The Tizard Centre

Why study with us

Our Centre is dedicated to excellence in teaching and innovation in research. The 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) has confirmed Kent as a top UK University for student satisfaction.

What our recent graduates say! Thanos Vostanis, MSc, Applied Behaviour Analysis.


Taught by first class academics

The Tizard is staffed by UK and Internationally recognised experts. Our staff team is multi-disciplinary in nature but all members are very experienced in the fields of intellectual disability and community care.

The University of Kent has been ranked in the top 20 in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2015 and 22nd out of 124 UK institutions in the Complete University Guide 2015 – a rise of six places from last year and is the top university in the southeast, reflecting the high standard of academic excellence and student experience at the University.

David Nightingale, Kent’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, ‘Our league table positions, together with our reputation for research-led teaching and student experience, confirm that Kent is a first choice destination for prospective students.’

The 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) has confirmed Kent as a top UK university for student satisfaction.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow welcomed the news of Kent's latest success. 'I am pleased that our students rate their experience at Kent so highly. Their overwhelming endorsement of the University and our academic offer is a reflection of the dedication and commitment of all our academic and professional services staff.


Excellent communication with dedicated lecturers

- lecturers are very supportive and approachable. 
- students tend to be experienced people and all our courses involve a lot of mutual learning.  We make good use of group work and discussion in order to allow students to share knowledge and experience as well as to consolidate their learning

High media profile

Students benefit from studying at a Centre with huge acclaim and a high media profile. Many of our students rank this as a very important aspect governing their choice to study at the Tizard.

Centre academics have won the following accolade:

  • Dr Jill Bradshaw & Tony Osgood, both won Kent Union Teaching awards voted by the students at the University; the ultimate accolade in teaching.
  • Prof Glynis Murphy - M B Shapiro Award awarded by the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology in recognition of a clinical psychologist who has achieved eminence in the profession and has had a significant impact on the knowledge/practice of British Clinical Psychology.
  • Dr Nick Gore - Early Career Researcher Prize 2013 for early intervention work involving the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and the family of Patricia Collen.
  • Prof Glynis Murphy - conferred the award of Academician by the Academy of Social Sciences, this status is awarded following a peer group review of the standing and impact of an academics work. Prof Murphy was awarded this following her work on intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Tizard Centre was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education (2013). The prize was in recognition of the work carried out by Tizard and its contribution to improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.


Students love it!

"It has inspired and motivated me, fuelling my passion and provided me with choices for future directions that I never imagined"

Beverly Seeley (FdSc IDD Certificate in Person Centred Support 2015)

"The Tizard Centre offers such an incredible network of academics and experts, as well as commitment to excellent and rigorous research, making it an ideal place to pursue my studies."

Rebecca Monteleone
MA Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities 2015

& winner of a Fulbright Scholarship

"Completing my PhD at the Tizard Centre has been a great experience. Being there gave me the opportunity to see first-hand how teaching and research can help bring about dramatic changes in the quality of life of people with learning disabilities and those who support them. The lessons I have learnt will stay with me throughout my career."

Paul Langthorne
PhD in Clinical Psychology of Learning Disability


Great campus facilities

The University of Kent offers great facilities such as the Templeman Library, Sports/Fitness Centre, Gulbenkian theatre and cinema, cafes, bars .... and has easy access to the town of Canterbury.

University of Kent in numbers 2014:

Student numbers - 19,850 full time undergraduate, 14,850 part-time undergraduate, 1,340 full-time postgraduate, 2,505 part-time postgraduate. With an impressive retention rate of 95.2%




Unique teaching pattern

Timetabling means that all studies are undertaken one week in four enabling you to integrate your learning with practical work carried out daily in your own service organisation.

World Class Research

The Tizard is ranked 4th nationally for the quality of research, with 70% of its research rated "world-leading or internationally excellent". There are currently a wide range of research projects being undertaken.

Dynamic Environment

1. Research Seminars - The Tizard Centre runs a series of Research Seminars throughout the academic year offering topical and up to date research findings from a wide range of Speakers. The seminars are held on campus and are open to all students and associated service providers alike.

2. Consultancy - We also provide consultancy services to organisations in the statutory and independent sectors throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and Overseas. One of the central aims of our work at the Tizard Centre being to have an impact on the quality of services and ultimately the quality of life of people accessing services.

Recognised by Service Providers

The Tizard Centre is highly recommended by Service Providers, many of whom initially trained here themselves.

Excellent prospects/employability

Tizard qualifications are respected and recognised by outside Agencies and Service Providers leading to excellent job prospects.

According to former students although the experience of completing Tizard courses is an intense and by no means easy one, it is invaluable and enjoyable. The organisations our students work for value highly the training and experience gained from studying at the Tizard Centre.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities satisfaction and employability:



Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7LR

Telephone: +44(0)1227 827373 or contact us

Last Updated: 17/11/2015