Durham University

The University of Durham is a public research university founded in 1832 and granted a Royal Charter in 1837. It is a collegiate university, with its main subjects divided between departments and its 16 colleges. It is currently ranked between 3rd and 7th in the latest league table of British Universities. Often referred to as the alternative to Oxford or Cambridge it became a member of the Russell Group in 2012.

Professor Simon Hogg and research postgraduate Dr Alison Auld pictured with a model of turbine blades developed at Durham University. The design of turbines by the university has led to more efficient engines for passenger aircraft and is making wind energy cheaper by improving wind turbines. The research has strong regional links, for example a partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (formerly NAREC).

New jet turbines are just one way in which Durham University's research has helped society

The Government praised work by Durham University to improve the design of Rolls Royce jet engines on the world's largest airliner

Phil Steele, general manager of intu Eldon Square

Journal annual Business Review: January

We look back at the business news from January 2014

Dan Smith of Bede Gaming

Business Interview: Dan Smyth, founder of Bede Gaming

He took the biggest gamble of his life when he left university to play poker - but secured the winning hand when he set up software firm Bede Gaming

Arnab Basu, chief executive of Kromek updated

Sedgefield-based Kromek wins $1m contract extension from global security company

Sedgefield-based radiation detection firm is continuing to grow in its three main markets - security, medical and nuclear

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, holding a copy of the Autumn Statement, leaves the Treasury in London for the House of Commons, where Osborne will deliver his Autumn Statement

The view on Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement from the North East

Mixed reaction to Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement from the region compared to the acclaim he received in the South East

Professor Roy Sandbach

High ranking North East Innovation Board unveiled by North East LEP

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) has created the first Innovation Board for the region, which will support the LEP

George Osborne MP

North East universities set for funding boost as Chancellor highlights importance of life sciences

North East will play key role in "Northern Powerhouse", George Osborne tells The Journal - but he wants regions to consider creating 'metro mayors'

Lohman Brown chickens

Vindolanda Roman fort stages chicken history day this Sunday

Universities unveil results of project to trace thousands of years of hens and humans joint history

The Northumbrian Association Writers Awards and Hotspur Awards at Washington Old Hall. Winners Hannah Forrest, 11, Ray Spencer, Kieren Snith,11, Laurie Atkinson, 19, and Hannah Robinson, 11

South Shields favourite Ray Spencer is honoured in Northumbrian Association's awards night

Other winners at double awards are local regiments and young writers

Ofgem has warned gas and electricity suppliers

Gas could help UK to a low carbon economy, say Durham University experts

Report co-authored by Durham University academics says gas could be a 'bridging fuel' - but will soon become a part of the problem, not the solution

Hilton Dawson

Hilton Dawson: There is no logic in wearing a poppy and not voting

Northumbrian and former MP Hilton Dawson on the responsibility we all face in a democracy that many lost their lives to protect

Senior Lecture in Historical Archaeology and Head of Archaeology Dr Jane Webster

Newcastle project uncovers the stories of Armstrong College's fallen soldiers

Histories of the 223 names on the Armstrong Building's plaque are unveiled as digital memory book

Paul Woolston

LEPs secure bid to bring Digital Catapult to the North East

Sunderland will host one of just three centres in the UK designed to grow digital sector prowess

Botanist David Bellamy

County Durham Professor David Bellamy sells collection of microscopes

Former Durham University professor David Bellamy puts his rare collection of microscopes up for auction

Gary Fyldes of Kielder Observatory

How former brickie Gary Fildes reached for the stars

The amazing journey of Gary Fildes from a building site to to a master of the universe

Google's Joe Faith talks at Venturefest 14

14 businesses find funding through recent Venturefest North East event

The well attended Venturefest event on Tyneside put entrepreneurs in front of funders

A Newcastle University building

Marking boycott set to affect students at two North East universities

The universities of Newcastle and Durham are set to stage a marking boycott over pensions

Frankland Prison in Durham

Students to learn alongside some of Britain's most dangerous criminals at Durham prisons

Durham will be the first university in Europe to deliver ground-breaking criminology classes to both students and prisoners

Robert Williams, professor at Durham University, who has been diagnosed with cancer

Durham University professor turns to thriller writing after being diagnosed with cancer

Professor Robert Williams chats to Chief Reporter Katie Davies following the launch of his thrillers

Auckland Castle's head curator Dr Chris Ferguson with a newly restored portrait, Christ Carrying the Cross, which is usually displayed in Raby Castle's private chapel

Art experts gather for major conference in County Durham

A collaboration between the North East and leading art galleries could result from links being forged over three days


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