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Try out the Templeman Library’s Chill Out Zone

Try the Library’s Chill Out Zone, wellbeing books and productivity tools.

Templeman Library Chill Out Zone

Relax in a calm pop-up space in the Library, open just for exam season. Take some time out from your revision, flop on a beanbag or comfy chair, enjoy the views, do some colouring or just chill. No studying allowed!

The Chill Out Zone is on Floor 3, Templeman East. Take the stairs or lift to the top of the Library and turn left, it’s the room in the corner. It’s open from 09.00-21.00 Monday to Friday and you need your KentOne card to enter.

Relax with some reading

Browse or borrow books on wellbeing and exam skills from the display in the Library Cafe. All the books are from the Wellbeing and Self Help reading list, which also includes e-books. Topics include:

-Study and exam skills
-Healthy eating
-Coping with stress and anxiety

If you need more support, Student Wellbeing can help you.

Study smarter with productivity tools

Try some of these free apps and tools, picked out by Student Support. They can save you time, make it easier to access study material and increase your productivity.

#StaySafe on your way to the Library

The Templeman Library is open 24/7 until June. Make sure you’re safe, whatever time you arrive and leave:

-Use the SafeZone app for quick access to campus security and emergency services
-Stagecoach is running a 24/7 bus service to the University until 4 June, so you’re never left stranded.

Rutherford Portable Appliance Testing (P.A.T)

Tuesday 18 April – Friday 5 May, 2017

The portable appliance testing for Rutherford College is scheduled to take place from Tuesday 18 April – Friday 5 May 2017.

Please ensure all equipment is available for testing.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we will endeavour to keep any disruption to a minimum. If there are any queries please call the Estates Helpdesk on Extn 3209.

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).

Study spaces all over campus

As everyone gets busy with assignments and revision, remember there are lots of study spaces around Canterbury campus.

Where to study

The Templeman Library is open 24/7 until June (including over Easter).

Templeman East is often less busy than West. We’ve just added more study spaces, and there are large Quiet and Silent PC rooms.

There are Study hubs across campus. You can use most of them no matter where you live. Study hubs are spaces to work in a quiet, relaxed setting, whether you’re using a PC, at a table or sofa, on your own or in a group. All of them have PCs and Print Copy Scan machines, and some are open 24/7.

Study hubs map: find a study hub to suit you.

Keynes ground floor PC room: newly refurbished with meeting booths

Have you tried our newly refurbished PC rooms? Keynes ground floor PC room and Eliot PC corridor have a fresh look and new group study booths.

Find a free PC

If you need a student PC, check how many PCs are free around campus before you choose where to go – it could save you time looking for one.

In the Templeman Library, check the screens to see where in the Library there are free PCs. From start of next term there will be some additional revision spaces too.

E-resources wherever you go

You can use Library resources, like e-books, journals, news and statistics, wherever you are, at any time. You don’t have to be in the Library or even on campus just log in with your Kent IT Account.

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:

Follow us: @KentStuRec_UGO

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Internet access survey prize winners

Thank you to everyone who took Information Services’ survey on internet access in campus accommodation.

We run this survey every year to help improve WiFi and wired internet access across campus.

Well done to the prize draw winners, who each won a £15 Amazon voucher:

Jonathan Baker, studying Electronic Engineering in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Nathan Hassall, a postgraduate studying Creative Writing in the School of English (pictured).

The Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise Showcase: The Art of Science

Join us for a morning of innovation, creativity and enterprise with inspiring talks and workshops showcasing the University’s academic excellence and world-leading research.
During the morning guests will enjoy presentations from Dr Dan Lloyd from the School of Biosciences, Professor Aylish Wood from The School of Arts and Dalia Halpern-Matthews, Chief Executive of Nucleus Arts, focusing on the relationship between Art and Science. After the presentations there will be opportunities to find out more about how the University can work collaboratively with businesses, from funding support to graduate placements.

The sessions will be followed by a concert in The University’s Colyer-Fergusson Hall. During the performance you will enjoy a unique visual and musical experience that pairs the beauty of research data from the School of Biosciences with live piano.

Registration for this event closes at midnight on the 11 April.

For more information please visit the event page.

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.