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Become more employable – add a Year In

Gain new skills to stand out when you graduate.

The need for well-rounded graduates from employers is increasing; in 2023 the demand for workers who can bring a range of skills to the table is larger than ever before. The opportunity is here for you to become that graduate as applications for Kent’s Year-In courses have opened.

The Year In courses give undergraduates students in Years 2 and 3 the opportunity to take an extra year in another course subject. This can be between your 2nd and 3rd year, or after your 3rd year is complete.  Courses on offer for the 2023/24 academic year include:

If you take a Year-In, it will appear on your degree certificate, letting employers know what you are capable of.

What does a Year In give you?

A Year-In will help combine your existing knowledge and experience with practical skills and experiences valued by employers. The graduate labour market is competitive, and the Year-In could be the very thing that makes you the obvious choice for an employer. You’ll spend a year immersing yourself in a new subject, with courses designed for beginners, that will deliver engaging, high level learning opportunities.

Get an insight into each Year In subject

Watch the videos to find out more about each Year In involves:

Got questions? Contact careerhelp@kent.ac.uk for guidance

 

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KentVision unavailable on 20-23 Jan

Our student record system, KentVision, will be upgraded from 21-22 January 2023, this is a technical upgrade only, to keep us in support with the system supplier (Tribal) and to ensure that we continue to receive essential updates. 

During this upgrade the KentVision system will be unavailable to all users from 17:00 on 20 January until the upgrade is completed, until 14:00 on 23 January.

If you need to view your timetable during these times, you can integrate your timetable with a personal calendar (e.g Outlook or Google calendar) on a mobile or computer through iCal. Please go to the my study webpage and click the cog in the top right-hand corner to see the subscribe to calendar options.

Get £30,000 over 3 years

The Santander Universities Scholars Programme is now open

The Santander Universities Scholars Programme is a new flagship initiative aimed at breaking down barriers for students who are most likely to face challenges when attending higher education.

The initiative provides funding to support them through to graduation, alongside training opportunities to develop their potential and help them build brighter futures.

The programme will support 100 full-time current undergraduate students, due to graduate in 2025, throughout the duration of their studies. They will receive £30k of funding over three academic years, a series of employability training and development sessions and a dedicated mentor to guide them through the programme.

This flagship, multi-million-pound scholars programme, was developed in collaboration with our partner universities, including the University of Kent, and is aimed at providing more structured and holistic higher education support that is ongoing, combats a range of challenges and is not just a stamp in time.

Am I eligible?
In order to be eligible to apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be aged 18 or older.
  • Applicants must be current full-time undergraduate students at the University of Kent, completing their undergraduate course in 2025. Any degree discipline is welcome.
  • Applicants must qualify as a Home Fee Status student.
  • Applicants must not be receiving more than £1,500 per year in external sponsorship
    for their degree, for example, from other sources such as industry bodies/employers
    (University Core Bursaries and Government grants do not affect your eligibility).
  • Applicants must self-identify as part of at least one of the following under-represented
    groups (guidance has been taken from the Office for Students’ existing list of underrepresented groups).– Students from areas of low higher education participation, low household income
    or low socioeconomic status.
    – Black, Asian and minority ethic students.
    – Mature students.
    – Disabled students.
    – Care experienced students.
    – Carers.
    – Students estranged from their families.
    – Students from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
    – Refugees.
    – Students from military families.

Apply now:

Applications are now open and will close at 23:00 on 31 of January 2023.

Apply and learn more about the Santander Universities Scholars Programme >

Watch the video to find out more:

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Events roundup: 12-18 December

As we reach the end of term, our weekly events roundup continues with its festive theme, including more Christmas events and support if you’re staying on campus over the winter break.  

Please also see our update about snowy and icy conditions for guidance about travelling to campus.

Later this week your Spring Term timetable will be released (from 14 Dec) on KentVision. However, please check it again after 9 January as it is likely there will be changes (e.g. room changes and resolving clashes). For more information, read our timetable advice. 

Also, some of you might have In Course Tests (ICTs) this week. If you do, try not to panic! ICTs are a great way to prepare for summer exams and there’s guidance online to help you. Best of luck! 

Monday: Job application tips and pick up some vintage gifts 

Join our Careers Team for top tips on filling out those job application forms to make sure you bag yourself an interview. Sign up for careers event. 

Pick up some Christmas gifts (or maybe something for yourself!) at the Vintage Kilo Sale outside the Venue between 10:00 and 17:00.  

Tuesday: How to edit efficiently and create a top LinkedIn profile 

Join this live session on how to approach editing so it is done right and takes less time! Register for the editing event.  

Find out why you should be using LinkedIn and how to get started at this careers session. Book now.  

Please note, there are train strikes on Tuesday 13 December, so if you usually travel to campus by train please make alternative travel arrangements.  

Wednesday: Christmas gatherings and take home some winter plants 

Get in the Christmas spirit at one of these festive events on Wednesday, including: 

Please note, there are train strikes on Wednesday 14 December, so if you usually travel to campus by train please make alternative travel arrangements.  

Thursday: Christmas Market, DHM book club, job hunting tips and Christmas Drag Bingo 

Come along to our Christmas Market in the Colyer-Fergusson from 10:00-14:00 for locally produced food, drinks and crafts!  

As we reach the final week of Disability History Month, join the book club at Canterbury and Medway, or online, to discuss ‘Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century’ by Alice Wong. 

And get ready for some Christmas campery – Anita Wee and Delilah Tickles are back for a festive edition of Drag Bingo in Mungo’s from 19:00. 

If you’re staying in Medway for the Christmas break, head over to the Oasis Lounge (Rochester Building) on 15 Dec between midday and 14:00 to meet others who will also be staying and enjoy some festive food, music and drinks. There is no need to book, just drop in!  

Friday: Christmas card making at Medway  

Join Medway Residential Life Assistants (RLAs), Holly and Cole, in this FREE DIY Christmas card workshop in the Oasis Lounge (Rochester Building) from 12:00 – 14:00.  

Please note, there are train strikes on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 December, so if you usually travel to campus by train please make alternative travel arrangements. 

See more student events.  

Opportunities

See more student opportunities and support. 

Have a lovely winter break and see you in 2023! 

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Snow and icy conditions update

With the current snowy weather, we want to let our staff and students know that our Canterbury and Medway campuses are open as normal today (Monday 12 December).

Some classes may also be moved online due to staff unavailability. Students – your Division will be in touch if this affects you, but do check your emails or get in touch before travelling if you want to make sure.

Please take care when coming in and check the latest travel advice before you make the trip to campus via @unikent_travel on Twitter.

If you can’t get in, let your manager know if you’re a member of staff, or your Division if you are a student. If needed, students should also follow divisional procedures for extenuating circumstances and / or authorised absence as required.

You can read our adverse weather policy for further information.

Follow @UniKent on Twitter for further updates.

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Travel disruption in Dec and Jan 

There are some disruptions to Southeastern trains planned for December 2022 and January 2023 which may affect your travel to/from our Canterbury and Medway campuses. 

Strike action is due to take place on the following dates:  

  • December – Tuesday 13/Wednesday 14 and Friday 16/Saturday 17  
  • January – Tuesday 3/Wednesday 4 and Friday 6/Saturday 7  

If you usually travel to campus by train, we recommend you find alternative modes of travel where possible on train strike days and check our Campus Travel updates webpage.  

If you have an in person In Course Test (ICT) on a train strike day, please make every effort to make alternative travel arrangements as these cannot be rescheduled. 

Travel disruption in itself is not a reason for mitigation. However, if your circumstances mean that alternative arrangements to get to campus on a train strike day are not possible, please follow your Division’s process for applying for an authorised absence, or contact your Student Support Team. You will also need to apply for an end of year mitigation if your absence results in you missing an ICT.

If you miss teaching due to train strikes, please check your Moodle module page for any resources made available or alternatively arrange to see your seminar/class leader during office/student consultation hours or speak to your academic adviser.

Teaching will continue as planned, and our campuses and services will remain open during the disruption. We will continue to communicate with you about any changes.

Food on shelves

Donate to the Campus Pantry

Kent Union’s Campus Pantry provides short-term support to students who find themselves in need of supplemental food. Whether you are experiencing financial difficulties, your loan is late or you simply need help getting through the term.

You will find the Campus Pantry in Mandela Student Centre and its opening times are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 12:00 – 16:00.

Donations needed

If you are in a position to donate, you can do so at the following locations on campus until 20 December:

  • Mandela Student Centre
  • Keynes Atrium
  • Plaza Co-op
  • Parkwood Co-op

You can donate foods that are non-perishable, unopened, not damaged, and still in date. This could include:

  • Canned foods (meat, fish, veg, fruit, soup etc)
  • Sauces (Curry, pasta, stir fry etc)
  • Nuts/pulses/lentils etc
  • Dry pasta/rice/noodles/couscous etc
  • Nut butters and high protein spreads
  • Long-life milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Long-life fruit juice
  • Dairy, Gluten and Wheat Free alternatives
  • Cereals
  • Biscuits/Crackers
  • Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate
  • Sugar
  • Cooking oils

Non-food items are also needed, such as:

  • Personal hygiene products (toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, sanitary products etc)
  • Products for babies, toddlers and children (nappies, wet wipes, baby milk powder etc)

Thank you for your support.

 

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Cookies and Conversation on 6 Dec

What do you think about the study spaces on Campus?

Why do you choose certain spaces to study? Do you use different spaces for different types of study?

Join us in the Templeman Library Café from 16:00 – 18:00 on Tues 6 December to share your views and also enjoy some free yummy cookies and a hot drink on us!

Find out more about how the University is listening to students. Have your say, make your voice heard and help us shape our services!

1000 chances to win £100

1,000 chances to win £100

If you’re looking for some extra funds ahead of the winter break, the Santander Universities £100k Winter Giveaway is here for you. They’re giving away 1000 lots of £100 to any UK university students- even if you don’t bank with them!

Winners can spend the £100 grants at the Santander Aspire webstore on a variety of items; Pick up some supermarket vouchers and get ready for that holiday feast or use the funds towards a new laptop and get a head start on your revision.

Apply before 30 November at 23:00 for your chance to win!

Apply now >

#100kWinterGiveaway #NeverStopLearning

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Update: Internet service disruption

We are aware that over the last 48 hours there has been some disruption in internet service and brief outages across the network. We are sorry for the inconvenience these may have caused you. 

These outages were linked to planned work where we have been replacing the internet firewalls. Following the replacement, an unforeseen issue led to several interruptions to the eduroam network.  

Our teams worked closely with the supplier to quickly identify the issue and provide a fix. We can now confirm that affected systems are back online and internet access has been restored in all campus buildings, accommodation, and teaching spaces. We are not expecting any further wide-scale disruptions. 

The new campus firewalls will provide the University with greater security protections against incoming cyber-attacks. These devices sit between our campus network and the internet, keeping our services and your data safe.  

We apologise once again for any inconvenience these incidents may have caused you. If you have any questions or need further help, please contact:

IT and Library Support 

Online help: Nexus Self Service

Email: helpdesk@kent.ac.uk   

Visit us: Nexus, D Block, Ground Floor, Templeman Library

Tel: 01227 82 4888