University of Kent

2014 League Table Ranking 28
2014 Overall Score 758
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Entry Standards 377 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 14.6 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 836 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 406 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 68.7 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 90.5 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 73.5 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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  • Royal Charter granted in 1965; first students enrol at Canterbury campus.
  • Tonbridge Centre specialising in part-time study opened in 1982.
  • University of Kent at Brussels, a postgraduate centre for programmes specialising in international studies opened in 1998.
  • Medway School of Pharmacy, a joint venture between the University of Kent and the University of Greenwich, launched in 2004 at the Medway campus.
  • The University welcomed its first students to the new Medway campus in 2005.
  • Postgraduate centre in Paris launched in 2009 for specialist programmes in the Humanities.
  • New student accommodation at Liberty Quays in Medway opened in 2009.
  • 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.

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 at 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 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

  • Kent accepts a wide range of qualifications and we always try to judge applications on the basis of academic potential.
  • We consider your experience, alternative qualifications, and other information you enter on your application form.
  • We try to ensure that students are not treated differently on grounds of race, colour, religion, disability, gender, sexuality or any other distinction. You can read our full Admissions Policy at

Student mix

  • Male to female ratio: 48:52.
  • Home (UK) to international student ratio is 75:25.
  • Home to overseas ratio: 85:15.

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 ranked 3rdfor overall student satisfaction* in the 2012 NSS (*of all publicly funded, multi-faculty institutions).
  • All of our academic schools produce world-leading research, meaning students learn directly from experts.
  • Kent scored 89% for overall teaching satisfaction in the 2012 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.
  • 90% of Kent students ranked our staff as enthusiastic about their subject area.

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 were found to be 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, including library and computing

  • 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.
  • There are sports scholarships of up to £5,000 a year available to talented sportsmen and sportswomen from all subject areas.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • 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 commences in July 2013 and will be completed in 2015 as part of the celebrations for Kent’s 50thanniversary.
  • The Grimond Building on the Canterbury campus has undergone a complete refurbishment in 2012 which 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Availability of part-time work

  • Jobshop is a service run by Kent Union and the Universities at Medway Students’ Association (UMSA). 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 towns.
  • 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.

Notable alumni

  • With over 120,000 alumni, the University of Kent is represented by our former students all over the world. 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.

For further information

  • +44 (0)1227 764000
  • The University of Kent
    CT2 7NZ
UCAS Code K24

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