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Four new PhD studentships launched at SSPSSR

Exciting opportunities to join one of two prestigious research centres at SSPSSR have opened up with the launch of four new PhD studentships for scholars interested in researching applied health and social care.

Three of the studentships are based at the University’s Centre for Health Service Studies (CHSS), and the fourth is based with the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU).

Both research centres have close links with each other and are based within the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) at Kent, one of the largest social science communities in Europe. SSPSSR is recognised worldwide for producing excellent research and was ranked 2nd for research power, 3rd for research intensity and 5th for both research impact and research quality (GPA) by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

For all four studentships, we are looking for applicants who are:

  • enthusiastic about applied health and social care research
  • have completed a health or social care related postgraduate training course at Master’s level equivalent to merit or distinction with a substantial research training component (such as an ESRC recognised training course), or be willing to undertake additional research methods training.

As a PhD scholar with CHSS or PSSRU, you will become part of the research communities within the Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) and the University of Kent. ARC KSS is one of 15 ARCs across England, part of a £135 million investment by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to improve the health and care of patients and the public.

Centre for Health Service Studies (CHSS) 

CHSS is a centre of research excellence which undertakes high quality research into a wide range of health systems and health services issues at local, national and international levels. CHSS also supports and advises health care staff to develop and undertake research projects. CHSS collaborates with a wide range of partners in Kent, the UK and in other countries to improve the links between research, policy and practice.

Apply by Friday 23 July for the following scholarships at CHSS:

For the CHSS studentships, students are required to apply to SSPSSR’s PhD Applied Health Research

Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) 

PSSRU is a leading social care research group that conducts policy analysis, research and consultancy in the UK and internationally. The Unit’s mission is to undertake high quality research on social and health care to inform and influence policy, practice and theory.

PSSRU’s current research programme focuses on needs, resources and outcomes in social and health care, with particular emphasis on economic aspects of community care, residential and nursing home provision, social care markets and commissioning, long-term care finance, and mental health policy. The PSSRU has long had close and productive links with policy-makers in the UK and elsewhere.

Apply by Friday 23 July for the following scholarship at PSSRU:

For the PSSRU studentship, students are required to apply to SSPSSR’s PhD in Social Policy

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Internship Experience UK 2021 is open for applications!

Back by popular demand, Internship Experience UK is an immersive virtual experience designed to support school leavers, current university students and recent graduates to get ahead with their career.

As the UK’s biggest internship experience, it has supported thousands of students and graduates with their career. This year, Internship Experience UK is back with brand new three-day virtual programmes across eight sectors, and it’s completely virtual meaning your internship can be completed from anywhere.

Eight sectors to choose from:

  • Professional Services and consulting – Monday 28 June 2021
  • Technology – Tuesday 29 June 2021
  • Investment Banking and Asset Management – Monday 5 July 2021
  • Public Sector, Policy and Charity (New for 2021) – Tuesday 6 July 2021
  • Business Operations and Marketing – Monday 12 July 2021
  • Audit, Tax and Corporate Finance – Tuesday 13 July 2021
  • Engineering and Infrastructure (New for 2021) – Monday 19 July 2021
  • Commercial Law – Tuesday 20 July 2021

Internship Experience UK 2021 is a great opportunity to:

  • Enhance your CV just as employers are looking to hire
  • Explore exciting new career paths and build your sector knowledge
  • Meet new, leading UK employers and gain an industry-recognised certificate

To find out more about the three-day virtual internship, watch the Internship Experience UK 2021 video, and visit their website for information about how to apply.

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Covid-19 update – delay to roadmap and Kent Summer Fest

From Professor Richard Reece | DVC Education and Student Experience

As you may already know, the UK Government announced yesterday evening a delay in moving to the next step of their roadmap out of lockdown. Step 4 has now been put back to no earlier than 19 July 2021, meaning for now the vast majority of the ongoing safety requirements will remain as they are.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued cooperation throughout the ongoing lockdown period. I know that this delay will come as a disappointment to many of you, but it is vital we all keep supporting one another by following all Government guidance during this additional stage of lockdown release.

Kent Summer Fest

For those of you looking forward to joining us on campus for Kent Summer Fest next week, the good news is that we will we going ahead from Monday as planned.

Whilst yesterday’s announcement means we will be making some changes to our programme to fit within the current restrictions, we have had safety and flexibility built into our planning throughout and we will still be offering a full programme of events.

I hope to see as many as possible of you for a fortnight of fun-packed events and a chance to socialise and relax together after such a difficult year. We will share final details of ‘what’s on’ via our Kent Summer Fest webpages later this week.


