Press Release

03 April 2014

Canterbury Christ Church University has officially taken ownership of the former Canterbury Prison site.

Chief Estates Officer for the Ministry of Justice, Will Loader, hands over the keys to the prison site to Vice-Chancellor Professor Rama Thirunamachandran
Chief Estates Officer for the Ministry of Justice, Will Loader, hands over the keys to the prison site to Vice-Chancellor Professor Rama Thirunamachandran

The prison, which was opened in 1808, will now form part of the University’s North Holmes Campus.

The University has also announced that in light of securing the prison, it will now be undertaking a Master Planning Review to consider its future accommodation needs in Canterbury.  The review is expected to last a year and will include extensive consultation with staff, students, stakeholders and local community groups.

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are delighted to have acquired the former Canterbury Prison site. Its location, adjacent to our North Holmes Campus, provides us with the unique opportunity to extend our current provisions.

“We will now take this opportunity to consider the current and future use of all of our sites through a Master Planning Review to ensure that we continue to provide our students and staff with first class facilities.”

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 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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