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Durham University

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Core University Policies & Codes of Practice

Diversity & Equality

You have a right to be able to live and study in Durham and Stockton free from prejudice and harassment. The University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive work and study environment that respects the dignity of staff and students and assists all members of the University community to achieve their full potential, regardless of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental status, religion, political belief or socio-economic background.

Further information is available from Diversity and Equality webpages:

Respect at Work and Study

Students and staff have jointly drawn up a policy and code of practice on respect at work and study to discourage harassment of all kinds. The University is committed to providing a working and learning environment that is completely free of personal harassment. The University regards harassment of one member of the University community by another as wholly unacceptable behaviour. If you feel that you are being subjected to harassment in any form, do not feel that it is your fault or that you have to tolerate it.

Further information is available in the Code of Practice on Respect at Work and Study:

Freedom of Speech

It is a fundamental policy of the University as an academic institution that there should be freedom of expression within the law on its property and in its activities. Pursuit of knowledge and the exchange of ideas should be conducted within the University in a tolerant manner and without interference. The University, however, must also take into account other legal obligations: a speaker, for example, who incites an audience to violence or to a breach of the peace or to racial hatred, transgresses the bounds of lawful speech.

If you are involved in organising a meeting or activity and have reason to believe that this may be disrupted because of the nature of the speaker, the views of any person attending or the nature of the subject being discussed or contained in written material, that the personal safety of anyone attending might be at risk because of the nature of the activity or the coincidence of an activity with another activity, you must tell the Registrar as soon as possible. The Registrar will then inform you whether the activity may go ahead.

Further information is available in the Code of Practice on Freedom of Expression:

Infringement of this code will result in disciplinary action.

Other Codes of Practice, Policies and General Regulations

A full list of the University’s General Regulations, Code of Practice, Statues and other core governance information can be found in Volume I of the University Calendar Online:

A full list of the University’s Core and Programme Regulations can be found in Volume II of the University Calendar Online:

A full list of the University’s supporting policies on matters of Learning, Teaching and Assessment can be found in the Learning and Teaching Handbook online:

Useful links and resources



  • Fire, Police, Ambulance, emergency: 999
  • University emergency (24 hours): 0191 334 3333 
  • University Security Office (24 hours): 0191 334 2222 
  • Durham Police: 0845 6060365

Queen's Campus

  • Fire, Police, Ambulance, emergency: 999
  • Queen's Campus Security (24 hours, Holliday Building): 0191 334 0080 
  • Queen's Campus Security (Ebsworth Building): 0191 334 0081 
  • Durham Campus Security (Emergency, 24 hours) Internal: 0191 334 3333 
  • Stockton Police: 01642 607114


Nightline is a confidential, non-advisory, non-judgemental, non-directive listening service, run by students, for students. Our number is on the back of your Campus Card and our Skype name is durham.nightline. We are open, every night of term between 9pm and 7am.