The University is publishing its Annual Report 2021-22 this week, a year which saw the University celebrate its Diamond Jubilee and gain national recognition for its significant civic impact.

The Report, which covers the academic year 2021-22, highlights the University’s award-winning teaching and pioneering initiatives, research that is actively improving lives and having lasting, meaningful impacts across society, ground-breaking work in sustainability, and celebrates the University’s extraordinary community of staff and students.

It also looks ahead to the University’s new Vision for 2030, which will shape how the University builds a sustainable, innovative future.

This year, the University has continued to deliver tangible change and transform people’s lives, with this impact recognised in number of ways:

  • The 2022 Graduate Outcomes survey shows that Canterbury Christ Church University is ranked third in the UK for graduates in employment
  • Results from the Research Excellence Framework (REF) showed that Canterbury Christ Church University has more than doubled the proportion of world-leading research it produced since the last REF in 2014
  • Research England’s second Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) new findings show Canterbury Christ Church University is in the top 20% of universities for working with the public and third sectors, and in the top 40% of universities in several other key areas, including local and regional regeneration

The University community was also honoured with multiple prestigious awards, including:

  • Dr Nick Woznitza, a Consultant Radiographer and Clinical Academic in the School of Allied and Public Health, was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2022 for services to the NHS and diagnostic radiography in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The pioneering outreach programme, Inspiring Minds, won the Widening Access Initiative of the Year award at the 2022 NEON (National Education Opportunities Network) Awards
  • The University’s Justice Facility Dog, Oliver, was honoured with the PDSA Order of Merit for his unique work within the criminal justice system, helping to transform and radically improve support services available to vulnerable victims
  • Dr Anne Nortcliffe, the University's Founding Head of School for Engineering, Technology and Design, won Executive Leader of the Year at the Engineering Talent Awards 2021, in recognition of her commitment and work leading the School of Engineering, Technology and Design to develop an inclusive education and research provision

In 2022, the University marked its Diamond Jubilee, hosting a packed programme of events and special projects to celebrate its achievements and reflect on a long history of transformative education. In the 60 years since it was founded, the University has developed into a diverse community with over 20,000 students, three campuses across Kent and Medway, and partnerships around the world. Its courses continue to support local business and employment needs, powering regional growth and prosperity, while providing a stream of talented graduates into key industries.

The University also launched a new Academy for Sustainable Futures, which builds on a decade of pioneering work in sustainability, and will steer a collective mission to create a sustainable future and make an active response to the climate crisis.

Looking ahead to an exciting future, the University will soon launch their new Vision for 2030: a new Strategic Framework which will steer the University from 2023 to 2030. The Vision has been collaboratively conceived through engagement with the University community and external partners. It will guide how the University will deliver education, research and enterprise to maintain a successful future, as well as setting out how it will continue to effect real change for the communities it serves.

To learn more about the University’s impact and plans for the future, read the Annual Report here .