NHS Finance Work Placements

NHS Finance in East London is advertising paid, one-year placement opportunities for undergraduate students interested in learning about how the financial aspects of the NHS operate. You do not have to have a degree in a finance or accounting area; the NHS is seeking undergraduates to join us who:

  • Have good communication and excellent Excel skills
  • Can work as a member of a team
  • Are good at planning and organising
  • Demonstrate an interest in figures and financial calculations
  • Can assimilate complex information
  • Have ambition and are highly motivated
  • Enjoy a challenge and are keen to take on responsibilities

Placements will be for 12 months, commencing summer 2019. There is a salary of around £17,460 per annum, depending on location.

If you are interested in this opportunity, you can download the full advert and details of the role below:

NHS Finance Work Placements – Information for Students and Universities

To request an application form, click this link to go to the vacancy advert listed on TargetConnect and download the MS Word document.

The deadline for placements starting in the summer 2019 is Sunday 3rd February.

PG Routes into Teaching at CCCU

Saturday 2nd February, 10am–2pm 
Augustine House, Canterbury Campus

Canterbury Christ Church University is holding an Open Day for anyone interested in exploring the different routes you can take to become a teacher.

During the event you can:

  • Speak to expert tutors and find out which route is best for you
  • Gain information on our PGCE courses as well as School Direct options
  • Hear about fees and finance and student life
  • Access details about the application process

For more information and to book a place at the Open Day, head to CCCU’s website.

CES workshops and events this term

The CES is running a range of workshops, talks and events this term on:

CV & cover letter writing How to identify your skills
Application forms & Situational Judgement Tests Presentation Skills and how to get over your nerves
Developing Career Confidence Using LinkedIn
Mock Assessment Centres Using Languages and Working in Europe
How to speak to employers Interview Skills
Getting into the creative industries Professional Networking Skills

For more details about each event, and to book your attendance, head to the CES’s TargetConnect site.

Opportunities and schemes through the Kent Innovation Hub

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.

Linkedin Live -Tues 29th Jan


LinkedIn Local will be hosting a special event in Woody’s on 29th January, 16:00-18:00. Representatives from LinkedIn will be present to answers questions about the platform, as well as the chance to attend workshops on marketing and branding, AND the opportunity to network with businesses!

This event is applicable to students from all schools, and all attendees will receive 20 points.

You can register to attend via this link. And you can find out more details about the event on the EP Scheme’s blog.

PG Routes into Teaching Open Day at CCCU – 2nd Feb

Postgraduate Routes into Teaching Open Day at Canterbury Christ Church University

  • Sunday 2nd February, 10am to 2pm
  • Augustine House, Canterbury Campus


  • Speak to expert tutors and gain details about the available courses
  • Find out about student support, including fees and funding
  • Learn about the application process and student life
  • Hear a range of talks, including the different routes into teaching, and bursaries.

Click here for more details, and to book a place at the Open Day.

Trendence Survey – prizes to be won

Completing the Trendence Survey (and the chance for prizes) closes on Friday 11th January

Trendence carries out a national survey of students each year, to find out about your plans after finishing university, what sectors you are interested in, and which employers you would like to apply to. These responses are used to help create the ‘The Guardian UK 300’ publication, and also to inform the activities of university careers services and employers across the country.

Take part today to get your voice heard, influence how employers are targeting students, and win great prizes!  The survey takes 15 minutes to complete.

At the end of the survey you will have the chance to enter the prize draw to win:

  • a £100 Amazon gift card is given away every week – 14 to give away!
  • an iPad Pro (two given away at the end of the survey)

Your survey responses are anonymous and confidential.

To complete the survey, click here.

Find out how you can improve your English, learn to teach English, or learn a new language at Kent in 2019.

English Language and Academic Skills Workshops (ELAS).

