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Photo shows Claire and Daniel, 2022-23 RLAs

Ready to be next year’s Residential Life Assistants?

Do you want to be part of creating a memorable student experience for students living on campus at the University of Kent? Join the Residential Life Assistant team, gain invaluable work experience and get a massive 50% discount on your on-campus accommodation for the 2023/24 academic year! Our Residential Life Assistants (RLAs) are part of the College and Community Life team and are at the heart of our College Communities.

You will build relationships both on and off campus, to develop the sense of belonging and community, whilst working together to create exciting events for your peers. This is an great opportunity to get flexible work experience alongside your studies for 8 hours per week, and is open to both postgraduates and undergraduates in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of study.

Claire, who is an RLA this academic year says:

“I have really enjoyed being a Residential Life Assistant during my masters degree. It has encouraged me to take breaks when organising fun events rather than just studying, helping to make my degree experience more balanced. I have got to know so many students throughout the year, and I have particularly enjoyed helping students to have fun and get more involved with our events, as well as other events the at the university”.

To apply for the position, read the full job description and email with a statement of no more than 500 words expressing why you’d like to be considered for an RLA post and how your experience makes you the best candidate for the role. Applications must be received by Monday 3 April and interviews are expected to take place in mid-late April.

We look forward to receiving your application, and hearing about how you would like to contributing to a fantastic student experience for everyone at Kent.

Written by Natalia Crisanti, Student Services, 14.03.23

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Get a free ticket for Kent Giving Week’s cooking show

There are 100 free student tickets to see Kent Giving Week’s ‘In The Kitchen Cooking Show’ on Tuesday 21 March at 12:00-13:00 in Darwin Conference Suite.

The show includes free tasters but you will have to be quick before all the free tickets go!

Get your free ticket now!

Professional chefs will provide a masterclass on how to cook their trademark dishes on a budget. What’s more, our fabulous in-house caterers will recreate them for the audience.

Find out more about Kent Giving Week and how you can get involved!

Photo by Jason Briscoe on Unsplash

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Join 5k Your Way on 23 March

Come participate or volunteer for 5k Your Way which is a sponsored 5km route around the campus on Thursday 23 March from 12:00-14:00

You can come along as a group to walk (or run!) to help us reach the goal of providing 10,000 meals for students facing extreme financial hardship. Students can register for free. 

Find out more about Kent Giving Week and how you can get involved.

If you are facing financial hardship, please see support available to you and contacts on our cost of living webpages.


KentVision unavailable morning of 7 March

The KentVision system will be unavailable for all users during the morning on Tuesday 7 March due to planned maintenance and made available again by 09:00am.

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. 

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Did you come to Kent via Clearing? Would you be willing to share your experience?

The University is looking to create new content with students who came to Kent via Clearing. This can be video content, written profiles or social posts for use on Kent’s channels.

If you came to Kent through Clearing and would like to tell your story, to help others in a similar position this year, then please contact Sam Charman – Digital Content Officer at for more information.

Students will be able to earn credit on their KentOne card for taking part.

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Looking to improve your Excel skills?

Apply for 1 of 5,000 places on ‘Santander Scholarships Skills: Excel for All’, a FREE, flexible, online programme delivered by Udemy.

You can choose either Complete or Advanced Excel – which, once completed, will help you to become more confident in one of the most widely used professional tools.

Applications close 16 May 2023, apply today!

#NeverStopLearning #Excelforall

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KentVision system is back online

Update at 11:00 on 10 Feb:

We are pleased to confirm that the KentVision technical patch update has been completed successfully – enabling bug fixes to be applied to the system.

The system is now back online and available for both staff and student users.

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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 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: