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At Durham, our academic staff conduct boundary-breaking research which improves lives across the world. Collaboration with a broad mix of partners is central to enhancing global knowledge and developing global citizenship.  We find it easy to be proud of the extraordinary people we have at Durham.
Over 19,000
students and 4,300 staff members
Over 40%
of academic staff are of non-UK origin
Ranked 25th
in the Times Higher Education international universities rankings 2021
87th in the World
for our overall contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the THE Global Impact Rankings 2021
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Institutes and Centres
Our ten research institutes bring together staff to work collaboratively, across departments and with external partners, to develop new ways of thinking that contribute positively to societal challenges. Our research centres allow researchers to focus on areas of specialism, often sitting between traditional disciplinary boundaries.
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Research that makes a difference
The latest research taking place across the University.
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We have an extensive range of state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities across a range of disciplines. We also provide services such as expert support for policymakers in our Public Policy Hub.
Durham University has a global reputation for excellence and working together we can support your business to succeed.
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Producing world-leading and world-changing research
We produce world-leading and world-changing research across all four of our faculties, which pushes boundaries and fosters partnerships across geographies and sectors.
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