University welcomes councillors from Chichester District

COUNCILLORS from across Chichester have been welcomed to the University to see first-hand how the institution has progressed having recently become one of the UK’s top-25 for student satisfaction.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Longmore met with 20 dignities from Chichester District Council to speak about its rise it the league rankings, which recently included the top-25 result in the National Student Survey. She also talked on how the University overcame the challenges of the Covid pandemic, with one of the lowest rates of infection in the UK, and its plans to safely reopen to students in September.

Chichester District Council Leader Eileen Lintill and Chief Executive Diane Shepherd joined the Councillors for the visit, which included an overview of the University’s future strategy and its benefits to the region from Chief Operating Offer James Granger.

The guests were then given a socially-distanced tour of the campus from new Students’ Union president Gemma Hopkins, where they saw the development of the new School of Nursing and Allied Health, which opens in September in collaboration with University Hospitals Sussex.

They also saw some of the oldest and most celebrated landmarks of the institution – the only University in West Sussex – which will soon celebrate its 182-year anniversary when it opened as a teacher-training establishment in 1839.

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