University of Chichester

University of Chichester
University of Chichester
Logo of the University of Chichester
Motto Docendo discimus
Established 2005 - gained University Status
1839 - teacher training college
Type Public
Vice-Chancellor Professor Clive Behagg
Admin. staff 600
Students 4,930[1]
Undergraduates 3,715[1]
Postgraduates 1,215[1]
Location Chichester, West Sussex, UK
50°50′41″N 0°46′28″W / 50.844674°N 0.774429°W / 50.844674; -0.774429Coordinates: 50°50′41″N 0°46′28″W / 50.844674°N 0.774429°W / 50.844674; -0.774429
Campus Semi-urban.

The University of Chichester is a university based in West Sussex, England. Campuses are based in the city of Chichester and the nearby coastal resort of Bognor Regis. The university is one of the newest in the United Kingdom, receiving privy council permission to adapt its status in October 2005.



The university has a history dating back to 1839, when a School for training 'Masters' was set up at what is now the Chichester campus, known as the Bishop Otter College. In 1873, the campus became a training institute for women teachers due to the activism of Louisa Hubbard after the Elementary Education Act 1870 created demand for school teachers.[2] Men were later admitted to the college in the 1950s.

A college at Bognor Regis was opened as an emergency teacher training institute immediately after the Second World War in 1946.

During the 1970s Bishop Otter College was regarded as one of the most successful teacher training colleges in the country, During that period, the Principal of that establishment was Professor Gordon McGregor, who went on to be Principal of Ripon and York St John and latterly Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Leeds.

In 1977 Bishop Otter College and the Bognor Regis college were merged to form the West Sussex Institute of Higher Education (WSIHE), with degrees being awarded by CNAA and later the University of Southampton. Between 1995 and 1999, it was known as Chichester Institute of Higher Education. It gained degree-awarding powers in 1999, becoming known as University College Chichester, and became recognised as a full university in October 2005.

Well-known alumni include the actor Jason Merrells and the bestselling biographer Paula Byrne.


Learning Resources Centre, Bishop Otter Campus

The main campus at College Lane, Chichester is known as the Bishop Otter Campus, named for the former Bishop of Chichester, William Otter. The 38-acre (150,000 m2) campus is based around a number of buildings, including a new Learning Resources Centre, ArtOne, and a Sports Activity and Research Centre. The Bishop Otter Campus is currently home to the majority of courses, including all sports based courses, English, Fine Art, History, Music and Theology.

The campus at Bognor Regis consists of three main Georgian buildings - St Michael's, Mordington House and The Dome. Bognor Campus currently houses the majority of teaching courses, as well as business management and tourism related courses.

The Alexandra Theatre in Bognor Regis is used as a base for the University of Chichester Musical Theatre Programme. The Chichester Festival Theatre Minerva Theatre also has links with the university after the Musical Theatre program put on a production of Oh, What a Lovely War! in 2009.


Courses were previously operated within seven Academic Schools across the two campuses, they were:

Former Logo of the University of Chichester
  • Cultural Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Social Studies
  • Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences
  • Teacher Education
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Business and Management - Including Tourism

The university has recently adopted a new organisational structure, with just two faculties that have a series of smaller departments within them. The current organisational structure is as follows:

  • Faculty of Business, Arts and Humanities (BAH)
    • School of Enterprise, Management and Leadership
    • Applied Language Studies (ALS)
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • English and Creative Writing
    • Graphic Design
    • History
    • Media
    • Music
    • Musical Theatre
    • Performing Arts
    • Theology
  • Faculty of Sport, Education and Social Sciences (SESS)
    • Education
    • Childhood and Youth
    • Psychology and Counselling
    • Social Work and Social Care
    • Sport



See also

  • Category:Academics of the University of Chichester

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