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Durham University


Developing our students


The dawn of a new age of digital learning at Durham

(11 October 2019)

The new Teaching and Learning Centre

Our new Teaching and Learning Centre

Our new Teaching and Learning Centre has opened its doors. Designed for state-of-the-art student learning, the £40 million construction offers our students the ideal space to study, great facilities and top-of-the-range digital equipment.

Inside the light and bright new building, you will find two modern lecture theatres, as well as a number of other adaptable teaching spaces designed to encourage active learning, 450 new student study spaces and nearly 200 computer laboratory places.

Our lecturers and students will be able to collaborate seamlessly across all digital devices, making ideas sharing and group work easier than ever before. Students’ presentation techniques can be perfected with new recording equipment and high definition video conferencing will be available across the building.

New ideas for a better learning

Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD), based inside the Teaching and Learning Centre are testing exciting and unusual ideas to improve learning and teaching across the University. They are currently looking at playful learning techniques, which even include using video games! The team’s new Education Laboratory will be used to try out ideas like this, and there will be plenty of opportunities for our students to be involved.

Accessible and inclusive

Yet this is only part of the digital transformation taking place at Durham, which will make learning more accessible and inclusive.

Last year, we rolled out Encore, Lecture capture across our teaching rooms. Within the year, we have been recognised internationally for our ground-breaking approach. Nearly 80% of all lectures were captured last year, providing students with additional learning and revision aid, and assisting students whose first language is not English or who have particular educational needs and conditions. 

As part of our improved virtual learning environment, students will be able to access and share learning resources in a way that suits them anytime and anywhere.

Further information

Developing our students

Durham Centre for Academic Development

Encore – Lecture Capture

Your journey to the extraordinary starts here

We celebrate diversity at Durham. As part of a diverse group of exceptional students and staff you’ll be challenged and inspired in equal measure to push boundaries and look for new ways to answer the big questions.

To make sure the you receive the best possible support, not matter your background, we have worked closely with the Office for Students to create a plan improve access, success and progression for underrepresented groups.

You can read the plan here: Access and Participation Plan


Whatever new experiences you’re looking for, you’ll find your place within Durham.

The Teaching and Learning Centre unveiled

The Teaching and Learning Centre unveiled

Cutting-edge facilities

Just 2 minutes walk from the Bill Bryson Library, our new Teaching and Learning Centre will offer a range of spaces including a cafe and a range of group quiet study areas, group study rooms (they’re sound-proof – we checked!). But there is more: flexible teaching rooms, lecture theatres and at least one walk-in cupboard.

Read more in our blog!

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"Durham University delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK."

TEF 2018