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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. We strive to achieve an inclusive, people-centred research culture for our community of researchers.

Message from our Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation

"Our REF results demonstrate that Kent continues to produce research that not only informs and underpins our teaching at all levels but also makes a very clear and significant difference to lives and livelihoods regionally, nationally and internationally." 

Prof Shane Weller, DVC for Research & Innovation

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.

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 Resource