Durham University

Durham University is a collegiate public research university in Durham, North East England, founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832 and granted a royal charter in 1837


Durham Castle houses University College, making it one of the oldest buildings currently being used to house a university in the world
The strong tradition of theological teaching in Durham gave rise to various attempts to form a university there, notably under King Henry VIII and Oliver Cromwell, who issued letters patent and nominated a proctor and fellows for the establishment of a college in 1657. However, there was deep concern expressed by Oxford and Cambridge that the awarding of degree powers could hinder their position.Consequently, it was not until 1832 when Parliament, at the instigation of Archdeacon Charles Thorp and with the support of the Bishop of Durham, William van Mildert, passed “an Act to enable the Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral to appropriate part of the property of their church to the establishment of a University in connection therewith” that the university came into being. The act received Royal Assent from King William IV on 4 July 1832.

Departments:

Anthropology
Archaeology
Biosciences
Business School
Chemistry
Classics and Ancient History
Combined Honours in Social Sciences
Computer Science
Earth Sciences
Education
Engineering
English Language Centre
English Studies
Foundation Programme
Geography
Government & International Affairs
History
Law School
Liberal Arts
Mathematical Sciences
Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, School of
Modern Languages & Cultures, School of
Music
Natural Sciences
Philosophy
Physics
Psychology
Sociology
Sport and Exercise Sciences
Theology & Religion

Student life:
Residential life
Student organisations
Civic engagement
Student media
Sport
Music and drama

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