About us

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Kent is a leading academic institution: 97% of our research was judged to be of international quality in the Research Excellence Framework.

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Dr Ciara Padden
Students in the Templeman Library
Man in a research lab

Top 10

in The Complete University Guide 2021 for research intensity.


countries are represented in our student body, with 25% from outside of the UK.


of research at Kent was found to be of international quality in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

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A thriving intellectual community of students and staff is fundamental to our position as a leading research university. Our friendly staff also help us to provide a supportive study and work environment.

Prof. Karen Cox

Quote Gavin Esler, Chancellor

Gavin Esler

Our students are encouraged to become global citizens, to think independently and develop original ideas. It's what makes Kent such a fascinating place to study and work.

Gavin Esler, Chancellor View profile

Strategy and planning

We are a forward-thinking research institution, committed to the transformative power of education and research and to the development and support of our students and staff.

Our strategy: Kent 2025

Annual review and reports

Campus master plan

Term dates

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Pride in our past

From a university started in 1965 with some 500 students and 150 staff, the University of Kent has grown today into an institution of over 20,000 students and over 4,000 staff.

Find out more about our history