School of Computing

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The School of Computing

 The School of Computing is one of 23 academic schools at the University of Kent and is situated in the centre of campus and close to all the main campus facilities. It is home to about 35 academic staff, 20 administrative staff, over 100 postgraduate students and over 300 undergraduate students. It comprises dedicated postgraduate rooms for teaching and research, computer rooms and general teaching rooms as well as housing all School of Computing staff. Having both students and staff working in close proximity creates a very friendly and supportive environment for all.

Our School is one of six academic schools in the Faculty of Sciences; the others are Biosciences, Engineering and Digital Arts, Mathematics Statistics and Acturarial Science, Physical Sciences and Pharmacy. We work closely with specialist centres within the Faculty's, particularly the Centre for BioMedical Informatics, Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems, Centre for Molecular Processing, and UK Biometrics Institute.

University campus

Prime location

The main campus is located in 300 acres of parkland on a hill overlooking the ancient city of Canterbury. Students enjoy an array of green open spaces, woodlands and lakes as well as theatre, cinema, and a lively student arts scene including a live music venue, all on campus. Kent is one of the safest places to study and there is a very cosmopoliton atmosphere with over 20% of our full-time students from overseas.

There are plenty of places to eat including a traditional dining hall, bistros, cafes and sandwich bars which serve a variety of foods at good prices. Essentials such as a Medical Centre and pharmacy, banks and cash points, library, shops and launderettes are all provided.

Modern accommodation

Woolf College offers a range of modern flats for postgraduate students. Opened in 2008, the college is situated within the central campus area and has a strong community atmosphere. All bedrooms have their own shower, wash basin and toilet and access to a shared kitchen. Some rooms have their own kitchen. Each room is networked to the University's main computer system. Accommodation in Woolf College is offered to all full-time postgraduate students who require accommodation for 51 weeks ( apply online by the deadline - 31 July for 2011 intake). Students who do not meet these requirements may be eligible for alternative University accommodation and should contact the Accommodation Office.

Extensive sports facilities

Our extensive sports facilities include a gym, two multi-purpose sports halls, squash courts, outdoor artificial and grass pitches, and two sports pavillions. We offer fitness programmes, courses and workshops, nutrition consultations, leagues and competitions and nearly 40 aerobic/dance classes every week.

Impressive study facilities

The Templeman Library, situated at the centre of the Canterbury campus, houses over a million books, journals, and multimedia items, as well as subscribing to a vast range of electronic resources to support your studies and research. These facilities are available Mon-Fri 8.15am til midnight, Sat-Sun 9.30am-7pm. You can also enjoy the use of study areas, computers, self service borrowing and a cafe.

We have over 1000 public PCs available across campus though many students choose to bring their own laptops. You will be given your own Kent email address and have access to the Kent Network and internet, self service printers and our campus wireless service. All study bedrooms on campus let you connect your own computer to the Kent Network and internet. This enables you to view TV programmes online and make free/low cost telephone calls over the internet. You can also connect from off campus and access your files, resources and printers. Help and advice for accessing Kent IT Services is available at help points on campus. To help get you started we offer both training and online/printed self-help guides.

We have a great network of student support services where you can go to get help and advice. These include the Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit, and the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS). The SLAS is a free, friendly advice service providing guidance and information on all aspects of effective learning and study skills to all students from the minute they arrive at the University until they finish their studies. It is a popular resource for undergraduates, postgraduates, full-time, part-time, mature, European and international students.

Canterbury in Kent

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City of Canterbury

Canterbury is a small city with a warm and friendly atmosphere. It was ranked as the safest university city in England by the Independent Good University Guide. Only a 25 minute walk from the Canterbury campus, it is also on a direct bus route.

The city's medieval history is clear to see in its streets, buildings and the world-famous Canterbury Cathedral where the University's graduation ceremonies take place each year. In medieval times the city became a centre for pilgrimage, made famous by Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. However, Canterbury is also a thriving cosmopoliton city offering many independent shops and bookshops, large stores, restaurants and bars, theatre and art galleries, and the St Lawrence County Cricket Ground.

The county of Kent

The county of Kent is known as the 'Garden of England', with traditional villages, orchards, vineyards and walking/cycling trails. Miles of beautiful coastline and historic sites are all within easy reach.

Transport links

Canterbury benefits from good transport links to London, mainland Europe and beyond. Canterbury is only 56 miles from London. High-speed trains run regularly between Canterbury and London St Pancras and take under an hour. It is only 30 minutes to the Channel Tunnel or the Eurostar train terminal, and from there you can be in Paris in about two hours.

School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 11/11/2014