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Second degree for Gabby at Durham University

Sport presenter Gabby Logan has today received an honorary degree from Durham University.

Gabby Logan after receiving an honorary degree at Durham. Credit: North News

Gabby began her journalism career at Metro Radio in Newcastle while studying for a Law degree at Durham University, from where she graduated in 1995.

She joined Sky Sports in 1996 before moving to ITV where her presenting credits include The World Cup, Champions League, Premiership and the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race.

In 2004 she hosted Sport Relief for the BBC before joining the Corporation in 2007.

Gabby Logan was one of three recipients of honorary degrees during a ceremony held at Durham Cathedral today.

All of our honorary degree recipients have made outstanding contributions in their chosen fields. Having studied here they all have an affinity with Durham University and we are delighted to welcome them back.
They are role models for our graduates in terms of what Durham students can achieve with drive, determination and skill."

– Prof Ray Hudson, Acting Vice-Chancellor, Durham University

Durham University scientists' discovery 'may change physics'

A new insight on the universe. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A team of scientists at Durham University believe they have made a significant discovery about dark matter, the most common substance in the universe that is invisible.

Astronomers, using the Hubble Space Telescope, say they might have observed the first hint of dark matter interacting with gravity, having previously thought this was not possible.

Scientists initially thought dark matter could not interact with the universe but this could be proof it can. The discovery could mean a change to physics in the future.

Watch Dr Richard Massey from Durham University below:

REPORT: River Wear safety

Following a rescue operation in the early hours of this morning to save the life of another student who had fallen into the the River Wear, police are saying there is a desperate need to change the drinking culture among students.

Watch Frances Read's report on river safety measures in Durham:

Wear rescue: Durham University thank those who averted a 'possible tragedy'

The 20-year old student was discovered at 1.45am today in the River Wear near Durham Amateur Rowing Club by a passer-by who raised the alarm.

Durham University's Chief Operating Officer, Paulina Lubacz has issued the following statement:

We have been notified of an incident in the early hours of this morning (Friday) involving one of our students at the River Wear in Durham, which was attended by the emergency services. The student is safe.

The University would like to thank the member of the public who raised the alarm and the emergency services for averting a possible tragedy. We are working actively with partner organisations to address river safety.

The University is also contacting all students to notify them about the incident and urging them to take proactive measures to ensure their personal safety.

– Paulina Lubacz


Human chain rescues student who fell into the river

Durham Police say that officers formed a human chain, with help from the fire service, to rescue a student who had fallen into the River Wear.

Area near where the man was pulled out of the River Wear Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The man was discovered at 1.45am today in the water near Durham Amateur Rowing Club by a passer-by who raised the alarm.

Police officers came to the aid of the student and managed to get him out of the water.

The river near Durham rowing club Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The man was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham suffering from hypothermia.

River safety action plan agreed for Durham

An action plan for river safety has been agreed for Durham City following the death of Durham University student Euan Coulthard. Euan was the third student to get into difficulty in the river in just over a year.

At the meeting a range of actions were agreed:

  • An independent review of riverside safety by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
  • Durham University and the Students’ Union will further develop their work to inform and educate students
  • Licensed premises will ensure alcohol is supplied in a safe and sensible way
  • Drivers’ recruitment campaign to be launched to support the Students’ Union in re-establishing their night-time bus
  • Development of a new arrangement between the University and identified taxi operators in the city
  • Explore measures to tackle the availability of cheap alcohol
  • Will to progress this work as quickly as possible

As well as these developments, some immediate measures were agreed. These include:

  • A high visibility welfare unit to provide a safe haven
  • The provision of new kit and radios to join up communications and support patrols
  • The development of a night-time scheme supported by student volunteers

These measures will be 'undertaken and implemented without delay'. A further meeting will be held within the next two weeks.

The City Safety Group comprises of Durham County Council, Durham University, the Durham Students’ Union, Durham Constabulary and Durham Cathedral.

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