Durham ranked sixth in UK

Students at South College cafe bar

We’ve been ranked the sixth best university in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

Great experience, great prospects

The Guide recognises our success in this year’s National Student Survey (NSS), in which we achieved an Overall Satisfaction score of 87.3% – the highest in the Russell Group of leading UK universities and the highest of any university in North East England.

It also recognises the success Durham students go on to enjoy in their careers. We’re ranked seventh in the UK for graduate prospects – 87% of our students are in high-skilled jobs or postgraduate study 15 months after graduating.

Ongoing success

Our sixth place ranking this year is an improvement on our performance last year, when we were seventh, and means we’ve been in the top ten in this prestigious league table for over ten years.

It comes shortly after we rose to fourth in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2021 and were placed 86th worldwide in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

Investing in our student experience

As for all universities, 2020 has been a challenging year for us as we manage the impact of coronavirus.

But we’re continuing to invest in our student experience so that it rivals anywhere in the world.

Recently we opened two new Colleges, a new home for John Snow College and our brand-new South College. And we’re looking forward to a new home for our Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science departments opening soon.

We’re also doing more than ever before to attract students from all backgrounds to consider studying at Durham.

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