Durham University2014 League Table Ranking 5
2014 Overall Score 925
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- 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.
- 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.
- 52–48% split of female and male.
- 59% of undergraduates are from state school.
- Overseas students make up 19% of the total student body.
- Applications to places ratio 6:1.
- 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.
- In the 2012 National Student Survey, 89% of Durham's students said they were satisfied with their Durham University experience (sector average 85%).
- 5th in The Complete University Guide 2013.
- The UK Quality Assurance Agency external review praised the university’s comprehensive approach to defining and developing research-led teaching.
- Ranked 20th globally for employer reputation in the 2012 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.
- 90% of our staff are carrying out research that 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.
- 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, including library and computing
- 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.
- For information on disability services at Durham University, telephone 0191 334 8115, email or visit the website.
- 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.
- Durham was 2nd in the 2011–12 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 havegone 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.
- Richard Adams
- George Alagiah
- Biddy Baxter
- Will Carling
- General Sir Richard Dannett
- Jonathan Edwards
- Sir Harold Evans
- Will Greenwood
- Paul Hawkins
- Lorraine Heggessey
- Chris Hollins
- Nasser Hussain
- Vice-Admiral Tim Laurence
- Tony Laithwaite
- Gaby Logan
- Mo Mowlam
- Mark Pougatch
- Kate Silverton
- David Sproxton
- Andrew Strauss
- Jeremy Vine
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