In Top League for World-Leading Research and Innovation

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Durham University is ranked among the UK's top universities for its performance in world-leading research and innovation. The university sector's own "trade journal", The Times Higher Education Supplement, puts Durham 1st in the UK and 18th in the whole world for science impact.

This is a measure of the level of citations about Durham in other people's research. This indicates just how highly Durham staff are regarded, and how extensively the quality of their work is recognised by the international research community.

Expertise ranges across a broad range of academic disciplines, in science and other areas, from photonics, e-science and other communications technologies to criminal law and public health; from international relations and global economic conditions to bio-sciences and renewable energy.

The strength and breadth of research underpins the University's contribution to the region and its businesses and to the development of the national economy. Many local companies use intellectual property developed at Durham in areas such as digital enterprise technology, cell biology and plasma chemistry.

Vice-Chancellor Sir Kenneth Calman says: "Advances in the fight against disease and poverty, the protection of the environment, the introduction of new materials and technologies, our understanding of atoms and the universe ( all of these, and more, depend on the increase and sharing of knowledge."

Founded in 1832 and celebrating its 175th anniversary next year, Durham University has established a considerable track record. Roberta Blackman-Woods, Durham City MP, described it in her maiden speech in parliament as "one of the best higher education institutions in the country" and "a valued contribution to our civic life. …