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The University of Chichester is a public university located in West Sussex, England which became a university in 2005. Campuses are based in the city of Chichester and the nearby coastal resort of Bognor Regis and an associate campus for music production on the Isle of Wight. Today its many teaching and research specialisms include: Humanities (History, English, Theology); Social Sciences (e.g. Psychology; Childhood Studies); Media Studies and Media Production, Music and Performing Arts; and Sports Studies and Education. Its heritage stretches back into the nineteenth century when, in 1839, Bishop Otter College was established. As of 2013, major expansion-led building works have been undertaken through National Lottery Funding and other subscriptions which includes a large Sports Facility, Student Support, Library, Academic Hub and proposed new Media Production facilities (2018) to launch the University into a new phase of competitive relevant industry-related educational and training provision for the south-east region. In 1839, a school for training 'Masters' was founded by William Otter, Bishop of Chichester, known as the Bishop Otter College. The original buildings, created in a neo-Tudor style, were designed by the architect J. Butler. In 1873, the campus became a training institute for women teachers due to the activism of Louisa Hubbard after the Elementary Education Act 1870 created demand for school teachers. In the 20th century the campus was gradually expanded to meet demand. There was a large extension in the 1960s, including a steep gabled cruciform chapel, designed by the architect, Peter Shepheard. During the 1970s Bishop Otter College was regarded as one of the most successful teacher training colleges in the country.During that period, the Principal of that establishment was Gordon McGregor, who went on to be Principal of Ripon and York St John and latterly Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Leeds. At Bognor Regis a teacher training college was founded in the 1940s to support the expansion of education. In 1977 Bishop Otter College and the Bognor Regis college were merged to form the West Sussex Institute of Higher Education (WSIHE), with degrees being awarded by CNAA and later the University of Southampton. Alumni from this period include the actor Jason Merrells and the author Paula Byrne. Between 1995 and 1999, it was known as Chichester Institute of Higher Education. It gained degree-awarding powers in 1999, becoming known as University College Chichester, and became recognised as a full university in October 2005. In 2015 Chichester University secured government and lotteries commission funding to the value of approximately £8millions and embarked on a plan of expansions at both academic sites, involving the demolition of several smaller collegiate structures, that were no longer suitable for purpose and the construction of facilities for Academic, Administration, Sports and future Media Production. By the end of Summer 2016 Students and staff at the Bishop Otter site will have access to two major new facilities. By 2019 It is foreseen that the new purpose-built film and TV digital media production studio will come online. This would mean that new University of Chichester Bognor campus would have the largest media production facilities in the South-East of England.
The following is the list of scholars from University of Chichester who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences