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About the university

Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) was founded as a teaching training college in 1962 and achieved public university status in 2005.  The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is the Chancellor of the university and Professor Rama Thirunamachandran is Vice-Chancellor and Principal. The university has one campus in Canterbury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and others in the English county of Kent in Medway and Tunbridge Wells.

There remains a strong focus on vocational training at CCCU, with courses for teachers, nurses, emergency service practitioners as well as those working in social care. However, it also offers a range of academic programmes across the arts, humanities, social sciences, business, science and engineering.

CCCU opened a new £65 million building at the beginning of March. Home to their dynamic science, technology, health, engineering and medicine courses, it is part of their exciting £150m city campus investment. Its name is the Verena Winifred Holmes Building, named after the English mechanical engineer and multi-field inventor, the first woman member elected to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Locomotive Engineers, and was a strong supporter of women in engineering.

The University received a prestigious silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, exceeding national quality requirements for UK universities. Nearly 90% of their research submitted to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) was assessed as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised. Furthermore, it is in the top 20 in the UK for Qualified Teaching Staff. 79% of their academic staff hold a teaching qualification in additional to their academic and professional qualifications (HESA 2017/18).

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