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University College

 University College

Welcome to University College

University College is a vibrant scholarly and residential community. From the UK and overseas, we are home to around 800 undergraduates and 300 postgraduates, along with over 400 members of our Senior Common Room. Located in the historic Durham Castle, we are the oldest college of Durham University.

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Featured Lecture of the Week

Global Governance ..into the Future | David Held | TEDxLUISS

Global Governance ..into the Future | David Held | TEDxLUISS

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Global governance is failing when we need it most. The paradox of our times is that, as global problems become more complex and threatening, our global institutions lose their force as organizing frameworks for inter-state cooperation. Starting from the Lorenzetti’s painting “The Allegory of the Good and the Bad Government”, David Held, Master of University College, Durham and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Durham University, explains what are the reasons for such gridlocks. David Held is Master of University College, Durham and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Durham University. Among his most recent publications are Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation is Failing (2013), Cosmopolitanism: Ideals and Realities (2010), Globalisation/Anti-Globalisation (2007), Models of Democracy (2006), Global Covenant (2004), Global Transformations: Politics, Economics and Culture (1999), and Democracy and the Global Order: From the Modern State to Cosmopolitan Governance (1995). His main research interests include the study of globalisation, changing forms of democracy and the prospects of regional and global governance. He is a Director of Polity Press, which he co-founded in 1984, and General Editor of Global Policy. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


Welcome to our new students!

A very warm welcome to everyone who has been successful in securing a place at Durham University and University College.

(12 Aug 2015) » More about Welcome to our new students!

Announcing the 1072 Club

Durham Castle was built in 1072 under the reign of William the Conqueror. Since then the Castle has become much more than a defensive fortress; it has played the role of Palace, and now College. The 1072 Club is a celebration of this rich history and tradition, a reminder that all Castlemen have been part of a truly unique experience and one that they can relive through joining The 1072 Club. 

(26 May 2015) » More about Announcing the 1072 Club

Call for Applications: UCDT MA Museum and Artefact Studies Scholarship

University College and the Department of Archaeology at Durham University are delighted to invite applications for the 2015- 17 University College Durham Trust Scholarship. This is a two-year part-time course in Museum and Artefact Studies at Durham University.

(24 Mar 2015) » More about MA Museum and Artefact Studies Scholarship

Alumni: Durham Castle Society

Induction Information

If you are due to be joining us for the 2015-16 academic year, please take a look at our information for new students.

Cutting Edge at Castle

Durham Castle Lecture Series

Conferences: Event Durham

Durham Castle Museum website

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