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BME Student Voices Project: Events and Interventions Assistant

Kent Union are offering a fantastic internship opportunity to work with The BME Student Voices project. This project is funded by the university through the Office for Fair Access, will conduct research into the experiences of BME students in higher education in order to identify barriers to academic and social success whilst studying.

Current statistics show an attainment gap between BME students compared with their white counterparts and we are keen to explore the reasons behind why this is in order to work towards removing any barriers. We will be enhancing the voices of BME students and investigating how experiences relating to racism, isolation and social exclusion can affect individuals and their ability succeed. This is the second stage of the project will be specifically looking to launch interventions as directed by recommendations from research carried out in the research phase.

The post: The post-holder will co-ordinate activity around the implementation of interventions as directed by Kent Union BME Student Voice Project research as well as take a lead in supporting Black History Month 2016. The project aims to increase participation of BME students in extracurricular activities and campus life and explore the link between participation and any related academic outcomes.

For further details and to apply, please visit the vacancy page: 

Find your next job through the vacancy database!

The Careers and Employability Service works with students throughout their time at University to help them make decisions affecting their future career, to find opportunities for employment or further study and to apply for these opportunities.

Vacancies advertised include graduate jobs, sandwich placements and vacation work/internships, which are entered on the Vacancy database which offers:

  • Continuous updating of vacancies
  • A personalised search facility
  • Email alerts of new vacancies which may interest you

Employers notifying vacancies are often specifically targeting Kent graduates, so competition for jobs is lower than on other vacancy sites.

If you register, you will be able to:

  • Create and save job searches on any of the above criteria
  • Be alerted by email of new vacancies matching your saved job searches
  • Search the careers events calendar and maintain your careers diary


We are recruiting Student Ambassadors!

The School undertakes many recruitment activities throughout the academic year aimed at prospective students and we are looking for enthusiastic, confident and self-motivated students to join the recruitment team.

Ambassador work will include leading sessions at UCAS applicant days and dedicated Politics at Kent days, campus tours and promoting the School to prospective applicants at Open and Applicant Days.

The Ambassador scheme is open to all Politics and IR current first and second year undergraduate students, as well as those students returning from their year abroad.

Full details about the role can be found here: Student Ambassador advert

If you would like to apply for the role, please send via email:

  • A statement of no more than 250 words explaining your motivation and
  • A CV of no more than two sides outlining your most relevant experience

Please ensure ‘student ambassador application’ is included in the subject of your email and send your completed application to Siobhan Dumphy:

Opening date: Wednesday 27th April 2016

Closing date: Midnight, Monday 16th May 2016

Interviews expected to take place: 20th May 2016 (subject to change).


Face a bigger challenge: Becoming and being an EU Careers Ambassador

International Relations PhD student Igor Merheim-Eyre shares his experience of becoming an EU Careers Student Ambassador and how you can become a 2016/17 Ambassador.

I have had the luck (and honour) to be an EU Careers Ambassador three times. Sadly, a time has come to pass on the baton and, as you are reading this post, the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is in search of a new Ambassador at the University of Kent.

So, you are probably wondering what is an EU Careers Ambassador, and what is her or his role? Let me explain through my own experiences. Back in the day (more specifically, in 2015), I attended a networking event at the European Commission office in London, where I met a British official working for EPSO, who spoke about a (then) relatively new scheme to promote careers in EU institutions to university graduate students. Being an undergraduate student at Aberystwyth University in European Politics, I jumped at the opportunity, becoming the first (and back then) the only EU Careers Ambassador in Wales.

In September 2011, EPSO invited all EU Careers Ambassadors across Europe to a weekend training in Brussels. Tough, long and requiring a lot of coffee, the training proved to be invaluable for my understanding of the different career opportunities within the EU institutions, but also the best means to promote these. There was, however, another important under-current that unravelled in the next twelve months: the new skills I have slowly began to develop (organisation, public speaking, event management, just to name a few) and, crucially, the network of friends and colleagues I developed that has evolved and expanded over the past few years, which came to include people from across different universities, EU institutions, the Foreign Office and many more.

