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University of Kent

2015 League Table Ranking 22
2015 Overall Score 798
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Entry Standards 369 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 13.6 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.60 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 884 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.08 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 431 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 70.6 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 91.5 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 74.7 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 32.0 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Work commenced in 2013 on a 4000m2 extension to the Templeman Library on the Canterbury campus as the flagship project of the University’s 50thanniversary celebrations
  • Specialist postgraduate programmes in Rome launched in 2013
  • A new college, Turing College, established at the Canterbury campus and new student residences opened at Liberty Quays in Medway 2013
  • Significant investment into School of Arts facilities at Chatham Historic Dockyard in Medway saw a number of refurbished buildings; lecture theatres and studio spaces open in 2012
  • New student accommodation at Liberty Quays in Medway opened in 2009
  • Postgraduate centre in Paris launched in 2009 for specialist programmes in the Humanities
  • The University welcomed its first students to the new Medway campus in 2005
  • Medway School of Pharmacy, a joint venture between the University of Kent and the University of Greenwich, launched in 2004 at the Medway campus
  • University of Kent at Brussels, a postgraduate centre for programmes specialising in international studies opened in 1998
  • Tonbridge Centre specialising in part-time study opened in 1982
  • Royal Charter granted in 1965; first 500 students enrol at Canterbury campus.

Location and Transport

  • Campuses in Canterbury and Medway and specialist postgraduate centres in Brussels, Paris Athens and Rome. The University also has a part-time centre in Tonbridge.
  • University of Kent is well connected to London (via road or high speed train) and continental Europe (via ferry or Eurostar).
  • The Canterbury campus is vibrant, friendly and cosmopolitan, 20 minutes walk from Canterbury city centre. The historic Medway campus has a lively atmosphere with award winning buildings, industry-standard facilities and a great community. There is also a shuttle bus provided by the University, which runs at regular intervals between the Canterbury and Medway campuses.
  • The Canterbury campus is on a direct bus route to the city centre and is close to both Canterbury East and Canterbury West train stations
  • The Medway campus is close to Chatham train station and regular buses service the campus from the station. Journey time to campus is approximately 15 minutes. Arriva buses also regularly service the campus.
  • The University of Kent, Brussels is located in a world centre for international affairs, close to a metro station, a train station and regular bus and tram services.
  • Our centre in Paris is at the Columbia Global Center (previously known as Reid Hall), in the heart of Montparnasse and a five-minute walk from the local metro station.
  • Kent’s centres in Athens and Rome are close to the main cultural sites and both centres have good bus connections to the surrounding areas.

Entry Standards

  • Applicants are considered solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, ethnic or national origin, age (subject to the University regulations on minimum age), disability, religion, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.
  • The University aims to give such students equality of opportunity to enter. The University recognises that not all applicants have had an equality of educational opportunity and will consider applicants in the light of the opportunities available to them. The University will admit candidates who have the potential to succeed at degree level.
  • You can read our full Admissions Policy online at http://www.kent.ac.uk/applicants/information/policies/admissions.html.

Student Mix

The 19,010 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Fully modular degree programmes provide students with the opportunity to study a wide range of options.
  • Full and part-time study options available.
  • Many of Kent’s subject areas give students the opportunity to study or work abroad or spend a year in industry.
  • A vast range of degree combinations are available with joint degrees and major/minor degree subject options.
  • Foundation degrees, Higher National Diplomas and Top-up honours degrees also available.

Teaching Standards

  • Kent is one of an elite band of institutions who have scored 90% and above for overall student satisfaction in the 2013 National Student Survey (NSS).
  • All of our academic schools produce world-leading research, meaning our students learn directly from top-rated researchers.
  • Kent scored 88% for overall teaching satisfaction in the 2013 NSS.
  • National Teaching Fellowships have been awarded to Kent staff for the past five years.
  • Strong international focus helps students develop a global perspective to their learning.
  • 89% of Kent students ranked our staff as enthusiastic about their subject area in the 2013 NSS.

Research Standards

  • University of Kent was ranked 24th in the UK for world-leading (4*) research in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008.
  • All of our academic schools are engaged in research of international and world-class standing..

