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This session has been designed to teach sixth form students the research skills they will need for post-16 study and potentially for their undergraduate studies. Students will be given a short lecture highlighting research strategy, and how to access and reference online material. This can be combined with an induction tour of Durham University’s main library, learning how to find and use educational material.

Please note that if you wish for your students to use the University’s main library for research, they must first attend a Research Skills session. After the tour, they will be free to use our facilities independently.

Work Experience

We offer an online and on site work expeience offer across the year for Year 12 students. Our online work experience is February Half term is aimed at students across the country who cannot access our venues and out on site in July is for those who can. The students will work with the curatorial, archive, special colelctions, conservation, learning and visitor services teams.


Durham University is home to an incredible art collection spanning many different cultures, countries and movements. Your students will not only experience the art, and learn more about the artists, but will also have a chance to go behind the scenes. Here, they can see how our collections are stored, catalogued, and meet the art professionals who care for them.

Our archive houses some incredible primary source material, which can help transform how your students perceive the study of historya must for any potential history undergraduate. We support teaching across a huge range of subjects including the Normans, Tudors and the Suffragettes.

We are keen to work with schools and colleges on Widening Participation and Raising Aspirations projects. We design these projects in consultation with individual schools and staff. Please contact us to start planning ways we can help to inspire and encourage your pupils.