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Postgraduate study at Kent

Postgraduate Open Event, 23 February

Step up, stand out and specialise – discover our career-focused programmes at Kent. We’ll be holding our Open Event on Wednesday 23 February 2022. The event offers both face-to-face and virtual options, providing an opportunity to meet our staff and current students, across our UK and European campuses.

Join a community that’s already shaping tomorrow’s world and discover where it could take you.

Book your place at the virtual event [12.00 – 14.00 UK time]

Book your place at the campus event [17.00 – 19.00 UK time]

What to expect at the Open Event:

  • Find out more about postgraduate study at Kent, a top UK and global University
  • Discover our multimillion-pound scholarship fund, subject specific awards other funding opportunities
  • Learn more about our career-focused programmes, particularly our conversion Master’s courses in Business, Law, Marketing, Finance, Computer Science, Creative Arts, Social Work, Healthcare and more
  • Meet and chat to our incredible academic and support staff as well as our current students
  • Virtually view our campuses in Kent, Canterbury and Medway, and our postgraduate centres in Europe, Brussels and Paris. Or, we welcome you to visit our Canterbury campus in person.

Book a place at our open event here

Sharpen your focus and step up in your career this 2022. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Study support for remote learners

As your first assignments and deadlines start to approach, we want to highlight the study support on offer to you if you have opted to study remotely this year.

Remote study is when ALL teaching and learning is delivered online, and you won’t be on campus.

Study support on offer to remote learners includes:

Access the library resources on your reading list either as e-versions (see all the online resources in Your Digital Library) or use the Templeman or Drill Hall Library to borrow books. Find out more by viewing the Digital Library and IT e-induction on Moodle. 

And, if you haven’t already, make sure you check out our online learning guide for students, which has a section on assessments.

Need a break from studying or want to meet other remote learners?

Studying in your bedroom can be hard, and it is important you give yourself a break every now and again.

Here’s some things you can try to meet other students and take time to relax:

For all support on offer to remote learners read the full blog.

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University Challenge Trials

Do you fancy yourself a brainbox? Try out for Kent’s University Challenge team and prove it in front of the nation!

Students of all ages, genders and backgrounds are encouraged to attend either of the two trials being held via Teams in the coming weeks. Come along on Friday 5 November or Tuesday 9 November at 15.00 for the first round of trials, where the very best quizzers will be chosen to go on to the second buzzer-quiz round.

If you’re interested, join one of the Facebook events: https://fb.me/e/1WHROobED or here: https://fb.me/e/1RXR0mxKM

All are welcome, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, and whether at Medway, Canterbury, Brussels, Paris, or any other campus. Come by!

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Careers in Accounting, Banking, Finance and Fintech Week, 1-5 November

Join us for the Careers and Employability Service’s Careers in Accounting, Banking, Finance and Fintech Week, 1-5 November 2021.

Starting on 1 November, the Careers and Employability Service will be hosting its first online Careers in Accounting, Banking, Finance and Fintech Week. This week-long programme is open to all students interested in finding out more about working in these sectors.

Throughout the week, we will be joined by a range of Kent alumni and employers, including Santander, Investment20/20, and Moore Kingston Smith. Events will include: workshops on networking and selection tests; insight talks from employers; presentations on how to succeed in landing graduate roles and internships; and an alumni panel discussion of equality and diversity within these industries.

All events will be virtual and hosted on either MS Teams or Zoom.

You can also earn 10 Employability Points by attending each event, which can be redeemed later in the year for exclusive rewards.

To see the full schedule of events, please visit our website. You can book your place for each event now on TARGETconnect.

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Join the Remote Study College Committee

Here’s a message from the Remote Study Residential Life Assistant (RLA), Abigail about the Remote Study College Committee and why you should join:

‘Hi, my name is Abigail. I am a postgraduate student studying an MA in Curating. I am also a Residential Life Assistant (RLA). As you probably already know, there are 8 colleges at the University of Kent and each college has an RLA. I am the current RLA for Eliot College.

‘Interesting additional fact about me, I am also currently the only RLA that is remote. The University has gone a long way to bring as many students back on campus as possible for in person learning. However, there remains a large community of students like us who for one reason or the other are still remote. This fact sparked conversation between the College and Community Life Team and the RLAs and we have decided to create the Remote Study College Committee to cater specifically to the needs of the remote student community.

‘The traditional college committee is made up of student volunteers who plan encouraging and fun events for their college to promote student socialisation and keep up the community spirit at Kent.

‘The remote student experience, as we know, is vastly different from that of the typical student’s and so to ensure that we can make the very best of our student experience, I would like to invite YOU! Yes, you reading this, to join the Remote Study College Committee.

‘Help us to help you to make new friends, create a more accessible and inclusive environment, as well as plan, promote and manage the kind of events YOU want to see.

‘To find out more information about this committee and how you can join, contact cclteam@kent.ac.uk’

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We’re hiring a Social Media Content Creator (Medway campus)

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and outgoing Kent student to create digital content for the University, supporting and developing the University’s communication with its students. They will be primarily responsible for scheduling and producing content for the University’s social media platforms and website. Content will include photos, video and blogs, as well as running Q&As for current students on Instagram.

This is a great opportunity for a student interested in a career in the growing digital job market, as well as Marketing, Advertising, Communications and PR.

For the full job description and to apply, please visit our website.

 

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Remote study support and services

So, what exactly is remote study? Remote study is when ALL teaching and learning is delivered online, and you won’t be going on campus.

Remote study is for students who are significantly impacted by the pandemic, and it is not possible for them to return to campus (e.g. travel restrictions or health concerns).

