A History Of Durham University

The University of Durham (now known as Durham University) was founded in 1832, and is (arguably) the third oldest university in England. Theological teaching in Durham began under Henry VIII, and Oliver Cromwell issued a letters patent awarding some status to the ‘university’ in 1657. Due to concern expressed by Oxford and Cambridge, Durham did not become an officially recognised university until 1832, and it was not until 1846 that Bishop Hatfield’s Hall (now Hatfield College) was opened, giving, for the first time, affordable college lodgings.

Until 1871, with the passing of the University Test Act, only members of the ‘established church’ could study for a degree at the University of Durham.

Recent History

More recently, in 1992, a joint effort between Durham University and the University of Teeside saw the formation of John Snow College in Stockton-on-Tees, which has since become fully part of the University of Durham. Stephenson College was formed in 2001, the second college of the University of Durham to reside on the Queen’s Campus in Stockton.

Colleges of the University of Durham

Durham University is a collegiate institution, which each student assigned (or picking) a college of the university. There are currently 17 colleges of the university, with each college having its own community and facilities.

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