Our links with our European neighbours could be said to date back to Durham University's foundation in 1832, through the Bishop of Durham, William Van Mildert, a leading figure in the establishment of the University. The bishop was the grandson of Abraham Van Mildert of Amsterdam, who was a deacon of the Dutch church in 1711. He belonged to a family formerly resident at Mildert or Meldert in North Brabant (Belgium). Since Durham University's formation a wide range of collaboration programmes evolved over the years with numerous European partner institutions.
As a fellow member of the Coimbra Group and Matariki Network (MNU), Uppsala University is one of Durham’s most important partners in Europe. Building on many years of successful student exchange and a precedent for research collaboration, a strategic partnership was established. Starting as a connection through the Matariki Network and a longstanding track record of student exchange, the Tübingen-Durham partnership has grown into a robust, bilateral alliance, which is considered to be one of Durham’s flagship European partnerships.
The Durham European Law Institute (DELI) acts as a focus for the dissemination of European Law at regional, national and international level. Our Zurbarán Centre aims to promote and generate innovative research relating to the arts in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. Since its launch in 2017, the Centre has engaged in major international conferences, research projects, and exhibitions, including the first UK exhibition of the works of Jusepe de Ribera.
This section highlights some of the collaborative research and other activities with our partners in Europe.
Partnerships with Europe
Explore a snapshot of our collaborative work with our partners in Europe
We recognise the value of an engaged international alumni community and are establishing alumni ambassadors in key countries throughout Europe.
Whilst at Durham, Brexit was a big topic, so with a few friends we got together and founded the European society, to share the continental view of Europe and to convince our fellow students of the benefits of being united in diversity. Apart from stimulating discussions it also brought me lifelong friendships.
We welcome over 1500 European students annually. Students come from our Erasmus+ exchange partner universities or as fee-paying study abroad students. We currently have around 250 Erasmus exchange agreements in place.
We have been actively engaged with a number of European Networks, e.g. the Coimbra Group Network where we have contributed to publications & policy documents & signed up to the Poitiers Declaration. Additionally the EUA appointed one of our professors as chair of their Energy & Environment Platform.
Europe is our largest partner in terms of research co-authored publications. Our close relationship with our European partners has resulted in world-leading collaborative projects that are in line with our goal to maximise the impact of our research & contribute to International engagement agendas