A huge thank you to all of you who have taken part in the additional enhanced testing in Canterbury both on our campus and across the city. The testing finishes at the end of today, so please do try and get along to the testing vans on the Keynes and Darwin carparks today if you can for one of your weekly tests.

Whilst this focus on new variants is coming to an end, remember that you do still need to get regularly tested, especially if you are living on campus, coming to Kent Summer Fest or accessing other campus facilities. The campus asymptomatic testing centres are still open in Canterbury and Medway and in Canterbury we also offer home testing kits for you to collect. For those not able to collect from campus, please order your home kits from the NHS directly.

For those of you with symptoms or who test positive, please self-isolate immediately, arrange an NHS PCR test and let us know. Further information is in our ‘What to do if you have Covid-19 symptoms or advised to self-isolate’ online guide.

Please do continue to get in touch with if you have any questions or concerns.

Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

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What’s on this week: 14-20 June 2021 

It’s the last week of the Summer Term! Congratulations for everything you’ve achieved this academic year. This is the last weekly ‘What’s On’ email of the academic year. 

This week you can apply for financial support, attend careers workshops and get excited for Kent Summer Fest. 

Phase 3 of the Covid-19 Hardship Fund is now open 

If you haven’t already received funding from the Covid-19 Hardship Fund, you can apply now for a £300 award to help with unexpected costs due to Covid-19. This could be due to a loss of income, childcare costs, travel or rent. 

Apply for the Covid-19 financial hardship fund 

Events for you to try this week:  

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Have you read this?  

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Keep an eye on:  

Let us know what you think of these updates by emailing 


Marks are now available in KentVision

You can now access all your marks for the current academic year, and overall module marks for previous academic years, in the ‘My Marks’ section in the KentVision student portal.

Historic module marks are still available to view in SDS, where you can view full assessment details for older modules. Please note that you will not be able to view any recent marks in SDS, those will have only been entered directly into KentVision.

Watch our introduction to KentVision video for more information about using the student portal.

Fulbright future ahead for Kent law student Amaka Agbandje-Boyce

A Fulbright future in the US awaits Kent Law LLB student Amaka Agbandje-Boyce who has secured a prestigious US-UK Fulbright Commission scholarship at one of America’s top-35 ranked law schools! Congratulations Amaka!

Amaka beat off fierce competition to win a Fulbright Postgraduate Student Award at Indiana University – Maurer School of Law. The US-UK Fulbright Commission selected Amaka for the award after a rigorous application and interview process, assessing her academic excellence, cultural curiosity and leadership qualities. When selecting scholars, the Commission also looks for evidence of a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright mission and a plan to give back to the UK upon returning.

Amaka said: ‘I think my involvement in many law-related extra-curricular activities really helped me in my application and interview. I drew upon my Kent Law Temple Society (KLTS) committee position and my involvement with Kent Law School’s mooting and mock trial programmes. In my first year, I secured an internship in Kent Union’s offices, which I also feel made my application a little bit more unique, as a lot of jobs with student unions are in retail and hospitality. I had such a different experience working at a desk and working on my own terms to a degree, which was great for demonstrating my independence and sense of professionalism. Being a law school rep for two years also showed by involvement in the campus community, which I think Fulbright looks for. They stress that academics only take a candidate so far, so I’d recommend anybody considering applying to really throw yourself into various activities during your time at Kent; you want to come across as an involved and invested, well-rounded student.’

Amaka’s award comprises a full tuition waiver and mandatory fee waiver, which includes health, sports and travel across the city of Bloomington and campus. As a Fulbright scholar, Amaka will also receive administrative support and a cultural education programme including visa support, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities while abroad, a re-entry session and access to a global alumni network.

At Indiana Law, Amaka will be one of only 40-50 new “highly qualified” graduate students admitted to the LLM programme. And she’ll be studying on a campus ranked by Condé Nast Traveler as the third most beautiful college campus in the US.

Learn more about Amaka’s aspirations and interview experience on Kent Law School’s news blog.

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What’s on this week: 7-13 June 2021

Take a break from revision by getting involved with Summer Music Week, have a look through the Kent Summer Fest website and sign up to a college mindfulness session.

Kent Summer Fest events 

Get excited for Kent Summer Fest, taking place 21 June – 2 July!

The Kent Summer Fest website is now live, so you can start planning activities with friends! Together with Kent Union and GKSU, we have a range of events including film and sport screenings, food and drink, live music and workshops.

We’re keeping a close eye on changes to Government guidance and have designed our programme with flexibility and safety in mind – so while events are subject to change, Kent Summer Fest is happening!

View all Kent Summer Fest events

Events for you to try this week: 

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Have you read this? 

