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New research reveals the evolutionary origins of unique traits in pitcher plants

An international team of researchers have investigated the complexity and innovative evolutionary capabilities of carnivorous plants which capture insects.
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Changing African landscape may have influenced early human communication

The shift from dense forests to open plains in Africa may have caused our ancient ancestors to change their vocal calls, research involving our anthropologists has found.
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Supporting regeneration through arts, science and culture

We’re helping put culture at the heart of regeneration in County Durham.
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Royal Award for staff training programme

Our excellence in staff training and development has been recognised with a prestigious Royal Award.
Callum Hornsby holding the Princess Royal Training Award

Chancellor Fiona Hill honoured by King Charles III

Durham University Chancellor and acclaimed foreign affairs specialist, Dr Fiona Hill, has been made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 2024 New Year Honours List by King Charles III.
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Pioneering medic knighted by King Charles III

Professor Amritpal Singh Hungin, the founding Dean of Medicine at Durham University, has been named a Knight Bachelor in the 2024 New Year Honours List by King Charles III.
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First class sustainability ranking for Durham

We’re celebrating our highest ever position in the 2023/24 People and Planet University league table.
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Tooth analysis reveals Roman child travelled thousands of miles to Britain

Our archaeologists have helped establish that a male born in the Roman period (AD 43-410) travelled thousands of miles to Britain as a child.
A female researcher examining a Roman tooth in a laboratory

Durham psychologist wins national book prize

Congratulations to Dr Ben Alderson-Day, who has won a 2023 British Psychological Society (BPS) Book Award.
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Festive traditions were once a foodie adventure

Winter celebrations such as Christmas and New Year have long been associated with feasting. But, what are now seen as festive food traditions (think mince pies and richly spiced fruit cakes) were once a bold and daring foodie adventure.
Mince pies on a platter

Sixty years of Kingsgate Bridge

This year marks the 60th anniversary of one of Durham’s most striking bridges.
People on Kingsgate Bridge with Durham Cathedral in the background

Durham to honour leading figures from diplomacy, music and local government

Leading figures from the fields of diplomacy, music and local government will be celebrated by the University with the award of honorary degrees this winter.
A montage of Durham University's honorary graduates