Category Archives: Employability

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.


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.

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

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.



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Autumn term newsletter 2016

The Kent School of Economics Autumn term newsletter is now available on our website. We produce a newsletter at the end of the Autumn and Spring terms to highlight some of the events and research that have taken place in the School.

If you would like to contribute an article to a future newsletter, please contact Tracey Girling.

Brussels Summer School scholarship success

Economics student, Ali Ahmed, is one of 10 students to have been awarded a scholarship to the University’s Brussels Summer School. Ali, a second-year student, was selected from almost 200 applicants due to his strong motivation and academic excellence.

The Brussels Summer School is centred on the theme of ‘Europe and the World’ and covers themes such as migration, the European Union’s (EU) relationship with emerging powers such as China, and the EU’s response to the global economic crisis.

Over a period of two weeks, students participate in a series of guest lectures, seminars and debates delivered by academics, policy-makers, diplomats and European civil servants. The summer school allows students to discover how the European Union functions with a particular focus on how it acts as a global organisation and the challenges it faces in today’s world.

Many congratulations, Ali, from the School of Economics! We hope you enjoy your time in Brussels.

Further details on the Summer School can be found here.




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Spring term 2016 newsletter

The Kent School of Economics Spring term newsletter is now available on our website. We produce a newsletter at the end of the Autumn and Spring terms to highlight some of the events and research that have taken place in the School.

If you would like to contribute an article to a future newsletter, please contact Tracey Girling.

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Autumn term 2015 newsletter

The School of Economics Autumn term round-up of news is now available to read on our website. We produce a newsletter at the end of the Autumn and Spring terms to highlight some of the events and research that have taken place in the School.

If you would like to contribute an article to a future newsletter, please contact Tracey Girling.

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Economics at Kent recognised for graduate prospects

Economics at Kent has been recognised for its excellent employability record in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. The School is ranked 7th for Graduate Prospects (based on 88% of full-time, first degree UK graduates taking up professional level employment or further study within 6 months of graduation*). Other results in this league table include 13th for Teaching Quality and 16th for Student Experience, placing us in the top quarter for each of these measures.

These results back up our recent scores in the other national league tables:


* Data comes from DLHE Record. Source – HESA 2013-14 based on 2014 graduates.

NSS Top 10 for Economics at Kent

Economics at Kent is ranked in the top ten of the National Student Survey (NSS) again this year for the all important question ‘overall satisfaction with the quality of the course’ within a field of 74 UK institutions. Placed 10th overall, this is the 7th consecutive year that Kent has appeared in the top ten for this measure of student satisfaction.

Dr Alastair Bailey, Head of School, commented, ‘Coupled with our strong record in the other national league tables, we feel that our NSS result underlines the strength of Economics at Kent and the quality of education our undergraduate students receive. We are confident in claiming that Kent provides some of the best teaching in Economics and equips students with one of the strongest groundings in the discipline on offer in the UK.’

Graduates of Kent’s School of Economics are also among the most employable in the UK, according to The Guardian University Guide 2016. The School is ranked 5th in the UK for career prospects, with 86% of students finding graduate-level jobs or further study within six months of graduation. The 2016 table also ranks the School as 9th overall, placing us in the top 10 economics departments in the country.

Other league table results include 8th for Student Satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2016 and 10th for Student Satisfaction in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015.