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Events roundup: Welcome to the start of term

This week is the start of term and so the start of teaching. From Monday 26 September, you need to self-register your attendance on Moodle for all timetabled learning.

Welcome Week may be over, but there’s still plenty of opportunities to meet new friends and find your community at Kent. Here are some of our top events this week:

All Week: College Welcome BBQs

Throughout the week the College and Community Life Team are running Welcome BBQs. These are a great way to meet other students in your College, as well as the Residential Life Assistants (RLAs).

Monday: Monday Funday and Bee Walk

Teaching starts today. Make sure to regularly check your timetable in case there are any changes.

Don’t miss Monday Funday on Library Lawn. Drop in and give a new activity a go such as rock climbing or trying to avoid a wrecking ball!

Darwin College and Medway College have their Welcome BBQs today. Get some tasty food and meet students from your College.

If you want to spend some time in nature, consider joining this Bee Walk and Talk at the Kent Community Oasis Garden.

Tuesday: Diamond Anniversary planting (Medway) and music societies

The University of Kent celebrates its 60th birthday in 2025 and if you’re about to start a three-year course you’ll be graduating in what will be a very special year – our Diamond Anniversary. Come along to the Diamond Garden planting event on the Rochester Lawn at Medway campus.

Plus drop in to the Tuesday Funday event at Medway. Try out the surfing simulator and classic arcade games.

If you’re part of Rutherford College, come along to the Rutherford Welcome BBQ.

Interested in music? We have a range of music societies at Kent, and you can meet them all in one place on Tuesday evening in Colyer-Fergusson, Canterbury.

Wednesday: Inter College Football League Trials and Kent Community Oasis Garden

Part of Keynes or Eliot College? Both Keynes College and Eliot College have their Welcome BBQs on Wednesday.

Get involved with out Inter College Football League. The league is open to all, with trials happening on Wednesday. Each College will have its own team, so make sure to go along to your trial for your College.

The Kent Community Oasis Garden is based on campus at the end of Park Wood. Drop in on Wednesday 10.00-14.00 to find out more about how you can get involved in the garden, all are welcome whether you’re an expert gardener or a complete beginner. The Garden is open on Wednesdays and Fridays 10.00-14.00.

Thursday: Inspirational speaker and managing stress and anxiety with mindfulness

Turing College  and Woolf College  are holding their Welcome BBQs on Thursday. Go along to meet other students and grab a burger.

**This event has been postponed – more information coming next week**  Hear from inspirational speaker Kami Asamani in Woolf College 15.00-17.00. Kami studied BA Politics and International Relations and LLM International Law with International Relations. She works for the British Council, as Head of Business Management for Arts Sub Saharan Africa. Hear her inspiring story and ask any questions. The event will also be livestreamed.

If you finding things a little overwhelming, consider joining this online Study Plus session about managing stress and anxiety with mindfulness. Study Plus offers a wide range of free short-term courses and workshops to help you get the most out of your time at Kent and to enhance your graduate employability skills.

Friday: Park Wood Welcome BBQ and online bitesize session

The final College BBQ of the week is the Park Wood Welcome BBQ on Friday.

Want a boost to your studies, try joining a Student Learning Advisory Service online bite size session. On Friday you can join the Independent learning, reflective and critical thinking live online presentation and ask any questions you may have.

Coming soon: Nexus – help in one place at Canterbury campus

In early October we are launching Nexus, a help point in Templeman Library where you can go to ask any questions. It will also be a dedicated student space to study, socialise and network.

Check out the Welcome calendar to see all the events.