The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Accountability Board, has awarded the Kent and Medway Medical School a further £1million of Local Growth Funding.

This award is a supplement to the initial £8M grant provided last year.

Professor Chris Holland, Founding Dean of the Kent and Medway Medical School, said: “We are delighted to receive this additional funding from SELEP. The past few months have shown how essential having a robust NHS provision in Kent and Medway is. Training the next generation of Doctors is an important part of the plans to support this in the future.”

KMMS is the first medical school in Kent and Medway, providing a centre in the region for medical education and research to develop the area’s health workforce, and address the growing need for medical professionals in the area due to rapid housing and population growth. The first cohort of 108 students started in September.

Bolstering the South East’s offering within STEM education is now more important than ever. We are dedicated to supporting students and graduates to ensure that the next generation of workers receive access to the best resources available. KMMS is Kent’s first medical school, providing a draw for highly skilled professionals and serving a growing community. The SELEP Board is pleased to be able to award available Local Growth Funding to support the projects in the South East that have been adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. We are keen to see the completion of these projects and look forward to witnessing the benefits they bring to the South East.

Chair Christian Brodie South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP)

Notes to Editors

Kent and Medway Medical School

The Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) is an exciting collaboration between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent and builds on our existing high-quality clinical teaching and research strengths.

We are working in partnership with the highly regarded and well-established Brighton and Sussex Medical School for support and quality assurance purposes.

KMMS opened in September 2020, our unique school will educate aspiring doctors to train to deliver 21st century medicine, attracting talented students from all backgrounds, from the local community and beyond and offer opportunities to help to transform the future of healthcare.

Our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS)* is jointly awarded by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.

The South East LEP

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is a genuine partnership for growth between business, government and education. We put the role of enterprise – as the driving motor of the economy – at the heart of everything we do; and we work in partnership with central government and its key agencies to pursue and attract major investment into the South East to deliver significant economic growth.

One of 38 LEPs established by the government, our role is to forge a partnership which properly understands the economic challenges and opportunities of our area, encourage an environment which delivers prosperity and to be directly accountable to local people and local businesses. LEPs decide what the priorities should be for investment in roads, buildings, and facilities in the area as part of an integrated approach to growth and infrastructure delivery.

We represent the largest LEP area in England outside London, in terms of population and economic output, and cover an area encompassing the local authority areas of East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock. Head to to find out more.