University of Kent

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University of Kent

Public research university based in Kent, United Kingdom add

Category: Sciences (600)

Founded in 1965.

Countries: United Kingdom (74%), UK (13%), (4%)

Main connections: Kent, Library, Medway

Linked to: Association of Commonwealth Universities, University of Greenwich, Wye College, Santander Network




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It was founded in 1965 and is recognised as a British "plate glass university" add something


The University of Kent at Canterbury was granted its Royal Charter on 4 January 1965 and the first students arrived in the October of that year add something


On 30 March 1966 Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent was formally installed as the first Chancellor add something


Krishan Kumar - He worked as a lecturer at the University of Kent from 1967, where he studied for a PhD, and had a spell as a producer for the talks and documentaries department of the BBC


Harry Bloom - In 1967, he was appointed lecturer in law at the University of Kent and married Sonia Copeland, twenty-nine years his junior


The University of Kent's coat of arms was granted by the College of Arms in September 1967 add something


The theatre was opened in 1969 and was named after the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation which helped fund its construction add something


Steve Hillage - In 1969, Hillage began studies at the University of Kent in Canterbury, befriending local bands Caravan and Spirogyra and occasionally jamming with them


Part of the original reasoning for the name disappeared when local government reforms in the 1970s resulted in the Canterbury campus falling entirely within the City of Canterbury, which no longer has county borough status, and Kent County Council add something


In July 1974 the tunnel collapsed, damaging part of the Cornwallis Building, which sank nearly a metre within about an hour on the evening of 11 July add something


Kazuo Ishiguro - Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor's degree from University of Kent in 1978 and his Master's from the University of East Anglia's creative writing course in 1980


Development of the campus has continued almost constantly, with many new buildings added in the 1980s and 1990s add something


It was active in anti-poll tax, anti-student loans and anti-racism campaigns as well as safety campaigns on campus in the late 1980s add something


In 1982 the university established the School of Continuing Education in Tonbridge, aiming to make teaching available across the entire county of Kent add something


In 1982 the university opened the University Centre at Tonbridge for its School of Continuing Education, helping to enhance the availability of teaching across the county add something


Chinua Achebe - In 1982 he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Kent.


Rebecca Lenkiewicz - She attended Plymouth High School for Girls, progressed to a BA in Film and English at the University of Kent from 1985 to 1989, later to a BA Acting Course at the Central School of Speech and Drama from 1996 to 1999


Euclid Tsakalotos - From 1989 to 1990, he worked as a researcher at the University of Kent


During the 1990s and 2000s the University expanded beyond its original campus, establishing campuses in Medway, Tonbridge and Brussels, and partnerships with Canterbury College, West Kent College, South Kent College and MidKent College add something


David Fulton - Having been educated at The Judd School in Tonbridge and the University of Kent, Fulton joined Kent in 1992


Franco Zeffirelli - In 1996, for services to the arts, he was *awarded an honorary degree by the University of Kent at a graduation ceremony held in Canterbury Cathedral


Paul Telfer (actor) - Telfer graduated with First Class honours in Film Studies from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1999


In 2000 the University joined with other educational institutes to form the "Universities for Medway" initiative, aimed at increasing participation in higher education in the Medway Towns add something


In the 2000s the university entered a collaboration named Universities at Medway with the University of Greenwich, MidKent College and Canterbury Christ Church University to deliver university provision in the Medway area add something


The Venue is a 1,500 person capacity nightclub operated by Kent Union which was opened in 2000 add something


Tom Wilkinson - Wilkinson received a Doctor of Letters honorary degree from the University of Kent in July 2001


Paul Nurse - Nurse has received many Honorary Degrees, including from the University of Bath in 2002 and the University of Kent in 2012


Vicky Pryce - She has been a visiting professor at City University's Cass Business School from 2002-6 and since 2008, and at Imperial College Business School since 2010; a visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford since 2008; a Fellow of the Society of Business Economists since 2005, and has sat on the Council of the University of Kent since 2005 and of the Royal Society for the Arts from 2008-9


Additionally, a £1,5 million sports facility called the Sport Centre was completed in 2003 add something


In 2003 the name of the university was shortened to the "'University of Kent"' add something


In 2003, ahead of the 'Top Up Fees' vote, the Union took 300 students to take part in the NUS UK Student Demonstrations on three double decker buses add something


