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Founded in 1839, the University of Chester offers an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to over 20,000 students across a number of specialist sites – Chester, Warrington, Shrewsbury, Birkenhead and Reaseheath. Students benefit from high-quality learning facilities, and silver-rated teaching (TEF 2017). Around two thirds of students participate in an innovative Work-Based Learning module, providing them with a wide range of employability skills.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town

Suburban
Suburban

On the outskirts of a city or town

Rural
Rural

In or close to the countryside

Campus
Campus

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

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: C55

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 71%
  • Postgraduate 29%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 71%
  • Part Time 29%

Where students come from

  • UK 94%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 5%

Student gender

  • Male 31%
  • Female 69%

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

  • Libraries are on campuses in Chester (Parkgate Road, Queen’s Park, Kingsway and Riverside), Warrington, Thornton Science Park, and at University Centre Shrewsbury; specialist healthcare libraries are at Marriss House (Birkenhead) and Leighton Hospital. Stock comprises around 350,000 volumes, with 19,000 e-books and 20,000 e-journals.
  • Over 2,500 PCs (including more than 400 Apple computers) are available for student use, and 150 laptops for loan. There is 24/7 access to computers and study spaces at Chester, Warrington and Shrewsbury, and online resources can be accessed remotely. There are also bookable multimedia rooms. Wi-fi is available throughout the campuses and student accommodation.
  • Students are also supported by subject-specific librarians.

Student jobs

  • There are many exciting opportunities to find part-time work in Chester, Warrington and Shrewsbury.
  • An on-campus job service, UniJob, is run by the Careers and Employability team; it advertises paid positions within the university.

Careers advice

  • The university's dedicated Careers and Employability team provides support from the moment students arrive and for three years after they graduate.
  • The university can help students looking for a job or internship via the CareerHub portal.
  • Training and workshops are provided to enhance students' skills, and students can work towards the Chester Difference Award, which recognises skills developed through extracurricular activities.

Health services

  • All students are encouraged to register with a local GP and there are plenty of practices nearby.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The Well-being and Mental Health team within Student Futures Support provides practical information, advice and guidance to all students at the University of Chester. The university can help with making the transition into university life, with dedicated support for commuting students, international students, mature students, care leavers and young adult carers.
  • There is help available if students are suffering from homesickness, conflict with others, exam stress, financial problems, and anything else causing stress and anxiety.
  • Student Counselling provides an opportunity for students to discuss any difficulties they may be experiencing with a qualified person. Time and space is offered to talk about concerns, helping students build up skills to support themselves.

Disability support

  • The Disability and Inclusion team is available Monday to Friday, providing information, advice and guidance to disabled applicants and students. This includes students with specific learning differences, long-standing health conditions, mental health conditions, autism and sensory impairments.

Other services and facilities

  • Creative facilities: performance facilities comprise four large, fully-equipped rehearsal and performance studios, a large outdoor performance space, industry-standard music rehearsal and recording facilities, plus sound and lighting equipment. Art facilities include art and photography studios, a metal casting foundry, sound and video editing suites, dark rooms, a reprographics room, and workshops for printmaking, textiles and sculpting. Media facilities include music and TV studios, radio production suites, a digital dark room, a large screen for film screenings and exhibitions, and a new multimedia suite with sound booth, recording space and a TV corner. The award-winning radio station The Cat Radio is based at Warrington where students and staff can broadcast over the Internet.
  • Science and engineering facilities: High-quality professional engineering software includes an extensive range of computer programming languages and authoring tools. At Reaseheath, students have access to an industry leading food centre, a unique horticultural centre for plant production and research, an equestrian centre and an animal centre and zoo.
  • Following major investment in medical and nurse education, students can work with computerised mannequins in clinical skills labs and virtual reality anatomy tables. Education students can practise teaching in classroom settings. The university has also invested in a purpose-built crime scene house, courtroom and indoor road traffic collision unit, for the benefit of policing students.

Students' Union

  • Working closely with the University of Chester, Chester Students' Union helps to enhance the student experience, so that students can make the most of their time at the university.
  • As a member of the CSU students get access to a range of activities, including over 100 different sports clubs and societies. All the first sports teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues, giving students plenty of opportunities to engage in competitive sports.

History

  • Founded in 1839 as the UK's first purpose-built teacher training college, it achieved full university status in 2005.
  • In 2014, acquisition of the former Shell Technology, Exploration and Research Centre led to the development of a new Faculty of Science and Engineering at Thornton Science Park; the same year, the University Centre Shrewsbury opened, followed in 2015 by the new Queen's Park Campus in Chester, home to the Faculty of Business and Management.
  • The Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science is in development through a strategic alliance with University Centre Reaseheath; and the university’s Institute of Medicine is further developing the Chester Medical School.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Chester's Chancellor is Gyles Brandreth, of The One Show and Just a Minute fame.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • The Singh Twins MBE (Amrit and Rabindra Singh) – internationally-renowned postmodern artists who have exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian Institution.
  • Thomas Plunkett – president of the Royal Watercolour Society.
  • Professor Alan Emery – chief scientific adviser for the European Neuromuscular Centre.
  • Alan Bleasdale – BAFTA nominee and Royal Television Society award-winning screenwriter, best known for social realist drama based on the lives of ordinary people.
  • Matt Greenhalgh – BAFTA-winning director and screenwriter, whose films include Control and Nowhere Boy.
  • Rob Wotton – Sky Sports presenter.
  • Gill Burns MBE – the first female player to be welcomed into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.
  • Tracey Neville MBE – head coach of England Netball, who also competed in two Commonwealth Games.
  • Rod Hunt MBE – founder of the Oxford Reading Tree, teaching children in 137 countries (including in over 85% of UK schools) to read; famous for creating the characters Biff, Chip and Kipper.

Address

University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