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Coimbra Group

Membership of the Coimbra Group network enables Durham to engage with 40 prestigious, partner universities across Europe. With a secretariat in Brussels, the Coimbra Group has close ties with the European Commission and acts as a lobbying force on policy matters related to European higher education and research. Through a series of thematic working groups related to research, education and outreach, Durham can participate in benchmarking activities, collaborate on research projects, contribute to Coimbra Group publications and policy documents and network with counterparts at Coimbra Group member universities. Student activity coordinated by the network includes a Student Exchange Network run by the Academic Exchange and Mobility working group, and an annual Three Minute Thesis Competition.

Working Groups

Durham has representation on the Coimbra Group Executive Board (Professor Danny Donoghue) and actively engages with eight of the twelve Working Groups, with representatives as follows:

Working Group


Durham Representative

Research Support Officers


Anna Brown, International Research Development Manager (RIS)

Social Science and Humanities


Charlotte Clarke, Executive Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Health

Janet Stewart, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Education Innovation


Tony Fawcett, Acting PVC Education

Academic Exchange and Mobility


Simon Litchfield , Exchanges and Study Abroad Manager (IO)

Doctoral Studies


Peter Whitton , Senior Academic Development Manager (DCAD)



Christine Bohlander, Employability Development Manager (CEEC)



Liz Waller , Director of Library and Collections

Craig Barclay, Head of Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions

Latin America


Stefano Cracolici, Professor MLAC, Co-Director CVAC

DU CG Coordinator


Emma Moore , International Partnerships Manager

Durham’s Engagement

Durham’s membership brings mutual benefits in terms of increased reputation in Europe, research collaboration, influence over European policy-making, staff and student exchanges between members and intelligence on funding opportunities. Click Here for recent examples of Durham’s engagement with Coimbra Group events and initiatives.

For more information, please visit the network’s website: or contact Durham’s Coimbra Group Coordinator, Emma Moore: