Durham University, founded in 1832, is the third oldest university in England and has been a leading European centre of learning for 1,000 years. The University is currently ranked a top five UK university and 92nd in QS world ranking (2014). The University has over 17,500 students (of whom 3,500 are postgraduate and 3,000 international students from over 120 countries) and employs over 3,500 staff. The University is engaged in a full range of higher educational activities, including high-quality teaching and learning at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, advanced research and scholarship, partnerships with businesses and other private and public sector bodies, and partnerships and initiatives with community and voluntary sector organizations. It provides a stimulating environment to nourish and support the needs of a world-class academic community. Durham University is one of the UK’s leading research universities and has been successfully involved, both as a partner and a co-ordinator, in a large number of international and Framework Programme projects (more recently FP7 and Horizon 2020). University staff readily engage in international research collaborations through visiting and joint project grants awarded by the UK’s prestigious Royal Society and the British Council, as well as the Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) projects. The University hosts several internationally renowned Research Institutes that attract and engage best quality researchers from all over the world. The School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) is a top ten Politics/International Relations department in the UK and boasts of internationally recognized research expertise in European institutions, Euro–Maghreb relations, politics, and international relations of the Middle East region. SGIA’s research excellence in regional studies is reflected in the structure of research activity. Research is consolidated in two research ‘peaks’, ‘The Politics of the Muslim World’ and ‘Conflict and Ethics’, and manifested through distinct units including the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), the al-Sabah Programme for Regional Politics and International Security, the Durham Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance, and the recently established Durham Global Security Institute (DGSi). These units facilitate interdisciplinary research with other Durham University units (such as University Research Institutes in Hazard, Risk and Resilience, and Energy and the Global Policy Institute), and are fora for enhancing relations with external partners.