University of Chester

2014 League Table Ranking 71
2014 Overall Score 589
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Entry Standards 295 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 16.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Assessment 1.74 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,010 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.10 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 380 Help
Facilities Spend
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Graduate Prospects 64.0 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 81.2 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 62.4 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 39.0 Help
Green Score
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  • Founded as the very first teacher training college in 1839 by the Church of England. Founders included two prime ministers, W. E. Gladstone and the 14th Earl of Derby, and an Archbishop of Canterbury, John Bird Sumner. Later became Chester Diocesan Training College, Chester College of HE, and the University College Chester.
  • Significant dates: 1975 BA, BSc degrees introduced; 1991 Nursing/ Midwifery courses introduced; 2002 Former HE section of Warrington Collegiate Institute joined Chester College of HE as its Warrington campus; 2003 taught degree awarding powers granted.
  • 2005 full university status achieved; 2007 research degree awarding powers granted.

Location and transport

  • Main campus – Chester: approximately 10 minutes walking distance of the centre of one of England's finest historic cities.
  • Warrington Campus: a self-contained campus at Padgate, Warrington.
  • Kingsway Buildings: a second site in Chester, opened in September 2007, approximately 5 minutes driving distance or 20 minutes walking distance from the main Chester campus; the Chester base of the Faculty of Arts and Media.
  • Riverside Campus: a third Chester site located in the city centre, opening in September 2010, approximately 6 minutes driving distance or 25 minutes walking distance from the main Chester campus; the Chester base of the Faculty of Education and Children's Services and the Faculty of Health and Social Care.
  • Both Chester and Warrington are easy to reach by rail or road. Liverpool and Manchester airports are both relatively near.

Entry standards

  • A minimum of between 200 and 300 UCAS points (180 for foundation degrees), depending on subject, for degree courses.
  • More details on information standards at the University of Chester are available on the website.

Student mix

  • Male: female, 34%: 66%.
  • Home: overseas, 95%: 5%.
  • State school: public school, 98%: 2%.
  • Applications to places ratio 9:1.

Course flexibility

  • Students can apply to change from single to combined honours programmes and vice versa.
  • Most combinations of subjects are possible within the combined honours programme, provided that location and time-tabling constraints do not make them impracticable.
  • Most programmes allow some module choice in second and third years.

Teaching standards

  • High scores have been achieved in recent national student satisfaction surveys, e.g. English, Geography, Fine Art, History, and Theology.
  • Results in the 2012 National Student Survey (NSS) show that an impressive 86% of Chester students are satisfied with their overall University experience, above the national average.
  • This is the highest score the University has achieved since the survey was launched in 2005. The institution has improved overall in all aspects of the NSS on a national level, but has performed especially well in the North West, finding itself within the top 10 across the board.
  • Data shows students have independently rated the standard of teaching at Chester with an impressive score of 81.3%, placing the institution first in the region and 12th nationally in this field. A range of departments from across the University has performed especially well in teaching, with six being placed within the top 10 of their subject areas: 1st Geography and Development Studies; 2nd English; 3rd Theology and Religious Studies; 4th Law; 7th Nursing; 9th Sport and Exercise Sciences. The overall results placed the University 71st nationally and subjects that have excelled overall nationally include: Tourism (11th); Nursing (12th), Geography and Development Studies (13th); Sport and Exercise Science (19th). The institution also found itself placed ninth nationally for 'Most Competition for Places', with nine applications for every place.
  • In addition, most subjects (e.g. Sport Sciences, Mathematics) scored well in the QAA teaching assessments.
    The Faculty of Education and Children's Services celebrated an 'outstanding' outcome from the 2010 and 2011 Ofsted inspection of Initial Teacher Training.

Research standards

  • In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise a significant proportion of research was declared to be of international quality and the Department of Performing Arts, Theology, History, English, Supplementary Professions Allied to Medicine and Mathematics achieved particularly creditable scores.
  • A Research and Knowledge Transfer Office has been set up, under the direction of the Dean of Research, reflecting the increasing emphasis that the University is placing upon research.

