Big Ideas Competition!

Attention all Politics students!

Have you always wondered what it would be like to start-up your own business?

Are you always coming up with business ideas?

Do you want to take part in a fun experience that can make your CV stand out?

Have you always wanted to go to America?!

If the answer to any of those questions is ‘yes’ then the Hub for Innovation and Enterprise’s Big Ideas competition is for you!

This competition welcomes all students to come-up with a business idea, enter it into the competition, and possibly win 12 months in the Hub, a trip to Virginia, USA and up to $25,000!

Students from any degree are encouraged to enter, this can be done alone or in a team. No prior business knowledge is needed.

All you have to do is come up with a business idea that you think will succeed! But be quick as the deadline for the initial application is the 15th March.

To enter and for more information simply visit:

Want try your hands at being an entrepreneur? … Have a go at the £10 Challenge!

Have you ever watched ‘The Apprentice’ – think you can do better?
Then why not have a go in the £10 Challenge? Make as much money as you can from £10!

The £10 Challenge Competition is for University of Kent students who want to get a taste of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. You can buy cheap and sell higher, you can create or make and sell, you can invest and you can run events! Your ideas must be honest, legal and ethical. Over a period of four weeks you will have the opportunity to gain valuable enterprise skills and take part in workshops to help you along the way.

You can enter individually or work in teams. You will receive £10 for every student in a team, so if your team has 4 students you will receive £40 investment. The judges will be looking at how much profit you make and how you go about making it.

Registration for the £10 Challenge 2016 will open on the 21st September and will close on the 30th September. For any questions or to register your interest please email

Further details can be found here: 

£10 Challenge

CES CV Competition is back!

The Careers and Employability Service CV Competition is back with more opportunities for you to win work experience opportunities with 13 local organisations. Competition entry is open to all students. Details of the competition are available on the webpage

To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is send in your CV and fill in a short application form. The organisations will then be sent the CV’s and asked to choose a winner. Confirmed experiences include teaching, field research, administration, social media, sales and finance. Two which may be of particular interest to Politics and IR students are; Beach Creative (Field Researchers) and The Challenge (Administrator). Take a look on the link above for a full list of opportunities.

Experiences will last 2 weeks and will be unpaid, however the B:KEW bursary is available to winning students.

The competition is now open and will close on the 29th March 2016.

Think Future Study: student aspirations post University

The Think Future Study – student aspirations post University

Take 5 mins and win £500.

Going to university changes your life.

That’s a fairly obvious statement – after all, a degree makes a pretty sizeable difference when applying for jobs. But the changes your university experience make, go beyond what types of job you’re qualified for. Whether its career guidance, a lecture or the social scene, what you experience while at university can leave a long-lasting impression.

So, we want to hear from you. What do you want to achieve? What’s holding you back? What role does gender really play in determining future career success?

If that’s not enough to entice you, fill out the survey and you’ll be in with a chance of winning £500, so you can get your books for the year or that Game of Thrones box set you’ve been lusting after.

So, whoever you are, undergrad or postgrad, take 5 mins and tell us about your experiences at university and what you want from life after graduation. Get your voice heard and help us to improve your transition from student life to workplace reality.

Let’s get some answers … and win £500

Please follow this link to complete the survey


Enter the ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition!

The ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition is a project of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN Specialized Agency for information and communications technology. They seek out and incubate young social entrepreneurs who use technology to work on specific development issues. The winners will have the chance to attend the ITU Telecom World event, this year hosted in Budapest, Hungary, from October 12 to 15. Onsite at Telecom World, the winners will attend business workshops, networking sessions with leaders from the public sector, private sector and academia, and have the chance to pitch their ideas in front of our audience. After, they receive some seed funding and a year of guidance and mentor-ship from a group of top level business and technology experts.

The competition is hosted on and they are currently looking for young people who have social startups or ideas for new startups which use technology to address issues of conflict. You might do so by helping to keep populations safe, working to rebuild infrastructure and communities, or contributing to peace building or conflict prevention activities. Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old, and be citizens of an ITU Member State (Listed here).

Applications are open until June 25th.


Deadline for the KSCV Award today at 5pm!

There is still time to submit for the KSCV Award! By 5pm today you must have:

–          Logged all hours

–          Completed any skills benchmarks

–          Logged any training that you have attended

–          Completed a silver review

–          Submitted your gold written reflection

If you are not sure what you need to complete, please check the profile page of your toolkit, as the prompts will appear there.

A good gold written reflection should have good examples to back up your skills and demonstrate the activities that you’ve been involved in. Any reflections submitted with just one line of text will not be approved, so please make sure to fill the text box with some good, clear examples.

