About Kent

Welcome to Kent


Welcome to the University of Kent, the UK’s European university. The University was established in Canterbury in 1965, and is about to mark its 50th Anniversary. Over the past 50 years, we have grown significantly while retaining a supportive social and academic community, which makes Kent a great place to study, to research and to work. With nearly 20,000 students from over 140 countries worldwide, and more than 2,500 members of staff, of whom 20% are drawn from outside the UK. Kent is an exciting and diverse organisation with campuses at Canterbury and Medway, and centres in Tonbridge, Brussels, Paris, Rome and Athens.

Our students come to the University to enjoy a stimulating academic experience in one of the UK’s research-intensive universities, and to enjoy the wide range of extra-curricular activities from volunteering in the local community to sport, music and a host of other activities. Students enhance our intellectual community through contributions in lectures, conferences and research symposia and it is immensely gratifying that they are also proud to be associated with Kent: in the National Student Survey, our students ranked Kent third amongst comparable institutions.

We serve as an economic, social and cultural catalyst for the region. We do this in partnership with leading agencies locally, in Europe, and beyond to build networks which support innovation, outreach, regeneration and world-class research. As a major employer in Kent, we contribute some £600 million annually to the local economy. We also enrich the community through our popular Open Lecture programme, and through our facilities: the Gulbenkian Theatre and cinema, and the Colyer-Fergusson Music Building.

The best way to truly appreciate what Kent has to offer is to visit, but until you are able to do that I hope our website will give you all the information you need; whether you are looking for a place to study or work, want to find out more about our research and consultancy services, or to reconnect with our alumni community. You can also follow us on facebook or twitter to keep up-to-date with the exciting new developments across the University, including our 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow DBE, CBE, FMedSci, FInstP

Corporate Communications

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Last Updated: 06/01/2014