The origins of the Canterbury Christ Church University begin with the Church of England’s decision in the early 1960’s to open a training school for teachers at the church’s own schools.
Opened in 1962, the scope of the school began to expand by the following decade, with an official undergraduate degree in teaching offered. Joint honors degrees were awarded in 1977, followed over a decade later by the establishment of a health studies curriculum.
A name change to Canterbury Christ Church University College in 1995 was an effort to ward off any confusion with similarities to a school in New Zealand and one connected to Oxford University. Once the school achieved full university status a decade later, it adopted its current name.
The main campus has multiple buildings to serve different functions such as Canterbury Augustine House, Hall Place Enterprise Centre, Sidney Cooper Gallery and St. George’s Centre. Housing things like the library and student services, residence rooms and instruction for advanced degrees, additional campuses can be found in Kent, the result of a partnership with the University of Medway.