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Durham University

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High level of Overall Satisfaction at Durham

(20 July 2020)

We're proud to have achieved an Overall Satisfaction score of 87.3% in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2020, the highest level of Overall Satisfaction in both the Russell Group and amongst higher education institutions in the North East of England. 

Strong global rankings
Our excellence in teaching, alongside our research and student experience offer, makes our graduates highly sought after by employers around the world and we rank within the World Top 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

Investing in an even better experience
Our University Strategy 2017-2027 includes ambitious proposals to deliver an educational offer that is challenging, enabling, research-led and transformative.

Our dedicated teaching staff, significant investment in new facilities, such as the Teaching and Learning Centre, Sports and Wellbeing Park and Colleges, and our ongoing work to attract the very best academic research and teaching talent from around the world, help to enhance our overall educational and student experience.

National Student Survey
The National Student Survey (NSS) is an independent annual survey that evaluates how satisfied final-year students are with the quality of their experience at university.

Students rate their satisfaction in eight areas: teaching; assessment and feedback; academic support; organisation and management; learning resources; personal development, Students’ Union, and overall satisfaction.


Find out more
Interested in studying with us? We welcome talented students from all backgrounds, learn more about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses
Find out more about our world-class facilities, including our new Teaching and Learning Centre, Sports and Wellbeing Park and new Colleges
Learn more about our world university rankings and world-leading research