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  •  1962

    Opens as a teacher training college with 70 students

    On Tuesday 25 September 1962, the first students, 70 young men and women, arrived to register and start their studies at Christ Church, the first teacher training college established by the Church of England in the 20th century.

    One of the first students, Hilary Hardcastle, who was the first Vice-President of the Students' Union, said about the cohort: "We have so many memories of teaching and learning together. Those days at Christ Church College were idyllic ones and they will be treasured by us always."

  •  1962

    First Principal - Dr Frederic Mason

    The first Principal was the Reverend Dr Frederic Mason who retired in 1975.

  •  1963

    Phase one of North Holmes Campus build complete

  •  1964

    North Holmes Campus opened

    The full campus site was finished and ready for occupation by September 1964. It was built in eight acres of St. Augustine Monastery's ground and gardens.

  • 1971

    First degree programme, Bachelor of Education, introduced

  •  1975

    Second Principal – Dr Michael Berry

    Dr Michael Berry followed as the second Principal until retiring in September 1997.

  • 1976

    International programmes introduced

  • 1978

    College degrees awarded

    College degrees were validated by the University of Kent.

  • 1988

    Student numbers hit 2,000

  • 1989

    First nursing related programme

    The expansion into health with the first nursing related programme marked a significant change for the University. Christ Church is now a main provider of nursing courses, with 94% of the students in nursing roles 6 months after completing their course.

  • 1993

    Student numbers hit 6,000

  • 1995

    Degree Awarding Powers granted

    The College was awarded the power by the Privy Council to grant its own degrees for taught courses. It is this power which entitled the College to become a University College and, in 1998, it was renamed Canterbury Christ Church University College.

  • 1996

     Salomons Campus opened

    Christ Church bought Salomons, a late-Victorian mansion, situated in 38 acres of parkland, close to Tunbridge Wells.

  • 1997

    Student numbers hit 10,000

  •  1997

    Third Principal – Professor Michael Wright

    Professor Michael Wright became the third Principal and then later, the first Vice-Chancellor.

  • 1998

     The Old Sessions House opened

    In November the refurbished and extended Old Sessions House was opened providing a most impressive and spacious complex for professional education.

  • 2000

     Broadstairs Campus opened

    In January 2000 our Broadstairs Campus added to our extensive network in Kent.

  • 2002

    Student numbers hit 14,000

  • 2003

     Hall Place opened

    Hall Place, an imposing mansion on the edge of the city, was opened as our Centre for Enterprise and Business Development.

  • 2004

     Medway Campus opened

    Christ Church joined the Universities at Medway partnership with Greenwich and Kent University. Rowan Williams Court is home to a wide range of specialist health facilities, including hospital wards, a paediatric and midwifery suite, operating theatre and suites for radiography and occupational therapy.

  • 2005

     University title awarded

    University status was formally granted by the Privy Council allowing the University College to be known as Canterbury Christ Church University. The inauguration was marked by the installation of the Archbishop of Canterbury becoming the first Chancellor; the ceremony took place in Canterbury Cathedral.

  • 2007

     University Centre Folkestone opened

    University Centre Folkestone joined our campus network, an intimate campus located in the heart of the Creative Quarter of Folkestone - a lively seaside town with a real creative buzz.

  • 2009

    Research Degree Awarding Powers granted

    The University was given the right to award Research Degrees by the Privy Council.

  • 2009

     Augustine House opened

    Augustine House, our multi-million pound, flagship library and student services centre opened in 2009. Augustine House is the brand new Library and Student Services Centre, offering students exciting spaces to work, learn and socialise.

  •  2010

    Professor Robin Baker, installed as Vice-Chancellor

    Professor Robin Baker became Vice-Chancellor in September 2010, with his installation taking place in Canterbury Cathedral in February 2011.

  • 2012 - Golden Jubilee year

    Student numbers hit 20,000

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In 2012 we celebrated a milestone in our history – our Golden Jubilee

Explore our past 50 years and discover how we have grown into a five campus university, with 20,000 students, hundreds of courses, and a strong reputation.

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