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Durham achieves highest ever ranking in University guide

(11 September 2009)

Vice-Chancellor Prof Chris Higgins

Vice-Chancellor Prof Chris Higgins

Durham University has achieved its highest ever ranking in a prestigious national league table.

The Sunday Times University Guide 2010, which is published this Sunday (September 13), placed Durham seventh nationally out of 122 institutions – moving ahead of the well-respected London School of Economics.

The Sunday Times also said that Durham “dominates” the North East’s university rankings.

The guide shows that Durham is one of the most highly regarded Universities in the UK among head teachers and academics and that student satisfaction is among the highest nationally.

The guide drew attention to Durham’s outstanding facilities and the fact that 24 subjects were rated excellent for teaching in the most recent assessment.

The University’s collegiate system at both Durham and Queen’s Campus, in Stockton, was praised for providing “bite-size student communities” at “the centre of most students’ social networks”.

Sporting success was also highlighted. Ninety per cent of students play sport regularly, turning out for 350 teams in the College Sport programme, while the University has a reputation for producing international class sportsmen and women.

Professor Chris Higgins, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, said: “Durham offers students a truly distinctive experience.

“Once again this guide recognises our tremendous strengths in offering high quality teaching, delivered by some of the world’s leading researchers, coupled with the unique social and personal development offered by our collegiate system and superb access to extra-curricular activities, such as sport.

“The Durham experience provides students with the necessary academic and social skills they need to succeed in life and many of our graduates go on to achieve great things in their chosen fields.

“That is why Durham remains one of the most popular choices for some of the most able and motivated students from around the UK, and indeed the world, and why our graduates are among the most sought after in the country by employers in all walks of life.”


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