History, Affiliations and Rankings
Established in 1839, the University of Chichester is a public institution situated in West Sussex, England. In 1873, the university became an educational institute for women teachers due to the activism of Louisa Hubbard when the Elementary Education Act 1870 was enacted, which created a demand for school teachers. Men were not enrolled at the College in 1957. With its humble beginnings as a College for training schoolmasters to becoming an indispensable institution for meeting the severe shortage of teachers in the aftermath of the Second World War, the College initially awarded degrees under the banner of the University of Sussex and Southampton University. It gained degree-awarding powers in 1999, which was also when the College’s name changed to University College Chichester. In 2005, the Privy Council approved the name as the University of Chichester. The University has academic affiliations with Cathedrals Group and Universities UK (UUK). The University of Chichester ranks #70 by the Complete University Guide - University Rankings and #21 by the Guardian Best UK Universities Rankings for the year 2022.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The University of Chichester has two primary campuses in Chichester city and the second in Bognor Regis. The University of Chichester has 14 faculties providing specialization courses in Sports, Humanities, Musical Theater, Engineering, Computing, Business, and Education. The main campus includes modern amenities and historic buildings. The campus houses the popular study courses including Social Work and Social Care, Fine Arts, Dance, Humanities, Music, Law, Psychology and Sport, Counseling, and Theatre. The Bognor Regis campus is near the Bognor Regis beach and Hotham Park. It also houses various popular study fields including Business and Management, Engineering and Design, Creative and Digital Technologies, Education and Teaching, and Musical Theater.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The University of Chichester is regarded for teaching excellence and had been recognized in The Guardian University and had been ranked #21 overall. The University of Chichester ranks #7 for teaching quality and #9 for the student experience in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2022). The alumni network of the University dates back to its establishment in the early 19th century. Some of the notable people who have graduated from the University of Chichester are Michael 'Herbie' Blash (Ex-FIA Deputy Race Director at Formula One), Laurie Borg (television and film producer), Isbel Ashdown (British Contemporary Fiction Writer), Sarah Class (British Music Composer and one of Britain’s Youngest Musical Stars), Juliet West (Author) and more.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The University of Chichester has a total of 5,000 students out of which 4,300 are undergraduates, 1,000 are postgraduates, and about 100 are postgraduate research students. There are around 80 international students on campus, while the male to female ratio is 62:38. Throughout their time at the University of Chichester students will be able to explore their own interests and take part in societies, activities, and events that excite them. Students can immerse themselves in opportunities and experiences. 96.5% of the graduates from Chichester were in employment or further study within six months of graduation. The Careers Services team helps the students with finding internships, making connections and building skills, and even starting a business from scratch. They help students with searching for jobs, selecting a career, and completing and sharpening a Postgraduate application form or resume. The companies recruiting from the campus are Amazon, Uber, Deloitte, and PWC.