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Prestigious recognition for ƵappChemistry researcher

Dr Allegra Franchino, an assistant professor from our Department of Chemistry, has been recognised in a national fellowship scheme.
Head and shoulders shot of Allegra Franchino on a grey background

Is Britain on track for a zero-carbon power sector in six years?

The new government has created Great British Energy as part of its pledge to try and achieve zero-carbon electricity production by 2030. Professor Jon Gluyas and Dr Andrew Crossland, from the ƵappEnergy Institute as well as working in the Departments of Earth Sciences and Engineering respectively, assess whether that ambition is realistic.
Solar panels on a roof surrounded by a sunny sky.

Bigger animals don’t always have the biggest brains relative to body size – new research

Scientists have long believed that big animals will tend to have big brains, but a new study involving Professor Robert Barton, from our Department of Anthropology, has found that may not be the case.
Three brains at different angles

ƵappProfessors elected to prestigious British Academy

Congratulations to Canon Professor Michael Snape and Professor Janet Montgomery who have been recognised for their contribution to the humanities and social sciences.
Canon Professor Michael Snape (left) and Professor Janet Montgomery (right)

World Day for International Justice: Shining the spotlight on our Law and Global Justice @ Ƶappgroup

Wednesday 17 July marks World Day for International Justice. Our Law and Global Justice @ Ƶappgroup (LGJD) was formed in 2015 and here they explain how they came together to better understand the role law plays in responding to global challenges.
The ƵappLaw School entrance

Addressing geographic inequalities in UK education

We're part of a new £1.4million project investigating geographic education inequalities across the UK.
Nadia Siddiqui

Ƶappco-leads Greenland expedition to understand effects of climate change

Our geographers are setting off on a science expedition to Greenland to advance our understanding of the region's rapidly decaying ice sheet.
Aerial shot looking down on a boat on a blue, icy ocean with an ice sheet and snow capped mountains behind

Online exhibition highlights stories of Kurdistani Jews

A new online exhibition has been published telling stories from the Kurdistani Jewish diaspora.
An old woman of Kurdistani Jewish heritage folding clothes

Euro 2024: women need safer fan spaces at big football tournaments to stamp out hostility and abuse

With Euro 2024 in full-flow, Professor Stacey Pope, from our Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, looks at what more can be done to help women feel more safe when attending major football tournaments.
A female football fan wearing England face paint in front of an England flag

Euro 2024: whoever wins the football, the Turkish kebab takes the fast-food crown

A new poll has revealed that kebabs have been voted the favourite food of football supporters attending Euro 2024, but how have they become so popular in Germany? Professor Daniel Newman, from our School of Modern Languages and Cultures, has taken a look at the origin of kebabs.
Two kebabs rotating

How Ƶappresearchers have informed UK General Election debate

Voters in the United Kingdom went to the polls on Thursday 4 July in a General Election – the first since 2019. Elections provide an opportunity to talk about the most important issues facing society today. As a global university, our research informs and shapes policy, transforming lives for the better, locally, nationally and globally. During the election campaign, many of our researchers have been sharing their expertise on key areas of public and political debate.
A hand placing a polling card into a box

Ƶappresearcher collects prestigious maths prize

Dr Sabine Boegli from our Mathematical Sciences department has won a prestigious Whitehead Prize.
Dr Sabine Boegli smiling for a camera
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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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