Kent’s Global & Lifelong Learning (GLL) has been created to help busy working professionals, employers, organisations and international students to benefit from the University’s academic and research excellence, in ways which are tailored to the requirements of varied work-based learning contexts, international study experiences and stages of career development.

Key facts

£12 m

The University has a multi-million pound scholarship fund to support our taught and research students

Top 50

Kent are proud to be placed in the Rate My Apprenticeship 'Top 50 Training Providers' 2022 - 23. 


The UK Apprenticeship Levy means that Kent staff can have 100% of Apprenticeship training covered, with no cost to them or to their school/department


Professional Practice scored 100% overall student satisfaction in the 2019 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)  

GLL / Study that works for you

Our Vision 

The work of the Global and Lifelong Learning department responds to the University of Kent’s institutional Strategy, in particular the University’s ambitious approach to Global Engagement and our commitment to excellence in Education, Lifelong Learning and Student Experience. The University is committed to expanding its national and global impact to benefit our wide-ranging communities of students and work-based learners by offering one of the best education and student experiences in the UK.    

Our Values

Our vision is supported by the UK's International Education Strategy and the government's Skills for Jobs agenda. Our approach is characterised by our ambition to attract, recruit, and engage a continuously growing group of diverse apprentices, home and international students with high-quality, flexible, and dynamic modes of study, work-based-learning and training. We will achieve this through developing and increasing our range of innovative, face-to-face, online courses, experiences and partnerships, whilst placing close attention to the observance of compliance requirements and the mitigation of risk. 

Our work is informed by our understanding that meeting 21st Century student, apprentice, employer and societal needs in the UK and overseas requires the design and delivery of innovative, employer-informed and internationally-attuned work-based learning opportunities. At Kent, we firmly believe that this aim can be achieved through building on our existing expertise in global and lifelong learning provision and by continuing to go beyond our classic 'on-campus' offer. 

As described in the University of Kent Strategy, we value excellence and support potential wherever it may be found. Our approach supports this aim by providing access to study and development opportunities for more students, apprentices and learners whether they are based, in the UK or overseas, as well as on campus or in the workplace. 

We are committed to upholding and maintaining high quality in the design and delivery of our apprenticeships, courses and training. Our process of course design positions the learners, apprentices, and employers as central to the process. We practice constructive alignment using recognised intended learning outcomes and the knowledge skills and behaviours of apprenticeship standards, as required by leading employers and trailblazer groups. We actively seek to review and respond to our stakeholders’ needs through regular reviews, feedback from apprentices, students and employers. 

We track compliance and quality via our Governance Committee, our Education Boards and quality assurance systems. We regularly monitor our course and apprenticeship outcomes and quality achievement rates, and, where necessary, we adjust our learning provision to encourage enhancement. Our strategy is driven by a set of KPIs which has a key focus on continuous quality improvement and realisation of employability outcomes and industry standards.  

About Global and Lifelong Learning 

At GLL we are committed to providing access to transformational higher education through offering high-quality teaching, applied educational design and development activities. Our blended and flexible approach to learning allows the development of knowledge and work-related skills through higher degree apprenticeships; online digital courses and microcredentials; individual modules; part-time postgraduate certificates; diplomas and Master's degrees. 

At GLL we work in collaborative partnership with regional, national and international employers and organisations to develop tailored provision. We are skilled in designing learning opportunities that achieve the right balance between study and the commitments of ongoing work requirements. This allows individuals to study effectively and advance their careers, whilst also achieving employers’ organisational goals.