University of Chichester

The University of Chichester is a thriving institution recognised for its high student satisfaction and good teaching; the university was awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. Students become part of a close-knit community where they are a name and not a number.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


On the coast, near the sea


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


Located on a green space in, or near to, a city or town centre

UCAS Code: C58

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


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 81%
  • Postgraduate 19%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 81%
  • Part Time 19%

Where students come from

  • UK 97%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 2%

Student gender

  • Male 37%
  • Female 63%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • A Learning Resource Centre (LRC) on each campus gives 24-hour access to library resources, group study spaces, bookable individual study spaces, open access workstations, loanable laptops, superfast Wi-Fi, printing facilities and cafés. A welcoming team helps students to access these services, whilst supporting the development of their study, digital and specialist skills.
  • The library collection contains over 260,000 volumes, with 1,270 periodicals including specialist collections and 700 print journals. The extensive online library contains over 30,000 e-books and over 4,500 e-journals.
  • The Chichester campus LRC also offers the latest digital video editing facilities, desktop publishing suites and the Otter Gallery. The Bognor Regis campus includes a classroom resources collection of school practice materials used mainly by students on school placement – with books, DVDs, CDs, puppets, story sacks, artefacts, big books, dual language books and posters.

Student jobs

  • The careers department has a JobShop which advertises local part-time jobs and volunteer positions, as well as national graduate positions.
  • Around 90 students are employed by the Students' Union, with more students employed by the university itself.
  • 95% of full-time students have some form of part-time work.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Employability team aim to empower students with the skills, experience and professional mindset to be ready for their future working lives. They do this by ensuring that students capitalise on placement opportunities and other options; by linking with employers to help students develop the contacts and skills for work; or by helping students to start their own business or work freelance.
  • An online careers and jobs portal gives students access to hundreds of opportunities posted by employers, as well as to book careers events or appointments. Appointments with careers consultants can be in person, via e-appointment, Skype or phone. They can help students with searching for jobs, choosing a career, completing an application, or to sharpen their CV and LinkedIn profile. Students can also attend a mock interview.
  • Opportunities on the online jobs board include part-time, full-time and graduate roles, placements, internships or volunteering. The team works with local and national employers to bring them onto campus to promote their company and opportunities, and to recruit.
  • Learning Resource Centres also have a job hunting advice desk, providing information and advice on any aspect of finding work, placements and part-time work, and tips on tailoring applications to meet employers' requirements.

Health services

  • Registered Nurse Health Advisers offer both drop-in and appointment times to discuss any physical or emotional concern, and to support students regarding the management of more serious conditions.
  • Mental Health Advisers offer advice, signposting and assisting students to access NHS mental health services. Where appropriate they offer short-term brief interventions to support students. They also run groups for students who may benefit from developing skills for self-management, and to support wellness and mental health recovery.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The UTalk University Counselling Service abides by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework; it is confidential and open to all students.
  • The qualified and registered counsellors provide an integrative service and offer mindfulness, NLP, CBT, relaxation techniques, resilience training and solution focussed therapy.

Disability support

  • The Disability and Dyslexia Service provides a range of support services to students with disabilities, continuing health conditions, mental health conditions and specific learning differences (including dyslexia, dyspraxia and dysgraphia) and any additional learning needs that require support or adjustment in teaching, learning and exams.
  • The Sensory Adviser assists students with vision and/or hearing impairments to access course materials in alternative formats and access assistive technology.
  • The university can arrange accessible living accommodation or ensure priority for a particular type of accommodation because of a medical condition or specific learning difference.

Other services and facilities

  • Student Well-being Advisers offer a friendly, helpful and confidential service for all students who need information or help with general enquiries or major and minor queries or problems, and can signpost to other services when appropriate.
  • Student Money Advisers provide confidential advice and assistance for students needing help with their finances. They can assist with funding issues, advise on the university’s financial support package and assist with applications for the university’s Hardship Fund; they can provide emergency support when necessary. They also advise on budget planning.
  • The chaplaincy offers opportunities for students to explore faith, discuss life and find community. The chaplain is available to listen to and support all students, and to assist students of all faiths to locate places to worship and pray where they feel most at home.

Students' Union

  • The university has an active Students' Union; it provides many development and social opportunities for students through various clubs, societies, and volunteering activities – as well as training and accreditation for participating students.
  • It is also the representative voice for students, on both a collective and individual basis. It ensures that students have maximum input into, and enjoyment out of, their university experience. Any student can get involved.
  • The union has a shop, and bars on both campuses and runs many popular events throughout the year including student balls, comedy, live band nights, and more.


  • The University of Chichester traces its origins back to 1839, making it one of the older higher education institutions in the country.
  • In 1873 Bishop Otter College in Chichester became a training college for women as a result of a campaign to encourage the acceptance of women as teachers. In 1946, Bognor Regis College of Education was set up as an emergency training college to meet the severe shortage of teachers after the war. The two merged in 1977, forming the West Sussex Institute of Higher Education.
  • The Institute changed its name to Chichester Institute of Higher Education in 1995, gaining degree-awarding powers in 1999 when it became the University College Chichester, and finally was renamed the University of Chichester in 2005.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Chichester's campus played a key role in the D-Day invasion during the Second World War; one of the current teaching rooms was used in 1942 as a control room for 56 RAF squadrons deployed in the airborne invasion of Normandy.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Saskia Clark MBE – Olympic medallist sailor.
  • Louise Dear – artist.
  • Vic Goddard – Principal of Passmore Academy (which appeared in Channel 4's Educating Essex)
  • Sheila Finch – author.
  • Francesca Papagno – actor.
  • Antony Pothecary aka Alfie Ordinary – award-winning international performer.
  • Emma Wiggs MBE – Paralympic gold medal-winner (Rio 2016) and six-times World Champion para-canoeist.
  • Liz Aggiss – award-winning choreographer and filmmaker.
  • Laurie Borg – award-winning producer.
  • Lisa Hall – Internationally-recognised authority in the fields of chemistry, biomedical engineering, and physics.


University of Chichester, College Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6PE