Returning students

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Welcome back!

We wish you all a very warm welcome back! This year is different to how we all expected. We are committed to ensuring that you continue to benefit from all that Kent has to offer, despite the impact of COVID-19.

This web page provides key updates and opportunities for how you can get involved as well as a reminder of all the support available to you. 

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Hello and welcome back!

Some familiar faces to welcome you back to campus.

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Studying safely

Learn about safety measures in our teaching spaces and how you can study effectively online.

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Safety at our campuses

We're working together to keep our campuses safe.

How is campus going to work in relation to COVID-19?

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to campus this September! We have been working hard to make sure you feel safe, ready to study and socialise.

We've developed a list of key FAQs with your students' unions. Make sure you read these before you are due to arrive on campus, so you know what to expect. 

These are being updated frequently in line with Government guidance so please check the FAQs before you arrive on campus. 

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Being a returning student

It’s not your first year at Kent, so what should you expect?

We hope that despite the changes this year, you can still make the most of your time here. As a returning student you should focus primarily on your studies as always, but also try to take opportunities to help you grow as a person and boost your CV.

Don’t worry, we are here to support you throughout your journey at Kent.


As a returning student it is important that you re-register from 11 September so we know you're definitely coming back. You don’t need to register in person.

To ensure swift payment of your student loan, please ensure you re-register online by 16.00 on Wednesday 23 September in order to receive your maintenance payments on the first day of term, Monday 28 September 2020. It takes three to five working days from the point of registration for funds to be released to your account by the Student Loans Company.  

Re-register on SDS

When will my timetable be available?

Undergraduate students- you will see your timetable for main group events on 18 September. Smaller group events will be published by 25 September. 

Postgraduate students- you will see your timetable for main group events on 18 September.  Your school will advise when you will receive your small group timetables. 

Please note these timetable release dates were updated 28 August.

Changes may be made to your timetable so please continue to check regularly.  You must be registered on your modules for your personal timetable to show.  If you register late on a module please allow up to 2 days for your timetable to be updated from the date of confirmation of your module registration.  

Term starts on Monday 28 September 2020. See Kent's term dates

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What's new at Kent?

Besides changes in place relating to COVID-19, there are lots of positive developments here at Kent; the new Kent and Medway Medical School opens in September, we have a new mobile app for current students, GK Unions has become GKSU and we're making it easier for you to access support.

More about what's new for 2020/21

Student success

If you are proud of something you have achieved, let us know! Throughout the year you can let us know your successes by emailing so we can celebrate and share your successes in our e-newsletter and social media, maybe even with the local press! Let’s celebrate student success together and inspire each other.

Our Kent Student Awards 2020 took place virtually in July, celebrating amazing achievements by our students. Read the stories of some of the winners or you can watch the awards video on YouTube. Maybe this year you might be nominated or even win your own Kent Student Award… 

Tell us about your successes

Latest news for returning students

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