Category Archives: Employability

School holds its annual ‘Working in Finance’ event

On Tuesday 16 October, the School of Economics held its annual ‘Working in Finance’ talk. Two of our alumni, Nuno Nunes and Michael Thurlow, returned to Kent to talk about their experiences of working in the financial sector.

The event was a great success, with some interesting discussion and useful advice followed by an informal networking session.

Huge thank you to Nuno and Michael for giving up their time and making the event such a success. The School would also like to thank Katie Marshall and Harriet Mowatt-Dykes for organising such a great event.

Listen to a recording of the event here. 

Jaye launches Pawfect Match app to find pets new homes

One of our former students, Jaye Graham has recently launched her app called Pawfect Match for dogs and cats in need. Her dating-style app aims to match homeless pets to adoptive families.

Seeing the pressure that rescue centres are under and the time it takes to adopt a pet, Jaye decided to create an app, which would be a fun way to quickly match pets to owners. She’s hoping that the app will revolutionize pet adoption throughout the United Kingdom.

The process is simple: Rescue centres upload pictures of pets and users can search for pets based on their characteristics and household needs. Users swipe left to pass on to the next pet and swipe right to add a pet to their favourites. Once a user has found a match, they can simply message the rescue centre through the app.

Pawfect Match is now available for download on Google Play or on the App Store.

Enisa wins scholarship to attend Brussels Summer School

The School of Economics would like to congratulate second year Economics student Enisa Marku who was recently awarded a scholarship to attend Kent Summer School in Brussels in June. We caught up with Enisa to find out a little more about this fantastic opportunity.

What made apply to the summer scheme? 
I wanted to experience something new and maybe have something interesting to add to my CV. I chose the Brussels Summer School because I felt that the sessions covered really interesting topics. I’m from Italy, my parents are migrants that came to Italy from Albania in the 90’s: Therefore, the migrants issue is something that touches me. Also, I am from Italy and I decided to move to study in the UK and the summer before I moved, the Brexit referendum result came out.

This made me think: I come from an EU country, and I now live in one that chose to leave the EU. I wonder whether this will affect my EU citizenship rights, whether something will change for me, for my studies and for my rights of staying in the UK. In the summer school all these topics will be covered. It’s also a once in a lifetime experience. I don’t know if I will be able to spend two weeks somewhere learning about something new when I will start working. So I thought I should definitely seize the opportunity and give it a go.

What are you going to study at the summer school and what activities are planned?
The Summer School is two weeks long and everyday I will have to attend 4 hours of lectures and talks held by many subject experts. The main focus of the summer school is going to be the EU as a global organisation. We will therefore learn what the EU is and what being an EU citizen means. The role of the EU when it comes to global issues, referring to organisations like NATO and focusing on the migrant issue. We will also explore the topics related to Brexit. At the end, each group of students will have to present their own project related to what they have learnt in the two preceding weeks. Two days will be dedicated to trips: one to the EU Parliament and the other to Mons (a city near Brussels), and there will be a final elegant dinner to celebrate the end of the experience.

What are you looking forward to most?
Brussels has always been a place I wanted to visit and now I am looking forward to experiencing two full weeks of life there. I am sure I will have a great time. I know there will be students from different backgrounds and different countries from which I can learn new things and further widen my horizons. I can’t wait to visit the EU Parliament and all those places I usually see on TV and where important decisions are made. There will be serious moments where I will have lectures and I will have to squeeze my brain and try to understand all the new concepts. I will learn about topics I do not directly study for my Economics degree but that may be useful sooner or later.

I will also have time to go around and visit the city and the wonderful attractions such as the museums and the castles and, why not, enjoy some nice chocolate gauffre and french fries!

We wish Enisa all the best for her summer school experience in Brussels and look forward to finding out how she gets on when she returns!

School of Economics holds fourth alumni networking session

The school ran its fourth annual alumni networking evening on Tuesday 6 March in the Sibson Café on campus, which overlooks the site of the new Economics building. The event was really well attended by current undergraduate and postgraduate Economics students who had a fantastic opportunity to meet some of our Kent Economics alumni to discuss their work and lives after University. Both alumni and students had a great time chatting and found it very useful for fostering new connections.

We would like to say a big thank you to the alumni for giving up their time to attend the event: Aniq Ahmed, Max Nqai from Deloitte, Nuno Nunes from HSBC, Pamela Macedo from Ruffer, Iria Camba from Cornerstone Research, Mesh Mukul from the Department of Work and Pensions and Will Hindley from Deloitte.

Students outside the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Civil Service Insight Day at Whitehall

Six of our Economics students were lucky enough to have been selected to attend a fantastic insight day in Whitehall on Wednesday 7 March. The day was co-organised by the Civil Service and the School of Economics and was hosted by the Civil Service Finance Fast Stream.

It was a very interesting and useful day involving tours of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Justice and the department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The students also had the opportunity to meet and chat with Civil Servants about their roles and see what it is like to work in there. The day ended with a trip to the House of Commons to listen to a debate.

Graduation at Canterbury Cathedral

Graduation and prizewinners 2017

It was a pleasure to celebrate with our new graduates and their families at a reception held on 10 July at the Cathedral Lodge in Canterbury.

During the event, the School awarded a number of prizes for outstanding achievement, and you can see all our prizewinners for 2017 on our website under Celebrating Success.