Would you like to improve your academic English for FREE in the spring term? ELAS provides training in English for Academic Purposes to all international students at Kent. There are eight modules to choose from and you can also book individual speaking and writing tutorials. Book early, as places go fast.  Classes start in Week 14. Find out more and book your place »

Learn French, Mandarin or Spanish with Language Express 10-week beginners’ courses starting 21 or 24 January (depending on the language you choose). Reduced fees for Kent students
Find out more and book your place » 

Prepare for Cambridge CAE and CPE tests with our Cambridge Preparation courses, starting on 15 January. The first class is a FREE taster session, where you can meet the teacher and ask any questions.
Why take a Cambridge exam?
Cambridge English exams are lifelong qualifications with a worldwide reputation. They help you to improve your English Language skills for work, study or life.
Find out more and book your place » 

Demonstrate your English skills: prepare for an IELTS test at Kent. The teacher is experienced in IELTS preparation and the course will help you to develop your English Language and study skills.  You will practise listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.The course begins on 16 January and the first class is a taster session, where you can meet the teacher and ask any questions.  
Find out more and book your place »


Have you ever thought of  training as an English Language teacher?  The Centre for English and World Languages runs an intensive CELTA course starting 17 June. CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is an internationally recognised qualification, which qualifies you to teach English to adults.
Find out more and apply »

Mentoring, work experience and scholarship opportunity with top City employers

The Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme is open to exceptionally talented students who are open to the idea of pursuing a career in the legal profession or a career in the City. Exceptionally talented means that you have the potential to succeed, it does not mean that you already need to have had exposure to the City.

Launched in 2013, the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme was designed to address the disproportionate under-representation of black and black mixed-race men from less privileged background in large commercial law firms. In 2017 the scheme opened up applications to non-law students. The scheme’s ongoing work with Goldman Sachs, The Bank of England and Aon offers opportunities for other City careers.

Scholars will receive:

  • Interview coaching and other development opportunities
  • Commercial familiarisation (work experience/workshops) during university holidays
  • An alternative route to interview for a training contract at Freshfields
  • A £3,500 contribution towards course and associated study costs
  • Mentoring

Freshfields currently have two scholars on the scheme and two students who have completed the scheme. They have nominated over 20 students, of which a number have received work experience and ongoing mentoring.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship you must be:

  • Black African or black African-Caribbean or mixed-race black African or mixed race black African- Caribbean.
  • Male
  • In your 1st year of a 3 or 4 year undergraduate course
  • Have not attended a fee paying school in UK
  • Have not attended a school outside of the UK for which the fees are more than nominal.

You also need to satisfy one of the following criteria:

  • Be in receipt of a maintenance loan from SFE above the relevant limit (student living with parents, £5,118, student not living with parents £6,469)
  • Have been eligible for free school meals at a UK senior school
  • Have attended a UK senior school with above average free school meals eligibility (we can check this for you)

To register your interest please contact Gemma Witts (Careers Adviser, Careers and Employability Service) G.Witts@kent.ac.uk to arrange an initial chat.  

To watch short films about the scheme see https://www.freshfields.com/en-gb/about-us/responsible-business/freshfields_stephen_lawrence_scholarship/

Volunteers wanted for School EDI committee

As you may know, last year the School became one of only eight history departments in the UK to receive an Athena SWAN bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to equality across gender and all the protected characteristics. But we aren’t stopping here! In our quest to make the School a place where everyone, students and staff, can achieve their best through a supportive environment and equal opportunities, we are already thinking about applying for a silver award.

This is where you come in: we need student input and feedback to help make sure this process is about everyone in the School, not just staff. Our two fantastic student members of the School’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee have stood down, and the School is hoping to recruit several students to take their places.

Continue reading “Volunteers wanted for School EDI committee”

Teach First opportunity for Stage 2 students

Final chance to submit your application for Teach First’s paid, two-week award winning internship.

Over half of both maths and science departments in schools experience significant shortages of specialist teaching staff. (Association for School and College Leaders, 2014).

Could you be an inspirational role model for the pupils that need them the most?

During our Insight Programme you’ll get training on leadership and teaching, and get the opportunity to step into the classroom and deliver your own lesson at one of our partner schools.

The programme is available to students in their penultimate year at university who have a science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) background. This can include Maths or Sciences A-Levels, even if your degree is not specifically in a STEM field.

