Virtual Employability Festival

#EmpFest20 is here! 12-23 October

The Virtual Employability Festival has started. Attend events online, including our showcase Virtual Careers Fair 2020. Free to University of Kent students and recent graduates!

Want to know how to network online? Or how to prepare for a virtual assessment centre? The Virtual Employability Festival is the perfect opportunity to develop your job-seeking skills and gain an insight into a range of career sectors from graduate employers, industry experts and Kent alumni. Receive expert advice on the key things that can make you stand out in the recruitment market! And, you can earn Employability Points (EP Points)!

Take advantage of the range of online activities taking place, which will help you to take the steps towards your career goals. These include:

  • Virtual Assessment Centres
  • Creating a great CV
  • Video Interview Skills
  • Psychometric tests
  • Career insights into: Finance, Law, Social Work, Politics, Project Management and much more!

The EmpFest programme is available on the Careers and Employability Service website. The great news is that the majority of events are open to students from all stages and schools. Some have limited spaces, so check out the website and book your place ASAP.

Virtual Careers Fair

The Virtual Careers Fair is the highlight of EmpFest and takes place Tuesday 20 October, 10.00-16.00. Meet with exhibitors offering a variety of graduate and undergraduate opportunities, ranging from Graduate Schemes, Year in Industry placements and Summer Internships to Insight Days.

  • Download the Careers Fair Plus App – available on the App Store and Google Play
  • Book appointments with recruiters from 1 October

The app will allow you to:

  • View exhibitor profiles in advance, find out more about them and view their websites
  • Filter and search for opportunities by degree subject, sector or business area
  • Book short 1-2-1 appointments to talk to recruiters (usually 10 mins)

Keep updated with Careers Fair and #EmpFest20 news by following us on:

  • Canterbury: Facebook: @UKCES   Twitter:@unikentemploy    Instagram:@unikentces
  • Medway: Facebook: @ukmemployability  Twitter:@ukmemploy Instagram:@medwaycareers

Join the conversation at #EmpFest20

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Study Plus free workshops (October)

The Study Plus programme has been revamped with a new and exciting range of workshops, all of which are free of charge to attend.

All workshops in term one are taking place virtually. Places are limited to please book online early to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday 21 October 14.00-16.00 – ASPIRE – Business Start Up Journey 

Find out more about the University’s flagship student start-up support programme at our inspirational launch,  where we welcome serial entrepreneur Dr Mick Jackson, founder of WildHearts, a multi-million-pound group using its profits to help humanity.
Hear from student entrepreneurs talking about founding their own businesses and learn more about the Business Start-Up Journey’s mix of interactive workshops and one-to-one advice sessions which will guide you through starting your own business.

Saturday 24 October 10.00-16.00 – ASPIRE – The Ideas Hack 

Dive into our ideas hack where you’ll work with other students to find ideas using the Sustainable Development Goals as inspiration. Develop key skills using Design Thinking techniques that help you to fully understand what users want and how to unlock the innovation in your ideas.

Monday 26 October 11.00-12.30 – Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence refers to the capability to understand and recognise your own emotions and those of people around you, which is crucial to personal effectiveness.  You will come away with:

  • Understanding of the 5 elements of EI,
  • The importance and impacts of EI in the workplace and for career building
  • Actions they can take to increase their own EI

Monday 26 October 15.00-16.30 – Building Resilience 

Building resilience is key! From the field of early years (0-5 years old) through education and into the professional working world, resilience is something we need to help us thrive in whatever stage of life we find ourselves and appropriately manage any challenges we may face. Most importantly resilience helps us in our personal and professional lives. By attending this workshop, you will learn:

  • strategies to become more resilient
  • how to challenge your limiting beliefs
  • how to address challenges you face in life
  • how to adopt a growth mindset.

Wednesday 28 October 15.00-17.00-  ASPIRE – Problem Solving for Start Ups 

The best businesses solve problems for their users or customers. In this interactive workshop we learn together how to pull problems apart and see how our start-up can really make a difference in solving the world’s problems. 

