The University of Winchester

2014 League Table Ranking 69
2014 Overall Score 592
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Entry Standards 304 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 17.7 Help
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Research Assessment 2.16 Help
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Academic Services Spend 746 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.08 Help
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Facilities Spend 289 Help
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Graduate Prospects 53.4 Help
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Degree Completion 88.9 Help
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Good Honours 63.0 Help
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Green Score 42.5 Help
Green Score
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  • Founded in 1840.
  • Based on an Anglican Foundation.
  • First began as a teacher training school to provide training of elementary schoolmasters within the Winchester Diocese.

Location and transport

  • One hour away from London Waterloo.
  • Winchester is in the county of Hampshire, within a wooded setting overlooking the South Downs.
  • The campus is within easy walking distance of the historic cathedral city centre of Winchester.

Entry standards

  • Entry requirements vary depending on the programme of study. Full details can be found on the online prospectus or by downloading a copy of the undergraduate prospectus.

Student mix

  • Total student population of around 7,000.
  • Male : female ratio 30:70.
  • 7% of students international (non-EU).
  • Less than 5% of students taken through Clearing.

Course flexibility

  • The majority of programmes can be studied full-time and part-time.
  • A range of programmes is available, including many Combined Honours programmes.
  • Students are encouraged to tailor-make their degree programme according to the available modules to suit their interests and ambitions and every student is assigned a personal tutor.

Teaching standards

  • The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) institutional audit concluded 'broad confidence' (the highest level of confidence possible within an audit) in the quality of academic awards and student experience.
  • Particularly high student satisfaction for American Studies, Law, Journalism, Education Studies, Childhood, Youth and Community Studies, and Creative Writing.
  • Leading reputation for primary teacher training. In 2010 Ofsted recognised Winchester's provision as 'Outstanding'.

Research standards

  • All full-time staff are engaged in research and they ensure that it informs and enhances all teaching.
  • Winchester has a diverse, dynamic and supportive research community.
  • A Research and Knowledge Exchange Centre provides the focus of all research activity at the university.
  • In the 2008 RAE (Research Assessment Exercise), 75% of the university's research submitted was considered internationally recognised, with some research achieving the highest grade possible (4*) and a rating of 'quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour'. History performed particularly strongly in the RAE, with 90% of research submitted considered internationally recognised.

Academic strengths

  • Winchester has a leading reputation for primary teacher training and is strong in the fields of business, performing arts, psychology, archaeology, history, creative writing, modern liberal arts, and theology and religious studies.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • The University Centre encompasses the Student Union, a Learning Café, Food Hall, a bookshop and mini-mart style Union shop.
  • The main library hosts 300,000 books, DVDs, videos and sound recordings, and receives 550 print journals with electronic access to many thousands more.
  • There are over 600 networked PCs for students, located in the library, IT Centre, 24-hour Learning Café, faculty buildings and computer training rooms.
  • There is a huge array of sports facilities, clubs and societies available.

Disability services

  • For information on disability services at Winchester, contact: Dr Lesley Black, Head of Wellbeing, telephone 01962 827341 or email

Students' union

  • Satisfaction with the Student Union is ranked in the top ten universities in England.
  • The Student Union opened in October 2007 and is located inside the University Centre. It includes a club/gig space for 1,200 people, bars, a games room and a cinema. The University Centre has further facilities for students including a Learning Café, food hall, bookshop and mini-mart style Union shop.
  • The Student Union offers a wide range of clubs and societies offering activities throughout the year.


  • Indoor sports facilities include a 21-station fitness suite and a multi-use sports hall. There are outside tennis courts on campus.
  • The university's floodlit Winchester Sports Stadium opened in 2008. It offers an Olympic standard 8-lane running track and supporting field events and an all-weather astro turf suitable for hockey and football.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • There is plenty of modern self-catering accommodation, with the first part of the new Burma Road student village opening in September 2012. The Queen's Road Student Village opened in September 2010, and further accommodation is under construction and due to open in 2013.
  • The new St Alphege Building opened in September 2012, providing 10 new high quality lecture theatres.
  • The University Centre, which includes the Student Union, cost £9.5 million to build and forms the focus of the campus providing facilities for the whole university community. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awarded the University Centre the RIBA Award for the South region in 2008 in recognition of its high architectural standards..
  • The Winchester Sports Stadium cost £3.5 million and includes an Olympic standard 8-lane running track and supporting field events and an all-weather astro turf suitable for hockey and football.
  • There is an ongoing strategy for refurbishment and new builds across the campus designed to further enhance the student experience.

Availability of part-time work

  • There are plenty of part-time job opportunities available.
  • The university has strong relationships with local employers and the JobShop advertises job opportunities either on campus or in the local area. There are also volunteering opportunities and paid work placements available.

Notable alumni

  • Mick Brookes - General Secretary, National Association of Head Teachers
  • Mike Bushell - BBC television journalist
  • Lauren Cohan - British-American actress
  • Adam Pacitti - Professor of Media and Communications, New York University
  • Steve Furst - Comedy actor (Little Britain)
  • Mark Johnson - Horse racing announcer
  • Shappi Khorsandi - Comedian
  • Dirk Maggs - Radio producer
  • Andrew Norriss - Children's book author and TV sitcom writer
  • Don Nutbeam - Vice Chancellor, University of Southampton
  • David Prosho - Actor and performer
  • Angus Scott - Television journalist (also part-time lecturer in journalism)
  • Bob Taylor - Past President of the Rugby Football Union
  • Lauren Cohan – Actor
Honorary Alumni
  • Sir Terry Pratchett - Author
  • Jack Dee - Comedian
  • Sir David Frost - Journalist, comedian, writer and media personality
  • Jonathon Porritt - Environmentalist and writer Martin Bashir - Television journalist
  • Mark Byford - Deputy Director General BBC
  • Sir John Tavener - British composer
  • A. S. Byatt - Postmodern novelist
  • Colin Firth - Film and television actor
  • Alan Titchmarsh - Broadcaster and novelist
  • Sandy Lerner - Entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Lord Plant of Highfield - Academic
  • Pie Corbett - Educational writer and poet
  • Bevis Hillier - Art historian, author and journalist
  • Professor David Crystal - Linguist, academic and author
  • David Gower - Cricketer
  • Geoff Holt - Sailor
  • Michael Scott-Joynt - Bishop of Winchester
  • Alastair Stewart - Newscaster
  • Philippa Forrester - Television presenter and producer
  • Professor Andrew Linzey - Theologian and writer
  • Tony Palmer - Documentary filmmaker
  • Peter Charles – Olympic Gold Medallist
  • Lady Sainsbury CBE – Ballerina
  • Carl Barat - Musician

For further information

  • +44 (0)1962 841515
  • University of Winchester
    SO22 4NR
UCAS Code W76

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