Durham University

Established in 1832, Durham University is the third oldest university in England. It is located in the beautiful medieval city of Durham in the north-east of England, a leading centre of scholarship and education for over a thousand years. At the heart of our University is the medieval UNESCO World Heritage Site where staff and students still live and work in Durham Castle, the oldest University building in the world, endowed to the University in 1837. This is complemented by stunning modern architecture and facilities, and a sense of place enhanced by ancient forests, rivers and the northern Pennines.

Durham is a member of the Russell Group of the leading research-intensive universities in the UK. Our three faculties and 25 departments offer a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate study in subject areas including, Anthropology, Archaeology, Engineering, Geology, Government and International Affairs and more. Our research institutes and centres are pinnacles of interdisciplinary research and are well placed to tackle emerging Arctic issues.  They include:  Institute of Hazard, Risk and ResilienceIBRU: Centre for Borders Research; and Durham Energy Institute. Research directly informs our teaching, and, in partnership with policy-makers, industry, the public sector, and communities around the world, it shapes local, national and international agendas.

Please visit our website for further information about Arctic research at Durham University (https://www.dur.ac.uk/international/collaboration/networks/uarctic/research/).

The University is ranked 61st in the World (QS World University Rankings 2015-16).

Facts and figures

Web http://www.durham.ac.uk
Year Established 1832
Total Number of Staff 3874
Number of Academic Staff 2389
Number of Students 17505
Focus Areas

Polar ice, climate and land dynamics
Natural hazards
Arctic law
Cultures of the medieval North