[91] It formerly housed some students from Josephine Butler College, but since summer 2015 the only students at Ushaw are business marketing students. The weeks of term are called "Teaching Weeks", numbered from 1 (start of Michaelmas) to 28 (end of Easter), although this period is used for teaching and exams. [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. It hosts parts of the Business School and of the Centre for Catholic Studies, with the university having committed to leasing the East Wing until 2027 and to establishing a residential research library at Ushaw. [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. Student Complaints and Non-Academic Misconduct. Those attending University College were expected to bring a servant with them to deal with cooking, cleaning and so on. [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". [90], The Wolfson Research Institute was established at the Queen's Campus in 2001 to conduct and facilitate interdisciplinary research in health and wellbeing. Each faculty is headed by a Pro-Vice-Chancellor and one or more Deputies. [212][213] One of Durham's 2017–2027 strategic goals is to have half of its subjects in the top 50 globally on the QS ranking; in 2017 it had 8 in the top 50 out of 27 subjects ranked (30 per cent). The Times Higher Education Young University Rankings list the world’s best universities that are 50 years old or younger. Richard Adams (Sociology), founder of fair trade organisation Traidcraft,[315] Paul Hawkins (PhD in Artificial Intelligence), inventor of the Hawk-Eye ball-tracking system,[316] Dame Elisabeth Hoodless (Sociology), former Executive Director of Community Service Volunteers,[317] Sir Nick Scheele (German, 1966), former President and chief operating officer of Ford Motor Company,[318] entrepreneur Brenda Lindiwe Mabaso-Chipeio, David Sproxton (Geography, 1976), co-founder of Aardman Animations who produce Wallace & Gromit,[319] Tim Smit (Archaeology and Anthropology), co-founder of the Eden Project and David Walton (Economics and Mathematics, 1984), member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee.[320]. Durham students belong to a college for the duration of their time at the university. It was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service – the UK's highest honour for volunteer groups – in 2020. Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, Duke has for many Testing Update: November 14 - 20, 2020. The Statutes provide that: "The University shall be governed by a Visitor, Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Convocation, Council, Senate, and Boards of Studies." See more about the University's history on the timeline. In January 2019 I was invited for an interview and immediately fell in love with Durham. It nominates the Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellors to Council, and recommends the establishment of Faculties and Boards of Studies. Download our 2021 prospectus click here. [39], In 1947, the foundation stones for the new St Mary's College building on Elvet Hill were laid by Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II). Why at Durham University? This is a joint subcommittee of Senate and Council and consists of the Vice-Chancellor and Warden, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost (Chief Academic Officer), the two portfolio Pro-Vice-Chancellors (for Education and Research), the three faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellors, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Warden (who has responsibility for the colleges), the Registrar (chief operating officer) and the Treasurer (chief financial officer). [179], The Round University Ranking placed Durham 94th in the world (12th in the UK) in 2016. [65] In May 2017 the university announced a new ten-year strategy that proposed investing £700m in improving the campus, creating 300 new academic posts, increasing the size of the university to 21,500 students while attracting more international students, and expanding the business school and the departments of law, politics, English and history to reach "critical research mass". [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). The strong tradition of theological teaching in Durham gave rise to various attempts to form a university within the city itself, notably under King Henry VIII and Oliver Cromwell, who issued letters patent and nominated a proctor and fellows for the establishment of a college in 1657. Its powers are limited to appointing the Chancellor (and even then, only on the nomination of Council and Senate) and the making of representations to the university on any business debated (Statute 30).[131]. 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. [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. As you can see, Durham University has many international students. Like Slytherin at Hogwarts, everyone asks the sorting hat not to put them in Hatfield College. Between around 1286 and 1291 the Benedictine monks of Durham established a hall at Oxford University to provide them with a seat of learning. [36], The Newcastle division of the university, which comprised both Armstrong College (named after Lord Armstrong) and Durham University College of Medicine, quickly grew to outnumber the Durham colleges, despite the addition of two independent Anglican foundations: St Chad's College (1904) and St John's College (1909). [30][31][32], The Durham Colleges Students Representative Council (SRC) was founded around 1900 after the model of the College of Medicine SRC (in Newcastle). In addition to representatives from the university it includes up to 12 lay members (not being teachers or salaried staff in the university or any of its colleges), the Dean of Durham and the President of Durham Students' Union (Statute 10). [180] Similarly, Durham fell from 19th to 20th in the Times Higher Education ranking by total research power. UCS was initially intended to grant joint degrees validated by both institutions (BAs and BScs). I wish to combine my knowledge and skills in Psychology and Behavioural Science with my interest in environmental issues to create public policies that can mitigate the impact of … [245][246][247][248][249] The university has stated that they condemn all racism and hate crime. [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. [261] Notable former editors include George Alagiah,[261] Hunter Davies,[262] Piers Merchant, Sir Timothy Laurence,[263] Jeremy Vine[261] and Harold Evans. [note 5], The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2017 place Durham 96th in the world (12th in the UK) in 2016, down from 70th in 2015. It is exciting to be able to share my experiences in my time here — as a member of Grey College, a student in Durham University, and as a Singaporean girl on the search … [158], Durham charges undergraduate fees of £9,250 for home/EU students. It has ranked in the Times top ten since the 2004 tables, the Complete University Guide top ten since it was founded in 2007 (2008 tables) and the Guardian top ten since the 2012 tables. 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. In individual subject areas, Durham is placed in the 51–75 bracket for science and the 101–150 bracket for social science, it is not ranked in engineering, life sciences or medical sciences. 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[112], There are Anglican chapels at many of the colleges, including the 11th Century Norman Chapel in University College[113] and the art deco chapel in Hild Bede Culture. In addition to the central library system, each College maintains its own library and reading rooms such as the Bettenson, Brewis, Williams and Fenton Libraries of St Chad's College, which contain over 38,000 volumes. I share this post with my colleague Susan Ashton, and each of us have worked with autistic adults for over … In 2002, her golden jubilee year, the Queen granted the title "Queen's Campus" to the Stockton site. 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]. Senate is the supreme governing body of the university in academic matters. [252] Originally set up as a week event, DUCK has become a permanent feature in raising money for local or national charities with events taking place throughout the year. [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. ... Over 130 countries represented in our staff and student bodies, creating a diverse social and academic community. [160], For the undergraduate admissions cycle 2013–14, Durham received 26,030 applications (for around 4,200 places),[161] of which 38.4 per cent were from independent schools[162] and 13.8 per cent (of UK applications) from ethnic minorities,[163] overall 64.2 per cent of applicants were successful in receiving an offer of admissions. [192] The previous 2005–2010 strategic plan called for Durham "to be ranked among the top 30 universities in Europe and the top 100 in the world in the Times Higher Education Supplement international league tables";[193] Durham ranked 85th in the world (19th in Europe) in 2010 and has since maintained its position in the top 100.[194]. For the 2013–14 admissions cycle, 153 students took up offers of places in the programme. Durham is a world top 100 university, and the third oldest university in England. Offering over 200 undergraduate courses and 100 taught postgraduate courses, and many research degrees. In the 2020 Complete University Guide subject rankings, Durham is top in the UK for English and Music. Old Elvet was previously the site of the university's administration in Old Shire Hall, which has, since September 2012, been based on the Mountjoy site, in the Palatine Centre on Stockton Road.[77]. 