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Kent WebChats – 17th July – Resits

The next Kent Student WebChat takes place on Friday17 July between 11:00 to-12:00 for current students. This webchat will focus on resits taking place in August 2020 and will give an overview of important information for students who are resitting exams.

There will also be plenty of time for questions from the audience, and we will have a panel of senior members of staff from across the University in attendance to help answer questions.

Whether you are still on campus, now at home or overseas, you can use these sessions.

Students will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance or during the WebChat which the panel will answer.

You can join us to ask a question or just to listen to what others are saying or asking. Any student is welcome to join any WebChat session:

You can sign up for the session here. We’ll then send you the Zoom link for the WebChat session.

Kent Student WebChat – What to Expect in September

The Kent Student WebChat took place last Friday where current students were joined by DVC Education and Student Experience – Richard Reece and other senior staff from across the University.

The subject was ‘What to Expect in September’ where Richard and colleagues shared plans for the new academic year.

There were 150 attendees who had the chance to submit questions in advance and during the WebChat.

You can listen to the recording here.

studyplus campus online

Have you ever considered Study Plus?

The Study Plus scheme is part of the Kent Extra range of activities available to University of Kent students. It provides a range of short-term courses and workshops which can improve your employability skills, develop your personal creativity or expand your cultural and academic knowledge.

Free to students registered on an existing Kent programme of study, Study Plus builds your key transferable skills alongside your main subject specialism. It also enhances your student experience through providing a chance to learn new skills alongside your degree.

Study Plus courses are non credit bearing. You will be eligible for Employability Points and if your attendance on a Study Plus course meets the minimum requirement of 66% the course will appear on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

It’s amazing the impact that a short Study Plus course can have, some students have used the scheme as a springboard to a career path.

Cassie Barnard took Digital Photography when she was a student at Kent. She is now building her career as a music photographer as a result. Read about her experience of the course and see some of her work.

Study Plus will be undergoing some changes for 2020/21, the details of which have yet to be finalised. If you would like to find out about future courses, please join the mailing list (using your student email).

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 183,000 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 alumni@kent.ac.uk 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. In the last 12 months alone, we’ve hosted alumni activities in Malaysia, the United States, France, Belgium, Italy, Canada, Greece, India and China, as well as in Canterbury, Medway and London.

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!

And if you plan to return to study, come back to Kent and receive a 10% discount on tuition fees for the first year of a full-time course.

Tim Farrow-House
Acting Director of Development

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Kent students take part in the Kent Digital Accessibility Conference 2020

Paul-Georg Ender and Ben Watson from University of Kent will be taking part in the Kent Digital Accessibility Conference. The event is a collaboration between the University of Kent and Kent County Council.

The event ends this Thursday and the aim is to inform Public Sector organisations about digital accessibility, inclusion and the impact of the regulations.

Paul-Georg and Ben will be discussing the student journey. This will include Paul-Georg speaking from the perspective of a visually impaired student in relation to primary, secondary and higher education both in his native Germany and in the UK, whilst Ben will talk about the work that the University of Kent is doing to map and improve the accessibility of the overall student journey.

The session takes place on Thursday 11th June between 15:30 – 16:30.

Have you ever consider a part time Msc?

Are you wondering what to do after your degree? How about a part time Msc? The Centre for Professional Practice offers flexible, part-time work-related Postgraduate degrees. Teaching is structured around a series of extended taught weekends between Friday to Sunday from 9.00 to 17.00. The duration will be an average of four weekends a year at our Medway campus.

You will be working with a team who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in #professional development courses. This will enable them to support you and help you realise your potential in working life.

These are the courses on offer:

Advanced and Specialist Healthcare – PCert, MSc

The PCert and MSc in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare is a flexible, part-time, multi-professional programme.

Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Advanced Dental Clinical Practice) – MSc

The MSc Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Articulated Pathway (Advanced Dental Clinical Practice) is a part-time Master’s-level programme studied over 18 months.

Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) – MSc

This part-time, flexible, multi-professional Master’s-level qualification is suitable for all dental care professionals and offers opportunities for Accreditation of Prior Experiential and /or Certificated Learning or Credit Transfer.

Professional Practice – MA, MSc

MA/MSc Professional Practice programme is a part-time, work-related learning programme designed for participants from private, public and third sector settings.

Professional Practice (Teaching and Learning) – MSc

Professional Practice (Teaching and Learning) MSc is a part-time, work-based programme for qualified teachers who want to develop and enhance their working practice at Master’s level.

Watch our academics talking about the MSc Professional Practice programme:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzG_43JTrGk&feature=youtu.be

Find out more and apply.

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Kent Union are hosting weekly online sessions for PG students

Kent Union are putting on weekly online Tea Breaks where Postgraduate students can join Laura Carlin, the elected Vice-President Postgraduate Experience for a cuppa and a chat.

The sessions were created to ensure community building and reduce the gap between PGT and PGR students. It is now a forum for these students to discuss their stress levels, obtain some advice about pressing matters and on a lighter note, to relax and play games.

They will take place on Zoom every Wednesday.

You can find the dates below:

Wednesday 10th June 2020, 2:00 pm

Wednesday 17th June 2020, 2:00 pm

Wednesday 24th June 2020, 2:00 pm

Wednesday 1st July 2020, 2:00 pm

Wednesday 8th July 2020, 2:00 pm

Wednesday 15th July 2020, 2:00 pm

Wednesday 22nd July 2020, 2:00 pm

Wednesday 29th July 2020, 2:00 pm

You can join the sessions via Zoom here.

