[107] The collection to date contains over 30,000 objects from Asian art to antiquities, covering the Orient and Levant to the Far East and the Indian Sub-continent, with over a third of the collection relating to China. [118] There is a kosher kitchen in St Aidan's College which supports Jewish Sabbath meals and other festivals. [292] Dunelm USA, formerly the North American Foundation for the University of Durham or NAFUD, is a philanthropic body in the United States that hosts alumni events and fundraises for Durham-related projects. Beyond studies, Durham’s student experience and college life is truly unique. Collingwood College is rated #21 out of 32 halls at Durham University. [270] The university also has Performance Centres for rowing, lacrosse, tennis and fencing. Ustinov itself moved to a new site at Sheraton Park in Neville's Cross from the 2017/18 academic year. The Durham Cathedral Choir offers choral scholarships to male students, and several of the colleges (University, Hatfield, Hild Bede, St John's, St Chad's, St Cuthbert's, Grey and St Mary's) also offer organ and/or choral scholarships, as does the Catholic Chaplaincy.[286]. Most students live in their college for the first year of their undergraduate life, then choose to 'live-out' in their second year, and subsequently have the option of moving back into college for their final year, usually via a ballot system. Since 1975, the university has played host to the Durham Drama Festival which celebrates new theatrical and dramatic material written by Durham students. [200], Durham has been placed in the top 100 universities in the world in both the Times Higher Education (THE) and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings since 2010. The Complete University Guide ranked Durham as the 29th safest university in England and Wales for crime in 2016, although with large differences between the two campuses: Durham City had 24.4 incidents per 1000 residents while the Queen's Campus in Stockton had 56.0 incidents per 1000 residents. [142], Faculty of Business (Durham University Business School)[146], The average UCAS point score for new entrants in 2018–19 was 192 points, placing Durham University sixth in the country in terms of entrants' points. In 2002, her golden jubilee year, the Queen granted the title "Queen's Campus" to the Stockton site. [93][94], Queen's Campus, Stockton was established in 1992 and is located in Thornaby-on-Tees in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees, some 30 miles from Durham City. Fees Currently £9,250 for full-time home and EU undergraduates. [100], In 2005, designated status was granted by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council to two of the special collections: Bishop Cosin's Library on Palace Green (an endowed public library dating from 1669 of which the University is the trustee), which contains medieval manuscripts and over 5,000 printed books, many early, and the Sudan Archive, described by the university as "the pre-eminent archive on the Sudan outside Khartoum". [196][215], The Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities placed Durham in the 201–300 bracket. See more about the University's history on the timeline. [73] The estate is divided across two separate locations: Durham City and Queen's Campus, Stockton. [181] However, this was in the context of a rise in the average profile from 2008 to 2015. These, along with the heads of the departments in the faculty and the Vice-Chancellor, make up the Faculty Board for that faculty. Expansion up Elvet Hill continued, with Van Mildert College and the Durham Business School (1965), Trevelyan College (1966) and Collingwood College (1972) all being added to the university, along with a Botanic Garden (1970). The Old and New Elvet areas contain a number of departments in Humanities and Social Sciences including Philosophy, and Sociology. The Graduate Society, catering for postgraduate students, was founded in 1965 (renamed Ustinov College in 2003) and the (now closed) Roman Catholic seminary of Ushaw College, which had been in Durham since 1808, was licensed as a hall of residence in 1968. Unlike most universities, Durham has a collegiate system where each student is assigned to one of its 16 colleges. In 1963, after the creation of Newcastle University, the Durham Colleges SRC became the Durham University SRC, and was renamed as the Durham Students' Union in 1970. The two locations are connected via a free bus service that runs frequently throughout the week. [213] Another 2017–2027 strategic goal is for Durham to be in the top three universities in the UK for research citations per faculty; the QS ranking 2018 placed Durham fourth in the UK (82nd globally) for this measure, behind the London Business School, Cambridge and Oxford,[214] slipping from second in the UK (43rd globally) in 2017. A total student population of 18,707 (2018/19) [180] Similarly, Durham fell from 19th to 20th in the Times Higher Education ranking by total research power. [135] Since September 2015 this has been Stuart Corbridge,[136] succeeding Chris Higgins who retired in September 2014. However, it is advisable to check for specific closing dates in case of students … [177] The University also runs the "Supported Progression" programme for sixth-form students, aimed at helping talented young people from the North East, Cumbria and Yorkshire to fulfill their potential