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​Bishop of Chichester praises University in maiden House of Lords speech

Chichester Cathedral

THE Bishop of Chichester has commended the University of Chichester’s commitment to economic regeneration and contribution to the arts during his maiden speech in the House of Lords.

Bishop Mark Warner spoke about the value of the new Tech Park development to the regional economy and the challenges facing graduates who live in and around the University. It comes after he outlined his vision for the city earlier this month.

In the speech he said: “It is no accident that today the arts form a central part of the University’s life, drawing from rich resources in the cathedral’s outstanding musical tradition, from Pallant House art gallery, and from the Festival Theatre, that runs a vibrant youth theatre of over 800 people of school age. Its workshops for young people and adults with special needs represent a remarkable achievement of social inclusion.

“The University of Chichester seeks to make a distinctively positive contribution: in the arts, in economic regeneration locally where it is most needed, and as an international export offering an experience that is always more than money can buy.

“One example of the University’s commitment is its new Engineering and Digital Technology Park on the University’s Bognor Regis campus that aims to serve the Hampshire / West Sussex coastal region, an area seriously disadvantaged by low levels of skills, business growth and earnings. Only one in five people in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton have higher level qualifications.

“My Lords, this inheritance in Chichester demonstrates that in a creative, balanced and economically sound society, the arts, science, engineering and technology need each other.  As we consider the value to the UK economy of higher education as an export, the Church of England, a foundational stakeholder in Higher Education, is also concerned with the quality and scope of the offer we make to overseas students.”

To read the Bishop of Chichester’s speech in full click here.