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Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a dynamic university, supporting all students to gain an outstanding education, enjoy an excellent student experience, and successfully go on to work or further study. With ambitious plans for development, the university plans a new centre for engineering and technology as well as a stunning new arts building.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Campus
Campus

The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: C10

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 81%
  • Postgraduate 19%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 77%
  • Part Time 23%

Where students come from

  • UK 95%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 2%

Student gender

  • Male 30%
  • Female 70%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The main Christ Church library is located in Augustine House, Canterbury, which jointly won a prestigious design award. An array of facilities includes group study spaces and silent study rooms, Wi-Fi coverage, over 350 dedicated PCs, 200 loanable laptops, printing services and a faith space. With over 340,000 books, more than 11,000 print journals, 11,500 e-journals and 25,000 e-books available 24/7 via LibrarySearch, students are able to find the information they require.
  • Specialist support is provided by a team of subject librarians and academic and study skills advisers, who provide one-to-one tutorials, workshops and tailored resources to help students develop the research skills that they need to succeed. A virtual learning environment (VLE) provides high-quality digital resources to support students' learning and enable the development of independent study and research skills.
  • The library at the Salomons Centre in Tunbridge Wells holds a specialist collection covering clinical psychology and mental health care, management and primary education. It offers a variety of study spaces, an IT suite, Wi-Fi coverage, PCs, loanable laptops and printing services. The Drill Hall Library provides students studying at the Medway Campus with silent, quiet and group study facilities with technology booths and access to high-tech equipment, long opening hours, PCs, books, journals and electronic resources. 

Student jobs

  • Unitemps is a recruitment service designed specifically for university students: a dedicated branch at the Canterbury campus helps students find part-time and vacation work, temporary work experience opportunities, internships, placements and graduate roles.
  • Work is available within the university and the Students' Union, as well as in business and organisations across Kent.
  • The university also provides students with the opportunity to contribute to research projects. A paid research and knowledge exchange summer internship scheme enables students to work alongside academic colleagues, developing their research skills and business acumen in a professional environment.

Careers advice

  • The Employability and Skills team help students from pre-arrival to up to three years after graduation. 
  • They provide bespoke employability sessions, employer events, workshops, and a drop-in service for immediate advice on CVs, cover letters and application forms. Careers advice appointments can also be booked with a careers consultant to support career planning and applying for further study.
  • The team also offers support for students interested in self-employment, providing enterprise and business start-up advice and information, including how to source funding.

Health services

  • Christ Church provides a wide range of health and well-being services to help students. Advisers provide a free, impartial and non-judgemental service for general well-being, while qualified mental health and disability practitioners offer a range of specialist services.
  • The university works closely with charities, the NHS and other local healthcare providers in supporting students to access advice, guidance and services.
  • Please refer to the university website for details of all the services provided.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Students are able to access a range of specialist services, including counselling, cognitive behaviour techniques, group therapies, support groups and workshops.
  • Students can also draw on self-help resources, including the Big White Wall (an online 24/7 mental health resource) and Nightline (an overnight student peer-to-peer listening service).
  • Peer mentoring is available to all students at Christ Church. It is flexible and confidential, and enables students to connect with others who are at a more advanced stage of study to talk about and share their experiences as part of university life.

Disability support

  • The university offers a supportive and confidential service for students with a disability, specific learning difference such as dyslexia, mental health or long-term medical conditions.
  • The Disability Advice team supports all students, offering advice to those who suspect they have a specific learning difference but have no diagnosis.
  • All of the university's student services are welcoming, and are there to talk with students about any concerns they may have during their time at the university.

Other services and facilities

  • The Student Support, Health and Well-being team offer services from financial support and hardship funding to mentoring.
  • The university has invested in simulations to develop employability and specialist skills. Dedicated course facilities include: psychology laboratories; SportsLab, with performance-based research for athletes; an operating theatre, simulated ward facilities, specialised mannequins, and diagnostic digital radiography rooms for the Faculty of Health and Well-being; an immersive simulation system (HYDRA) in the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing to enable the monitoring of real-time leadership and decision-making in critical incidents; and for performing arts, Anselm Studios, the beautiful St Gregory’s Centre for Music, and rehearsal space.
  • The on-campus bookshop in Canterbury is one of the largest university-owned academic bookshops in the UK, ensuring that the recommended textbooks and resources are always in stock. The bookshop also supports the Canterbury Festival and the Folkestone Book Festival, as well as many author readings and events throughout the year.

Students' Union

  • As a student-led organisation, Christ Church Students' Union is a driver of change, working to improve the student experience in partnership with the university, through the campaigning and lobbying of its student reps, committees and elected officers and leadership team.
  • Christ Church students can climb Kilimanjaro with Raise and Give, represent the university in one of the many sports clubs, break the latest news with its student media or even gain professional accreditation with some of its academic societies. Students benefit from volunteering opportunities and student-led groups, giving them skills to become more employable as well as enhancing their time at university.
  • Christ Church Students' Union put on the fun stuff too, from Freshers' activities and Puppy Days to the much-anticipated Summer Ball. The union's free, independent advice service offers support with academic issues as well as advice on housing, money, welfare and any other concerns that students may face.

History

  • Christ Church started out in the 1960s in response to a national shortage of teachers; it is now a multi-campus university with 15,000 students studying a wide range of courses across Kent and Medway, in Arts and Humanities, Education, Health, and Social and Applied Sciences.
  • The university received a Silver rating for teaching excellence in 2017, a significant national endorsement of its high-quality and transformative education.

Fascinating Fact

  • Canterbury Christ Church University is one of only a handful of universities with a campus in a World Heritage Site; graduation ceremonies take place in Canterbury Cathedral.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Kate Blewett – award-winning producer and director with the BBC.
  • Geraldine McCaughrean – award-winning author.
  • Jane Carter – Creative Director Music at BBC Worldwide.
  • Jon Holmes – BAFTA award-winning comedian, radio presenter, broadcaster and script writer
  • Phil Gallagher – BAFTA-nominated performer, presenter, writer and puppeteer, best known for his role as CBeebies' Mister Maker.
  • Ron Chakraborty – Executive Editor, Olympic Games, BBC Sport.
  • Kevin Hughes – radio and television presenter, and established authority on music entertainment.
  • Bob Green OBE – former Head of Science and Technology, Police and Crime Standards Directorate, Home Office.
  • Deanna Cooper – Defender, Chelsea Ladies Football Club.
  • Rachel Hanagan – Great Britain Skeleton Talent athlete.

Address

Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU