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Open Information Event

1 May 2018 from 3-7pm

Join us on Tuesday 1 May 2018 at the University of Kent's Tonbridge Centre, from 3-7 pm, to find out more about studying at Kent. This small, informal event is an opportunity to find out more about the ever-popular short courses and new postgraduate taster courses running at Tonbridge as well as all the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that Kent offers at its locations in the UK and across Europe. You will be able to meet our friendly and knowledgeable staff and find out more about studying at Kent, how to finance your studies and the support that we can offer. Read and or download the flyer here.

If you would like to attend the event to find out more about the Tonbridge Centre’s short courses and postgraduate taster courses, please register here

If you would like to attend the event to find out more about Kent’s degree programmes at any of its locations, please book your place here

Lectures at the University of Kent's Medway campus

March - June 2018, from 10am-1pm

Three lectures in association with Medway U3A are currently available. Read the full information and find out how to book your place here.


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Creative Writing Weekend in association with New Writing South

25 & 26 March 2017 from 10am-4:30pm

A fascinating two days where you can immerse yourself in the world of autobiography and life history. Primarily for writers, this two-day event may also appeal to those with a general interest in autobiography, those considering writing in the genre, and artists. The topics will be stimulating and possibly controversial. There will be a mixture of discussion, literary examples and writing.
Full information is available here.

Open Event for Postgraduate Study at Tonbridge on 4 May 2016 15:00-19:00

Building on over 25 years of teaching at its Tonbridge Centre, the University of Kent is exploring options to develop part-time postgraduate programmes in History of Art, English and American Literature, and Creative Writing at the Centre for September 2016.

We would like to invite you to come and talk to specialist academics and admissions staff about postgraduate study at the Tonbridge Centre as well as all Kent’s degrees offered in the UK and across Europe.

The event is designed for anyone with a passion and motivation to develop their knowledge. You will be able to find out more about fees, funding, the new loans for Master’s and the application process.

The Autumn 2016 programme of short courses (including postgraduate-level taster courses) to be held at the University's Tonbridge Centre will be published w/c 1 August. Please contact us if you would like to receive a copy through the post and be included in future mailings. The programme can also be viewed online by following the links from our home page.

The timetable for events is:
15:15-15:45 History of Art
15:45-16:15 General information about studying at Kent
16:15-16:45 English and American Literature/Creative Writing
16:45-17:15 Study skills at Kent
17:15-17:30 Library Resources at Kent
17:30-18:00 General information about studying at Kent

Postgraduate programmes are designed for graduates. Some are also available with equivalent experience and an aptitude and motivation for study at this level. Applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

The event will provide information about the subjects, fees, funding and study support. This informal information event at the Tonbridge Centre is designed to encourage discussion and is without commitment at this stage.

Light refreshments will be available.

Please book your place for the event here or contact us on 01732 352316.

Spring 2016 Short Course Programme

This programme was published on 1 December, and mailed out to students and enquirers on our database. You can view the programme and book a place online.

If you would like to receive the programme, newsletters and be kept updated with the Tonbridge Centre please contact us.


Degree Congratulations autumn 2015

We congratulate the following Tonbridge part-time students who have graduated this autumn:

Kevin Field BA (Hons) History
Kath Pavely BA (Hons) History
Jean Saggers BA (Hons) History
Louise Willis MA Comparative Literature


New Short Course Programme subjects 2016

The University's Tonbridge Centre Spring Programme of Short Courses offers some new subjects - Film studies, Philosophy, Religion, Meditation and, Politics and Social Economy.

Full details of the programme and online booking are available on our Short Courses webpage.

Degree Congratulations summer 2015

We congratulate the following Tonbridge part-time students who have graduated this summer:

Diane Arnold - Teeling BA (Hons) Comparative Literature

Lisa Davison BA (Hons) Comparative Literature
Greer Harris BA (Hons) English and American Literature
Tara Humberstone BA (Hons) Comparative Literature *
Karen Ignotus BA (Hons) Comparative Literature and English and American Literature *
Kate Jackson BA (Hons) Comparative Literature
Janet Mitchell BA (Hons) Comparative Literature
* First Class

New Short Course Programme subjects 2015

The University's Tonbridge Centre Spring Programme of Short Courses offers some new subjects - People & Conservation, and, Politics & International Relations. There are also workshops in Professional Studies from the University's Centre for Child Protection.

Full details of the programme and online booking are available on our Short Courses webpage.

Congratulations - MA graduations

We congratulate Maureen McLeod and Jane Richardson, Tonbridge students that have recently graduated with Master's degrees in History, and Lesley Gray who achieved an MA in Comparative Literature.

"What started as a part-time undergraduate course at the University of Kent's Tonbridge Centre, has taken me to an MA in Comparative Literature at the University of Kent in Paris, and on to PhD research in Canterbury. Am hooked!"

Lesley Gray

MA Comparative Literature


Memorial lecture, Wednesday 12 November 2015

What makes literature last? A lecture in memory of Helen Wheeler

The Tonbridge Centre welcomed approximately 40 guests, and members of Helen's family, to listen to a fascinating lecture by Agnès Cardinal.

With additional readings by Denyse Straker and Janet Mace, the lasting resonance of literature was presented from the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Greeks and Romans to Charles Dickens, James Joyce and W H Auden. Pictorial artistic connections reinforced the inspirating nature of great literature. There were also many anecdotes about Helen shared, who was herself an inspiring tutor and will continue to be remembered by so many students. £216.60 was raised for the Alzheimer's Society.


Student biography of Diana Patten published

Greer Harris, a Comparative Literature student, has had a short biography of the Kent aviator and socialite, Diana Patten, published.

