Postgraduate community

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Community and support

Kent’s Master’s and doctoral students, academic and research staff are welcomed into a strong scholarly and supportive social community which is rich in activity, culture and diversity, and extends across our academic Schools, Centres, Divisions, campuses and two European centres.

Our postgraduates and colleagues benefit from a rich, stimulating and challenging intellectual community in which  students are encouraged to work closely with academic staff. We also advise students and staff to develop and expand their skills by presenting their research, participating in conferences and publishing papers.

We  offer a strong framework of specialist support and dedicated  services across the University, which extends to both students and staff. Kent encourages all members of our community to take an active role in extracurricular activities and to focus on their wellbeing and that of their colleagues.

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Celebrating success

We offer a number of initiatives that celebrate the hard work of our students, researchers and academics: 

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Networking opportunities

Our postgraduate students play an important role in shaping the development of the Kent postgraduate community. We offer a wide range of opportunities for you to interact with other postgraduates and the wider University community:

  • The GradPost is a quarterly newsletter produced by postgraduates, for postgraduates.
  • The Kent Union Postgraduate Network gives postgraduates the space and opportunity to raise awareness of any issues or challenges occurring within their academic studies or overall experiences. 

Academic and research staff are also encouraged to engage with relevant Kent and external networks for their benefit and that of their colleagues.

High-quality facilities

As a postgraduate student at Kent, you have access to subject-specific facilities in your School and Division, as well as a range of central resources such as our libraries and  Careers and Employability Service. We also provide study and social spaces specifically for postgraduate students, including the Postgraduate Study Hub at our Canterbury campus.

Discover more about the facilities at our campuses at Canterbury and Medway, and our postgraduate European centres in Brussels and Paris.

Find out more about our locations
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Make a difference

The Kent Graduate Student Association (KGSA), University of Greenwich Students' Union and Kent Union organise a range of events and opportunities:

  • KGSA runs events, volunteering opportunities and supports postgraduates at Woolf College
  • Kent Union gives you access to societies and a variety of services and events. It also represents the postgraduate student voice across all campuses
  • Postgraduate Ambassador Scheme helps to enhance your skills
  • GK Unions offer membership for postgraduate students at Medway

 

Kent staff, as well as students, participate in initiatives and activities which strengthen our working environment and community. The University strives to ensure that all staff and students “are given every opportunity to thrive and realise their potential”.