The small community of students and staff who arrived in 1965 were our pioneers, shaping the University of Kent into the inclusive, international and inspiring community that it is today
From a university starting with some 500 students and 150 staff on a greenfield (and rather muddy) site, the University of Kent has grown today into an institution of over 19,000 students and over 3,000 staff.
Three Queen’s Anniversary Prizes – for our Kent Law Clinic the Tizard Centre and, most recently, the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology - reinforce our reputation for the quality and distinctiveness of our academic offer.
With campuses at Canterbury and Medway and centres in Brussels and Paris, Kent is is a university for its region and beyond.
Watch these videos and get a glimpse of how things were before...
Step back in time for a glimpse of life at the 'University of Kent at Canterbury (UKC)' as it was in the early years.
Colour archive footage of Cornwallis being constructed, a production in the Gulbenkian Theatre and the ever-popular Keynes duck pond.
Archive footage of the city of Canterbury from a video from 1966 reporting on the University of Kent's opening year and plans for the future.
Photos from staff, students and alumni through the decades. Take a look through our collection on Flickr and memories sourced from our own archive in the Templeman Library.
image credits from (left to right, clockwise): Bob Eager, Catherine Butler, Khushboo Mehta, Claire Buckley.