Category Archives: Medway Student

alcohol and drugs policy

Alcohol and drugs policy

The University is committed to safeguarding the health, safety and welfare of its students, and accepts its responsibility to promote good health by raising awareness of the risks of alcohol and drug misuse.

We respect the privacy of students, but will be concerned if a student’s behaviour impairs his/her conduct, safety or academic performance and/or adversely affects other students, staff, campus life or the wider community.

The University of Kent policies and penalties associated with drug and alcohol related offences are outlined in the following documents:

1. University Policy Statement Concerning Alcohol

2. University Policy Statement Concerning Drugs

These are a part of the general regulations, which can be found here.

If you or any of your friends have any concerns about these issues, you can access support via Student Support and Wellbeing and the Masters’ Offices.


VC Photo Competition

The University boasts campuses and centres in some of the most beautiful cities in the UK and Europe. The Vice-Chancellor is launching a competition for black and white photos of these cities, centres and campuses which will be displayed in her office.

Who is the competition open to?
The competition is open to University students, staff and alumni and participants are encouraged to submit black and white photos that capture the essence of these locations.

Judging and prizes
A panel of judges will choose the best entries , which will be displayed in the Vice-Chancellor’s office. There will also be a cash prize for the top entry for each location of £50.

When does the competition close?
The competition will close on Monday 4 December 2017.

Please read the competition rules and submit your photo on Flickr.

FREE Study Plus courses – Register now for the Spring Term!

Enhance your CV and improve your employability by taking a Study Plus course in something different from your main area of study. Study Plus courses are non-credit bearing and are FREE to all Kent students.

There is a wide variety of courses, which allow you to explore your creative side as well as learning new skills to help you during your studies and when you graduate.

If you have good attendance on a Study Plus course, you will earn Employability Points and the course will appear on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

You can sign up for a course via Workshops in the Student Data System.

Visit the Study Plus website to view the full range of courses, and find out more.

World languages

Bookings Now Open for NEW 10 week Language Courses

The Centre for English and World Language are now taking bookings for the 10 week Language Express courses starting in January 2018. The courses are available in a choice of 4 languages:

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Language Express is open to students, staff and members of the public.
Classes take place in the evening from 18.00 -20.00.

People who take the language courses say it not only increased their knowledge of the language of a country, but also its culture, and encouraged them to continue learning the language.

For more information on classes, fees and how to book your place, visit the Language Express webpages.

Kent academic organises anti-corruption training in Nigeria

A Kent international commercial law expert Dr Gbenga Oduntan has organised a series of training conferences in Nigeria on tracing funds transferred as a result of corrupt practices.

The first two-day conference takes place in Lagos on 20/21 November with a second two-day conference following in Abuja on 23/24 November. Each event is targeted at anti-corruption activists, media practitioners, compliance officers, anti-corruption agencies, opinion leaders, bloggers, lawyers and legal advisers.

With the first day entitled Tracking Noxious Funds: Strategies and techniques for whistle blowing and tracing property purchased and the second day entitled Investments from Proceeds of Bribery and Corruption Transferred to the West and Tax Havens, the training offers a practical, doctrinal and procedural introduction to researching company and property ownership using public sources of information. Conference attendees will also learn how to find shell companies and their property and how to identify online resources and sources of information. The training includes practical sessions that will enable participants to conduct their own searches under the supervision of expert facilitators from Europe, the US and Nigeria.

Dr Oduntan was awarded a grant of $50,000 for the training project by the MacArthur Foundation and the Institute of International Education after running a successful one-day conference at Kent Law School in July.

Dr Oduntan said: It has become clear over the last few decades last that the phenomenon of bribery, corruption and stolen funds is one of the principal causes of underdevelopment in the global south. The stolen wealth of Nigeria and other ECOWAS countries has not only found safe haven in the banks and financial institutions of the UK and other western countries but has become a major source of the funds for the purchase of UK properties contributing to housing shortages in London

Go Abroad Awards 2018

International Partnerships is delighted to announce that nominations have now opened for the University’s second Go Abroad Awards (1 March 2018), celebrating the efforts and achievements of students who have undertaken a study or work placement abroad.

There are five categories with cash prizes for the winners, including:

– Go Abroad Promotion Through Social Media – (accepting self-nominations)

– Making a Difference While Abroad – (accepting self-nominations)

– Best School Ambassador for Go Abroad

– Best Go Abroad Events Volunteer

– Go Abroad Student of the Year

An outline of each category is given on the website, along with the cash prize amounts and a link to the nomination form.

We look forward to receiving your nominations, and please get in touch if you have any questions at

Good luck to all of our nominees!

The International Partnerships Team.

Fine Art show in Rochester during December

From 8 -13 December, BA (Hons) Fine Art 3rd year students will again be holding their annual interim show in the historic Chatham House on Rochester high-street.

The building, a Georgian brewery in the process of being restored, offers a series of extraordinary spaces over three floors, some undisturbed for decades. They include an intact 18th century wine cellar, a family chapel and grand formal staircase.

Working with the project manager, students apply their practice to propose, create and install work in response to the unique environment of the building, with work ranging from performance, sound and projection to installation and painting.

Last year’s show attracted over 200 visitors to the private view alone and grants 3rd year students a valuable opportunity to take their work into the ‘real’ world beyond their studios.

Working as a group, students curate, manage the budget and publicise the show gaining experience of a public audience and of working together in preparation for their final exhibition and degree show in May.

This year’s show opens on Friday 8 December running until Wednesday 13 December, 11.00-16.00, and is open to the public.

Venue: Chatham House, High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1DA


Improving connections between Pembroke and Chatham Historic Dockyard

Last year the Medway Strategy Group challenged students from Kent School of Architecture (KSA) to suggest ways of improving connections between Pembroke (the Universities at Medway campus) and Chatham Historic Dockyard and creating a stronger sense of place at Medway.

Under the supervision of KSA colleagues Chloe Street-Tarbatt and Jef Smith, the students worked in groups over three days at the end of May 2017. It was a very interesting design challenge and the results were hugely impressive.

The students’ ideas were captured on 11 vertical freestanding banners which are on display in the Drill Hall Library until the end of term.

We would like as many Medway students and staff as possible to visit the exhibition and reflect on the students’ ideas.

We would also encourage feedback – comments can be left in the book provided.

Jobshop Recruitment Fair

Jobshop Recruitment Fair

On Thursday 2 November in Keynes Atrium from 12pm – 3pm Kent Union’s Jobshop are proud to present their first Part-Time, Temporary & Seasonal Recruitment Fair of the academic year. If you are looking for paid work opportunities alongside your studies make sure you do not miss out as we have a fantastic array of companies attending our fair to promote suitable vacancies for Kent students. We have employers who are recruiting locally and nationally with rates from minimum wage to £30 per hour.

Some of the attendees you can expect to see are:

  • Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
  • Scott Anderson Catering
  • CATS College
  • RNLI
  • Mash Staffing
  • Kent Autistic Trust
  • Barracudas

and many more!

Ensure you bring copies of your CV with you and come along to speak directly with a wide range of student employers. If you’re a Medway student please make sure to book your free shuttle bus to the Canterbury Campus as soon as possible.