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Students walking on Medway campus

What’s on today – 24 September

To welcome you to Kent we have a wide range of events to help you settle into campus and your courses. These are the events taking place today.

Wellbeing

Student Support and Wellbeing – Postgraduate Students – Online- 11:30

This event will be an introduction to the Student Support and Wellbeing team and the provision on offer at Medway.

Study

An Introduction to Podcasting – Online – 10:00

A session that gives you tips on podcasting.

Note Taking and Making the Most of Lectures – Online – 12:00

This session offers hints and tips to be a more effective learner.

Introducing Moodle – Online – 13:00

Tips on how to use Moodle.

Introduction to Library and IT Services – Online – 13:00

Find out all you need to know about Library and IT Services in a 20 minute webchat, running every day in Welcome Week.

Social

Kent Welcome Fair – Online – 9:00

Meet all our student groups in one virtual space, chat online with the current committee members to find out what they’re about and sign up.

Commuter Students Network – coffee and cake meet up – Medway – 9:00

Free coffee and a chance to meet other commuting students studying at Medway.

Careers

Employability Drop In – Canterbury – 10:00

If you have any questions about employability whilst you are at Kent, such as applying for internships, interview techniques, CV guidance, etc. please come and see our Employability Officer, Katie Marshall.

Video Interview Skills – Online – 11:00

As more employers use online tools in their recruitment process learn how to present yourself well in a video interview.

Virtual Volunteering – Online – 12:00

Virtual Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and develop your employability skills in the current climate. This session will go through the different types of opportunities which are available and how you can make the most of them.

We have launched the Hello Kent app

We have launched the Hello Kent app which is a hub for all new and returning students to help them find everything they need during the first few weeks at Kent.

The app is the ultimate mobile resource for students providing a digital home base to access news, important updates and practical help for your first term and beyond. There is also a host of exciting media challenges, giving you the perfect platform to share your university experience with the Kent student community.

These are the features the app holds:

News

Latest news and information for first-time, returning, and postgraduate students.

Support

Key information on a range of topics to improve your Kent experience.

Maps

Your guide to getting around campus in the palm of your hand.

Events

What’s happening? Check all upcoming events on the campus calendar.

Social Hub

A one-stop shop for all the university’s social channels.

Get Involved

Share your campus experience. Take on the university’s latest media challenges and share your photos and videos with the University of Kent’s mobile community.

Key Links

Quick and easy access to online university links.

One-Hour Degree

Learn more about the university by taking on our fun simulation game.

You can also sign up to receive notifications about the latest updates.

Apple users can download the app here.

Android can download it here.

Kent’s outdoor walks and activities

Being a student cannot be all work and no play, you need to make time for some fun and relaxation. One of the perks of studying at Kent is access to lots of outdoor space; from beaches to scenic parks and historic buildings, Kent has it all.

Canterbury

Cathedral to Coast Cycle Ride – Canterbury to Dover

Undertake your own Pilgrim’s Progress on this 50 mile circular ride that links Canterbury, Dover and Folkestone. The route passes along leafy lanes and bridleways amid rolling hills, wide skies, woodland, country villages and hamlets.

Marlowe’s Canterbury Walk

The aim of this walk is for you to explore the life of Christopher Marlowe, who is Britain’s best known playwright. The route takes you on a journey around the heart of Canterbury, visiting places he would have known, and offering an insight into his life.

Kent Food Trails

Kent Food Trails are designed to encourage visitors and locals alike to discover new places and taste new dishes. You will meet fantastic food and drinks producers and farmers from all over Kent.

Via Francigena

If you fancy a real adventure then consider Via Francigena which is an ancient route that starts at Canterbury Cathedral and passes through France, Switzerland, across the Alps and through Italy finally finishing in Rome. You will step into the shoes of Sigeric the Serious, a famous Archbishop of Canterbury, and follow his journey across the Via Francigena to meet Pope John XV in Rome back in 990 AD.

