Durham University

Durham University is a world top 100 university with a global reputation and performance in research and education.

Durham is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive UK universities and the most recent UK league tables place Durham in the top echelon of British universities academically (QS and THE World University Rankings 2016/17).

Research at Durham shapes local, national and international agendas, and directly informs the teaching of our students

The University is ranked fourth in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and ranked 39th globally for the employability of its students by blue-chip companies world-wide (QS World University Rankings 2016/17).

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The academic humanities are too removed from reality. Frannyanne/Shutterstock

The solution to the humanities crisis must come from within

If we look at the major trends in higher education, the cause for what many are calling the “crisis of the humanities” becomes clear. The total number of UK students increased by 13.5% between 2003–04…
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Flaws in our thinking mean banks can do without our trust

The ongoing global financial crisis (because we’re not out of it yet, are we?) is often characterised as a crisis of trust. Distrust of the banks was a major theme – but distrust extended also to credit…
Thank god they didn’t unconsciously uncouple. EPA/Britta Pedersen/Jose Coelho

Conscious uncoupling and the sanitisation of divorce

Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow has announced that after 10 years of marriage she is to “consciously uncouple” from her husband, Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin. The short announcement was made…
Teachers don’t have all the answers. Question marks via Shutterstock

We still don’t know what works in education

Education is one of the largest academic research enterprises in England, and yet in over 50 years, research into education has failed to find useful answers to many of the most basic questions about how…
Osborne’s vision doesn’t extend this far. Tom White/PA

The real issues still fester for the north of England

The north of England, along with the central belt of Scotland, created the world we live in today. But the fundamental problems the region now faces stem from the very industrial revolution that shaped…
When it comes to extreme porn, there’s more the law could do to help. CMCarterSS

Laws against rape porn must do more to address cultural harm

Hidden amongst the more high-profile reforms in the newly published Criminal Justice and Courts Bill 2014 is a proposal to extend the law on extreme pornography. This law, first enacted in 2008, criminalises…
That’s a “fail” in the immigration minister’s knowledge test then, Mark. PA Wire

Immigration ministers need to know more about immigrants

Mark Harper MP was a junior minister making a name for himself. He oversaw the publication of the government’s controversial “Life in the United Kingdom” citizenship test – likened to “a bad pub quiz…
Mark your territory now. It’s about to kick off online. the justified sinner

Domain name expansion signals political shift of the internet

More than 1,000 new generic top-level domain names – the part of an internet address that comes after the “dot” – are being rolled out by the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. It’s…
All eyes are on GCHQ as it justifies its spying activities. Campaign Against Arms Trade

Ministers exploit legal grey area to justify GCHQ spying

A debate is brewing after a report submitted to MPs suggested that GCHQ has been breaking the law by conducting mass surveillance on UK citizens. In the red corner sits public law barrister Jemima Stratford…
How many R&D teams does it take to fix a lightbulb? ed_needs_a_bicycle

Business drops the baton in higher ed innovation

There is a tired old mantra that periodically echoes along the corridors of Whitehall. It goes something like: “The UK is great at science but poor at turning it into innovation”. Yet since the Conservative…

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