The First 500
The First 500 were Kent's first undergraduate students; they joined the brand new University of Kent at Canterbury in October 1965, when the campus had only a handful of buildings and just one college (Eliot). Half moved over to the newly-established Rutherford College in October 1966. The First 500 meet for an annual dinner in May, organised and hosted by John Platt (Rutherford 1965, Economics).
The First 500 had considerable involvement the 50th anniversary celebrations with over 100 attending the 50th Festival in September 2015 and have also established their own scholarship fund, with over £50,000 raised to support the University and its students today.
The above photo was taken at the 50th Festival weekend, with further photos submitted by members of the First 500 not present for the occasion. The composite was compiled by Stewart Kempster (Eliot 1965, Maths). Find out who is pictured.
The First 500 Fund
The main aim of the First 500 Fund is to support the First 500 Scholarship. This award helps today’s Kent students to have the same opportunities enjoyed by the First 500 – a university experience free of financial worry – and will provide a lasting record of the contribution of Kent’s founding students.
If you would like to support the First 500 Scholarship, a donation form has been produced to allow alumni to contribute directly to the First 500 Fund. Funds are used solely for projects supported by donors, who were consulted on the establishment of the First 500 Scholarship and will be involved in future funding decisions. You can also donate to the fund online.
Completed donation forms should be returned to the Development Office, Rutherford Annexe, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NX
Members of the First 500 not currently in touch with the University should email firstname.lastname@example.org to update their contact details.
If you are a member of the First 500 and and would like to get back in touch, please email us.