Kent shortlisted for research and teaching excellence award

The University has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education (THE) Award 2016.

Kent is one of four universities shortlisted in the DataPoints Merit Award category, designed to recognise exceptional performance across UK university teaching and research.

The Award is based on data from the THE’s mock-Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the publication’s own most recent World University Rankings.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, welcomed the announcement. She said: ‘This latest good news for Kent reflects our commitment to becoming a beacon of excellence in education and research in our region, nationally and internationally. It also reflects the commitment of our world-class researchers and educators to providing one of the best student experiences in the UK.’

In the mock-TEF, which modelled potential results of the exercise using three core aspects of teaching performance that the government has confirmed will be used (graduate employment, student retention and student satisfaction), Kent was ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities.

In the REF, Kent was ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity and achieved the third largest increase of the top 50 research intensive universities for research power. It also achieved one of the largest increases in research funding following its REF success.

Kent’s strong international outlook and research citations resulted in it being ranked in the top 10% of the THE’s world’s leading universities for international outlook.

The winners of the THE Awards 2016 will be announced on Thursday 24 November at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.