Durham University (officially known as The University of Durham) is a collegiate research university in Durham, North East England. It was one of the first universities to open in England for more than 600 years and has a claim towards being the third oldest university in England.
As a collegiate university, its main functions are divided between the academic departments of the university and 16 colleges. In general, the departments perform research and provide lectures to students while the colleges are responsible for the domestic arrangements and welfare of undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and some university staff.
The university is currently ranked 5th or 6th by all the latest league tables of the British universities. Durham has the best quality of student life in the country according to the Lloyds Bank rankings. The university was named Sunday Times University of the Year in 2005, having previously been shortlisted for the award in 2004.
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