Race and culture

We are proud of our diverse community and celebrate the wide range of cultures through events and societies. The University is committed to addressing any perceived barriers in providing and promoting inclusive practices for staff and students from racially minoritised groups and target areas to remove inequalities.

At Kent we know how important it is to shine a spotlight on under-represented groups, which is why we celebrate a number of History Months and Awareness Days  whilst our EDI Calendar showcases a number of significant Awareness Days, History Months, Celebration Weeks and Religious Festivals.

Students celebrating at Holi with colourful paint

Students celebrating at Holi festival. 

Challenging Racism

The University of Kent recognises that, as an institution, we have a significant role to play in ensuring that we challenge and deconstruct systemic racism and all forms of discrimination at the University and beyond. We pledge that the University will do better and be better, and strive to be a place where all individuals will feel welcome in, supported by, and proud of.      

Student Success project

The Student Success (EDI) Project is an institutional research project investigating student attainment and retention, with a particular focus on BME students.

The award-winning project has introduced several initiatives to improve your learning experience, including student progress profiles and the virtual student adviser. They also run Inspirational Speaker events which feature BME speakers and inspire our students. View the programme.

Black Student Voices

Black Student Voices is a research project led by students to amplify and create change for Black students at the University of Kent.     


#Black365 runs all year and celebrates Black culture, heritage and achievements at Kent     

Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated every October and shines a spotlight on Black culture, heritage and achievements

Group of students at Kent Africa Summit.

Students at Kent Africa Summit event.

South Asian Heritage Month

South Asian Heritage Month is celebrated every July-August and shines a spotlight on South Asian culture, heritage and achievements


Worldfest, is the University’s annual festival of multiculturalism and diversity, which takes place at both Canterbury and Medway campuses in the spring term.

Each year we hold a variety of events and activities to celebrate Kent’s diverse student population.The more students who get involved the better. We would like to hear from you if you would like to be involved. Please email Becky Lamyman for further details.

The Worldfest Bitesize Fund has been established to enable University of Kent student societies to apply for a financial award of up to £350 to help run a multicultural event. Examples of events and celebrations that we have supported include Diwali, Chinese New Year, Thanksgiving, Kent African Summit, Newroz, Holi, African Evening Gala, Discover Islam, Japanese Cultural Festival, Asian Fusion and a Thai Festival. Deadline for applications is the 15th day of every month.  

BAME student network

Kent Union has a number of student networks. The BAME student network aims to represent and act as the voice for, as well as promote, extend and defend the rights of ethnic minority students to both the University and Kent Union. They also organise events to help celebrate Ethnic Minority students rights at the University. 

Report and Support

Report to the University and get support

We have developed an online reporting tool which empowers students to record details of incidents such as sexual misconduct and assault, harassment, relationship abuse or hate incidents, and get support from an adviser    

You can also find more information on each type of incident and the support available to you.

Student groups and societies

Kent has a number of societies that celebrate cultural diversity.

This includes: 

  • ABACUS, 
  • African-Caribbean, 
  • Arab Society, 
  • Asian, 
  • Bangladeshi, 
  • Black Art Studies, 
  • Chinese, 
  • East African Society, 
  • Kent Hong Kong Society, 
  • Indian, 
  • Indonesian, 
  • UKC Japan Society, 
  • Kent Mauritian, 
  • Kent Zimbabwe, 
  • Kurdish, 
  • Malaysian Society, 
  • Nepal Society, 
  • Nigerian Law Society, 
  • Pakistani, 
  • Persian, 
  • Pan African Think Tank, 
  • Singapore Society, 
  • South African Society, 
  • Tamil Society, 
  • Taiwan, 
  • UKC Filipino, 
  • UKC Korea, 
  • Vietnam, 
  • West African Union

Find more societies through Kent Union and The Hub.   

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