Global Research at University of Kent

Kent student conducting electronic research in engineering lab

Global Research

Kent was ranked 17th in the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework for research intensity. We have world-leading research in all subjects and 97% of our research is deemed to be of international quality.

Our research has clarified ethics in healthcare. We are helping to improve adult social care. An award-winning centre improves the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We present several cases of progress in pharmaceuticals. The UK Government has used Kent research on paying for social care. We have a better understanding of how wealthy donors make decisions.

Our research in biometrics is making the world a safer place. Kent research is transforming heritage management. Our research on global sustainability comes from architecture, anthropology, engineering, business and law.

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Global Research Opportunities Workshops (GROW)

Specialised and interactive workshops for Kent staff

What is the GROW?

Our GROW workshops are an interactive way for staff to learn about international research and related funding opportunities to support research, education and training.

The workshops are free and open to all staff.. The intention is for it to be informal and interactive, and to allow people to talk to – and hear from – colleagues across the University.  

How to register for workshops?

Keep an eye on our website, social media and monthly newsletter for updates of new workshops. When a new GROW is announced, it will be posted on this page including a registration link for staff to sign-up. If you need assistance or further information, please contact us. 

Recent workshops

GROW January 2020 - Navigating the Labyrinth | Tuesday 21 January | Guest Speaker: Rachael Sara-Kennedy – Head of Strategic Partnerships, UUKi  

This event attempts to bring clarity to some of many and varied international funding streams which can be complex to unravel and understand. The presentations will include an overview of the opportunities which can support research, education and training. In this session, we will focus on Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), funding alternatives after Brexit, Erasmus+ and showcase projects from across the University.

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Kent students at Global Hangout event

Research Services

Respect for our researchers, support for their research

Who are Research Services?

Research Services supports academics and researchers at the University in preparing, submitting and managing research grants. It is also responsible for a range of related issues, including the preparation and submission of our REF return, oversight of research ethics and governance, impact, public engagement, researcher development and, together with the Office for Scholarly Communication, Open Access. 

Key links to the services and support provided are listed below:

Research grants

Associated issues

Policy and strategy

Further details on all these areas can be accessed on the Research Services webpage, or feel free to contact the team if you are unsure of anything or have particular questions.

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Kent Refuge Fund

University of Kent staff supporting students and academics seeking refuge

What is Kent Refuge Fund (KRF)

In this time of instability around the world, unprecedented numbers of people have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety and security - and among them are many promising students and academics. 

For some time, the University has been providing support to international students and for academics at risk of persecution, and now has established a new fund to allow staff to personally contribute to this important work, should they wish to do so.

This fund supports students and academics who wish to continue their education and research at Kent, presently supporting individuals assisted by two orgaisations Helena Kennedy Foundation 'Article 26 Project and the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA).


Since 1933, CARA has been working tirelessly to help academics and their families caught in conflict or endangered by violent or autocratic regimes. By providing fellowship places at its network of institutions, academic colleagues have been provided with safe havens to continue their work, in many cases, until it is safe to return home.  Kent is committed to this programme and supporting those academics who join us through it.

The Helena Kennedy Foundation 'Article 26 Project’ provides opportunities for those seeking asylum to access – and succeed in – higher education.  In the years it can take to process an asylum application in the UK, and during this time, individuals are stuck in limbo, unable to work and often surviving on a very low income. At the same time, they are unable to access student or maintenance loans, and are classed as international students, making the dream of furthering their education far out of reach. You can read the story on one Kent academic supported by CARA here.

How to take part?

If you would like to contribute simply complete the donation form and return it to: Kent Refuge Fund, The Development Office, Rutherford Annexe, Canterbury, CT2 7NX.

What difference will my donantion make?

10 staff donating £8 a month each through ‘Give As You Earn’ could fund a bursary for a student coming to Kent with the Article 26 project.

47 staff donating £12 a month could provide maintenance support for CARA fellow seeking refuge within the University.

What is 'Give As You Earn'?

This is a scheme provided by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) that allows you to donate directly from your pay. Donations are tax free meaning it costs you less to give.

Making your gift go further

Donating through Give as You Earn means that the KRF will receive more money than it actually costs you from your salary.The KRF will receive your pledge amount, but as it will be deducted before tax, your pledge will cost you less.

Questions or comments

For more information, please contact Julia Baxter in the Development Office.