Who Are We?

We are Durham University Electric Motorsport


A team of innovative university students who love to push our engineering skills to new levels. As a student run and student led team, we design and build solar cars which we race in international events against other world-leading solar teams.
We are the UK’s longest running team of its kind. Established in 2002, we have always pushed the boundaries of technological innovation. Since our founding we have developed 5 generations of solar car, racing in 2008 across North America and in 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2019 in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge across the Australian Outback. We love to welcome new ideas and challenges to our 50-strong team which is ever-growing and evolving as new students join the university, bringing with them fresh ideas and solutions.

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A team like no other

We believe that inclusion inspires innovation and have always had team members from a diverse academic background, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level: from engineering, to physics, mathematics, biology, economics, marketing and more. This allows us to utilise our individual strengths to develop a futuristic, high performing and reliable solar car.
At DUEM it is our strong team dynamic that motivates and pushes us to reach our ambitious goals, achieving world-class results at international competitions. The bonds formed from our highly focussed work go beyond our university lives and we maintain strong relationships with alumni who love to see our most recent and inspiring ventures.

Development is key

As a team, we have always recognised our solar car is so much more than an engineering marvel. Our world is facing an age of unbelievable change and momentum, particularly in our climate. With global temperatures continue to rise, we all must accept responsibility for pushing towards a more sustainable future.
The last 19 years have been an incredible journey for us; exploring the world, testing the boundaries of modern technology, and learning to work and grow as a team. But we are just getting started.

In the coming years, we are committed to providing a powerful educational platform to inspire the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and others who dare to think different. We will continue to raise public awareness of how innovative British engineering in solar power, renewable technologies and electric drive can leave the world better than we found it. Finally, we aim to lead the world in innovation and engineering excellence, creating the most efficient, fastest and most advanced solar electric vehicles ever seen.

This website gives you an insight into our past and a glimpse into our future; an exciting future in which we continue to build upon our strong heritage and continue to showcase, educate and inspire.

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Meet The Team​

Showcasing our team, the ones making it all happen. Without these students’ countless hours of hard work and dedication DUEM would quite simply cease to exist.

Rachel Burstow

Team Principal & Driver
4th Year Aeronautical Engineering

I have been involved in DUEM since my first year. It is a privilege to be part of such a focussed team and I’m so excited for what the future holds.

Emily Pearson

Team Principal
4th Year Mechanical Engineering

DUEM was one of the things that drew me to Durham and I have been involved since my first year. I’m really excited about the future of the society and all we’re going to achieve this year.

Owen Foo

Chief Engineer
3rd Year Mechanical Engineering

The opportunities that DUEM provide are unmatched. The experience I gained from solving real world engineering problems using cutting edge technology is invaluable and I look forward to another year of innovation at DUEM.

Zeynep Erismis

Head of Business
3rd Year Mechanical Engineering

I have been involved in DUEM for two memorable years now and I am excited to be part of DUEM as the Head of the Business Team.

Technical Team

Jack Hillier

Deputy Chief Engineer
4th Year Aeronautical Engineering

DUEM has allowed me to massively expand my skills at all stages of engineering; being able to design and then manufacture something yourself is extremely rewarding.

Joe Papworth

Deputy Chief Engineer
& Driver
4th Year Aeronautical Engineering

I have been involved in DUEM for three years now and am going into my fourth and am looking forward to what the future has in store for DUEM.

Luke Deacon

Head of Mechanical
2nd Year General Engineering

The future of DUEM is bright. Being one of the junior technical exec, I hope to be one of the lot to bring us to the front of every grid… One overnight carbon layup at a time.

Tom Redfern

Head of Electrical
4th Year Electronics Engineering

I have found being part of the process from initial design discussions, through manufacture to competing in races and promoting the car incredibly rewarding.

Business Team

Tommy Osrin

Head of Sponsorship
2nd Year General Engineering

Solar car racing is an expensive hobby but I enjoy working to connect with companies to form mutually beneficial partnerships and seek funding for DUEM – one of the University’s largest and most successful societies.

Ali Baker

Head of Marketing & Driver
2nd Year Marketing and Management

Ever since joining DUEM, I have loved being a part of our fast-paced marketing team. My role as a driver also allows me to experience the engineering side of the society.

Aidan Nicholls

Head of Outreach
3rd Year Mechanical Engineering

I hope to educate and inspire the next generation of engineers through DUEM’s Outreach initiative and also challenge myself by being involved in the development of the car.


Adam Crilly

Treasurer & Driver
2nd Year General Engineering

DUEM has provided exceptional experience in technical sides of engineering and even driving the solar car. Alongside this, I will operate as the treasurer to manage the finances of our team!

Morgan Boswell

Head of Logistics
3rd Year Mechanical Engineering

I joined DUEM in my first year, and have been organising the chaos that is transport and logistics since my second, alongside working on a variety of interesting design and build projects as an engineer.


Ellie Desmond

Postgraduate Advisor & Driver
4th Year PhD in Biomechanics

I’m in the third year of my PhD in biomechanics. I’ve been involved with the team since 2014 and can’t wait to be part of DUEM’s next adventure!

David Sims-Williams

Faculty Advisor
Deputy Head of Engineering

The solar car is a good match for the Department of Engineering at Durham. It brings together the range of Engineering disciplines and beyond, it is challenging and it rewards creativity and innovations that work in the real world.