Researcher Development

Research at Kent

  • Research at Kent
  • Research Services
  • REF 2014
  • Support for research
  • HR Excellence in Research

Research at Kent

Research is fundamental to the character of the University, its reputation, and its contributions to society. The significance of our strategic commitment to increase research intensity was confirmed in the outcomes of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The University supports research in all 20 academic schools, underpinned by a commitment to implement best practice in staff development. At Kent there is a significant European dimension to research funding and collaboration. Research Services provides a comprehensive framework of support for the University's research community, advising academics on funding, ethics and the REF.


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Research Services

Within the Research Services website you will find information on applying for funding and managing your award.  You can also find out which member of the Research Services team can help you with specific enquiries.

Research Services leads on support for excellence in research practice.  This includes guidance on ethics and governance, the Kent Peer Review process and public engagement.

The Grants Factory programme of events provides Kent academics and researchers with the inside knowledge on how funders work and what makes them tick. As a result, those who attend have a much better chance of success. The programme speakers are colleagues from Kent and elsewhere, including those who work as reviewers, panellists and officers for the funders.

Other Research Services support for excellence in research practice includes the Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) and the Research Services newsletter.

Recent ECRN programmes have included `How to Win a Postdoctoral Fellowship’; `Getting Published’; `Coping with Rejection’; `Using Social Media to Support your Career’; `Alternative Funding for Research’; `Balancing the Conflicting Demands of Academia’; `Planning your Career’ and `Getting Recognition: Promotion & Pay at Kent’.

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REF 2014

Kent is judged to have world-leading research in all subjects submitted in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.  

  • The University is ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity, we have world-leading research in all subjects and 97% of our research is deemed to be of international quality.
    • We submitted 85% of our research staff for the REF, the 13th highest proportion submitted overall. 
  • Kent’s score for research power increased by 59%, the third largest increase of the top 50 research intensive universities.
    • Kent has increased the number of its research active staff by 40% since 2008.


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HR Excellence in Research

The University of Kent first attained the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award in May 2013.  The Award demonstrates commitment to implementing the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment

From 2013 – 2015 the University implemented our HR Excellence in Research action plan, developed in consultation with research staff. Following the two-year internal review – the University retained the award in July 2015.  The review was overseen by Vitae , which champions researcher development in the UK.

As part of its two-year review, the University was required to highlight key achievements and progress since 2013, as well as confirm  strategy, success measures and next steps for 2015-2017.

The Researcher Development Working Group co-ordinates and monitors implementation of Kent’s Action Plan.

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Last Updated: 15/04/2016