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The Graduate and Researcher College supports and challenges all postgraduate students and academic and research staff at Kent to grow. We provide an increasingly inclusive and stimulating environment for research training and development. We assist the career progression of our staff and students, inspire them to improve their skills, and extend their horizons.

Founded in 2008, the Graduate School became the Graduate and Researcher College (GRC) in October 2020. Building on 12 years of PG growth and success, the GRC now has an expanded remit to support staff as well as students across the whole academic career span, from postgraduate taught students through to Professor. Located in a dedicated space on the Canterbury campus in Cornwallis East with a training room for all researcher development activities, the GRC is a well-established and vital part of the University of Kent’s fabric.  

Our Vision

We will create a dynamic and inclusive researcher community, inspiring and developing research leaders, and forming networks that take on and build Tomorrow’s World.

About us

Find out how we support and challenge Postgraduate students, and Academic and Research staff

The Graduate and Researcher College

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Kent is one of the best places in the UK to study for a research degree. Its supportive environment helps to build confidence and the staff are respectful.

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Our Values

 The GRC trains, supports and advises a wide range of people, including PGT students, PhD researchers, supervisors, Postgraduate Administrators and academic and research staff at all career stages, with a particular focus on wellbeing and professional development.  

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    We engage with and connect postgraduate students, academic and research staff and professional service teams to build and nurture a supportive and intellectual community of researchers.

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    Challenge and support

     We provide an open and supportive environment while also challenging all individuals to meet their personal and professional development goals. We provide the skills training and development opportunities to make this happen.  

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    We empower personal growth through training and development and promote research integrity and civic mindedness. We provide a foundation for our staff and students to work together and develop as leaders.  

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    Inspiring and empowering

    We will define, demonstrate and promote good practice, set achievable aspirations, and enable and support individuals and communities to fulfil their plans, together.  

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    International outlook

    We unite people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, ideas and influences to question conventional wisdom, to open our minds and to shape, both locally and globally, a better future, Tomorrow’s World.  

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