Winchester, University of



Overall ranking: 69th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.

History: Founded in 1840 and moved to its present site in 1862. The large BA Qualified Teacher Status programme reflects the university's roots in teacher training. It has a growing reputation in humanities, arts, social sciences, performing arts and business. Gained university status in 2005.

Address: The campus is just outside the city centre of Winchester, Hampshire.

Ambience: Woodland setting- a ten minute walk from Winchester's historic city centre, with views of the rolling countryside. Close-knit atmosphere. Award-winning buildings include the Martial Rose Library, West Downs Student Village and University Centre.

Who's the boss? Professor Joy Carter was appointed as vice-chancellor in April 2006. She has a background in environmental geochemistry and health.

Prospectus: 01962 827 234 or flick through The Winchester Experience virtually here.

UCAS code: W76

What you need to know

Easy to get into? You usually need around 220-300 UCAS points (A-levels/AVCE), depending on the course. Applicants from Access and BTEC welcome. Runs programmes in more than 30 subject areas, such as archaeology, business, journalism, law, social work and sports studies. Introduced new courses such as modern liberal arts, sociology and vocal and choral studies in 2010. Leading reputation for primary teacher training.

Vital statistics: Around 7,000 students in total of which just over 5,000 are undergraduates. Some 68 per cent are full-time students.

Added value: 600 performing arts students make for a lively campus. Frequent guest speakers take part in the 'Enterprise Lectures', launched in 2003 with the aim of offering students, staff and members of the community the opportunity to hear first-hand from fascinating and creative people who have been successful in their field. Strong focus on the values of social justice, and this year the university is leading the Hampshire Diamond Jubilee Project 2012, a new appeal to help provide facilities for Gambian schoolchildren. In 2010, Winchester won a Purple Flag, an award recognising safe and enjoyable UK cities for a night out. Recent additions include a lecture theatre complex in 2012. The £9.5m University Centre opened in 2007- a four-storey building that contains a range of social facilities, including the Students’ Union, food hall, mini-mart, bookshop and the Learning Café, which offers free networked internet access with wireless. £3.5m Winchester Sports Stadium includes an Olympic standard 8-lane running track and an all-weather astro turf.

Teaching: 26th out of 124 for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide.

Research: 73rd out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.

Graduate prospects: 106th out of 124 with 53.4 per cent entering graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Yes, a variety of choices in halls. Fully catered (approximately 14 meals a week) halls costs around £140 per week. Self-catered standard rooms start at around £103 and en-suite rooms are around £120 per week. Full-time undergrads who hold Winchester as their firm choice and apply before 1st August are guaranteed accommodation. Further accommodation is due to open for 2013 entry.

Cheap to live there? Private rents are around £65 to £75 per week.

Transport links: The M3 is on the doorstep and London is 64 miles away. Very good train service to Waterloo and elsewhere- getting to London takes one hour on the train from Winchester. Walking and cycling is best for getting about, but expect a few hills here and there. Airport links with Southampton, Heathrow and Gatwick.

Fees: Set at £8,500 per year for UK and EU full-time students. £10,500 for overseas students.

Bursaries: As of 2012, Winchester has been offering students fee waivers of up to £6,000 over the duration of their course under the National Scholarship Programme. Find out which bursaries and fee waiver schemes you may be eligible for using the support calculator here.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Themed events in the Students’ Union with Detention, Bop and Flirt! the most popular nights. Winchester groans with pubs and restaurants. Clubbers make for Southampton and Bournemouth.

Price of a pint: Averages £2.75 in many of Winchester's pubs.

Sporting reputation: Not particularly sporting going by the BUCS league table- 105th out of 148 at present.

Notable societies: Musicians keen to make some dollar can join Busking Society, while RAH (Rambling Around Hampshire) is a great way to stretch your legs in the beautiful South Downs.

Glittering alumni: Martin Bashir, journalist; John McIntyre, reporter; Michael Rose, producer of the West End hit musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Steve Furst, comedy actor; Mark Johnson, horse racing announcer; Bob Taylor, former president of the Rugby Football Union; Lauren Cohan and David Prosho, actors.

Alternative prospectus: Talk to current and prospective students in Winchester's forum on The Student Room for an insight into the university experience.

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