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Academic Office

Recruitment & Admissions

The Student Recruitment and Admissions Office (SRAO) is part of the Academic Office, which is headed by the Academic Registrar, Dr Michael Gilmore. There are two teams in the SRAO: the Access and Student Recruitment Team and the Admissions Team. Both teams report to the Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions, Mr Richard Emborg. The SRAO is based in the Palatine Centre in Durham City, but staff also spend some time working at Queen’s Campus where the Office maintains a base.

The SRAO plays a vital role in supporting the University in achieving its student recruitment targets and recruiting the most able and motivated students from all backgrounds. Much of our work depends on close liaison with, and support to and from, 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.

Access and Student Recruitment

The Access and Student Recruitment Team is specifically concerned with:

  • Working nationally to encourage gifted applicants onto our programmes, particularly those from underrepresented groups
  • Forming partnerships both regionally and nationally with schools, colleges, LEAs 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 Agreement

In undertaking these responsibilities the Team offers and delivers a wide variety of activity including:

For more detailed information please visit the following highlighted links:

For advice or guidance on Access and Student Recruitment please contact :
Tel: 0191 33 49125

Admissions (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)

The Admissions Team is responsible for:

  • managing the undergraduate and postgraduate admissions process
  • the processing of around 26,000 undergraduate and 9,500 postgraduate applications to the University
  • communications with UCAS
  • monitoring and reporting on admissions statistics
  • ensuring that the University meets its student recruitment targets
  • providing expert advice, guidance and training to support professional admissions in academic departments and colleges
  • ensuring that admissions policies and procedures are adhered to and are developed to meet changing requirements and reflect best practice
  • ensuring that quality and standards are maintained in admissions
  • investigating and responding to any complaints about the admissions process
  • ensuring that the admissions process meets any external requirements
  • issuing of Certificates of Acceptance for Studies required by applicants needing a visa.

For more detailed information please visit:

For advice or guidance on Admissions please contact:
- Undergraduate Admissions
Tel: 0191 33 46128, Email:
- Postgraduate Admissions Tel: 0191 33 46492, Email:

Contact Details

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

Fax: 0191 33 46055