Canterbury Christ Church University Info

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Canterbury Christ Church University Info

Our University started out as a teacher training college in the 1960s in response to a national shortage of teachers. Today we continue to shape our courses and research around critical social issues both nationally and globally.

  • 1962

    Christ Church College opened its doors with just 70 students and nine teachers. The Principal was Dr Frederic Mason.

  • 1964

    Moved to the purpose-built North Holmes Road site.

  • Early 1970s

    First degree programme, Bachelor of Education, introduced.

  • 1975

    Dr Michael Berry appointed Principal.

  • 1976

    First non-teacher training degrees were launched.

  • Late 1980s

    Health-related professional courses began.

  • 1995

    Awarded the power to grant our own degrees for taught courses, and with it came the name change to Canterbury Christ Church University College.

  • 1996

    Took over Salomons Centre, near Tunbridge Wells, and created a centre in West Kent.

  • 1997

    Professor Michael Wright appointed Principal (and later Vice-Chancellor).

  • 2000

    Broadstairs Campus formally opened by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey.

  • 2004

    Medway Campus opened by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at the Universities at Medway site.

  • 2005

    Awarded full university title by the Privy Council; inauguration of Canterbury Christ Church University and the installation of the Archbishop of Canterbury as Chancellor.

  • May 2009

    Multi-million pound Christ Church Sports Centre opened.

  • August 2009

    Granted the power to award research degrees.

  • September 2009: Augustine House, our award winning library and student services centre, opened.
  • 2010: Dr Robin Baker appointed Vice-Chancellor and Principal.
  • 2012: Opening of St George’s Centre, St Gregory’s Centre for Music, and Maxwell Davies building.
  • 2013: The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby becomes Archbishop of Canterbury and Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • 2013: Professor Rama Thirunamachandran appointed Vice-Chancellor and Principal.
  • 2014: The former Canterbury Prison site purchased by the University as part of an ambitious redevelopment plan for the Canterbury Campus.
  • 2015: Opened new Petros Court student accommodation in Canterbury, and new indoor sports centre at Polo Farm Sports Club.

Our Mission and Values

Inspired by our Church of England foundation, the University’s mission is to pursue excellence in higher education: transforming individuals, creating knowledge, enriching communities and building a sustainable future.

We value:

  • the development of the whole person, respecting and nurturing the inherent dignity and potential of each individual
  • the integration of excellent teaching, research and knowledge exchange
  • the power of higher education to enrich individuals, communities and nations
  • our friendly, inclusive and professional community of students and staff, preparing individuals to contribute to a just and sustainable future.


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