Category Archives: Medway Student



This Kent Girl Can is a campaign celebrating all of our fantastic women in sport.

Kent Union are highlighting the achievements of women already partaking in sport at Kent, as well as organising various sports sessions from the 20 November to encourage more women to engage in sports and Team Kent.

To find out more about the sessions available and to read the stories of some of our #ThisKentGirlCan champions, click here.

#ThisKentGirlCan t-shirts
As part of the campaign, we will also be selling #ThisKentGirlCan t-shirts. These will be sold for £5 per T-Shirt from either Mandela Building or the Online Store and picked up from the Student Activities Centre – £1 of each purchase will be donated to a Sports Club of your choice if bought before 26 November 2017!


Man Up, Speak Up

Kent Union have announced the ‘Man Up, Speak Up’ campaign which aims to tackle the stigma surrounding male mental health and hopefully encourage more men to talk about their own concerns.

Mental health is the number one disability at our University, so now, more than ever, this is an issue that needs to be faced head on. Men should no longer suffer in silence.

Facts and figures from the Men’s Mental Health Forum data, September 2017:

  • 12.5% of men in the UK are suffering from one of the common mental health disorders.
  • Just over three out of four suicides (76%) are by men and suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35 (Reference: Office for National Statistics).
  • Men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women. Only 36% of referrals to IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) are men.
How can I can I get involved and support this campaign?

With the support of the Movember campaign, our sports clubs are competing to raise the most amount of money for a cause which focuses on male physical and mental health.
We will be hosting an impact event, where we will have a physical wall outside the Student Activities Centre for students and staff to come along and write their issues on the wall from Wednesday 15 – Friday 17 November 2017. This will culminate in the knocking down of this wall, as a sign of breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health.
Speak up.

Alumni return to Kent to offer students careers advice

This year’s Employability Festival saw 26 alumni return to the Canterbury campus to offer current students advice and guidance about their graduate prospects and employability. Graduates from a range of disciplines participated in panels, gave talks and networked with students to share their experience and expertise, and to offer mentoring and insights at events organised by Kent Union, the Development Office, the School of Economics, the School of Anthropology and Conservation, the School of History and the School of Arts.

Kasia Senyszyn, Volunteer Management Officer for the Development Office, said “it is brilliant to see so many members of our talented and diverse alumni community coming back to share their stories and support Kent. They are such a fantastic resource for current students and new graduates and we are so grateful for their time and expertise.”

Kent has over 171,000 alumni worldwide and nearly 300 of them are currently volunteering to support Kent through our international alumni groups, on-campus talks and events, and our online mentoring platform, KEW-NET. Kent alumni also helped to raise over £880,000 last year for the Kent Opportunity Fund, which supports our students through scholarships, hardship bursaries and student project grants.

Find out more about our alumni community and how to get involved on our website.

Join us for a night of sports in the dark!

Have you ever wondered how you could make your favourite sport that little bit more fun?

Well, turn off the lights, throw on some UV paint and grab your glowsticks and you’ve got UV sports! Still not sure what UV sports are? Check out the event on YouTube.

UV sports night takes place on Saturday 25 November at the Sports Centre and includes:

Main Hall

  • Ultimate frisbee,18.00-19.00
  • Volleyball, 19.00-21.00
  • Badminton and table tennis, 18.00-21.00

Hall 2

  • Women’s basketball, 18.00-19.30
  • Men’s basketball, 19.30-21.00

Hall 3

  • Football, 18.00-19.30:
  • Handball, 19.30-21.00

Tickets cost just £2 and give you access to all the sports! Book online  or buy at the Sports Centre reception beforehand or on the night. Be sure to book early as spaces are limited.

Gospel choir

London Community Gospel Choir comes to Kent!

The renowned London Community Gospel Choir comes to the University campus on Friday 17 November, as the Music department brings them to Colyer-Fergusson Hall.

From humble beginning in 1982, the Choir is now Europe’s leading Gospel choir, regularly to be seen around the UK including at the Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury and Wembley Stadium.

Join us as Colyer-Fergusson Hall rings to the sounds of this very special choir!

Tickets and details online.

Kent Gives Back: Projects so far

This autumn, Kent alumni in the United States and the United Kingdom are getting together to make a difference in their local communities, as part of Kent Gives Back. We would like thank all of those Kent alumni participating in this series of Kent Gives Back projects.

The Boston alumni team volunteered at The Community Servings Kitchen as a part of the Kent Gives Back Project on Friday 27 October. The team created meals for individuals unable to shop or cook for themselves due to critical illness.

