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Returning to Kent: Welcome back!

From Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

I hope you have enjoyed your summer vacation and are looking forward to the start of the new academic year. There is a packed programme of events planned for Welcome Week and colleagues from both the University and Kent Union cannot wait to see you again.

Test to travel

If you are returning to campus from the UK, please make sure you get lateral-flow tested and receive a negative result just before leaving home. You will need to get lateral-flow tested again on arrival at Kent – once soon after you arrive and the second time within 3-5 days after.

You can order test kits online or pick them up from local pharmacies, and there will be test kits in the bedrooms for those of you staying in accommodation on the Canterbury campus. Otherwise you can pick them up from our on-campus test centres.

If you are returning from outside the UK, please see our international test to travel information and make sure that you comply with all relevant government test to travel requirements


You can help keep yourself, your friends and family safe by making sure you are vaccinated against Covid-19. If you can, please ensure that you are fully vaccinated before you arrive – we know many of you have already done so.

  • You can book vaccinations at local centres across the UK using the NHS vaccination booking siteor by looking out for their ‘Grab a Jab’ campaign.
  • We will have a mobile vaccination facility on campus during the week beginning 27 September 2021 – more details to follow.
  • Remember you are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after your second dose of the vaccine.

If you haven’t already, remember to register with a GP medical practice local to your term-time accommodation in order to access vaccinations and other free healthcare services.

Safety on campus

Whilst the majority of measures taken to restrict the spread of Covid-19 are now being relaxed in line with the latest Government guidance, the virus is still with us and we all have a continued part to play in keeping our community safe, both on- and off-campus. Most importantly:


Our key priority in putting together this year’s timetable has been delivering as much face-to-face teaching as possible while ensuring we keep everybody safe. We want to make sure that everyone benefits from on-campus teaching every week where possible. We have been working with your subject leaders to ensure that on-campus teaching is allocated appropriately across different discipline areas.

You will begin to see your timetables appear on Kent Vision from next week, but these will be subject to change during the first few weeks, so please check regularly as your classes are confirmed. You will be able to find out more during Welcome Week about our teaching plans and activities for the Autumn term. Your full Spring timetable will follow later in the term, which will see the return of the majority of lectures on campus.

Our campuses are looking fantastic, and are more than ready to welcome you back. I look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks as the next academic year begins.

Best wishes


Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience