University continues its partnership with Canterbury Cathedral

06 March 2015

Canterbury Christ Church University and Canterbury Cathedral have signed a continuation of their Memorandum of Understanding for a further five years.

The Memorandum signifies a commitment between the two institutions to develop further work together in the four areas of worship, scholarship, culture and heritage and mutual hospitality.

University continues its partnership with Canterbury Cathedral

Canon Christopher Irvine, Canon Librarian and Director of Education at Canterbury Cathedral, said:

“The Cathedral Community welcomes the opportunity to support Canterbury Christ Church University as it seeks to honour its character as a Church Foundation. As well as sharing the same name, ‘Christ Church’, both the Cathedral and the University are committed to discovery and learning, to making our rich cultural heritage more accessible, and to seeking to invest in local communities.

“The renewed Memorandum of Understanding commits us both to a positive partnership in the areas of resources for worship, learning and research, cultural endeavour, and hospitality. Working together will mutually strengthen all that we seek to do in these key areas of our life and work.”

Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, said: “We are delighted to continue our close and special relationship with the Cathedral. Both institutions share a foundation and are linked in a number of significant ways. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the Chancellor of the University; the University is named after the Cathedral, and we inhabit parts of the same World Heritage Site.

“It is this multi-layered connection which underlies our desire to work together on common aims and projects to extend and enhance knowledge, practice and culture within our own institutions and to new community audiences.”

Projects that will be developed further under the memorandum include: the continuation and enhancement of the Christmas, Candlemas and Pentecost Services led by members of the University in the Cathedral; making Cathedral library and archives more accessible to Christ Church staff and students as a resource for study and research, and in turn for the University’s Augustine House library to be more accessible to the Cathedral and the Diocese; offering a co-ordinated interpretation of the significance of the World Heritage Site to enhance its accessibility and to promote various opportunities for volunteering at the Cathedral to university members.

Notes to Editor

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

With just over 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 97% 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

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