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Public invitation to University’s Annual Meeting

21 March 2007

Staff, students, stakeholders and local residents are invited to attend Canterbury Christ Church University’s Annual Meeting to reflect on a year of great achievements and major developments for the University.

The event will take place on Tuesday 27th March at Canterbury Christ Church University’s Old Sessions House Lecture Theatre (room Og46), situated on Longport, Canterbury.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Wright, said: “Our Annual Meeting provides the public with a glimpse of the wide range of activities and achievements of our students and staff during the past year. The University has now embarked on a new chapter in its history, with the implementation of our Strategic Plan for 2006 to 2010.  During the next few years we will seek to build on our strengths in order to ensure the University provides excellent academic and professional education in a learning environment in which students are challenged, supported and able to achieve their individual goals.”

Guests should arrive at the University between 4pm and 4.30pm and register at the welcome desk, which will be situated in the main reception of Old Sessions House.  At 4.30pm, attendees will be welcomed by the University’s Pro-Chancellor, The Right Reverend Stephen Venner, Bishop of Dover.

The University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Wright, will then give an overview of the University’s Annual Report and its Strategic Plan for the next four years.

Following on from Professor Wright’s presentation, the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Faculty of Business and Sciences), Dr Keith Gwilym and Dr Moira Helm, Joint Project Director, will talk about the University’s plans for a new flagship learning resource centre in Canterbury city centre – the University’s single largest project since its first campus was built on North Holmes Road, Canterbury, in 1963.  They will discuss the University’s plans to demolish ‘Clarkson House’, a former 1970s office block, which is situated on Rhodaus Town in the heart of Canterbury, and build in its place a modern teaching and learning development called ‘Augustine House.’

Following on from this presentation, the new Director of Knowledge Transfer, Bob Jones, will give an introduction to the University’s drive to work with public, private, non-profit making and voluntary sectors. ‘Knowledge transfer’ is a growing area of activity within higher education and focuses on the exchanging of expertise or information between the University and the community it serves.

Those who wish to attend the Annual Meeting do not need to book a place. More information can be obtained from Tracy Clark on 01227 782915.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is the largest centre of higher education in Kent for public services – notably teacher training, policing and health and social care.  The University is also a significant provider of programmes in a wide range of academic areas within its Faculties of Arts and Humanities and Business and Sciences.

From a small independent College of less than five hundred students – all training to be school teachers – in the 1960s, we have grown to a fully fledged university with 14,000 students and 1,000 staff members with campuses in Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Broadstairs and Chatham.  Our teaching and learning facility for health, education and policing students at Chatham is part of the Universities At Medway Project in partnership with the Universities of Greenwich and Kent with Mid-Kent College.

As an outward looking University and a Church of England foundation, our mission is to provide excellent academic and professional education underpinned by research, scholarship and creative work and by Christian principles and values.


Claire Robinson, Media Relations Officer,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782391,

David Cutts, External Relations Assistant,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782826,

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Claire Robinson
01227 782391