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Go Green at Greenspace Festival

Our third annual Greenspace Festival will take place on Wednesday 14 June, from 12pm – 5pm at Grey College. The festival celebrates our student environment groups, researchers, local charities and sustainable businesses, by showcasing the work they do to tackle climate change and drive sustainable development.
Greenspace Festival 2023

Development of communication in chimpanzees echoes that of human infants

Our closest living relatives could help us better understand how communication evolved in humans and how our own language skills emerge.
A young chimpanzee stands in grassland

New English literature scholarship launched for British students of Black heritage 

We’re launching a new scholarship scheme to support UK students of Black heritage to study English literature at Durham, where their financial circumstances may be a barrier to them accessing higher education.  
Three female students walking down a corridor chatting

Championing student voices at Durham Film Festival

Durham Film Festival is back for 2023 to champion student voices from across the globe. The festival will take place on 12 and 13 June at the Gala Theatre and Cinema in Durham city centre.
Student technicians using lighting deck at the Mark Hillery Arts and Music Centre

World Top 100 Success for Durham’s Sustainability activities

The University has been named as one of the Top 100 educational institutions worldwide in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023, demonstrating our commitment to a sustainable future.
A man watering plants in the Botanic Garden on a sunny day

Strengthening and expanding protected areas of existing parks is crucial for biodiversity conservation

In a new study, bioscientists argue that strengthening the protection given to areas already protected under law or by local communities is as critical for safeguarding biodiversity as creating new protected areas.
Protected area for at risk species

Durham to host the Inter-University Musical Theatre Festival 2024

Durham University Musical Theatre Troupe were crowned the winners of the Inter-University Musical Theatre Festival (IUMTF). The festival was held at the Warwick Arts Centre on Saturday 20 May 2023 and following the victory, Durham will host next year’s competition.
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Oriental Museum hosts ‘Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki’ exhibition

A new exhibition opening soon at our Oriental Museum depicts the horrors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombing.  
The ruins of a cathedral surrounded by rubble

Students celebrate Shakespeare this summer in Durham

As Durham University celebrates the 400th anniversary of the Shakespeare First Folio, performing arts productions will be held across the city in honour of the playwright.
The cast of Othello

European birds move to cooler areas but natural obstacles ‘control the traffic’

European birds have shifted towards northeast Europe in the last 30 years in search of cooler temperatures but natural obstacles are causing problems.
A barn owl flying through the sky

Taking care of our community

Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen O'Brien explores how we can all contribute to our community's success.
Profile picture of Professor Karen OBrien Vice Chancellor of Durham University

Silicon Valley to The Big Apple - visiting our alumni in the USA

Our Vice-Chancellor and Warden, Professor Karen O’Brien has been consistent in her vision to meet as many of our alumni and supporter communities as possible. The latest chapter of this plan took her to the USA recently to meet alumni, friends and colleagues at receptions in San Francisco, Seattle and New York.
Space Needle