Category Archives: Medway Student

Medway Service of Remembering

Medway Service of Remembering

Our annual Service of Remembering will be held on 5 April 2018 from 12.15-1.30pm.

The service will be held in the St George’s Centre and is a time for us to honour members of staff, students and loved ones who have passed away in this previous year.

Whether or not you are able to attend the service please feel free to contact Lynne Martin, the Medway Campus Chaplain, with names of those you wish to be remembered.


Jobshop Recruitment Fair 2018

Jobshop Recruitment Fair

Kent Union is proud to announce the Jobshop Recruitment Fair is back and bigger than ever. Located on the centre of the Canterbury Campus in Eliot Hall, we have a wide variety of businesses promoting their part-time, temporary and seasonal roles in Canterbury as well as nation-wide opportunities. If you’re looking for part-time work don’t miss this incredible opportunity to meet employers!

The fair will take place on Tuesday 13th March from 12pm – 3pm in Eliot Hall, University of Kent. We are pleased to have a number of sponsors for the event including Concorde International, Smaller Earth, P&O Ferries, Embassy Summer, PGL and Pettit Recruitment Solutions.

If you live in Medway, make sure to book yourself a free shuttle bus to the Canterbury Campus!

The following companies will be attending:

Explore Learning                                             Scott Anderson Catering

Dreamland                                                       Wesser

New Appointments Group                            CTM

Kent Autistic Trust                                          Gulbenkian

Frontier                                                             Stafford House

Teach First                                                        L’Arche Kent

The Challenge                                                  Plus Ed

Nurse Plus                                                        Centreplate

Churchill House Summer Centres               Global Radio

Magical Maths Club                                        Chaucer College

Canterbury Historic River Tours                   CXK

University of Kent Outreach                          Careers & Employability Service

Employability Points

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 13th March!

Jane Reeves

From Kung Fu Panda, Second Life and Lara Croft to Rosie 1, 2 and 3

Professor Jane Reeves from the Centre for Child Protection will deliver this Rutherford Grass Roots Lecture, next Wednesday 14 March, at 18.00 in Rutherford Lecture Theatre One, Canterbury Campus.

Thinking differently about topics, particularly those as complex as child protection can be very difficult. There are currently 50,000 children and young people on child protection registers in the UK (NSPCC 2016) and probably many hundreds of thousands more who are groomed and abused online or via online contacts. In order to tackle this level of abuse we have to change the way we think about child abuse, how we train professionals and how we encourage children to protect themselves and their friends.

This lecture will take you on a journey of innovation, gaming and educational theory; from the germ of an idea on how to change child protection training, to the development of a suite of child protection serious game simulations which are used across the UK and all over the world.

For further details, please click here.

Professor Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor

Industrial action update from Professor Karen Cox

Dear Students,

Thank you for your letters, emails and face-to-face conversations over the last few days. I have heard from staff and students from across the University. I have been ‘out and about’ and talking with staff and students as well and I am very concerned about how things have unfolded here at Kent in relation to the dispute over pensions. I want to assure you I am actively seeking to resolve these internally. It is not the way I want things to be and my aim is to get back to positive campus relations between us all, our staff and students. To that end, I have indicated that we will not be deducting any pay for action short of a strike (ASOS) for this period of action. In addition, we have been talking with Kent Union and the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) about our Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and hourly paid lecturers (HPLs) position to ensure there is no long-term detrimental impact if they choose to take strike action.

I appreciate that this action will impact on your experience here at Kent. My colleagues across the University are working hard to mitigate the impact of any action on you our students and this will continue.

I will personally continue with my support for the need for decent pensions and I know many of you support that position. I will also continue with my public calls for continued and constructive discussions between UCU and UUK to resolve this. I made a public call to UUK in a letter dated 21 February on this which was reported in The Times and have continued to lobby UUK to this effect. I was very pleased when discussions resumed between UUK and UCU facilitated by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS). I will continue to publicly support constructive discussions. We have also been lobbying USS on this issue as well with regard to the assumptions which underlie the valuation and which are driving the deficit. We have invited them to the University to discuss this and had face-to-face conversations to raise our concerns. We have also lobbied them via UUK. We will continue to exert this pressure.

