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Durham has a highly valued and historical association with many countries in Africa. Links to the training of teachers and missionaries in Sierra Leone stretch back to the 1820's. The university also hosts the 'Sudan Archive' - an important collection of Sudanese artefacts collected predominantly from 1898 to 1955. Since 1964 The Ruth First Educational Trust has been raising funds to support students from Southern Africa to undertake postgraduate Masters degrees at the University. 

Nowadays there are dozens of projects across all faculties in many different countries -both ongoing and planned. Areas of interest vary enormously to reflect the breadth and depth of Durham's interests, with established academics supervising post-doctoral fellows and PhD students. This website is designed to introduce and to facilitate exchange of information with anyone who is interested in the work that Durham undertakes with partners in Africa.

Alongside our Africa research, a postgraduate student-led African Studies Student Network coordinates interdisciplinary student research exchanges and seminars, postgraduate workshops and events.


University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone (Formerly Fourah Bay College)

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

African Institute for Mathematical Science, Ghana

Research Centres and Institutes


Library Collections

Student and Alumni Societies and Associations

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Members of Durham University who have a link to Africa and wish to become a member of the Africa Regional Interest Group are encouraged to either complete the survey of regional interest form available at the below link.