via a two-year structured programme of events. [280], Palatinates (named after the colour associated with the university) are given to athletes who demonstrate a high standard (such as international representation) in their sport. [293], A masonic lodge, University of Durham Lodge no. [157] In the 2016–17 academic year, the university had a domicile breakdown of 73:6:22 of UK:EU:non-EU students respectively with a female to male ratio of 55:45. Knowing how many people now attend university I wanted somewhere that could offer experiences and learning opportunities beyond my degree. [199] It also ranks second in archaeology and forensic science, East and South Asian studies, geography and environmental science, history, Iberian languages, Italian, and theology and religious studies; joint second in Russian and East European languages: and third in chemistry and education. According to pro-vice-chancellor, Alan Hudson, this was a temporary drop from the 63 per cent level the university has reached in recent years, and to which it was expected to return in 2016/17. [5][6] As a collegiate university its main functions are divided between the academic departments of the university and its 17 colleges. The university also owns and manages the Durham World Heritage Site in partnership with Durham Cathedral. Durham College was surrendered to the Crown in 1545 following the reformation. Within the military graduates include General Richard Dannatt, Baron Dannatt (Economic History), the Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army,[303] Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence (Geography), Chief Executive of Defence Estates and husband to The Princess Royal,[304] and Rear-Admiral Amjad Hussain (Engineering, 1979) highest-ranking officer from an ethnic minority in the British Armed Forces. A parliamentary bill proposed in 1907 would have fixed the seat of the university in Durham for only ten years, allowing the Senate to choose to move to Newcastle after this. [97] The university had said, as part of its 2017–2027 masterplan, that it is continuing to explore other options for the use of the Queen's Campus and will be developing a separate masterplan for the campus. Third for Archaeology, Chemistry, Classics & Ancient History, German, History, Italian, and Russian & East European Languages. In 1991, a joint venture between the university and the University of Teesside saw the Joint University College on Teesside of the Universities of Durham and Teesside (JUCOT) established at Thornaby-on-Tees in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, 30 miles (48 km) to the south of Durham. In 1381 this received an endowment from Thomas Hatfield, Bishop of Durham, becoming Durham College. Elsewhere, the university expanded from Durham into Newcastle in 1852 when the medical school there (established in 1834) became a college of the university. ... Over 130 countries represented in our staff and student bodies, creating a diverse social and academic community. [222] The High Fliers Research UK graduate market report for 2016 placed Durham 8th in its table of universities targeted by the largest number of top employees. Durham's distinctive residential and educational communities. Durham University has over 18,000 students enrolled, of whom 1,900 are international students from over 150 countries. [124][125][126] The colleges dominate the residential, social, sporting, and pastoral functions within the university, and there is heavy student involvement in their operation. In the last full week of the Fall semester, Duke University’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing program received results from 15,532 tests administered to students and faculty/staff [47] By 2005, Queen's Campus, Stockton, accounted for around 18 per cent of the total university student population. [96], The colleges and academic departments were relocated to Durham City (or transferred to Newcastle University in the case of the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health) between 2017 and 2018, and the Queen's Campus became an International Study Centre (ISC), run by Study Group. Alongside this, student drama productions are held at Durham City's Gala Theatre (notably Durham University Light Opera Group (DULOG) and Durham Opera Ensemble (DOE), which both perform one show in the Gala every year in Epiphany term), venues around Durham University and within the colleges, Durham Castle, Durham Cathedral, as well as in national and international venues and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The central body for theatre at the university is known as Durham Student Theatre (DST), with around 700 active student members throughout 27 separate, student-run theatre societies as of 2018. [141], The largest degree programmes offered by the university, by number of entrants from the 2013–14 admissions cycle, were Business, Accounting and Finance (395), Natural Sciences (221), Modern Languages and Cultures (216), and Geography (216). It is planned that visiting researchers would also participate in the public engagement programme at Ushaw. Durham Castle: Fortress, Palace, College. [152] For the same year, 34.3 per cent of the undergraduate full-time student population came from independent schools and 8.75% from grammar schools,[153] 19.35 per cent of full-time students are of ethnic minorities. ", "Works starts on new £40m Durham University education hub", "Durham Uni seeks contractor for two new colleges", "ConstructionWork starts on Durham University's new £80m colleges", "Bright future for John Snow College, as 2019/20 location is announced", "The birthplace of Brutalism in the U.K. is at risk of losing its most outstanding concrete building", "Ugly or iconic? [16] Current and emeritus academics include 14 Fellows of the Royal Society, 17 Fellows of the British Academy, 14 Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences, 5 Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2 Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts and 2 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Durham also competes again long-standing BUCS champions Loughborough University in the 'BUCS Varsity', a coordinated set of BUCS matches across multiple sports, and in a competition between Durham colleges and Loughborough halls of residence, both of which were organised for the first time in 2015/16. I was chosen to study and accepted onto a law study abroad exchange course at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver for the academic year 2020/21. [20] This was joined in 1871 by the College of Physical Sciences (renamed the College of Science in 1884 and again renamed Armstrong College in 1904). Medical degrees in Newcastle were exempt from this requirement from the start of the affiliation of the medical school, but in Durham it lasted until the revision of the statutes in 1865. Two daily news bulletins are broadcast every weekday, as well as a Breakfast Show and an Evening Show. The results were … Further meetings can be called if representation is made by a minimum of 50 members. [123] However, unlike at Oxford and Cambridge, there is no formal teaching at Durham colleges (with the exception of Cranmer Hall theological college within St John's), although colleges are active in research. In general, the departments perform research and provide teaching to students, while the colleges are responsible for their domestic arrangements and welfare. It is Senate that grants degrees, and has the authority to revoke them. [265], Sport at Durham is a key aspect of student life with some 92 per cent of students regularly taking part. Student Complaints and Non-Academic Misconduct. It signified that the postholders were "the chief academic and administrative officers of the Divisions respectively" (art 45). Durham is also home to the oldest Gamelan slendro set in the UK with an active community group and an artist in residence. [241] Durham Students' Union (DSU) charters and provides most of the funding for these organisations. For admissions in 2015/16, Durham had the third lowest percentage of state school students (among higher education institutions with over 1,000 full-time first-degree entrants) at 60.5 per cent, compared to a Higher Education Statistics Agency benchmark of 75 per cent. [115], The academic year at Durham is divided into three terms: Michaelmas term, which lasts 10 weeks from October to December; Epiphany term, which lasts nine weeks from January to March; and Easter term, which lasts nine weeks from April to June. [99] The library was founded in January 1833 at Palace Green with a 160-volume donation by the Bishop of Durham, William Van Mildert. Tracing its roots back to the early 1950s, and known under its current name since 1988, the group consists of six writer-performers (auditioned, interviewed and chosen each Michaelmas Term) and produces a series of shows each year. Each faculty is headed by a Pro-Vice-Chancellor and one or more Deputies. I am a PhD student at Durham University studying Behavioural Science having previously completed a Bachelors in Psychology. [282] The Assembly Rooms is the university-owned theatre, located on The Bailey, which hosts a number of student productions each term. Noted writers include Edward Bradley author of The Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green, Minette Walters (French, 1971), author of The Sculptress and The Scold's Bridle, Graham Hancock (Sociology, 1973) author of The Sign and the Seal, Tim FitzHigham, comedian and author, James Kirkup, travel writer, poet and playwright, Patrick Tilley, science fiction author, and Lorna Hill (born Lorna Leatham, English, 1926), children's writer, author of the Sadlers Wells series. Like Slytherin at Hogwarts, everyone asks the sorting hat not to put them in Hatfield College. Elvet Hill, south of the Mountjoy site, has ten of the colleges as well as the Botanic Garden and the Vice-Chancellor's residence in Hollingside House. [284], Music is particularly marked by the Durham University Chamber Choir and Orchestral Societies (including the Palatinate Orchestra[285]). Council is the executive body of the university. Student numbers have increased in most areas in line with the Strategy. Do I have any chance at a good University [14] Durham's student body consists of 14,320 undergraduates and 4,705 postgraduate students (2018/19). [84], The university's 2017–2027 strategy document calls for the development of a new home for the business school at Elvet Waterside (Old Elvet), to open in 2021, and for the redevelopment of the arts and humanities facilities at Elvet Riverside (New Elvet), opening from 2022. [264], The Bubble, founded in 2010, is an online magazine based at the university covering various subjects, including student and university