Wednesday 28 October 18.00-20.00 – Meditation 

This course will enable you to apply meditative practices to study, work and life:

  • Applying knowledge of the roots and purposes of meditative practise to personal circumstances
  • Utilising the basic principles of meditation to events and situations
  • Adopting contemplative skills of mindfulness, focus, and personal transformation to activities
  • Choosing meditative approaches that suit their needs

By the end of the session, you will have:

  • Examined presentation fears and strategies to overcome them
  • Understood some tools and models for presenting such as Kiss; The Pyramid Principle and INTRO
  • Practiced presenting – speed style
  • Explored ways to beat the nerves

Saturday 31 October 10.00-14.00 – Emergency First Aid 

An introduction to Emergency first aid. This will be a 4 hour event. Please note we have limited spaces available so book soon to avoid missing out!  

Book a virtual workshop now.

Student accommodation

Support for students self-isolating

We are committed to supporting all individual students and households who are required to self-isolate, whether on or off campus.

When we receive a notification of a student needing to self-isolate, their academic school will be informed and staff from across the school will be on hand to support the self-isolation period. This will include contacting students if they would find this helpful, to ensure they are on track with their studies, and providing any resources, materials or support they need to help with their remote learning.

Professional services departments from across the University are working together to provide a package of care for students who are self-isolating. This includes guaranteeing students can receive food and the essentials they need to get by. Arrangements have been made to help students with laundry, bedding, cleaning materials and to ensure they can receive mail and parcels.

A range of support is being offered to students self-isolating, including welfare checks by the Colleges and Community Life Team, regular check in calls and emails, which can be to individual students and households. Students can access online specialist support such as, counselling services and mental health support, if required, through the Student Support and Wellbeing Team. We also have a 24/7 nursing team available on campus.

A programme of events, activities​s, challenges and competitions have been brought together to help students get through their self-isolation period. More information can be found on the Student Coronavirus webpages.

Black History Month

Black History Month is a yearly event that celebrates the achievements of Black people in the UK. The university in conjunction with Kent Union and GKSU are celebrating Black History Month by hosting various activities over October.


University of Kent Annual Race Equality Lecture – Thursday 22 October at 17:00

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles (VC of the University of the West Indies) will be speaking at this event.

Black Women In STEM – Online – Tuesday 27 October at 12:00

A talk from exceptional Black women and students in STEM addressing young, Black women in academia, who want to pursue a career in STEM and inspiring them to aspire higher.

Decolonisation Discussion Forum – Friday 30 October at 12:30

A roundtable discussion covering what decolonisation means in the context of University students.

Film Screenings

Hidden FiguresMonday 19 October at 18:00 

The Student Success team invites students from the Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences to this FREE screening.

Black Panther – Tuesday 20 October at 19:00

There will a screening of this iconic film at The Gulbenkian followed by a panel discussion.

Rocks – Thursday 22 October at 19:00

Head down to the Canterbury campus for a screening of this film which will be followed by a panel discussion.

Miss Juneteenth – Thursday 29 October at 19:00

This powerful film will be screened at The Gulbenkian and followed by a panel discussion.


African Women and the British Health Service

This exhibition showcases the work women of African heritage contributed to the NHS.

Kent Black Lives Matter: Student Protests Exhibition

This photographic exhibition is a visual reminder of when students at the University of Kent campus joined together to support the Black Lives Matter anti-racist protests.

The exhibitions celebrating Black History Month

There are a few exhibitions celebrating Black History Month which focus on the contribution Black people have made to the UK.

African Women and the British Health Service – Keynes College

This exhibition showcases the work women of African heritage contributed to the NHS. Despite their long history of work within the health service in Britain, the role of African women is rarely highlighted in discussions of the history of the NHS or of health work more generally.  This project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and curated by the Young Historians Project in partnership with Ghana Nurses Association, Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association and the Black Cultural Archives.

Kent Black Lives Matter: Student Protests Exhibition – Keynes College

This photographic exhibition is a visual reminder of when students at the University of Kent campus joined together to support the Black Lives Matter anti-racist protests.

The Black Liberation Front digital exhibition

This exhibition presents the history of the Black Liberation Front (BLF) in Britain. The BLF was active in Britain from 1971-1993 and had its roots in the wider Black Power movement.  The BLF worked with other groups in Britain and had strong international links with organisations and individuals worldwide concerned with Black liberation and has been curated by the Young Historians Project.

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Care first webinars w/c 19 October 2020

Our official Employee Assistance Programme provider, Care first offers a numbers of services and provide useful advice and support, including weekly webinars.

This week’s (Monday 19 October – Friday 23 October) webinars are as follows:

Monday 19 October 2020 –  ‘How Care first can support you’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link.

