Press Release

16 June 2011

Canterbury Christ Church University received the Commercial Collaboration Award last week, for demonstrating a mutually beneficial and productive partnership with the cultural organisation Canterbury Festival.

Image by Dan Desborough ©
Image by Dan Desborough ©

The Commercial Collaboration Award was one of ten awards presented by the Culture Awards 2011, organised by Canterbury City Council and hosted by the University’s state-of-the-art library, Augustine House.

The awards celebrated the rich cultural life of the Canterbury District, recognising the impact of a broad range of activities taking place in the city and beyond, from community events to contemporary music, visual arts and heritage.

Festival Director Rosie Turner said: “The Festival and Canterbury Christ Church University share common goals in the arts: marrying excellence with appeal; international with home-grown artists – and of course - education with enjoyment. The University’s enlightened and generous sponsorship of the Canterbury Festival – Kent’s major arts festival – has been recognised and applauded by this award and I hope it will encourage other businesses to support in the future.”

David Smith, Pro Vice-Chancellor External Relations, said: "Canterbury Christ Church University is pledged, both through its enduring values and its current strategic plan, to enrich the cultural lives of the communities we serve. We are also committed to the power of partners as the means to deliver on that pledge.

“The perfect fit for us is to work with Canterbury Festival and its exceptional leadership team to combine ideas, mitigate risk and promote the value of culture and creativity. Learning and culture, knowledge and creativity make powerful allies and we are very proud of such an effective and energising alliance.”

The University was also shortlisted for the Cultural Landscape Award for its bold and modern library, Augustine House, which offers students exciting spaces to work, learn and socialise through IT facilities, creative learning spaces and access to student services, all under one roof.

Andrew Ironside, Strategic Director Resources at the University, said: "The University was delighted to sponsor and host the first Canterbury Culture Awards ceremony. Augustine House provided a wonderful venue for such a prestigious event and the guests thoroughly enjoyed the evening, as well as the ambiance created by the exhibition of 3D artwork produced by the University’s Visual Arts graduates."


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received top grades in its Ofsted report for its primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.

Canterbury Festival

  • Canterbury Festival is Kent’s International Arts Festival and will take place between 15 - 29 October this year.  The programme includes over two hundred events in two weeks all across the art forms - from classical music,  theatre and dance, to world music, comedy and talks, visual arts, walks and the youth driven Festival Fringe. The Festival offers a great variety of quality performances and activities to suit all ages, tastes and budgets.
  • Full details of the programme of events will be announced in July and will be available in the Festival brochure online at and from the Festival Office.


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