For more than 20 years, the University of Kent has played a leading role in Medway, working in close partnership with the Council, the Historic Dockyard, regional and national industry and the community to bring about significant change and regeneration to the area.
Medway is fast becoming one of the most dynamic areas in the South-East and we are is committed to playing our part. We fully support the Council’s ambitions for Medway to become UK City of Culture 2025, and are in the process of creating a distinct set of academic programmes at Medway which builds on our core strengths in the creative and digital industries – currently the fastest growing sector of the UK economy.
We are broadening our range of programmes in health and well-being, and innovation and business, as well as our support of further and higher degree apprenticeships and work-based learning. Our aim is to encourage more people from Medway to participate in further and higher education, or informal learning. We are the proud sponsors of the Brompton Academy and Chatham Grammar School for Girls and continue to expand our outreach activities with our partner schools.
Over the years, our various activities have supported the economic growth of Medway. A recent report on our economic impact revealed that the University contributed more than £55 million to the area’s economy and created 573 jobs for the Medway towns. Almost £20 million of this was generated by the personal expenditure of our students.
The Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS), will receive its first intake of students in 2020. A partnership between the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, KMMS will help address the significant and well documented challenges Medway and the wider region faces in developing and maintaining its healthcare workforce, with students actively training in the community and who, after graduation, may then continue to work in the area.
In 2017, we launched KMTV in partnership with the KM Group. KMTV is the county’s first dedicated television channel, delivering quality news, sport and entertainment to viewers in Medway 24/7.
Over the years we have invested substantially in our Pembroke and Historic Dockyard sites. This has resulted in award-winning new buildings and the reinvention of former naval facilities as truly innovative teaching, learning and study spaces. Former industrial buildings on the Dockyard have also been adapted to provide industry-standard facilities for our new Centre for Music and Audio Technology and a home for the Medway arm of Kent Business School.