Artist impression of Christ Church's new Science, Technology, Health, Engineering and Medicine building.

25 November 2019

South East LEP backs Kent and Medway's first medical school with £4m funding

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) has agreed to provide the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University with £4m of Local Growth Fund (LGF) capital for the Kent and Medway Medical School, which is being delivered as a joint venture between the two universities. KMMS will work closely with NHS providers right across Kent and Medway.

The South East LEP Accountability Board made the decision at its latest meeting on the 15th November 2019, after the LEP’s Investment Panel identified the project as a priority.

The two universities are seeking a total of £8m from the LGF towards the delivery of the project. A second tranche of £4m has been identified within the pipeline, should additional LGF funds become available.

When complete, KMMS will be 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.

KMMS students will study in purpose-built facilities on both Canterbury Christ Church University’s and the University of Kent’s Canterbury campuses and undertake placements within GP practices and NHS hospitals across Kent and Medway. This will contribute to the development of the ‘medical corridor’ envisaged by the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission.

At Christ Church, students will study in a new Science, Technology, Health, Engineering and Medicine facility. This will include lecture theatres, an anatomy learning centre and a high-definition hospital simulation suite.  At Kent there will be a dedicated KMMS building which will house lecture theatres, IT suites, seminar rooms, Kent and Medway’s first simulated GP suite, meeting rooms and office space.  

From 2020 KMMS will offer 100 places per year. All students at the medical school will use both sites, with the project expected to initially support 100 undergraduates per year with the potential for further growth to meet regional needs, and with additional capacity for postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development education.

South East LEP Chair Christian Brodie said: “The delivery of Kent’s first medical school will strengthen the entirety of the South East LEP area’s STEM offering, making it an even more desirable place to study and work in this highly skilled field by complementing the other educational facilities in this sector across the patch.

“The South East LEP is very pleased to be able to support such an important addition to Kent’s educational landscape. This investment, and this new school, will help attract the very best talent in this field, as well as supporting the local community by providing a boost in highly trained medical professionals serving the rapidly growing population in the area.”

Founding Dean of KMMS, Chris Holland said: “This capital donation towards KMMS from the SELEP is fantastic and really underpins our joint ambition to transform the health care provision in Kent and Medway.  We look forward to working together as the medical school develops.”

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Notes to editors

About the Local Growth Fund (LGF)

Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone.

That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.

Analysis has shown that every £1 of Local Growth Fund invested could generate £4.81 in benefits.

Further information

If you would like some further facts about the Fund, or the wider regeneration work going on across the country, please contact DCLG press office by emailing in the first instance to request any additional information you might need.

Key facts

  • There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England
  • The government has awarded £9.1bn in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic growth
  • LEPs are investing in a wide range of projects informed by detailed analysis of the most pressing economic needs in each of their areas, including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.

To find out more about the Local Growth Fund, head to

About the South East LEP

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is the business-led organisation that champions the economic growth of Kent, Essex, East Sussex, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

One of 38 LEPs across the country, SELEP works with its local partners operating under a federated model to secure investment to help deliver new homes and infrastructure. It is responsible for determining the area’s strategic economic priorities while making investments and delivering activities to drive growth and create local jobs.

The LEP is led by a Strategic Board of 28 members, an Accountability Board, a small secretariat team and partners throughout the SELEP area.

It ensures a strong ‘local’ voice into how it operates by having local LEP Boards by geographical area:

  • Kent & Medway Economic Partnership
  • Team East Sussex
  • Essex Business Board
  • Opportunity South Essex

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

From September 2020, this 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.

* Subject to successful progress through the General Medical Council's quality assurance programme.


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