As a consequence of the expansion outside Canterbury the university's name was formally changed to the "University of Kent" on 1 April 2003 add something


By 2004 a new campus for the university had been established in the old Chatham Dockyard, sharing a campus with Canterbury Christchurch University and University of Greenwich add something


Initially based at Mid-Kent College, a new joint campus opened in 2004 add something


Canterbury Christ Church University - The Medway Campus opened in October 2004 as part of the Universities at Medway partnership, which includes the three universities; Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Kent and the University of Greenwich


In 2005 a new department, The Kent School of Architecture, began teaching its first students add something


In 2007 the university was rebranded with a new logo and website add something


Wye College - After this debacle the nearby University of Kent agreed to run some undergraduate business management courses from the college buildings in 2007, but this proved short-lived, and Kent's School of Economics and Kent Business School now operate from its main site in Canterbury


However, the four original colleges - Darwin, Eliot, Keynes and Rutherford - remain, each with their own Master, and new college, Woolf, opened in 2008 add something


In 2008, Wye College came under Kent's remit, in joint partnership with Imperial College London add something


In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the University of Kent was placed 24th out of 118 participating institutions in terms of the best, or 4 add something


In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the University of Kent was placed 24th out of 159 participating institutions in terms of the proportion of best, or 4 add something


The campus accommodation was finished in late 2009 , and caters for over 600 students add something


The closest railway station to the campus is Canterbury West which is, as of 2009, served by Southeastern High Speed trains add something


Tchad Blake - In March 2009, Tchad Blake took part in a guest lecture in the Department of Music and Audio at the University of Kent


In 2010 just under 30,000 students applied to the University of Kent through UCAS and 5,242 accepted offers of places add something


In 2010 the campus nightclub The Venue, was refurbished and modernised add something


In 2010, ahead of a parliamentary vote on issues concerning raising tuition fees, the Union took part in the national demonstrations add something


In 2010, the Venue was renovated and divided into two outles for the first time, establishing 'The Attic' as a brand new live music bar and social space add something


The Canterbury innovation centre launched at Kent in 2010 add something


Orlando Bloom - On 13 July 2010, Bloom was presented with an Honorary Degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury Cathedral


In addition, The Complete University Guide - in association with The Independent 2011 found that Kent ranked 19th for Accounting and Finance, in 2012 13th for Psychology and in 2013 Computer Science ranked 33rd ahead of three Russell Group universities add something


Medway Park was re-opened in 2011 by Princess Anne for use as a training venue for the 2012 London Olympics, as well as a training venue for the Egyptian and Congo National teams add something


The National Student Survey in 2011 placed Kent in 3rd in London and the South-East for student satisfaction add something


Rupert and Buckley - The company was founded in 2011 by James Buckley Thorp whilst at the University of Kent where he was reading Law


The University of Kent is to set its tuition fees for UK and European Union undergraduates at £9,000 for new entrants in 2012 add something


Founded in May 2012 it has already obtained over 125,000 views and has live broadcasting capabilities add something


In December 2012 the Colyer-Fergusson Building opened adjacent to the Gulbenkian add something


In 2013 plans were announced to extend, refurbish and completely modernise the Templeman Library add something


Linda Smith (comedian) - It was deposited at the University of Kent by Linda's partner Warren Lakin in 2013


Carolyn Quinn - She received a honorary doctorate from the University of Kent in 2013


The 2014 "Guardian" newspaper University League Tables" placed Kent's ranking at 20th" in the UK, while "The Sunday Times" Good University Guide 2013" puts Kent in 28th place add something


Turing College, named for mathematician Alan Turing, is currently under construction and scheduled to be opened in September 2014 add something


In 2015 "The Guardian" newspaper placed Kent's ranking at 20th in the UK, while "The Sunday Times" Good &University Guide 2014 puts Kent in joint 33rd place add something


Library - In December 2015 the university made the controversial decision to introduce cavity searches when entering the Templeman library add something


The average UCAS score achieved by entrants in 2016/17 was 361 add something


The Complete &University Guide shows that the average tariff points for entry were 353 UCAS points in 2017 add something


The current work is due for completion in 2017, with additional refurbishment work planned for 2018 add something


For 2018 "The Guardian" newspaper ranked Kent 22nd in the UK, while "The Sunday Times" Good &University Guide 2018 put Kent in 25th place, as does "The Independent's" Complete University Guide add something