University of Durham

Tory conference: Durham to become home to a new 'maths school'

The Education Secretary has said that a new "maths school" is to open in Durham.

Gavin Williamson gave details about the school in his speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester.

He said: "I can announce today that we are working with Durham University and Durham Sixth Form College to open a new maths school there.

"We will open in total 11 of these to start with, at least one in every single region of England."

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson
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Cash to help university develop 'flying taxis'

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Durham University has been given access to a £300m pot of cash to help develop new, cleaner technologies - including flying taxis and freight-carrying drones.

The government will provide £125m, which will be supported by industry funding of up to £175m under the scheme.

Leeds Cardiff and Brimingham universities are also among the group receiving extra funding.

University rowers prepare to skull with skill

The annual university boat race is taking place on Newcastle's quayside tomorrow.

Newcastle University Boat Club are hoping to retain the title for the 11th year in a row over Durham University Boat Club.

The race starts at 13:30.

Boat race

Exeter academic jailed for spying filing formal complaint

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

An academic from Exeter who was jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates is filing a formal complaint against the British government over the way it handled his case.

Durham University PhD student Matthew Hedges was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Gulf state last year after being accused of working for MI6.

He was pardoned in November, although officials continued to call him a spy, which he denies.

He said the Foreign Office did not take "effective and timely" action to secure his release.

His wife, Daniela Tejada, explained to BBC Devon why they felt they needed to make the formal complaint...

Matthew Hedges was sentenced to life imprisonment after being accused of spying

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the government has taken the situation seriously and has been "very effective".

Online course focuses on Durham University Scottish POW research

Durham University is launching a free online course to give people across the world the chance to learn about one of its most captivating research projects, relating to the fate of the prisoners from the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.

The Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project identified human remains found in the city in 2013 as those of soldiers captured at the battle and held prisoner in Durham.

The six-week course will use content including videos, sound files, music and animated film to guide learners through the discovery of the remains and the research that led to their identification.

It will also explore the history and archaeology surrounding their imprisonment, and the fate of the survivors.

The course will open on 29 April, although learners can start at any time up to 21 July 2019.

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Prof David Cowling, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Arts and Humanities at Durham University, said: "The Scottish Soldiers Project has solved a near 400-year mystery about where the remains of these soldiers were buried, and brought history to life for the thousands of people who have been so intrigued by the research findings.

“Now we are opening up a new way for people to enjoy and benefit from the fascinating findings of our research, through a modern, digital way of learning.”

Millions spent on non-disclosure agreements in North East

Universities on Teesside have spent more than £3.5m on non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in the last two years.

Figures obtained by the BBC show Teesside University spent the most out of our region's universities.

It paid out more than £2.8m in 2017 and 2018.

The university says settlement agreements are used as standard practice and the high number offered in recent years is due to various staffing restructures.

Sunderland University spent over £1m on NDAs and says they all related to staff departures but none involved allegations of sexual misconduct or discrimination.

Durham University spent £900,000. It has been approached for comment.

Dozens of academics elsewhere in the country have told that BBC that such agreements are being used to "silence" allegations of bullying, discrimination and sexual misconduct at universities across the UK.

Nearly £90m has been spent by universities on settlements since 2017.