Kent, University of



Overall ranking: Came 22nd out of 123 in the Complete University Guide for 2015.

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. Minimum requirements for entry are BCC at A-level.

Vital statistics: Almost 20,000 students, with more than 14,000 full-time undergrads. 12 per cent are non-EU students. 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. A complete refurbishment of the Grimond Building on the Canterbury campus took place in 2012. Flagship project to extend the Templeman Library commenced last year, with completion expected for 2015 as part of the university's 50th anniversary celebrations. Several new courses are also now being served, including art history, bioengineering and contemporary literature.

Teaching: 44th out of 123 in the Complete University Guide.

Graduate prospects: 38th out of 123 with 70.6 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Yes. Over 5,000 rooms at Canterbury, and 1,1000 rooms with en-suite facilities offered at Medway. Accommodation ranges from £3,827 to £6,306 per year. For more information, have a gander here.

Cheap to live there? Pretty darn good for the south-east. Private rents start from around £60.

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: Graduate School Scholarships and the National Scholarship Programme for starters. Plenty of financial support is available to help those who need it, 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: Not too bad- currently in 46th 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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