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Durham named North of England’s leading university

(16 August 2007)

Durham University has been confirmed as the North of England’s leading university in two influential national league tables.

The Times Good University Guide 2008 ranks Durham as the UK’s ninth best university out of 113 institutions, which is an improvement of one place on the previous table. This is the second time this month that Durham has clinched a top ten spot in a league table. It was ranked the tenth best UK university in The Good University Guide league table sponsored by PriceWaterhouseCoopers Durham was also named in both The Times and the PWC league tables as the top place in the country to study English. The Times league table ranked six other subjects among the top five in the country in their subject areas – chemistry, engineering, geography, history, music and physics. Six subjects made the top ten – economics, French, Iberian languages, law, maths and sport. The Times Good University Guide 2008 league table is based on performance in a number of areas which include student satisfaction, research quality, entry standards, student-staff ratio, completion rates, investment in facilities, and graduate prospects. Professor Chris Higgins, Vice Chancellor of Durham University, said: "Durham is committed to establishing itself as a top ten university and this guide not only recognises our world-leading research across many disciplines and high-quality teaching but also the value of our distinctive student experience. "In addition to gaining the very best academic and pastoral support during their studies, students enjoy being part of a diverse community within a collegiate system. When they achieve their degrees our graduates are among the most sought after in the country. "This is also good news for the North of England and the North East, particularly as one of Durham's goals is to contribute to the social, cultural and intellectual life of the region. Our students and staff use their skills in running a number of outreach programmes which include volunteer work in the community and science classes for schools. "The University continues to enjoy increasing applications and we fully intend to build on our successes in future years." In the PriceWaterhouseCoopers sponsored Good University Guide earlier this month, Durham also had a number of subjects among the top five in the country in their subject areas. These include English, which is ranked first in the country, archaeology, chemistry, classics and ancient history, general engineering, geography, Middle Eastern and African studies, history, mathematics, French, music, philosophy, physics and theology. Margaret Fay, chairman of the regional development agency One NorthEast said: "The region's universities are vital partners in the ongoing economic development of North East England. These latest accolades for Durham University confirm this and reflect the growing reputation of the region as a centre for world-class study and innovative research. "The tables also recognise the commitment of Durham staff to deliver an unrivalled learning experience in the heart of the local community. Congratulations to all." For more information on The Times Good University Guide go to www.timesonline.co.uk/gooduniversityguide For more information on The Good University Guide go to www.thegooduniversityguide.org.uk/

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