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Durham University News


Get involved with Durham University's broad education offer

(16 May 2017)

DURHAM University is inviting more local residents to take advantage of its broad education offer, from lectures to language courses; exhibitions to events.

Education is central to the University’s purpose, with nearly 18,000 undergraduate and postgraduate Durham students based across Durham City and Queen’s Campus, in Stockton; and while demand for places on campus is strong and growing, the University is committed to identifying potential students with the greatest merit and potential from all backgrounds.

Access and Outreach

It is planning to spend £10.9 million on financial support packages and access outreach activities in 2017/18 and is committed to increasing its outreach work and finding new ways to ensure the best and brightest potential students from all backgrounds apply to study at Durham.

But the University’s education offer goes well beyond its undergraduates and postgraduates. Last year nearly 300,000 people enjoyed its cultural programmes, spaced and collections.

Museums and Attractions

Its popular museums and attractions offer a huge range of educational, entertaining and fun activities to learners of all ages. Many activities are free or included in the admission charge. 

Palace Green Library hosts regular book clubs for adults and under-fives and is preparing for a new exhibition - Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there, which will run from Saturday, May 27 to Saturday, September 3.

There are regular public lectures, on a wide variety of subjects, at, for example, Durham Castle, the Institute of Advanced Study and Ushaw College.

Individuals interested in learning a new language can also turn to the University, where the Centre for Foreign Language Study supports around 2,000 learners each year. Courses lasting nine days, 18 weeks and 20 weeks are on offer, with study available in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Bengali, Persian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

The Culture Durham Learning Team uses the University’s world class collections to inspire learning in history, geography, art, English, citizenship and more, reaching over 20,000 pupils from 300 primary and secondary schools each year. Additionally, the University runs an extensive Science Outreach programme, music mentoring and theatrical masterclasses and many students volunteer in local schools.

Positive contribution

Professor Alan Houston, the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), said: “Durham University offers a world-class education, and we want more local students to benefit from that. 

“We also want to deliver outstanding education beyond our lecture theatres. We offer many popular and innovative educational activities on campus and in the community and we would love more people to be involved.

“We are proud of the positive contribution we make to North East England. We are always looking for new opportunities, and welcome suggestions for how we could do more.”

For more information on the contribution Durham University makes to North East England, visit

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