To summarise the fantastic benefits, you will:

  • Develop key employability skills such as public speaking, teamwork & decision-making.
  • Earn £500 for the two weeks, with all accommodation and travel covered by Teach First.
  • Gain experience in the education sector and understand the STEM challenge.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 9 December. Click here to begin your application.

To be eligible for our programme you should:

  • Be graduating in 2020 (if you are currently studying for a PhD you can still apply however you must have completed your studies by 2020).
  • Be a STEM specialist: either studying for a STEM degree or have A-levels (A*- B) in the following subjects: two sciences (biology, chemistry or physics) and/or maths and/or technology (DT or ICT).
  • Have right to work in the UK.

As a science teacher and Teach First ambassador, it is my role to support students from your university with the short application process. Therefore, please direct any questions you have about the programme or application to Ross Cooper at rcooper@teachfirst.org.uk

Guest post – Advice on the defence and security sector

Sam Cranny-Evans is a graduate of the School of History, and works as a defence industry analyst with IHS Jane’s (you can read his graduate profile here).

Sam has given a number of talks for the School in the past on how to apply your research skills to a future career, and on the work he has done for Jane’s. Below, Sam has set out his advice for anyone interested in a career in the defence, security, and open intelligence sector.

Your future career

There are a few things I would encourage you to remember, regardless of what career you would like to have:

  • A path to your dream job may not be straightforward. I was a chef, before becoming a personnel trainer, then a data analyst and finally ending up where I am now. Don’t be disheartened if it feels like you aren’t progressing in the right direction.
  • You may have to build ancillary skills (data analysis, for instance) but you have the ability to do this – if you can study for a degree, you will have the skills you need to acquired other skills.
  • It is likely that you will have to work for not very much money at the start. This is quite normal, and if your goal is to have a job that you enjoy then it is to be expected.

Jobs in the defence sector

There are lots of places to apply to – many of the organisations below offer internships and entry-level jobs:

Continue reading “Guest post – Advice on the defence and security sector”

Pathways to FE teaching

Work Experience in Teaching for final year students

The Education and Training Foundation has partnered with a number of colleges in Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent and the Thames Valley to provide 40 hours of work experience, covering a range of activities to give an insight into what teaching and working in an further education college is like.

Subjects include:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Engineering
  • Computing
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Construction
  • Science
  • Animal Care
  • Health and Social Care
  • IT

The Foundation is also offering £300 to students who take part at the end of the placement to cover expenses.

Click here to find out more. Applications close on Friday 21st December.

Kent Open Day at Dechert – Fri 18th Jan

Kent Law School has arranged a Kent-only Open Day at global law firm Dechert on 18th January.   The Open Day will include an insight into the firm and what they do, including their training contracts; a skills session; and, networking with trainees, partners, graduate recruitment team.  This is an ordinary open day but exclusively available to students from Kent (and that includes non-law students too).


  • Open to:
    • KLS students in stage 2, 3 or on a postgraduate degree
    • any final year student on any other degree/PG degree at the University of Kent
  • Must not be a qualified lawyer (in any jurisdiction)
  • Must be on track for a 2.1 degree and have AAB grades at A level (or equivalent).  Real mitigation for slightly lower grades will be taken into account.  If you wish this to be considered please supply information with your application.
  • Genuine interest in the type of work that Dechert does.  Some of their main areas are corporate securities, investment funds, litigation, white-collar crime.
  • You must be commercially astute.
  • International students may apply.

Your travel costs, up to £75, will be reimbursed by Dechert (please note, transport will not be organised for you – you find your own way there and claim your costs after the visit).  Lunch will be provided.

How to apply:

If you wish to be considered for a place on this Open Day provide the following information:

  1. CV – it must include each module that you have studied and the grades achieved.
  2. Details of any access or dietary requirements
  3. In no more than 400 words explain why you wish to attend the Dechert Open Day

Email your application to Jayne on klsemployability@kent.ac.uk with “Dechert Open Day” in the subject bar.

Deadline to apply for non- Law students: 9am, Wednesday 12 December


The eligibility criteria will be strictly applied and the standard of applications should be the same as if you were applying directly to the firm.  Applications will not be considered until the deadline.  As such, incomplete or substandard applications will not be identified before the deadline and no second chances will be given.