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University Strategy 2017-2027

Education

“The education we offer at Durham University is one of our greatest strengths. But we want to do better still. We want our education to be challenging, enabling, research-led and transformative, taking advantage of the latest digital technologies, welcoming talented students from all backgrounds and producing critically and socially engaged global citizens and graduates capable of fulfilling their full career potential.”

Professor Alan Houston, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Our goals

We will:

  • Ensure that all our programmes offer intellectual challenge, cohesiveness and a strong sense of progression;
  • Offer a first-rate digital learning environment on a par with the best in the UK;
  • Significantly improve access from under-represented groups;
  • Equip students to transition successfully to the next stage of their lives, as alumni and citizens.

Education Library

We are already doing well

  • Durham University students are challenged to work with one another and their teachers to solve problems by thinking logically, critically and laterally. We encourage all of our students to lead An Examined Life.
  • Durham University is proud that a very high percentage of our staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Durham University has teamed up with private and public sector organisations to establish doctoral training partnerships and centres that provide outstanding training and research opportunities. Subjects include Visual Culture, Environmental and Earth Sciences, Energy and Islamic Finance.
  • Durham University’s Supported Progression scheme offers talented teenagers free support to help them reach their full potential. Since Supported Progression began in 2011, more than 1,200 young people have taken part, with more than 450 going on to study at Durham.
  • Durham University offers a wide range of bursaries and many fully-funded scholarships to support a thriving community of postgraduate taught students.

But there is SO MUCH MORE to come

By 2027, we will:

  • Build a new Centre for Teaching and Learning that will host a wide range of learning environments and technologies, including new classrooms that will allow students to share courses in real time with students from peer institutions from around the world.
  • Build an Education Laboratory to encourage innovation in classroom pedagogies and assessment. More learning sessions will be ‘flipped’ and more will be student-led.
  • Implement a new University-wide Fair Access Strategy, expand the Supported Progression scheme and work with local schools to ensure greater access to Durham University for under-represented groups.
  • Ensure that Durham graduates are properly equipped to enter labour markets around the globe, where they are already seen as some of the most employable students produced by the world’s leading universities.
  • Build a new lifelong learning offer for Durham alumni that will be underpinned by a strong virtual learning environment.
So Much More in Research, Education, Wider Student Experience and Global Durham

So Much More in Research, Education, Wider Student Experience and Global Durham

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Durham University aims to be world-leading in research, education and wider student experience, and a truly global university. Find out how Durham University Strategy 2017-2027 will deliver these goals.