Chester University is one of the oldest English higher education establishments of any kind, pre-dating all but Oxford, Cambridge, London and Durham, and its original buildings in the ancient city of Chester were the first in the country to be purpose-built for the professional training of teachers. Education degrees are now just a small part of the 477 course combinations on offer.
In the 20th Century, the institution steadily expanded its student numbers and the variety and nature of its courses, which range from Applied Theology to Weight Management. The University of Chester now has some 16,800 students, drawn from the United Kingdom, Europe and overseas, particularly France,Germany, Spain, Finland, Australia, the United States, India, China, Nigeria, Georgia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Thailand, Saudia Arabia and Malaysia.
As well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, a new range of foundation degrees combines conventional university study with learning at work.
MPhil and PhD qualifications are a growing area of activity, with the University having been granted the powers to award its own research degrees. The emphasis is very much on research that has practical benefits both economically and culturally, and the University provides consultancy support across a variety of areas of expertise.
Recent projects have included helping to develop England’s first ‘carbon neutral’ village, discovering a vitamin compound which reduces the risk of heart disease and dementia and translating the Bible into British Sign Language.
Development of well-respected courses in Health and Social Care, Humanities, Business and Management, Arts and Media, Social Science, Applied Sciences and Education and Children’s Services has further extended the University’s work and connections with industry, commerce and the professions.
Millions of pounds are being invested in the accommodation and resources to support this work and there is a strong emphasis on making students feel at home.