Partners

KMPF currently works with a broad network of partners to deliver our outreach activities across Kent and Medway. Find out more about our partners below.

KMPF currently works with a broad network of partners to deliver our outreach activities across Kent and Medway. Find out more about our partners below.

University of Kent

The University of Kent provides both KMPF and KaMCOP outreach activities to partner schools and colleges.

The University of Kent provides both KMPF and KaMCOP outreach activities to partner schools and colleges.

The University of Kent, ‘the UK’s European university’, is one of the country’s most dynamic universities. Established in 1965, it now has over 20,000 students studying at its various campuses in the southeast of England and European sites in Athens, Brussels, Paris, and Rome. Their well-established external networks and partnerships with leading universities in Europe and around the world offer students many opportunities to study and work abroad.

The University of Kent was awarded a gold rating, the highest, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017. They were ranked in the top 10% of the world’s universities for international outlook in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018 and were ranked 21st in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2017.

For over 15 years, the University of Kent has concerned itself with widening access to higher education to all those who could benefit and has delivered major innovation and success in this field alongside the University’s core objectives of excellence in teaching and research.

Their continued commitment to widening access has resulted in the development of a multimillion-pound campus at Medway, significant investment in a range of nationally recognised outreach schemes, as well as providing a focus for excellence in the region through their association with a number of partner schools and colleges.

outreach@kent.ac.uk

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Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University provides both KMPF and KaMCOP outreach activities to partner schools and colleges.

Canterbury Christ Church University provides both KMPF and KaMCOP outreach activities to partner schools and colleges.

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. With over 17,000 students, and with campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

In 2017 Canterbury Christ Church University received a prestigious silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, exceeding national quality requirements for UK universities.

94% of Canterbury Christ Church University’s UK undergraduate students and 98% of the University’s UK postgraduates are in employment or further study within six months of completing their studies. Committed to improving social mobility, they are proud that 80% of the University’s graduates from least advantaged backgrounds, moved up a socio-economic group within six months of leaving Canterbury Christ Church University (DLHE 2015/16).

Canterbury Christ Church University believes in inclusive education which provides an equal opportunity to those who have the potential to reach higher education but may not consider it to be an option for them. They have a dedicated School and College Engagement team, who work directly with students, parents, teachers, schools and colleges to support their work raising aspirations and attainment.

SCE@canterbury.ac.uk

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The University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich provides KaMCOP outreach activities to partner schools and colleges.

The University of Greenwich provides KaMCOP outreach activities to partner schools and colleges.

The University of Greenwich is a world-class university dedicated to academic excellence, offering a diverse range of disciplines and fields. It has 38,000 students representing over 140 countries studying across its three campuses at Avery Hill, Greenwich, and Medway.

Having earned a national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver rating in 2017, Greenwich is a place where students have a great and memorable student experience. It brings together people with a shared interest in learning new things, developing skills, and fulfilling potential.

As part of its collaboration with KaMCOP, the University of Greenwich has developed the Greenwich Mentoring Programme. This is designed to help learners feel confident in applying for HE, raise aspirations, and enhance knowledge about the HE experience and future careers. Learners engaged in the programme benefit from 10 weeks of mentorship with experts from specified careers sectors, as well as access to a secure online mentoring platform.

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The University for the Creative Arts

The University for the Creative Arts provides KaMCOP outreach activities to partner schools and colleges.

The University for the Creative Arts provides KaMCOP outreach activities to partner schools and colleges.

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is the UK’s top Specialist University for the Creative Industries. With two campuses in Kent (Canterbury and Rochester) and two in Surrey (Epsom and Farnham), UCA offers pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate courses across the creative arts – art and design, architecture, fashion, crafts, fine art, photography, communication, film, media, and performance.

UCA is devoted to students’ creative journeys. They have a 160-year history of nurturing unique creative communities of artists, designers, architects, writers, animators, filmmakers, illustrators, photographers, actors, and more. They’re proud to say that 94.6% of their graduates are employed or in further study within six months of finishing their studies.