Academic Strengths

  • Regular access to academic staff, detailed and prompt feedback on work.
  • Kent has partnerships with a number of prestigious universities around the world offering many opportunities to study and work abroad.
  • Innovative and nationally recognised ‘Employability Points’ scheme encourages students to develop transferable skills through extra-curricular activities.
  • Regular talks and workshops in a range of related fields enable students to place their studies in a broader context.
  • Kent academics are research-active; our students learn from some of the most influential thinkers in their field.

Student Facilities

  • The Templeman Library on the Canterbury campus has a wealth of resources and services to support study and research across all subject areas. Its extensive print and electronic collections are specifically aimed at supporting the courses and subject areas taught at Kent. The Library is well equipped with hundreds of study spaces and PCs, loan laptops, wireless access and printing and photocopying facilities. There are silent and quiet study zones, a social learning zone with café and IT facilities, and bookable group study or viewing rooms. Students are also able to use the Drill Hall Library at the Medway campus.
  • The Drill Hall Library on the Medway campus is 184ft long and reportedly the longest library in Europe. It has hundreds of study spaces, zoned to provide silent, quiet and group study facilities plus extensive print and electronic resources. There is also a new library café, with four ‘diner’ style booths that seat between four and six students and are equipped with 40” LCD screens connected to a networked PC. Students are also able to use the Templeman Library at the Canterbury campus.
  • As well as hundreds of networked PCs across both the Canterbury and Medway campuses, the University also has a mobile webapp, which puts live PC availability, course timetables and other University essentials at our students’ fingertips. We offer free skills training workshops, online tutorials, the chance to earn a recognised IT qualification (ECDL) and many part-time work opportunities to enable students to gain experience, develop skills and enhance their CV.
  • The Sports Centre on the Canterbury campus has some of the best facilities in the university sector including a new cardio/fitness suite, physiotherapy clinic, three multi-use sports halls, a variety of playing fields, courts for squash, volleyball, basketball, badminton, tennis and netball, dance studio, 3G football pitch, cricket nets, astro-turf and grass pitches.
  • Students at the Medway campus have access to a wide range of facilities that are close to the campus including Medway Park. This regional centre of sporting excellence has fantastic facilities including an IAAF standard athletics track, gym and fitness suite, 25m pool, 12 court sports hall and three dance studios. Kent students receive discounted rates and access to free activities.
  • The Venue nightclub on the Canterbury campus is one of the best student facilities in the country. It has a capacity of 1,200 and is open four nights a week. The club caters for a range of music genres and there’s a full events programme with many guest appearances.
  • The University runs a free shuttle bus between the Canterbury and Medway campuses during term-time.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Library extension project (Canterbury campus):The University has undertaken a flagship project to add a 4000m2 extension to the Templeman Library on the Canterbury campus as well as creating major enhancements to the existing building. The project commenced in July 2013 and will be completed in 2015 as part of the celebrations for Kent’s 50th anniversary.
  • New student media centre (Canterbury campus):Funded by the University, this development will house CSR FM, InQuire and KTV, and will be situated above The Venue student nightclub on the University’s Canterbury campus. It will include state-of-the-art radio studios, editing suites and a TV studio - allowing hundreds of Kent Union’s media volunteers to develop their skills in an industry-quality space. Due to open in 2014.
  • New Kent Law Clinic (Canterbury campus):The University has launched a £5m fundraising project (the Kent Law Campaign) to build a new home for the Kent Law Clinic and the Mooting Programme. Each donation raised will be matched pound for pound by the University and £.4m has already been raised. Work will start on the new building in June 2014, with staff and students moving in in November 2015 to coincide with the University's 50th anniversary celebrations.
  • New Turing College development (Canterbury campus):The University is building a new college, Turing College, consisting of new accommodation buildings with over 800 study bedrooms and a ‘Hub’ building. The project will be completed in 2 phases; 416 rooms and the Hub will be completed for occupancy in September 2014 and the remaining 385 rooms will be completed for January 2015. The accommodation will comprise self-catering en-suite flats and town houses with shared facilities in landscaped surroundings. The Hub building will feature a social/ study area, launderette and dining/catering facilities comprising three outlets in a 'food court' style, offering a choice of cooked-to-order, homemade dishes.
