Research-led teaching in the School of Computing
Kent is one of the UK's leading universities, producing world-class research. The University is rated as internationally excellent, leading the way in many fields of study. Because our academics are engaged in research as well as teaching, you study with some of the most influential thinkers in touch with the latest ideas. Our research-led teaching will assist you in the development of your own interests and equip you with essential skills that will enable you to compete effectively in the job market.
Our courses are taught by leading researchers Research at the School of Computing has performed very strongly in the national assessment of research quality, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise. The Times Higher Education Research Intensity Measure places the School of Computing 12th out of 89 and 81% of our research was either world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*)
You get a chance to study subjects close to the leading edge in areas such as artifcial intelligence, computer security, parallel systems, bio-inspired computing and mobile computing.
We are an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and a University Partner in Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.
Kent has developed two leading object-oriented teaching environments for the Java programming language BlueJ and Greenfoot. BlueJ is aimed at university-level learners, has been used in over 1,000 institutions across the world, and has proved very popular with our own students. Greenfoot is aimed at school-level learners and has won an industry award.
Our staff have also written several internationally acclaimed textbooks for learning programming, which have been translated into eight languages and are used worldwide.
The School of Computing has been awarded the status of Centre of Excellence in Object-Oriented Programming and our programmes carry professional accreditation by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT..
Two of our staff have received the SIGCSE (Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education) Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. The award is made by ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), the world's largest educational and scientifc computing society.
Impressive computing facilities and support
“The Shed” is the School of Computing’s Makerspace, equipped with a wide variety of machines (e.g. 3D printers and laser cutters) and development equipment (e.g. the Oculus Rift and Raspberry Pi). It supports new kinds of innovative teaching and learning by taking advantage of the increasing accessibility of electronics and engineering with a rapid prototyping capability. Students and staff of the School can use The Shed not only to build physical devices for taught modules, but also to support and develop their own personal interests and hobbies.
Course materials for all our modules are web-based and you can access these on campus or from home.
We provide excellent support for you throughout your stay at Kent. This includes access to web-based information systems, podcasts, web forums and a facility to ask anonymous questions online, as well as study skills workshops and a programme for students who might benefit from extra help. We use innovative teaching methods, including BlueJ and LEGO® Mindstorms for teaching Java programming. The library has over a million books, periodicals and journals many of which are available online and can be used remotely as well as on campus.
Our study bedrooms on campus have free connections to the University network and the internet, and include free access to digital TV channels online (a TV licence is required), and access to telephone services for making cheap or free calls over the internet. Free wireless access points are also widely available across both the Canterbury and Medway campuses, enabling you to choose where and when you work.