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About us

Consistently ranked as one of the world’s top universities, Durham provides a unique environment for both staff and students within a distinctive collegiate environment and has grown to approximately 18,500 students and over 4,000 permanent members of staff.

Durham is a member of the UK Russell Group of research-intensive Universities.  It has built significantly on its achievements over the last ten years and continues to work towards developing its ambitious goals with commitment and passion. Durham University is dedicated to seeking the highest distinction and to achieving excellence in research and scholarship, and all aspects of education and the transmission of knowledge. It promotes individual participation in a scholarly community, providing a rounded education in which students gain both the academic and personal skills required to succeed in life  and make a difference in their chosen field. Durham is not a traditional campus university, but has evolved over time with departments and colleges embedded within the local community. At the centre of its estate is the magnificent medieval UNESCO World Heritage Site which is shared with Durham Cathedral.

The University’s education and research programmes are delivered through academic departments organised into three faculties: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences & Health and Science. The University has also established nine Research Institutes, which along with its research centres bring together researchers in different disciplines from across the world. The University’s academic activities are underpinned by professional support services, all of which report to members of the University Executive Committee (the senior management team).

 Durham’s standing as a high-quality education and research institution has been recognised in recent domestic and international league tables. The University is currently ranked 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and 74th in the QS World University Rankings.

Every student, and many of its staff members, belong to one of the University’s 16 colleges, of which the Vice-Chancellor is Warden. Colleges are not teaching bodies, but lively communities of undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff from all disciplines. The Colleges provide opportunities for participation in a huge range of events and activities along with pastoral support, which help foster intellectual curiosity, personal effectiveness and social responsibility. Two colleges,  St Chad’s and St John’s, are established as independent foundations. Durham is proud of its recent achievements and continues to aspire to improve and maintain its position as a high-quality education and research institution, increase its international standing and become a more global University.

Durham Internationally

Durham attracts leading students and scholars from around the world and educates leaders for the world, developing international partnerships that benefit from and contribute to national and international agendas.

Durham has affiliations with many institutions and organisations worldwide and increasing its international reputation is a major priority. Durham is a member of the following international consortia and organisations:

  • Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Coimbra Group
  • European University Association (EUA)
  • International Association of Universities

Durham University has education and research partnerships throughout the world, and has taken significant steps towards strengthening its international engagement through the development of working relationships with a number of leading overseas universities. Examples include:

  • Dartmouth College, Notre Dame University, Duke University and University of California, Berkeley in North America
  • Palace Museum Beijing, Peking University and University of Tokyo in East Asia
  • UNICAMP and UNAM in Latin America
  • University of Tübingen, Germany and Uppsala University, Sweden

Furthering international collaboration and partnerships continues to be a high priority in order to increase Durham’s research portfolio and international reputation.