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Durham University

School of Education

School of Education

We are very proud to be one of the leading departments for education in the UK, as we regularly feature in the top five in national university league tables such as 5th in the Guardian University Guide 2020 as well as 3rd in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, and 8th in the Complete University Guide 2021. We also rate highly in the world rankings, 86th in the QS World University Rankings 2021 and 53rd in the THE World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

As a Department, we also lead the way in high quality research, 5th in the field of education nationally and joint 1st in the UK for world-leading research impact. Together with our OFSTED outstanding rated Initial Teacher Education provision we are a major contributor in the field of education.

You can be assured of high quality teaching as we have been awarded the highest possible accolade, Gold, in the Teaching Excellent and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

The School of Education is committed to providing an inclusive, respectful and safe environment for all students, staff, and visitors. We echo the wider concerns expressed in the university’s statement relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at this time https://www.dur.ac.uk/equality.diversity/. We take all instances and issues related to any forms of discrimination seriously, and encourage students, staff, and visitors to report instances of harrassment or discrimination, whether experienced or witnessed, and whether based on ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or any other protected characteristic, through the university’s report and support tool https://reportandsupport.durham.ac.uk/.


World Rankings


Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2021, where we are ranked 86th.

A record 19 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, including 11 in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.