FOR THE first time in its history, Chichester now has the power to award its own research degrees.
The research degree awarding powers (RDAP) were granted by the Privy Council, following years of PhDs being accredited by the University of Southampton.
The vice chancellor Clive Behagg said he was thrilled at the outcome.
“A university is a place where new ideas are formed and I am delighted that the quality of our research, as well as our ability to teach at PhD level has been recognised by the conferment of RDAP,” he said.
“We have supervised PhDs since 1992 under an accreditation agreement with the University of Southampton.
“This award recognises our capacity to make our own awards for research degrees.”
This means the university is now able to award postgraduate research qualifications, such as PhDs, in the name of the University of Chichester.
The next step in the university’s progression follows its name change to the University of Chichester in 2005, after being known as the Chichester Institute of Higher Education.
This followed the university gaining degree awarding powers in its own right.
Greg Clark, minister for universities, science and cities said: “I am delighted that their commitment to developing a strong research environment has been recognised in this way.”