13 November 2014
Canterbury Christ Church University has celebrated 10 successful years as part of Universities at Medway.
The University expanded into the Medway campus in 2004, with the aim of bringing higher education opportunities to the Medway communities, as well as supporting the development of local professionals.
During the past 10 years the University has grown in terms of student numbers, buildings and programmes offered with both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees offered.
The presence of the University on the Medway Campus has also contributed to the regeneration and economic transformation of the Medway towns. Most recent figures show that in 2012/2013 the University’s Medway students generated £83 million into the local economy. The University generated 690 full-time equivalent jobs, with the share of Regional Gross Value Added attributable to Christ Church activities in Medway amounting to £42.5 million.
As part of the celebrations, the University invited alumni, staff, students and local guests, to the St George’s Centre for an afternoon of music performed by the University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir.
Thanksgivings were also conducted by the Medway Campus Chaplain, The Reverend Canon Sally Apokis and Dean of Chapel at Canterbury Christ Church University, The Reverend Dr Jeremy Law.
Three alumni of the Medway Campus also spoke about how being given the opportunity to study locally not only helped to start their professional careers, but has also helped to continue their professional development and apply their skills to jobs within the local community.
Vishvas Shetty completed his postgraduate degree in Minimally Invasive Surgery and is now working as a Clinical Trust Fellow in Surgical HDU at Medway Hospital. Vishvas praised the staff and facilities at the campus, saying that ‘the up-to-date equipment in the labs on campus allowed us to gain hands on experience, which is very rare and not found on many such courses in the country’.
Georgina Gould studied adult nursing at the Medway campus between 2011 and 2014. She said: “The facilities at Medway were excellent, and the lessons were held in spacious modern rooms. The lecturers were also very knowledgeable and supportive, as well as being approachable for advice on improving our academic work.
“Since qualifying in April I got a job as a staff nurse on the Respiratory / Endocrinology ward at Tunbridge Wells Hospital. During my training I had a placement on this ward and really enjoyed the challenges of looking after acutely unwell patients.
“Completing my degree at Canterbury Christ Church University, has completely transformed my life. Before starting my training I worked for seven years as a healthcare assistant and later as care co-ordinator in a nursing and homecare agency. But, I now have a degree which has filled me with confidence in my own ability. Furthermore, being qualified has opened so many doors to progress and become knowledgeable in different areas. I can honestly say that I love being a nurse and that doing my training was one of the best decisions I have made so far!.”
Christ Church alumni Anthony Sands, Georgina Gould and Vishvas Shetty
Anthony Sands came as a mature student and a new father to the Medway campus in 2010, to study for a Masters in Early Years education. He is now the manager of Bligh Children’s Centre in Strood, providing targeted support and services to over 1,500 children and was the first such centre to receive an Outstanding by Ofsted following its inspection in June 2013.
He said: “The support and encouragement given to me, and my fellow students, by the staff at Christ Church was inspirational. They raised my enthusiasm to study and gave me the confidence to try new initiatives within my leadership role.
“They have taught me to be more critical in my thinking, to be a strong leader and to challenge the conventional and push the boundaries for the benefit of the children and families in our community. This experience has increased my knowledge and improved my skills. By doing so it has shown me how to raise, and continue to look at how we can improve, the services we are offering in our centre, for the benefit of our community.”
Dr Susan Plummer, Medway Campus Director, added: “The Faculties of Education and Health and Wellbeing have delivered 54 different programmes of study, over 10 years, which have continued to providing the valuable and essential workforce for the local and private sector. In fact it is with great pride and pleasure that I can report that 99% of our most recent UK undergraduates from our Medway campus were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies.
“Our staff and students have also undertaken world renowned research, contributed academic papers to a wide range of high quality research journals and have lectured at conferences and meetings throughout the world.
“All of this success can only be achieved with effective, collaborative relationships with partners in Medway and these excellent partnerships with our stakeholders remain very important, and we look forward to working with everyone for another 10 years.”
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.
- 93% 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 (2013 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey