Guest speaker, Sonia Copeland Bloom

Conservation society invites you to their upcoming event. It is on Thursday 16th March at 18:30 in the Swingland room. Guest speaker, Sonia Copeland Bloom (yes, Orlando Bloom’s mother!) will be speaking about her passion for invertebrates. She is a children’s nature writer and will talk about the huge importance of invertebrates to our world, and how important she believes it is to trigger a greater appreciation for them in human beings, especially the very young, and open their eyes to the essential work they do for us, as well as some fascinating facts about them. By concentrating on the very young, she believes children who appreciate nature, will grow up to become more responsible adults, who, instead of destroying our world, grow up taking extra care of it for all our futures. You can find more information here:

It is conservation society’s biggest claim to fame and we are very excited to be hosting so please do come along and support.

Careers in Nature Conservation

At the University of Exeter we are working on an Erasmus Plus funded project ‘Careers in Nature Conservation’. This involves working with partners at the Universities of Evora, Portugal, Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary and charity partners Ambios UK, Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds, and the Barn Owl Foundation, Hungary.

The project is designed to provide enhanced employability guidance for higher education students in the context of European biodiversity management. This is a mixture of field, enterprise and employability skills development.

Our website is now open and available to students and Careers professionals from all Universities to engage with, and benefit from the work of the project. You will be able to access information on:
• Employability Skills
• Biodiversity Management Skills
• The Biodiversity Conservation Sector in Europe
Login to the website at

Follow the twitter feed #careersinconservationka2

Please feel free to forward this to colleagues and students whom you think would be interested.

Dr Dawn Lees SFHEA
Curriculum and Work-Related Learning Manager

01392 72 4428
Professional Development Suite, University of Exeter, Room 9, Old Library, Prince of Wales Road, EX4 4SB
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How to excel at Video Interviews – 8th February 1.30-2.30 KS12

Whichever career path you decide to embark on after university it’s likely that you will be asked to complete a Video Interview.

FDM Group’s Video Interview Workshop is your chance to discover what to expect, how to prepare and excel.

Participants at this event will be sent a link after the session to a mock video interview and a chance to get invaluable feedback from a graduate recruiter.


Booking link is

Student Projects Grant Scheme

We would like to remind you that the applications for the Student Projects Grant Scheme will be closed on Friday 16 December, 2016. In January 2016, grants totalling almost £50,000 were made to a range of projects across the University. We are delighted that in the 2016/17 academic year we are able to award £50,000, with individual grants up to a maximum of £5,000.

The Student Projects Grant Scheme is funded by the Kent Opportunity Fund, which supports students by providing scholarships to enhance their academic studies, offering bursaries to assist individuals who are suffering financial hardship, and funding projects that help students to develop their personal and professional skills.

The Student Projects Grant Scheme encourages individuals to bid for funds to run projects that will enhance the student experience and employability of Kent students, offering them the opportunity to hone their skills and gain vital experience outside of the seminar room.

Applications are welcome from student groups in Kent Union, departments, faculties and schools across the University, including our campuses at Canterbury and Medway, our centre in Tonbridge and our European centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome.

Application forms and guidelines can be obtained from the Development Office or downloaded from the Kent Opportunity Fund webpage at

Please note that applicants will be notified of their application results by late January. Should you have any questions, please contact me on 01227 824547 or at

Trump and Brexit: the end of political polling? Thursday 1st December, 7pm, The Jolly Sailor

The last six months have seen two cataclysmic events in politics. The UK voted to leave the EU, and Donald Trump was elected to the White House. Most polls saw neither result coming. In 2015, after the general election polling ‘miss’ in Britain, questions were raised over the value of polling, with one Labour peer saying polls were ‘corrupt’ and should be banned during election campaigns. After the polling fiascos of 2016, this debate is set to ignite once again.

In light of this, Q-Step are excited to host a panel discussion followed by a Q&A on the future of opinion polling in politics. Should polls be banned? Are they reliable anymore? What worth do they have for democracies today?

