About Kent

Key Kent facts

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Strengths and achievements

Postgraduate at Kent

  • World-leading research
  • Strong academic community
  • Global outlook
  • Excellent career prospects

Undergraduate at Kent

  • Academic excellence
  • Inspirational teaching
  • Superb student experience
  • Enhanced career prospects
  • Global outlook

Key achievements

  • Kent is ranked 20th in both the Guardian University Guide 2014 and 2015, 28th in the Sunday Times University League Table 2013 and 22nd in the Complete University Guide 2015.
  • The University is ranked among the top 80 'under 50' universities by the Times Higher Education – a celebration of universities 'that have reached the top of the global academy in decades, not centuries'
  • In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent is ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity out of 122 non-specialist institutions.
  • Kent has world-leading research across all its subject areas, and 97% of the University’s research is of international quality.
  • Kent in top ten for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2013 (of all publicly funded, multi-faculty institutions), being in a select group to score 90% or above

See the courses pages of the website for further information about courses.

The UK’s European university

  • Kent has long-standing partnerships with over 100 universities in mainland Europe. The only UK university with a centre in Brussels, we also offer postgraduate programmes in humanities at our centre in Paris.
  • Under the Erasmus scheme, EU students study at Kent while our students can study or undertake work placements abroad in countries ranging from Spain to the Czech Republic. Work and study abroad possibilities also extend worldwide.
  • Kent is a major participant in a range of European programmes including the Framework Programme and the cross-border strand of Interreg within the European Regional Development Fund. Many academic schools and research staff are partners in innovative European projects at the cutting edge of research.

See the European website for further information.

International impact

The University has a strong international impact, based on our external networks, partnerships with leading universities in Europe and around the world, and our staff, students and alumni.

We launched our Internationalisation Strategy in 2007. Since then, we have reinforced our reputation as the UK’s European university and further developed a network of international partnerships worldwide.

The University has a long tradition of welcoming international students from around the world. Of our total student body, 25% are from outside of the UK, from 125 different countries, studying at our campuses in Canterbury, Medway, Paris and Brussels.

See the International website for further information.


Kent's status as a leading UK research university was underlined in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, which assesses quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs).

The Times Higher Education (THE)'s REF league tables ranked Kent 17th in the UK for research intensity out of 122 non-specialist institutions.

The REF also confirmed that Kent has world-leading research across all its subject areas, and that 97% of the University's research is of international quality.

Contributing to the University's REF success were the number of its world-class publications, number of research active staff and demonstrable impact that Kent's research has made to the sciences and to economic, social and cultural understanding.

See the Research website for further information.

Enterprise & innovation

  • The University is committed to undertaking enterprise activities which are profitable and in keeping with the University’s academic direction. Kent Innovation and Enterprise will continue to initiate, assist and develop profitable collaborations with private and public sector organisations.
  • The University is well positioned to make a lasting impact in its relationships with industry and the public sector. Kent Innovation and Enterprise is forging new strategic partnerships with industry and policy makers to create further value from our world-class research.


  • Canterbury: The Canterbury campus is built on 300 acres of park land half-an-hour’s walk from Canterbury city centre. Residential, teaching and administrative buildings are surrounded by green open spaces, fields and woods. It is a vibrant, friendly and cosmopolitan campus, with excellent sports and social facilities including a theatre, cinema and nightclub. The Canterbury campus houses over 4,300 students in rooms, flats and houses.
  • Medway: The Medway campus is a multimillion-pound campus, with state-of-the-art buildings and facilities. It offers high-quality teaching, learning and leisure opportunities, and an exceptional level of personal support. It is a vibrant and modern campus in a great riverside location, and only 30 miles from London. In conjunction with Liberty Living, the University offers Medway students accommodation in our state-of-the-art facilities at Liberty Quays.
  • Brussels: The University of Kent at Brussels is a specialist postgraduate school located in a world centre for international affairs.
  • Paris: The University of Kent at Paris has a range of unique and innovative cross-disciplinary postgraduate programmes in the humanities.
  • Tonbridge: The University Centre Tonbridge is a small, friendly environment dedicated to part-time study.
  • Athens: Heritage Management, combining the study of archaeology and business, is offered at the archaeological site of Eleusina in one of the world's most ancient cities.
  • Rome: Canterbury and Rome have been linked since the Middle Ages by the pilgrimage route Via Francigena. The study of the ancient world is offered in the centre of classical antiquity.


