Research at Christ Church was born out of a collective aspiration that all our staff should have a scholarly approach to education.

During the 80s, this was driven by a deep belief in the importance of academic excellence, as well as the need to diversify. In the 1990s and early 2000s, our research matured under the firm leadership of two outstanding Directors of Research, who had notable achievements in Research Assessment Exercises and the award of external contracts.

The evolution of our research took a significant step in 2005 when we achieved University status, followed by the right to award our own Research degrees in 2009.

Our research seeks to address real-world problems and make a positive, tangible impact on people’s lives. We work across multiple disciplines, including education, health (becoming an approved research partner of the NHS in 2002), science and the arts. Our established research centres - the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, the National Institute for Christian Education Research, and the Centre for Sport, Physical Education and Activity Research – are all highly reputed at a national level.

The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), which is the UK’s system for assessing the excellence of research in higher education institutions, found examples of ‘world-leading’ research in all ten subject areas, or Units of Assessment (UoAs), to which Canterbury Christ Church University submitted work. Over 90% of our submission was assessed as being of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally recognised’ standard.

During our Diamond Jubilee year, we will be exploring the history of our research, revealing some of the life-changing work being undertaken by our staff, students and partners, and offering you direct access to our researchers and their expertise.