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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.

Two Durham researchers elected to Academia Europaea

We’re celebrating the news that two of our leading academics have been elected members of Academia Europaea in recognition of their subject-leading achievements.
Professors Arlene Holmes-Henderson and Harriet Bulkeley

Durham research project could find better treatments for depression and anxiety

Dr Marco Bocchio, from our Department of Psychology, has received a funding award of £124,000 as part of a new project aiming to uncover new insights into the human brain.
A head and shoulders picture of Marco Bocchio

New senior leader to drive health agenda

We have appointed our first Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health): Professor Charlotte Clarke.
An image of Charlotte Clarke smiling, on a purple background

Rome launch for new Catholicism book

The City of Rome was the venue for an embassy-hosted event to celebrate a ground-breaking new publication exploring the history of British and Irish Catholicism.
Image of Dr James Kelly and others at the launch of the new book in Rome

Archaeologists discover a ‘lost’ earthquake and solve mystery of abandoned medieval village

New research into a medieval village in southern Spain has found that an earthquake likely caused its abandonment in the 13th century. 
The El Castillejo Islamic settlement in Los Guajares, Granada

New geological map reveals secrets of Greenland's icy interior

A team of international scientists involving our Geography department has unveiled a new map of the geological provinces hidden beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet.
Picture of Greenland Ice Sheet by NASA

World Voice Day: How Germany shaped modern day opera

As part of World Voice Day, Dr Katherine Hambridge in our Music department explains how German nationalism led to the opera you know today.
The inside of a theatre with a stage set for an opera performance

Social scientist leads partnership towards net zero

Social anthropologist Professor Simone Abram has been announced as the new Durham University Ørsted Chair of Green Energy Systems and Director of Durham Energy Institute (DEI). She is the first social scientist to lead the DEI.
Photograph of David Bould, Ørsted Head of UK&IE Ventures and Open Innovation, new Ørsted Chair of Green Energy Systems at Durham University, Professor Simone Abram and Benj Sykes, Ørsted Head of Environment, Consents and External Affairs.

Enactus Durham are national champions - again!

Student-led team, Enactus Durham, have won the title of UK & Ireland Champions for Social Entrepreneurship in this national Enactus competition, for the second year in a row.
Enactus winners 2023, student holding trophy

Innovative body image research secures prestigious €2.5m grant

Researchers from our world-leading Department of Psychology have been awarded a c.€2.5m European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant for an international body image research project.
Three individuals running in a park setting

Cave discoveries on Mars could unveil secrets of alien life

Our scientists have identified dozens of potential cave entrances on the surface of Mars using cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) techniques.
NASA spacecraft nearing planet Mars