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Durham University

Founded in 1832, Durham is the third oldest university in England and one of the UK’s most prestigious. Durham is a World Top 100 University (QS World Rankings) and ranked 4th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2018). Based around a 10th century cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage site, we are a university that always has been forward-thinking with modern values but long traditions.

Our 25 departments and schools offer over 200 undergraduate and 130 taught postgraduate programmes, as well as many postgraduate research opportunities.

As a collegiate university, our 16 college communities are at the heart of our distinctive student experience, each offering a diverse interdisciplinary community of academics, students and staff from different backgrounds and cultures. We place high importance on extra-curricular activities and have over 200 clubs and societies. We were also named the Times and Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2015. 


Your Durham contacts: Beth Sutcliffe & Kristi McFarland

Beth Sutcliffe
International Officer, North America (Canada and East Coast USA)

The Marketing and Recruitment team in Durham University’s International Office manage international student recruitment in nine regions around the world. Beth is responsible for marketing operations in the east coast of the USA, Canada and recruitment of international students in the UK. She has been working for the International Office at Durham University since August 2004.

Prior to working for Durham University, Beth spent 2 years working for the University of Teesside in UK Student Recruitment, and Marketing and Recruitment for Teesside Business School. Beth undertook a BA (hons) English Literature and an MA English Renaissance Literature at the University of Reading.

 Kristi McFarland
International Officer, North America (West Coast USA)


Kristi is based in the US and manages marketing and recruitment operations in the west coast of the USA. She moved to Durham in 2009 from the US and began working with the International Office in 2010 to manage marketing operations for East and South East Asia until she relocated to Oklahoma in 2014.

Previously Kristi worked in marketing and web communications. Kristi completed her BA in Public Relations at a liberal arts university in Oklahoma.