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Durham University

Colleges & wider student experience


At Durham there are over 100 teams competing at inter-university level for 2017/18 (across 23 sports).

There are also 700 college sports teams competing at an intra-mural level (across 18 sports).

Britain’s Number One Team Sports University 2017/18

Durham University dominated at the British University Team Sport Finals

Stunning performances by Durham’s sports teams have led the University to victory in as many as 13 national finals in this year’s acclaimed British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Championships, held in Nottingham in March 2018.

Durham prides itself on a longstanding tradition of sporting prowess and achievement and had a record-breaking 18 teams in the ‘Big Wednesday’ Championship Finals in what proved to be a historic day for the University.

College sport

Durham's unique collegiate structure, offers opportunities for students to participate in 18 sports across 700 different teams, on a weekly basis, making it the largest intra-mural sports programme in Britain. This not only helps to keep you active and healthy, it provides social opportunities and a sense of belonging that can be particularly important in the early days when you are settling in at University.

Sport at Durham University focuses on three core strands of performance and leadership, participation and community sport development.

Performance and leadership

Our sporting philosophy is to provide opportunities to allow exceptional people to do exceptional things, and few universities so successfully and consistently combine sporting and academic excellence.

Durham enjoys British Rowing Performance Centre status, First Class County Cricket status, British Fencing Centre status, Tennis Foundation University Performance Centre status, and English Lacrosse High Performance University status. Our teams also compete in the England Hockey National Leagues, the British Basketball League and the FS Women's Superleague.

Attracting and developing elite athletes

Our Elite Athletes Performance Programme is exceptional.

It caters for all of our top athletes and is tailored to individual requirements. Elite athletes have access to a wide range of support services including strength and conditioning training, injury support and nutritional guidance. Add in state-of-the-art facilities in Durham and at Queen’s Campus, with an experienced team of dedicated staff, and you are well on the way to realising your full sporting potential.


At Durham, students are able to take part in a wide range of activities and sport contunuously proves one of most popular areas of student expereince, mainly due to the sheer number of opportunities to participate at varying levels. So whether you have played before, or there is a new sport you would like to try, through your college you will have the chance to join in and give it a go. Many of our students discover sporting abilities they never knew they had, simply through joining a college team, often progressing to play at University-level and beyond.

Community Outreach

With the focus on making sport accessible, we also provide access to a wide range of broader developmental opportunities, all of which create valuable real-life experience in a setting where students can make a difference.

Team Durham’s extensive Community Sport Development Programme offers coaching and outreach activities to schools and community groups. Our students also take part in National Governing Body officiating courses, developing their skills then going on to coach outside of the University and even on to professional coaching careers

For more information visit our Team Durham community outreach pages.

More than 200 Durham student volunteers are involved in over 40 sport outreach programmes taking place locally and regionally every year. Further afield, Team Durham has a long standing partnership with Sport in Action Zambia

Bursaries and scholarships

The University awards approximately 12 sporting scholarships per year which entitle the chosen athletes to £2,000 on an annual basis throughout their undergraduate career.

For more information visit our Team Durham scholarships pages.

Durham was named as The Times and Sunday Times 'Sports University of the Year 2015' in recognition of outstanding performance in both the research and teaching of sport, and student and community participation in sport at all levels. This award highlights the impact quality, extra-curricular activities have, not only on our student's education and personal development, but also the contribution they make to the community through the varied range of outreach projects.

Experience Durham is responsible for coordinating University sport, staff and student volunteering and outreach, and in partnership with Durham Students' Union, student theatre and music.

"Graduates who engaged in sport at University earn an average of £5,824 more than those who don't."

The Impact of Engagement in Sport on Graduate Employment, Sheffield Hallam University.

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For Sport information visit the Team Durham website or write to:
The President, Durham University Athletic Union, Room 1 Elvet Riverside, Durham, DH1 3JT

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