Kent Extra courses

We have lots of exciting Kent Extra courses starting this term.


Courses are filling up fast, but there are still spaces available on the following courses:


KE013 – Justice & Persuasion – An Interdisciplinary Workshop (Modern Context) (Starts Saturday 24th October 2015)

KE004 – Dirty History: Exploring Film & TV Medievalisms (Starts Saturday 21st November 2015)

KE065 – A Tweet is Forever: Where our data goes and what we can do with it (Starts Thursday 26th November 2015)

KE064 – Mentoring at University: Reflective Practice at Medway campus (Starts Wednesday 4th November 2015)

KE066 – A History of Anthropological Theory: 1890-1980 (Starts Wednesday 4th November 2015)

KE068 – Excelling in the Graduate Recruitment Cycle: Your Guide to Applications, Interviews and Assessment Centres (Starts Tuesday 10th November 2015)


Plus many more to be confirmed…


Why do a Kent Extra course?

It’s a great chance to build transferable skills and enhance your CV and career prospects. If you complete a Kent Extra course, you will get Employability Points. It’s also a chance to study something purely for pleasure, free of charge.


How do I find out more and  sign up for a course?



When you find a course you would like to do, follow the link to sign up in the Student Data System. Choose “Workshops”:  under “My Study” you will see a list of Workshop Skills – choose “Kent Extra” to see a list of Kent Extra workshops.”


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Often students tell us that they would like more interaction with employers. Talking with employers is key to securing a graduate position and that is why the Careers and Employability Service has devised KEW-NET. KEW-NET is an online mentoring/networking tool for Kent students and graduates to meet, support one another and help each other get ahead.

From KEW-NET, you will be able to access a variety of mentors from a range of subjects and locations that could help you by:

  • Offering insight and advice
  • Talking about getting into various industries and how to stand out
  • Reviewing your CV
  • Offering work shadowing or work experience opportunities

In order to maximise your success on the system, please follow some basic rules;

  • Be professional – these are potential employers, so be courteous and slightly formal
  • Be proactive – you will get nowhere being nervous or shy. To help you, mentors are asked to specify the type of assistance they are willing/able to give. Contact everyone that might be useful and ask questions
  • Be purposeful – have a reason for contacting the alumnus, they are busy people that want to help you. Think about how they can do that

To join KEW-NET click here Signing up is a quick and simple process.

If you would like any help with setting up a profile, or with how to approach other users of the system, please email and we can arrange support.


What can I do with a degree in Anthropology?

Only a very small number of anthropology graduates end up working as anthropologists. The likelihood is that you will be working for development agencies or non-governmental organisations. Jobs directly related to your degree include charity office, community development worker, International Aid Worker, Local Government Officer, Market Researcher and Social Researcher. Your degree could also be useful in higher education, human resources, museums/galleries, social work and PR work. To find out more visit Prospects
Did you know that many graduate programmes will take applicants from all degree programmes?
So how can I land my dream job? Work experience is essential, especially in areas relevant to the work that you want to work in. Also get involved in societies.
You might also want to consider further study. Common areas include criminology, development studies, journalism, law, marketing, teaching and environmental anthropology.
Kent graduates have gone on to pursue many interesting careers including marketing, paralegal, property manager, teaching assistant and wine adviser. For a full list please click here. Others, after additional study have become Registrars, Nurse, business manager, editor and chief technical adviser. For more info see here
For more information on careers after your degree visit the Careers and Employability Service

Coping with Graduate Assessment Centres

Booking now open for session on 21st October – Coping with Graduate Assessment Centres by Daniel Lewin from the Civil Service Fast Stream. The session is open to students from all disciplines but they will need to book via a DoodlePoll (link here; as participation is limited. Please feel free share the link if you feel your students might be interested in the session.

Hope you are all well, and that term has been good to you so far!

Best Wishes,

Claire Tanner, Employability, Internships, Placements and Alumni Relations Manager
School of Politics and International Relations | University of Kent | Rutherford College| Canterbury | Kent | CT2 7NX | T: 01227 823786 | Fax: 01227 827033 | |
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My working hours are Monday – Thursday, 8:30am-4:30pm

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Alumni Spotlight Talk

On the 4th of November the first Alumni Spotlight talk will be held, where alumna Charlotte De Maria will talk about her experiences since Kent and encourage students to participate in University initiatives such as the new e-mentoring platform KEW-NET. This will be followed by a Careers Café, where alumni and staff will be on hand to help students self-identify their skill-set and consider their next steps towards a successful career post-graduation. The same event will be held again on the 5th of November focused towards Humanities students and graduates. Further information on these events are on the alumni events calendar.

Kasia Senyszyn (Keynes 2004)

Supporter Engagement Officer | University of Kent
Development Office, Rutherford Annex, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1227 816055 | E-mail: | Web:

UMPhafa- Colchester Zoo

UMPhafa- Colchester Zoo

UmPhafa Reserve is owned and run by Colchester Zoo’s charity, Action for Wild, and was established in 2004 when a number of cattle farms where purchased with the intention of creating a 6000ha conservation area exclusively for the research of African flora and fauna and as a centre for environmental education. Interns on UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve will have a valuable time by playing a crucial role in the operation of the reserve through helping to collect vital data necessary to make key management decisions. They will have the satisfaction of developing the necessary skills required to make in-roads into the field of conservation, whilst working closely with large animals and knowing that their contribution is having a direct influence to the wellbeing of the fauna on the Reserve.

This is an opportunity to gain creditable work experience in the field and shadow qualified staff members on a wide range of aspects involved in the running of a reserve. Days will be varied with duties including behavioural observations on game species which often involves stalking species such as rhino and giraffe through the bush at close quarters. They will also be aid with the other current research projects such as small mammal trapping; setting up and checking carnivore tracking stations; and camera trapping of elusive nocturnal species providing an exceptional chance to learn crucial survey techniques as well as gaining a greater appreciation of African animals and habitats. Seasonal work includes game releases and capture.

Student Projects Grant Scheme

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2015/16 Student Projects Grant Scheme. In January 2015, grants totalling almost £65,000 were made to a range of projects across the University. We are delighted that in the 2015/16 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 the closing date for applications is 18 December, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their application results by late January. Should you have any questions, please contact me on 01227 824547 or at

Kind regards

Eva Chow
Development Officer, Regular Giving | University of Kent
Development Office, The Registry, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, UK
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Sky Graduate Software Engineering Academy Developer Programme

Stage 3 Students!

In your final year of study? Are you passionate about technology and looking to work for a dynamic organisation?

Applications to the Sky Graduate Software Engineering Academy Developer Programme are now open.

You’ll need to be on track to complete an undergraduate degree in any discipline and love all aspects of technology.

Fill out the application form and send to employability@kent by the 15th October.

Academic and career opportunities for School of Anthropology & Conservation students