The University of Kent is a research-intensive university, ranked in the top 20 for research. Known as the UK's European university, it offers many opportunities to study and work abroad, along with academic excellence and a superb student experience.


In or close to the countryside


On the coast, near the sea


The university is composed of individual colleges


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: K24

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 78%
  • Postgraduate 22%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 89%
  • Part Time 11%

Where students come from

  • UK 76%
  • EU 9%
  • Other 15%

Student gender

  • Male 48%
  • Female 52%

Student Services and Facilities


  • The Templeman Library on the Canterbury campus, and the Drill Hall Library on the Medway campus, both have extensive print and electronic collections, along with study spaces and cafés. Students are able to use both libraries.
  • IT facilities include hundreds of networked PCs across both the Canterbury and Medway campuses. The Templeman library has PCs, loan laptops, wireless Internet access and printing and photocopying facilities. The café at the Drill Hall library features booths for group study work, equipped with 40-inch LCD screens and a networked PC.

Student jobs

  • Jobshop is a service run by Kent Union, and Greenwich and Kent Students' Associations Together (GK Unions). Last year 5,746 vacancies were advertised with jobshop@kent including IT workers, marketing and administrative assistants, web developers, project managers, market researchers, bar and waiting staff, personal tutors, models, child carers and retail assistants.
  • Students are also employed by the university and the Students' Union in a variety of roles including catering or bar staff, student ambassadors and temping.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Employability Service provides guidance on all aspects of career planning and decision making for all students, up to three years after graduation.
  • Support is available via drop-in sessions, and includes planning and searching for work, making applications and preparing for interviews. The service can also help students with courses, whether changing or leaving a course, or continuing on to postgraduate courses.
  • Workshops and events aim to enhance students' employability, for example seminars on finding and getting work experience. The service also advertises internships, work shadowing, graduate vacancies and local opportunities. A database of job vacancies allows students to search using a range of complex criteria including worldwide locations.

Health services

  • At the Canterbury campus, the University Medical Centre is an on-campus specialist GP practice providing medical care tailored to meet all the health needs of students at the university.
  • Nursing service is available from 7am–midnight; and after midnight for emergencies.
  • The Medway campus has a first aid/medical room where students can seek medical advice from a Nurse Practitioner from the Sunlight Surgery.

Counselling services

  • The university provides a free counselling service for students and staff, along with mental health support and information.
  • Online self-help resources are available; and students can also attend group work support, including relaxation workshops around exam time, and how to manage stress.

Disability support

  • Advisers can meet students one-to-one to discuss their needs, liaising with university departments on their behalf and helping to get access to learning and teaching materials in alternative formats
  • Assistive technologies: a selection of free tools, apps and software can save students time, making it easier to access study material and increase productivity.
  • Advice and help is available for students' DSA applications to enable them to take full advantage of academic opportunities at the university.

Other services and facilities

  • A mobile app puts information at students' fingertips, including live PC availability, course timetables and other university essentials. The university also offers free skills training workshops, online tutorials and the chance to earn a recognised IT qualification (ECDL).
  • The Employability Points (EP) scheme rewards students for their involvement in extra-curricular activities whilst studying at the University of Kent. Students can claim 'employability points' for each activity completed, which can be redeemed for rewards that include paid internships, project placements, work experience, training, vouchers and more, offered by businesses and organisations.
  • The chaplaincy lead worship and run social and educational events. The team is both ecumenical and multifaith, serving various Christian traditions as well as the Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist communities.

Students' Union

  • Kent Union, the Students' Union at Kent, is run by the students, for the students to represents students’ interests at the university and in the wider community.
  • It provides a wide variety of facilities; and offers help, support and advice when needed.
  • In Medway, students belong to GK Unions, a joint student union between Kent and Greenwich.


  • A Royal Charter was granted in 1965, creating the University of Kent at Canterbury, and the first 500 students enrolled at Canterbury campus.
  • With the development of the new Medway campus in 2004, the university changed its name to the University of Kent in 2003.
  • The university has expanded its provision to a number of European locations, with the University of Kent at Brussels postgraduate centre opening in 1998, a humanities postgraduate centre opening in Paris in 2009, and specialist postgraduate programmes in Athens in 2011 and Rome in 2013.

Fascinating Fact

  • 158 nationalities are represented at Kent University, with over 10% of students from the EU, and 40% of teaching and research staff coming from outside the UK.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Alan Davies – comedian and actor, team captain of the BBC’s long-running quiz show, QI.
  • Gavin Esler – BBC journalist and Chancellor of the University of Kent.
  • Kazuo Ishiguro – author of Remains of the Day.
  • Dame Carolyn McCall OBE – CEO of EasyJet.
  • Mark Mardell – presenter of The World This Weekend on BBC Radio 4.
  • Asef Bayat – the Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies and Professor of Sociology and Middle Eastern studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • YolanDa Brown – saxophonist and composer, winner of 2 MOBO "Best Jazz" awards.
  • Jane Hutt – Welsh Labour politician and Minister in the Welsh Government, representing her Vale of Glamorgan constituency since the establishment of the National Assembly for Wales in 1999.
  • David Fulton – former English cricketer, now a cricket journalist for The Times and Sky Sports.
  • Ivo H. Daalder – was the 20th United States Permanent Representative to NATO until 2013, now President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.


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