The reception was a fantastic way to mark the achievement of our students, and we would like to wish all our graduates the very best of luck for the future.

You can take a look at the photos from the event on the School’s Facebook page and on the @UniKentAlumni page, plus you can view the whole graduation ceremony on YouTube.

Pet matching app by Kent student wins £1,000 investment

Student ideas pitched at the Business Start-Up Journey final impress judges so much they invest an extra £1,500 into three proposals.

Second-year Economics and Sociology student Jaye Graham won the overall competition, receiving a £1,000 investment for her business, Pawfect Match, which utilises a Tinder-style interface to match unhomed cats and dogs with potential owners. This investment was double the event’s usual £500 prize as the judges were so impressed by the idea.

Furthermore, two students from Kent Business School (KBS) were awarded £500 towards their ideas after the judges felt compelled to provide funding to their projects too.

These awards went to Vasu Sarin for his business Tab, which uses wearable technology to allow care homes to remotely monitor elderly people’s health, and Anton Carter for his app Phonic that scans text and reads it aloud to aid learning.

In total eight students took part in the final, marking the culmination of the nine-month Business Start-Up Journey programme which began in November 2016 and run by the KBS’s Accelerator Space for Innovation and Responsible Enterprise (ASPIRE).

Around 100 students entered the competition, with each meeting with ASPIRE entrepreneur in residence Adam Smith to discuss their ideas. All students were also able to attend a series of workshops exploring and explaining various areas of essential business knowledge such as sources of finance, marketing and intellectual property rights.

Eighty ideas were submitted for consideration and 40 were chosen for progression. These students were then invited on a two-day business ‘bootcamp’ where they collaborated, pitched to each other and took part in teambuilding to further hone their ideas.

From these final ideas, the eight pitchers and three video submissions were selected for the final event where they presented their ideas to a panel of judges:

  • Daniel Rubin – Founder and Executive Chairman Dune Group
  • Steve Lowe – MD Elsatex
  • Adam Baker – Santander Universities
  • Dean Johnson –  CEO Haag Streit UK
  • Brenda Okandju – KBS alumna, Business Start-Up Journey finalist (2016-17)

The Business Start-Up Journey also sends two students to the European Innovation Academy – a three-week tech start-up festival which takes place around the world.

This year students Joe Rovira (final year English student) and Laura Candrian (KBS) will be going to Turin and Lisbon, respectively.

Joe is developing an app which connects people to share language skills and Laura’s idea is CoZero (working title) an app that offers people healthier lifestyle choices about how to lower their carbon emissions.

-ENDS-

Article by Dan Worth, University of Kent Press Office

Economics student reps win volunteering award

The School of Economics Student Representatives have won a Kent Student Certificate of Volunteering (KSCV) by earning the greatest number of KSCV awards for hours volunteered over any other School at Kent.

The reps were presented with an array of prizes, which included the chance to design and name menu items at some of Kent’s many catering outlets: a burger at Woody’s, a cocktail at The Venue and a hot drink at the Library Café, plus they got a share of the profits from their new products.

Student reps are elected by the student body and volunteer their time to represent their fellow students—often this involves passing on feedback to the School and raising issues relating to their courses. They attend the Student-Staff Liaison Committee, which acts as a forum to discuss issues raised by students and for the School to communicate its response to feedback. It also gives Economics staff the opportunity to hear student reaction to any proposed teaching or learning initiatives.

This year, our reps have also given their time to meet with applicants and their parents at our UCAS applicant days. We have had some great feedback from our visitors and are very grateful to the reps for all their help.

Many congratulations on behalf of the School to all our reps and thank you for all your hard work and dedication this year.

www.kentunion.co.uk/volunteer-resources/reward-and-recognition/takeover/

Alumni networking evening

Alumni Networking Evening

The School ran its third annual Alumni Networking Evening on Tuesday 14 March at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.

The event was well attended by our current undergraduate and postgraduate students, who had the opportunity to meet some recent Kent Economics alumni to discuss work and life after university.

We would like to say a huge thank you to our alumni for giving up their time to attend; Ashley Diggins from the Cabinet Office, Luke Bewley from Certua, James Warren from NIESR, Alex Waters from Capital Generation Partners, Daniel Owusu Acheampong from the Department for International Development, Damilola Adewuyi from EY, Nuno Nunes from HSBC, Cormac Shine from the Department of Work and Pensions and Iria Camba Florez who is currently studying at LSE.

If any alumni are interested in taking part in similar events, please email econemploy@kent.ac.uk.

Economics PhD student to join World Bank

Economics PhD student, Sashana Whyte, has been selected to join the Young Professionals Program of the World Bank from September this year.

Since its inception in 1963, the World Bank’s Young Professionals Program has recruited over 1,700 people from nearly 120 countries, who now range from new recruits to senior management in the World Bank Group. The program was established and still is in place to attract outstanding, highly qualified, diverse, experienced and motivated younger individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to international development, supported by academic success, professional achievement and potential for leadership. The Program recruits through a highly selective and competitive process and then facilitates the rapid integration of the newly recruited Young Professionals into the World Bank Group’™s business and culture.

Sashana was selected for one of 40 positions from 4,000 applicants. This is a considerable achievement on her part and she deserves our warmest congratulations and very best wishes for her future career.