All you need to do is enter the details below:

Meeting ID: 753 5079 6962

Password: 9dtXeC

If you have any questions about the tea breaks, you can email Laura at union-postgrad@kent.ac.uk.

Wellbeing over the Summer

Now that the stress of your end of year assessments are over, it is time to relax and enjoy your summer. However, sometimes change can be overwhelming especially in these challenging times so here are some ways for you to manage your anxiety and fears during the upcoming period.

Identify your triggers

The first thing to do to manage your anxiety is to identify what triggers them.

Work out

Some exercise can help to clear your mind. We highly recommend doing 15 minutes of yoga each day to keep you nice and relaxed.

Breathing

Controlled breathing can gives you feelings of calm and relaxation and most breathing techniques can be used just about anywhere.

Write down your thoughts

Writing down what is making you anxious is a great way to ease your anxiety. 

Listen to a podcast

There is a podcast that serves every need and purpose; so whether you are interested in popular culture, sport, music, interviews with personalities, you will find a podcast that is perfect for you.

Big White Wall

Don’t forget Big White Wall which is a Care Quality Commission registered service recognised nationally through awards by the NHS and is a safe environment overseen by qualified therapists called Wall Guides.

Wherever you are located, you can access free, 24/7 online support for issues around mental health and wellbeing. The Big White Wall (BWW) is a Care Quality Commission registered service recognised nationally through awards by the NHS and is a safe environment overseen by qualified therapists called Wall Guides.

Student Support Appointments

The Student Support and Wellbeing continue to operate remotely and have capacity to offer online appointments. They can support students with a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as Dyslexia; discuss academic adjustments for people with temporary or permanent disabilities or chronic conditions; support autistic students, and offer support for anyone at Kent experiencing distress arising from psychological, emotional or mental healthissues.

If you’d like to make an appointment with an adviser, please email us at wellbeing@kent.ac.uk, giving us some information about the help you seek and your availability for online appointments. 

Their counselling team can also offer you a safe space to address issues concerning you which aren’t related to academic life, and can help get thoughts, feelings, behaviour and perspective back in balance again.  If you’d like to explore remote counselling at this time, please email counselling@kent.ac.uk.

They also have a number of support groups running via Zoom you may be interested to join:

Student Support Online Groups

Wellbeing Cafe

All welcome to share common experiences & ideas to stay well & connected. 

Mondays from 15:30 – 16:30. 

Email wellbeingevents@kent.ac.uk for more information and a Zoom link with ‘Wellbeing Cafe’ in the subject title

International Wellbeing Group

Peer support and social activities for any international student who wishes to join.

Thursdays from 14:00 to 15:30.

Email wellbeingevents@kent.ac.uk for more information and a Zoom link with ‘International Wellbeing Group’ in the subject title

Autism peer support

Peer support and social activities for any autistic student who wishes to join.

Wednesdays from 16:00 to 17:30. 

Email autismsupport@kent.ac.uk for more information and a Zoom link with ‘Autism Peer Support Group’ in the subject title

Mindfulness

Guided mindfulness meditation, no previous experience necessary.

Wednesdays 13:10 to 13:50 and 17:10 to 17:50. 

Email mindfulness@kent.ac.uk for more information and a Zoom link with ‘Student Mindfulness’ in the subject title.

You can also access any of the self-help resources which are listed on our webpages. 

Careers and Employability collaborate with the NBA on a series of online webinars

Careers and Employability are working with the NBA on a series of online workshops that cover careers in a variety of industries.

Careers and the Sports Industry – 29 May at 10:00

From advice on finding your first job, shaping your career, useful resources, tips and tricks, this online webinar will provide insight into the sports industry. The session will be led by UKC alumni, Matt Kramer and now Global Partnerships Manager at the NBA. He will be joined by his colleagues, Steve Nuss, Global Partnerships Manager and Vanja Cernivec, Senior Manager, Basketball Operations. There will be time to ask questions afterwards.

NBA – Leadership and Management – 5 June at 10:00

What is it like to work for a company that leads its field – what are the expectations?  What makes an inspirational leader and what is it like to follow one? How do we lead as individuals from within a team?  What is leadership in sport?  How do you work with/for a manager?  How do you become a good manager?

All these topics will be covered by UKC alumni, Matt Kramer, who is now Global Partnerships Manager at the NBA and his colleague Duy Nguyen, Director, Global Partnerships during an online webinar.

NBA – Working in a dynamic environment and managing change – 12 June at 10:00

What does it take to thrive in a positive and dynamic working environment? How do you take care of yourself and colleagues? How do events like Covid-19 impact the working world?

Join UKC alumni Matt Kramer, Global Partnerships Manager at the NBA and his colleague Sarah Mathers, Senior Director, Security for an online webinar with a Q&A afterwards.

Free online consultations available with Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic

The Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic are offering free 20 minute consultations until the end of June to students. They will take place online or over the telephone with Vicky Annis, their lead physiotherapist.

Vicky has a wealth of physiotherapy experience and expertise and is keen to continue to assist and support people during these challenging times.

Many people may be tolerating issues without knowing where to turn for help and advice during this time of social distancing and isolation. The clinic wants to continue to support your freedom, ease of movement and quality of life during this pandemic.

The consultations are open to all, whether you have used the clinic previously or whether you have never experienced physiotherapy. All student or staff members from the wider community are welcome.

The sessions are offered on a first come, first served basis. To book please email: physio@kent.ac.uk.

They are asking people to show their support by donating to the NHS charities.

To find out more about Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic please visit their website www.kent.ac.uk/sports/physio.