University of Kent

University of Kent

The University of Kent is a public research university based in Kent, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1965 and is recognized as a plate glass university.

Kent is a research-led university with 24 schools and 40 specialist research centres spanning the sciences, technology, medical studies, the social sciences, arts and humanities. 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*, research (according to the RAE league tables in The Times Higher Education Supplement and 29th out of the 132 UK higher education institutions assessed in The Guardian and The Times RAE league tables.

In 2015 The Guardian newspaper placed Kent’s ranking at 16th in the UK, while The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 puts Kent in joint 30th place. The Independent’s Complete University Guide puts Kent in 22nd place nationally in 2015. In 2015, Kent ranks ahead of 10 Russell Group universities according to the ranking of The Complete University Guide In research, both The Guardian and The Times newspapers rank Kent 29th, with The Independent rating the university 28th for its overall research activity in 2014.

The Complete University Guide shows that the average number of tariff points to get in are around 348 UCAS points (ABB-AAB) in 2013. An overwhelming majority of Kent’s 33 subjects are placed nationally within the top 30 (82%), with 7 subject areas in the top 10 and 6 subject areas in the top 20.

The National Student Survey in 2011 placed Kent in 3rd in London and the South-East for student satisfaction. In addition, Kent has been voted into a top 20 position for the majority of its subjects and has 14 subjects in the top 10 based on overall student satisfaction nationally.

The student population is quite mixed, with approximately 22% of students coming from overseas. No fewer than 128 different nationalities are currently represented. The female to male ratio is 55 women to every 45 men.

According to The Guardian, the University of Kent is ranked 6th in the UK for Economics,10th for Anthropology, 12th for Architecture, 14th for Law, 14th for Modern Languages, and 16th for Politics. 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 2015 (published in 2014) Computer Science ranked joint 25th, ahead of four Russell Group universities. Furthermore, The Times Good University Guide ranked the university 20th for English in 2011. Modern Languages and Linguistics are ranked 3rd in the UK in REF2014.

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