Durham University

2015 League Table Ranking 5
2015 Overall Score 930
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Entry Standards 523 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 15.6 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.72 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,367 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.14 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 1,004 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 82.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 95.9 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 84.8 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 29.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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History

  • Established in 1832, Durham University is England's third oldest Higher Education Institute after Oxford and Cambridge.
  • In 1987 Durham Cathedral and Castle became a World Heritage Site, of which the university is a joint guardian.
  • In 2012 the opera singer, Sir Thomas Allen was appointed as the university's Chancellor.

Location and Transport

  • The university operates in two locations: in the city of Durham and at Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, both of which have excellent transport links to the rest of north east England.
  • Both are located 2¾ hours from London and have two international airports close by: Newcastle International and Durham Tees Valley.
  • Local amenities are within walking distance at both locations.

Entry Standards

  • Durham asks for a range of different entry requirements, depending on the programme applied for.
  • More information on entry standards at Durham University is available on the website.

Student Mix

  • 53–47% split of female and male.
  • 59% of undergraduates are from state school.
  • Overseas students make up 21% of the total student body.
  • Applications to places ratio 6.5 : 1.

Course Flexibility

  • Over 200 undergraduate degree programmes in arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences.
  • Several degree routes including Single or Joint Honours, named routes in Natural Sciences, Combined Honours and four-year honours programmes in some sciences.
  • The modular degree system enables students to tailor degrees to meet their needs by combining subjects or studying one or more subjects in depth.

Teaching Standards

  • In the 2012 National Student Survey, 90% of Durham's students said they were satisfied with their Durham University experience (sector average 86%).
  • 5th in The Complete University Guide 2014.
  • The UK Quality Assurance Agency external review praised the university’s comprehensive approach to defining and developing research-led teaching.
  • Ranked in the top 25 globally for employer reputation in the 2013 QS World University League Rankings following an extensive survey of 25,000 organisations across the world.
  • 96% of our undergraduates successfully complete their degree – one of the highest completion rates in the UK.

Research Standards

  • 90% of our staff are carrying out research that is of international quality (RAE 2008).
  • Durham is among the Top 20 institutions in the UK for research income, despite being one of the smallest.
  • Leading staff have been awarded Fellowship of Royal Society, and Fellowship of the British Academy as well as many other bodies which recognise scholarly excellence.

Academic Strengths

  • English, History, Mathematics, Chemistry, Geography, Theology and Religion, and Archaeology.
  • Durham attracts the high quality students, bucking the trends for recruitment in areas such as Modern Languages, Business and Biological & Biomedical Sciences.

Student Facilities

  • A wide range of support services, including student financial support, Careers, Employability and Enterprise Cenre, Durham University Service for Students with Disabilities and the University Nursery.
  • Libraries are located throughout the university with generous opening times, seven days a week.
  • The Computing and Information Services offer networked services in both campuses, with over 1,200 personal computers in classrooms and open access locations.

Disability Services

  • For information on disability services at Durham University, telephone 0191 334 8115, email or visit the website.

Students' Union

  • Durham Students' Union acts as a unified voice on campus and leads on issues such as academic representation and the provision of facilities. It has over 500 course representatives working to improve courses.
  • Durham Students’ Union runs one of the most successful RAG operations (DUCK) and has over 200 societies, which complement a similar number of college/common room societies. It is home to Purple Radio and publishes Palatinate, the official Durham Student Newspaper, all providing development opportunities for students outside of their academic environment.
  • The Union is home to the Riverside Bar & Café and organises social events including the Freshers’ Fair and Ball. Free independent guidance and support is also offered on a wide range of issues including finance, accommodation, colleges, contracts or anything else students may need help with. 

Sport

  • Durham was 2nd in the 2012–13 BUCS Sport League Table.
  • The majority of Durham's students participate in university sport, learning vital skills such as leadership, which enhance employability.
  • Durham is a hub for community sport at all levels and has the largest outreach programme in the UK, for which it is highly acclaimed.
  • There are over 50 affiliated clubs, from rowing to croquet, football to trampolining.
  • A £1-m powered rowing tank – one of only three in the UK – was installed in 2011, offering a safe environment to train beginners.
  • Durham graduates who have gone on to the highest levels of achievement in sport include Will Carling, Phil de Glanville, Will Greenwood, Andrew Strauss, Nasser Hussain and Jonathan Edwards. 

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The Durham Project: A £60 million project that has transformed and enhanced the university and the city. In 2012 a brand new student services and university headquarters building, the Palatine Centre, was opened, along with a new Law School and a significant library extension.
  • Sports Centres: a new, multi-million pound Sports Centre opened at Queen’s Campus in 2011, with a fully-equipped fitness suite and an impressive range of state-of-the-art facilities. New and enhanced facilities were also opened at Maiden Castle in Durham City, including a performance analysis suite, an indoor rowing tank and fencing stiles.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Our Student Employment Service assists students with securing part-time work during study.
  • Guidelines are provided and agreed between the service, students and employers to ensure that work does not affect academic performance.

Notable Alumni

  • Richard Adams
  • George Alagiah
  • Biddy Baxter
  • Will Carling
  • General Lord Richard Dannatt
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Sir Harold Evans
  • Will Greenwood
  • Paul Hawkins
  • Lorraine Heggessey
  • Chris Hollins
  • Nasser Hussain
  • Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence
  • Tony Laithwaite
  • Gaby Logan
  • Mo Mowlam
  • Mark Pougatch
  • Kate Silverton
  • David Sproxton
  • Andrew Strauss
  • Jeremy Vine

For further information

Web
  • www.durham.ac.uk
Email
  • admissions@durham.ac.uk
Phone
  • +44 (0) 191 334 2000
Address
  • Durham University
    The Palatine Centre
    Stockton Road
    Durham
    DH1 3LE
UCAS Code D86

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