The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
At Kent, our students are part of a postgraduate community that includes students from all our locations. The Graduate School supports this thriving community and helps to create a stimulating intellectual and social environment.
The School works in partnership with academic schools to enhance the quality of the postgraduate student experience across all campuses, and create a vibrant postgraduate community. The School is led by its Dean, Professor Diane Houston, who is responsible for the development of provision for postgraduate study and research.
The Graduate School aims to ensure that the academic and social interests of postgraduate students, both taught and research, are provided for within the University, and works alongside academic schools to support and develop:
- high-quality postgraduate facilities
- a supportive environment for the intellectual interests of our postgraduates
- student-led initiatives such as social events, conferences and workshops
- an excellent researcher development programme
- a strong framework of specialist support for our postgraduates across the University
- internationally distinctive, exciting and innovative programmes of study that combine academic excellence with an exceptional student experience and appropriate learning resources
- further funding and study opportunities through the cultivation of external links with Research Councils, graduate schools and other organisations both nationally and internationally.
Championing your interests
The Dean of the Graduate School chairs a board that is responsible for all aspects of postgraduate education at Kent. It includes student members as representatives of the postgraduate community.
The Graduate School works to ensure that student views on all aspects of the study experience are listened to and acted upon within the institution. At Kent, there is a strong postgraduate course representation system working at school, faculty and institutional levels.
Researcher Development Programme
The Graduate School co-ordinates the Researcher Development Programme for research students which includes workshops focused on research, specialist and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those which go beyond your research and subject area and can be applied to all aspects of employment to enhance your career prospects.
The programme is mapped to the national Researcher Development Framework and it covers a diverse range of topics, including subject-specific research skills, research management, personal effectiveness, communication skills, networking and teamworking and career management skills. Research Councils have identified the development of these skills as essential for all postgraduate researchers.
Global Skills Award
The Graduate School also delivers the Global Skills Award training programme for students following taught programmes of study, which is designed to enhance graduates’ awareness of current global issues and improve their career prospects.
To find out more about skills training opportunities at Kent, see www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool/skills
Academic, social and networking opportunities
The Graduate School provides many opportunities for postgraduate students to meet and socialise and is especially keen to support student-driven initiatives such as workshops and conferences.
All postgraduate students have the opportunity to participate in the annual Postgraduate Research Festival and to make applications to the Postgraduate Experience Awards for funding to deliver projects or events which will enhance the postgraduate experience at Kent.
Students can join The GradPost editorial team and contribute articles to the graduate newsletter.
The Graduate School is in a central location on the Canterbury campus, with offices for staff members and a common room for dedicated postgraduate use.
The Graduate School
T: +44 (0)1227 827838
Welcome from the Dean
"This is an exciting time to be a postgraduate student at the University of Kent. Our prospectus will give you an insight into the many opportunities we offer within our taught and research programmes. We also have a range of superb locations. Whether you choose Canterbury, Medway, Brussels, Paris, or Athens, you will benefit from a friendly environment studying alongside world-class researchers.
"Building on Kent’s strong tradition of postgraduate education, the Graduate School works in partnership with our academic schools to enhance the quality of your study experience. Whatever your choice of location or programme, the Graduate School is here to help and ensure that you have the right support.
"I look forward to welcoming you to Kent and working with you to ensure excellence in all aspects of your postgraduate study experience."
Professor Diane Houston
Dean of the Graduate School