  • New sports facilities (Canterbury campus):  Following an investment of £4.8million, the sports facilities on the Canterbury campus have been significantly upgraded. The new facilities include a fitness suite full of brand new cardio equipment for general fitness, wellness and rehabilitation, and high performance training. The suite has also added an extensive range of free weights, as well as four Olympic power-lifting platforms. A multi-purpose fitness and dance studio has also been built, to include popular Spinning, Zumba and Boxercise to the new class timetable. Alongside the sport centre facilities a new indoor tennis centre has been added.
  • Architecture Crit Space (Canterbury campus):Opened in December 2012, this is one of the most advanced learning environments in the UK; with 8 digital touch screens that encourage an intuitive and collaborative approach to learning and teaching. One of the unique features of the building is its rippling façade, which responds to local wind conditions. At the World Architecture News awards in 2013, the Crit space won ‘Façade of the Year’ award.
  • Grimond Building refurbishment (Canterbury campus)this major refurbishment project in 2012 includes larger seminar rooms and two new foyer areas. All seminar rooms, the three lecture theatres and the Aphra and Lumley theatres have been refurbished and there is a new ‘living wall’ on the exterior of the building
  • New Library caféRochester Terrace:This extensive project using reclaimed materials has transformed the largest area of green space on campus into a multi-purpose outdoor terrace that is used as a social, teaching and performance space. The new Archibald Hay Mess café is a relaxed and informal space where students can grab a coffee and work with friends. There are four 'diner' style booths that seat between 4 and 6 students, which are equipped with 40" LCD screens connected to a networked PC.
  • Rochester Terrace (Medway campus):This extensive project using reclaimed materials has transformed the largest area of green space on campus into a multi-purpose outdoor terrace that is used as a social, teaching and performance space.
  • Chatham Historic Dockyard development (Medway campus):The School of Arts has significantly expanded and, as testament to its commitment to Humanities, the University fully refurbished a number of buildings on the nearby Chatham Historic Dockyard site in 2012. Bridge Wardens’ College houses new studio spaces, as well as a lecture theatre, seminar rooms and a variety of computing facilities for students. The Smitheries Buildings have been refurbished and house Fine Art studios. Two other buildings, the Fire Station and The Foundry, house state of the art music and audio facilities.
  • Colyer-Fergusson Music Building (Canterbury campus):Thanks to a generous donation from Sir James Colyer-Fergusson and the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust, the University opened its Centre for Music Performance on its Canterbury campus in December 2012. It creates an exciting Arts Hub for students, staff and the wider artistic community at the heart of the campus. In 2013 the building won a national and regional RIBA award for architectural excellence.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Jobshop is a service run by Kent Union and Greenwich and Kent Students’ Associations Together (GK Unions). Over 2,800 jobs were advertised last year across a range of areas.
  • Students are employed by the University in a variety of roles including catering/bar staff, Student Ambassadors and temping. There are also opportunities for part-time employment in Canterbury and the Medway region.
  • The University has a dedicated Careers and Employability Service that is available to all students at any stage of their degree. The service offers drop-in sessions and seminars on finding and getting work experience as well as advertising internships, work shadowing, formal graduate vacancies and local opportunities. The service also has a database of job vacancies which allows students to search on the basis of a range of complex criteria including worldwide location
  • All students are encouraged to participate in our nationally recognised Employability Points scheme. The scheme rewards students for active engagement in extra-curricular activities. The points lead to prizes ranging from vouchers and corporate activities to work experience, training, and internships. All rewards are carefully selected based on their ability to incentivise students to reflect on their experience and develop themselves, so not only are students enhancing their skills through the activities, but the rewards themselves are increasing their long term employability opportunities.

Notable Alumni

  • With 134,000 alumni from 181 countries, our former students all over the world represent the University of Kent. At present, we have formal alumni associations in North America and in Hong Kong, plus a recently established alumni committee in Malaysia. We also have a Former Staff Association, helping to maintain links with the University and its former members of staff, plus a number of 'class groups' such as our First 500 (Kent's first cohort of undergraduates in 1965) and other year groups from Kent's first years who meet regularly and stay in close touch with the University.
  • Kent alumni can also make a huge impact on today’s students by providing careers advice to those taking their first steps in their chosen career. The Alumni Careers Network is a way of helping current students (and recent graduates) to gain an insight into careers through contact with alumni via informal interviews, advice by phone/letter/email and work shadowing.


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  • The University of Kent
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UCAS Code K24

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