Academic strengths

  • Biological Sciences, Business, Education, English, Fine Art, Geography and Development Studies, Health and Social Care, History and Archaeology, Performing Arts, Psychology, Sociology, Sport Sciences, Theology.
  • An innovative Work Based Learning programme is available to all second-year students in HEFCE Faculties.

Student facilities, including Library and Computing

  • Substantial investment in recent years. Library book stock is approximately 350,000 volumes, with 13,000 e-journals. There are 2,600 PCs for student use.
  • Library, Computer and IT Services have recently merged to form Learning and Information Services.

Disability Services

  • Diversity issues (including disability) are currently dealt with by Kathryn Leighton (Human Resources Management Services).
  • Student Support and Guidance has a Disability Services Manager, Heather Blundell.

Students' Union

  • There are thriving Students' Union branches at Chester and Warrington
  • At Warrington, an extensive £800,000 refurbishment of the union bar was completed in 2006.
  • At Chester, a brand new £2-million SU building was completed in 2007.
  • More information about the students' union at Chester is available on the website.


  • Sport and Exercise Sciences is a major subject department, so facilities are extensive.
  • The facilities at Chester include a sports hall, a gymnasium, pitches for summer and winter games, 3G multi-use all-weather pitch, squash courts, tennis courts, swimming pool and fitness centre.
  • Those at Warrington include a sports hall, a floodlit all-weather pitch, athletics track and fitness centre.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • The University has started work on the Food Science and Technology Innovation Centre which will provide state of the art facilities designed to make a direct contribution to the success of the food industries in Cheshire and the North West. It is hoped that facilities will be available early in 2014.
  • In September 2011 the Riverside Innovation Centre (RIC) opened for business. Jointly funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the University, the Riverside Innovation Centre is a £6-million project, designed to generate sustainable, added-value economic impact for the local and regional economy. Its purpose-designed facilities include 15 incubation units to help encourage new small business start-ups across all sectors aimed primarily but not exclusively at graduates, modern conferencing facilities, a tele-presence suite, and a fully Wi-Fi enabled networking business lounge.
  • Chester – acquisition of County Hall in Chester city centre from the former Cheshire County Council. Completely refurbished and opened in September 2010 as the Riverside campus for the Faculty of Education and Children's Services and the Faculty of Health and Social Care at a cost of £12.5 million.
  • At Kingsway £6.4 million has been invested in improvements including the new three-storey building housing a ground floor gallery and exhibition space and two further floors of staff office accommodation, 2010.
  • Chester – Westminster Building (£4 million), now HQ (Faculty of Business, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning), opened in 2006 remodelled 2010.
  • Chester – new SU Building operational from September 2007.
  • Chester – former Kingsway High School developed as an additional Chester site (Kingsway Buildings) and operational from September 2007.
  • Warrington – major refurbishment of bar, 2006.
  • Warrington – Broomhead Library (£2.35 million) officially opened in February 2008.
  • Warrington: Tucker Building (Business Centre/Teaching Accommodation, £3 million) now operational.
  • A new 200 bedroom accommodation suite is being built in time for the start of the 2013–14 academic year. This will provide large self-contained units, comprising bedroom and study space, an en suite bathroom and galley kitchen, with laundry facilities, a reception and function room, and cycle storage. In addition, 160 bedroom Hall of Residence will open in the City centre in the summer of 2013.

Availability of part-time work

  • A wide range of job opportunities is available.
  • Careers and Employability maintain information about job opportunities.
  • About 45% of full-time students say they undertake some form of paid employment during term-time.
  • Over the past three years, the University of Chester has consistently been at the forefront of the North West's figures for graduate employability.

Notable alumni

  • Alan Bleasdale
  • Dave Brailsford, CBE
  • Duffy
  • Jim Bowen
  • Rob Wotton
  • Matt Greenhalgh
  • Susan Earl
  • Janice Phayre
  • George Courtney
  • Alastair Connolly
  • Dave Vitty
  • Paul Salt


For further information

  • +44 (0)1244 511000
  • University of Chester
    Parkgate Road
    CH1 4BJ
UCAS Code C55

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