I am in regular discussions with Kent Union and I have a meeting scheduled next week to hear from Student Representatives across the University about their concerns on this issue. Please feel free to get in touch with your course, school or faculty rep about any concerns you would like them to raise when they meet with me. I have had the good fortune to meet many of our students already but hope I will get to meet more of you at one of the open forums I will be running later in the year.

Yours sincerely,


Professor Karen Cox | Vice-Chancellor and President


kent bunny

Kent Bunny’s Epic Easter Egg Hunt is back!

Take part in the egg-citement for the chance to win one of over 100 prizes!

From 19-23 March there are over 100 eggs to find, and over 100 prizes to be won!

To join the fun, and be in with a chance to win cracking prizes, you need to find the eggs that Kent Bunny has hidden across the Canterbury and Medway campuses, as well as at the University’s centres in Paris and Brussels. He has also hidden some ‘onscreen’ – take a selfie in front of them and submit to Twitter, Instagram or post to the Facebook event using #KentBunny.

At the end of the week, everyone who has found an egg or taken a selfie with them will then be entered into the grand prize draw for the chance to win a very fancy camera or an iPad mini.

The competition is open to all who want to play. Get involved on twitter @unikentevents, Facebook @UniversityofKent, Instagram @unikentlive and online



Loyalty Discount

Kent recognises the family and personal loyalty shown by registration on multiple degrees by siblings, children of alumni, husbands and wives studying together, or alumni studying for additional degrees when privately funded.

A discount of 10% of the first year’s tuition fee will be allowed on registration and payment of tuition fees, as set out below.

  • All applications must be made within the first year of study.
  • The deadline for applications from September starters is 31 December.
  • For January starters the deadline date for applications is 31 March.
  • Please note that if the student commences course part way through the year discount will only be given for the tuition fees for that particular academic year.

For more details please see our webpage.

Need financial support? Help is here!

Are you an undergraduate UK student who has been income assessed by Student Finance and are in receipt of an income assessed student loan?

Or a postgraduate UK student who has made adequate provision to cover their tuition fees and living costs before the start of their course (without having to rely on applying to this hardship fund)?

If so, you may be eligible to apply for additional financial support via the Access to Learning Fund (ALF).

You can find more information regarding the ALF, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, on the University website.

If you would like to make an application you will need to make an appointment with your Union Advice Centre.

Canterbury students should contact the Mandela Reception in person or on 01227 827724.

Medway students should contact the GK Unions Advice Centre in person, by email on or on 01634 888989.

Please note that if you are eligible to apply to ALF you will need to complete the application form and take it along to your appointment with all relevant supporting documentation.

ALF awards are discretionary so there is no guarantee of an award.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Financial Aid Office, Room G43 Registry, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NZ

01227 824876 / 823851 / 823488


Normal opening hours: Monday to Friday : 10.00 – 16.00 (closed from 12.30 – 13.30pm for lunch)

Graduation photobooths

2018 Pre-Graduation Photobooths

Graduating this July?

The Congregations team will be on the Canterbury and Medway campuses this month for the 2018 Pre-Graduation Photobooths!

What is a photobooth? Graduating students come to see us on Jarman Plaza (Canterbury) or outside Medway building (Medway) to write a message and have a photo taken, ready to be displayed in the Cathedral for your guests to see before your graduation ceremony. So who do you want to thank? Family, friends, the library… caffeine..?


Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 March, 11.00-14.00
Jarman Plaza


Wednesday 28 March, 11.00-14.00
Outside Medway building

See you then #KentGrads!

Follow us on social media for updates:
Facebook: /UniKentCongregations
Twitter: /UniKentCongs


U.N.I (You and I) Protect: See something? Say something. Do something! Make a difference.

Places are now available on U.N.I (You and I) Protect workshops running in March 2018.

All of us can take action to protect each other and the wider University community to help promote a culture of dignity and respect at Kent. This programme will help you recognise and challenge problematic and harmful behaviour, such as abuse or sexual harassment.

On completion of the course participants will understand what a ‘bystander’ is and be empowered to be able to intervene in situations safely and with confidence.

The workshops will run on Friday mornings from 10.00 to 11.30 during weeks 20, 21 and 22. All students who complete the course will receive 15 Employability Points.

If you want to take part or simply want to find out more please visit the Study Plus website. The module code is KE148. Places are limited so please sign up as soon as you can.

Further information about the course can also be found on the Student Services website.