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We are here to help with any media enquiries about The University Ƶ's world-leading research, latest student news and corporate issues. We can also put you in touch with our academic experts to arrange interviews.

All media enquiries should be emailed to the university's press office which ispress@chi.ac.uk.

Outside office hours, urgent media enquiries can be made to 07876 885 601.

The university runs a small press office and reserves the right to prioritise responses at busy times. Journalists are asked to clearly state the publication they write for (or where they will pitch the story if freelance) and their deadline.

Claire Andrews

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Dr Nicola Clark

Dr Nicola Clark

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History

Dr Clark’s research focuses on queenship, court roles and religions change – and specifically on the Tudors. She has previously featured on BBC documentary Boleyns: A Scandalous Family.

Areas of expertise include:
  • Medieval and early modern history.
  • Women’s roles in history.
  • Religion in history.

Key facts about the University Ƶ

What you need to know

  • We have campuses in cathedral city Chichester and by the sea in Bognor Regis.
  • Our key disciplines are in sport, education, creative and digital technologies, and engineering.
  • We’re recognised as a green university – achieving platinum tier in the Uswitch Green Universities 2023 rankings – one of only six universities to do so.
  • Our teacher training programmes are rated outstanding by Ofsted.
  • We have been awarded the highest overall rating of ‘Gold’ in theTeaching Excellence Framework(TEF) 2023.
  • We rank 1st out of 110 universities for law in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2024.
  • We are ranked 7th in the south east, according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.
  • We have been rated as a top-40 UK university for four years in a row (Guardian University Guide 2024) and are currently rated 38th.
  • We also provide a total of 1,228 jobs in Chichester and 576 jobs in the Arun area, where the Bognor Regis campus is located.
  • More than half of the University’s student population are the first in their family to attend university, while a third originate from low-income homes earning less than £25,000 a year.
  • The £50m Tech Park at Bognor Regis, which houses all our STEM courses, was in 2018.
  • Alumni include gold-winning Olympic sailor Saskia Clark and gold-winning Paralympian Emma Wiggs.

Our students

2021/22 figures

  • Total number of students 5,987
  • Number of undergraduate students 4,802
  • Number of postgraduate full-time students 1,185
  • UK students (incl. Channel Islands & Isle of Man) 96%
  • Other EU students 1%
  • Non-EU/International students 3%
  • Full time undergraduates in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance 10%
  • First in family to attend university 47%
  • Mature students 34%

Our History

  • The University Ƶ can trace its origins back to 1839 and was first opened as a college for training schoolmasters called Bishop Otter College.
  • Florence Nightingale had a hand in the formation of Bishop Otter College after writing a letter of support to the government in 1876.
  • In 1873 the College became a training college for women as a result of the campaign by Louisa Hubbard to encourage the acceptance of women as teachers. Male students were not introduced until 1957.
  • Chichester played a crucial part in the D-Day landings of 1944, where one of the lecture rooms on the Bishop Otter campus became the Operations Room of RAF Tangmere, the nerve centre controlling squadrons of fighter planes involved in the D-Day landing.
  • The West Sussex Institute of Higher Education was formed in 1977 as a result of the merger between Bishop Otter College and the Bognor Regis College of Education, becoming a single institution of higher education.
  • The title 'University Ƶ' was approved by the Privy Council on 12 October 2005.

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