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Durham University

Academic Office

Access and Engagement

Access and Engagement supports the Higher Education choices of young people who are traditionally underrepresented at university and encourages anyone with academic ability to consider applying to Durham, regardless of background. The service is based within the Academic Office, which is part of the University's Education Division.

Our Projects

What we do

We work with a range of stakeholders, including schools and colleges, parents and carers and other like-minded organisations to ensure that entry to university is based on merit and academic potential, and not social background, ethnicity, gender or other factors. Much of our work depends on close liaison with other areas of the University, including academic departments, colleges, professional support services and current undergraduate and postgraduate students. We also liaise with many national organisations and actively contribute to and influence national policies on fair access.

Access and Engagement is specifically concerned with:

  • Working nationally to encourage gifted applicants from underrepresented groups to apply and enrol at Durham.
  • Forming partnerships both regionally and nationally with schools, colleges and other relevant institutions and organisations.
  • Working with young people with little or no aspiration towards or experience of higher education, to encourage them to fulfil their potential.
  • Actively supporting the implementation of the University’s Access and Participation Plan.

In undertaking these responsibilities Access and Engagement delivers a wide variety of activity including:

  • The Supported Progression Programme
  • Sutton Trust Summer Schools
  • Engagement with schools, colleges and young people through Access Partnerships.
  • Support for those who have spent time in local authority care and students estranged from their families.

For advice or guidance on Access and Engagement please contact :

Tel: 0191 33 49126

Contact Details

Student Recruitment and Admissions Office,
Durham University,
The Palatine Centre,
Stockton Road,
Durham DH1 3LE,
United Kingdom,

Fax: 0191 33 46055

Access and Engagement

Access and Engagement

The Palatine Centre

Stockton Road


(0191) 334 9126