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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, were 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.

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 were committed to always being a good neighbour. Read more about our Greenspace Movement and about our Biodiversity Strategy 

We’re one of the best employers in the North East of England - an achievement that has been recognised with an Advanced Level award of the Good Work Pledge

Find out more about us

Learn more about our history, and our purpose and values. Find out about our commitment to sustainability. And read about the work we’re doing around equality, diversity and inclusion.

Our History

With our historic foundations, we can help you build your future.
Durham location shots by John Donoghue for the media suite backdrop

Our Purpose and Values

Discover what keeps all 4000 of us moving in the same direction.
A group of students outside


Why the environment is important to us - and what we’re doing about it.
Botanic Gardens in August 2022 Classic shots of the Botanic Gardens during August - the images are of flowers and shrubs and do not contain any people

Our Facilities and Environments

We offer unique working environments - and unique career experiences.
Bill Bryson Library at night


It’s our people who make Durham University a great place to be.
Women@DU group of women

Disability Confident Employer Logo, Good Work Pledge Advanced Logo, Race Equality Charter Logo, Athena Swan Bronze Award EUC Gender Charter Logo and Armed Forces Covenant