Durham University

Durham University is a world top 100 university with a global reputation and performance in research and education.

Durham is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive UK universities.

The most recent UK league tables place Durham in the top echelon of British universities academically.

The University is ranked fifth in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2015 and sixth in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014; it is in the world top 25 for the employability of its students by blue-chip companies world-wide (QS World University Rankings 2013/14) and in the global top 30 for Arts and Humanities (THE World University Rankings 2013/14).

Research at Durham directly informs the teaching of undergraduates and postgraduates, and creates multidisciplinary programmes through the University’s research centres and institutes. In partnership with policy-makers, industry, the public sector, and communities around the world, Durham’s cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural research shapes local, national and international agendas.

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