Astronomy & Astrophysics

Astronomy & Astrophysics at Durham

Astronomical Research at Durham

Durham University is one of the UK's leading centres for astronomical research with world-class groups working in a wide range of fields covering the observational, theoretical and instrumentation aspects of astronomy.

September 2014:Scientist collects prestigious prize for detection of “cosmic ruler” to measure expansion of the Universe
July 2014:Durham University astronomers create precision map to calculate amount of dark matter in far off galaxy cluster.
June 2014:Durham University named Europe’s leading centre for space science researchers.
June 2014:Four astronomy group members are listed in the most highly-cited 1% of researchers in Space Science for 2002-2012 (Thomson Reuters ESI).
May 2014:Prof Shaun Cole is a joint winner of the 2014 Shaw Prize for his work on cosmological structure with the 2dF galaxy survey.
April 2014:European Best Doctoral Thesis Prize for former Durham PhD student Claudia Lagos
The 2014 MERAC Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis in Theoretical Astrophysics has been awarded to former Durham student Claudia Lagos, who undertook her thesis work here at the ICC between Oct 2009 and Sept 2012, under the supervision of Prof. Carlton Baugh and Dr. Cedric Lacey.
February 2014:£7.4M award to support astronomy research at Durham University
STFC have recently announced the award of a £7.4M grant to support astronomy research at Durham University for 2014-17. This resource will fund research activities within the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation, the Institute for Computational Cosmology and the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy.
10 Jan 2014:Prof Carlos Frenk awarded the 2014 Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal
1 Jan 2014:Prof Ian Smail has been appointed as Chair of the STFC Astronomy Grants Panel

Durham has the largest number of highly-cited researchers in Space Sciences (which covers research into astronomy and astrophysics) of any institute in Europe and is joint fifth world-wide, according to the most recent league table from Thomson Reuters ESI.

There are 28 academic staff across the combined astronomy groups, with over 100 postdocs, postgraduate students and support and technical staff involved in astronomy research. The majority of our astronomical research is undertaken in the following groups: