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 black and minority ethnic (BME) groups and target areas to remove inequalities.

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.

Worldfest

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. 

More about the BAME student network

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
More on societies
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