Alumni needed for Discussion on the Value of Volunteering

The School of Politics and International Relations is looking for alumni to join our Careers and Employability Panel event discussing the Value of Volunteering. The panellists will look at how the skills, experience and contacts gained though volunteering have contributed to their professional life.

DATE: Thursday 11th October
TIME: 4.15pm – 6pm
LOCATION: Canterbury Campus

Looking at the Value of Volunteering in various career paths, how to make the most of voluntary work and how to effectively demonstrate your volunteering experience in the recruitment process. There will also be a Q&A session and a networking drinks reception after the talk.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in participating. Many thanks!

Hub for Innovation and Enterprise Student Ambassadors Wanted

Hub for Innovation and Enterprise is looking for 2 student ambassadors to join us in Canterbury and Medway campus

Join us in promoting the Hub enterprise activities, helping budding entrepreneurs with finding the right advice, liaising with internal departments and external businesses for organising conferences and meetups; and receive a magnitude of opportunities for networking and personal development!

Roles are paid, please, see the description.

Applications end date: 3rd September 2018,

Please submit your application to Elena McCaffrey,

Hub for Innovation and Enterprise Coordinator, via

If you have any general enquiries regarding this role,

please contact the Hub on 01227 824641.

Role description – Canterbury

Role description – Medway 

Application form

Hub for Innovation and Enterprise is looking for 2 #DigitalReboot Student Ambassadors to join us in Canterbury and Medway

#DigitalReboot is a new initiative of the Hub for Innovation and Enterprise. It encompasses a series of events, activities and business collaborations to meet the growing demand for digital start-up business support and to enhance employability skills.

Roles are paid, please, see the description.

Applications end date:   5th September 2018      

Please submit your application to Elena McCaffrey,

Hub for Innovation and Enterprise Coordinator,


If you have any general enquiries regarding this role,

please contact the Hub on 01227 824641.

Role Description #DigitalReboot Student Ambassador Canterbury

Role Description #DigitalReboot Student Ambassador Medway

#DigitalReboot Student Ambassador Application form

House of Commons 12 Month BAME Internship Programme

House of Commons BAME Graduate Internship Programme: Three 12-month paid internships starting November 2018. 

Application Deadline: 13th July 2018

As part of the House of Commons’ efforts to reflect the diversity of the UK’s population, the House is offering an internship programme for recent graduates from BAME backgrounds. The aim of this 12-month programme is to provide work experience, employability support and guidance to individuals from communities that are currently under-represented in the House of Commons’ graduate level workforce. The programme is advertised under section 158 of the Equality Act 2010

Recruitment Timetable
Closing Date 13th July
Telephone interviews: w/c 23rd and w/c 30th July
Panel Interviews at the house of commons w/c 20th and w/c 27th August
Internships begin 1st November 2018

The Programme is designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to secure full-time graduate level positions in Parliament on completion of the Programme. You’ll be performing public administrative duties that require a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge and above all passion for public service and government.

While you may feel that you do not have direct experience of the types of work described in the job descriptions, your particular experiences may be highly relevant if they have given you the capacity to develop the required skills. If appointed, you will be supported in developing specific skills and knowledge that are required for these roles. You are not expected to know everything about the work of Parliament or know how to perform unfamiliar tasks without some training, support, and supervision in the early stages.

There are three, 12-month, paid internships on offer starting on 1 November 2018.  Two will be based in the Chamber and Committees Team (CCT), supporting the work of Select Committee inquiries. These roles will require well-developed research and report writing skills as well as the ability to learn and adapt to procedures.  The other role will be based in the Members’ Hub which supports MPs by providing corporate services (e.g. HR, facilities, transport, expenses etc). This role requires someone with an interest in public administration, HR, Change Management or Project Management.

Application Process

Step is managing the application and initial selection process on behalf of the Authority. Interested candidates will need to register with Step and then apply to one of the internship roles being offered through the Programme.   

Each role is very different and is looking for a different skillset. Your application will only be considered for either the Inquiry Manager OR the Hub Manager, not both. Please read the person specifications fully and ensure that your application addresses the skills required.

The closing date for applications is Friday 13 July 2018, although you should submit your application as early as possible.

Successful candidates will need to complete a comprehensive security check in order to gain full access to parliament.

Follow the links below for further details on each of the roles.

House of Commons BAME Graduate Internship Programme – Inquiry Manager

House of Commons BAME Internship – Members’ Hub Role

To register and complete your profile with Step click here 

For further advice on how to apply for one of these positions please contact

Graduate Associate Opportunity – Deadline 22 June

Wilton Park organises over 60 events a year in the UK and overseas, bringing together leading representatives from the worlds of politics, diplomacy, academia, business, civil society, the military and the media.

