Tier 2 Visa Jobs Simplified

Next week we have Student Circus visiting the University, to speak to International students regarding Tier 2 jobs.

Tier 2 jobs simplified- By Student Circus, Wednesday 28 November in KLT6  at 14:00.

Understanding visa routes and tackling job search is an extremely tricky process. We want to make it easier for you by breaking these down into simpler steps. Student Circus is a smart job search platform where you can apply for exclusively handpicked Tier-2 jobs.

The session will cover the following points:

  • Our journey from intl students to Entrepreneurs in the UK 
  • Current job environment 
  • Timelines to follow for visas 
  • Tips & Tricks 
  • Options post Tier-4 expiry

This session is for international students, including Postgrads.

Students can book onto the Social Sciences session here: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=3565&service=Careers+Service

£5,000 Grant for your Student Project! Deadline 7th December

The Student Projects Grant Scheme is funded by the Kent Opportunity Fund, which was established to increase opportunities for students at Kent, today and in the future.

The Student Projects Grant Scheme allows donations given by alumni and friends of the University to reach as many students as possible by enabling individuals to bid for funds to run their own projects.

The 2018/19 Student Projects Grant Scheme will be open for applications on 1st October 2018.

The deadline for the applications is 7th December 2018.

The total amount available to fund student projects is £45,000, with a maximum grant of £5,000 per project.

Applications are welcome from student groups in Kent Union, departments, faculties and schools across the University, including the campuses in Canterbury and Medway, our centre in Tonbridge and the University’s European centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome.

CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Perkins.
Telephone: 01227 824547 E-mail: A.R.Perkins@kent.ac.uk.

Summer jobs at the National Citizen Service

The Challenge is the UK’s largest social integration charity and a major provider of the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. During summer 2019 it is  offering 4,000 paid mentor, leader and facilitator positions to work on the NCS programme across the UK .

Working on NCS, students will have the chance to develop transferable skills such as leadership, professionalism, responsibility and prioritisation.

What is NCS?

  • NCS is a three-week programme for young people aged 15-17, which aims to enhance social integration by bringing together young people from different backgrounds.
  • During the programme, participants get involved in various outdoor activities, learn public speaking, creative and entrepreneurial skills
  • The young people then use these skills to engage with the community and set up their own social action project

For more information visit:
https://staffing.the-challenge.org/about-us

Alumni Pub Night!

Alumni Pub Nights, is Kent’s social and networking series for alumni and students. The next pub night is on Tuesday 27 November with our current Alumni Postgraduate Scholars coming along to speak to thank alumni for their support and speak to current students about life as a PhD student. The last pub night before Christmas so be sure not to miss it!

As usual, it’s not just about the theme (Meet the Scholars!) feel free to come along if you would just like to catch up with fellow alumni in the Canterbury area.

Students welcome! Not to worry if you have no interest in further study you can still attend to meet other alumni in the area who work in a range of careers. A great networking opportunity plus…

ONE FREE DRINK + HOT SNACKS PROVIDED!

Register here – https://alumni.kent.ac.uk/events/event-name-alumni-pub-night-meet-the-scholars-november-2018

Peacebuilding in Colombia – Summer Program

Peacebuilding in Colombia 2019
Universidad de Los Andes Academic Summer Course
Red Tree Study Scholarship Funding

Red Tree Study is offering scholarship funding of $3,900 USD for participation in the Peacebuilding in Colombia
Academic Summer Course run by Universidad de Los Andes from Monday 10 June – Friday 28 June 2019.

The application deadline is Wednesday 12 December 2018

‘Armed Conflict, Peace Processes and the Challenges of Peacebuilding in Colombia‘, is a three-week program
run by the university’s Political Science department. It will explore the recent history of the Colombian conflict and the
challenges of implementing the current peace process.
Now entering its fourth year, the course combines lectures and seminars taught by academics from Los Andes with
educational site visits that deliver practical knowledge of the political and social situation in Colombia. In previous
years, students have spoken to ex-combatants about the challenges of reintegration, have met with President Santos’
Communications team to discuss the influence of public opinion on the peace negotiations, visited the UN
Development Project, the Center for Transitional Justice, the Colombian Congress, and the Reparation of Victims Unit,
for example. They have taken part in a trip to the demobilization zone in Icononzo where students spent the day with
former FARC combatants and the UN representatives managing the camp. The 2019 course will include many of the
same excursions, although the exact content may be altered to reflect the policies of recently elected President Duque
and any further developments in the peace process.