In 2012, I have moved to the University of Kent for a Master’s degree, and re-applied for the role. Once again I had the chance to travel to Brussels for training. However, owing to personal circumstances, I have only managed to put minimal effort into the role, which highlights one particular nature of the role: it is only as good as you can make it. It showed to me that, just as with any other paid or unpaid role, it is your own energy and creativity that can turn something with a lot of potential into true success.

At the same time, the role somewhat managed to stay with me. As my other professional areas developed, I continued to work with the new EU Careers Ambassadors, holding talks on lobbying or think-tank opportunities in Brussels, but also remaining in touch with some of the wonderful people I have managed to meet during the time, often meeting for coffee or chats, whether that was in Brussels, London or Berlin.

In 2015, as the last year of my doctoral studies began, I decided to re-apply again. Once again, it has been a fantastic year, holding talks across the University, and meeting new people along the way. However, the year has also helped me to appreciate just how much I have managed to gain out of this role: my public speaking skills soared (particularly important since I now teach undergraduate students and present academic research at international conferences), I have become a comfortable networker (though I prefer to use the term ‘making new friends’), while I have become increasingly more and more confident about organising events of various kinds (from a ‘Europe Day’ cultural festival to professional workshops).

At the same time, this final year as EU Careers Ambassador still showed the challenges ahead: that students (especially British) are still little aware of graduate opportunities in the EU, that students need to be encouraged to learn new languages, and that co-ordination with the University’s Employability Service needs further strengthening. Still, this can all be easily tackled with the right dose of enthusiasm, energy and creativity. However, it is time for a new person to take on the role, inject it with those qualities and gain as much (and more) invaluable experience as I have managed to do. Therefore, if you want to face a bigger challenge and be part of this great network, apply today, take on the role, and make it your own. To that end, I wish you every success.

Further information about the EU Careers Ambassador role can be found on here:

Applications close on 1 April 2016, 12.00 midday (Brussels time).

For further information, contact Igor Merheim-Eyre

Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Scheme

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) are currently advertising an Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Scheme. They’re looking for students and recent graduates to take up a year long traineeship on the scheme.

CASE Europe’s Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Scheme is an opportunity for high quality graduates and postgrads seeking to begin a career in fundraising and philanthropy within the higher education sector.

Successful candidates will spend a year at either the University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, Cancer Research UK, Cardiff University, King’s College London, University of Nottingham, The Open University, University of Surrey, University College London, Trinity College Dublin.

Successful candidates will start their traineeship at the CASE Europe Annual Conference in August 2016.

The deadline for applications is Monday 14 March at 18:00. 

For further details and to apply, please visit: 

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.

Kent Union Recruitment Days!

Are you looking for a job? Or want to gain more work experience? Then come along to the Kent Union Recruitment Day on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th Janaury 2016 12pm – 4pm in the Eliot Dining Hall!

Positions include working in:

The Venue
Library Cafe
Student Trainers
Kent Union Administrative positions

Come along to find out more! Kent Union Recruitment Day poster

Graduate Internship – public affairs and policy

The Right Ethos is a recruitment consultancy dealing in political and international relations roles in the non-profit sector. Their clients include: Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth, Macmillan Cancer Support, Barnardo’s, Save the Children, UNICEF UK, Shelter, WaterAid, Scope and most of the major charities and campaigning organisations in the UK.

The role is to initially support the work of the staff of the organisation with a view to becoming a full-time employee.

This is for an initial 3 month contract at £12k pro rata, then permanent. Key responsibilities include:

  • Maintain company database with regards to candidates availability and information
  • Co-ordinate the job advertising and posting
  • Co-ordinate our social media activity
  • organise up to 3 client events in London each year.
  • produce of the regular e-newsletter – 10-15 per year.
  • producing content for the website

For the full job description and details on how to apply, please see the following attachment: The Right Ethos Graduate Internship

Internship Opportunity: WomanStats Project – Deadline extended!

The School of Politics and International Relations is delighted to offer an internship opportunity within the School assisting Dr Andrea Den Boer in her role as Co-PI of the WomanStats Project. This internship is open to all undergraduate students in the School and the deadline for applications is Monday 11th January 2016 at 12pm.

For more information about the internship, please see the advertisement attached. Enquiries should be directed to Claire Tanner on

WomanStats Intern Advert 2015