Category Archives: Medway Student

Unwind at University

Come and unwind and take-a-break from your exam and revision stress. We are an event put on with final year Event and Experience Design Student, Leah Stewart, in collaboration with the Student Wellbeing and Support service at the University of Kent. All students and staff are welcome to join the event at anytime throughout the day.

We are here for any advice you may have on wellbeing including the; physical, healthy and happy aspects of it. Free fruit, nuts and smoothies alongside some promotional branded goodies!

Pets as therapy will hopefully be joining us too so keep your eyes peeled on this event for an itinerary closer to the time.

There will be 2 guided meditation sessions on the mezzanine in the Galvanising Shop throughout the day so watch this space for more information.

All students and staff are welcome to join the event at any time throughout the day. For more information check out the Facebook event.

Medway Post Grad Writing Retreat

This year’s post graduate writing retreat organised by SLAS will take place on the 15-16 June at Brenley Farm near Faversham. The aim of the event is to support and motivate Medway-based post graduate students with their dissertations or thesis. The retreat is part funded by the Dean of Medway, Nick Grief who says: ‘The PG writing retreats are helping to develop a confident PG community and a vibrant PG culture at Medway.’

For further details of the retreat are available on our website.

Book a place on the retreat.

Sarah Turner’s Public House to be screened at Gulbenkian

Directed by award-winning artist Sarah Turner, SMFA’s Reader in Fine Art and Director of Research, the Grierson Award nominated film Public House (96 mins, 2016) which premiered in October 2015 at the BFI London Film Festival, and has also been screened at Tate Britain and the ICA, is being toured nationally through PictureHouse and other cinemas, including the Gulbenkian Cinema on 21 June at 18.45.

Organized and sponsored by Kent’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Studies (UKC) and the Gulbenkian Cinema, the film screening will be followed by a Q&A with Sarah Turner, chaired by Thanos Zartaloudis (Kent Law School; AA School of Architecture and Co-director of KISS).

Student Enterprise Winners to compete in the USA

Each year the University of Kent selects a student, or team of students, to compete at the Virginia Tech University in the USA along with students from 14 other universities from around the world. These students all have one thing in common: a great business idea.

The University of Kent represents the UK to compete in this prestigious competition with other countries including Ecuador, France and Australia. Students pitch their business ideas with the chance to win $25,000 and the title of ‘Global Entrepreneurship Champion’.

We are proud to announce the 2017 entry will be Daniella Golden and Saga Rad, who won the University of Kent preliminary Big Ideas Competition with the business idea. The judges had the very difficult task of narrowing down the student applications and Daniella and Saga had fierce competition. Daniella and Saga’s winning entry, ToDo, is an online platform for collaborative environmental volunteering with a connected webshop.

Thank you to all of the students who entered the Big Ideas Competition this year- the caliber of entries was fantastic and every one of the participants should be proud of their achievements.

Exam Information – dates, venues and more


Monday 8 May – Friday 16 June 2017 (weeks 25 – 30)

Morning exams begin promptly at 9.30, afternoon sessions begin promptly at 14.00.
Papers can last one to three hours.


Canterbury Exam Venues: Medway Exam Venues:
Main Hall – Sports Centre Pilkington Building
Small Hall 2 – Sports Centre Dockyard Church / Sail & Colour Loft
Small Hall 3 – Sports Centre Gillingham Building
Darwin College Conference Suite Medway Building
Eliot Dining Hall
Adapted Arrangements Venues: Adapted Arrangements Venues:
Keynes Seminar Rooms 11-17 (Smaller Venue) Gillingham Building
KSA 1 – Keynes College (PC Room) Medway Building
Cornwallis North West Seminar Rooms 1-12

(Individual Rooms)


If you have an Individual Learning Plan, you can find confirmed adapted arrangement details on your SDS. Any questions please contact us.

Seating Plan
You will be allocated a seat for each exam, please find the seating plan at your venue before the start of each session.

What to bring

  • KentOne Card. If you have lost this please contact us.
  • Pens, pencils and writing equipment (in a clear pencil case)
  • Still water in a clear plastic bottle

What NOT to bring

  • Mobile Phones / Smart Watches – All electronic devices are prohibited from exam venues. Any device brought into an exam venue will be reported to your school.
  • Bags and coats
  • Food (Unless permission given prior)
  • Any drink other than water

Bag Room
If you have a bag to drop off please arrive 30 minutes before the start of your exam (It can get very busy!) at the following locations:

Canterbury Campus Bag Room Medway Campus Bag Room
Keynes College: Seminar Room 7 Pilkington Building room 014
  Gillingham Building room 2-03
  Dockyard Church – Foyer Entrance
  Sail & Colour Loft – SCL216

We appreciate Exams season is a stressful time of year, we are here to support and help you throughout this period.