Josh Townsley, Dee Goddard, Jack Bridgewater and Tom Barton will lead the discussion on Thursday 1st December at The Jolly Sailor please arrive from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. As always, the evenings are free to attend and anyone is welcome to attend.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch or you can get up to date information via our website or mailing list.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Keli Jenner/ Joe Warriner
Kent Q-Step Centre, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, Cornwallis North East, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NF
Twitter: @UniKentQstep
Tel: 01227 827716 | E-mail:

Win an Insight Day at Whitehall on Wednesday 7 December – deadline extended!  

Civil Service Fast Stream are excited to offer selected students the opportunity to visit Whitehall. You will gain an insight into working at the heart of Government and the variety of work carried out by over 420,000 Civil Servants, whose aim it is to make this country run as efficiently as possible. The day will consist of presentations, workshops and networking opportunities that will give you an opportunity to meet with and speak to current Fast Streamers about their experiences of the application process and being on the Fast Stream programme.


The Civil Service is a modern and diverse workplace, which is truly reflective of this country. Our core values are something that set us apart from other employers; we are accountable to the tax paying public and to the Government of the day, and our values underpin everything we do to fulfil that responsibility.

This prize is just for Kent Students and places are limited to 10 so if you would like to be in with a chance to attend please submit a 250 word application telling us about a time when have you taken the initiative and made a decision that resolved a problem?

Please email your application to by 5pm on Friday 25 November!

Transport will be free and leave from the University of Kent at Canterbury at 9am, returning 5pm.


Careers in Security and Defence: An Introduction

Wednesday 16th November, 1pm – 2pm
Grimond Seminar Room 8

The School of Politics and IR is running an employability workshop on careers in the security and defence sectors, covering both the public and private sector. We’ll be exploring the kind of jobs and roles available in a range of organisations, the skills and experience you need and what to consider when deciding whether a career in MI5, BAE Systems or Chatham House might be for you. We’ll also be talking students through basic security vetting and whether postgraduate study is necessary for security and defence careers.

Bridge the gap between Higher Education and Employment: A variety of meaningful Volunteer/Internship opportunities in Brazil.

2nd November 13:00-14:30 KLT6

ETIV do Brasil is a small NGO and registered Brazilian Association co-founded by Monique Dray, who graduated from UKC with a degree in Social Anthropology in 2014. ‘ETIV’, when read as a Portuguese word sounds much like the English word ‘achieve’ and stands for Ecotourism and International Volunteering of Brazil. ETIV do Brasil is based in the beautiful surf and fishing town of Itacare, Bahia, and its mission is to connect international volunteers with local communities to support environmental conservation and development in Brazil.

Monique will be coming in to share the wide range of volunteering opportunities offered by ETIV, which range from NGO administration, fundraising and marketing, to teaching English and working in youth development, environmental conservation, and more. Volunteers can also combine their volunteering with eco and adventure tours and cultural education classes (including Portuguese, Samba and Capoeira). ETIV also offers a complete Gap Year experience, where volunteers can spend up to 6 months volunteering with ETIV and 6 months volunteering with our partner organisation, Otra Cosa Network (OCN) – a well established NGO based on the other side of the continent on the coast of Peru.

A message from Monique: “I am really hoping to reconnect with the university and its current students, especially those in the School of Anthropology and Conservation. I know from personal experience that many are looking for an experience that’s a bit out of the ordinary; that will be memorable, challenging, eye-opening AND allow them to put their anthropology/conservation knowledge to use. I started off as a volunteer with OCN and was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity of a lifetime as Co-Founder and Assistant Director of ETIV. I want to offer the current students similar opportunities that could help them break into fields such as International Development, Conservation, Community Development, Social work and Teaching.”

While many of ETIVs projects are particularly suited to SAC students and graduates, students from all departments are welcome to attend this presentation.

Contact email:

Drinks reception- Swingland Room at 16:30 and Fossil exhibition- Keynes Atrium at 17:30

The afternoon will start with a drinks reception at 16:30 in the Swingland room (in the Marlowe building) to which you are warmly invited to meet Prof. Berger. Prior to the lecture, fossil casts of the newly discovered human species (as well as other fossils that elucidate human evolutionary history) will be on display in the atrium of Keynes College from 17:30.

We very much look forward to seeing you all there for this important SAC event.

Opportunities for students who want to stand out in the job line