We focus on issues of international security, prosperity and justice. Our meetings provide a neutral environment where conflicting views can be expressed and debated openly and calmly, allowing acceptable compromise and resolution to be achieved.

Our priorities include:

The Graduate Associate will work across the organisation, immersing themselves in the work of each team, providing support for the delivery of Wilton Park’s objectives, which are to help develop and deliver a programme of projects and programmes in support of the UK’s foreign policy objectives.

The Graduate Associate will support the production lifecycle of Wilton Park events, working from identification and development of initial policy ideas through to the preparation, project management and delivery of events held at Wiston House or in alternative venues in the UK and overseas.

Application pack

Application form

Equal opportunities questionnaire

If you are interested in applying for this post, please send your completed application form and equal opportunities questionnaire to by 22 June quoting ‘Graduate Associate’ in the subject line. Interviews are likely to be held over the period 2 – 13 July 2018. Please indicate your availability.

Data intelligence handling summer placement for 6 weeks

Directorate: Growth Environment & Transport
Division: Public Protection
Location: Kings Hill
Required hours: 37 per week
Length of commitment: 6 week placement
Reporting to: Natalie Liddiard

Are you keen to gain a rare and exciting experience within an office environment, that would provide you with a unique opportunity to learn about the enforcement functions of a large County Council and handling data about criminal and civil offences? If you do, we want to hear from you as we have an exceptional opportunity available for a student to work with our dynamic, enthusiastic and well-respected team on a high profile project over the summer, gaining excellent experience for your CV and insight into the work of data intelligence.

Purpose of the Role

Kent County Council provides a wide range of services to Kent residents and has a range of statutory responsibilities to fulfil.  Due to the scale and size of Kent, analysis work is undertaken to support the numerous projects that are being undertaken by the Authority.

This project follows on from work completed by a student last summer, to develop and transform intelligence held within the Authority, to provide an actionable intelligence package to led and support the project team.

Kent Country Council Person Specification


  • ECDL training

Skills and abilities:


  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a wide range of people
  • Computer independence


  • Knowledge and understanding of the National Intelligence Model, intelligence gathering and analytical techniques.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the restriction and best practice concerning intelligence sharing.


  • Good understanding of databases, how they work, and be able to interpret their output.

Due to the sensitive nature of the intelligence and systems that will be accessed as part of this project, the successful candidate will need to be vetted by Kent Police to NPPV Level 2. There is no charge for this. The process takes between 6-8 weeks and must be passed before the placement commences. However, all applications will be accepted, and Intel realise that the timescales are flexible with the start date. The successful candidate will not be able to start until vetting has been received anyway.

Please register your interest in the role with Natalie Liddiard on 03000 413407 or by email

Informal Interviews will be held in Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent.

Graduate Research Job Opportunity

Closing Date: 2 July 2018
Job Title: Graduate Research Executive (GRE)
Working For: BMG Research
Location: Birmingham
Salary: £18,000-£23,000 DOE + Benefits + Company Bonus Scheme

We are growing. We have another role available at BMG; in our Social Research team. The position is best suited to either graduates or Research Executives with less than 2 years’ experience.

We require candidates who can demonstrate strong organisation skills, a willingness to learn, those who are self-assured but not arrogant, and those who like to take on challenging tasks, whatever they may be.

To be successful, candidates will have a strong desire to learn, hold a minimum of a 2:1-degree qualification or equivalent, are numerate with a good understanding of collating and analysing data. Candidates will already have a detailed understanding of primary research methods and are looking to pursue a career in a fast-paced, fun and exciting research setting.

Relevant training and skills development opportunities will be provided to the successful candidates, who will also join the BMG Graduate Training Program.

Key Responsibilities: • Designing questions and topics for research that generate fresh insight for our clients • Basic coding of results and data checking • Carrying out background research to support proposal and report writing • Preparing project materials including job spec forms, coding and data analysis specs • Assisting with qualitative research, including recruitment and preparation of materials • Providing support on the analysis and presentation of data • Reporting results in a clear, concise and usable way • Writing articles for the BMG Research website

Candidates will need to demonstrate the following: • Excellent written and spoken English accompanied by good numerical skills • An interest in, and knowledge of society, current affairs and politics • An understanding of data and statistics • An ability to write around data/results (to tell an accurate and interesting story) • A full working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint • An ability to meet strict deadlines • A keen eye for detail – spotting and correcting errors • A willingness to take on challenging and varied tasks • A professional, can-do attitude

Experience of the following is desirable but not essential:
• SPSS • Primary research and/or fieldwork • Data charting tools

Closing Date: 2 July 2018
Initial Selection Notification Date: Wednesday 5th July 2018
Interview Dates: Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th July 2018
Start Dates: Late July OR early August

Application Details
If you believe you are the right candidate, please send a covering letter detailing why we should choose you, and an up-to-date CV to

Please Note
Both covering letters and CVs should be in PDF format only.
All applicants will receive a reply, though not all will receive written feedback. All applicants must be able to provide evidence of their eligibility to work in the UK and be prepared to undergo a basic DBS check.

