As one of the UK’s leading and world top 100 universities, Durham is also one of the most distinctive universities. It is a residential collegiate university with a welcoming community of more than 18,000 students and over 4,000 members of staff. Set within the historically rich City of Durham in the North East of England, which is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is an undeniably beautiful place in which to base your academic and home life.
We are listed 5th in the Guardian University Guide 2020 and 7th in the Complete University Guide 2021. We are ranked 86th in the QS World University Rankings 2021. Our academics and students are at the heart of our world-leading research and teaching capabilities, shaping the future with their ground-breaking work.
At the heart of what we do is how we work and what we aim to be. As part of our people related objectives we want to ensure that we are an excellent employer and, to achieve this, we must recruit the best people from the widest possible pool of candidates.
Our staff and students come from across the globe and represent over 150 nationalities. We are already a diverse community and are committed to promoting equality and diversity for all staff and students. In fact, inclusivity is one of our core objectives and forms part of the University's Strategic Plan. We are working towards embedding equality and diversity at all levels of our organisation.
At Durham, our people are our most important asset. We believe that our success is tied to being able to recruit and retain outstanding staff and students from all backgrounds and identities. We are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment where our people feel supported and valued, enabling them to not only succeed, but thrive.
Our core Equality Objectives are to:
Increase awareness of Equality & Diversity challenges and duties
Improve gender balance across the University
Improve understanding and support of disability across the University population
Increase numbers of BME staff and students
We have a range of Key Performance Indicators to measure success against these objectives and achive a modern and diverse workface and student body. These include:
Proportion of international (non-UK) students – 35% by 2027
Percentage of Faculty members who are female - Top third of the Russell Group by 2027
Percentage of academic staff who declare their ethnicity as BME and percentage of staff who declare a disability: Russell Group median by 2026
Benefits at Durham University
List of all the benefits that Durham University are offering their
Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.
Enhanced Maternity Leave
Give As You Earn – Charity Donations Through Payroll.
Generous Annual Leave
Shared Parental Leave
Financial Incentives (Stocks, Share Options)
5 Days Annual Volunteer Leave
Training and Development
Sports and Social Clubs
University Day Nursery
What our people say
“The University has allowed me the freedom and flexibility to shape my own research and teaching, embedded in an active and exciting research environment.”
— Professor Louise Bracken
“The international student population and faculty has made me more open-minded and taught me to respect diversity.”