Research excellence at the University of Kent

Celebrating our academic excellence

The University of Kent is among the top 20 universities in the UK. Our high rating in league tables compiled by the Guardian, Complete University Guide and others reflects the University's strong reputation for research and academic excellence.


Our staff are recognised world-wide for their teaching and research activities. Our reputation as a distinctive, vibrant research institution has been underlined by our high ranking 17th in the UK for research intensity in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

National Teaching Fellowships are regularly awarded to Kent academics, and we have been ranked third in the UK for overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2014).

The University's broader impact has been acknowledged by the award of two highly-prestigious Queens Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education.

The most recent was made for the Tizard Centre's pioneering work to improve the lives of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families.

The award was also made for the work of the Kent Law Clinic. Part of Kent Law School, the Clinic enhances the legal education of students through their supervised provision of a public service for local people who need legal advice and representation but cannot afford to pay for it.


I am extremely proud of the significant achievements by my academic colleagues at the University. They have played a key role in helping transform Kent from a ‘new university’ 50 years ago to a world-player in all aspects of research and teaching.

~ Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, Vice-Chancellor



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Last Updated: 09/11/2016

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