Durham ranked in Europe’s top 30 for teaching quality

Durham University has achieved the prestigious position of 29th in Europe for teaching excellence, according to an international league table.

Durham ranked in Europe’s top 30 for teaching quality

Durham University has achieved the prestigious position of 29th in Europe for teaching excellence, according to an international league table.

Durham’s position in the Times Higher Education (THE) Europe Teaching Ranking follows last month’s announcement that the University has been recognised with a Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Both accolades come as Durham University strives to deliver world-leading teaching, making significant investment in new facilities and innovative teaching practices.

THE Europe Teaching Ranking

This is the first year in which the THE data team has created a teaching-led ranking for European countries. The ranking has been designed to give deeper insights into global higher education, with indicators focused around four core performance pillars: resources, engagement, outcomes and environment.

In particular, the league table draws on data from the European Student Survey with questions around student recommendation, collaboration in learning, and engagement in the learning process.

Striving for excellence

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor, commented: “To be ranked within the top 30 of European universities for our teaching standards is a great achievement, of which we are very proud.

“Following on from our recent Gold Award in TEF, this offers further endorsement of the calibre of our teaching staff and the University’s energetic focus on improving teaching quality, innovating pedagogic practice and providing state-of-the-art facilities.

“We are continuing to seek ways in which we can improve what we offer our students through enquiry-based learning, and to make Durham an ever more inclusive place to study. This approach is reflected in the University Strategy.”

The Teaching and Learning Centre

One of these developments will be The Teaching and Learning Centre , due to open in September 2019, which will host a wide range of learning environments and technologies. It will include new classrooms allowing students to share courses in real time with students from peer institutions from around the world.

As well as teaching rooms and lecture theatres, there will also be an Education Laboratory, where new teaching and training methods will be developed.