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Durham University

University Strategy 2017-2027

Global Durham

“More than a quarter of our students come from outside the UK and there are 150 nationalities represented among our staff and students. However, we want to do better still. We want Durham to be a globally networked university, recognised around the world as an outstanding place to study and work and a significant contributor to international research and innovation agendas.”

Our goals

We will:

  • Deliver a step-change in Durham’s international reputation;
  • Develop and sustain a range of strategic partnerships with peer institutions;
  • Attract the best academic staff from around the world to work at or with Durham;
  • Ensure that more than a third of our students come from outside the UK.

We are already doing well

  • We currently recruit around 22% of our students from outside the European Union and have a growing complement of non-UK academic and professional staff.
  • We are members of two important international higher education networks: Matariki and Coimbra.
  • Our students benefit from a wider range of opportunities to broaden their horizons, with over 240 student exchange programmes under the Erasmus+ and International Exchange programmes.
  • We have an agreement with the Palace Museum, in Beijing, China, to bring together our two world-renowned centres of research and cultural excellence for the first time.
  • We have opened the Durham University International Study Centre at Stockton-on-Tees, in partnership with Study Group, offering pathway programmes for international students.
  • Professor Claire O’Malley joined Durham in January 2018 as our first Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global), to lead development of our Global Strategy.

But there is So Much More to come

By 2027, we will:

  • Increase the proportion of non-UK students recruited to the University to a minimum of 35%, increasing the diversity of our student body and enriching the wider student experience.
  • Internationalise the curricula of Durham degrees with a view to increasing the employability of Durham students around the world.
  • Develop partnerships with peer institutions in North America, Europe and East Asia.
  • Establish a Durham University presence in key global cities, to enable us to better engage partners, alumni, students, staff and potential funders around the world.

Please note that these were the goals and plans from the original Global Strategy whcih was approved as part of the 'University Strategy 2017-2027' in December 2016. The a new Global Strategy has since been developed. If you'd like to find out more, please email

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.