University of Kent

University of Kent

The University of Kent (formerly known as The University of Kent at Canterbury) is a well-known semi collegiate public research university that is located within Kent within the United Kingdom. It was founded in the years the year 1965 and is known as a Beloff's glass university. In the year 1960, the sponsors for the University of Kent presented to an University Grants Committee an idea to establish the first University within Canterbury. After the committee's acceptance of the idea an Interim Committee was set up in 1962 and the University was given the name. In 1965, the university received it's Royal Charter. The university was established in the year 1965, with only 150 students and 500 staff members. Princess Marina the Duchess of Kent was chosen as the first chancellor of the university. The university currently has six colleges, and its academic structure consists of three academic centers and the 18 schools of academics. The university has been awarded 2 Queen's Anniversary Prizes over the course of eleven years, to be awarded for higher as well as Further Education.

The university offers various undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in a variety of areas like arts, environment, architecture media, English, philosophy, history, social sciences pharmacy, music, science and finance, sports as well as law, medicine journalism, psychology economics and anthropology. The school has more than 20100 students and over 2000 faculty members. 16 percent of the student body comprises international students. The school has the ratio of faculty-students of 1:12. More than 6,700 students and 132 companies were engaged with the nationally-recognized Employability Points scheme of the university in 2015-16. Kent has partnerships with 388 institutions around the globe.

The university is home to three campus located in Kent. The three campuses are located in Parkland in the parkland area, the Canterbury Campus is the main campus, which includes six colleges and the Gulbenkian arts center and The Templeman Library and the Mandela Building. The campus covers an area of 300 acres and is easily connected to the city's center and London. It provides an excellent academic, residential, as well as dining services. Its Tonbridge campus was founded in 1982 and was renamed it was the School for continuing learning. Presently, it works with Kent Innovation and Enterprise, Kent Innovation and Enterprise and Kent Business School. The Medway campus is located between cities like Chatham as well as Rochester situated on an old naval base. The campus is split into two parts which are the Dockyard Chatham and Pembroke. Pembroke is home to Drill Hall Library, centres for journalistic practice and professional practice as well as The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences as well as in addition to the Student Hub social space and the Medway branches of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research and the School of Computing. The Dockyard is home to the Centre for Music and Audio Technology as well as the Medway branch of the Kent Business School. It also has centers in other regions of Europe including Athens, Paris, Brussels and Rome.

The university boasts 160,000 alumni who hail from more than 180 countries. This includes numerous notable individuals. Gavin William James Esler is a well-known writer, journalist and TV presenter. Kazuo Ishiguro is an author and short-story screenwriter and writer. Tom Wilkinson is an actor most well-known for his roles in the film 'Michael C. Clayton"' and "In the Bedroom'. Alan Davies is an actor stand-up comic and writer known for his performance on Jonathan Creek, the mystery drama series from BBC. David Mitchell is a novelist whose work Cloud Atlas and number9dream were nominated for the Booker Prize. Paul Telfer is an actor well-known for his performance as Xander Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives. Numerous other actors who are successful have ties to the university.


Kent is a research-driven university with 24 schools as well as 40 research centers that specialize in the fields of technology, science and medical research, as well as the social sciences, the arts and humanities. The 2013 Research Assessment Exercise the University of Kent was ranked as 40th among 128 participating universities in a "grade point normal' ranking table published in the Times Higher Education Supplement (falling from the 31st position in 2008) 30th in terms of "Research Power" (rising to 40th from the year 2008) and 19th for "Research Intensity" (rising by 49th from 2008).The University had a total research budget of PS17 million in the year 2016.

Student life

Students are diverse and includes approximately 1500 undergraduates, and around 4,000 postgraduates and around 22% of students from abroad. Approximately 128 diverse nationalities are represented. The gender ratio for females is 55 females to 45 males.

Students' Union

The Student Union ( also called "Kent Union", is the representative body of students for undergraduate students at the university. It is governed by five full-time elected officers (the "sabbatical teams") as well as an elected Board of trustees students who are part-time officers, as well as lay members of the local community as well as businesses selected for their specific knowledge.

The University has two Co-Op stores on campus. One is located situated in the central campus and one situated in Park Wood. Park Wood student village. The two all-purpose stores for essentials and food were previously known as Parkwood Essentials or Parkwood Essentials. The Union also runs its own Park Wood bar Woody's as well as a 1,500-capacity club called the Venue that, in a unique way is situated on the campus' central area. Essentials as well as the Venue along with other shops as well as Union offices are housed in purpose-built buildings, which were built in 1998. Kent Union also coordinates over 200 societies and sports clubs in addition to media outlets, volunteer and charitable activities. It also provides the student welfare services.


The 2020 year is in the books. The Guardian newspaper placed Kent as 65th within the UK as well as The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 put Kent in the 25th spot in the same way as the Independent's Complete University Guide. QS ranks Kent as 46th within The UK and 366th around the world, and Times Higher Education places it at 44th in the UK and 301-350 category across the globe. According to the Sunday Times 10-year (1998-2007) average ranking of British universities, based on consistent rankings, Kent was ranked 48th overall in the UK. The year 2015 saw Kent stood out over 10, Russell Group universities according to the rankings in The Complete University Guide. In terms of research the two newspapers The Guardian and The Times newspapers are ranked Kent 29th. The Independent rating the university 28th in its overall research in 2014.

The Complete University Guide shows that the tariff points average for entry was 3,53 UCAS points (old tariff) in 2017.

The National Student Survey in 2017 put Kent at 20th place in the UK with an overall score of 90%..


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