Tuesday 20 October 2020 – ‘Speaking with people who are breaking the Rules’
Time: 12.30-13.00 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Wednesday 21 October 2020 –  ‘Tips to avoid and alleviate conference call anxiety’
Time: 13.00-13.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Thursday 22 October 2020 – ‘Alcohol Awareness’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Friday 16 October 2020 – ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’
Time: 12.00-12.30 – to register please click on this Go to webinar link

Careers in Defence for non-STEM students

We are hosting Careers in Defence for non-STEM students on Wednesday October 21 at 15:30. Join a panel of defence sector representatives, including Kent alumni, who will share their experiences about working in defence, discuss the opportunities available and the value that non-STEM graduates provide in their workplaces.

This will be followed by a Q+A with representatives from BAE, DstL and Janes as well as Jack Radford (Military History), a returning placement student. This event is suitable for Humanities/History, Business, Economics, SECL, SSPSSR, Psychology and all non-STEM.

Ella Fleming – Senior Analyst in DstL and Visiting Fellow for RUSI (BSC International Politics, MA Conflict Security and Development)

She works for Defence and Security and has expertise in socio-cultural and regional analysis, intelligence analysis, gender in the armed forces. She also has experience in designing external outreach models and external partnership management.

Martin Parr – honorary professor at the University of Kent and a senior principal consultant at Dstl.

Martin Parr is an honorary professor at the University of Kent and a senior principal consultant at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Martin regularly teaches at the Defence Academy and on the University of Kent’s MBA programme.

Rebecca Jaggon – Systems Engineer, BAE Systems (MA Control Systems Engineering)

Rebecca is a Systems Engineer at BAE Systems and in this time, she has worked on aircraft control sticks, heads-up displays and controls. Before this she completed a Masters in Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, which gave me a strong background in modelling.

Richard Blake – Procurement Graduate Scheme, BAE Systems (BA Business and Music)

Richard Blake is a second year Procurement Graduate at BAE Systems who studied at Canterbury Christchurch University.

Sam Cranny-Evans – Editor of Janes Armoured Fighting Vehicles (BA War Studies at Kent)

Sam Cranny-Evans is the editor of Janes Armoured Fighting Vehicles, his writing focuses on paradigms in modern land warfare, and how armoured fighting vehicles have evolved to meet those emerging demands.

Jack Radford – Defence Analyst, DstL Professional Placement Year student (BA History with Professional Placement Year at Kent)

Jack is a current student at the University of Kent studying History with an emphasis on Military, British and Russian History. He has recently completed a Year-In-Industry placement as a Defence Analyst with the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory [dstl], an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence.

This event will take place on Zoom and is bookable via Target Connect. 

Students will receive 10 Employability Points for attending.

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Kent Sport running groups

Kent Sport is bringing back our popular running groups! Dust off those old trainers and get back to running. Whether you’re just starting out or a confident runner, we have adapted our sessions to suit everyone. All running groups are open to students and staff. Remember to book online at and meet at the Sports Centre.

Beginners’ Running (Couch To 5K)

Our 10-week Couch to 5K program is perfect for those just starting out and will get you comfortably running each week, leading up to a 30 minute run (approx. 5km) in just 10 weeks. This relaxed and sociable session requires no experience, just a pair of trainers and a sense of humour. Our experienced staff will support you every step of the way and before you know it, you’ll be confident to hit the roads on your own.

Social Run Club

The clue is in the name – this ‘social’ group will meet twice a week at the Sports Centre and will be guided by an experienced member of staff. Whether you’ve done a bit of running in the past, or a regular runner, this group is perfect for you! Each week the route may change depending on the group’s preferences, but we’ll be there to provide that much needed motivation.

Due to the current situation, we have had to impose social distancing measures into all our sessions:

  • You must book and pay for each session online in advance.
  • We have restricted the session size to 11 participants and 1 coach
  • On arrival, you will need to check in for the session at the Sports Centre reception. You may have to queue outside the Sports Centre before checking in
  • Please wear a mask or face covering as you enter reception
  • Once checked in, meet the coach outside the Sports Centre and maintain social distancing at all times during the session
  • Please arrive ready for your session. Our locker and changing facilities are currently unavailable

If you’re interested in any of the running groups, check out our running groups blog item for session days and times.