We are a vibrant, successful and growing institution with a distinctive identity and a strong sense of mission and purpose. The cornerstone of our success is our focus on our students and their satisfaction and achievements, and ensuring that they graduate with the skills necessary to succeed in their chosen careers; this guides all that we do and how we operate. We are a friendly, community-based organisation, and are proud to uphold our values of high levels of integrity, openness and levels of service. People matter to us, whether they are students, stakeholders, academic staff or professional service staff. We are committed to equality of opportunity, and are proud that we have one of the highest levels of completion rates for students from non-traditional higher education backgrounds in the country. In 2017 we were awarded the ‘University of the Year for Student Retention’ for the second time by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and in our 2016 Staff Survey, 96.7 percent of staff agreed that ‘the University is a good place to work’.
Over the past five years, our full time student body has grown by 26pc with our income growing from £35m to £52m during the same period. Our student body will continue to grow with the introduction of programmes in two new departments from September 2018: Engineering and Applied Design and Creative and Digital Technologies. The new Engineering and Digital Technology Park, located on the Bognor Regis campus, will take on 500 undergraduate and postgraduate students per year, vastly increasing our size and producing the engineering and scientific skills that the UK economy needs.
Our University has a friendly community feel which is assisted by our small compact campuses. Both campuses, Chichester and Bognor Regis, are a mix of older, listed buildings and new estate, both of which are beautiful and tranquil. This environment enables you to engage with students and work colleagues. It’s difficult to walk around the campus without saying ‘hello’. Our large Staff Development Programme offers a wide range of programmes and short courses which can be accessed by staff to support their personal and professional development.
Our staff and students also benefit from being located in a beautiful part of the country; just minutes away from the South Downs National Park and with a premier Blue Flag beach on our doorstep. We are surrounded by beautiful countryside, fishing villages and historical attractions.
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