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To memorise or not memorise – does music memorisation improve piano performance?

Music memorisation and practising strategies have long been debated by instrumental music teachers. As part of World Piano Day, Chara Steliou, a PhD student in our Music department, is looking to explore how piano teachers teach music memorisation in one-to-one piano lessons and how piano students perform when learning a piece from memory.
Chara (right) teaching a young student to play the piano

Vice-Chancellor contributes to two leading sector reports

The strategic leadership insights of our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Karen O’Brien, have opened two recent key higher education sector reports, published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).
Our Vice-Chancellor Karen O'Brien with a background of books

Department of Computer Science awarded Athena SWAN Silver Award

The Department of Computer Science has been awarded the Athena SWAN Silver Award from Advance HE (Athena SWAN Charter), the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector.
Maths and Computer Science building at sunset

Our Global Lecture Series

Durham asking the big questions across the world.
Dr Rowan Williams speaking and gesturing

Durham to power up next generation of fusion scientists and engineers

Researchers in our Physics Department will receive funding for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Fusion Power from the UK’s biggest-ever investment in engineering and physical sciences doctoral skills.
Electrical grid

Monitoring the UK’s at-risk hedgehogs

We’ve joined a pioneering new three-year pilot to monitor the UK’s hedgehogs and try to reverse the fall in their numbers.
A hedgehog on the grass facing the camera

Elephant Group Spring Conference inspires pupils to achieve

Sixth form pupils from schools across the North of England were given a taste of university life at Durham via the Elephant Group Spring Conference.
Young people standing against a building, behind a purple Durham University 'welcome' banner

Vice-Chancellor welcomes North East England devolution deal

Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen O'Brien welcomes the North East England devolution deal and reflects on our role in the region
Professor Karen O'Brien, Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University, stood smiling with arms folded, in front of bookshelves

New spy cameras reveal surprising behaviours of chacma baboons

An ingenious new camera collar has offered researchers from our Anthropology department an unprecedented glimpse into the secret lives of wild baboons in South Africa.
Chacma baboons with collar camera

Durham’s Vice-Chancellor gives evidence at Education Committee

Durham University Vice-Chancellor and Warden, Professor Karen O’Brien, gave evidence at the UK Parliament’s Education Select Committee on Tuesday 19 March 2024.
Professor Karen O'Brien speaking during Select Committee hearing

Historic devolution of powers to North East England

Durham University was the venue for an historic transfer of powers and money to North East England.
Leaders of seven North East councils stand behind Levelling Up Minister Jacob Young who is sitting at a table signing a document

Supporting the next generation through oracy development

The Commission on the Future of Oracy Education in England officially launched today at the Voice 21 Speaking Summit.
Arlene Holmes-Henderson MBE pictured outside the Department of Classics and Ancient History