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Our Strategic Goals

Durham University has an ambitious ten-year strategy (2017-2027) to achieve its objectives of becoming world-leading in research, teaching and the wider student experience. This can only be achieved if we mobilise the collective goodwill and networks of our global alumni community. Specifically, successful implementation of the strategy is in part dependent on our approach to promoting the University in respect of:

  • prospective applicants to our programmes of study;
  • potential partners in teaching and research;
  • current and potential collaborators in business and industry;
  • current and future alumni;
  • potential employers of our graduates;
  • national and international policymakers and influencers.

The over-arching ambition is to achieve a step-change in awareness and reputation of Durham University globally. The new Director of Advancement and Communication will work closely with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Global to develop the strategy, key messages and methods of engaging our global alumni and influencer communities.

We have three Strategic Goals, as defined in our University Strategy 2017-2027, which we weigh equally:

  • To deliver world-leading and world-changing research across all core academic departments and institutes
  • To deliver education that is challenging, enabling, research-led and transformative
  • To deliver, through our Colleges, Durham Students’ Union and Experience Durham, a wider student experience as good as any in the world

Durham University is committed to delivering excellence across the board and in key respects we do this already. However, we do not want to stand still and we have exciting plans, some of which are already coming to fruition, to further improve the size, shape and mission of the University.

Examples of changes planned and already in train include:

  • Hosting an International Study Centre (ISC) at our Queen’s Campus in Stockton-on-Tees, run in partnership with Study Group.
  • Building research critical mass in all of our academic departments.
  • Increasing the student population to a maximum of 21,500 by 2027, with distinguished faculty members to be recruited in sufficient numbers to improve our staff-student ratios.
  • Housing over 50% of our students in College accommodation by 2027; including the establishment of four to six new Colleges in partnership with private sector developers.

These are only a snapshot of our exciting initiatives and plans. We already employ outstanding people, work with great students and benefit from a strong infrastructure. Having reviewed our size, shape and mission, we know not just who we are, but also where we are going.

For further information about our University Strategy, the goals we are aiming towards and the initiatives we are undertaking to get there, see the below documents: