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University Strategy 2017-2027

Research and Engagement

“We prize academic independence and curiosity driven research at Durham. We aim to employ the very best people and set them free to pursue their research interests in a cooperative and well supported working environment.
But we want to be better still. We want to deliver research that is world-leading and world-changing across the whole University.”

Professor Claire Warwick, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Our goals

We will:

  • Deliver a critical mass of world-leading research across all academic departments;
  • Produce and disseminate research that has a positive impact on global, national and regional challenges and which benefits culture, society, health, the economy and the physical environment;
  • Offer a rewarding research environment and an exceptional research-led learning experience.

We are already doing well

  • Durham University Departments generally rank in the top tier of Russell Group universities and Archaeology, Geography and Theology and Religion are all ranked in the Top Ten of all Departments globally. Our Arts and Humanities Faculty is in the World Top 50.
  • Durham University researchers work across disciplinary boundaries. The University has eight Research Institutes that lead the world in areas including energy; hazard, risk and resilience; particle physics; medieval and early modern studies; and computational cosmology. The Institute of Advanced Study brings external Fellow to Durham to work with our academics on changing research questions.
  • Durham University researchers maintain key partnerships with Procter and Gamble, IBM, Dong Energy and the Centre for Process Innovation. Procter and Gamble has recognised the University as a “best in class” academic partner.
  • Durham University researchers create new businesses and employment. The University has launched 25 spin out companies since 1997 – including Kromek, P2i and Ikon Science – supporting nearly 1,000 jobs.

But there is SO MUCH MORE to come

By 2027, we will:

  • Build critical mass across the University, with very significant growth in Mathematics, Computing Sciences, the Business School, the School of Government and International Affairs, Law, English and History. Each newly recruited faculty member will strengthen the Department that she or he joins.
  • Build new University Research Institutes (URIs) to address key global challenges.
  • Invest over £2.8 million annually in our new Chancellor’s Scholarships to better resource a high-performing cohort of postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers as we build the next generation of leading academics.
  • Work with Business Durham and Durham County Council to develop the third phase of NETPark, North East England’s only science park.
  • Deliver a high quality academic estate, including targeted investments in buildings, libraries, museums, laboratories and equipment to support a world-leading research culture.
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.