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Durham University is one of the top universities in the UK for research on Arctic issues.

As the charter English member of the University of the Arctic (UArctic) network, Durham has a long history of research on topics that span numerous disciplines in the physical sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
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In any given year, staff at Durham are likely to be managing between £1 2 million in active grants on Arctic-related topics, with research funding coming from major sources including the UK Natural Environment Research Councilthe Leverhulme Trustthe British Geological Surveythe US Geological Surveythe Norwegian Research Council, and the European Commission. This is in addition to the £1.05 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust that funds DurhamARCTIC PhD training activities. 

Arctic research at Durham spans the breadth of university departments. There are ten departments with personnel involved with DurhamARCTIC (as students, supervisors, or management board members) 

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DurhamARCTIC also has close connections with the Durham Energy Institute and Global Durham. 

Over 40 staff across the University’s four faculties have expertise in Arctic research and at any given time over 20 PhD students are pursuing Arctic topics. Research collaboration is facilitated by Durham’s integration with the University of the Arctic (UArctic), in which Durham was the charter English member and holds one of 14 UArctic chairs

DurhamARCTIC has a specific focus on research that cuts across disciplinary divides to foster innovative ways of thinking about the world around us. Examples of innovative interdisciplinary research led by DurhamARCTIC personnel include The ICE LAW Project and Exploring Arctic Soundscapes.