With seven locations across Europe and strong European links, the University of Kent is ideally positioned to serve as a global gateway to Europe. Within our international community, we attract a high percentage of European students and staff who help to create an atmosphere of cultural exchange.
The locations of our UK campuses in Canterbury and Medway and our centre in Tonbridge in the south-east of England have excellent transport links, with high-speed rail lines, international airports, the Channel ports and Eurostar terminals within easy reach. This allows quick access to both London and continental Europe.
The University’s European centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome offer programmes that draw on these cities’ strengths as sites of cultural, political and historic significance.
These complement the strong European focus of our UK programmes in areas such as culture and languages, drama, politics, law, economics, business, social policy and migration. Many of our programmes offer dual UK and European qualifications (international double awards) at Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral level, and Kent is the only UK university selected to host two prestigious Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral programmes, one of which is the DCGC.
The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) in Canterbury is the UK base for the DCGC. The School which is a member of an ESRC-recognised Doctoral Training Consortium is recognised worldwide for producing excellent research and was ranked 2nd for research power, 3rd for research intensity and 5th for both research impact and research quality (GPA) by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
The University of Kent is the lead partner in the DCGC programme, taking responsibility for financial administration and reporting to the EACEA. Arrangements for the joint admission and assessment procedures will take place through Kent. Kent assumes overall responsibility for regular meetings of the Management, Academic and Advisory Boards, although day-to-day administration of these events is shared amongst the partners. Kent will provide the introductory programme in semester 1, including core subject-specific, research methods and transferable skills training, and take an equal share in the supervision and mobility pattern of the doctoral candidates.
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