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Why Durham?

University Strategy

Durham University is committed to delivering excellence across the board, and, in key respects, we do this already. However, we do not want to stand still and we have exciting plans, some of which have already come to fruition, to further improve the size, shape and mission of the University.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of our staff and students from the regional, national, and international communities that we serve. We aim to be a place where people of all backgrounds and identities can thrive. 

Our Colleges

The University's colleges, in addition to their communities of undergraduate and postgraduate students, also have Senior Common Rooms or SCRs: self-organising communities of staff, postgraduate students, visiting scholars and others who meet for conversation, scholarly activities, meals and entertainment, and use their experience and knowledge to help the students in their college in many ways - helping in the process to sustain the traditions and identity of each college.

New members of staff will automatically be affiliated to one of our seventeen colleges with an offer to take up membership of its Senior Common Room - the first year's membership being free of charge.

Being a member of the SCR at St Cuth's has been incredibly rewarding. It has given me the chance to interact with undergraduates, postgraduates, academics from other departments and people from all walks of life in ways that I could never have imagined. The weekly formal dinners are a particularly good way of meeting new people, and you never know who you're going to sit next to or what connections you might make.

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough
Assistant Professor in Medieval History and Literature

Global Durham

Durham is a truly world-class university with a long history of welcoming students and academics from all over the globe. International partnerships are a core part of Durham's outstanding research and vibrant learning communities. Our many collaborative partnerships with international universities allow us to share knowledge and promote inter-cultural learning, ensuring that our graduates are in high demand on the global stage.

Student Experience

To help our students make the most of their time at Durham and to develop skills that equip them for their future careers and life, we provide a huge variety of extra-curricular activities (many of which are also available to our staff). We are working towards making our wider student experience even better.

Education and Research

We are a research-intensive university with a long-established commitment to conducting world-class research and delivering a research-led education. The research work of our academics shapes and inspires the disciplinary structure of our academic departments, as well as our college communities, and directly informs our teaching at every level.

Faith and Religion

The University provides a number of facilities for its main religious communities through its collegiate system. University and college chaplains are an integral part of the welfare provision and pastoral support that the University offers both to staff and students. Additionally, many different religious communities are represented in the local area.

For further information on faith support at Durham University and the surrounding area, including details of places of worship, please visit our dedicated faith support web pages.

Access and Disability Support

We are committed to attracting, growing and engaging with talented people from diverse backgrounds at every level. As part of this commitment, the University recognises the importance of inclusivity; ensuring that all can flourish and reach their full potential.

We are a Disability Confident Employer and we work with our Occupational Health service and external partner organisations, such as Access to Work, to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to overcome issues that colleagues may have in respect of the work environment or their role.

We are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, adjustments will be made to support people within their role.

If you are unable to complete your application via our recruitment system, please get in touch with us at

Health and Wellbeing

Durham University prides itself in being a collegiate institution that provides unique health and wellbeing opportunities and initiatives for all staff based on national best practices. The support services and initiatives available include:

  • A comprehensive occupational health service, provided by occupational health specialist practitioners, a consultant occupational physician and an occupational health technician
  • Fast track to the University physiotherapy service for assessment and treatment following musculoskeletal injury
  • Fast track to the University counselling service, including face-to-face and online courses
  • Health surveillance based on a health and safety risk assessment to monitor health when staff are exposed to workplace hazards e.g. lung function tests, skin checks and hearing tests
  • Fitness-for-task assessments based on role requirements to ensure the safety of staff and students, and to identify reasonable adjustments, if required, to support staff in their work role
  • Leadership and management training to empower managers to support staff health and wellbeing, for example in managing change or workplace stressors.  Recognising that effective leadership is vital to building and sustaining an organisational culture where staff can thrive
  • Comprehensive coaching and mentoring programmes to support staff induction and professional and personal development
  • Comprehensive staff benefits package, My Benefits, to support economic wellbeing
  • Encouraging staff participation in a wide range of activities that support health and wellbeing
  • Health promotion - linking to national campaigns (e.g. alcohol, healthy eating, stress management, change for life)
  • Advice and signposting to other services and agencies to support health and wellbeing (e.g. smoking cessation, national health screening programmes)
  • Web pages dedicated to using the Five Ways to Wellbeing to improve mental health and wellbeing
  • An Employee Assistance Programme service providing a complete support network that offers expert advice and compassionate guidance 24/7, covering a wide range of issues

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