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University of Kent
English Name: University of Kent
Region: Northern Europe
Country: UK
Found Year: 1965
Address: The Registry
Website: http://www.kent.ac.uk/

The University of Kent is one of the UK’s leading academic institutions with a commitment to excellence in teaching and research that has spanned five decades. The University’s contribution to knowledge reaches across the globe and its research is judged by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 to be world leading. The University is ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity and, following the REF success, achieved one of the largest increases in research funding. Kent is ranked 22nd in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2017 and achieved the fourth highest score nationally (90%) for overall student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.


University of Kent has some of the best academic staff in the country—all of whom work in schools or centres where the research is internationally or nationally recognised. These include research leaders who are renowned for their innovative thinking in areas such as History, Pharmacy, Law, Architecture, Social Policy, Biological Sciences, and English.


Known as the UK’s European university, Kent has two campuses and a centre for part-time study in the picturesque South East of England and specialist postgraduate centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome. The University’s partnerships within Europe, which include agreements with the highest-ranking institutions from several countries, provide the foundation for a global approach to research and teaching.


The University of Kent has a wide and growing range of programmes with a particular European focus in areas such as European culture and languages, Drama, Politics, Law, Economics, Business and migration. Some of the postgraduate programmes offer dual UK and European qualifications which include International Double Degrees and jointly supervised PhD/co-tutelle awards.


The University of Kent has been a key player in the Erasmus student exchange programme since its inception and also coordinates two highly prestigious Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programmes: the Doctorate in Text and Event in Early Modern Europe (TEEME) and the Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology (DCGC). Both programmes combine the expertise and strengths of four universities with established reputations in these fields.


Kent has an excellent record of research success and innovation. Our academic schools engage in research of international standing and research activities and collaborations with outside organisations create knowledge that is highly influential. The University’s contributions have made a direct impact on the economy, government policy and the daily lives of millions of people. The University’s publishing culture is strong, and our 650 academic staff have a significant output of publications: www.kent.ac.uk/research/publications. With programmes of study that are research led, University of Kent students develop skills and knowledge relevant to contemporary issues.


University of Kent’s research culture and doctoral training environment are enhanced by the engagement with leading research institutions and consortia. The University is part of the South East Doctoral Training Centre, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), in partnership with the universities of Reading, Royal Holloway and Surrey. University of Kent has recently launched the Eastern Academic Research Consortium (ARC) in collaboration with the universities of Essex and East Anglia to stimulate cross-institutional work and create an environment in which collaborative research can flourish.

Kent has one of the most generous support schemes in the UK; the university has committed in total over £14m to support new students. The University offers scholarships in recognition of excellence in academia, sport and music, to support study abroad and a range of awards for international students. There are over 100 doctoral scholarships, country-specific funding, Graduate Teaching Assistantships and the University also attracts funding from the seven UK Research Councils and the European Commission.


Other notable achievements include: 

  • Kent is one of only 15 universities in the UK to receive funding from the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to launch a network of Q-Step Centres, designed to provide students with advanced training in quantitative methods in social sciences.

  • The University’s pro-bono legal service, the Kent Law Clinic, won the Ethical Initiative of the Year award at the Lawyer Awards 2014. The Clinic received international recognition in 2014 for its work in securing UK asylum on religious grounds to an Afghan citizen who was an atheist; the case is believed to be the first of its kind.

  • Dr. Peter Klappa, Reader in Biochemistry at University of Kent. Dr. Klappa is one of only 55 higher education staff in England, Northern Ireland and Wales to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, the most prestigious award for excellence in Higher Education teaching and support for learning.

  • The Tizard Centre, part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, was awarded a Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its contribution to improving the lives of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families.

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