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Durham University - Highest Ranking

Durham University has achieved its highest-ever global ranking for Arts and Humanities in a prestigious international league table.

The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2020 place Durham 27th among the world’s leading universities – up three places from last year.
This is the fifth consecutive year Durham has ranked in the top 30 for Arts and Humanities in the league table.
Durham’s successes in Arts and Humanities this year include:
Becoming the new home for the archives of John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham – otherwise known as “Radical Jack” – a political firebrand, radical reformist and leading society figure in the 1800s. The acquisition further enhances Durham’s reputation as a world-class destination for research into nineteenth century British Political history.
Research by our Department of Music to revive the works of celebrated composers Sir Hubert Parry and Sir Charles Villiers Stanford – including Parry’s oratorio Judith, performed earlier this year in London for the first time since the late 1800s.
A project by our Department of Philosophy, working with the University of Liverpool, called In Parenthesis exploring the work, lives and friendships of the great women philosophers Iris Murdoch, Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot and Mary Midgley.
Shedding new light on cultural relations between Europe and Latin America through an exhibition on Mexico and Rome, co-curated for the Museo Nacional de San Carlos in Mexico City by the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art.
The THE World University Rankings by Subject 2020 look at hundreds of universities across the globe, based on teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.
Professor Janet Stewart, Executive Dean (Arts and Humanities), Durham University, said: “Durham has a strong reputation in Arts and Humanities and our students benefit from being taught by some of the world’s leading researchers.
“They also have access to truly world-class resources and facilities including our collections at Palace Green Library and The Oriental Museum.
“We’re delighted that our commitment to excellence has been recognised by our best ever performance in this prestigious international league table. This result is a credit to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in Arts and Humanities at Durham.”
The THE World University Rankings by Subject follows Durham’s success earlier this year in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 when we recorded our highest ever number of subjects in the world top 100.
Durham is also a world top 100 university in the overall QS World University Rankings 2020 and the THE World Reputation Rankings 2019.