The University of Durham is a public research university founded in 1832 and granted a Royal Charter in 1837. It is a collegiate university, with its main subjects divided between departments and its 16 colleges. It is currently ranked between 3rd and 7th in the latest league table of British Universities. Often referred to as the alternative to Oxford or Cambridge it became a member of the Russell Group in 2012.
Brian was appointed Editor of The Journal in December 2003, joining from Trinity Mirror's Liverpool base where he was Editorial Development Manager for the company's regional titles. He has also held senior positions at the Daily Record and the Evening Express, Aberdeen, as well as being a former Editor of the Lincolnshire Echo.