Engagement, impact and civic mission
Canterbury, our historic base, has been a seat of learning for centuries, while we are at the heart of Medway's bid for City of Culture 2025. We have a distinct European identity through centres in Paris and Brussels, and are proudly global in outlook.
We are determined to build on this to meet local, national and international need. Our Kent 2025 strategy highlights ours initial aims to ensure that we are a civic university. We've since published our mid-term review which looks at where we are and what the next steps will be.
What we've been working on
- Appointed a new Director - who will bring together a more coherent focus on achieving Engagement objectives.
- Delivered on recent civic initiatives - the Kent and Medway Medical School, the Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries and the Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. We are now using them as exemplars of regional contribution and impact.
- Working in partnership with local government and organisations in Kent and Medway - to enable economic growth and contributes to long-term sustainability and quality of life in Kent.
- Continuing our work with disadvantaged groups across the region - in order to promote access to the University.
- Signed up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals - agreed a carbon net zero target for 2040 and are challenging staff and students to see if we can do better.
- Focused our fundraising efforts on the Kent and Medway Medical School - through a fundraising campaign that supports our strategic ambitions.
Our place in the community
Contribute to student experience
The new Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries will bring people together to create the future, putting us at the heart of cultural regeneration in the region.
"There is a wealth of creative expertise on our campuses and the wider region, and our aim is to bring creative professionals together with students and researchers to showcase innovation in the cultural and creative industries."
Professor Catherine Richardson
Kent and Medway Medical School
Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) is an exciting collaboration between the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University which will inspire the next generation of medical professionals.
KMMS - Our Vision
- Be a beacon for first class medical education and research
- Draw on the distinctive strengths of both universities
- Provide distinctive, socially diverse and insightful graduates,
- Enable, influence and drive changes within the clinical workforce to deliver high quality healthcare and outcomes across Kent and Medway.
"Setting up the new medical school is a unique opportunity to make a real difference to the health care provision in our region. Our innovative course will prepare a new generation of doctors to deliver 21st century person-centred medicine."
Professor Chris Holland