About Us

We’re here to inspire the extraordinary

Durham is a university like no other. Our people and our students come from over 120 countries to create a world-leading place to work and learn.

But what makes Durham University special is that here you’ll discover much more than a workplace that will inspire you to do outstanding things. You’ll also find a welcoming environment where you can be yourself, whoever you are and whatever your background.

An international family

With over 4,000 people in 26 departments across four faculties, together with around 22,000 students, we’re an international community. 

All of our students belong to one of 17 colleges, which each provide a unique, supportive environment to inspire them to become the best they can be.

Our academics and thought leaders conduct boundary-breaking research that makes an impact across the globe. And 90% of our research is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. 

A member of the Russell Group 

We’re a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading, research-intensive UK universities. We offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses delivered by our Faculty of Arts and Humanities, our Faculty of Business, our Faculty of Science, and our Faculty of Social Sciences and Health.

Our degree programmes are informed by research undertaken by our staff in partnership with policymakers, industry, the public sector and communities around the world.  

Our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant

Durham University understands the commitment and sacrifices our Armed Forces and their families make for the sake of our nation.  We respect that, we are grateful for that and we are unequivocally committed to supporting the entire Armed Forces community.  As an employer, we work to attract and retain former Regular serving personnel, encourage Reserve activity and actively support military spouses, Reservists, Veteran employees and their families.  This is a lasting commitment to acknowledge and understand those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families.  Our Human Resources policies are designed to further engender support and understanding across our organisation to achieve respect and fairness for all from the Armed Forces community.  We are proud of the pledge we have made to the Armed Forces Covenant.

A good place to be 

We’re not just proud of our amazing city and our region - we care about it. We work hard to look after our local surroundings, and we’re committed to always being a good neighbor.

Read more about our Greenspace Movement and about our biodiversity strategy 



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