Our Vice-Chancellor Karen Cox speaking at our event in Paris

Alumni Groups

Our groups enable alumni and friends to network, share stories and support one another, as well as to represent the University internationally and provide advice and opportunities for students, staff and fellow alumni.

University of Kent in America

The University of Kent in America Inc board meeting representatives from the University

The University of Kent in America Inc (UKA) was established to enable more events and networking opportunities for Kent's many alumni in America. It's also a US registered charity (501(c)(3)) which raises funds for exciting student-focused initiatives.

Belgium

Belgium Alumni Association with University of Kent Vice-Chancellor Karen Cox.

Launched in 2017, Kent’s alumni and friends who are living or working in Belgium can be part of the University of Kent Belgium Alumni Association, whether you did a short-term exchange program or a full degree at Kent. The association will support alumni, current students and staff in the region, providing a network of advice and information and organising events to connect Kent’s community in Belgium.

The First 500

 The First 500 Golden graduations 2018.

The First 500 were Kent's first undergraduate students; they joined the brand new University of Kent at Canterbury in October 1965, when the campus had only a handful of buildings and just one college (Eliot). Half moved over to the newly-established Rutherford College in October 1966. The First 500 meet for an annual dinner in May, organised and hosted by John Platt (Rutherford 1965, Economics).

The group created The First 500 Fund that aims to support the First 500 Scholarship. This award helps today’s Kent students to have the same opportunities enjoyed by the First 500 – a university experience free of financial worry – and will provide a lasting record of the contribution of Kent’s founding students.

Former Staff Association

Former Staff Association group

Our Canterbury-based Former Staff Association helps to maintain links between the University and its former members of staff.

France

France Alumni Association

Launched in March 2017, the University of Kent France Alumni Association enables Kent's alumni and friends who are living or working in France to network and share stories. The group supports alumni, current students and staff in the region, providing a network of advice and information and organising events to connect Kent's community in France.

Greece

The Erechtheion at the Acropolis of Athens

The Greece Alumni Association is a network of Kent’s alumni and friends and was founded during the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2015. The association committee organised around four events a year to bring Kent’s community in Greece together to celebrate time spent at Kent and find out what others are up to now.

Hong Kong

University of Kent Hong Kong Alumni Association

All Kent alumni living or working in Hong Kong can be part of the University of Kent Hong Kong Alumni Association to meet other alumni living in the area. The University hosts an annual reception (usually in April), attended by members of the alumni association committee and University staff. All Hong-Kong-based alumni are welcome to attend this event.

Malaysia

The Malaysia Association

The University of Kent has over 1,100 alumni in Malaysia and, in 2011, an alumni association was established to strengthen our links with our alumni in the region. University of Kent alumni who are living or working in Malaysia can be part of the University of Kent Malaysia Association. The University hosts an annual reception in Kuala Lumpur (usually in April), attended by members of the alumni association committee and University staff. All Malaysia-based alumni are welcome to attend this event.

Nigeria

The Nigeria Alumni Association

The Nigeria Alumni Association is a network of Kent’s alumni and friends and was founded by alumni in 2013. The association supports alumni, current and prospective students and staff in the region, providing a network of advice and information and organising events to connect Kent’s community in Nigeria. The group is based in both Abuja and Lagos.

The Second 500

The Second 500

The Second 500 were Kent's second cohort of undergraduate students; they joined the University of Kent at Canterbury in October 1966, when the University was just one year old. That year saw the opening of Rutherford College, and half of the cohort joined this new college along with half of the original ‘First 500’ who moved over from the original Eliot College. The campus had just a handful of buildings, and University life centred on the two colleges and the Physics building (now Marlowe). Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, was installed as Chancellor in 1966, and it was also the first year that Law was introduced as a programme of study.

The Second 500 meet annually for a dinner at the Victory Services Club in London, hosted by Giles Stimson (Rutherford 1966, Law).