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Durham University - Stockton on Tees

Address: Queen\\\'s Campus, Stockton University Boulevard Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees TS17 6BH, UK, Stockton-on-tees, England


The University of Durham, commonly known as Durham University - Stockton on Tees, is a university in Durham, England. It was founded by Act of Parliament in 1832 and granted a Royal Charter in 1837....
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The University of Durham, commonly known as Durham University - Stockton on Tees, is a university in Durham, England. It was founded by Act of Parliament in 1832 and granted a Royal Charter in 1837. It was one of the first universities to open in England for more than 600 years, and is claimed to be England's third oldest after Oxford and Cambridge (although other higher education institutions also make this claim – see third oldest university in England debate).

Durham University - Stockton on Tees is a collegiate university, with its main functions divided between the central departments of the University and 16 colleges. In general, the departments perform research and provide centralized lectures to students, while the colleges are responsible for the domestic arrangements and welfare of undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral researches and some University staff. Colleges decide which students they are to admit, and appoint their own fellows (senior members). In Durham, "the university" often refers to Durham University as opposed to the colleges."Long established as a leading alternative to Oxford and Cambridge", the University attracts "a largely middle and higher class student body" according to the Times Good University Guide. The latest University League Table 2010 published by The Complete University Guide ranked Durham 5th in the UK after Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College and LSE. Durham University - Stockton on Tees was also named Sunday Times University of the Year in 2005, having previously been shortlisted for the award in 2004.

The strong tradition of theological teaching in Durham University - Stockton on Tees 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 to appropriate part of the property of their church to the establishment of a University in connection therewith" to fund a new university, that the Durham University - Stockton on Tees actually came into being. Accommodation was provided in the Archdeacon's Inn from 1833 to 1837 when an order of the Queen-in-Council was issued granting the use of Durham Castle (previously the Bishop's palace) as a college of the university.  The Act received Royal Assent and became law on 4 July 1832. The University's Royal Charter was granted on 1 June 1837 by William IV, with the first students graduating a week later.

Durham University - Stockton on Tees owns a 227.8 hectare (ha) estate which includes a UNESCO world heritage site, one ancient monument, five grade-one listed buildings and 68 grade two-listed buildings along with 44.9 ha of woodland. The estate is divided into two campuses: Durham City and Queens Campus, Stockton. The two campuses are connected via a free bus service that runs frequently throughout the week. One of the major public attractions on the Durham Campus is the 7.3 ha Botanic Gardens, established in 1970, with over 78,000 visitors.

Durham University - Stockton on Tees Campus was established in 1992 and is located in the town of Stockton-on-Tees some 30 minutes away from the Durham City Campus. The campus is home to around 2,000 full-time students, two residential colleges (John Snow and Stephenson Colleges) and the Wolfson Research Institute. There are currently a limited number of subjects studied at Queen's Campus. Current subjects are: Medicine (shared with Newcastle University), Biomedical Sciences, degrees in Accounting, Business and Finance, Applied Psychology, Primary education and Human Sciences. The University has recently purchased a 4-acre (16,000 m2) site on the North bank of Stockton and has plans to develop the academic structure at Queens and the possibility of a new college. A bus line connects Queen's campus to the main campus and a one-way journey usually takes 45 minutes.

The Durham University - Stockton on Tees Library system holds over 1.5 million printed items. The library was founded in January 1833 at Palace Green by a 160-volume donation by the then Bishop of Durham, William Van Mildert. The library operates four branches: Main library, Education Library, Queen's Campus Library and the Palace Green Library which holds the special and heritage collections. The Bishop Cosin's Library (contains over 5,000 medieval titles) and the Sudan Archive ("the pre-eminent archive on the Sudan outside Khartoum") of the central library was granted Designation Status in 2005 by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. In addition to the central library system, each College maintains its own library and reading rooms such as the Bettenson, Brewis, Williams and Fenton Libraries of St Chad's College, which contain over 38,000 volumes. Many departments also maintain a library in addition to the subject collections in the central and college libraries.

Durham University - Stockton on Tees operates a collegiate structure similar to that of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, in that all the colleges at Durham are "listed bodies" under the Education Reform Act, 1988, "recognized by the UK authorities as being able to offer courses leading to a degree of a recognized body" (the "recognized body" being, in this case, the federal University). Approximately 130 student clubs and organizations run on Durham's campus. These include numerous student government, special interest, and service organizations.

Durham University - Stockton on Tees Students' Union (DSU) charters and provides most of the funding for these organizations, and represents students' interests when dealing with the administration. The DSU also operates events based in Dunelm house ranging from club nights such as Planet of Sound, Revolver (alternative & indie), Twisted (underground electronic) and the Jazz café.

The DSU also runs a Comedy Café, Fresher's Ball, Silent Discos and Vintage fashion fair amongst others. Sport at Durham is a key tenant to student life with some 85% of students regularly taking part. The 50 university level sport clubs are organized by Team Durham with many being predominantly based at the Graham Sports Centre at Maiden Castle which has 26 courts and pitches for sports ranging from rugby to lacrosse to netball, additional facilities include eleven boat houses and two astroturfs a fitness studio and weights room. The university also owns The Racecourse which has a further eight courts and pitches for cricket, rugby (union and league), squash and football. According to the latest league tables of British universities many courses of Durham University - Stockton on Tees are among the best in the country with English being ranked as the number 1 in the UK.

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