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About Durham University

University Values

Durham University is distinctive – a residential Collegiate university with long traditions and modern values. We seek the highest distinction in research and scholarship and are committed to excellence in all aspects of education and transmission of knowledge. Our research and scholarship affect every continent. We are proud to be an international scholarly community which reflects the ambitions of cultures from around the world. We promote individual participation, providing a rounded education in which students, staff and alumni gain both the academic and the personal skills required to flourish.

As a result, we value our:

Human scale and global reach

We are a supportive community of staff and students which makes a difference to people world-wide and cherishes our locations.

Freedom of thought and debate

We cherish new ideas and push the frontiers of knowledge in an exciting intellectual environment.

Tradition and modernity

We reflect almost two centuries of learning and scholarship in colleges and departments, while our creativity and transformative research shape today’s international agendas.

Collegiality and diversity

We provide opportunities for our staff and students to excel and make a difference in whatever sphere of life they choose. We work together to achieve our vision respecting each other and the diversity individuals bring.

Ethics and responsibility

We promote the highest standards of individual behaviour and personal accountability, and value social responsibility as a University and in our external partnerships.