The University of Kent (formerly referred to as the University of Kent at Canterbury) is a well-known semi-collegiate public research university which is based in Kent in the United Kingdom. It was established in the year 1965 and is recognized as a Beloff's plate glass university. In 1960, sponsors of University of Kent sent University Grants Committee a proposal for creating a University in Canterbury. On the acceptance of the proposal, an Interim Committee was set up in 1962 and the university was named. It was in the year 1965 that the university was granted its Royal Charter. The institution started operating this year with just 500 students and 150 staff members. Princess Marina, the Duchess of Kent, was appointed as the university's first chancellor. Currently, the university has six colleges and its academic structure comprises of 3 academic centres and 18 academic schools. The university has won two Queen's Anniversary Prizes in eleven years for Higher and Further Education.
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