Press Release

26 October 2011

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomed Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford, Tracey Crouch, to the Medway Campus last week, to see first-hand the provision and expertise on offer for people of Medway and the surrounding areas.

Tracey Crouch MP, trying out the clinical skills labs at the Medway Campus
Tracey Crouch MP, trying out the clinical skills labs at the Medway Campus

Accompanied by David Smith, Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations), and Peter Milburn, Director of Medway Campus, the visit included a tour of the facilities giving Ms Crouch an insight into the significant work that takes place at the University.

Tracey Crouch, Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford, said: “I had a fantastic visit to Canterbury Christ Church University’s Medway Campus. I gained a real insight into their wonderful facilities and work that takes place on the campus, as well as the expert training their students receive to provide Medway with professionally qualified public service workers.  

“I also got to play surgeon, anaesthetist & worried onlooker all at same time!”

The visit included a tour of the clinical skills labs. These designated rooms enable Health and Social Care students, and qualified medical staff from the local hospitals, to experience simulated clinical learning within a real-life hospital setting. Ms Crouch also had the opportunity to meet with a group of students studying diagnostic radiography, being prepared for a rapidly changing career in imaging technology.

Ms Crouch was also introduced to a group of postgraduate students by their tutor Dr. Catherine Meehan, Course Director for Childhood Studies. here she saw the work currently being undertaken within the Department of Childhood Studies to help fulfil the government’s vision to develop a well qualified, and professionally skilled workforce, for the Early Years sector.

David Smith, Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations), Tracey Crouch MP and Peter Milburn, Campus Director
David Smith, Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations), Tracey Crouch MP and Peter Milburn, Campus Director

In March the Children’s Minister, Sarah Teather, also visited the Medway Campus to meet with the first group of students studying on the unique New Leaders in Early Years programme. 

Earlier this month the University was also selected as one of only two providers in the South East to offer the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) Training. 

Notes to Editor

Early Years Professional Status Training

The EYPS is the only professional graduate accreditation for the Early Years workforce, endorsed by government and increasingly recognised as the credential for leading practice in early years provision. 

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 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ 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.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • 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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