Located on the Kent coast, approximately 30 miles from central London, this splendid Edwardian redbrick and ivy-clad campus – dating from 1903 – has benefited from £50 million in investment since 1996. It is home to the Faculty of Engineering and Science, and also hosts programmes from the Faculty of Education and Health.
The area of Medway is an amalgamation of five separate towns in Kent: Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and Rainham. Each area has its own unique history.
Rochester, a couple of miles to the east of the campus, is home to a historic castle and cathedral. Rochester Castle was the scene of a bitter siege in 1215 that was instrumental in the run up to the signing of Magna Carta. Rochester Cathedral is England's second oldest, dating back to 604 A.D and is also the venue for the annual Medway Campus graduation ceremonies. Rochester was also home to Charles Dickens for many years and stages events throughout the year, including music concerts and Victorian-themed Dickens festivals. In Chatham, you can find shopping centres and high street stores, while Rochester offers a range of quirky shops along its cobbled high street.
Extensive new purpose-built laboratories and research facilities have been opened at Medway. The centrepiece of the campus is a magnificent learning resource centre, the Drill Hall Library, converted from a naval drill hall and offering 100,000 square feet of space. It houses a library, computers, study areas and teaching rooms. The Pilkington Building next door, converted from the naval canteen, contains a lecture theatre, exhibition space, teaching rooms and a bistro-style café. Pilkington is used to host a variety of events, from the annual Christmas Dinner and Dance to Robot Wars.
The Medway Campus has benefited from a recent renovation of many of its principal laboratories and teaching spaces. From the state-of-the-art computing facilities in the Nelson Building to the specialist engineering laboratories in Hawke, you will find all the industry-standard facilities required to support the delivery of the full range of engineering and science degree programmes on offer.
In addition to the laboratories, the campus is also home to the Wolfson Centre, which is one of only three research centres in the world specialising in bulk solids handling. The Natural Resources Institute was the recent recipient of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for excellence in research and development on cassava, an important food security crop in Africa.
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