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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.

‘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.

 

Teach First Presentation

Give every child the belief that they can achieve anything. Develop skills that can take you anywhere. Come along to our presentation to discover how Teach First can support you to become an inspirational leader both in and outside the classroom, wherever your career is heading.

Date: 24/10/18
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 (GLT1), Canterbury Campus
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/teach-first-employer-presentation-for-students-in-kent-tickets-50776865973

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in this country are being let down by one of the most unfair education systems in the developed world, and the knock-on effect of this injustice lasts a lifetime. It’s a cycle we’re determined to break, but we need your help. On our ground-breaking, two-year Leadership Development Programme, you’ll have the opportunity to help end educational inequality in the UK.

Join us at this presentation to learn how our graduate opportunity enables you to make an important social impact, while also offering you a career-defining opportunity to gain a formal qualification in both teaching and leadership. You will also find out how you can get involved with our mission while you are still at university through our range of undergraduate programmes.

Refreshments will be available afterwards (juice, wine and food), along with opportunities to speak to our recruiters and individuals who have already completed our programmes.

Become part of a powerful and dynamic force for social change.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Ross Cooper on rcooper@teachfirst.org.uk

Innovation Hub

You may have a business, you may have a business idea, you may want to learn how to generate ideas – Hub is a dedicated base for start-up support and incubation at the University of Kent.

To talk to our professional business advisor, please sign up here.

In November we are inviting our external business mentors to come in for a day to run business surgeries.

Want to propel your business in the digital space?
Talk to our Digital Marketing mentor!

November 1st, Thur. Please, book.

Not sure how to evaluate your start-up expenses?
Come to a session with an accountant!
November 13th, Tue. Please, book.

Love the idea of making a change?
Feel like giving back to the community?
Like the idea of running a business?
Social Enterprise Conference
November 1st 2018, Thursday, 12 noon – 4pm, Free admission
A great opportunity to meet like-minded people, network and learn:
– the difference between charity and CIC
– available funding
– local and national success stories
– pitfalls of running a social enterprise
Please, register here.

This year on top of our usual business support activities we are rolling out the #DigitalReboot programme with digital start-up support.

#DigitalReboot APP CHALLENGE

Got an idea for an app?
We can help you digitalise your future!
The Challenge this year is focusing on 17 UN Sustainability Goals.
Teams of 2-4 students are welcome to apply online
Deadline for applications – November 7th.

To increase your chances of successful application we would advise you to book a free confidential 1-2-1 session with a digital business advisor.

Within #DigitalReboot we have just launched Student meet-ups at Mungo’s where students with ideas meet students will skills to create something amazing! Come along to meet entrepreneurial students, find a business partner and socialise.

So many opportunities and so little time!

An option of studying online and acquiring skills on starting your own business is also on MOODLE with Enterprise Skills Award (ESA).

The great news is that by attending all mentioned events (including online module) and taking part in all competitions you will also receive Employability Points!

Be your own boss, learn about starting a business and meet like-minded people!

For further information, please, contact the Hub

T: 01227 824641
E: unikenthub@kent.ac.uk
www.kent.ac.uk/innovation-hub

Enhance your employability 

In the graduate job market, it is now becoming increasingly essential to find ways to stand out from the crowd! Academic success remains imperative, but employers are increasingly looking for more and in particular, soft skills and relevant work experience.

To ensure you gain both these skills and experiences, the University of Kent created the Employability Points (EP) Scheme.

 

The first part of the scheme requires you to undertake co-curricular activities and some relevant examples may include:

  • Join the Current Affairs and/or Model United Nations Societies.
  • Get involved with Community Action Groups such as Girl Up and Amnetsy International.
  • Become a Student Ambassador and/or Academic Peer Mentor.
  • Get involved with Kent Union volunteering projects.
  • Attend conferences and open lectures, notably the POLIR Open Forum.
  • Attend the POLIR employability events running throughout the year.

By getting involved with these activities, you can log them on MyFolio and in turn receive ‘points’.

You earn as many points as possible whilst at you are studying at Kent and towards the end of Term Two, if you have earned enough points, you can use them to apply for EP ‘rewards’.

Rewards include internships (cost 200 points), work experience (cost 150 points), work shadowing (cost 100 points) and experience days (cost 75 points) to name a few.

Over 140 companies and organisations support the EP Scheme and for this year, we can already confirm the following rewards:

However, you may also be aware that as a Politics and International Relations student you are developing some amazing transferable skills and in the past, students have also undertaken EP rewards in project management, digital marketing, journalism and more!