We offer accommodation to new full-time undergraduate students starting in September for the first year of study, provided the following criteria are met:

  • students firmly accept either a conditional or unconditional offer from University of Kent by 31 July.
  • the University receives the student’s online application for accommodation by 31 July.

We hope to offer University accommodation to Insurance, Late, Adjustment and Clearing acceptances where possible (subject to availability).

Faculties and schools

There are three faculties at Kent, comprising 18 academic schools and 3 academic centres.

  • Humanities Kent School of Architecture; School of Arts; School of English; School of European Culture and Languages; School of History; School of Music and Fine Art
  • Sciences School of Biosciences; School of Computing; School of Engineering and Digital Arts; School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science; Medway School of Pharmacy; School of Physical Sciences; School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Social Sciences School of Anthropology and Conservation; Kent Business School; School of Economics; Centre for Journalism; Kent Law School; School of Politics and International Relations; School of Psychology; School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research; Centre for Sports Studies; Centre for Professional Practice

See the Departments and schools website for further information.

Student numbers

Total number of students 19,275
Undergraduate full-time 15,035
Postgraduate full-time 2,213
Undergraduate part-time 1,256
Postgraduate part-time 771
Female to male ratio 52:48
Percentage of overseas students (outside EU) 15.5%
Number of countries Kent recruits from 145

Staff numbers

Academic 728
Managerial and Administrative 459
Research 145
Secretarial &Clerical 619
Technical Support 86
Manual Support 373
Hourly Paid Lecturers and other Teaching Only 742
Total 3152

The University’s Plan 2012-15

The University’s Plan for 2012-15 maintains its commitment to quality, whether in teaching and learning, in research or in our wider partnerships. It also aims to balance the pragmatic reality of needing to generate sufficient income to sustain the University’s long-term future with an ambition to continue the outstanding success of recent years.

Kent is:

  • a leading UK university
  • a university with strong international impact
  • a university that offers an inspiring student experience which prepares students for the future
  • a university that produces innovative world-leading research
  • a university that enables and values innovation, enterprise and creativity

The University's Plan is available to download.

Executive Group portfolios

  • Vice-Chancellor: Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow
  • Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
    David Nightingale – institutional planning, overall academic provision, Medway Campus, KentHealth and International Development
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor
    Denise Everitt – Commercial Services, Estates, Human Resources and legal services
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor
    Professor Keith Mander – 50th anniversary, alumni, fundraising, events and arts policy
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor
    Professor Chris Davies – teaching and learning and the student experience.
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research
    Professor Phillipe De Wilde – research, Kent Innovation and Enterprise, and the Graduate School.
  • Director of Finance
    Jane Higham – Finance, risk management and value for money

University history

1965 Royal Charter granted
  First 500 students enrol at Kent
1965 – 70 Elliot, Rutherford, Keynes and Darwin Colleges opened
1968 Graduation of the first intake of students
1969 Opening of the Gulbenkian Theatre and Cinema
1970 Opening of the Registry and Senate
1974 Collapse of the Cornwallis Building
1982 Opening of the Tonbridge Centre
1986 Opening of the Research & Development Centre
1987 Formal opening of the Computing Laboratory Extension by HM The Queen
1990 Year-long Silver Jubilee celebrations
1999 Brussels campus launched
2002 HM The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh inaugurate the joint Medway campus during a visit to Chatham Maritime
2004 Launch of the Medway School of Pharmacy at Chatham Maritime, a joint project for the Universities of Kent and Greenwich
2005 First students at Medway campus
2008 Woolf Postgraduate College opened
2009 Postgraduate centre in Paris launched
New Liberty Quays student accommodation at Medway
2011 New accommodation at Keynes College opened
Specialist postgraduate programmes at Athens launched
2012 Colyer Fergusson Music Building opened
Multimillion-pound refurbishment of the School of Music
and Fine Art facilities at Chatham Historic Dockyard completed
2013 Specialist postgraduate programmes in Rome launched
Refurbished Sports Centre opened on the Canterbury campus


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Last Updated: 11/03/2015