Medway Bids for City of Culture

Medway is bidding for City of Culture 2025 to create a legacy for Medway and sense of belonging.

The City of Culture status is awarded every four years by the government. The award will further boost the economy of Medway, which is already one of the fastest-growing in the South East, worth approximately £5.2bn. Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham, Rochester and Strood are the five Kent towns which make up Medway.

Medway is looking to:

  • create a legacy
  • a sense of belonging
  • enhance local pride within our communities and
  • enhance the cultural and creative offer
  • improve diversity and inclusion
  • support our young people through the provision of creative and cultural skills
  • recognise the importance of arts and culture in improving health and wellbeing

Here are 5 reasons why we love Medway:

1. The obvious – Culture!

Kent Business School Medway is located at the Sail and Colour Loft, an 18th century renovated building set within the Historic Dockyard, Chatham which holds over 400 years of Maritime Heritage.

Nearby Rochester was a favourite of Victorian novelist Charles Dickens who lived in the area as a child. Be sure to visit Rochester Castle – built on the highest part of the city’s Roman wall and the second oldest cathedral in England.


2. An impressive selection of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Kent Business School (KBS)

Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate courses:

3. A wide variety of local attractions and events

Medway hosts more free festivals and events annually than anywhere else in the South East.

4. Facilities on the Medway Campus

There is a range of on and off-site facilities available to you. The state-of-the-art teaching facilities include Medway Park sports centre which students can use at a discounted rate. There is also dedicated on-site learning, personal and IT support available throughout the summer.

Need a study break? Check out the following eateries and bars:

5. The proximity to big cities

From central London, KBS Medway is approximately a one hour drive away. It’s even faster by rail, with high-speed services reaching Chatham in just 40 minutes.

During term-time, a free shuttle bus transports students and staff between the University of Kent’s Medway and Canterbury campuses every hour and late into the night – ensuring you make the most of the nightlife!

Interested in studying amongst the culture in Medway? Take a look at our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on offer at KBS.

Follow the #backourbid campaign here: WeAreMedway

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