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Ten-year Strategy to deliver world-class research, education and wider student experience

(23 May 2017)

Durham University has launched a new ten-year Strategy which will ensure it continues to deliver world-class research, education and wider student experience.

Having recently clarified its future size, shape and mission through a series of major decisions, the University is proposing to invest £700 million over ten years in its people and its digital and physical infrastructure.

As part of this investment, and to mark the launch, the University has announced major new funding for PhDs and post-doctoral research. An extra £2.8 million of support will be available each year, under a scheme titled the Chancellor’s Scholarships.

Ambitious proposals

Among the key proposals are:

  • To further develop the University’s excellence in research, allowing for greater positive impact on global, national and regional challenges and greater benefit to culture, society, health, the economy and the physical environment;
  • To invest in the University’s students, with a new Centre for Teaching and Learning and an Education Laboratory, where new education techniques will be developed;
  • To further enhance the student experience by building a new facility for Durham Students’ Union, improving sports facilities at Maiden Castle and developing new colleges, ensuring more students live in college accommodation;
  • To internationalise the University, with more staff and students from outside the UK, the opening of an International Study Centre and strengthened links with peer institutions around the world;
  • To deliver a world-class estate, including new academic and residential facilities and refurbishment of existing facilities.

These add to other Strategy proposals announced previously, including the repurposing of Queen’s Campus in Stockton, in part as an International Study Centre, and the transfer of the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health to Newcastle University.

Exciting time

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University, said: “Durham University’s future is bright. We attract wonderful students from all around the world and we are ready to embrace change.

“Through our Durham University Strategy 2017-2027, we will deliver world-leading and world-changing research across all our academic departments and institutes; education that is challenging, difficult, enabling, research-led and transformative; and a wider student experience to rival the best in the world.

“We will build a stronger faculty, improve our estate, enhance our education offer and make our professional services more efficient.

“It is a very exciting time to be part of, or indeed connected to, Durham University – and, as we launch our new University Strategy 2017-2027, my invitation is: partner with us. Together, we can be so much more.”

Comprehensive consultation

Durham University Strategy 2017-2027 was developed from 2015 onwards, under the leadership of Professor Stuart Corbridge, was subject to comprehensive consultation with staff, students and other stakeholders and has been approved by the University’s governing body, Council.

Robert Gillespie, Chair of the University Council, said: “Our new University Strategy 2017-2027 is an ambitious yet detailed vision of how we want the University we love and treasure to grow and develop, so that it is sustainable, pioneering and transformational in all areas for decades to come.”

‘Fantastic student experience’

Alice Dee, Durham Students’ Union President, said: “There are some really exciting elements incorporated into the new University Strategy. In particular we welcome the development of the current campus to ensure it will provide a fantastic student experience. We look forward to a new Students’ Union building which will ensure our student groups have appropriate spaces in which to enjoy their extra-curricular activities.”

Commenting on the impact of Durham University, James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive of the North East England Chamber of Commerce, said: “Durham University is a genuinely world-class facility. For North East England, to have something that brings that global focus helps all aspects of the region. I think we should be really, really proud of the difference that Durham University is making locally and internationally.”

‘Outstanding facilities’

Commenting on proposals to develop Maiden Castle Sports Park, Will Legg, President of Team Durham at Durham University, said: “These proposals will really help us take our sporting provision to the next level. It will be a hub for the student population and the local population as well. It will be one of the most outstanding facilities in the region.”

Commenting on the student experience at Durham University, Soumya Singh, a Computer Science undergraduate, said: “The University has benefitted me a lot personally. I have been guided very well, both professionally and in other areas. I appreciate the system of college mentors a lot and I’m glad that I can be part of whatever sport I can think of.”

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