Medway

Fort Amherst

Fort Amherst is a free-to-visit historical site  with 20 acres of green space all linked to the Great Lines Heritage Park. You will be able to explore tunnels, nature trails, ditches, ammunition magazines, cannons, soldier’s quarters and fortifications.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham

This is Chatham’s holy grail and steeped in history. The Crown and Call the Midwife have been filmed here along with many films. A visit here will ensure you return to the ‘Age of Sail’ when the Dockyard built mighty ships that mastered the world’s oceans. Test your sea legs as you peer through the periscope of HMS Ocelot, a Cold War Submarine; take charge on the bridge of HMS Cavalier, a Second World War Destroyer; and ring the ship’s bell on the deck of HMS Gannet, our Victorian Sloop.  Watch our Master Ropemakers at work using centuries old techniques on in our Victorian Ropery.

Picture from Canterbury City Council.

Kent WebChats welcoming students to campus

We have a series of WebChats arranged to welcome our students to the campus. The talks will cover topics such as safety and security, quarantining details, accommodation, enrolment and registration plus college life.

The Webchats take place on the following dates. Sign up for your chat session and we will send you the Zoom link.

Welcome back on 18 September at 10:00.

You can book place here.

Welcome back (Later arrivals) on 9 October at 10:00. 

You can book your place here.

If you’d like a WebChat on another theme, then just let us know and we’ll set one up. Suggestions can be mailed to directorstudentservices@kent.ac.uk.

Office Lockdown Escape Room

The Office Lockdown Escape Room is a fun game that you can play with your housemates. The idea is that you come up with an awesome name for your team and see how fast you can solve the clues to beat the clock.

The escape room will be available today, 18th, 21st, 24th and 25th September between 10:00 and 16:00.

Prizes are awarded for best team name, fastest and slowest groups. The maximum team size is six and they must be from the same household.

Please note each member of your household will need to book their ticket individually for the same time session, any problems email CCLTeam@kent.ac.uk

Each team member needs to apply for their own ticket from the Eventbrite link below https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/office-lockdown-escape-room-tickets-120397444999

University of Kent shows support for trans communities

The University of Kent is one of many organisations who are standing up for trans equality. Yesterday, in solidarity with Stonewall, 136 major UK companies came together in a show of support for trans communities.

This campaign has been created in response to the Government’s legislative action that will  negatively impact the lives, safety and careers of trans individuals. A few months ago, the government scrapped long-overdue plans to allow trans people to self-ID.

Stonewall is Britain’s leading lesbian, gay bi and trans equality charity. The University has added its name to a public statement to say trans rights are human rights, and highlight our support for trans colleagues, employees and customers.

As part of the campaign, many of these organisations have also written to the Prime Minister directly to call on the UK Government to honour its commitment to protect trans people’s rights and reform the Gender Recognition Act.

Movie Monday

GKSU are hosting Movie Monday today where they will screen a film of your choice. The event will take place at the Deep End between 17.00 to 23.00 and will offer you a big screen movie experience.

The film will be decided via Facebook Poll so keep an eye out on our Facebook Page.

We recommend booking for this event to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions, please email hello@gksu.co.uk.

Entrance to the Drill Hall Library in the sunshine

Support at Medway

We understand that this year is going to be different and you may feel like you need additional support when it comes to studying online and looking after your wellbeing. But please don’t worry, there are loads of people on hand at the University to help. This blog outlines the support on offer and how to get in contact.

First points of contact

The Colleges that make up the Canterbury and Medway campuses are made up of the friendly Colleges and Community Life Team, who are a first point of contact for any kind of assistance, advice and support. All Medway students are affiliated with Medway College.

You can also get in touch with your School if you have a query. Your School should be able to help you or point you in the right direction for further support.

Support with your studies

Studying for a degree is very different to studying at school. You have a lot more control over your learning and greater independence.

You will also be asked to do things you’ve never had to do before (eg referencing in a certain way or writing a dissertation). This is where the Student Learning and Advisory Service (SLAS for short) steps in. SLAS can help you with everything from perfecting your essay writing to learning how to reference properly.

As part of our blended learning approach, you may want to take our Online Learning at Kent: A Guide to Successful Study moodle module to help familiarise yourself with online study. You can also find more help with your studies on the coronavirus studying webpage.

Don’t forget your School is also there to help you with your studies and offer a range of study support.

Have you checked in with Student Support and Wellbeing?

