The University of Kent, known as the UK’s European university, is one of the most dynamic academic institutions in the United Kingdom. It has campuses and centres in Canterbury, Medway, Paris, Brussels and Athens. The University is one of only eight UK universities to have a collegiate structure, developed by the University’s Founding Fathers to create a ‘true community of masters and scholars’.

Key Facts


  • #54 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • #35 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2019
  • #49 in the Complete University Guide 2020

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 15,500

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 4,500

Year founded

  • 1965

  • It holds a TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) Gold Award.
  • Almost 40% of the academic staff are EU nationals and there are partnerships with over 100 European universities. 
  • Based on the most recent Research Excellence Framework, Kent was ranked in the top 20 for research intensity in the Times Higher Education (THE), outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities.
  • Kent’s original 300-acre campus, in an attractive setting overlooking Canterbury, is seeing considerable development. A new building for the School of Mathematics and the Kent Business School opened in 2018.
Areas of recognition

Within the 2020 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide Kent is ranked in the UK Top 20 for Social Policy (#7), Linguistics (#12), Archaeology and Forensic Science (#13), Pharmacology and Pharmacy (#13), Law (#17), Architecture (#17) and Architecture and Design (#18)History (#19).

Kings alumni at University of Kent

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