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While the way in which we will deliver some of the services and facilities we provide for our students may have changed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Chester remains fully committed to delivering an excellent range of student support, student services and facilities to enhance your academic study. Details for the 2020/21 academic year will be sent directly to applicants and returning students. Further information can also be found here.

About the campus

Formal teaching for this course will be delivered at Parkgate Road in Chester from April 2021. The university will still own the Thornton site which will be used for research purposes. The close links that currently exist between the University and the companies based at Thornton will continue.

Entwining teaching, research and enterprise on one extraordinary site, studying at Thornton will give you the skills and experience to make your mark.

At Thornton Science Park the atmosphere is fantastic – there’s a friendly and healthy vibe between lecturers and students so I always feel comfortable on campus. The daily commute from my hometown of Blackpool is worth it to sit studying in the beautiful Sutton library!Daniella, studying Mathematics

An ideal location for our Faculty of Science and Engineering, we are proud of the unique opportunity studying at Thornton Science Park provides to our students. Across its 66 acres, Thornton remains very much at the forefront of scientific research and development. It accommodates a range of impressive facilities, including: modern purpose-built laboratories and industrial facilities to provide the best practical experience and learning opportunities, high-quality professional engineering software, a specialist science and engineering library, computer facilities featuring fully licensed engineering, design and development software, Windows and Mac computer suites, a dedicated games zone and much more.

Exploring new technology is integral to what we do here at Thornton, with a particular focus on tackling issues surrounding climate change. Most of the companies based at Thornton Science Park work in line with the Green agenda, and we are dedicated to utilising this unique environment of industry, innovation and academia, to save our planet.

We have a strong, supportive culture at Thornton that is committed to helping you achieve your full potential, so you can join like minded individuals who are just as passionate about science and engineering as you are.

Outside of lectures and practical sessions, you can make use of a variety of recreational spaces including a coffee bar and restaurant, fitness centre and all-weather pitch. Thornton Science Park just outside Chester, and a free shuttle bus is provided to transport students to and from Parkgate Road Campus, Chester.

A Working Science Park

As well as being an academic site, Thornton also operates as a working science park. With over 40 science and technology sector companies located on site, you will have the opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into working in a professional and career-focused environment. What’s more, we work with these companies to inform our curriculum, ensuring that what you’re learning is in line with how the industry functions, right now.

Links with Industry

Studying at Thornton not only opens the door to a number of networking opportunities with industry leaders in science and engineering; you will also have the chance to build effective working relationships with these companies and benefit from their expertise through placements and projects relevant to your studies. Every company on site is in the science and technology industries, and with the current skills shortage being experienced by the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) sectors, they’re eager to work with and recruit graduates.

The Energy Centre

Students at Thornton can benefit from cutting-edge science and engineering developments through initiatives like The Energy Centre. Designed to promote growth and acceleration in the development and exploitation of technologies for the energy market, the £16 million Energy Centre provides a flexible place where industry and academia come together to innovate, develop and demonstrate new intelligent energy technologies.

Thornton Science Park is a distinctive environment because it has been established at the heart of the industries that we serve with research and which employ graduates like ours. Thornton lies within the Stanlow Special Policy area which is subject to certain restrictions linked to health and safety. Please view Teaching in the Faculty of Science and Engineering for further details

The University remains fully committed to the subject areas offered at Thornton Science Park. We reserve the right to alter the balance of location of tuition between Thornton and the University’s other campuses to ensure the optimal location and to ensure provision remains both safe and at industry standard.

Thornton Science Park
Pool Lane