University pledges to support Armed Forces personnel

20 October 2016

Canterbury Christ Church University has marked its commitment to Armed Forces personnel by signing the Armed Forces Covenant, making pledges to support veterans and the Reserve Forces.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a government initiative which ensures those who serve, or have served, in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly across the nation. The University has signed a number of pledges to reinforce its commitment to providing fair opportunities for all, supporting the employment of veterans, young and old, and the Reserve Forces by accommodating mobilisation and training.

The Covenant was signed by Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, and Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Betts, Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment. To mark the signing, the University will take part in Reserves Day celebrations, where for one day each year, Reservists wear their uniform in their civilian life to recognise the contribution that they make to the Armed Forces.

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, said: “The Armed Forces do an important amount for our country. We live in turbulent times and they do incredible work on our behalf, it is a pleasure for the University to show our appreciation.

“We are delighted to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant to show our support for Armed Forces personnel, as well as their families, with opportunities for employment, training and further study within the University.”

Lieutenant Colonel Betts, said: “For the Army, and especially for myself as a Commanding Officer of a Reserve Battalion based in Canterbury, it is important to connect and engage with our communities. To educate people what we are about and what we do and most importantly keep that communication going with key parts of society.

“Covenant signings are hugely important to make sure that we, as the Army are continuing to engage with our local communities. We have had an enduring relationship with the City and Canterbury is our home.

“The Military and the Army has a lot to offer young people. Some of the skills we can give to young people, either as Regulars or Reserves, include communication skills, building self-confidence and leadership. The type of qualities that businesses and employers appreciate and find important. Regular or Reserve service can be a really important part of personal development for young people as they decide where to go in their future.” 

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 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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