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The EPSRC Prosperity Partnership project shortlisted for the External Partnerships award at the World Sustainability Awards 2023

Project is led by Sheffield University with Durham and Hull Universities, Siemens Gamesa and 脴rsted as partners.
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Durham scientists to map the dark Universe

Our astronomers and cosmologists are involved in an international satellite mission to map the dark Universe.
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Durham’s world-leading status affirmed in QS World University Rankings 2024

Our status as a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence has been affirmed once again in the QS World University Rankings 2024, being ranked 78th in the world.
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Highly-educated entrepreneurs benefit more from accelerator programmes

Due to their knowledge gap in entrepreneurship skills, new entrepreneurs who are highly educated are most likely to benefit from new venture accelerator programmes.
Male Entrepreneur Looking at His Vision Board

How ceramics are telling the story of 14th century Chinese trade

The history of Chinese trade is sometimes still a bit of a mystery due to the lack of historical records. This is where archaeologists are relying on ceramics to tell the story.
A modern working 鈥榙ragon kiln鈥 in the Longquan area in China

Leading Catholic figure visits 樱花动漫

One of the Catholic Church鈥檚 leading figures has been welcomed to 樱花动漫.
Sister Nathalie Becquart

Durham researchers awarded new funding to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence

Researchers at the Durham Energy Institute have been awarded a 拢1.84m grant to lead a consortium of university and industry partners in developing virtual power plant technologies. The new funding is part of UK Research and Innovation鈥檚 (UKRI) 拢13 million investment to fund 13 projects to help the UK meet its Net Zero targets.
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Key climate temperature goals could be too high

Scientists 鈥 including one of Durham鈥檚 leading glaciologists - and several countries highly vulnerable to climate change have warned that key global temperature goals might be too high.
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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

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.
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Firms with CEOs under clan culture influence are more likely to be internationally-focused

Firms that have CEOs with a sense of working in the name of their enduring family are much more likely to be internationally focused.
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Circular economy paves the way in tackling plastic pollution

The agility and capability of Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to adopt digital technologies to enhance and promote an effective circular economy could pave the way for effectively combatting plastic pollution.
underwater photo of trash dumped in the sea
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Research Impact at Durham

Read about our Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 impact case studies.

Impact Case Studies
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Global Culture

Interested in how the cultural activities of Durham's staff and student bodies enrich life worldwide? Head to the Global Culture page to find out.

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