UCA is the No.1 Specialist University for the Creative Industries in the Complete University Guide and the Guardian University league tables. Ranked 21st in the UK by the Guardian, UCA is also top 10 in three of its subject listings: Fashion & Textiles (6th), Film Production & Photography (7th), and Architecture (9th).

As the creative lead in KaMCOP, University for the Creative Arts (UCA) promotes creative subjects and progression through workshops, creative camps, masterclasses, and 1:1 support with selected young people in Years 9 to 13.

As well as engaging young people in the region, UCA works closely with target schools, tutors, and communities to raise awareness and interest in creative subjects and pathways, while also emphasising the transferable nature of creative thinking and skills.

outreach@uca.ac.uk

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EKC Group

EKC Group provides KaMCOP outreach activities to partner schools and colleges.

EKC Group provides KaMCOP outreach activities to partner schools and colleges.

Over the last few years, under the leadership of Principal, Graham Razey, the College has implemented significant changes and a new curriculum that is relevant to East Kent’s skills and training needs.

The focus on priority growth industries has been highly successful in attracting major government funding for new campus developments and the College now has some of the best facilities in Kent.

EKC Group has a shared set of values:

  • Creativity: continuous enhancement through innovation
  • Ambition: inspiring and empowering all to achieve their potential
  • Respect: a welcoming culture that celebrates diversity
  • Excellence: professionalism that places students at the heart
  • Enterprise: a drive and determination to turn ideas into reality
  • Responsibility: to each other and the communities they serve

 

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MidKent College

MidKent College provides KaMCOP outreach activities to partner schools and colleges.

MidKent College provides KaMCOP outreach activities to partner schools and colleges.

MidKent College has a long and proud tradition of delivering top-quality and flexible higher education courses and professional training. They offer Access courses for those looking to gain those all-important qualifications needed for university, as well as HNCs, HNDs and foundation degrees for those looking to upskill or retrain. They also offer professional accredited courses in Human Resources and Accountancy.

MidKent College’s higher education qualifications, higher apprenticeships and professional courses are designed with the needs of both student and employer in mind and have been developed in direct consultation with the industries they serve. They aim to equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in an increasingly competitive economy.

Students at MidKent College’s University Centre Maidstone (UCM) enjoy dedicated facilities which are equipped for higher-level skills. These include advanced construction and engineering workshops, a restaurant, a well-equipped learning resource centre and a lecture theatre.

MidKent College enjoys a close association with some of the UK’s most highly regarded universities, and they are proud that many of their programmes are validated by the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Greenwich.

 

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Switch Youth Services

Switch Youth Services provides KaMCOP outreach activities to partner schools and colleges.

Switch Youth Services provides KaMCOP outreach activities to partner schools and colleges.

Switch Youth Services is a newly formed Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Their main objective is to support the personal, social and emotional development of young people (11-21, up to 25 with a learning difficulty or disability) through informal education.

Switch Youth Services operate an inclusive town centre youth café in the heart of Maidstone that places an emphasis on respect, conversation and reflection while offering non-directive advice and guidance that encourages responsibility and aids young people in their transition from adolescence to adulthood. In addition to the youth hub, they engage young people with programmes that respond to need as it is presented. They offer a wide range of programmes that include Crime Diversion, Anger Management, Healthy Relationships and Substance Misuse as well as conducting outreach within the community.

They also promote and support more traditional formal education. Their work in this area includes raising aspirations, motivation and attainment by working alongside young people to support the development of their confidence, self-esteem and academic resilience while exploring any underpinning barriers to engagement.

Switch Youth Services are pleased to be a partner of KaMCOP as they support the widening participation of young people into Higher Education.

 

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Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT)

The Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT) Service was initially formed in 2011 to target, monitor, and evaluate outreach programmes, and to track students’ progression from school into Higher Education and beyond.

The Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT) Service was initially formed in 2011 to target, monitor, and evaluate outreach programmes, and to track students’ progression from school into Higher Education and beyond.

HEAT is a non-profit-making service that is founded, governed, and funded by members through equal subscription.

Underpinning the service is a collaborative database, an online tool for subscribing Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The database has been developed collaboratively to provide a web-based data-capture system that tracks student engagement in outreach activities delivered by each subscriber HEI and partnership projects.

 

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