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Durham University

Department of Geography

Facilities & Support

Research activities are supported by twenty technical and support staff including a Departmental Superintendent, digital cartographers and a photographer providing a full service for the preparation of graphic work, plus nine laboratory technicians.

Human geography research is supported by two departmental Research Associates.

The Department of Geography is located in two main, adjacent buildings on one of the University sites, directly opposite the University Library.

Location maps - we are at location 40 on the Durham City map.

All postgraduates are offered the following facilities during the normal registration period (e.g. three years for a full-time PhD):

  • Desk Space, including access to a shared computer (some students prefer to bring their own computer and we can assist with networking of those computers, subject to University regulations, and compliance with software licensing)
  • Access to telephone, fax machine, postage, photocopying and printing
  • Free tea and coffee in the Departmental Common Room (The Gordon Manley Room) for postgraduate students - as we view discussion between staff and postgraduates as a crucial part of research activities
  • Financial support for the costs of undertaking research, using a needs-based allocation of available resources
  • Access to the Department vehicles, where necessary for your research
  • State-of-the-art facilities for enquiry in Human Geography, Further details will be posted shortly
  • State-of-the-art laboratories for GIS and Remote Sensing. Further details will be posted shortly
  • State-of-the-art physical geography laboratories. Further details will be posted shortly

Durham University provides a number of resources for postgraduate students. These include:

Research Computing and IT Provision

Department desktop computers are networked using a Microsoft® Windows Active Directory system, so that staff can access shared computing resources, including email which is managed via a dedicated Microsoft Exchange email cluster, the University Wide Area Network and the internet. High quality output is available through a variety of network printers up to A0 in size. The Department supports a state-of-the art remote sensing and GIS laboratory and provides specialist support for computationally intensive research. The portfolio of software covers remote sensing, GIS, computational fluid dynamics, a CONDOR distributed computing cluster for geophysical modelling as well as textual and media analysis, editing and scanning applications.

Laboratory, Field and Analytical Services

We have laboratories equipped to deal with wet and dry sediment analyses, fully climate controlled laboratories for high precision chemical and geotechnical testing, a sediment biomarker laboratory, radionuclide dating laboratory, a microfossil preparation laboratory and microscope rooms, a remote sensing & GIS computing laboratory and a facilities pool for social geography research. Our field equipment pool is extensive and includes precision dGPS survey stations, terrestrial laser scanners, an inshore survey and two inflatable boats, a fleet of five vehicles, a drilling rig and other lake and sediment coring sets and safety equipment including a satellite phone.

Design & Imaging Unit

The Department's Cartography Unit offer a comprehensive design, reprographic and photographic service that underpins our research. This includes the design and preparation of maps, technical diagrams, illustrations, artwork, web graphics, and large format displays for conference presentations. The unit has facilities for high quality scanning up to A0 size including slide and negative with any image rectification and manipulation required and photographic printing also up to A0 size. Photographic support is provided using digital and film cameras both in the field and studio. Support is also offered in audio visual preparation and we have facilities for digital video editing with output to DVD, VHS or direct to disk.