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Key facts about the University of Chester

  • The college which would become the University of Chester was founded in 1839 by such pioneers as the great 19th-century prime ministers William Gladstone and the Earl of Derby, and a former Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • It is one of the oldest English higher education establishments of any kind pre-dating all but Oxford, Cambridge, London and Durham, and its original buildings in the ancient city of Chester were the first in the country to be purpose built for the professional training of teachers.

  • The institution was granted its own taught degree awarding powers in 2003 and research degree awarding powers in 2007.  We were granted University title in 2005.

  • We have over 18,000 students from the UK and overseas and 477 course combinations.

  • Associate Colleges include the Isle of Man College; Reaseheath College and West Cheshire College.

  • Today our Faculties include: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business and Management; Education and Children’s Services; Health and Social Care; Medicine and Life Sciences; and Science and Engineering.

  • The University Centre Shrewsbury is a small and exciting new venture that offers first class undergraduate education within Shropshire.

  • The University generates a total investment of £298 million per year for Cheshire, Warrington, Wirral and North East Wales and supports an extensive number and range of jobs across the region.

  • Our graduates are consistently among the most employable in the North West year on year, and are often at the forefront of the region’s figures for graduate employability.

  • The University was awarded the Investors in People Gold Award in spring 2014.

  • Volunteering is one of the cornerstones of University life at Chester.