Six University of Kent alumni in Washington, DC volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House where they cooked a lovely meal for 22 children at the home. Eliot Williamson, chair of the UKA Washington, DC chapter, commented on the event:

‘The event was a huge success. The group enjoyed the activity tremendously. Also, many of the parents thanked us. They were very happy we cooked such a good meal.’

On 11 November, 10 Kent alumni from Chicago volunteered at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. They made individual and family-sized food packages to be distributed across Chicago. One of the volunteers commented: ‘What a rewarding afternoon on this Veterans’ Day/Remembrance Day. We learned that over 16,000 veterans in Cook County live below the poverty line and 18% of households who receive assistance from the Food Depository include someone who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.’

Alumni in Los Angeles are looking forward to volunteering at the LA Regional Food Bank on Saturday 9 December and the next series of Kent Gives Back in the US will take place in May 2018, and involve alumni groups around the world.

Contact us at to offer suggestions or find out more about this fantastic initiative.

Graduate commissioned to help raise awareness of sexual harassment

Event and Experience Design (EED) graduate Elise Berdah from the School of Music and Fine Art has been commissioned by Clara Lee, Vice President (Welfare) of Kent Union to re-make her EED Independent Realised Project.

‘Fight, Flight or Freeze’ is a touring awareness raising experience of sexual harassment, particularly in the university environment. It was originally presented in the Drill Hall Library during the Student Wellbeing Festival last May. Watch the project video for more information.

It will be presented again in the Student Hub at Medway from 20 – 26 November, and from 27 November – 3 December in Canterbury. It may tour to other universities and colleges. Watch Elise speaking about her project.

Student Volunteer Week

Student Volunteer Week

Student Volunteer Week is a chance for you to get involved in making a difference in the community and going above and beyond! We want you to get involved in our volunteering projects, support the activities the student groups are running and fundraise!

This is a great opportunity for you to get involved and see what Kent Community Action has to offer so look at the timetable and sign up!

Find out more here.


We are going to Wildwood Animal Park again! The keeper team have asked us to clear out our old green lizard + hedgehog enclosures by the main entrance, to get the area ready for some sand lizards that are arriving at the park in the near future. The work will entail removing plants and a dividing small wall, raking and tidying it up. Afterwards there may be the opportunity to paint some small houses/miniature sheds in red + white ready to be part of our Christmas village we are getting ready for the holidays.

If you want to come sign up here.

Christmas Gifts Collection (available to staff too)
The Children’s Ward at Canterbury Hospital are looking for Christmas presents for children from newborn-16 year olds. Come and donate something from 10.00-14.00 in Keynes Atrium!

Alumni Pub Nights

Alumni Pub Nights – November 2017

Alumni Pub Nights, the new social and networking series for Kent alumni and students, will take place in local pubs in Canterbury or London on the last Tuesday on the month every two months and we would love you to join us!

What are the events?
The events aim to bring together alumni, students and staff from a range of disciplines with each night themed to different subjects surrounding workplace skills, networks and employability opportunities. Events could include speakers, or they may be geared to people interested in a particular sector or skillset, but all events will be a great opportunity for you to meet up with local alumni to network and think about your future.

When is the next event?
The next event will be at the Miller’s Arms in Canterbury on 28 November from 18.00 – 20.00. Meet TeachFirst’s Graduate Recruitment Officer and former teacher, Ross Cooper, who will lead a short, interactive discussion on working in education and teaching. This is a great chance for budding teachers to meet up to find out more about the profession and meet others who are interested in education. However, all are welcome to come along and catch up with Kent graduates.

Please register and join the event on Facebook for relevant updates.

First drink free! If you have any questions regarding this event please email us.

Kent Gives Back

Kent Gives Back: Canterbury and the world

A team of 10 alumni and students will work together to support social activities for the elderly at The Chase care home in Canterbury on Saturday 25 November 2017, 10.00-13.00. If you would like to get involved please contact us.

Alumni in Boston (27/10), Washington DC (02/11), Chicago (11/11) and Los Angeles (09/12) have also volunteered for local community projects through the scheme including creating and serving meals for critically ill people and children and supporting food banks for the homeless.

So far 10 students and 28 alumni have volunteered their time through the scheme for community projects in 2017.

The next project will be in Canterbury, Medway, the US, France, Belgium and Greece in May 2018 we are happy to take suggestions for projects from anyone who would like us to support their cause, just email us.

Network, donate your time and share stories with Kent students and alumni!