Kent's Faculty of Humanities gave a very strong performance in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), which confirmed the excellence of the research conducted in our schools and centres.
The crowning achievement was History’s ranking of 2nd nationally, closely followed by French, ranked 7th, while our traditionally strong School of Arts and School of English also reinforced their positions. The School of Arts was the largest in its subject areas and ranked 2nd for ‘research power’, an indication of the quality and scale of the submission.
The Faculty has achieved major successes in attracting funding for doctoral students. Through our participation in the Consortium for Humanities and Arts South East (CHASE), we have secured over £100,000 from the Arts and Humanities’ Research Council (AHRC) in order to enhance research training for doctoral students for the next two years. Within the Faculty, the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies has attracted funding for a prestigious Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral programme in Text and Event in Early Modern Europe (TEEME).
Our six schools have their own subject-specific research centres and the Faculty also has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary research, all operating under the auspices of the Kent Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities. The Institute funds staff and postgraduate students' research, hosts interdisciplinary conferences and visiting scholars, coordinates lectures and other events, and establishes national and international links for all Kent postgraduates through its network with other institutes worldwide.
The six schools within the Faculty of Humanities are:
Students in the Faculty belong to a thriving environment. There are numerous research-dedicated activities every year, organised by staff and students. These include lectures and seminars by high-profile visiting speakers from the UK and abroad. In addition, each school organises research seminars where members of staff and postgraduates are able to present their work.
Postgraduates can work together to put on international conferences with financial support from the schools and the Faculty. These activities often lead to academic publications. The schools in the Faculty also host several journals that have been set up by students themselves, including Skepsi, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary online journal based in the School of European Culture and Languages, and Inscription, based in the School of English.
The Faculty provides a variety of financial support opportunities for postgraduate students, including the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Master’s and Doctoral Awards, University scholarships, internationalisation support and funding for a language course for all taught and PhD students. See our postgraduate funding pages for more details.
Schools provide further support for research students during their studies. All schools offer a minimum of £500 for PhD students over three years. In addition, the Faculty operates a research fund for items such as language learning, specialised training, the presentation of papers at overseas conferences, or visits to overseas archives.