Durham University is a centre of academic excellence, as a top 5 all-subject university in the UK, a world top 100 university and a member of the Russell Group. Durham also prides itself on its international scholarly community with 1 in 5 students arriving from outside the UK.
The University, situated against the historic backdrop of the UNESCO world heritage site of Durham Cathedral and castle, is a collegiate research university located in the North East of England. Durham has a rich tradition of academic excellence. Bede – poet, scientist, historian and the greatest European scholar of the 7th century – is buried in Durham, as is St Cuthbert, who established ‘English’ Christianity. Added to this, the Lindisfarne Gospels were produced nearby and resided in Durham until the 16th Century. This academic tradition in the region was continued with the founding of Durham University in 1832, making it the third oldest university in England.
Today, the city is a university town with university staff and students accounting for 20,000 of the 48,000 inhabitants. The university also employs a collegiate system with each of the students joining one of 16 colleges, providing students with a dual sense of belonging: a smaller more intimate collegiate experience within the centralised university community.
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