Category Archives: Medway Student

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Information for new postgraduate students

The Graduate School aims to ensure that your academic and social interests are appropriately provided for within the University wherever you are based.

Professor Paul Allain (Dean of the Graduate School) and his team, work in partnership with academic schools, faculties, central service departments and the Students’ Union to enhance the quality of the postgraduate student experience across all campuses and European centres to create a vibrant postgraduate community.

The Graduate School also supports a wide range of activities enabling postgraduates to promote their research interests and studies as well as opportunities to meet and socialise.

In addition to the initiatives highlighted below please keep an eye on the Graduate School’s events calendar for further information.

The Graduate School is located on the third floor of the Cornwallis East building on the Canterbury campus, with offices for its staff and a postgraduate training room. There is also an adjacent networking space which postgraduates can used for socialising and study.

Postgraduate inductions

University-level postgraduate inductions are taking place on the following dates:

Wednesday 20 September – Canterbury taught Master’s students
13.00 – 14.30  Social Sciences (Woolf College Lecture Theatre)
14.45 – 16.15  Humanities and Sciences (Woolf College Lecture Theatre)

Thursday 21 September – Medway postgraduate students
10.30 – 11.15 Taught Master’s students (Rochester Building R2-09)
11.15 – 12.00 Postgraduate Researchers & Postgraduate joint students
(Rochester Building R2-09)
12.00 – 12.45 Postgraduate students (Rochester Building R2-09)

Friday 22 September – Canterbury Postgraduate Researchers
9.30 – 10.45    Social Sciences (Cornwallis South East, COLT 2)
10.30 – 11.45  Sciences (Cornwallis South East Lecture, COLT 3)
11.30 – 12.45  Humanities (Cornwallis South East Lecture, COLT 2)

The GradPost newsletter

The quarterly postgraduate newsletter (The GradPost) is supported and coordinated by the Graduate School. Postgraduate students can join the GradPost editorial team and/or contribute articles for publication in the newsletter. Further information about the GradPost can be found online. Please email GradPost if you would like to become involved with the newsletter.

Postgraduate Experience Awards

Postgraduate students have the opportunity to bid for funding up to £1,500 via the Postgraduate Experience Awards to coordinate their own events and projects aimed at enhancing the postgraduate experience at Kent. Proposals for funding are required to have an interdisciplinary and/or external focus.

Projects funded previously have included a cross-disciplinary Latin American Society and Research Network, an interdisciplinary conference on Social Movement, and a short story reading group.

Postgraduate students will be notified when the awards are open for applications during the course of the academic year.

Postgraduate Festival

The annual Postgraduate Festival in the summer term provides our students with the opportunity to present their work to a wider audience, network with their peers from across the University and attend academic talks.

Global Skills Award

The Global Skills Award programme for postgraduate taught Master’s students which comprises of a range of lectures on global issues and a series of workshops, has been specifically designed to improve your employability in a competitive job market. The programme is free and those who successfully complete the programme will receive an award certificate.

Researcher Development Programme

The Researcher Development Programme for postgraduate researchers is coordinated by the Graduate School.

The programme provides a range of workshops and online training opportunities designed to enhance your skills as a researcher and prepare you for a variety of careers.

The coverage of the programme has been developed in line with Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework and it reflects the UK Research Councils’ aims to develop exceptionally skilled researchers for the 21st century.

PhD students will be notified in September about booking a place on one of our ‘Kick-start your PhD’ Workshops.


Postgraduate Handbooks

All new postgraduate students will receive a copy of the 2017-18 Postgraduate Handbook at the induction. You can also download a copy online or pick one up from the Graduate School.

The handbooks contain useful information about postgraduate study and research at Kent, details of academic and regulatory processes as well as local information for students who are new to Kent.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kent – come and meet the Graduate School staff in Cornwallis East or contact us via:

Kent students

Technology evangelist to launch a new programme to inspire success

Award-winning computer scientist and passionate advocate for women in tech, Dr Sue Black OBE, will be giving a free talk in Woolf Lecture Theatre on the 22nd September to launch a new programme, developed by Kent Innovation and Enterprise, to support women.

Bridging the gap between the university and business communities in the area, The Inspire Challenge Excel programme aims to create opportunities for women in all stages of their lives and careers, from current students to established business owners.

The programme will encourage women to try something new, support them to go beyond their comfort zone, and to work together to effect change, with an exciting programme of events throughout the year.

The launch event is free and open to all, and we encourage you to come along to find out more. Register for the event here.

Booking for Campus Shuttle now available

The Campus Shuttle booking is now open. Book a seat online at .

The Campus Shuttle is a free coach service between Canterbury and Medway campuses, exclusively available to University of Kent students and staff.

The shuttle will start running from Saturday 16 September.

Booking guarantees you a seat on the service. If you do not book, you can still travel with your Kent One or Kent Union card if seats are available.

More information can be found at

World languages

Give yourself an edge: Take a language as a wild module

To enhance your skills and future employability, do you know you can take either Arabic or Mandarin as part of your degree? There are still opportunities for you to sign up for various levels of studying Arabic or Mandarin from complete beginners to more advanced levels.

Benefits of language study

Learning a language is not only enjoyable, it improves your cultural awareness, develops your adaptability and makes you a more confident and effective communicator, and improves your future employability.

To expand your horizons, search our languages on the online module catalogue ( ) using the following codes: LA307, LA308, LA522 and LA523 for Arabic modules; LA302, LA303, LA502, LA503, LA518 and LA519 for Mandarin Chinese modules.

For more information, follow the link below to see what is on offer for you:


Hello Library and IT at Medway!