The book entitled ‘Redhead in the Clouds: How I started Headcorn Aerodrome, the colourful life of Diana Patten’ looks at the extraordinary life of Diana Patten who re-established Headcorn Aerodrome for general aviation after World War One.

Greer, who lives in Hastings, is studying part-time at the University of Kent’s Tonbridge Centre and is in the final year of her degree course.

The book is published by Berforts and is available on Amazon.

This is the second time a Comparative Literature student has published a debut book in as many years, following on from Lesley Gray’s publication of The King’s Jockey (Solis Press, 2013) last year.


Extra short courses added to the Autumn 2014 Programme

Psychology, Sociology and Art History courses have been added to the University's Tonbridge Centre Short Course Programme.


NEW! Masterclass

The university's Centre for Child Protection is offering Masterclasses in the autumn term 2014 here at our Tonbridge Centre. For full details please read the leaflet.


Autumn 2014 Short Course Programme

Our inspiring short course programme has now been published. It features Study Days, workshops and courses of up to 10 weeks. Visit our short course programme to find out more, and how to book a place using the university's Online Store.


Summer 2014 Graduation Success

Congratulations to our graduating mature part-time students, particularly those* achieving Firsts.

Suzanne Jee BA (Hons) Comparative Literature
Karon Kullman*  BA (Hons) Comparative Literature
Jill Squires* BA (Hons) History & Philosophy of Art
Gill Reed Diploma in Comparative Literature
Paul Knight* BA (Hons) History


NEW! Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice

Take charge of your career development with Kent's Professional Practice postgraduate certificate. This flexible programme builds on your existing work experience and qualifications to further your professional development, allowing you to develop expertise in your day-to-day work while gaining a postgraduate qualification.

From September 2015 the University's Centre for Professional Practice will be offering a postgraduate-level certificate, PCert Professional Practice, in Tonbridge for professionals who would like to achieve a recognised qualification to help progress their career.

To find out more, please call 01732 352316 or email for further details or to register interest for the next Information Event here at the Tonbridge Centre.


Summer 2014

Our popular Short course Programme for the summer term has been published. It features Study Days and courses of up to 5 weeks. Visit our Short Course Programme to find out more, and how to book a place using the university's Online Store.


Spring 2014

Our Spring Short Course programme has been so popular! We have just added some Language Express courses (starting in February), and a repeat of the oversubscribed Study Day 'Portraying Realism in the American Civil War: literature, art and history' to take place on 9 April. Visit our Short Course Programme to find out more.


Summer 2013 Graduation Success

Congratulations to all our graduating mature part-time students, particularly those achieving Firsts.


Lesley Gray  BA (Hons) Comparative Literature
Louise Willis BA (Hons) Comparative Literature
Sue Burt BA (Hons) History
Marjorie Brown BA (Hons) History
Sue Ellman BA (Hons) History & Philosophy of Art
David Faulkner BA (Hons) Archaeological Studies

Several of our graduating students are progressing to an MA, so we wish them continued success and enjoyment of their further studies.


Tonbridge student's first novel published

We are are delighted to announce that one of our Tonbridge Comparative Literature students, Lesley Gray, has had her first novel published. 'The King's Jockey' is about the 1913 Epsom Derby suffragette tragedy, and is published by Solis Press. Further information is available from The book itself is available now from

Recently, Lesley has been busily promoting her novel, beginning with a Radio Kent interview, then a public speaking event at Tunbridge Wells Public Library,and the official book launch in London.

We congratulate Lesley on this achievement and wish her all the very best with her creative writing in the future, and especially with this her first novel as its publication is timed with the centenary of the tragic event itself.


Congratulations! Tonbridge tutor awarded research grant

Dr Paul March-Russell, a popular tutor of Comparative Literature at the Tonbridge Centre and Director of Part-time studies in the University's School of European Culture and Languages based on our Canterbury Campus, has been awarded a research grant (£250) from the British SF Foundation. The award is for carrying out primary research at the University of Liverpool for the book he is writing for Palgrave Macmillan on Modernism and Science Fiction.


New! Language courses at the Tonbridge Centre

From autumn 2013 we will be offering short courses in foreign languages at the Tonbridge Centre. Initially starting with French, Mandarin and Arabic we are also considering offering a course in Japanese and Vietnamese. The courses will include key cultural aspects of the relevant country.

If this interests you, please register your interest by contacting us by email to or by telephoning 01732 352316.

Thank you.


Our graduates celebrate Firsts

Congratulations to eleven Tonbridge Centre students who are graduating this summer with Firsts.

Patricia Briggs BA (Hons) English and Amercian Literature
Antonia Edgerton BA (Hons) History & Philosophy of Art
Wendy Edwards BA (Hons) English and American Literature with Creative Writing
Carla Harvey BA (Hons) Comparative Literature
Jill Hawkins BA (Hons) History & Philosophy of Art
Maureen McLeod BA (Hons) History
Celia Miller BA (Hons) History
Katie Minoprio BA (Hons) History & Philosophy of Art
Jane Richardson BA (Hons) History
Drummond Watson BA (Hons) History & Philosophy of Art
Carol Wright BA (Hons) Comparative Literature



Special congratulations to Carol Wright for being awarded the Marion Pankhurst Memorial Prize for the best part-time dissertation.


Rupert Smith wins the Bloomsbury Writing prize

Rupert Smith, who graduated in 2010 with a First in English Literature with Creative Writing, was also the recipient of the 2010 Bloomsbury Writing Prize, sponsored by Bloomsbury Publishing. The prize consists of a cash award and the opportunity to work at Bloomsbury in London for a short time. When told of his award, Mr Smith replied: 'What can I say?! I'm stunned. What an accolade, an honour - it's brilliant! I gratefully accept. I collapse.'

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