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University of Chester

The University of Chester has grown significantly since the turn of the millennium. It now offers an extensive range of single and combined honours courses to over 20,000 students based at sites across the region, including Chester, Warrington, a new site at Shrewsbury, and specialist NHS sites across Cheshire and Wirral. A new Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science is located at University Centre Reaseheath in Nantwich, one of the leading land-based colleges in the UK.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Urban
Urban

In a town

Suburban
Suburban

On the outskirts of a city or town

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

League Table Scores

  • Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the university.

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    114
  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.09 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the university.

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    2.08 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the university.

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    0.29 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the university.

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    69.5 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the university.

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    15.3
  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the university spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    1,728
  • Facilities Spend
    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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    878
  • Good Honours
    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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    65.8 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the university.

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    82.6 / 100.0

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 73%
  • Postgraduate 27%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 70%
  • Part Time 30%

Where students come from

  • UK 94%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 5%

Student gender

  • Male 31%
  • Female 69%

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

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

Library

  • The university has dedicated libraries across all campuses in Chester, Warrington and Shrewsbury, with around 350,000 volumes of stock, 19,000 e-books and 20,000 e-journals. Online resources can be accessed remotely.
  • There are over 2,500 PCs, including more than 400 Apple computers and 150 laptops for loan, with access to computers and study spaces 24/7 across the sites.
  • Wi-Fi is available throughout the campuses and student accommodation.

Student jobs

  • CareerHub is an online vacancies and support service, regularly advertising roles in local businesses and schemes further afield, ranging from summer work as an activity leader to stewarding, bar cover, clerical work and tutoring.
  • UniJob is the on-campus recruitment service, helping students to find part-time work with the university in many academic and support departments – a fantastic way to gain work experience without having to leave campus.
  • Career consultants help students to find and apply for part-time work, with daily drop-in sessions, and workshops on how to find part-time work; and for students thinking of freelancing or setting up their own business, workshops to develop the skills required to support this.

Careers advice

  • Core services include drop-in CV advice, guidance appointments to assist students to explore career planning or interview practice, and a wide range of training sessions and workshops allowing students to develop valuable career skills such as job searching, interview skills and improving performance at assessment centres.
  • The main careers bases are at Parkgate Road and Warrington campuses, with support being provided to satellite campuses. Advisers also work with academic staff to ensure students gain the skills required for entering employment, while on their course.
  • Students can meet potential employers at Careers Fest, and the Chester Internship programme provides valuable industry-based paid experience, enabling students to gain relevant skills while working for a local employer.
  • The ASK programme helps students connect with employers locally and nationally. Experts from a range of job sectors offer 'insider conversations' on how they secured their role, and what it's really like to work in that sector. University alumni also share their professional experience with current students.
  • The Chester Difference Award recognises students' extra-curricular activities; and an award-winning suite of entrepreneurship programmes are available through the Venture programme. Students can attend one-to-one sessions to discuss initiatives they are interested in joining.

Health services

  • The university provides comprehensive information to students across all sites on local GP and dental practices.
  • The university-wide Health 4 All initiative and Chester Students' Union provide well-being advice, with activities for students.

Counselling services

  • An in-house counselling service provides an initial assessment plus four sessions as standard, available to all University of Chester students.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

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 spectrum conditions and sensory impairments such as deafness or visual impairment. The team supports students to benefit from university life and to achieve their full academic potential.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • Creative facilities include 4 large fully equipped rehearsal and performance studios, a large outdoor performance space, music rehearsal and recording facilities, plus sound and lighting equipment. Art facilities include art, printmaking, textiles, and photography facilities; a metal casting foundry; sound and video editing suites and digital workshops.
  • 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 locally over the internet.
  • Other specialist facilities include clinical skills laboratories; science laboratories; students can work with computerised mannequins in a simulated hospital ward or practice teaching in classroom settings. Policing students have access to a mock crime scene house as part of their course. 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.
  • Student’s welfare benefits from the award-winning student support department and chaplaincy, plus personal academic tutor and student union academic representative schemes.

Students' Union

  • Chester Students' Union (CSU) works to represent students academically, collecting views to enact change and enhance the overall student experience. CSU achieves this through social, sporting and non-sporting activities as well as speaking for students on a local and national level.
  • Chester Students' Union supports 4,000 students in over 120 clubs and societies, with over 700 academic representatives.
  • CSU is accessible for all students and provides advice on issues such as accommodation, health, money and academic issues, through its highly trained and committed staff.

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 engineering; 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.
  • In development is the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science, through a strategic alliance with University Centre Reaseheath; and  the Institute of Medicine – aiming towards the formation of Chester Medical School.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Chester has a poignant letter written by Florence Nightingale to a grieving father seeking news of his son missing in action in the Crimea. The letter is part of a collection of Health and Social Care artefacts in the university's museum.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Alan Bleasdale – writer, best known for social realist drama serials based on the lives of ordinary people.
  • Rob Wotton – regular football presenter for Sky Sports and on Sky Sports News.
  • Matt Greenhalgh – screenwriter behind the BBC TV series Burn It and Channel 4 film Legless.
  • Dave 'Comedy Dave' Vitty – radio presenter known for his work alongside Chris Moyles.
  • Tracey Neville – former England netball player, playing in the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games.
  • Gillian Burns MBE – former England rugby union player from 1988–2002.
  • Roderick Hunt MBE – children's author whose series, The Magic Key (about Biff, Chip and Kipper), was part of the Oxford Reading Tree introduced in 1985, used to teach children in Primary schools to read.
  • Sir Walter Winterbottom CBE – the first manager of the England football team and FA Director of Coaching.
  • Professor Alan Emery FRSE – Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Edinburgh and Chief Scientific Advisor for the European Neuromuscular Centre.
  • The Singh Twins (Amrit and Rabindra Singh) – internationally-acclaimed postmodern artists.

Address

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