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Durham ranked as top five UK University

(25 April 2012)

Durham University has further cemented its place as one of the UK's leading universities, according to a new league table.

The Complete University Guide 2013, which ranks 116 universities, named Durham as the country's fifth best university - the same position it held in last year's guide.

The consolidation of Durham's performance in the Complete University Guide follows on from its best ever performance in the prestigious Sunday Times University Guide, which ranked Durham as the UK's third best university.

Durham is also ranked among the world's top 100 universities and is in the top 15 globally for employer reputation when it comes to the quality of, and demand for, its graduates.

In the Complete University Guide 2013, the University was third in the UK for the amount it spends on support facilities including careers and sports facilities.

Durham featured in the top 10 for entry standards, student satisfaction, the percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class degree, degree completion and employability of its graduates.

Nationally Durham was also ranked fifth for its environmental and ethical policies in the league table's "green" rankings.

The University was also the highest placed in the North and was ranked in the top 10 nationally for 27 of the 34 degree subjects it offers, according to the league table which is published today (Tuesday, April 24).

In individual subject league tables, Durham featured in the top five or top ten in almost every subject across the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities, with English, sports science and theology and religion ranked second in the country.

Nineteen subjects were ranked in the top five nationally, according to the guide. They were: archaeology; chemistry; classics and ancient history; English; geography; geology (earth sciences); German; history; Iberian languages; law; mathematics; Middle Eastern and African studies; philosophy; physics and astronomy; psychology; Russian and East European languages; sociology; sports science; and theology and religion.

A further eight subjects were named in the top 10: anthropology; biological sciences; economics; education; French; Italian; music; and politics.

Professor Chris Higgins, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, said: "Our continually strong performance in this and other league tables highlights the unique opportunities on offer at Durham.

 "Our students benefit from the University's tremendous strength in combining excellent research and teaching, delivered by world-leading academics, with the distinctive social and pastoral experience of our collegiate system and superb access to extra-curricular activities such as sport, the arts, or community outreach.

"This allows our students to gain a world-class education while also developing crucial skills for the future such as leadership, critical thinking and entrepreneurship, and is why Durham's graduates are among the most sought after in the world by leading employers."

Full details for the Complete University Guide 2013 can be found at: www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/

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