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University Strategy 2017-2027

Measuring our Performance

Aspect of performance

2027 Target or Milestone

The Times/Sunday Times League Tables

Top 5

Percentage of eligible subject areas in QS World Top 50


UK research assessment exercises

All units in the top third of the Russell Group

Citations per academic staff member

Top three in the UK

PhD students per academic staff member

2 PhDs per FTE academic staff member

Performance in National Student Survey

Top decile overall in the UK

Proportion of Durham students working or studying abroad as part of their degrees


Staff and student volunteering hours

100,000 per annum

Proportion of Durham students gaining the Durham Award


Proportion of international (non-UK) students


Percentage of Faculty members who are female

Top third of the Russell Group

Proportion of estate buildings in Categories A and B (‘High standard’)


Annual income

Over £500 million

Proportion of annual income from philanthropy


Contactable alumni


Key Milestones

Durham University Strategy 2017-2027

Durham University Strategy 2017-2027

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An overview of Durham University Strategy 2017-2027, which will ensure Durham continues to deliver world-class research, education and wider student experience.