Canterbury Christ Church University

 

Overall ranking: 99th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.

History: Founded by the Church of England to train teachers for church schools in 1962, it expanded hugely in the late 80s to offer nursing as well as other degrees. Formerly Canterbury Christ Church College, then Canterbury Christ Church University College, it was awarded university status in 2005. Celebrated 50th anniversary in 2012.

Address: Located on part of St Augustine's Abbey right by the city walls and in a World Heritage Site, it is overlooked by Canterbury Cathedral. Other campuses include, Broadstairs, and Medway  and a centre at Tunbridge Wells

Ambience: and other modern buildings, which blend with historical architecture. All Canterbury sites are within walking distance of one another. Tunbridge site, used mainly for psychology programmes is called Salomon Centre. Broadstairs campus is 18 miles from Canterbury. Medway is part of the Universities at Medway partnership and the state-of-the-art facilities and building was opened in October 2004.

Who's the boss? Rama Thirunamachandran, a director and trustee of the Higher Education Academy and Royal Geographical Society fellow, will take up the post of vice-chancellor in October 2013.

Prospectus: 01227 782 900 or order one online here.

UCAS code: C10

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Not too bad. A typical offer for a degree course is 246 UCAS points from three A-levels at C grade, but they encourage mature students to apply even without formal qualifications.

Vital statistics: Around 20,000 students, many on teaching and healthcare BA/BSc degrees, or doing nursing and social work diplomas. Granted Research Degree awarding powers in 2009. Over two thirds women with 96% coming from state schools.

Added value: Lots of swanky new facilities. New accommodation and student centre opened in 2012, along with £1.5m worth of music facilities. One of the top teacher training providers in the country. Good careers advice with lots of opportunities for developing employability skills.

Teaching: 81st out of 124 for student satisfaction with teaching quality in the Complete University Guide. Teacher training is graded 'outstanding' by Ofsted.

Research: 103rd out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise. Research in education and music is world-leading, with international research excellence in allied health professions; English language and literature; history; sports-related studies; and theology, divinity and religious studies.

Graduate prospects: 78th out of 124 with 58 per cent finding graduate level employment.  94% of graduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies according to the DLHE statistics 2011-2012.

Any accommodation? There's a wide range available, ranging from £85 per week for a standard room to £175 per week for a one bed flat. See here for the full range of costs.

Cheap to live there? Not particularly, as private rents were between £75 and £95 per week last year.

Transport links: Parking is difficult in Canterbury because rush hour lasts all day. Use your feet or buses for local travel. London by train or bus is just 57 minutes away. London is easy to get to by train from Broadstairs, being just one hour and 45 minutes away; from Chatham it is only 45 minutes. To reach Salomons Centre from London, you take a train to Tonbridge (about 40 minutes) and then a bus.

Fees: £8,500 per year for 2013/14 home and EU undergrads on most courses, rising to £9,000 for 2014/15 entry.

Bursaries: On average, the university provides around 5,000 means-tested bursaries a year to help students finance their studies. Take a look at the financial support finder on the website to see what loans and grants you may be eligible for.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Improving. Canterbury has several nightclubs and themed pubs abound if you can bear them. There is an active local music scene and the students' union bar doubles as club venue that hosts two nights a week.

Price of a pint: Pretty steep at £3.40 on average in Canterbury.

Sporting reputation: Not the best, at 79th in the current BUCS league of nearly 150.

Notable societies: Rival the contestants on Strictly with the ballroom dancing society or try your hand at Indian bhangra. CSR radio station for media types and plenty of sports clubs.

Glittering alumni: Simon Meyers, TV director (The Bill, Ballykissangel, City Central); Kate Blewett, award-winning TV documentary producer and director (The Dying Rooms, Kids Behind Bars); Geraldine McCaughrean, award-winning children's author; Jon Holmes, comedian, writer and presenter (Dead Ringers, The Impressionable Jon Culshaw); Jane Carter, Creative Director of Music at BBC Worldwide; Joel Hopkins, writer-director (Jump Tomorrow, Last Chance Harvey).

Alternative prospectus: See how current students rate their university experience, from their course and lecturers to the accommodation and nightlife on What Uni? here.

 

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