Category Archives: Student Guide


Student Projects Grant Scheme now open for applications

Need to fund an idea or project?

The Kent Opportunity Fund offers bursaries of up to £5,000 from the Student Project Grants Scheme! Applications open on the 16 October.

What is the Kent Opportunity Fund?
The Kent Opportunity Fund has been established to support a broad range of scholarships, student projects to enhance extra-curricular activities at Kent, and bursaries to support students experiencing financial hardship. Committees of Kent staff, alumni and donors allocate the funds raised and ensure that they go to the students most in need.

To find out more and apply please follow the link:


World Mental Health Day 2017

It’s World Mental Health Day on 10 October and to show support, Student Minds and UKC Mental Health Group will be out on the plaza between 12.00 and 14.00 promoting ways that YOU can look after number one!


Support at Kent

Now the Welcome Week madness is over, it’s probably a good time to start exploring Kent and the support services on offer. Watch our support, health and wellbeing video.

You can also read our short pdf guide to support at Kent.

Support with your studies

Studying for a degree is very different to studying at school. You have a lot more control over your learning and greater independence.

You will also be asked to do things you’ve never had to do before (eg referencing in a certain way, dissertations, vivas…) this is where the Student Learning and Advisory Service (SLAS for short) steps in.

SLAS can help you with everything from perfecting your essay writing to learning how to reference properly. You can learn in your own time using our online guides or attend one of SLAS’ many workshops.

Don’t forget your school is also there to help you with your studies and offer a range of study support.

Have you registered with Student Support and Wellbeing?

If you have a disability you should contact Student Support. They can provide not only academic support but can help with funding applications.

If you’re going through a difficult time or just don’t feel happy – staff in our Wellbeing Team are always available to listen.

Advice Centre

From money worries to getting on with your housemates, Kent Union’s Advice Centre is available to help. All advice is free to Kent students – so make the most of it!

Medical advice

Kent has its own NHS general practice on campus. There’s also an independent pharmacy next door, so you don’t have to go far when you’re feeling under the weather.

If you need any medical advice, treatment of a minor illness/injury or contraceptive advice, you can visit the ‘drop-in’ nursing service in Keynes College.

Master’s Office

When you arrived at Kent you automatically joined a college. Your Master’s Office is there to give advice and can be used as a first port of call for any questions you may have.


University Chaplains run a wide range of religious and social events (including a very festive carol service in the Cathedral). They are also a good contact for advice and support.

International students

As well as all the other support services available to students, international students can visit International Team in the Registry Building. They can help with any international related queries and run a series of cultural events.


Bloggers/Vloggers wanted

The University’s digital communications team run the ‘Kent Students’ blog for the benefit of prospective students.

The idea is that current Kent students write about aspects of student, extra-curricular or academic life to really give prospective students an insight into life here at the University. The blog is a fantastic way to hone your writings skills, write about your experiences of being a student at Kent and offer invaluable insights for the benefit of others thinking of studying here.

If you are interested in becoming a student blogger, please submit an example of your writing. This should take the form of a 250 word example blog post on an aspect of Kent life you think would be interesting to a prospective student, perhaps an event you attended on campus, what you particularly like about your degree, a club or society event or trip you made with friends, but the choice is yours.

Please note you must be a student at the University beginning the 2017/18 academic year, undergraduate and postgraduates are all welcome.

  • The blog will be linked to from every course page on the Kent website – giving it large exposure.
  • Bloggers will earn ‘Employability Points’ for blogging.
  • The commitment would be a minimum of two blog posts per month, though more are encouraged!
  • An ideal way to improve your writing skills and boost your CV.

Record number of free music ensembles on offer at Medway

A record number of music ensembles are open this year to students, staff and the general public within access of the University’s Medway campus.

All groups are free and take place at venues on the Historic Dockyard (Chatham). The Dockyard campus benefits from easy transport access from London, enabling recruitment of top name musicians to lead ensembles – from vocalist and X Factor coach, Kelly Fraser to Stephen Hiscock, founder member of iconic percussion group Ensemble Bash.

Groups include Pop, Rock & Soul Choir (Fridays), World Percussion Group (Mondays), Chamber Orchestra (Wednesdays), Uni Choir & Band (Wednesdays), Sax ensemble (Wednesdays), Impro group (Wednesdays), Little Big Band (Thursdays), Chamber Music Forum (Wednesdays), The Zorn Project (Wednesdays) and Guitar ensemble (tbc).

Students and staff are welcome to attend all groups for a taster session before committing.