The program includes a private room in supervised accommodation in Los Andes student residence, an airport pickup
on arrival, and a calendar of social and cultural activities for evenings and weekends, designed to help students explore
Colombia as much as possible whilst they are there.

Scholarship information
• $3,900 USD will either be awarded as one full scholarship or two 50% scholarships of $1950 USD each. The
final decision on this allocation will be made by the academic selection team and will be confirmed when the
winner(s) are announced in January 2019.
• The scholarship applications are open to students enrolled on a full-time academic degree course at for this
academic year (2018/19).
The scholarship deadline is Wednesday 12 December 2018, and applicants must submit the completed
scholarship application form, the accompanying academic reference, and the general program application
form by this date in order to apply for the funding.
• The final selection will be made by the Director of the Masters in Peacebuilding course at Universidad de Los
Andes
• Red Tree Study will announce the scholarship recipient(s) on or before Friday 11 January 2019.

Peacebuilding in Colombia Scholarship 2019_INFO

Interested students can also contact alex@redtreestudy.com for more information and an application form.

Oxfam Constituency Campaigner Programme

Do you want to create political change?
Together we can change the system!

Oxfam’s Constituency Campaigners are volunteer campaigners who are passionate about ending poverty and want to make their voice heard locally.

As a Constituency Campaigner, you might find yourself persuading your MP to turn up and vote for new legislation that will ensure more refugees can be reunited with their families or meeting with your MP to talk to them about why action on climate change matters to you. You’ll be part of a wider movement of several hundred constituency campaigners who are taking similar action in constituencies up and down the UK. Together, you’ll be making change happen.

Join the programme today
Constituency Campaigners build relationships with and influence their MPs to help end global poverty and suffering. With support from us, you’ll develop a strong knowledge of your MP’s interests and use this to write tailored letters to them and perhaps occasionally to meet with them to discuss issues in-depth.

You’ll be supported by Oxfam through a range of training and guidance. There’s an induction to get you started, regular campaign briefings to help you write tailored letters, and monthly webinars on topics such as “how to influence your MP”. We’ll be in direct contact as much as possible to provide bespoke support, and when people want to, we’ll link you up with others locally to work together.

The programme has a flexible time commitment – you can volunteer as a Constituency Campaigner on as little as just a few hours per month at a time that suits you.

It’s an exciting way for passionate, tenacious people to play a critical role in ending poverty and suffering.

Please apply using our online form.

“This was my first meeting with my brand new MP. Around 20 of us from the constituency met minutes beforehand and huddled together on the pavement asking questions and raising concerns. Despite us being a mixed bunch with different perspectives, we all agreed on the basics. And luckily for me, my MP was supportive of our concerns and more than happy to represent our voices!”
– Ffion, Constituency Campaigner

Student Internship: SPIR Centre for Critical Thought (CCT)

The School of Politics and IR is pleased to announce a vacancy for a student internship within the Centre for Critical Thought. The Centre for Critical Thought (CCT) aims to consolidate, sustain and develop cutting-edge research on critically-oriented theory within the humanities and social sciences. Research within the CCT focuses on the nature and scope of critical thought from an intrinsically interdisciplinary perspective.

School Research Centre internships are a new initiative to support the development of student skills and employability, as well as helping to build capacity within and raise the profile of the School’s Research Centres. The internships are funded by the School and are available exclusively to SPIR students.

