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University of Chester

Founded in 1839, the University of Chester is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the country. We are proud of our strong learning tradition, our ability to move with the times, and our energetic student community - and have a positive national reputation for work based learning. Our concern for each individual encourages diverse personalities, qualities and interests to flourish. We value a wide range of approaches to learning, and are dedicated to offering you the best possible experience in training, studying and research for the real world.

The University operates on five sites in and around Chester and one in Warrington, as well as our University Centre in Shrewsbury.

We take great pride in the excellence of our teaching, as well as our world-class research, and we work in partnership with universities and organisations from across the globe.

The University's Centre for Work Related Studies is renowned for working with organisations and individuals to develop customised university awards for personal and professional impact.

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Founded in Faith - Creating Community - Serving Society

Founded by the Church of England in 1839, we continue to be guided by Christian values and are justifiably proud of the open, inclusive and supportive environment that characterises the institution. Today, as the University of Chester, we welcome students and staff of all faiths or none.

We seek to provide all our students and staff with the education, skills, support and motivation to enable them to develop as confident world citizens and successfully to serve and improve the global communities within which they live and work.

This Mission, which has helped shape our development and diversification, continues to actively inform our future planning and enrichment as a University.


At the heart of the University’s vision is an unwavering commitment to ensuring an outstanding student learning experience, developing the expertise of staff, providing teaching excellence, and actively growing research and scholarship.

Through these actions, the University hopes to make a positive impact on the lives of students, staff, and the communities that it serves, enabling the institution to make a significant and growing contribution to the region, nationally and internationally.

In valuing and celebrating its long history and traditions, the University is committed to engendering a sense of pride and shared ownership in all that it does. It is dynamic and enterprising in its approach to developing new opportunities.


Mindful of the University's history and Christian foundation:

We recognise the dignity and worth of every individual. Therefore we value every member of the University; we endeavour to help each student and member of staff to discover his or her gifts and talents and grow to full potential; and we foster well-being for all.

We recognise the vital role of education in the service of society. Therefore we encourage the acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills; and we acknowledge a responsibility to look for every opportunity to put that knowledge and those skills to good use throughout the community.

We recognise the inherent value of the pursuit of truth and freedom of enquiry. Therefore we find joy in discovery; we take pleasure in invention; we celebrate human creativity; and we seek wisdom, embracing it wherever we find it, and strive to apply it to every aspect of life.

In humility, we aspire to honour these values and hold ourselves accountable to them.



Our Vision

The University is committed to the promotion of diversity and equality and the elimination of discrimination in all its forms. The University will strive to develop fully the talents and potential of all its staff and students by ensuring that each is treated as an individual, fairly and with respect solely on the basis of their aptitude, ability and potential to pursue a course of study or to fulfil the requirements of a job, irrespective of age, disability, full-time or part-time status, gender, gender expression or identity, marital, partnership, parental or carer status, race, nationality, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief or non-belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, or socio-economic background.


The University of Chester is committed to the promotion of equality and the elimination of harassment, bullying and discrimination in all their forms. The University believes that everyone has a right to work and study in an environment where they are treated fairly and with dignity and respect.

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