Place Category: Traditional
Durham University is perfect for you if you want a really traditional university experience (think academic gowns for dinner and studying against the backdrop of world heritage buildings) in a university renowned for its academic excellence, in the North East of England.
It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research intensive universities. It was founded in 1837 and is made up of 16 constituent colleges (in a similar way to the Oxbridge universities). The colleges at Durham are not for the purposes of teaching, rather they are responsible primarily for the residential, social and pastoral care of the students. There is a lot of friendly rivalry between the colleges particularly in sporting events and many of the older colleges have formal dinners requiring students to dress in formal gowns.
The University has many historic buildings and owns and manages the UNESCO World Heritage site (which includes Durham Castle).
The University is spread across two campuses: Durham City (all academic departments), and Queen’s Campus in Stockton (an international study centre which focuses on preparing international students for entry into degree courses at the University). The University no longer has a Medical School as this activity has been transferred to Newcastle University (along with pharmaceutical and other health related activity).
The University has a triple accredited business school.