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Durham University


Developing our students


Athletes raise money for charity during lockdown

(10 July 2020)

As UK government restrictions brought an abrupt end to many sporting leagues and seasons, our student-athletes dealt with the challenges of lockdown in the most inspiring way. 

Since March 2020, our student-athletes have raised over £16,000 for worthy causes through a variety of self-organised challenges and remote activities. 

From distance running and weightlifting events to keepy-uppy and handstand challenges, our athletes participated in a range of imaginative and creative activities from across the UK and around the world, raising money for worthy causes and staying connected with their teammates. 

Teamwork and unity are some of the characteristics we often see on the sports pitches, and we are incredibly proud to see our athletes demonstrate these characteristics in such uncertain times and raise funds for so many worthy causes. 

Sport at Durham  

The physical and mental health benefits associated with sport and exercise are well documented, we are proud that 75% or our students participate in sport at a college, university or professional level.  

With over 550 teams, across 18 sports, our College Sport structure is one of the largest and diverse intra-mural programmes in the world, presenting almost unlimited opportunities to make friends, develop self-worth and feel part of a community.  

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Our participation sports programme is open to all students and plays an integral role in developing the lifelong bond that many of our students form with their College and the University. 

Follow our athletes on our social media channels: Facebook and Twitter  

The chosen recipients of the funds raised by our clubs are NHS Charities TogetherDurham Foodbank and The Sockstar Project 

Through Experience Online we are bringing together a wide range of events and activities to keep our students connected. 

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!

More about our Estate Developments

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

TEF 2018