University of Kent

The University of Kent is a semi-collegiate public research university based in Kent, United Kingdom

The University of Kent is a semi-collegiate public research university based in Kent, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1965 and is recognised as a Beloff's plate glass university.

A university in the city of Canterbury was first considered in 1947, when an anticipated growth in student numbers led several residents to seek the creation of a new university, including Kent. However, the plans never came to fruition.
A decade later both population growth and greater demand for university places led to a re-consideration. In 1959 the Education Committee of Kent County Council explored the creation of a new university, formally accepting the proposal unanimously on 24 February 1960. Two months later the Education Committee agreed to seek a site at or near Canterbury, given the historical associations of the city, subject to the support of Canterbury City Council.

By 1962 a site was found at Beverley Farm, straddling the then boundary between the City of Canterbury and the administrative county of Kent. The university’s original name, chosen in 1962, was the University of Kent at Canterbury, reflecting the fact that the campus straddled the boundary between the county borough of Canterbury and Kent County Council. At the time it was the normal practice for universities to be named after the town or city whose boundaries they were in, with both “University of Kent” and “University of Canterbury” initially proposed. The name adopted reflected the support of both the city and county authorities; as well as the existence of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, which officially opposed the use of a name too similar to its own. The abbreviation “UKC” became a popular abbreviation for the university.


Kent School of Architecture
School of Arts
School of English
School of European Culture and Languages
School of History
School of Music and Fine Art


School of Bioscience
School of Computing
School of Engineering and Digital Arts
School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science
Medway School of Pharmacy
School of Physical Sciences
School of Sport and Exercise Sciences


Social Sciences
School of Anthropology and Conservation
Kent Business School
School of Economics
Kent Law School
School of Politics and International Relations
School of Psychology
School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research


The campus has a selection of shops, including a grocery store, bookshop, pharmacy and launderettes. Food and drink is provided by range of cafes and bars run either by the University or the student union. Bars include K-bar, in Keynes College, Mungo’s, in Eliot College, Origins, in Darwin College, and Woody’s in the Park Wood Student Village. Cafeteria style food is available in Rutherford College, fine dining at the Beagle Restaurant in Darwin College, and food is served at the bars and other cafes around campus.