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August resits: Mindfulness workshops, 4 and 11 August

Are you taking August exams? Could you do with reducing your stress levels? Then booking onto an online Mindfulness workshop might be a good idea…

We are pleased to announce two online Mindfulness based stress reduction workshop for students sitting August exams – one on 4 August and one on 11 August, both from 12.00 – 13.00.

Places are limited, so please book your free place online using your Kent student login to access the booking site:

Book for Tuesday 4 August

Book for Tuesday 11 August

What is it?
In this free experiential workshop we aim to introduce you to the basics of mindfulness; a way of focusing on body and breath as an alternative to the usual panicked states we can find ourselves in both when revising, and when sitting an exam. The workshop facilitators, qualified counsellor Patmarie Coleman, and Wellbeing Adviser Richard Stack, will guide you to carry out the exercises individually and opportunities to share experiences with the other participants should you choose.

How do I join in?
The link to the hour-long Zoom meeting will be sent to you on the day of the workshop. You will have the option of using the video and audio functions to connect with the group or turn them off as you wish. You will also be able to rename yourself for the meeting using the Zoom function. The meeting hosts are staff members from Student Support and Wellbeing and will be facilitating the meeting from a private and confidential space.

If you have any queries, please email wellbeingevents@kent.ac.uk and we’ll be happy to help.

5 tips for starting your graduate employment in a home-based world

The Careers and Employability Service (CES) has created this helpful guide of 5 Tips for starting your graduate employment in a home-based world, following the impact of COVID-19.

The guide covers the following topics:

  1. Before you start
  2. What technology will you need to use to get the job done?
  3. Communicating with your colleagues remotely
  4. Making the most of your opportunity – networking from your laptop
  5. Professional boundaries and your wellbeing.

Read the top tips guide.

And don’t forget, as a Kent graduate you can continue to access the Careers service for three years after you graduate!

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Kent Student Awards virtual event, 20 July

On Monday 20 July, Vice-Chancellor Karen Cox and Kent Union 2019/20 President Sasha Langeveldt will be announcing the winners of the 2020 Kent Student Awards.

Join us online at 15.00 to find out who has won each of the 9 categories as well as the prestigious Student of the Year and Group of the Year awards! You can view the nominations on the Kent Student Awards site.

The event will be released at 15.00 on Monday 20 July on YouTube and Facebook and the video will also be shared to the Kent Union Facebook page. Join in the conversation by using the hashtag #KentStudentAwards.

Templeman Library re-opening

Templeman Library reopens tomorrow

Templeman Library is reopening with a limited service on Wednesday 15 July. There will be a limit on the number of people allowed in the building and you will need to follow a one-way route to ensure social distancing.

The Library will be open Monday to Friday 9.00-17.00, via Main Entrance and Library Road Entrance only. Don’t forget your KentOne card to gain access.

Because of the restricted numbers allowed in the Templeman Library at this time, please consider whether your visit to the Library is essential. If you need a resource, please consider looking for an e-resource in the first instance using LibrarySearch Digital. We wish to give those people most in need access to the Library including postgraduates and those studying for August exams/assessments.

A limited ‘Click and Collect’ book borrowing service will be available for items not available in a digital format.

To use a study space (with or without a student PC), collect a ‘clean me’ sign from the Welcome Hall to place on the desk you’re using. This lets us know that the space needs cleaning and tells others not to use it before it’s been cleaned. You’ll be able to use a recently cleaned study space and PC.

Printers are available in all open study spaces. You will be asked to use a wipe to clean the touchpad before use.

See more information about reopening of Templeman Library for details on safety measures in place and which services are available. These services will be regularly reviewed and are subject to change.

 

Placement students

EP case study- working with the Dean of Internationalisation

As internationalisation assistants, Christine, Lauren and Alexandra worked closely with the Vice Chancellor’s office and various other parties such as the International Recruitment Team to coordinate and organise the 2020 Think Kent Global Showcases for various regions and countries.

The Global Showcase events exhibit global engagements typically carried out abroad by the University of Kent for its students, staff, alumni and international partners. It includes highlights from Kent’s academic schools, as well as information and discussion panels for applicants, alumni, and more. A novel aspect to the event this year was that it was organised and carried out virtually, enabling more accessibility amongst participants

Placement Role

We had an initial briefing on how our role would support the Kent Global Showcase (KGS) and Open Day events. We attended various Microsoft Teams meetings with the Dean of Internationalisation’s office, International Recruitment, Development Office and Corporate Communications departments. The staff gave us insights into how their roles contribute to Kent’s Internationalisation efforts and how they liaise to plan various aspects of KGS, for example entertainment and virtual tours.

