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University of Chichester

Working together – Supporting each other

The University of Chichester is a thriving higher education institution which was recently recognised as a one of the top-30 universities in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2021). Our origins trace back to 1839 when we were founded as a training college by William Otter, the Bishop of Chichester.

We’re now known for our outstanding student experience, and were rated as the 21st-best university in the UK by the Guardian University Guide. Our students are also among the happiest in the UK, according to the National Student Survey (NSS) 2021 which placed us among the UK’s top-25 for high student-satisfaction.

We have a great reputation for providing students and staff alike with the opportunity to achieve excellence within a stimulating and supportive environment. We strive to nurture and facilitate a working environment where all colleagues are equally valued, truly supported and duly recognised for their contribution. We are dedicated to supporting everyone within our community by embedding an inclusive culture through raising awareness of equality and diversity issues.

We are a dynamic, supportive and ambitious institution with clear values and a long history in Higher Education. All of our staff, irrespective of their role, are instrumental in achieving our University mission and vision. The continued ability of our staff to lead, create and innovate, and the University’s ability to attract, develop and retain teams of talented professionals, is critical to our success. We believe in giving our staff an opportunity to grow and progress and to develop skills and talent by providing access to a wide range of University professional development opportunities to support their own career aspirations.

The University offers a variety of degrees in areas ranging from business, humanities, engineering, creative arts, nursing, teaching, social sciences, music and sport.

Key Facts

  • Number of employees: 663
  • Campus locations: Chichester and Bognor Regis
  • Number of students: 5500 approx.
  • University rankings:
    • University of Chichester is among the top 25 UK universities (Guardian University Guide 2022)
    • Students rate Chichester as the 25th-best university in the UK (NSS 2021)
    • Chichester was named as the 4th most environmentally-friendly university in the UK (HESA environment rankings 2019)
    • Chichester city is among the top 5 happiest places to live in the UK (Office for National Statistics 2019)

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