Dr Ben Seyd is available to offer advice to students interested in applying: tel. 01227 (82)7584 or e-mail.


Kent Union Graduate Intern Opportunity

Kent Student Union
Graduate Intern Opportunity
Volunteer Management & Graduate Employability
12 Month Fixed Term Contract
Salary: £16,216
35 hours per week
37 days annual leave

Thank you for your interest in the position of Graduate Intern (Volunteer Management and Graduate Employability). Kent Union is a successful, vibrant and exciting organisation with a bright future ahead of us. We have achieved a great deal in the last few years, more than doubling in size to our current £11million turnover, 500 employees and 2,000 volunteers. We were re-accredited with Investor in People Gold status in December 2014, and were accredited with Leaders in Diversity in 2013; we were the first student’s union in the UK to achieve Investing in Volunteers status and we have been included in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For, for 9 years, placed 38th for 2018.

The position of Graduate Intern (Volunteer Management and Graduate Employability) is based within our Volunteer Management and Graduate Employability Department. The post holder will be required to support the delivery of Volunteer Management operations, ensuring that best practice in volunteer management is championed and embedded across the organisation, so that volunteers feel aligned behind Kent Unions charitable purpose and have an exceptional volunteering experience. The post holder will also support the departments Graduate Employability functions. Key duties will include overseeing Kent Unions’ Volunteer Reward and Recognition programme, supporting our annual Volunteer Satisfaction Survey and assisting with Graduate Employability initiatives, as well as providing day to day support to the Head of Volunteer Management and Graduate Employability.

You will be a self-motivated, flexible individual, who can work well within a team or independently. You will be able to multitask, have strong IT skills, as well as excellent communication skills.

The position provides an ideal opportunity for a recent graduate from the University of Kent to learn and gain valuable practical experience in the field of volunteer management, working for a charity which has over 2,000 volunteers. This will provide the post holder with many transferable skills and valuable training, as well as excellent prospects for future employment.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact Steph Hughes on 01227 824309. For an application pack and to find out how to apply please go to

Closing date for applications: 3 July 2018

Interviews: 13 July 2018


Congratulations to our Kent Student Awards Nominees!

The Kent Student Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution students make to the Kent student experience.

The School of Politics and International Relations has 3 nominees in 3 categories:

Outstanding Contribution to the Environment
This award recognises students who are committed to protecting the environment and promoting more sustainable ways of living.

Danel Nugmanova, Rutherford College
Politics and International Relations (Third Year UG)For her dedication to volunteering in the local community, helping to make a positive environmental change and leading on projects including local litter picks.

Outstanding Contribution to College Life
This award recognises a student’s outstanding contribution to the life of a College. This may be through sport, a college committee, volunteering, key social events/activities and/or as a student ambassador.

Beverley Isibor, Keynes College
Politics and International Relations with a Year in Continental Europe (Third Year UG)
For her campaign work including the #NoMore mental health campaign and supporting Black History Month.

Outstanding Contribution to Sports Development

This award recognises the best overall student contribution to sport development. It will include those using sport to reach out to others, enabling communities or individuals to develop and grow, perhaps regulating and assisting by coaching, refereeing or providing support, as well as rewarding those participating in a team or individual activity.

Charles Dabbs, Rutherford College
Politics and International Relations with a Year in Continental Europe (Second Year UG)
For his dedication as President of the Kent Knights Ice Hockey Team and building a successful club, which is accessible to all students.


More than 250 nominations were received for the annual awards. The winning students will be announced at the gala dinner on Friday 1 June. The winner in each category will receive their very own brick in the University’s ‘Footsteps Path’, a certificate and their achievement will be recognised on their Higher Education Achievement Report when they graduate.

US-UK Fulbright Commission – Internships

The US-UK Fulbright Commission in London is seeking applicants for our internship programme for summer and autumn 2018. The US-UK Fulbright Commission fosters mutual cultural understanding between the US and UK through educational exchange in two ways: through our awards programme and advisory service. Interns join a small, but dynamic and highly-motivated team of staff.

To apply, students may email a CV and covering letter to, with the subject line “Awards Internship” or “Advising Internship”. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis, and hope to secure posts asap!

Full details about the available internships can be found here: