The University of Kent is a public research university in the UK county of Kent, a region often described as ‘the Garden of England’.
Founded in 1965, its first student intake totalled just 500. Now, the university serves more than 20,000 students from 150 countries, and has a faculty of 1,800.
Many of the university’s programmes provide a dual UK and European qualification at bachelor, master’s and doctoral level. It is also the only university to be involved in the Erasmus Mundus Lotus Project, which links nine universities from the EU with 11 from South East Asia.
Kent has two campuses: one in the historic city of Canterbury and the other in the more rural Medway.
Its Canterbury campus covers 300 acres of parkland and is surrounded by fields and woods. A 30-minute walk from the centre of town, the campus comprises many of the university’s main buildings as well as sports facilities and a theatre, cinema and nightclub.
The Medway campus is located 30 miles from London. It’s a multi-million pound site with modern facilities and student accommodation located on the banks of the River Medway.
The University of Kent is sometimes referred to as the ‘European University’, symbolic of its proximity to the continental mainland.
The university also has a presence in several locations around Europe, including a specialist graduate school in Brussels, a humanities cross-disciplinary study centre in Paris, a centre in Athens for archaeology and business, and a centre of classical antiquity based in Rome.
Kent has an annual income of around £234 million, with nearly £14 million in research funding and over £1 million from donations. The university gives around £7.5 million to undergraduates and around £11 million to postgraduates in bursaries, scholarships, grants and awards.
Alumni of the university include the writer Kazuo Ishiguro, and journalists Gavin Esler and Rosie Boycott.