Press Release

24 June 2011

Canterbury Christ Church University and Canterbury Cathedral have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to celebrate their shared Christian Church foundation.

Professor Robin Baker and the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis, joined by members of staff and members of the University’s Board of Governors
Professor Robin Baker and the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis, joined by members of staff and members of the University’s Board of Governors

This memorandum is a symbol of the commitment to develop further work in the areas of worship, academic endeavour and stewardship of common heritage.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robin Baker CMG, and the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis, the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, took part in a special signing ceremony at the University on 20 June. They were joined by members of staff, as well as members of the University’s Board of Governors, including Pro-Chancellor Mr Peter Hermitage and Stephen Clark, Deputy Pro-Chancellor.

The signing of the memorandum will lead to further projects linking the two institutions, including the involvement of Christ Church musicians in special Cathedral services, matched Cathedral and University ‘Christ Church Choral Vicar Scholarships’ and a combined lecture series and discussion events, jointly hosted by the Dean and the Vice-Chancellor. 

Professor Robin Baker said: “The enhancing of Canterbury Christ Church University's partnership with Canterbury Cathedral, which this memorandum heralds, is good for our students, our staff and the City of Canterbury. This closer association with our world-renowned Cathedral opens new and exciting avenues to the University and its community for intellectual and cultural exploration and development. I am grateful to the Dean and Chapter for their enthusiasm and support for taking our relationship to a new level.”

The Very Revd Dr Robert Willis said: “I am very pleased to be signing this Memorandum of Understanding between the Cathedral and the University. The two Foundations are already linked in significant ways but the Understanding will be a sign of our aspirations to develop further work in areas of worship, academic endeavour and stewardship of our common heritage. I know that the initiative will bring great benefits to both communities who share the name of ‘Christ Church’.”

Under the memorandum, the University and Cathedral will explore opportunities for greater sharing of library and archive material.


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 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.


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