University's Broadstairs campus

Canterbury Christ Church University has decided to cease student recruitment to its Broadstairs Campus from September 2018, relocating courses to Canterbury over the next few years. We will be working closely with our staff and students over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition.

All courses will remain open and new ones will be created as part of wider, longer-term plans to invest in a student experience of the highest quality at our main campus in Canterbury.

The University’s Broadstairs Campus was created in 2000 to provide access to higher education for local people. This has been successful with over 800 students from the area currently studying at Christ Church. However, the majority of students from Thanet (650) are choosing to study at our main campus in Canterbury with declining numbers (135) opting for Broadstairs.

The quality of our students’ experience remains our number one priority. With the previously planned transfer of arts and humanities students from Broadstairs to a new arts building on our main campus in September 2018, the student community will fall from 400 to around 130, unavoidably impacting on the quality of the student experience.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Rama Thirunamachandran said: “This decision has been taken after careful consideration and in the best interests of our current and future students. I am personally aware of the importance of access to higher education in Thanet, having been involved in the creation of the campus 17 years ago while at the Higher Education Funding Council for England.”

The University remains absolutely committed to Thanet and its growth, in particular supporting continued access to higher education to ensure students of all abilities, and from all backgrounds, fulfil their potential.

We will continue our close partnerships with East Kent schools and East Kent College to promote opportunities for higher education at Canterbury Christ Church University, particularly through our outreach activity and the work of the Kent and Medway Progression Federation. This includes our strong commitment to developing existing and new progression routes into university education for the benefit of Thanet pupils.

The University also has firm partnerships with health trusts in East Kent in the delivery of healthcare placements and apprenticeships, and will continue its wide range of research projects with local organisations, including Thanet Earth, industry-facing life science laboratories at Discovery Park, and support for arts and cultural organisations, such as Turner Contemporary.

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Notes to Editor

  • The University has a 10 to 15-year Estate Master Plan in which it plans to invest £150million in new buildings and facilities to maintain its high-quality student experience.
  • This includes a £11million new arts building on its Canterbury Campus, due to open in September 2018, and the transformation of the former prison site to create social learning spaces and facilities for new courses, research and enterprise in engineering and technology.
  • The University was recently awarded £6.12millon of Local Growth Funding and a further £7millon from the Higher Education Funding Council for England towards to the creation of our new industry-led, partnership-facing, Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise Hub to support its investment in engineering and technology.

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Last edited: 14/12/2018 23:36:00