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The Durham University Experience Higher Education Institute College Video Conference 15th January 2008David Thornber, International Office

Shaped by the past, creating the future

location
Location
  • Located in the North East of England
  • Voted best City in the UK (2007) by the international travel magazine Conde Nast
  • Surrounded by beautiful countryside - North Yorkshire Moors, Lake District, Holy Island and Scotland
  • Excellent road and rail links. Only 3 hours to London, 1 hour to York and 1 ½ hours to Edinburgh by train
  • Fly into Newcastle International Airport or Durham Tees Valley Airport. Access to Europe through a number of airlines serving Newcastle airport.

Modern Queens Campus

about durham university
About Durham University
  • Founded in 1832
  • Third oldest university in England after Oxford & Cambridge
  • Two campus locations – one experience

Durham - a beautiful, historic city - Cathedral and Castle are a UNESCO World Heritage site

Queens Campus, Stockton – a modern

custom-built campus community

durham university at a glance
Durham University at a glance
  • 15,100 students (11,600 UG, 3,500 PG) in 2006/07
  • 2400 international students from over 120 countries
  • 6 students from Qatar (2007/8)
  • 7,600 female / 7,500 male students
  • 86% of teaching quality assessments rated as ‘excellent’
  • 95.1% completion rate - one of the highest completion rates of the UK
  • 9th – The Times Good University Guide League Table (2008)
  • 109th in World University rankings (2007)
  • one of the UK’s top six sporting universities
  • one of four UK universities to feature a pastoral Collegiate system (Oxford, Cambridge, Durham & Lancaster)
  • Islamic prayer room provision
academic units
Academic Units
  • 3 Faculties:
    • Science
    • Arts & Humanities
    • Social Sciences & Health
  • 31 academic departments
  • 200+ undergraduate programmes
  • Year 0 and International Foundation year programmes
  • Single, Joint and Combined Honours programmes
  • Research and taught Masters programmes
  • PhD programmes
subject areas
Anthropology

Archaeology

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Business & Business Finance

Chemistry

Classics

Ancient History

Computer Science

Earth Sciences

Economics

Education

Engineering

English Studies

Geography

History

Law

Mathematical Sciences

Philosophy

Physics

Politics

Psychology

Sociology

Sport

Theology and Religion

Combined honours in Arts

Combined honours in Social

Sciences

Subject Areas
research
Research
  • International Quality Research – RAE - www.hero.ac.uk/rae/
  • 94% of staff are research active
  • 75% of academic staff are in 5 & 5* research areas
  • 84% of science staff are in 5 & 5* research areas
  • 20 of Durham’s 33 subject areas were rates 5 or 5* in the last RAE
  • Six departments are rated 5*
    • Chemistry
    • Applied Maths
    • Geography
    • English
    • History
    • Law
  • World Science Rankings 1st in the UK and 18th in world for impact
the collegiate system
The Collegiate System
  • The Collegiate System is at the heart of student support structures at Durham University
  • currently 16 residential colleges
    • 14 fully-catered or part-catered
    • 1 self-catered
    • 1 (Post)Graduate
  • Colleges are small enough to foster a strong sense of community, whilst still allowing students to enjoy all the academic and other benefits of a large University.
  • each college is a small community providing a wide range of activities and facilities for study, sports, the arts, socialising, relaxation and welfare
what is a college
What is a College?
  • A place to live, eat, study and play
  • There is NO teaching
  • A place to study any subject
  • Quota for each subject
college features
College Features
  • each College has a different character
  • diverse student body (nationality, ethnicity, socio-economic background, religion, gender, age)
  • strong sense of community: between 300 -1100 students per College
  • variety of support structures
    • Personal tutors
    • College Chaplains
    • Welfare support
    • Health and Safety advice
    • Freshers services
  • 99% of first-years live in College – students can come back for their final year
  • close-knit student community
  • student self-governance
  • formal dinners
recreational support 1
Recreational Support 1
  • Meeting and socialising facilities
    • JCR (parties, social events)
    • College coffee bars
    • Music rooms
    • Sports facilitiesSt. Cuthbert’s College
  • Clubs and Societies
    • Drama societies, Choirs, Environmental societies, Language/National societies, Political societies, Film societies, other thematic societies
    • Charity events

DUCK on Mt. Kilimanjaro

recreational support 2
Recreational Support 2
  • College sports
    • Over 92% of students are actively engaging in sports
    • Wide variety of activities on offer (Martial Arts, Rowing, Rugby, Aerobics, Cricket, Basketball …)
    • College competitions
other support services
Other Support Services
  • Academic Tutors / Supervisors (Department)
  • University Counselling Service
  • University Medical Centre
  • International Student Advisor
  • International Students’ Association
  • International Students’ Induction Programme with a “Meet and Greet” service
  • College Chaplains/multi faith provision – Islamic prayer room
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Our special global Alumni Network

Some of our famous alumni are:

Nasser Hussain

Former captain of England cricket team

George Alagiah

BBC Correspondent

Will Carling

Former captain England rugby team

www.dur.ac.uk/alumni

The late Mo Mowlam

Former Cabinet Minister

Jonathan Edwards

Olympic Gold medal winner (triple jump)

Roger Moore

‘James Bond’

tuition fees
Tuition Fees
  • International Tuition Fees 2008/9
  • Arts & Social Sciences - GBP 10,050
  • Laboratory based Science, Engineering & Technology - GBP 13,110
  • Business MA Programmes - GBP 11,025
  • Business MSc Programmes - GBP 11,800
  • MBA Programme - GBP 20,500
  • Language Programmes
  • EAP Programme 1 - (12 weeks) – GBP 2,910
  • EAP Programme 2 – (8 weeks) – GBP 1,940
  • EAP Programme 3 – (4 weeks) – GBP 970
  • Accommodation charge (fully catered) – GBP 4,170 (based on 2007 costs)
  • (self catered) – ca GBP 380 per month
  • Other expenses for one academic year ca GBP 2,000
  • Cost of living in Durham cheap - many student discounts
summary
Summary
  • Third oldest University in England after Oxford & Cambridge (est. 1832)
  • World class teaching, learning & research with particular strengths in the Science & Business disciplines
  • Durham University highly positioned in UK and World rankings
  • Exceptional & unique Collegiate System providing varied accommodation options and first class pastoral support & recreation opportunities
  • Durham is a very safe and cost effective environment in which to live and study
  • Two locations, one great experience
contact
Contact
  • International Office
  • Durham University
  • The University Office
  • Old Elvet
  • Durham
  • DH1 3HP
  • United Kingdom
  • Phone: +44 191 334 6322
  • Fax: +44 191 334 6326
  • international.office@durham.ac.uk
  • www.durham.ac.uk
  • David Thornber – d.j.thornber@durham.ac.uk