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Canterbury Christ Church University

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1962
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Religiously affliated
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • North Holmes Road, Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
    • Phone:
    • +441227767700
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) is an Anglican new university in Kent, England. Founded as a Church of England college for teacher training in 1962, it has grown to full university status and now has nearly 20,000 students. The focus of its work is in the education of people going into public service. It is now recognized as the largest center of higher education in Kent for the public services – notably teacher training, health and social care and the emergency services. The university also offers academic and professional programmes, including credit-bearing higher education entry certificates, doctorates and research degrees. Policing and law courses have also been delivered both for UK and overseas law enforcement agencies. 

Canterbury Christ Church is organized into academic faculties that contain schools and centers for teaching and research as well as professional service departments that provide central services. The four academic faculties are Arts and Humanities, Education, Health and Wellbeing, and Social and Applied Sciences.

Academic Highlights

The university has a diverse range of partnerships, which fall into five main categories:

  • Academic partners with whom the university develops its course to ensure they meet the needs of future employers and graduates
  • Research partners with whom the university works with on research and knowledge exchange
  • Education partners – as Kent's largest centre for teacher training, the university works in and alongside schools, colleges and education providers to promote access to learning.
  • Culture – the university is a major supporter and provider of arts and culture, and is principal partner and sponsor of the Canterbury Festival.

Life in Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church Students’ Union is based at the St George's Centre in Canterbury. It is a registered charity whose role is to support and represent students studying at Christ Church. It offers a range of support and advice services and runs campaigns throughout the academic to promote student health and wellbeing, sustainability and equality and diversity.

Christ Church Students' Union also supports over 100 student-led clubs and societies including societies related to courses offered at the university along with cultural, political, recreational and sports societies.

School Ranking

In the 2015 Guardian rating of UK universities, CCCU was ranked the 92nd university out of 119, a gain of 12 places from 2014. However, it fell to 101 in the 2016 rankings.


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Notable Alumni

  • Rob Beckett - Comedian studied Film, Radio and Television Studies at Christ Church between 2004 and 2007
  • Kate Blewett -  producer and director with the BBC
  • Phil Gallagher - children's TV presenter
  • Jon Holmes - writer, script editor and presenter
  • Joel Hopkins -  BAFTA award-winning film writer–director
  • Jon Culshaw -  impressionist and comedian

 Acceptance Rate

 Canterbury Christ Church University Overall Rate 42.4%

Other Campuses
    • 1 Meadow Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, England, United Kingdom
    • Northwood Road, Broadstairs, England, United Kingdom
    • Rowan Williams Court, 30 Pembroke Court, Chatham, England, United Kingdom



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