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The University of Kent is one of the UK’s leading academic institutions, with a commitment to excellence in teaching and research that has spanned five decades. Established in 1965, we are now a top 20 university and known as the UK’s European university, we have specialist postgraduate centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome. We have grown from 500 to 20,000 students, representing 149 nationalities. We foster a community in which we value global citizenship, ethical thinking, and the development and application of new knowledge. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities.

At the School of Computing, our world-leading researchers, in key areas such as systems security, programming languages, communications, computational intelligence and memory management, and in interdisciplinary work with biosciences and psychology, earned us an outstanding result in the most recent national research assessment. The School hosts the University's GCHQ/EPSRC accredited Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, one of only 13 in the country. In addition, two of our staff have been honoured as Distinguished Scientists by the ACM and we have also held Royal Society Industrial Fellowships. As an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence for programming education, the School of Computing is a leader in computer science teaching. Two of our staff have received the ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. We are also home to two National Teaching Fellows, to authors of widely used textbooks and to award-winning teaching systems such as BlueJ.

Grimond Building

ECSA 2017 will take place in the Grimond Building at the University of Kent. Having undergone a full refurbishment in the Summer of 2012, it houses 3 large lecture theatres and 8 seminar rooms. The Grimond Building is located centrally on the campus, behind the Templeman Library.