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REF 2021 Overview

Kent rises 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university

The Houses of Parliament, London

Impact in Action: Restoring the Palace

Explore the Victorian ventilation system, hidden in the voids of the Palace of Westminster

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Helping those with learning disabilities

Kent researchers highly commended for collaborative research excellence prize

At Kent, we are committed to supporting outstanding research and innovation across the arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences.

Professor Shane Weller

A message from the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

"Our REF results demonstrate that Kent continues to produce research that informs and underpins our teaching at all levels and makes a very clear and significant difference to lives and livelihoods regionally, nationally and internationally."

Professor Shane Weller

Our research and innovation activities are delivering significant cultural, social and economic benefits to communities regionally, nationally and internationally. Our students also benefit from a research-informed education and a wide range of opportunities to get involved in research.  

Our research strengths

We take a collaborative, global, impactful, innovative and interdisciplinary approach to research and innovation. This is reflected in our Signature Research Themes, our Institutes, our Research Centres, our Academic Divisions, our Graduate and Researcher College, and our research strengths in the following areas:

  • Creativity, Culture and Heritage
  • Cyber Security, Digital Technology and Communication
  • Health, Social Care and Wellbeing
  • Social Justice, Inequalities and Conflict
  • Sustainability, Environment and Natural Resources

Our Research and Innovation experts

Research and Innovation Services are a dynamic department at the heart of University of Kent activity and the central point for our research and knowledge exchange activities.

They assist and facilitate academic and industrial research & innovation collaborations, provide support on research and innovation funding opportunities, prepare funding bids and negotiate research and innovation contracts. They also increase the impact of research through collaboration, knowledge exchange activities and commercialisation of Intellectual Property.