University of Chester

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Founded

2005

Description

The University of Chester is the fifth oldest higher education establishment in England, with only the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and London outdating it.

It was opened in 1839 as a Church of England training college by a group of local Anglicans, including future British prime minister William Gladstone. This made it the first dedicated teacher training college in the United Kingdom.

The institution gained full university status in 2005 and now offers much more than educational training, with over 400 course combinations in a wide variety of subjects available. There are 19,000 students attending the university and 1,880 staff working there.

In addition to the historic Parkgate Road Campus, there are four further sites in Chester. These include Thornton Science Park, which is the home of the UK’s first new faculty of science and engineering in two decades. The university also has facilities in Warrington, Shrewsbury and Reaseheath.

Famous alumni of Chester University include singer Duffy, performance director of the Team Sky cycling team Sir Dave Brailsford, and the first manager of the England football team, Sir Walter Winterbottom.

Chester’s origins lie in the Roman era. It was founded as a fort in 79 AD and some of the ancient walls are still standing. Many of the buildings in the city are owned by the Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, who is the world’s richest person under 30.

Some of the city’s night clubs and pubs are based in medieval buildings, while the city’s zoo is the UK’s largest with over 11,000 animals.

Specific details

Category of Education Business and Economics, Technology and Engineering, Computer Sciense, IT and Communication, Medicine and Healthcare, Life Science and Biology, Social Science, Law, Physical Science, Arts and Humanities, Education, Psychology

Location

United Kingdom
Parkgate Road, Chester , CH1 4BJ, North West England, United Kingdom

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Over the two years that I’ve spent in this university so far, I’ve had so many great experiences from joining societies and being student ambassador to meeting people of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. The one thing that has stuck...

Over the two years that I’ve spent in this university so far, I’ve had so many great experiences from joining societies and being student ambassador to meeting people of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. The one thing that has stuck in my head about my initial impression of the university is how eager to help each other and students the members of staff and older students are. There wasn’t a moment when I had a problem and there was no one out there that couldn’t give me a helping hand, especially since during these two years I have been studying in three different campuses/departments (the Main Campus, the Queens Park Campus and the Centre for Foundation Studies). However, studying with international students I have noticed that the university does not provide enough in class support to the international students therefore the overall lecture/seminar experience is confusing for them due to the language barrier. However, with supporting classmates this error can be easily overcome, but the university doesn’t need to rely on its students to teach the concepts as it is the lecturers' duties, hence, this could have been improved. Overall, I would recommend my university. It’s a great institution that facilitates us students fully and provides us with many opportunities to educate and improve ourselves.

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Generally a good univeristy very conveinient as you can walk pretty much everywhere. To add the people are very friendly and the living costs are not as bad. However, I did realise that there was a lack of diveristy as well as International...

Generally a good univeristy very conveinient as you can walk pretty much everywhere. To add the people are very friendly and the living costs are not as bad. However, I did realise that there was a lack of diveristy as well as International student presence.

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As a BA student, I can only comment on the arts department, which I found to be disappointing. The campus itself is fine and most of the halls are up to a decent standard. Avoid Whites diner like the plague and if you’re allocated Alexandra house...

As a BA student, I can only comment on the arts department, which I found to be disappointing. The campus itself is fine and most of the halls are up to a decent standard. Avoid Whites diner like the plague and if you’re allocated Alexandra house as your halls give it until after freshers then put in to move halls as it’s the worst on campus.

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