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Leaders who are present in times of crises reduce worker’s stress and burnout

In times of organisational crisis, the visibility of leaders plays a crucial role in alleviating worker stress levels and reducing the likelihood of burnout. Research involving Professor Peter Hamilton delves into the significance of senior leader presence during crises, examining its effects on worker well-being, with ICU nurses and their managers during the COVID-19 pandemic serving as a case study.
Doctors and nurses wearing protective coveralls at a hospital during covid-19

How 16th century survivors of wartime sexual violence found justice

Dr Tom Hamilton from our Department of History has discovered criminal records revealing a rare, 400-year-old legal case which successfully prosecuted a soldier for sexual crimes during Europe’s notoriously violent Wars of Religion.
Sixteenth century image of Murder of the Protestants at Sens, 1562

New research opens avenues for more efficient and stable blue OLED displays

Researchers in our top-rated Physics department are world-leading experts in their field. In a surprising discovery, our scientists have found that certain molecules long considered poor emitters are actually ideal for boosting efficiency and stability in next-generation blue OLED displays. The study published in the journal Nature Photonics, reveal an overlooked molecular ‘blind spot’ that could enable major advances in energy-saving display technologies.
OLED displays in the lab

AI-VISION project secures Innovate UK funding to advance precision medicine

A collaborative project between Durham, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), The Royal Marsden Hospital, and techbio company Concr, has been awarded a prestigious Innovate UK grant. The AI-VISION project, which will play a pivotal role in advancing precision (genetically tailored) medicine, has secured a grant of ?1million.
An image of cancer cells alongside The EAGLE simiulated universe from Durham’s Institute for Computational Cosmology and the Virgo Consortium

We are delighted to announce our new Professor in Practice

Our congratulations to Dr Andrew Crossland FEI, who has been appointed as an Associate Professor in Practice with the Durham Energy Institute commencing on 1st January 2024.
Andrew Crossland

Durham research has a lasting global impact

We have launched a new Global Research Brochure where we shine a light on some of our incredible researchers who are making a difference in the world.
A globe with lines showing connections between different parts of the world.

Somaliland-Ethiopia port deal: international opposition flags complex Red Sea politics

Professor Jutta Bakonyi, who works in our School of Government and International Affairs, looks at how a memorandum of understanding between Ethiopia and Somaliland announced on 1 January 2024 set off diplomatic rows in the Horn of Africa – and beyond.
Berbera, Sahil Region, Somaliland, Somalia: freighter ships moored in the Port of Berbera - tugboat and dhows, view from the beach - Somaliland's main harbor, operated by DP World and Berbera Port Authority, Dekedda Berbera.

Investigating West Antarctic Ice Sheet’s climate secrets

We’re part of an international project pushing new boundaries to understand how the vulnerable West Antarctic Ice Sheet could respond to climate change.
Green big track snow ploughs stand on the snow and ice sheet with a white and blue sky behind them.

'Pacman' style therapy tricks mutant p53 cancer cells into leaving healthy cells alone

First celebrated in 2000, World Cancer Day aims to raise awareness of a disease which claims millions of lives every year. The goal is that more research into innovative treatments will one day save many more lives from this condition. Dr Patricia Muller in our Biosciences department is working to discover whether mutant p53 cells can be manipulated to eat particles posing as cells while leaving healthy cells untouched.
The therapy works like a Pacman gobbling up the other cells.

NEW PUBLICATION: 'A Cultural History of Death' (Bloomsbury) edited by Professor Douglas Davies FBA

The Centre for Death and Life Studies is delighted to announce the publication of 'A Cultural History of Death', a unique scholarly resource framing our mortality through eight themes and six eras edited by centre director Professor Douglas Davies!
A picture of the 'A Cultural History of Death' printed volumes

How educational scholarships can help create long lasting peace

The sixth United Nations International Day of Education will be celebrated on Wednesday 24 January, with a theme of ‘learning for lasting peace’. Our PhD student Anas N. Almassri is exploring how Palestinians receiving scholarships are using these educational opportunities to build everyday peace.
Mr Anas Almassri delivering a talk in Gaza in 2018. Credit: Nada Flaifel, Me To You Initiative

Female CEOs issue less debt than their male counterparts

Female CEOs issue less company debt than male CEOs, because women are often more risk-averse than their male counterparts and therefore less likely to get the company into financial difficulty.
Black woman stands at the head of a conference table and leads a business meeting
Aerial view of Durham

达勒姆的研究影响

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Global Culture

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