Founded in 1832, Durham University has over 15,000 students and is located in the city of Durham and in Stockton-on-Tees at Queen's Campus, which was opened in 1992. The University is organised into three academic faculties: arts and humanities, science, and social sciences and health, made up of 25 departments or schools. It employs over 3,000 staff and has an annual turnover of £210m. Additionally, the Durham Business School is known world wide for its innovative approach to business education.
Few universities have comparable research strengths across the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Arts and Humanities; yet Durham is compact and interactive enough to develop new approaches, questions and research ideas that transcend discipline boundaries. Our Institute of Hazard, Risk & Resilience (www.dur.ac.uk/ihrr) is demonstrating the power of such genuine interdisciplinary activity.
In the 2008 research assessment exercise 90% of our research was deemed of international quality, with 78% either internationally "excellent" or "world leading
A further example is the Wolfson Research Institute (WRI) (www.dur.ac.uk/wolfson.institute) which brings together and develops a wide range of research on human health and wellbeing across the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Over 130 WRI Fellows from ten academicdepartments are pioneering new interdisciplinary approaches, from the role of primary care and public health in tackling health inequalities to the new intellectual field of medical humanities.
The Institute occupies a striking purpose-built waterfront building at the University's Queen's Campus Stockton which is being developed to generate new educational and economic opportunities in the Tees Valley. The Institute combines its commitment to world class research with strong partnerships with public services, health and regeneration agencies in North East England, particularly the NHS. These focus on applied research and developing new products and tools to improve health and quality of life, especially among disadvantaged groups where there is most potential to make a difference.