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Durham Ranked 5th in the UK

(22 September 2017)

Durham University has been ranked 5th in the UK according to The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. In addition, the guide has ranked Durham’s Music department as top for the second consecutive year and the English department as joint top.

The results reaffirm Durham’s position as one of the UK’s leading universities, having now been ranked in the top ten in this prominent league table for over ten years. 

The Good University Guide is made up of a number of indicators including student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider university experience, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and degree completion rates.

Sustained success

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor at Durham University, said: “It is pleasing to see that we continue to be very highly ranked in this league table, which uses a range of indicators of success.

"To be ranked in the top five universities in the UK reflects the sustained commitment we have to delivering excellence across education, research and the wider student experience.

"The top rankings for Music and English reflect the hard work and dedication shown by all the staff and students in these departments, and we are exceptionally proud of their achievements. 

“As part of our new strategy we have ambitious plans to develop and place the University firmly among the best in world. Recent milestones include opening the International Study Centre in Stockton welcoming the first cohort of students, and in Durham City work will shortly commence on the new £40m Centre for Teaching and Learning which will be a hub for educational innovation.”

Building on recent achievements 

The results of the Good University Guide follow a number of recent successes for Durham. The University was ranked in the World Top 50 for Employer Reputation in the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

A survey by the Higher Education Statistics Agency found that 97.9 per cent of Durham University undergraduates completing their first degree were in employment or further study three and a half years after graduation, the highest rate of any UK university.

The strength and effectiveness of the University's College communities contributed to Durham recently winning the Best Student Community Award at the National Student Housing Survey Awards.