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Durham officially the Best Student Community

(7 September 2017)

As students prepare to arrive at Durham University for a new academic year, they can be assured they are officially part of the UKs Best Student Community, according to this year’s National Student Housing Survey (NSHS).

The award reflects Durham’s commitment to delivering the best possible student experience and reinforces its position as a leader in UK higher education, having been recognised as one of the top universities both nationally and globally in a range of respected rankings.

Most recently, the HESA survey found that 97.9 per cent of Durham University undergraduates completing their first degree were in employment or further study three and a half years after graduation, the highest rate of any UK university

Survey success

The annual National Student Housing Awards are based exclusively on direct feedback from over 34,000 students across 200 universities and colleges across the UK. With no written nominations and no ‘expert’ judges, the National Student Housing Awards are uniquely credible and highly prized.

The survey takes a comprehensive look at all aspects of the student accommodation experience, including the condition and quality of accommodation, overall management, value for money and relationship with other students.
Data for the awards is collected through the National Student Housing Survey which is managed by Red Brick Research, an independent market research agency with a specialist youth marketing and higher education practice.

Commitment to student experience

Owen Adams, PVC Colleges and Student Experience at Durham University, said: “At Durham we offer a unique student experience and we’re delighted to see that our students recognise and celebrate this.

“We are proud of the way Durham students combine their studies with the wide range of extracurricular opportunities available to them, becoming fully involved in the University community.

“Durham Colleges are integral to this experience providing the environment for students to develop skills in leadership, representation, management and teamwork, as well as confidence, resilience and self-management.”

Collegiate communities

The award recognises that the Colleges are at the heart of the wider Student Experience at Durham University, offering vibrant, supportive scholarly communities full of opportunities for our students to gain new experiences and helps them to achieve more in their future lives.

College communities foster a sense of identity and ensure a network of personal contacts across subjects, years of study and diverse social, national and cultural backgrounds. It is this strong sense of community that supports transition into, throughout and beyond their time at Durham.

Looking to the future

The University Strategy shows firm commitment to continuing to improve the Durham Student Experience, with plans for up to six new colleges, large scale investment in sports facilities and a new Students’ Union facility all to be delivered by 2027.

Read more about the Durham Student Experience