticipates more rigorous regulation and calls for cultural change in the academic community.
A hand holding a notepad that says #metoo

Queen Elizabeth II: the history of royal funerals and how this one will be different

Professor Philip Williamson from our Department of History shares his insights on the history of royal funerals.
Royal funeral

Should we really believe scientific facts will last forever when history is full of revolutions in thinking?

Professor Peter Vickers from our Department of Philosophy discusses whether we can trust the scientific truths of today.
Woman looking at a blackboard with question marks on it.

Ukraine: how the UK press reported the Nazi invasion 1941-45

Professor Tim Luckhurst, Principal of South College, describes how British weekly political titles provided a deeper understanding of conflict in Ukraine during World War Two.
A bundle of old newspapers

What does ‘taking sexual violence seriously’ look like at universities?

In order to make university campuses perpetrator unfriendly, Professor Graham Towl from our Psychology Department suggests some of the positive steps universities can take to tackle sexual violence.
A library corridor with book shelves on either side

Festivals must do more to address sexual violence

With thousands of people attending music festivals every year, Dr Hannah Bows from our Durham Law School shines a light on safety issues that still need addressing.
Silhouette of a woman in a crowd cheering on a music band