We are proud of our diverse community of staff, current and prospective students, alumni, partners and stakeholders.

Founded in the Church of England in 1962, we welcome people of all faiths and none. Over our 60-year history, our staff, student and alumni community has been drawn from more than 80 countries and spread across multiple campus locations.

We continually strive to support and empower under-represented groups, through our staff and student networks, EDI initiatives, policies, charters and wider community and employer commitments. In 2012, we became a Stonewall Diversity Champion; we achieved the Athena Swan Bronze Award in 2016; we have been a key partner and sponsor of Pride Canterbury since 2016; and we adopted a whole-year approach to celebrating Black History, starting in 2020.

We are a Disability Confident Employer, and our long-established Student Disability Service and Mental Wellbeing team provides vital support to help our students fulfil their individual potential.

Through our School and College Engagement team, and as part of the Kent and Medway Progression Federation, we aim to uplift the educational aspirations and attainment of young people from all backgrounds.

Our multiple partnerships and connections with other academic institutions, businesses, statutory bodies, charities and faith groups link us across the globe, from Kent and Medway to Malaysia, America, Palestine and beyond, bringing a truly global perspective to our learning, teaching and research.

Our Diamond Jubilee provides us with the opportunity to reflect on our roots and take pride in how our community has evolved, as well as committing to continue on this journey, working hard to build a culture of equality, belonging and inclusivity.