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Keep an eye on: 

Let us know what you think of these updates by emailing




Life as an alum

Just because you’ve finished your studies, you don’t leave Kent behind. There are lots of ways to play your part in the Kent community. You are one of over 195,000 Kent alumni worldwide – so why not make the most of the fantastic opportunities that being part of this network provides?

Most importantly, make sure that you don’t miss out on any opportunities by ensuring that we have got your correct contact details. By giving us your up-to-date details when you register for your graduation – and keeping them updated – we will be able to send you information about upcoming events, share the latest alumni news, and make sure you don’t miss a thing. We’re only ever an email away – get in touch via if you think we can help. And follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

As you take your first steps into a new career, Kent is here to provide you with help and support to guide you along your chosen path. You can use the Careers and Employability Services for three years after graduating.

Every year we host a wide range of events, from campus-based lectures and reunions across Europe to formal and informal alumni events and get-togethers around the world, including online events which we’ve introduced recently.

We have alumni groups and chapters all over the world, with formal associations in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Find out if there is a group near you on our website – where you’ll also find links to social media groups associated with them. If there isn’t a group near you and you’d like to start one, get in touch, and we’ll help you find alumni in your area!

We hope you have enjoyed your time at Kent and that your university experience opens up new opportunities for your future. Please keep in touch!

Tim Farrow-House
Head of Development

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Book a College Mindfulness Introduction session

Do you worry about your exams and sometimes find it hard to take your mind off them? Sign up to our College Mindfulness Introductions to take a break from worrying thoughts.

Mindfulness is about appreciating the present moment in the ‘here and now’ and taking a break from our busy minds which are constantly thinking.

We will talk about the basics of mindfulness practice and how it can help us to deal with stress. Part of this session will be a short meditation in a small group setting.

The sessions will be run by Miriam, one of the College Life Officers at the University of Kent.

If in person, please wear comfortable and weather appropriate clothing which allows you to sit on a mat outdoors. In case of rain, we will meet at Locke Building (2nd floor), Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7UG – entrance is to the right of the Co-op on the Jarman Plaza (by the letterbox).
Social distancing will be in place. Please bring your student ID, water bottle and sunscreen (if applicable) with you.

The online College Mindfulness Introduction will take place on Zoom.

Book now:

7 June – Darwin College Mindfulness Introduction – outdoors

8 June – Turing College Mindfulness Introduction – outdoors

10 June – Woolf College Mindfulness Introduction – outdoors

11 June – Medway College Mindfulness Introduction – online

14 June – Rutherford College Mindfulness Introduction – outdoors

15 June – Park Wood College Mindfulness Introduction – outdoors

17 June – Keynes College Mindfulness Introduction – outdoors

18 June – Eliot College Mindfulness Introduction – outdoors

Please follow @unikent_ccl on Instagram for news on a wide variety of events and activities taking place throughout the year.

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Exclusive Master’s Scholarships for Kent Finalists

If you’re considering or applying for a postgraduate degree at Kent, as a Kent graduate, we’d like to make sure you’re aware of what we can offer you, including the exclusive “Tomorrow’s World” scholarship awards that you may be eligible for.

We encourage all who qualify for the awards to apply by Sunday 1 August 2021, 23:59 BST.

Whatever you are looking to study, Kent is here to provide you with a dynamic and supportive environment.

Find out more about Alumni Awards – Exclusive to Kent graduates


“Tomorrow’s World” Excellence Scholarship

Available for current Kent undergraduates with a first class honours degree continuing to Master’s study at any of Kent’s locations. These scholarships provide £3,000 towards the cost of tuition fees and a total of 24 awards will be available under this scheme.

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“Tomorrow’s World” BAME in Higher Education Scholarship

Available for current final year Kent undergraduates with a 2.1 or first class degree continuing to Master’s study at any of Kent’s locations (UK Fee paying students). For applicants who identify as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME). Kent understands, at times, that ‘BAME’ does not fully reflect the complexity or nuances of diversity within the UK. Here, we use ‘BAME’ to highlight racial identities critically underrepresented within Higher Education – a focus this scholarship is intended to address.

These scholarships provide £3,000 towards the cost of tuition fees and a total of 18 awards will be available under this scheme.

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“Tomorrow’s World” Civic Mission Scholarship for Final year Kent Undergrads

Available for current final year Kent undergraduates with a first class honours degree who can demonstrate how their Master’s will enable them to contribute to communities in Kent and Medway during their further studies and in the future. These scholarships provide £3,000 towards the cost of tuition fees and a total of 18 awards will be available under the scheme.

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Master your expertise within a familiar and inclusive community. Kent’s postgraduate programmes are designed to help you hone your skills and take a step up in your career. Whatever you decide, we are here for you.