To find out more, see the SMFA webpages and/or contact the School of Music and Fine Art Reception by email or phone 01634 888980.

Mungo's Massive Halloween House of Horrors 2017 Screen

Mungo’s Massive Halloween House of Horrors 2017

Following on from the hugely successful Fresher’s Week school disco, Mungo’s Massive will yet again be returning to Eliot dining hall for a Halloween Horror Night on Saturday 28 October.

Come dressed as your favourite ghoulish character for this lively yet morbidly themed event, and dance the night away to all manner of contemporary chart hits and old-school club classics.

Saturday 28 October, Eliot College Dining Hall, 20.00 until 02.00, plus free entry all night!

Prepare for a lot of mass dancefloor zombie action.

Find out more at

STEMettes CEO, Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, to give guest lecture 

The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science is pleased to announce that the first of the ‘Maths For All’ 2017-2018 guest lectures will be by the talented Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE on Wednesday 18 October, at 16.30 in Keynes Lecture Theatre 1, Canterbury campus. 

During the talk, Anne-Marie will discuss her journey into STEM, what inspired her to start STEMettes, and some words of advice for those looking to pursue a career in the STEM industries. 

Anne-Marie’s exceptional set of achievements include passing GCSEs in Mathematics and IT aged ten, being the youngest girl ever to pass A-Level Computing at age 11, and being one of the youngest people to be awarded a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science by Oxford University, aged 20. 

She is the CEO and co-founder of STEMettes, an award-winning social enterprise inspiring more than 14,000 girls and young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She has also co-founded Outbox Incubator, the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls, as part of her work with STEMettes. 

Anne-Marie was recently awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Years Honours for services to young women and STEM sectors. 

Her talk is part of the Student Success Project’s Inspirational Speaker Series and is open to all students, staff and members of the public. Refreshments will be available following the talk in Keynes Atrium. Seating is limited so please RSVP at 

Two SMFA Fine Art students in first stage of 2017 Platform Awards

The School of Music and Fine Art again has two Fine Art graduates through to the first stage of the Platform graduate award exhibition at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate.

This year, Luiza Jordan and Tayler Goatier have been selected and their work is being exhibited at the Turner until Sunday 5 November.

The winners of the first round going through to the final will be announced at a special event on Tuesday 24th October at the Gallery. In the five-year existence of the Platform Graduate Award, fine art students from SMFA have won the final award twice, in 2015 and 2017.  The award includes all the major fine art art degree courses in the South East of England outside London. This is a spectacular achievement!

Luiza Jordan works with space and architecture and explores the uses of material in relation to gender. Large immersive clusters of material evolve in raw, organic processes as her interventions attempt to find hidden connections between materials, spaces, buildings and architecture. By using places of transition, and situating her work in spaces with industrial and institutional sensibilities, she injects a sense of new, feminine, unbound and constantly mutating life. You can follow Luiza on Instagram here and see her portfolio on her website.

Tayler Goatier works primarily in sculpture and installation. Being diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones Disease) at the age of 1, Goatier spent the majority of her childhood in hospital making art. Her current practice explores disability. Using herself as her main source of research, she explains the physicality of her condition by using meringues as a metaphor for her fragility and constant reconstruction to her own skeleton. She is also a food blogger. Recent exhibitions include Reverberate, The University of Kent, 2017 and WE ARE HUMAN-ISH, Canterbury, 2017.

For further information see the Turner Contemporary webpages.

Enhance your CV for FREE with Study Plus  

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).

Build your employability and business skills with a Business Start-Up Workshop with HIVE and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce. Or learn how to become a student mentor with Student Mentoring at University. Both of these courses take place at the Medway campus with many more launching soon.

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.

Last chance to sign up for language courses this term 

Why not start the new academic year with a Language Express course through the Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL)?

Learning a language can enhance your communication and intercultural skills as well as being fun!

Learn Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish at Canterbury. Courses start in Week 3 (week commencing 9 October) and last for 20 weeks. They are non-credit bearing and take place in the evening from 18:00 – 20:00.

For more information on classes, times and fees, please visit the Language Express webpages.

Learn British Sign Language 

CEWL is also launching a 60 hour (20 week) course in British Sign Language (BSL) open to anyone who wants to learn BSL. The course is run by Palm Deaf BSL Training Ltd and is suitable for anyone who:

  • wants to learn basic language skills to communicate simple conversations with deaf people
  • wants to progress to more advanced study and/or employment using BSL
  • wishes to study BSL for personal development
  • is the parent, family, friend or colleague of a deaf person

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Level 1 Award in British Sign Language.

For more information, please visit our website.