Gold rating for teaching

The University has been awarded a gold rating, the highest, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Implemented by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the TEF aims to recognise, reward and improve excellent learning and teaching at higher education providers across the UK. It also aims to provide students with clear information about where teaching quality is best and where students have achieved the best outcomes.

For full details see the University’s press release


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BOOK NOW – Improve your English with free language classes running until 20 July

If you are in Canterbury over the next few weeks and would like to improve your English the next few weeks the Centre for English and World Languages is running FREE classes to improve your English up until Thursday 20 July. The courses run at two ability levels and open to not just to Kent students but to family and friends aged over 16. The courses run for two hours per day on weekdays up to 20 July 2017.

Venue:- Keynes College, University campus.

Booking and further information:- email or phone 01227 824401

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Tomorrow Wed 21 June 11.00 -Creative Language Development – natural inspiration – SLAS- CANTERBURY

Spaces are still available on the Creative Language Development (CLD) workshops which are aimed primarily at students whose mother tongue is not English.  The workshops use a variety of media such as music, plays, short stories, news articles and poetry, as well as outdoor activities, which offer a range of opportunities to develop English language skills at all levels. Specific details of each unique session can be found on Moodle.

Of interest to:  all students wishing to develop their communicative language skills and particularly useful to students whose mother tongue is not English.

Venue- Canterbury university campus, exact venue confirmed by booking

Booking:- required via

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TOMORROW Wed 21 June 11.00-18.00 – CoSector London Graduate Recruitment Fair

Booking is now open for the University of London graduate fair. Check the booking website for a full list of recruiters who will be at the event including teaching and educational organisations, management consultants, human resources companies, gap year and volunteering and social care training groups.

There will also be skills sessions on dealing with interviews and assessment centres and improving your CV and presentations on employment in sectors including teaching, volunteering overseas and management training.

Venue:- South Building, Senate House, University of London Malet Street, London.

Booking:-  further information and registration at

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Tues 13 June 12.30-Using LinkedIn-CES-‘Bitesize’ CANTERBURY

With 4.2 new users joining LinkedIn every second, don’t get left behind! In 30 minutes learn everything you need to know about using LinkedIn from creating a professional profile, following companies you are interested in and networking effectively with professionals on the site.

Venue:- Keynes College, exact venue confirmed by booking

Booking:-Due to limited numbers booking required via TargetConnect at

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Why older carers need recognition and support

This week is Carers Week 2017 with a focus on building Carer Friendly Communities, which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

Dr Alisoun Milne, Professor of Social Gerontology and Social Work at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, researches family carers, social work with older people and their carers, mental health in later life and long term care. She is currently working on an NHS England funded project exploring effective support for older carers and is working with a local third sector carers agency helping to evaluate their role in support for carers.

Alisoun champions the rights of older carers to be recognised and supported. She highlights that this is an issue of social justice in her Think Kent video. The Think Kent series are short videos which give an overview of Kent academics and their research and teaching expertise.

In her video, Alisoun highlights the fact that over a third of the UK’s 6.5 million carers are aged 65 years and over and that older carers disproportionately provide intensive levels of care and tend to care for longer hours over many years. Unwillingness to identify as ‘a carer’ and ask for help from services also means older carers often care unaided. Despite increased policy emphasis on supporting family carers, few older carers come to the attention of local authorities. Even fewer see a social worker whose skill and knowledge set is often invaluable to older carers. View the video ‘Caring in Later Life: A Matter of Social Justice’ online.

For further information see

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Mon 12 June 13.00 – CVs – CES ‘bitesize’ CANTERBURY

This session covers the do’s and don’ts for creating a great CV

Venue:- exact venue confirmed by booking

Booking:- booking REQUIRED via TargetConnect:-

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Thurs 8 June 14.00 Exams over… what next? – CES- CANTERBURY

This session will cover job-hunting, getting a temporary job to tide you over, vacancy sources, how to get help after you leave the University, postgraduate study, graduate recruitment fairs, recruitment agencies, online information, taking a year out and more.

Venue:- Keynes lecture theatre 2 , Keynes College

Booking:-  advisable via

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BOOK NOW Thurs 8 June 11.00-16.00 Prospects Summer Graduate Fair-Earls Court, London

Bookings are still open for the London summer graduate fair run by Prospects. This is an opportunity for graduates to meet potential employers, find out about postgraduate study opportunities, get free advice and attend careers seminars and get insights into employment in specific sectors of commerce and industry. Activities include:-

Free professional headshot for your CV/online profile;CV clinic with useful application tips;Hundreds of graduate careers and placements (see exhibitor list on the website); opportunities to meet employers with graduate vacancies and internships;  seminars and industry insight talks; Live jobs board featuring current vacancies

Venue:- ILEC Conference Centre, Ibis Earls Court, 47 Lillie Road, Earls Court, London


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Tues 6 June 13.00- Interview skills – CES ‘bitesize’ MEDWAY

Have a go at a practice interview in a safe environment.  Overcome your nerves and build your interview confidence with the help of a Careers and Employability Service advisor.

Venue:- room PK101, Pilkington Building

Booking:- advisable via

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