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About the University of Winchester

The University of Winchester’s mission is to change the world through education.


We are one of the Top 10 universities in the UK for graduate success – our transformational education ensures our graduates have the skills they need to meet workforce needs and to live successful and meaningful lives.


We are making a difference by undertaking and sharing research which will inform and enable lasting change.  


The University is committed to environmental sustainability and reducing our organisational carbon footprint and have set a target to be Net-Zero by 2030. In order to equip the University, our staff and our students for success over the next decade, we will continue to focus on how we develop and invest in our campus and infrastructure. We remain committed to the principles of the green economy, defined by the UN as low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive, further embedding our commitment to sustainability and social responsibility, in the way that we work together as a University community.


The university was awarded the prestigious gold standard Hedgehog Friendly Campus Award in March 2022.


View from the green roof of The Stripe

The West Downs Centre

The University of Winchester’s flagship West Downs Centre was opened in September 2020.

The building boasts sustainable features including a combined heat and power plant, heat recovery systems, rainwater harvesting, a green roof and solar photovoltaic panels, the building is on target to achieve a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) 'Excellent' rating. The building is also among one of the first university projects in the UK to be registered to pursue WELL Certification, an accreditation scheme which recognises buildings that support and advance human health and wellbeing.

We were also one the first University in the UK to secure green finance for campus development, with a £30m loan from Triodos Bank for our landmark new building.

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