The annual Times Higher Education (THE) Awards have also shortlisted the University for Outstanding Support for Students.
The THE’s University of the Year Award, which is open to all higher education institutions in the UK, celebrates exceptional performance in the past academic year and in particular those ‘bold, imaginative and innovative initiatives that have advanced an institution’s reputation’.
Both shortlists come towards the end of Kent’s golden jubilee year and during one of the most successful periods in its history – one that has been characterised by its ability to combine excellence in research and teaching, whilst developing the collegiate environment for which it has a long held reputation. Other recent successes include:
- achieving a top 20 national league table position
- being ranked 17th out of all UK Higher Education Institutions for research intensity in the REF 2014
- receiving one of the largest percentage increases in research funding of any university in the country
- an enhanced international standing and profile
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow said: ‘This is excellent news for everyone at Kent. It is also a timely announcement as, having reached the end of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, we look forward to providing new opportunities for future generations of students and staff, as well as building on our many research and teaching achievements.’
The winners will be announced on 26 November.