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1 The Durham University Experience Higher Education Institute College Video Conference 15 th January 2008 David Thornber, International Office Shaped by the past, creating the future

2 ∂ Location Located in the North East of England Voted best City in the UK (2007) by the international travel magazine Conde Nast Surrounded by beautiful countryside - North Yorkshire Moors, Lake District, Holy Island and Scotland Excellent road and rail links. Only 3 hours to London, 1 hour to York and 1 ½ hours to Edinburgh by train Fly into Newcastle International Airport or Durham Tees Valley Airport. Access to Europe through a number of airlines serving Newcastle airport. Modern Queens Campus

3 ∂ The City of Durham

4 ∂ About Durham University Founded in 1832 Third oldest university in England after Oxford & Cambridge Two campus locations – one experience Durham - a beautiful, historic city - Cathedral and Castle are a UNESCO World Heritage site Queens Campus, Stockton – a modern custom-built campus community

5 ∂ Durham University at a glance 15,100 students (11,600 UG, 3,500 PG) in 2006/07 2400 international students from over 120 countries 6 students from Qatar (2007/8) 7,600 female / 7,500 male students 86% of teaching quality assessments rated as ‘excellent’ 95.1% completion rate - one of the highest completion rates of the UK 9 th – The Times Good University Guide League Table (2008) 109 th in World University rankings (2007) one of the UK’s top six sporting universities one of four UK universities to feature a pastoral Collegiate system (Oxford, Cambridge, Durham & Lancaster) Islamic prayer room provision

6 ∂ Academic Units 3 Faculties: –Science –Arts & Humanities –Social Sciences & Health 31 academic departments 200+ undergraduate programmes Year 0 and International Foundation year programmes Single, Joint and Combined Honours programmes Research and taught Masters programmes PhD programmes

7 ∂ Subject Areas  Anthropology  Archaeology  Biological & Biomedical Sciences  Business & Business Finance  Chemistry  Classics  Ancient History  Computer Science  Earth Sciences  Economics  Education  Engineering  English Studies  Geography  History  Law  Mathematical Sciences  Philosophy  Physics  Politics  Psychology  Sociology  Sport  Theology and Religion  Combined honours in Arts  Combined honours in Social Sciences

8 ∂ Research International Quality Research – RAE - 94% of staff are research active 75% of academic staff are in 5 & 5* research areas 84% of science staff are in 5 & 5* research areas 20 of Durham’s 33 subject areas were rates 5 or 5* in the last RAE Six departments are rated 5* –Chemistry –Applied Maths –Geography –English –History –Law World Science Rankings 1 st in the UK and 18 th in world for impact

9 ∂ The Collegiate System The Collegiate System is at the heart of student support structures at Durham University currently 16 residential colleges –14 fully-catered or part-catered –1 self-catered –1 (Post)Graduate Colleges are small enough to foster a strong sense of community, whilst still allowing students to enjoy all the academic and other benefits of a large University. each college is a small community providing a wide range of activities and facilities for study, sports, the arts, socialising, relaxation and welfare

10 ∂ What is a College? A place to live, eat, study and play There is NO teaching A place to study any subject Quota for each subject

11 ∂ College Features each College has a different character diverse student body (nationality, ethnicity, socio-economic background, religion, gender, age) strong sense of community: between 300 -1100 students per College variety of support structures –Personal tutors –College Chaplains –Welfare support –Health and Safety advice –Freshers services 99% of first-years live in College – students can come back for their final year close-knit student community student self-governance formal dinners

12 ∂ Meeting and socialising facilities –JCR (parties, social events) –College coffee bars –Music rooms –Sports facilities St. Cuthbert’s College Clubs and Societies –Drama societies, Choirs, Environmental societies, Language/National societies, Political societies, Film societies, other thematic societies –Charity events Recreational Support 1 DUCK on Mt. Kilimanjaro

13 ∂ College sports –Over 92% of students are actively engaging in sports –Wide variety of activities on offer (Martial Arts, Rowing, Rugby, Aerobics, Cricket, Basketball …) –College competitions Recreational Support 2

14 ∂ Other Support Services Academic Tutors / Supervisors (Department) University Counselling Service University Medical Centre International Student Advisor International Students’ Association International Students’ Induction Programme with a “Meet and Greet” service College Chaplains/multi faith provision – Islamic prayer room

15 ∂ Our special global Alumni Network Some of our famous alumni are: George Alagiah BBC Correspondent Will Carling Former captain England rugby team Jonathan Edwards Olympic Gold medal winner (triple jump) Roger Moore ‘James Bond’ The late Mo Mowlam Former Cabinet Minister Nasser Hussain Former captain of England cricket team

16 ∂ Tuition Fees International Tuition Fees 2008/9 Arts & Social Sciences - GBP 10,050 Laboratory based Science, Engineering & Technology - GBP 13,110 Business MA Programmes - GBP 11,025 Business MSc Programmes - GBP 11,800 MBA Programme - GBP 20,500 Language Programmes EAP Programme 1 - (12 weeks) – GBP 2,910 EAP Programme 2 – (8 weeks) – GBP 1,940 EAP Programme 3 – (4 weeks) – GBP 970 Accommodation charge (fully catered) – GBP 4,170 (based on 2007 costs) (self catered) – ca GBP 380 per month Other expenses for one academic year ca GBP 2,000 Cost of living in Durham cheap - many student discounts

17 ∂ Summary Third oldest University in England after Oxford & Cambridge (est. 1832) World class teaching, learning & research with particular strengths in the Science & Business disciplines Durham University highly positioned in UK and World rankings Exceptional & unique Collegiate System providing varied accommodation options and first class pastoral support & recreation opportunities Durham is a very safe and cost effective environment in which to live and study Two locations, one great experience

18 ∂ I wish your students every success for their future studies

19 ∂ Contact International Office Durham University The University Office Old Elvet Durham DH1 3HP United Kingdom Phone: +44 191 334 6322 Fax: +44 191 334 6326 David Thornber –

20 Thank you for your attention Any questions? …

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