Course changes

Course Changes

Revised portfolio for the future

In order to help us meet future student demand we are making some changes to the courses we offer. This is linked to data on what students are looking to study nationally, recognising the different needs of new generations of students to come.  

We shared proposals at the end of January 2024 for courses that would potentially be phased out and not recruited to in future. Since then we have been consulting with staff, during which colleagues from courses proposed for closure were invited to submit counter-proposals.

On this page you'll find:

What was the outcome of the consultation? 

The staff consultation period ended on 7 March. Since then, Size & Shape Workstream staff, including Directors of Division, met to carefully consider the counter-proposals. This group made recommendations to the Executive Group on which courses to phase out and how, in order to allow the University to find the cost savings it needs.  

Executive Group approved plans on 18 March, and affected staff were informed on the morning of 21 March. Students on the affected courses then received emails about the outcome of the consultation in their area, and when they will know more about options available to them. 

The outcomes of consultation are as follows:

Courses that will no longer recruited to

  • Art History
  • Anthropology
  • Health and Social Care (course as offered in SSPSSR)
  • Journalism
  • Music and Audio Technology
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies 

Courses that will continue to be delivered:

  • Forensic Osteology
  • Modern Languages

Courses that will be delivered differently, as a new composite course, English Language and Literatures:

  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Comparative Literature 

Timeline of when detailed information on course changes will be available


21 March

Outcomes of consultation widely shared with students and staff


21 March - 29 March

Affected staff working with HR to confirm their options and the ongoing provision needed to support you for the remainder of your degree. 


2 April to 19 April

Teach-out plans and supervisions plans put in place as future staffing finalised. For some courses this will happen more quickly, and Divisions will communicate with students as soon as information is available so you are aware of your options.   


28 March 12:00 - 13:00

Undergraduate Student Open Forum: sign up for UG webinar


3 April 14:00 – 15:00

Postgraduate Student Open Forum: sign up for PG webinar



[5 April to 6 May Easter Vacation]

We will still communicate with you via email, and arrange individual meetings with postgraduate students to discuss their supervision options. 


By end of April

Module options and supervision options known & shared with students on affected courses. This may be earlier in April for many students.

How we will communicate with you

Students on affected courses:  

If you are studying a programme which is altered in some way by these changes, or one which will no longer be recruited to in future, we will email you with course-specific updates as decisions are made about teach-out with implications for staffing and module options. In some cases, staff in your area might organise one to one meetings with you to discuss your ongoing supervision, or any particular needs relating to your specific study arrangements. 

All Kent Students: 

If you are studying a subject which is unaffected by Size & Shape changes, you are still welcome to attend Student Open Forums to find out more, and hear about the latest news about all of the Kent 2030 programme via student news stories shared on the main Kent 2030 webpage, and the Student Guide.  

If you have any questions you can’t find answers to on the Kent 2030 FAQs, please email and we’ll answer as soon as we can. 


We appreciate this is a lot to take in and that you may be worried about the implications of course changes. We are here to help you help you throughout, with a number of different options for help and advice depending on what you need.

  • Course queries - Your Academic Adviser can help you with general queries relating to your course, such as talking through your module options when they are available. 
  • Future of Division - Your divisional Director of Education & Student Experience and your Divisional Director of Graduate Studies can also provide guidance on future plans within the Division
  • Emotional support - Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team can support you if you are worried about the impact these changes are having on your emotional wellbeing. As well as one to one support, SSW are also hosting some online group workshops on managing your emotions during a period of change or uncertainty on 28 March, 2 April and 11 April. Check out the SSW events calendar for more information and to book your free place, and  take a look at other online and telephone support which you can access 24/7 as a Kent student.
  • Support and advice from Kent Union - For impartial, confidential and free advice around your rights as a student during these changes,  reach out to the Kent Union Advice service, either via the online contact form or visit in person in the Mandela building, open Monday-Friday 11am-4pm in term time. Check out Kent Union vacation opening times.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We appreciate that information is not complete at this stage, and if you’re studying a programme that’s affected, you’re likely to have some questions about your future studies. 

See the FAQs around course changes with the answers we have already - we’re adding more to these as more detail becomes known.  

See the timeline above for information on when different aspects of teaching-out options will be known.  

If you have any questions that are not answered, please email us at and we’ll do our best to find out answers and respond as soon as we can.