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Outreach, Civic and Regional Engagement

Our Volunteering and Outreach Team provides an extensive range of  projects for the local community, which culminated with the team being awarded the prestigious International Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) Excellence Gold Award in 2023. One of our key partner is Durham County Council, where we continue to commit to strengthening our already successful partnership through our MoU. Our research actively involves our community influencing local policies. Discover more:

Contributing to the economy, culture, society and reputation of Durham’s city and region

We provide leadership in cultural and economic development, social impact and innovation. Find out more about our strategy in this area
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Our knowledge exchange activities help create impact

We work with partners to drive investment, innovation, job creation and development, and the adaptation of our economy for the challenges that lie ahead.

Communities, Places and Health

Health is about the communities and places in which people live, including the complex systems of which they are a part.
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Participation, Performance and Community.

Our Community Sports Development and Physical Activity Programme is wide-ranging, covering a broad range of age bands and a variety of abilities.
Community members

Learning and Engagement

Our Learning and Engagement team offer interactive taught programmes and events for schools, community groups, families and lifelong learners
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Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions

From toddlers to people living with dementia, our team seeks to ensure everyone is welcomed into our museums and galleries.
Oriental Museum team


We actively encourage and support our staff and students to volunteer across our local community
Student of staff volunteer gardening

Durham University and Lumiere

Discover how this captivating festival has lit up some of our newest and most historic buildings in the past.
CHRONOS by Epsztein & Gross at Lumiere Durham 2021

Student Community Wardens

Our student community wardens work to support the resolution of local issues relating to the environment and the community.
Photo from Student Community Wardens blog

Durham University Community Engagement Task Force (CETF)

The CETF have core aims which are designed to better understand community benefits along with issues and concerns which shape informed decision-making for the University
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