If you have a disability, chronic condition, mental health condition, specific learning difficulty or autism, please contact Student Support and Wellbeing to see how they can help you make the most of your university journey.

We have a team of expert staff who can help you face the challenges of studying, socialising and living independently, whatever else you might be going through, whether it’s something you’re experiencing for the first time at University or have dealt with for a while.

There is also a free confidential counselling service which offers you a safe space to address issues concerning you and can help get thoughts, feelings, behaviour and perspective on life back in balance again.

GKSU

GKSU are your Students’ Union at Medway. From money worries to housing issues, academic problems to visa support, GKSU Student Advice Service is available to help through their free, impartial and confidential advice service.

Medical advice

You should register with a local doctor near to your accommodation in order to receive treatment under the National Health Service (NHS): Find your nearest NHS Surgery.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate, please see our coronavirus health and wellbeing page.

Chaplaincy

University Chaplains run a wide range of religious and social events. They are also a good contact for advice and support. You can also see their guidance around socially distanced faith and worship.

Support at Canterbury

We understand that this year is going to be different and you may feel like you need additional support when it comes to studying online and looking after your wellbeing. But please don’t worry, there are loads of people on hand at the University to help. This blog outlines the support on offer and how to get in contact.

First points of contact

The Colleges that make up the Canterbury and Medway campuses are made up of the friendly Colleges and Community Life Team, who are a first point of contact for any kind of assistance, advice and support.

You can also get in touch with your School if you have a query. Your School should be able to help you or point you in the right direction for further support.

Support with your studies

Studying for a degree is very different to studying at school. You have a lot more control over your learning and greater independence.

You will also be asked to do things you’ve never had to do before (eg referencing in a certain way or writing a dissertation). This is where the Student Learning and Advisory Service (SLAS for short) steps in. SLAS can help you with everything from perfecting your essay writing to learning how to reference properly.

As part of our blended learning approach, you may want to take our Online Learning at Kent: A Guide to Successful Study moodle module to help familiarise yourself with online study. You can also find more help with your studies on the coronavirus studying webpage.

Don’t forget your School is also there to help you with your studies and offer a range of study support.

Have you checked in with Student Support and Wellbeing?

If you have a disability, chronic condition, mental health condition, specific learning difficulty or autism, please contact Student Support and Wellbeing to see how they can help you make the most of your university journey.

We have a team of expert staff who can help you face the challenges of studying, socialising and living independently, whatever else you might be going through, whether it’s something you’re experiencing for the first time at university or something you have dealt with for a while.

There is also a free confidential counselling service which offers you a safe space to address issues concerning you and can help get thoughts, feelings, behaviour and perspective on life back in balance again.

Kent Union

Kent Union are your Students’ Union at Canterbury. From money worries to housing issues, academic problems to visa support, Kent Union’s Student Advice Centre is available to help through their free, impartial and confidential advice service.

You can also get in touch with your Kent Union full-time officers who are each responsible for specific areas within the Union.

Medical advice

Kent has its own NHS general practice on campus called the University Medical Centre. There’s also an independent pharmacy next door, so you don’t have to go far when you’re feeling under the weather.

Our University Nursing Service is available 24/7 during term-time. Currently you need to call the Nursing Service on 01227 469333 before visiting them.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate, please see our coronavirus health and wellbeing page.

Chaplaincy

University Chaplains run a wide range of religious and social events. They are also a good contact for advice and support. You can also see their guidance around socially distanced faith and worship.

 

coffee

Join us at our virtual Wellbeing Cafes

We are hosting a series of virtual Wellbeing Cafes for our students. The aim is for you to meet and network with other students and gain emotional support. We will explore general mental health themes such as dealing with anxiety and managing your mood. There will also be time for you to unwind and have fun by taking part in games and creative pursuits. This will take part in a friendly and informal setting.

The Wellbeing Cafes take place on the following dates:

Monday 14 September

Monday 21 September

Monday 28 September

Monday 5 October

Please email wellbeingevents@kent.ac.uk to request the link for the meeting at least 2 hours before.

The cafes are manned by a member of staff but they are happy to hear from students who wish to take the lead.