If you’re starting at our Medway campus in September, you might be wondering where to study, how to get online, and how to find the books you need for your course.

Here’s an overview of the library and IT services you can use.

Drill Hall Library

The Drill Hall Library is your main library at Medway. It has the books and you need, plus study spaces, PCs and laptops, printers, photocopiers and scanners, and support for your subject.

  • Read this useful guide to the Drill Library. It tells you the basics, like when it’s open and how many books you can borrow.
  • Visit the Library for your induction session, which has been pre-arranged by your School or department, to learn your way around.
  • Look out for games, competitions and fun prizes in Welcome Week.

IT services for you

Here are some of the IT services you can use as a Kent student:

Research students

Need a space to work? You can use the Postgraduate Researchers’ Room in the Drill Hall Library. This newly designed and furbished room is available for postgraduates from all three Medway universities, providing an excellent space to study, network, practice presentations and meet those with similar research interests.

Not a Medway student?

If you’re at Canterbury and you need a book that’s only in the Drill Hall Library, you can request it to be delivered to the Templeman Library through LibrarySearch.

You can also visit our Medway campus and use the Drill Hall Library. To borrow books, you’ll just need your KentOne card.

shuttle bus runs in term time between Medway and Canterbury campuses.

Want to know more?

Visit our Hello Library and IT! website for more tips and guides.

Professor Karen Cox

Read the all-new Executive Group blog

The Executive Group blog is a new platform for staff and students at Kent to learn about the projects that Executive Group members are working on and institutional updates.

Every other week a different member of Executive Group will take control of the blog and share what’s in their in-tray at the moment. The blog will cover a range of topics from the University’s health agenda to an update on our European activities and Brexit.

The blog, posted once a fortnight on a Wednesday, comes in conjunction with a revamped website for the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for easily accessible, clear information.

Returning to Kent?

Welcome back! If you’re returning to Kent after the summer break, here’s a helpful summary for settling back in.

  • Stage two and three timetables showing lecture times will be on the Student Guide during the week starting Monday 11 September. Continue to go back and check your timetable regularly for updates including other events.
  • You will need to register your return to the University on SDS from Tuesday 19 September so we know you’re definitely coming back.
  • If you’ve got a new phone, tablet or laptop, get it Kent WiFi-ready before you come back to campus by running our WiFi setup tool.
  • Living off campus is very different from living in University accommodation. Read our community webpages for information on bills, bins, neighbours and much more!

Have a great 2017-18 at Kent!

Beginners’ guide to Kent 2017

For all you newbies, here’s a helpful introduction to Kent and some of the fantastic services available to you.

  • Your school – is a helpful point of contact for all your studying needs. Whether you need guidance on how to reference or employability advice, your school can help, and if they can’t, they will know who can. Find your school and academic adviser.
  • Studying at Kent.There is a wide range of study support available across the University. You can not only go to your school for study advice, but you can also talk to one of our learning advisers from the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS).
  • Employability support. In an increasingly competitive job market, we want to make sure you have the skills and experience to stand out. From work experience opportunities to support showcasing your skills, we offer a range of services to help you bag that dream job.
  • Our Student Finance Teamis here to help, whether your student loan is late or you just need help managing your money.
  • Kent is a great place to live and study. Here is some useful information to help you while you’re living in Kent over the next few years.
  • As a student you have access to a wide range of support and wellbeing services, including help with a disability, child care and a counselling service.
  • Greenwich and Kent Students’ Unions Together is your students’ union and are there to represent the student voice. They also look after a range of student activities including social events and societies at Kent.
  •  The Student Hub at Medway is GK Unions’ newly refurbished home. It hosts a range of student events, serves a good choice of food including home-made pizzas and is a great place to relax. Read more about the Student Hub.
  • As well as a fully-equipped library, most our library resources are online, so you can get the information you need 24-hours a day. Visit Drill Hall Library’s website.
  • When you join Kent you automatically become part of a college. Joining a college community gives you a support network and your Masters’ Office is somewhere you can go for help and advice.
Maricela Santiago Torres

A successful year for philanthropy

In 2016-17, the generosity of our alumni, staff, former staff and friends saw over £800,000 raised to support University of Kent students.

Gifts received in 2016-17 support a wide range of projects and initiatives across the University, including:
• The award of two Alumni Postgraduate Research Scholarships to enable two talented Kent graduates to undertake PhD study;
• 50 bursaries for students experiencing financial hardship;
• Opportunities for students to organise or participate in projects which enhance their employability;
• The continuation of the prestigious University Music Scholarship scheme;
• The launch of the new First 500 Scholarship, being awarded for the first time in 2017
• Support for students and academics seeking refuge from uncertainty, conflict or persecution;
• An array of prizes to celebrate academic achievement and participation in school life;
• Kent Union’s Access to Activities Fund;
• The launch of a new crowdfunding platform which will provide increased fundraising opportunities for student-led initiatives.

Donations to Kent in 2016-17 came from almost 1,300 donors, over 1,000 of whom are Kent alumni. Last year, a number of alumni and friends chose to remember the University with a gift in their will. As well as individuals, Kent receives philanthropic support from approximately 50 corporate organisations and charitable trusts.

Our fantastic community of alumni, staff and friends lend their generous support to today’s students. By sponsoring a brick in the Footsteps path, making a gift during our telephone campaigns or joining us for one of our In Conversation events, each donation makes a difference to our students.

Find out more about how your support makes a difference at


Photo caption: Maricela Santiago Torres, MA Modern French Studies, was awarded a scholarship supported by Santander Universities.