You can also see how a number of POLIR students have benefited through the EP Scheme, for example:

It may be the case you are already undertaking co-curricular activities and if so, you just need to claim your points to get rewarded! If not, there is literally hundreds of activities available for you to get involved with, and by doing-so, you will not only enhance your University of Kent experience, but you will be recognised and rewarded by the EP Scheme.

For more information, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypoints or contact the team via employabilitypoints@kent.ac.uk

12-month placement in Human Resources

Are you looking for a 12-month placement in Human Resources for 2019/20? Do you want real responsibility with the chance to influence household name coffee brands including Tassimo, Kenco, L’Or and Jacobs?

Global Fast Moving Consumer Goods Company (FMCG) JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS (JDE) are looking for year-in-industry students from all degree backgrounds to join their diverse, global team of over 12,000 coffee champions, on a 12-month placement in Human Resources.

 

Company Jacobs Douwe Egberts
Location Banbury, Oxfordshire
Roles 12-month Year in Industry Placements in Human Resources
Salary £16,000 + £1,000 sign-on bonus
Assessment dates 26th November – 7th December 2018
Start Date July 2019
Apply here www.sanctuarygraduates.co.uk/jde-hr/?ref=PM
Deadline 9th November 2018

 

Who is the company?

– JDE is a €5 billion global business with around 15,000 associates based in 28 different countries, selling their brands in over 100 different countries around the world.

– Formed in 2015, JDE retains a start-up feel containing some of the leading brands in the Coffee and Tea industry including – Kenco, L’OR, Tassimo and Douwe Egberts to name a few.

– JDE UK is headquartered in Banbury, Oxfordshire, which is one of JDE’s global ‘Power Plants’ responsible for producing 20,000 tonnes of coffee per year across 9 production lines.

– The UK represents a top 5 global market for JDE and continues to be a growth engine for the category, driving premiumisation by leading the single-serve partition with the Tassimo brand and premiumising the instant coffee segment through Kenco, L’OR and the Douwe Egberts brands.

– JDE believes amazing things can happen over a cup of coffee and with values including Entrepreneurship, Solidarity, Accountability, Simplicity and Discipline working at JDE offers you an exciting opportunity to make an impact in the world’s largest pure play coffee company.

– JDE’s goal is simple but ambitious: a coffee for every cup.

Everyone deserves the coffee they love.

What are the roles?

– There are 2 very different HR placements available this year at JDE.

  1. Talent, Learning and Development:

– Learning and development (L&D) are in charge of developing resources and documents, handling logistics, admin and onboarding of new staff into the business.

– Talent look at the personal and professional development of the people at JDE. You will be helping to ensure that JDE has the best people by making sure they are undertaking continuous learning and development programmes.

– You will work with leadership teams, as well as with the Irish and Amsterdam HR teams. You can also shadow other parts of the business during your placement year.

  1. Human Resources:

– You will work with the Manufacturing HR team, supporting the Senior HR Business Partner and 2 HR Business Partners with more traditional HR delivery.

– This will involve working on updating policies, employee relation cases, trade union communication, supporting change programmes, supporting engagement strategy, as well as day to admin handling such as new starters, on-boarding, updates etc.

Why should you apply?

Travel: JDE provide awesome opportunities to travel. Last year around half the placement students travelled abroad.

Fantastic perks: 25 days holiday, free hot beverages (not just coffee!) and even Barista training!

Student Charity Committee: Every Friday all the placement students get together for a fun charity meeting. Last year their charity work raised over £30,000 in total.

Culture: At JDE they have a friendly, hands-on environment where everyone is encouraged to contribute and all opinions are valued. There is also a strong mentoring programme and you will be periodically reporting to senior business stakeholders and interacting with other placement students.

Corporate Social Responsibility: From sourcing ingredients responsibly with internationally recognised standards, to partnering directly with suppliers to improve working conditions and protect natural resources, and aiming to make all manufacturing sites landfill free by 2020, at JDE they are driven by their passion for coffee & tea, care for people and respect for the environment.

Who is best suited to this role?

– Applications from any degree background are welcome.

– We’re looking for students who want to get stuck in and be proactive, who can work well in a team, are well organised and have good attention to detail.

– You must be an undergraduate looking for a 12-month Year-in-Industry placement from July 2019 to July 2020.

Click here to apply now:

www.sanctuarygraduates.co.uk/jde-hr/?ref=PM

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