From the Durham County Advertiser 50 years ago: A five-year building programme costing £3m announced this week by Mr Derman Guy Christopherson, warden of Durham Colleges, may make Durham as
much a university city as Oxford or Cambridge.
Colleges, laboratories, social and recreational centres and libraries are to be built on 14 sites in New Elvet, the South Road area and on the Peninsula.
The present Colleges membership of 1,200 will be doubled by 1965 and trebled by 1967, when every seventh person living in the city will be a student.
“We intend to make Durham the best university north of the Trent,” said Mr Christopherson.
The emphasis will be on the expansion of the sciences.
The present ratio of two art students to one science student will be changed to an equal number of arts and science students by 1967.