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Whether you know our Warrington site as Padgate, Warrington Collegiate Institute, North Cheshire College, or simply as ‘Wazza’, here in the Development and Alumni Relations Office, we recognise what a special place it is to so many of our alumni. Many of you are sure to have fond memories of studying there. With this in mind, we appreciate many of you will be saddened to hear of the withdrawal of our teaching provision from the Padgate site by summer 2022 and as valued members of our University community, we want to keep you updated.

The University has spent a considerable amount of time exploring what our current students need to thrive throughout their Higher Education experience, and as a result, the decision has been made to take learning into the heart of the Warrington community by establishing University Centre Warrington in the town centre. You can see how UCW is taking shape here.

This new central location across two buildings (Remond House and in Time Square) is a positive step forward, enabling the University to be embedded further into the Warrington economy and providing strategic support that will be invaluable in the post-COVID economic and cultural recovery of the town. This is a fantastic opportunity to broaden the reach and accessibility of the University, whilst establishing closer connections with the communities that we serve – which may include you! You can read more about the University’s plans here.

While we cannot yet confirm plans for the site after our teaching provision has relocated, we are pleased to confirm that the University is organising an opportunity for Padgate alumni to revisit the campus before its closure, and celebrate the rich history of the site. We look forward to warmly welcoming you all back - please keep an eye on your emails and the website for further updates about this future event

If you would like to receive specific email updates regarding the Warrington Project, please email alumni@chester.ac.uk and we will add you to the mailing list.

Please note that due to the ongoing COVID restrictions, we are not able to arrange individual visits to any of our sites currently.