How often will I be on campus?
Our students have timetabled “contact hours” for short periods most days of the week, if not every day, totalling roughly 10-15 hours a week. This will include large lectures and also some smaller group learning in seminars and practical sessions. There are also weekly drop-in sessions and workshops that students can make use of to boost their academic and professional potential. Students can also enhance their career prospects by participating in co-curricular research and work experience schemes. While 15 hours may not sound like a lot of time, you will also spend additional time learning and researching independently, either in the library or wherever you find works for you (cafés, at home etc.). There are also some opportunities for one-to-one time with staff as well – make sure you meet with your Academic Adviser, who is your personal tutor!
What will I learn about?
This video really sums up the content of Kent Psychology degree courses and the excellent research community that includes staff and students.
What career-planning support is available to me?
Psychology at Kent’s weekly Academic and Professional Development Workshops are a great resource for our students. They have included CV feedback sessions, guidance about personal branding, and competency and strength based interviews. Look out for the 2017/18 workshop schedule!
The Research Experience Scheme (RES) and the Work Experience Scheme (WES) are two well-established opportunities for Psychology students in stages 2 and 3 respectively. Katie Watson is the Student Experience and Placements Officer in Psychology and she is responsible for these schemes. Please do not hesitate to contact her for information.
The University of Kent also has a fantastic Careers and Employability Service (CES). Students can attend their events including the annual Employability Festival which is a month-long series of presentations, workshops, and career fairs. The CES offers guidance interviews, drop-ins for quick queries, and a wealth of information about job-hunting on its website.
Here’s a video that covers some of the services that are on offer to students.
Is support available for health and learning needs?
If you have specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia), Autistic spectrum diagnosis, physical or sensory impairments, long term medical conditions, or mental health concerns, you should register with Student Support and Wellbeing. We welcome applications from international students and we seek to provide equality of opportunity for all.
The University’s Wellbeing Service is an integral part of Student Services offered on campus free of charge to University of Kent staff and students. Wellbeing has a specialist and experienced team of practitioners who can offer mental health advice and support.The service is available to students, who experience a range of mental health difficulties, for example: Anxiety; Stress; Depression; Panic attacks; Psychosis; Bipolar; Alcohol/Drug complications; and Obsessive compulsive disorder. This list is not extensive and they are able to assist and advise with any other difficulty that may be relevant.
The Wellbeing Service will work in conjunction with other staff members to ensure that difficulties are taken into account whilst studying at University, and they will try to make your experience whilst you are here, a positive one.
For our confidentiality guidelines, please see our website.
What about the social aspects of student life?
We hope that you’ll make lifelong friends at Kent – use the School of Psychology’s informal events and Facebook group to get to know your cohort.
Joining societies and sports clubs is another way to meet like-minded people and share your interests. You can also get involved with the music community, and the arts and culture programme at Kent.
Should you feel like you need more peer-to-peer support as you start to settle in, Kent Union has developed the Buddy Scheme. The Buddy Scheme helps incoming students by matching them with current students who provide informal support by regularly meeting up and sharing their experiences and tips. The scheme offers the opportunity to make new friends from all walks of life and be a part of something that celebrates diversity in an informal, fun and sociable way.
Here are some photos from student-staff events and celebrations within Psychology at Kent.
What about finances?
Both the University and the Student Advice Centre advise you to put together a budget when you first arrive at Kent. It might seem difficult or boring, especially compared to the fun of Freshers’ Week and the excitement of starting a new course, but in the long run it is definitely worth knowing how much you have to spend and keeping track of where the money goes. Use the student budget calculator on the Kent website. More information about living costs is available here.
It can be difficult to adjust to your income arriving in three major instalments if you are used to budgeting with weekly, fortnightly or monthly incomes. Unless you can get a job in the summer vacation, the period from June to the end of September is very lean financially if you haven’t made sure that you have some of your loan still available to cover your spending.
For full-time students, student loan instalments, parent learning allowances and childcare grants are usually paid on the FIRST day of each term. Child tax credits are paid across the year at a frequency you can select, and the Disabled Students’ Allowance is paid direct to the supplier of services and equipment. University accommodation fees are payable in advance at the start of each term.
If you have concerns about your financial position, or you find yourself in difficulties, ask for help sooner rather than later. It is much easier to sort out any financial problems before they accumulate. You are more likely to get a sympathetic reception from banks and other creditors if you explain the situation as soon as possible.