During briefings by the KGS leads for Africa, Hong Kong and Pan-Asia, we were guided on how we would be involved during July Open Day, held on 4 July. We designed the participants feedback form and attended as student panellists via Zoom, where prospective students asked us questions relating to various aspects of the Kent student experience. Due to the unprecedented times we are in, the work placement was carried out virtually and we are grateful to the Employability Poibnts Scheme for the opportunity to be involved with the inaugural online events for the KGS and Open Day.

Employability Points Scheme

This valuable opportunity was solely available through the Employability Points Scheme. As is alluded to, this scheme grants students points based on the co-curricular activities they get involved in which heighten their desirability to potential employers. Examples of such activities range from seminars based around writing CVs to any part time job held alongside their studies. Upon collecting a set number of these points we were eligible to apply for this placement. All skills and knowledge regarding the world of work that we gained through collecting these points were able to be put to practice during this placement. Despite the added challenges of the virtual nature of the programme, we were still able to network with members from different university departments, allowing an exclusive insight into the collaborative nature of the running of University events. This also heightened our confidence and communication skills, especially when participating in live events such as University Open Days and on a larger scale, the Hong Kong and Africa Global Showcases.

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From left to right- Christine Bishop, Lauren Lopez, Alexandra Tan

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Student Loans Company: upload evidence digitally

The Student Loans Company (SLC) have launched a new Digital Evidence Submission system to make it easier for you to provide supporting evidence for student loan applications.

If you are an undergraduate (full-time or part-time) student, you can use this to submit all your evidence via your online account. Parents and partners can also submit evidence online.

Students applying for Disabled Students’ Allowances, Grants for Dependents and full income assessed support can also now upload evidence rather than having to post it. There are a small number of exceptions to this.

If you have not yet applied to SLC but require a student loan, you should apply as soon as possible as the deadline to receive funding on time has passed. You can still apply for funding but SLC cannot guarantee you will receive it on 28 September 2020 if you have missed the deadline dates.

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Exam results 2020

It’s nearly time to receive your exam results! See below for the results release dates and how to access your results.

Final Year and Diploma

Results will be released on Thursday 25 June 2020 by 18.00.

Stage 2

Results will be released on Monday 6 July 2020.

Stage 1 and Foundation

Results will be released on Monday 13 July 2020 by 17.00.

Resits

The Stage 1, 2 and 3 referral exam results will be released on Monday 7 September 2020 by 17.00.

Results 2020 – Postgraduate

Please refer to your School.

Please note exam result dates have recently changed due to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation.

How to access your results

You must log on to the Results Site to view your results using your SDS login details. The results website will be unavailable until results are released. If you have failed to satisfy the examiners, a letter detailing your options will be available from the ‘My Progress’ page on the Student Data System.

If you would like to discuss your results, please contact your School.

Canterbury – School List

Medway – School List

See the exams web page for more information including FAQs.

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Moving out- bin amnesty information (Canterbury)

A bin amnesty will operate from Monday 15 June to Friday 10 July on these Canterbury roads to help you with moving out.

Where black bin bags would not normally be collected, they will be picked up during the amnesty period to cover students moving out of their properties. The black bin bags should be placed next to the normal bins.

The local recycling centre has also reopened and can be used by advance appointment only – please ensure you book a timeslot.

Necessary Furniture are also now open and will accept donations of unwanted items. Items can be delivered to their warehouse, or if items are bulky arrangements can be made for Necessary Furniture to collect. Although they are called Necessary Furniture they accept unwanted household items, such as crockery, kettles, bedding etc.

 

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Why I chose further study at Kent

After doing my undergraduate degree in History at Kent, I went straight into an MA beginning in September 2015. I would love to say I had a burning ambition to go further into academia, but I wasn’t sure of anything. In fact, I chose to do an MA mostly because of that – having no clue what came next! 

I had no real idea of my dream job, I felt I wasn’t done yet and I panicked quite a bit. A year of further study seemed like the solution. Modules were running that seemed better tailored to my interests than my undergraduate ones. I could keep learning and it served as a procrastination to entering the real world. My family joked I wanted to be a student forever, and it actually came true.  

I’m not ashamed of those being my reasons for carrying on to PhD study. It brought me to my PhD which I’m almost finished with and it’s given me a dream. 

There were many reasons why I chose to stay at Kent for my MA. Canterbury was a city that felt like home and I wanted to stay living here. In terms of the staff, I had developed good relationships with them and received a great quality of teaching and dissertation supervision. I had an idea of my research interests, but I wanted to find out more – I didn’t quite feel like a historian yet.  

If I had to give advice to a UG student considering PG life, I’d say go for it! I justified it to myself as most people have a degree these days; a PG one is a way to stand out. But when you’re doing your Masters, make sure you get involved in PG specific events and things that are going on in your school. Know what career you’d like to get to at the end, and consider employability and work experience to enhance your CV with that goal in mind. You’re only here for a year for a Masters, so it all seems like a lot, but know your limits and ensure self-care is on your radar. And most of all, enjoy it. 

–Ellis Spicer, Research Postgraduate, School of History