Get ahead, know what to expect… see our website for more information
If any details change regarding your exams you will be contacted via your Kent email.

If you have any questions please contact us:

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UKM Student’s top tips for exam success!

1 Plan
Make a good plan to help you structure your time. Don’t just timetable revision, but plan your time off too.

2 Tidy room, tidy mind
I’m sure you’ve heard this one before! But it really does work. If the space around you is clear your mind will be less distracted.

3 Breaks
Make sure you take regular breaks, even if it is just popping outside for 5 minutes and going back to it. I find that washing my hands and face with cool water is a great way to quickly refresh the body.

4 Start as early as you can
I know students are inclined to get up late and work late, but you’d be surprised how much you can get done before lunchtime if you get up a couple of hours early. Get yourself into a positive routine so you can get a good night’s sleep.

5 What kind of learner are you?
You may have done these tests in secondary school – but they really do work. Optimise your revision by doing the right kind of work style. Find out what kind of learner you are here.

6 Incentives
Reward yourself! It is a tricky time of year… so make sure to keep happy and motivated. Set out your rewards before you start revising to make it more satisfying.

7 Change location
A simple change of revision scenery is a way to switch it up. If it is a nice day take your revision cards along to The Strand, to Great Lines Park in Gillingham or to the Dockyard. Don’t just stay stuck in your room or the library.

8 Bitsize chunks
Break up your exam topics into blocks to make revision more manageable. Tick off the sections as you go through them (and don’t leave the ones you dislike the most until last!)

9 Test yourself
Ask friends to ask you questions, or sit down and do a mock paper. This will really help you understand what topics need more work. It isn’t until you are put on the spot that you know exactly what information you have absorbed.

10 Don’t Cram!
Need I say more…

The Historic Dockyard

Staff and student discount for The Historic Dockyard

Kent staff and students can access The Historic Dockyard’s attractions and galleries for free with a valid Kent ID card.

You can also get discounted access for up to five accompanying guests at the Group Admission price applicable at the time. Currently the discounted rates for guests are:

£15.50 Adults
£14.00 Concessions
£11.50 Children

Tickets are valid for one day only. Students/staff should obtain their guest tickets from The Historic Dockyard Admissions Desk during normal opening hours on the day of visit.



Go Abroad Awards 2017

International Partnerships was delighted to host the University’s inaugural Go Abroad Awards on 30 March 2017, celebrating the efforts and achievements of students who have undertaken a study or work placement abroad.

All nominees received official recognition for exceptional achievements attained through their engagement with Go Abroad. Each had demonstrated exceptional engagement with their Go Abroad experience and contributed to enhancing Go Abroad opportunities and benefits for fellow students, staff and their wider communities. Visit to view the list of 2017 winners and runner-ups.

Winners were awarded a cash prize alongside their certificate of achievement. Alexander Stylianoudis, winner of the Go Abroad Best School Ambassador award, noted, “I would like to thank the University for allowing hundreds of students like myself to discover the world. I would also like to thank Miss Summer Bishop for making me discover the most beautiful places on earth…I would have never met her had it not been for the University of Kent study abroad programme”

Since 2001, International Partnerships has supported over 4500 students in engaging with a Go Abroad experience as part of their studies. We believe that these experiences provide invaluable opportunity for students to grow in self-confidence, make friends, and develop a more profound perception of the world having gained first-hand experience of other countries.

Following the ceremony, James North remarked, ‘The Go Abroad Awards was such a fantastic occasion to celebrate the diverse nature of the University of Kent’s Go Abroad Scheme…Though winners were selected, in a sense all in the gala were winners as Go Abroad continues to become more and more successful. The event was amazing and the atmosphere was electric. I cannot wait to hear about the continued success of the scheme.’

Congratulations again to all winners and runner-ups!

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New Arriva bus app- transfer mobile bus tickets today!

Arriva’s m-ticket app is being replaced with a brand new and improved app. If you have a current ticket on the old app, for example a student academic year ticket, you will need to transfer the ticket to the new app before 7 April at midnight.

Mobile tickets can be bought through the app and need to be activated before you travel. Then simply show the driver the m-ticket on your screen. (You don’t need internet access once you have purchased the ticket.)

Learn more about the new app on the Arriva website or visit our travel discounts webpage to find out about how much you can save by purchasing a discounted student bus ticket.