Kent, University of
Wednesday 24 July 2013
Overall ranking: Came 28th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.
History: A sixties university founded in 1965 on an interdisciplinary philosophy typical of the time.
Address: 300 acres of parkland in the rolling Kent countryside on a hill above Canterbury. The Medway campus, which opened in 2005, is near the Chatham Historic Dockyard. There is also a centre in Tonbridge, which offers part-time courses and training for businesses. Specialist postgrad centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome, plus a part-time centre in Tonbridge.
Ambience: Pastoral in summer, grey and atmospheric in winter, surrounded by hop fields and white-turreted oast houses. The main campus' modern buildings are surrounded by landscaped garden and there's a cinema, theatre and a nightclub on site. The Medway campus is in the heart of the Kent Thameside development.
Who's the boss? Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow is vice-chancellor. Julia is a former chief executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
Prospectus: 01227 827 272 or download one here.
UCAS code: K24
What you need to know
Easy to get into? Most courses ask for between 300 and 360 UCAS entry points, though students returning to learning without traditional qualifications can also apply.
Vital statistics: Almost 20,000 students, with more than 14,000 full-time undergrads. 12 per cent are international students, from 125 different countries. There's a collegiate system, and sandwich years in industry are also on the menu.
Added value: The British Cartoon Archive is unique, and the School of Physical Sciences has been involved with most of the significant exploratory space projects this decade. Strong European focus and bases in Brussels and Paris. The Medway campus has been developed with the University of Greenwich, Canterbury Christ Church University and Mid Kent College and includes the new Medway school of pharmacy, where students are taught by staff from Kent's department of biosciences and Greenwich's school of science. Several significant expansions in recent times, including to the school of arts. Complete refurbishment of the Grimond Building on the Canterbury campus in 2012. Flagship project to extend the Templeman Library has just commenced, with completion expected for 2015 as part of the university's 50th anniversary celebrations.
Teaching: 27th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide.
Research: 29th out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.
Graduate prospects: 49th out of 124 with 68.7 per cent finding graduate level employment.
Any accommodation? Yes. Over 4,700 rooms at Canterbury, and new, private halls offered at Medway. Self-catering at Canterbury ranges between £3,955.77 and £6,150.69 for 29 weeks, while an en-suite, self-catered room at Liberty Quays, Medway, is £130 per week.
Cheap to live there? Not bad for the south-east, but not cheap. Private rents average around £85.
Transport links: Good coach and rail links. Mainline train connections to London and Dover, and points north. The A2 and M2 connect to London. Eurostar from Ashford International and ferries from Dover and Folkestone go to France and Belgium.
Fees: £9,000 per year for full-time home and EU undergrads. Overseas students pay more depending on the course.
Bursaries: The Kent Bursary and the National Scholarship Programme for starters. Plenty of financial support is available to help those who need it, just click here for further details.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: Nightclub The Venue is the hub of university life. Culturally-speaking there's the Gulbenkian Theatre, Cinema 3 and a number of bars on campus for less strenuous entertainment. The Medway campus houses Coopers bar and late-night venue Purple.
Pint of a price: Your average pint in Canterbury hits the £3.40 mark.
Sporting reputation: Could be worse- currently in 30th place in the BUCS league.
Notable societies: Jump aboard the Pirate Society for fancy dress socials and movie nights.
Glittering alumni: Gavin Esler, news presenter; Shiulie Ghosh, news correspondent; actors Alan Davies and Tom Wilkinson; novelists Sarah Waters and Kazuo Ishiguro.
Alternative prospectus: Take a peek at how current and recent students rate Kent for a university experience on What Uni? here.
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