GOLD5000 is a year-long 15-credit elective module open to all Year 2 undergraduate students at Kent who are eligible to take elective modules.
The module will fit around your academic studies so you can learn at a pace that works for you, choosing which times of the year to prioritize your involvement.
Find out more about elective modules.
Not eligible but still interested? Join the GOLD Programme.
Why choose GOLD5000?
GOLD5000 will furnish you with a range of important global skills, adding value to your degree and providing opportunities to earn employability points.
Boost your leadership and project management skills, enhance your global citizenship credentials and improve your cultural intelligence – the ability to interact effectively with others across cultures.
You will become a Global Officer, working closely with the Dean & Director of Global and Lifelong Learning and other staff across the University to help organise, develop and support globally-minded activities throughout the year.
You’ll gain a deeper understanding of cross-cultural communication and improve your cultural adaptability, giving you a competitive edge in the future global workplace!
Plus, you’ll build confidence as you develop your project management and teamwork skills. You’ll get to see your ideas come to life and create a positive impact for other students. And you’ll get to make new friends along the way!
The year long GOLD5000 module is made up of several components designed to fit around your degree studies.
You must complete all five components to complete the module.
Component 1: Getting started
At the start of the module, you will identify your skillset and your goals for the year.
You will attend:
- an autumn-term welcome session where you’ll learn about cultural intelligence (CQ) and reflect on your skills and intercultural awareness;
- a spring-term Curriculum Internationalisation workshop aimed at developing a common language and clarifying key terms.
This will give you an excellent foundation and roadmap for achieving your skills and ambitions!
Component 2: Training workshops and conference
Your leadership and global skills development will be supported throughout the year with training workshops.
You will attend:
- workshops held throughout the year on topics such as Talking Cultures, Sustainability, Internationalisation, Leadership in a Global Context, and Event Management
- our annual GOLD Conference in London
The workshops will help you build and diversify your skillset, while the GOLD Conference will introduce you to industry leaders and speakers and provide you with networking opportunities.
Component 3: Internationalised student engagement
You will participate in a range of engagement and information exchange activities on campus, such as:
- marketing and promotion projects
- student media campaigns
- focus groups
- campus tours
- other engagement activities
Taking part in a range of activities will provide you with practical experiences to add to your CV. Plus, you’ll gain the satisfaction that comes from contributing to the University of Kent wider community.
Component 4: Project and event planning
Here’s where you’ll put your learning into action!
Based on your chosen goals, you’ll be allocated events and activities to plan and deliver, such as:
- Global Hangout events
- WorldFest Bitesize events
- Sustainability Forums
- additional events you organise yourself as part of the programme
This is where you really get to see your skills come to life!
Your creative and practical ideas will directly inform these regular events, and you’ll gain hands-on experience of planning and delivering them.
Component 5: Summer check-in and final review session
You will attend an interactive group session where you’ll reflect on your progress and set goals for the future.
This is your opportunity to consider how far you’ve come on the Programme and map out how you’ll put your skills into practice in the wider world!
What will you get out of GOLD?
In addition to earning Employability Points, you will also receive:
- A Certificate of Recognition
- A personal reference from the Dean & Director of Global and Lifelong Learning
- Recognition on your Higher Education Achievement Report
- Practical event and project management experience
What do previous Global Officers say about the programme?
“It was enjoyable to see our work being put into practice, as a lot of university work is more theoretical and with GOLD, we had the opportunity to see the results of our work”
“I was able to improve my cultural awareness, communication skills, be more organised and learned how to plan my time more wisely.”
“I have felt more of a part of the university community. I have made many friends. I have felt my contribution positively impact other students.”
“In regard to career development, it helps me obtain project management and teamwork skills.”
How to register
You can choose to take the GOLD5000 module by registering during Online Module Registration (OMR), which will take place between Monday 13 March and Friday 24 March.