Here is an example of a recently approved written reflection:

Why did the above reasons motivate to you volunteer:

“I wanted a useful way to spend my time, that would allow me to meet new people and really be able to make a difference on campus. In my role as a Secretary for Kent Foodians, I got to meet and make friends with a lot of different people, particularly international students. From this I really felt like I had contributed to their experience at uni and to the general welcoming and helpful nature of the group. I had a chance to further explore my connection to new students through becoming an international mentor as well. This developed my ability to connect with people, find confidence in myself and my work, as well as feeling like I was helping someone to settle into a new country easier. To top it all off, I also made some amazing new friends at the start of the year as a welcome helper. Working in a team became quite natural to me after the experience and I found that I was a lot more comfortable in solving problems that previously I would have been nervous about. For example, when someone’s key fob did not work, I managed to find someone who could help and explained the situation to them. Unfortunately, it took a few go’s before the problem was fixed, but with patience it eventually was and the student was able to move in. Motivation was also a major factor in working in this role, as we were carrying heavy/awkward objects for 9 hours a day. However, with positivity the whole team managed to do it with a smile on their faces and the knowledge that they had been a part of a student’s very first day and impression of life at the university.”

What do you think you can offer employers that you couldn’t before taking on a volunteering role?

“During my role as Course Rep, I was able to improve on my planning and organisational skills, as I had to make sure that I left enough time to gather information and opinions from students, gather research on how to put their plans into place, talk to the relevant people to see which ideas were viable and make a proposal to present within the School of English meetings. These meetings also greatly improved my numerical and graph analysing skills, as I learnt how to dissect information passed around at the meetings. Previously, I had little knowledge about how to present information in this way, as I tended to focus upon the written word rather than figures. The meetings also provided me with a lot more confidence in myself, as I had to fight for the student’s voice and make their ideas into reality. Some ideas needed to be fought for and so debating them with members of staff really allowed me to be tenacious and be a leader rather than a follower.  However, at times we did have issues with getting students to communicate their ideas. In these circumstances, the team of course reps would discuss issues that they were having and we would post on our facebook page to see if the other students felt the same. From this, we could then gather what needed to be worked on and what could be put off until later. My communication skills grew with this role, as well as my role as welcome helper as I promoted events and on campus services to the new students moving in. I was also able to give them advice on issues or concerns that they were having, regarding finances and their work load. At times, some students had problems that I could not help with personally, so in order to still be helpful to them, I had to find out who could and explain the situation to them whilst reassuring the student and their parents.”

If you have any queries feel free to Sara West, Volunteer Administrator, on 01227 824780. Sara will be available until 5pm today.


For the fourth year, The Institute of Ideas will be running the Academy Scholarship Programme for full time students of ANY academic discipline. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the annual Academy weekend for the heavily subsidised rate of £60 full board. Read on for details of how to apply.


The Institute of Ideas Academy is an annual three day residential retreat running from FRIDAY 17 JULY to MONDAY 20 JULY, in which we aim to get away and be unashamedly esoteric and intellectual for a weekend, in the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake. The theme of this year’s Academy is the changing conceptions of The Public throughout history – from the beginnings in the Greek and Roman Republics, to the more complex, mobile, global publics of the present day. There are three parallel lecture series on Classics, Literature and History as well as a plenary History of Ideas series.

If you have a desire to discuss and engage with big ideas through the works of Machiavelli, Locke, Cicero, Ibsen and Brecht, then the Academy is for you! Join us for a weekend of free thinking and discussion, in which everybody will have the opportunity to cultivate themselves in beautiful surroundings with good books, and in good company.

In addition, prior to the main programme which will begin on SATURDAY 18 JULY, the successful Academy Scholars will have three additional lectures organised for them on the afternoon of FRIDAY 17 JULY.

University students from ALL disciplines are encouraged to apply to the Scholarship Programme, and whether you are an arts, humanities or science student, you will be joining a diverse range of people from every possible walk of life; from Professors and academics, to other students, business people, barristers, film makers and writers to name just a few.


The scholarship programme offers full time University students the chance to attend for the heavily subsidised price of £60 for three nights’ accommodation and full board at the luxury Wyboston Lakes complex in Bedfordshire.

To apply for an Academy Scholarship, please submit a 500-word (max) essay on the question: “Which comes first? The Individual or Society?” Please also submit a 300-word (max) motivation on why you in particular deserve to attend The Academy.

Submit applications online by 11am FRIDAY 10 APRIL 2015. Once we have successfully received your application, you will be sent the reading list so that you can start preparing while we evaluate all of the submissions.

All successful candidates will be notified by MONDAY 1 JUNE 2015

For more information on the Scholarship Programme, and for any questions that you may have, please email

To learn more about the Academy itself, and to see full details of the lectures and schedule, please visit:


The Big Ideas Competition!

This term you could win £1,000, an all-expenses paid trip to the USA and a chance to win a further $25,000!

The Big Ideas competition asks you to submit an idea for a new product/service or social enterprise for the chance to win £1,000 cash and an all-expenses paid trip to the USA to compete in the Global Business Entrepreneurship Challenge. You can submit ideas on your own or as part of a team and you can also submit multiple entries to increase your chances of winning!

employability points 15  You will even earn 15 Employability Points per entry!

Last year’s winner; Disha an Economics student, now has her own office space at Kent Enterprise Hub and is working on her business idea around her studies.

You can enter by completing a form which can be found online here.

The competition is open to all University of Kent students and entries must be submitted by Midnight on 27th February, so start thinking up some big ideas now!

For more information contact Rachel Elcombe on 01227 823263 or email