Durham University is committed to producing graduates who are in high demand and stand the best chance of securing the career they want. Graduating with an intellectually rigorous and globally respected degree is central to a Durham education.
What you achieve academically and experience as a person whilst at Durham will say a lot about you in the future. One of the main reasons for our system of colleges and college mentors is to equip our students with adaptable and marketable workplace skills.
The opportunities we provide to become involved in committees, clubs and societies and to be active in voluntary or paid work experience will help you develop an enviable set of professional techniques enabling you to be more successful in the graduate job market. Your Durham University experiences will help you build up skills in team-working, problem-solving, communication, negotiation and leadership. These are all qualities highly valued by regional, national and international employers who know that a degree combined with a unique Durham life experience is just what they need from graduates that they recruit.
The QS rankings (2010-11) placed Durham University in the top 25 globally for employer reputation after 5,000 blue-chip organisations across the world ranked the quality and demand for Durham's graduates ahead of leading institutions in the UK and major international universities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Toronto and Sydney, as well as a number of Ivy League institutions in the US, including Princeton.
But don't just take our word for it ... let's hear success stories from some of our graduates:
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Kapil Kirpalani - Law
Kapil Kirpalani was born in Hong Kong and completed the British O-level and A-level exams before coming to Durham. Upon completion of his LL.B (Hons) at Durham University Kapil went on to further studies at Nottingham Law School, London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge.
During his time at Durham University Kapil was a student representative on the Law Student Staff Consultative Committee (SSCC) and served as an editor of Inter Alia (the student Law Journal). He was also a keen moot student and was on the team that won the Allen & Overy Best Legal Memorial Award at the Jessup International Moot Court National Finals. Outside of the department he was involved in his college JCR, was a student tutor, was elected President of the International Students Association and played college and university level basketball.
Kapil is currently Director, Legal and CCO for the Pacific Harbor Group, an established Pan-Asian asset management firm with a focus on credit investments. He helped build a substantial Asian debt trading and investment business with approximately US$3Bn invested to date, generating an annualized net return in excess of 13%. During his time at Durham, the culture of idea generation and critical thinking prepared him for the challenges that he now faces.
Prior to joining the Pacific Harbor Group, Kapil worked in the Corporate Transactions, Finance & Governance Group at Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partners, in London and Frankfurt. His primary focus was the sale and acquisition of businesses; legal, financial and tax due diligence through tax structuring and contract negotiations and representation before national authorities; structuring of financial plans and company valuations as well as restructuring plans taking account of corporate accounting requirements and tax burdens. A key skill from his studies at Durham, Kapil was taught to develop strategies for success to help make the decisions required to advise businesses how to manage through good times and downturns.
During the course of the 3-year law degree, he completed several competitive internship programs in Asia with international law firms, including Allen & Overy, where he represented underwriters and issuers in public and private offerings of debt, equity and equity-linked securities, out-of-court restructurings, pre-packaged bankruptcies and exit financings for companies emerging from bankruptcy. He began his career under The Hon. Mr. Justice Gall at the Hong Kong High Court, an opportunity he was fortunate to have because of Durham’s strong reputation amongst the legal community.
Kapil is a frequent contributor at seminars and conferences around the Asian region and has been featured on CNN. He attributes his career progress to date to the strong foundations that were laid during his time at Durham. World-class academics, intellectually stimulating classmates and a strong college support system allowed an entrepreneurial mindset and pool of ideas to develop in the midst of a traditional legal education.
Advice to applicants – “make Durham your first choice, you won’t regret it.”