Congratulations to the class of 2020

There is nothing quite like the feeling of achievement when you graduate. Here is a message of congratulations from a few familiar faces in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences – well done to the class of 2020!

We want to congratulate you for your hard work through these particularly hard few months, and raise our virtual glasses to an extraordinary end to an extraordinary year.

Instead of a graduation ceremony, the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences have launched a celebratory video with message of congratulations from a few familiar faces, including Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen Cox and Acting Head of School Dr. James Hopker.

In his message, Dr. Hopker says, “The ever-changing University has been forever shaped by the class of 2020 and it’s a ricer place for it. You’ve distinguished yourselves in so many ways, some of these are quite visible to us all and others are much more personal – we thank you for all that you’ve done. You bring pride to us in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences in your studies, in the classroom and labs, in sport, your generosity with fellow students and our local communities, and it’s what an impact you’ve made here in Kent and well beyond. I need to remind you all that you are graduating the University during a pandemic, which is not what anyone planned for, but you’ve done that with class and distinction.”

Our Academic Prize winners:

  • Dean’s Prize: David Pilcher
  • Rotary Prize: Tyler Frankland and Susan Wendes
  • The School Prize: Ena Chi Sik Cheng
  • Nomination for the Edward Lamb Prize: David Pilcher
  • Human Kinetics Prize for the Best Dissertation: Theo Ching (BA Hons Sport & Exercise Management), Katie Willis (BSc Hons Sport & Exercise for Health), Susan Wendes (BSc Hons Sports therapy), Jack Williams (BSc Sport & Exercise Science)
  • Distinguished performance: Robert Wood-Norman (Sport & Exercise Management), Declan Semmens (Sport & Exercise Science), Ellen Lee (Sports Therapy), Jordi Streignart (Sport & Exercise for Health)
  • Distinguished engagement in School: Sneha Chawla


If circumstances permit, we hope to celebrate with you in person in the future. Please ensure you update your details on the Kent Alumni database so the University’s congregations team can keep you updated on the latest news and events. You are also warmly encouraged to stay in touch with us via social media: