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Durham University is a collegiate public research university in Durham, England, founded in 1837. As a collegiate university its main functions are divided between the academic departments of the University and its 17 colleges. In general, the departments perform research and provide teaching to students, while the colleges are responsible for their domestic arrangements and welfare.
The University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of British research universities and is amongst the top 100 universities in the world, currently ranked 92nd in the QS World Rankings 2023. Durham has also been awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Status for its excellence in delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for students.
Durham has 25 academic departments, of which 19 rank in the top 100. The University offers more than 200 undergraduate programs and 190 postgraduate programs under 4 faculties – Arts & Humanities; Business; Social Sciences and Engineering & Science. The Business school is Triple Accredited with the MBA program being ranked 2nd globally in the world for Value for Money as per Financial Times Ranking. Popular Durham University courses include physics, economics, law, psychology and geography.
Durham is a world Heritage city and the University’s Castle and Cathedral have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The University offers a free coach transfer service from Newcastle Airport at the beginning of term, with a welcome team present at the airport to guide students. Before the beginning of term, the International Office hosts an induction programme, including sessions about study skills, orientation and English language skills.
Durham has a strong Employability & Careers team and is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Employer Reputation as per the QS rankings. Beyond your degree Durham offers a vast array of opportunities and experiences which can help you to hone and develop an enviable set of transferable skills necessary for any future career. Your Durham University experiences will help you build up essential skills in team-working, problem-solving, communication, negotiation and leadership.
There is a wide range of general support services, including student financial support, the Durham University Service for Students with Disabilities and a University nursery. Libraries are located throughout the university with generous opening times, seven days a week. The Information Technology Service offers networked services in both campuses, with over 1,200 personal computers in classrooms and open access locations.
Over ninety-nine per cent of Durham's research was rated as being of international quality, while 90 per cent was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
Six Durham subject areas were in the UK top ten for the overall quality of their research including Geography (1st), Archaeology (2nd), Education (2nd), Classics and Ancient History (4th), Theology and Religion (8th) and Sport and Exercise Sciences (10th).
The depth and breadth of the University’s research was demonstrated by more than 1,000 research staff who submitted research in 24 different subject areas - an increase of 44 per cent in staff numbers since the last REF, in 2014.
The Durham University college system offers a range of accommodation options for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Colleges in Durham provide activities and facilities for study, sports, the arts, socialising, relaxation and welfare. Generally, students will live in their college for the first year, move into private accommodation in their second year and then have the option of returning to the college halls for their final year of study.
All undergraduate students at Durham University are guaranteed accommodation in their first year in the college or society from which they have received an offer. Nearly all colleges at Durham University provide fully catered accommodation, with excellent facilities for study, socialising and exercise. The more intimate nature of living by your chosen college creates a sense of community, plus fantastic chances to play a part in the organisation and responsibilities of the area.
Durham is situated in north east England, and is one of the most picturesque cities in the UK. The skyline is dominated by the 11th Century cathedral and castle, which is a world heritage site. Durham has a range of shops and restaurants, with a daily indoor market and a much larger outdoor market twice a week. The Queen's Campus is located 20 miles from Durham, at Stockton. A free bus service runs daily between the two campuses.
Durham is relatively small and all university departments, colleges and facilities are within walking distance of each other. Likewise if students live in university accommodation at Queen's Campus, the academic buildings are within a five minute walk.
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