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The University of Winchester

2015 League Table Ranking 59
2015 Overall Score 644
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Entry Standards 318 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 17.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.16 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 811 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 4.14 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 299 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 52.0 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 89.2 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 70.0 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 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

The 6,880 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

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, Childhood, Youth and Community Studies, Creative Writing, Choreography and Dance, Education Studies, Event Management, ITT and Journalism.
  • 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.
  • REF 2014 – Research Excellence Framework  Research has been submitted in two-thirds of all possible subject areas in the REF 2014. Approximately half of academic staff.

Academic Strengths

  • Winchester has a leading reputation for 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

  • 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, faculty buildings and social learning spaces:  the Learning Café and the Kenneth Kettle Building which offer 24-hour access, comfy seating for group work or relaxing, wireless access and cafes offering a range of hot and cold drinks, meals and snacks.
  • There is a huge array of sports facilities, clubs and societies available.

Disability Services

  • There is a dedicated support team, part of Student Services who have responsibility for students with disabilities. For more information on the support offered email disability@winchester.ac.uk or telephone 01962 827341.

Students' Union

  • Satisfaction with the Student Union is ranked in the top ten universities in England.
  • The SU Venue, The Vault, won the Ents Forum award 2013 for the best venue (under 1000 capacity)
  • The Student Union is located inside the University Centre. It includes a club/gig space for 1,200 people, bars, a games room and a cinema. The Student Union offers a wide range of clubs and societies offering activities throughout the year.


  • The Winchester Sports Stadium,which opened in 2008, 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 a new University gym, equipped with the latest cardio-equipment and resistance training machines, located in the Burma Road Student Village. The University also has tennis courts, a squash court and a sports hall. Swimming is available at the nearby River Park Leisure Centre.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • There is plenty of modern self-catering accommodation.Most recently the Burma Road Student Village opened, consisting of 500 rooms (around 350 for Winchester students), arranged in flats of 6-8 bedrooms, spread over 5 buildings. All rooms are ensuite and it has secure entry swipe card entry system and energy-saving features. The new University gym is also located on this site
  • The Queen's Road Student Village opened in September 2010, The new St Alphege Building, opened in September 2012, is a new state-of-the art learning and teaching building. It provides ten new lecture rooms, and has open access PCs and social learning areas. It is a low-energy building, with eco-friendly features such as a ‘living’ roof and natural ventilation.
  • The University Centre, which includes the Student Union 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.
  • There is an on-going 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
  • 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

  • www.winchester.ac.uk
  • course.enquiries@winchester.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1962 841515
  • University of Winchester
    SO22 4NR
UCAS Code W76

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