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Colleges

Colleges

When you join the University you automatically become part of a college community.

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Your college provides a support network; offering a range of support services and social activities.

The Student Committee is a key part of college life. The committee is made up of students who are nominated by fellow college students each year. They are not only responsible for arranging social events (eg Keynestock and Darwin Summer Fete), but play a key role in student welfare.

Each college has a Master's Office. Your Master's Office can be used as a first port of call for any questions you have about University life. They are also responsible for ensuring safe student conduct and enforcing University regulations.

If you live on-campus, you can also get advice and support from your Residents' Support Officer (RSO).

Darwin

Darwin College is named after the eminent scientist Charles Darwin (1809-1882), whose home was in West Kent, where he wrote 'The Origin of Species and other books on the theory of evolution'.

The first Darwin students arrived in October 1970, when the College officially opened.

Darwin Houses were built close by in the 1980s. Each house name is associated with the life and career of Charles Darwin, features of the site, famous local people, or the history of the College.

Darwin College [map]

Master
Dr Jonathan Friday
Room: B3-22
Darwin College
Switchboard: 01227 764000 Ext 3049
Email: J.Friday@kent.ac.uk

 

Master’s Office and College Support Coordinator
Amy Green
Room: B3-22
Darwin College
Tel: 01227 823049
Email: darwinmastersoffice@kent.ac.uk

 

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Eliot

The longest established College, founded in 1965, is named after the poet and playwright T S Eliot.

T S Eliot is linked to Canterbury through the play 'Murder in the Cathedral', which narrates the events leading up to the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.

Magnificent views of the town and Cathedral can be seen from the dining hall windows.

Eliot College [map]

 

Master
Stephen Burke 
Room: W4.6 
Eliot College
Switchboard: 01227 764000 Ext 3320 
Email: S.R.Burke@kent.ac.uk

 

Master’s Office and College Support Coordinator
Meredith Johnson
Room: W4.9
Eliot College
Tel: 01227 823141
Email: M.L.Johnson@kent.ac.uk

 

Keynes

Keynes College opened in 1968. It is named after the leading economist of the early 20th century, John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946).

Architecturally Keynes represents a radical departure from the formal cruciform layout of the first two colleges, with its lighter and more open style.

The College boasts the Keynes pond and ducks, which have become a much-loved and distinctive feature.

Keynes College [map]

Master
Chloé Gallien
Derek Crabtree Room
Room: K M1.14A
Keynes College
Switchboard: 01227 764000 Ext 7453
Email: C.Gallien@kent.ac.uk

 

Master’s Office and College Support Coordinator
Gemma Harris
Derek Crabtree Room
Room: K M1.14
Keynes College
Tel: 01227 827010
Email: G.Harris-217@kent.ac.uk

 

Rutherford

Rutherford College was the second college to be opened, designed in a mirror image to its counterpart Eliot, and was founded in 1966.

It was named after Lord Rutherford, OM, FRS (1871-1937), who, in developing the nuclear theory of the atom, became one of the outstanding scientists of the 20th century.

Rutherford College [map]

Master
Dr Peter Klappa
Room: N4. 9 
Rutherford College
Switchboard: 01227 764000 Ext 3470
Email: P.Klappa@kent.ac.uk

 

Master’s Office and College Support Coordinator
Sue Casement
Room: N4.11
Rutherford College
Tel: 01227 823175
Email: S.M.Casement@kent.ac.uk

 

 

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Turing

Turing College is our newest college and is named after Alan Turing, who was a British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist.

During World War II, he worked for Britain's codebreaking centre at Bletchley Park.

Turing was convicted of 'gross indecency' in 1952, effectively for being gay, at a time when homosexual activity was illegal. In September 2009, the then Prime Minster Gordon Brown apologised for Turing’s treatment and in 2013 Turing was granted a posthumous royal pardon.

Turing is now widely acclaimed for his pioneering work in mathematics and computing and for the very significant role that he played at Bletchley Park and elsewhere.

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Master
Dermot O'Brien
Turing College Master’s Office
Hilltop House
Giles Lane
Switchboard: 01227 764000 Ext 4961 
Email: D.L.O'Brien@kent.ac.uk 

 

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Master’s Office and College Support Coordinator
Miriam Zapp
Turing College Master’s Office
Hilltop House
Giles Lane
Tel: 01227 824018
Email: TuringMastersOffice@kent.ac.uk

 

Woolf

Woolf Graduate College offers state-of-the-art accommodation for mainly postgraduate students and includes a 480 seat lecture theatre.

It is named after one of the major English novelists and public intellectuals of the 20th century - Virginia Woolf. 

Virginia Woolf was a regular visitor to Kent, notably to Sissinghurst (the home of Vita Sackville-West).

She was also known to convalesce at Moat House in Blean, on the outskirts of Canterbury, and wrote 'that even compared with Florence and Venice there is no lovelier place in the world than Canterbury'.

Woolf College [map]

Master
Dr Jonathan Friday
Room: B3-22
Darwin College
Switchboard: 01227 764000 Ext 3049
E-mail: J.Friday@kent.ac.uk

 

Master’s Office and College Support Coordinator
Amy Green
Room: B3-22
Darwin College
Tel: 01227 823049
Email: woolfmastersoffice@kent.ac.uk

 

Medway

Master
Jane Glew
Room: Medway M1-26
Medway Building
Medway campus
Switchboard: 01634 888807
Email: J.P.Glew@kent.ac.uk


Teresa GilroyMaster’s Office and College Support Coordinator
Teresa Gilroy
Room: M2-13
Medway Building
Medway campus
Tel: 01634 888497
Email: MedwayMastersOffice@kent.ac.uk
Hours: 9.00-16.00 Tuesdays and Fridays and 9.00-15.30 Thursdays

 

The College Master at Medway runs a calendar of social and sporting activities, in addition to those provided by GK Unions. Social activities include; cultural visits, club nights, quizzes and sports.

All activities are free or subsidised. Transport is also free to Kent students and University of Greenwich students studying at Medway or living at Liberty Quays.

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Student support at Medway


What's my college?

If you're a new student living on campus use this table to find your college.

If you're living off campus you can find your college in the Student Data System (SDS).

Contact

Darwin College
01227 823049

Eliot College
01227 823141

Keynes College
01227 827010

Rutherford College
01227 823175

Turing College
01227 824018

Woolf College
01227 823049

Medway College
01634 888497

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