Lead Sponsor

The Lead Sponsor for UKAT is the University of Kent. The University of Kent is one of the country’s leading academic institutions producing world-class research, rated internationally excellent and leading the way in many fields of study. Established in 1965 with 500 students and 150 staff, the University of Kent has rapidly grown today into an institution of over 20,000 students and over 4,000 staff.

The University of Kent is a dynamic forward thinking institution, committed to the transformative power of education and research. Kent is a leading academic institution: 97% of Kent's research was judged to be of 'international quality' in the Research Excellence Framework. Known for its academic excellence as being one of the most cutting edge and leading research Universities, Kent is proud of its achievements and continues to be ranked highly across a plethora of educational outcomes both nationally and internationally.

Please find below some of Kent’s outstanding achievements:


  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

  • Based on the most recent Research Excellence Framework, Kent was ranked in the top 20 for research intensity in the Times Higher Education (THE), outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities

  • Ranked in the top 10% of the world’s universities for international outlook, in the THE World University Rankings 2018

  • 95% of students who graduated in 2017 found a job or a study opportunity within 6 months


  • Winner of the Outstanding Support for Students award at the 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards

  • Honoured with the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education twice in the past eleven years


  • New buildings at the Canterbury and Medway campuses, with improved and larger premises for the Brussels School of International Studies

  • Winner of the Digital Marketing category at the Association of College and University Housing Officers International Marketing Awards, for our innovative use of digital technology to offer virtual tours of our campus accommodation and other key venues to prospective students

  • Eastern Academic Research Consortium (Eastern ARC) – comprising the universities of Kent, Essex and East Anglia – awarded £4.7m by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to support business innovation in Kent, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk


  • An extensive study abroad programme with 193 universities in 39 countries. Most of our programmes offer opportunities to study or work in Europe

  • Recipient of a grant of over €1.1m to support student and staff mobility across Europe, under the Erasmus + scheme

  • Dual UK and European qualifications (international double awards) at Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral level

  • Kent staff can apply for funding to undertake two to five days training/teaching opportunities at our Erasmus partner universities or other relevant organisations within Europe

At UKAT we believe that the University of Kent is a sponsor that genuinely invests whole heartedly in its schools and wants to achieve the best possible outcomes for all of our students, parents, carers, staff and wider community. The dedication and commitment to making UKAT schools unique, outstanding and leaders in education is 100% clear in the diverse and engaging number of thoughtful advanced and intellectually challenging projects in place at the UKAT schools, making the difference in secondary education in the 21st Century.

Kent has been pivotal in the planning and overall setting of the cultural context within the UKAT schools and its wider community and continues to be a beacon of educational growth and challenge bringing long term benefits to the UKAT schools and their communities.

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