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University Strategy 2017-2027

Accommodation and Estates

“Durham is a uniquely beautiful place and we are fortunate as a University community to work and live in many wonderful buildings. But we want to do better still. In order to deliver our University Strategy, we need a world-class estate. To achieve that we will need to make major investments, both in building new departmental space, teaching space, residential accommodation and student facilities, and in improving the condition of our existing estate.”

Professor Tim Clark, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Faculty of Social Sciences and Health)

Our goals

We will:

  • Develop an academic estate that will allow the University to deliver world-class education, research and student experience;
  • Ensure the long-term availability of suitable residential accommodation;
  • Ensure the continuing renewal and maintenance of our estate;
  • Improve the environmental sustainability and ease of travel around our estate and city locations.

We are already doing well

  • Our Ustinov College postgraduate community moved to a new home at Sheraton Park, Durham City, in September 2017.
  • The £40 million Durham University Teaching and Learning Centre, including the Durham Centre for Academic Development, will open in September 2019, with a range of learning environments and technologies.
  • A £35 million upgrade to our Maiden Castle Sports and Well-being Park will be completed for September 2019, supporting our students to compete at the highest levels of UK university sport, increasing student participation in sport and allowing further community use of our world-class facilities.
  • A new £40 million home for our Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science departments will open in September 2020, allowing both departments to increase staff and student numbers. The facility will also host our first student enterprise and innovation hub.
  • A purpose-built new home for John Snow College and a new college will open at Mount Oswald in September 2020, with full College facilities and a total of 1,000 student beds.

But there is So Much More to come

By 2027, we will:

  • Deliver phase two of our Estate Masterplan, including a new home for Durham University Business School at Elvet Waterside and new developments for our Arts and Humanities Departments at Elvet Riverside.
  • Deliver a third phase of estate development at our Science Site to ensure that our laboratory-based science Departments have the facilities to match their international reputations.
  • Deliver repairs to existing buildings, both Collegiate and academic, such that 85% of our buildings are of a very high standard.
  • Establish and nurture four to six new Colleges.
So Much More to Come

So Much More to Come

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Durham University makes a significant contribution regionally, nationally and internationally. To continue to thrive, we will need to expand and develop. There is So Much More to Come.