Charity work a winner for students.
But as well as winning the prestigious prize in the Morgan Stanley University Community Impact Challenge (UCIC), they also landed PS5,000 for a charity helping young people with disabilities.
The challenge aimed to strengthen links between universities and their local communities.
The university worked with Durham Area Disability Leisure Group (DADLG), based in Durham City, which provides sports, leisure and social opportunities for children and young people with disabilities.
The charity asked the students to explore the feasibility of establishing a service focusing on helping young adults with disabilities into employment.
Victoria Cawkwell, placement officer in Durham University's careers, employability and enterprise centre (CEEC), said: "The Durham team is an asset to the university."