University launches new campaign at Foundation Day event

The University has outlined a new approach to working with its supporters, giving them new ways to create opportunities for students, enable ground-breaking discoveries and make a difference in our communities.

Professor Karen Cox on stage in the Gulbenkian

The new campaign builds on the University’s extensive work with supporters and friends since its foundation in 1965, encouraging collaboration on projects that will help shape its future. As well as building ways to support students to find and shape their place in the world, this includes collaborating with researchers on world-changing projects and strengthening our shared communities through key initiatives such as the new Kent and Medway Medical School.

The updated approach was launched at the University’s recent Foundation Day, which highlights the pioneering individuals and organisations who set up the institution, along with the ‘First 500’ students who came to Kent. The annual event brings together a wider community of support to reflect on both the University’s past and its plans for the future, with this year’s celebration featuring a keynote speech from Royal College of General Practitioners Chair Helen Stokes-Lampard.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Karen Cox said: “The University is empowered by the people who work and study here, and the communities who support us – our alumni, donors and friends. Since our foundation, students have benefitted from a transformative experience in a diverse and supportive environment, and we share that same spirit, determination and ambition today.

“We are here to make a difference, and are especially proud that we do that together with our wonderful supporters. I am proud to set out how we want to do more, together with you, to transform lives through education opportunities, research discoveries and the role and contribution we have within our communities.”