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University enthuses children in science

Dr Pete Edwards enthusing youngsters in science Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Durham University is holding a science festival this week to get children interested in science and technology over half term.

The university has an active out reach programme which aims to enthuse youngsters and find the next generation of scientists and engineers.


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University scientists work on new space telescope

Prof Martin Ward looks at a model of the James Webb Space Telescope Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Space technology scientists at Durham University are working on an orbital telescope which will be able to see stars at the very edge of the universe.

The James Webb Space Telescope is due to launch in 2018 and will replace the Hubble Telescope.

University staff vote for strike action over pensions

Staff at the universities of Newcastle and Durham have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in a row over pensions.

A total of 78% of members of the University and College Union (UCU) who were balloted across 69 universities voted in favour of strike action.

Talks between the union and the universities will be held on Wednesday to try to negotiate a solution.

The union said if the employers continued with their proposals then the union would meet on Friday to decide what form the disruption would take and when it would start.

A vote for action would by likely to include a marking boycott and a refusal to set exams. The action would stop students being set coursework or receiving formal marks and feedback, as well as halting exams.


Strictly star entertains children at Durham Book Festival

Guisborough actor and Strictly Come Dancing star Mark Benton has been entertaining children at Durham Book Festival.

The 48-year-old, best known for his role on the Nationwide Building Society adverts, was reading passages from Kenneth Grahame's classic novel The Wind in the Willows at Palace Green Library.

The show was part of a series of events taking place across Durham to celebrate the book.

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