The construction of Canterbury Christ Church University’s Chapel spire in 1962.

A Brief History

Our University started out as a teacher training college in the 1960s in response to a national shortage of teachers. Today we continue to shape our courses and research around critical social issues both nationally and globally.

  • 1962

    Christ Church College opened its doors with just 70 students and nine teachers. The Principal was Dr Frederic Mason.

  • 1964

    Moved to the purpose-built North Holmes Road site.

  • Early 1970s

    First degree programme, Bachelor of Education, introduced.

  • 1975

    Dr Michael Berry appointed Principal.

  • 1976

    First non-teacher training degrees were launched.

  • Late 1980s

    Health-related professional courses began.

  • 1995

    Awarded the power to grant our own degrees for taught courses, and with it came the name change to Canterbury Christ Church University College.

  • 1996

    Took over Salomons Centre, near Tunbridge Wells, and created a centre in West Kent.

  • 1997

    Professor Michael Wright appointed Principal (and later Vice-Chancellor).

  • 2000

    Broadstairs Campus formally opened by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey.

  • 2004

    Medway Campus opened by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at the Universities at Medway site.

  • 2005

    Awarded full university title by the Privy Council; inauguration of Canterbury Christ Church University and the installation of the Archbishop of Canterbury as Chancellor.

  • May 2009

    Multi-million pound Christ Church Sports Centre opened.

  • August 2009

    Granted the power to award research degrees.

  • September 2009

    Augustine House, our award winning library and student services centre, opened.

  • 2010

    Dr Robin Baker appointed Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

  • 2012

    Opening of St George’s Centre, St Gregory’s Centre for Music, and Maxwell Davies building.

  • 2013

    The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby becomes Archbishop of Canterbury and Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University.

  • 2013

    Professor Rama Thirunamachandran appointed Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

  • 2014

    The former Canterbury Prison site purchased by the University as part of an ambitious redevelopment plan for the Canterbury Campus.

  • 2015

    Opened new Petros Court student accommodation in Canterbury, and new indoor sports centre at Polo Farm Sports Club.


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