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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:

30 years on: a lecture by Professor Richard Sakwa

The School of Politics and International Relations is delighted to invite you to an event to celebrate Professor Richard Sakwa’s 30 years at the University of Kent.

Richard will be reflecting on, and trying to make sense of, the last 30 years of Russian, European and global politics, and his time at Kent in the last three decades, in a lecture titled ‘From Gorby to Corby: The Clash of New World Orders’

The lecture will be on Wednesday 20 September 2017 in Sibson Lecture Theatre 3, commencing at 17.00. There will be opportunity for some discussion afterwards, followed by a drinks reception held in Sibson Atrium from 18.45 until 20.00.

After periods working at the University of Essex and then the University of California, Santa Cruz, Richard joined the School on 1 September 1987. Since then, in numerous books, journal articles, chapters and edited works, he has written about the fall of the Soviet Union, the challenges facing post-communist Russia, the nature of the 1989 anti-revolutions, the turbulence in Europe, and developments in global politics. His latest book is Russia against the Rest: The Crisis of Post-Cold War Order (Cambridge University Press, due out in autumn 2017)

This is a free event but please confirm or decline your attendance to Jill Hayes via this link by adding your name and ticking the box if you are able to attend

Please email Jill Hayes ( confirmation or decline, should you have any difficulty with responding to the RSVP link above

Richard is very much looking forward to seeing you at his celebratory event!


Returning to Kent? What’s new in the Templeman Library

We’ve been busy getting the Templeman Library ready for your return to Kent, and there are lots of great changes.

Read these 10 things you should know for a round-up of everything that’s new. Here are the highlights:

We hope you enjoy using the Templeman Library and campus study spaces this term.

Hello Library and IT services!

If you’re a new student, you’ll soon be using the Library, IT services and study spaces to help you do your work. Here’s how to get started and make the most of them.

For more tips, guides and library hacks, take a look at the Hello Library & IT! website.

Get online

You can connect to Wifi as soon as you arrive on campus. If you’re living on campus, use the wired internet with an Ethernet/network cable for gaming and streaming. If you don’t have a cable, you can get one free from the IT & Library Support Desk in the Templeman Library.

Come to a Library and IT! Welcome Session

welcome session is your best chance to explore the Library and find out about IT services.They run from Monday to Friday in Welcome Week, between 10:00–16:30.

Check your timetable to see if there is a session for your subject booked. If not, or if you miss it, come to any session at these times.

You’ll learn about:

  • finding and borrowing books
  • where you can study
  • PCs, library laptops and campus internet
  • printing, copying and scanning

You’ll also get a free gift, and the chance to win a £20 Amazon voucher.

Templeman Library opening times

  • Until 24 September: 08:00-00:00 midnight
  • 25 September – Friday 15 December: open 24/7
  • You’ll need your KentOne card to enter after 21:00.

Get help and keep in touch

For all help with Library and IT Services:

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.
  • 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 Team is 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.
  • Kent Union is your students’ union and is there to represent the student voice. They also look after a range of student activities including the Summer Ball and societies at Kent.
  • Both Canterbury and Medway have good transport links, so you don’t necessarily need a car to get around. You can also benefit from a range of discounts on local transport. Discover some of your options for getting around.
  • 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.