The successful student intern will:

  • Support the administrative and other work of the Research Centre, under the guidance of the Centre’s Director and other staff
  • Develop or work on a Research Centre blog, writing and commissioning content of interest to students, staff and other stakeholders and raising the profile of the Centre
  • Use social media (including Twitter and Facebook) to promote the work of the Centre and to raise its profile, and work within the School to engage students in the Centre’s work
  • Support the running of Centre events, and propose events and activities to further promote the Centre’s work particularly on campus and amongst students
  • Support individual researchers within the Centre on research projects and activities where such work is available
  • Undertake any other duties to support the work of the School of Politics and IR, including employability and recruitment / marketing tasks

The successful student intern should:

  • Be an undergraduate or postgraduate student from the School of Politics and IR, at Stage 2 or above (including Bi-Diplôme and Joint Honours students)
  • Have a strong academic and attendance record. Priority will be given to students with a grade average of a 2:1 (60%) or above, and an attendance average of 70% or above
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in the area of the research centre, either through module choice / academic record or extra-curricular activities
  • Be able to work independently on given tasks, and to show initiative and creativity
  • Have experience of using social media and writing blog articles or other online content

Application

This is a paid internship (six hours per week at £7.83/hour plus holiday uplift) and will last until April 2019 initially, with the possibility of an extension until the end of the academic year. Students should be available to commit six hours per week on average including during some vacations.

Interested students should apply by emailing a CV and cover letter to Ngaio Lanfray (n.v.lanfray@kent.ac.uk) by 12pm on 29th November 2018. Interviews are likely to be held on 6th December 2018 and all applications will be acknowledged.

The University’s Careers and Employability Service can provide CV and cover letter advice (www.kent.ac.uk/ces)

Build a Powerful CV

Sharpen Your Writing Skills

At the University’s Career Fair, graduate recruiters put communication skills top of the list. Sadly for them, about 20% of graduates’ English skills are not up to scratch for the workplace.

These free practical workshops will help you make your words count. We’ll pin down the function of different kinds of writing. We’ll identify who we’re writing for. We’ll learn about tone, content and structure. We’ll include a scattering of grammar and punctuation so you’ll avoid the worst pitfalls. We’ll examine exactly what will make an employer love your CV. Above all, we’ll write. Bring a pen and paper or a laptop and be ready to try out all kinds of writing.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:
• Understand what writing skills employers look for
• Be ready to write clearly, accurately and effectively in a professional context
• Have a toolkit for approaching any piece of writing, from emailing the CEO to writing a press release
• Be ready to write a persuasive and effective CV.

Course Details:
Dates: Wednesday 14 November & Wednesday 28 November 2018
Time: 13:00-16:00
Location: This will be confirmed once you have booked your place
Cost: FREE

If you have any questions about this workshop, please feel free to contact us at studyplus@kent.ac.uk

Book your place via SDS

Thinking of Postgraduate Study in Politics & IR?

Join us for a slice of pizza and a chat to discuss our range of postgraduate programmes.

Including presentations from our Director of postgraduate studies and programme directors, as well as the opportunity to speak to current postgraduate students – did we also mention pizza?!

Date: Monday 19 November (week 9)
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Venue: Rutherford Lecture Theatre 2

Pizza will be on a first come, first served basis – so make sure to join us if you can!

Fast Stream Applications Close Thursday at Midday

Applications to the Fast Stream close on Thursday 25 October at noon.

  • 15 different Fast Stream schemes
  • Each with a career path in a government profession
  • Many offer professional qualifications
  • You can select up to 4 schemes when you apply
  • Most schemes welcome applications from those with a 2:2, as well as 2:1 and first degrees
  • The Fast Stream has no upper age limit.

Visit: www.faststream.gov.uk now to apply.

Three things we want you to know about the Fast Stream:

You can ‘Be Yourself’ on the FastStream: Whoever you are, whatever your age, background or the degree subject you studied, we value who you are when you join us and offer flexible working to ensure that you can achieve good work-life balance, once on board.

You can ‘Be a Leader’ on the Fast Stream: Our programme will help you to reach your full potential; progress to the highest levels of the Civil Service and reach the top of your profession.

You can have fun on the Fast Stream: Fast Streamers enjoy unique access to professional and social networks. They form lasting lifelong friendships on the programme whilst working in modern workplaces and contributing to solving some of the greatest challenges facing society today.