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 Visitor is the final arbiter of any dispute within the university, except in those areas where legislation has removed this to the law courts or other ombudsmen, or in matters internal to the two non-maintained colleges (St Chad's College and St John's College), each of which has its own Visitor. [52] In 2012, Durham (along with York, Exeter and Queen Mary, University of London) joined the Russell Group of research-intensive British universities. University College, informally known as Castle, is a college of Durham University in Durham, England.Centred on Durham Castle on Palace Green, it was founded in 1832 and is the oldest of Durham's colleges.As a constituent college of Durham University, it is listed as a higher education institution under section 216 of the … [20] Consequently, it was not until 1832 when Parliament, at the instigation of Archdeacon Charles Thorp and with the support of the Bishop of Durham, William van Mildert, passed "an Act to enable the Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral to appropriate part of the property of their church to the establishment of a University in connection therewith" that the university came into being. Student numbers have increased in most areas in line with the Strategy. [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. The Chancellor of the university is Sir Thomas Allen, who succeeded Bill Bryson in January 2012. [265], Sport at Durham is a key aspect of student life with some 92 per cent of students regularly taking part. Council is the executive body of the university. In scientific subject areas, Durham ranked 251st in the world (35th in the UK) for biomedical and health science, 104th in the world (26th in the UK) for life and earth sciences, 389th in the world (36th in the UK) for mathematics and computer science, 76th in the world (10th in the UK) for physical sciences and engineering, and 69th in the world (11th in the UK) in social sciences and humanities. [284], Music is particularly marked by the Durham University Chamber Choir and Orchestral Societies (including the Palatinate Orchestra[285]). On the accession of Queen Victoria an order of the Queen-in-Council was issued granting the use of Durham Castle (previously a palace of the Bishop of Durham) to the university.[20]. 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. Renowned for its international community, Durham welcomes around 4500 international students hailing from over 150 different countries. [134] As Warden the Vice-Chancellor is responsible for the 14 maintained colleges of the University. Durham University is a collegiate university, with 16 colleges providing residential, social and welfare facilities for their student members, creating a sense of community for staff and students together. The station has existed since the 1980s and is a recognised DSU society. [64] The new building, named after alumnus Peter Ogden, provides extra laboratories and office space for 140 staff. [78] Upper Mountjoy contains the Psychology and Biological & Biomedical schools, along with various research centres. [71], Durham University owns a 227.8 ha (563 acres) estate which includes part of a UNESCO world heritage site,[72] one ancient monument, five grade-one listed buildings and 68 grade two-listed buildings, along with 44.9 ha (111 acres) of woodland. Read reviews from current & past students for Collingwood College at Durham University. The centre runs a range of foundation year courses associated with specific degree courses. In 1846, Bishop Hatfield's Hall (later to become Hatfield College) was founded, providing the opportunity for students to obtain affordable lodgings with fully catered communal eating, a revolutionary idea at the time, endorsed by a Royal Commission in 1862 and later spread to other universities. [73] The estate is divided across two separate locations: Durham City and Queen's Campus, Stockton. 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. [119], Students at the university are also expected to "Keep Term", whereby students must fulfil their academic requirements at the university. The two locations are connected via a free bus service that runs frequently throughout the week. Studying at Durham. In the same year, tensions surfaced again over the Durham-Newcastle divide, with a proposal to change the name of the university to the "University of Durham and Newcastle". Durham graduates also hold noteworthy positions in the law, including Supreme Court Justices Lord Hughes (Law) and Lady Black (Law), the President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane and the current Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland (Law) amongst others. Teaching Timetable Special notes for 2020/21 teaching: If there is no room code (beginning D/ followed by building code and room number) listed on the timetable, then the activity will be online. [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. All heads of departments and of colleges report directly to one of the members of the UEC. 3030, was founded in 1903 for university alumni and currently meets at Freemasons' Hall in Covent Garden. [283], The Durham Revue is the university's sketch comedy group. 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. [28][29] Notable past presidents of the Durham Union have included Richard Dannatt, Sir Edward Leigh, and Crispin Blunt. As such Heads of Departments must be satisfied that each student has attended all necessary tutorials, seminars and practical work throughout the term and vacation period.[120]. The section points out that black students at Durham are 'only' 2.07% of the overall student population in 2019/20 (which includes both UK domiciled and international students) but compares this with HESA stats that reference UK students only and are for a different academic year (2018/19), so I am not convinced this is a valid … It is similar to a blue awarded at other British universities, though the criteria is stricter, and earning a full palatinate has been described by the university as a 'notoriously difficult' achievement. The university is a comprehensive … A total student population of 18,707 (2018/19) [13], Among British universities, it had the sixth highest average UCAS Tariff for new entrants in 2018[14] and the third lowest proportion of state-school educated students starting courses in 2016, at 62.9 per cent (fifth lowest compared to its benchmark). The current Vice-chancellor of the University of Wollongong (Paul Wellings),[311][312] former Vice-chancellor of Cardiff University (David Grant),[313] and Chris Higgins, former vice-chancellor of Durham, are also graduates. 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. Students reviewed halls in 7 criteria and the average score for accommodation at Durham University is 4.21. [108][109][110], The Durham University Museum of Archaeology moved to Palace Green in 2014, having previously been housed in the Old Fulling Mill on the banks of the Wear. Durham University, the third oldest university in England, consistently is ranked among the world’s top 10 universities. For a transition period, John Snow and Stephenson were both located at Howlands Farm during the 2018/19 academic year. [252] The programme runs projects such as Summer Camps for children from the Youth Engagement Service and fostered backgrounds along with providing coaching at local schools as well as participating in sports in action. The act received Royal Assent from King William IV on 4 July 1832. Durham University. Ranked in the world top 40 for the employability of our students by blue-chip companies world-wide. [102], In 2012 the university, together with the British Library and Durham Cathedral, purchased Europe's oldest intact book, the St Cuthbert Gospel, for the nation for £9 million. [238] In 2015, Durham University was voted number 1 in the UK for best university WiFi, on the review platform StudentCrowd. [42], By the time of the separation from Newcastle the Elvet Hill site was well established; with the first of the new colleges being founded in 1959, Grey College, named after the second Earl Grey who was the Prime Minister when the university was founded. According to the latest CWTS Leiden Ranking 2018 that measures the scientific performance of 500 major universities worldwide, Durham is ranked 89th in the world in terms of the proportion of its academic papers in the top 10 per cent for impact (the "PP(top 10%)" measure).[179]. [267][268] The university also owns The Racecourse which has a further eight courts and pitches for cricket, rugby (union and league), squash and football. Built in the 1960s, the Durham University Oriental Museum grew predominantly from the acquisitions of the university's former School of Oriental Studies. The report of this commission was published in July 2020, highlighting that there were multiple problems with bullying, discrimination and a lack of diversity, and that many students came to the university with a sense of entitlement. 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. [19] However, there was deep concern expressed by Oxford and Cambridge that the awarding of degree powers could hinder their position. [174] The scheme, where students study alongside inmates, ran in Durham Prison and the high-security Frankland Prison in 2015 and was expanded to include Low Newton Prison in 2016. [122] Though most of the Durham colleges are governed and owned directly by the university itself (the exceptions being St John's and St Chad's), the legal status of the Durham colleges is similar to Oxbridge colleges, setting them apart from those at the universities of Kent, Lancaster, and York. 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. BAME (Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic) students make up 32.6% of full-time Durham students in 2019/20, although students who classify themselves as ‘black’ number only 382 out of 18 430 full-time students (2.07%). These have included Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury (St John's, 1992), Sir Milton Margai, first prime minister of Sierra Leone (MD, 1926),[297] the 7th Queensland Premier John Douglas (BA, 1850),[298] Henry Holland, 1st Viscount Knutsford, Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1887 to 1892 (Law, 1847), Herbert Laming, Baron Laming, head of the Harold Shipman inquiry and the investigation of Britain's social services following the death of Baby P, (Applied Social Studies, 1960),[299] Dame Caroline Swift, the lead counsel to the Shipman inquiry,[300] and Mo Mowlam, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at the time of the Good Friday Peace Agreement (Sociology and Anthropology). 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. [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. I am a PhD student at Durham University studying Behavioural Science having previously completed a Bachelors in Psychology. The report also found that the lack of diversity was at the root of a number of exclusionary and discriminatory behaviours, including racism, sexism, and disrespect of working class students. 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