Severn students stood in a line in yellow t-shirts at an open day exhibition

Our Culture and Values

The University Strategy 2017-2027 sets out the characteristics and values that we have agreed best describe Durham University:

Our Characteristics

We are:

Our Values

We are:


We are open and friendly


By stimulating an instinct to challenge, encouraging innovative thinking and taking our responsibilities seriously, we foster a culture that inspires the extraordinary


We prize our colleges and sense of community


Always curious, we challenge ourselves and each other to answer the big questions and create a positive impact in the world.


We value each other and embrace difference


From creative teaching practices and cutting edge research to new ways of working, innovation is at the heart of what we do.


We take our duties as a centre of learning, neighbour and employer seriously, embracing all of our different communities and celebrating the differences that make us stronger together.


We create the opportunities, support and freedom for everyone at Durham to become the best they can be now, and for the future.