news. [24][25] The landmark event was not met with universal applause, with the London Times stating "it would not be much longer before the University of Durham was affiliated to the Zoo". This reform also removed the university from the authority of the Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral, who had been the governors of the university since its foundation. [218] In 2015, Durham was placed 47th in the world (8th in the UK) in QS's pilot global employability ranking,[219] and 8th in the UK for graduate prospects by the Times and Sunday Times 2016. [99] The library operates five branches: Bill Bryson Library (the main library), Leazes Road Library, Queen's Campus Library, Durham University Business School Library and the Palace Green Library, which holds the special and heritage collections. The university is a member of the Russell Group of British research universities[7] after previously being a member of the 1994 Group. [168][169], Durham has partnered with the Sutton Trust since 2012 to run the Durham University Sutton Trust Summer School for gifted and talented school children from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to qualification with 16 to 32 UCAS Tariff points and a guaranteed conditional offer from Durham if they choose to apply. The university ranks second for French, Geography & Environmental Science, Iberian Languages, Middle Eastern & African Studies, and Theology & Religious Studies. All heads of departments and of colleges report directly to one of the members of the UEC. [220] It did not, however, feature in the Times Higher Education Top 150 Global Employability rankings,[221] but was placed joint 16th in the UK for the employability of its graduates according to recruiters of the UK's major companies. In the individual subject area rankings for 2016-7, Durham is placed 60th (2015-6: 83rd) in the world (8th in the UK) for physical sciences,[201] 60th (2015-6: 36th) in the world (9th in the UK) for social sciences,[202] and 29th (2015-6: 28th)in the world (6th in the UK) for arts and humanities. There are also multi-faith rooms at St Aidan's College,[115] Trevelyan College,[116] and in the hub building shared by John Snow and South colleges. St Cuthbert's Society was founded in 1888 for non-collegiate, mostly mature, male students as a non-residential society run by the students themselves. This was the first new college to open in Durham itself since the creation of Collingwood in the 1970s. [52] In 2012, Durham (along with York, Exeter and Queen Mary, University of London) joined the Russell Group of research-intensive British universities. [8] It was Sunday Times University of the Year for 2005,[9][10] and the Times and Sunday Times Sports University of the Year for 2015,[11] and was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2018. Offering over 200 undergraduate courses and 100 taught postgraduate courses, and many research degrees. It is displayed equally in London and Durham, being shown at the University's Palace Green Library for the first time as part of the Lindisfarne Gospels Durham exhibition in 2013.[103][104][105]. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, Durham was assessed to have a research profile of 33 per cent world class (4*), 50 per cent internationally important (3*), 15 per cent internationally recognised (2*), and 1 per cent nationally recognised (1*). Over 130 countries represented in our staff and student bodies, creating a diverse social and academic community. There are two separate disputes behind this strike – one on pensions and one on pay and working conditions. Durham operates a collegiate structure similar to that of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, in that all the colleges at Durham (and the Wesley Study Centre) are "listed bodies" in part two of the Education (Listed Bodies) (England) Order 2013 made under the Education Reform Act 1988,[121] as bodies that appear to the Secretary of State "to be a constituent college, school, hall or other institution of a university which is such a recognised body" (the "recognised body" being, in this case, Durham University). [223], In 2013, Durham was judged to have the best quality of student life in the country in the inaugural Lloyds Bank rankings and has never (in 2015) been out of the top three, coming in third in 2014 and second in 2015. Readers are also entitled to use the theology library housed by Durham Cathedral in its cloister. [70] Separately, the university announced that it had raised £225 million to fund its estate masterplan through the private sale of long-term bonds to British and US investors. Additionally, there is an "Induction Week" (informally known as "Freshers' Week" or Week 0) for first year students prior to the start of Michaelmas term, starting on the first Monday in October. [180] In the Times Higher Education ranking by grade point average (GPA; measuring average quality), Durham fell from joint 14th in 2008 to 20th in 2014 despite a rise in GPA from 2.72 to 3.14. Students outside of Hatfield College. It must meet once each year in order to hear the Vice-Chancellor's Address and to debate any business relating to the university. [291] Dunelm can trace its roots to the Durham University Society, formed in 1921, and preceded by the Society of Dunelmians in 1905 and the Durham University Association in 1866. 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