If you have chosen to study remotely, here are some key services and support on offer to you:

Studying remotely:

Learning and teaching material is mostly delivered through Moodle and KentPlayer. Read our online teaching and learning guide for information on:

  • the tech you need and support available if you need a laptop or other tech
  • getting started on Moodle and Kent Player
  • assessment advice
  • our online library resources
  • accessibility and productivity tools

And make sure you check out the Online Learning at Kent Moodle Module so that you’re fully prepared for online learning at Kent. Your academic school will give you programme and module-specific information.

Getting support:

All our amazing support services are offering virtual appointments and have a wealth of online resources. See our support services for contact details and online support:

Socialising online:

Stay connected:

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day – resources and support

For this year’s World Mental Health Day, we’re spotlighting our ever-growing bank of resources to help all our university community improve their mental health, and know how to get support when and how they need it. Follow @UniKentSSW on socials for advice on wellbeing and information on 1:1 support as well as workshops and events to help you stay well and connected.

Mental health support at Kent

Did you know we have a large and diverse team of mental health experts ready to help students in Canterbury and Medway, and online?

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Our team of mental health experts includes mental health advisers, counsellors and mentors, who can help you with issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, adjusting to university life and relationship difficulties. As well as providing short term focused interventions and supporting you to develop coping strategies, our specialist practitioners can liaise with your academic School to develop an Inclusive Learning Plan which may include exam adjustments, use of enabling equipment or provision of class resources.

We have a free and confidential counselling service where you can talk about whatever is troubling you or causing you emotional distress, even if it’s nothing to do with university.

Check out the Mental Health Guide

Commitment to mental health and wellbeing

We have joined the University Mental Health Charter which was created by Student Minds to support universities across the UK in making mental health a university-wide priority.

University Mental Health Charter

We want you to be part of creating this cultural change, where we #StopTheStigma around mental health difficulties, and co-create our services and responses to mental health needs with student participation.

If you’re interested in collaborating on shaping university strategies around mental health, please email WellbeingEvents@kent.ac.uk and we will contact you about being part of a student group.

Support around the clock:
Mental health partner organisations

Spectrum Life

Spectrum Life is available on weekdays from 8.00-20.00, weekends and bank holidays. They can work with you in getting initial support and help during your crisis and the University Student Support and Wellbeing teams will contact you on the next working day.

Togetherall

Kent students can access free, 24/7 online support for issues around mental health and wellbeing via Togetherall. They also have some great online workshops on topics such as assertiveness training, managing post traumatic stress disorder and managing OCD.

Black mental health

October is also Black History Month and at Kent, while celebrating Black Excellence for #BHM2021, we’re also working to support the mental health of Black and racially minoritised students. We have a therapeutic group for black female students beginning later this month, led by one of our qualified and experienced counsellors. Check out this blogpost with advice on racism and protecting your mental health #BHMKent2021

Have you tried Mindfulness?

There is a very active Mindfulness community at Kent, offering several free drop-in meditation classes each Wednesday, both online and in person, so you can join in wherever you are. They are led by a qualified mindfulness instructor and student volunteers. It’s a great place to nourish a sense of meaningful connection both to yourself and with other students.

Wellbeing events

As well support for individuals with mental health conditions, we offer frequent online and in person workshops and events for all students to enhance and maintain their wellbeing, such as Managing Stress, Finding Friends and Coping with Loneliness at University and Understanding Your Bereavement. Have a look at our Events Calendar for information on what’s coming up.

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Student Support and Wellbeing produce monthly newsletters with what’s on, as well as useful resources, sent directly into your inbox – sign up to receive these by emailing WellbeingEvents@kent.ac.uk.

Where else might I find support?

Want more information for specific issues such as anxiety, addiction, bereavement, obsessive compulsive disorder and others? Check out the extensive Self-help resource list, compiled by our mental health experts.

Follow Student Support and Wellbeing on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.

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Making the most of opportunities – Employability

When you start university there is a lot to get to grips with starting a new course, but you may wish to consider making the most of other opportunities while at University.

We offer a range of activity, services and opportunities for students to develop professional skillsets for future employment and broaden experience while studying at Kent.

Remember to check your emails and the Student News regularly for opportunities and events.  We’ve also put together a list of opportunities worth considering below.

Careers Service
The Careers and Employability Service is open and free for students to access for advice and support, including career planning, and support creating CVs.

During your time at Kent there are many ways to get involved and earn rewards and recognition for your efforts. It also looks great on your CV and helps improve your employability.

  • Employability Points
    The Employability Points Scheme rewards students for their active engagement with co-curricular activities with experiences of work. For each co-curricular activity completed, students can claim ‘Employability Points’, which can be cashed-in for the chance to apply for exclusive internships, work placements, training and more!
  • Study Plus
    Provides a range of free short-term courses and workshops which can enhance your graduate employability skills alongside your main subject specialism.

Interested in a year in industry, an internship or studying aboard?
Placements, internships or studying abroad, can be an excellent way to build knowledge, develop skills and gain experience of another culture.

Student jobs
Looking for a part-time job to support your studies?
Find advice and vacancies on the Careers and Employability website.
Sign up to Kent Union’s Jobshop for local and part-time work opportunities.

Sally Mathias

Alumni Spotlight: Sally Mathias, Policy Officer Higher Apprenticeship

Sally Mathias currently works for Ofcom, as part of their Content Policy team. The team, which focuses on policy for TV and radio broadcasting, has been looking at emerging trends in the way content is viewed (such as subscription services like Netflix, and catch-up services).

After completing a Policy Officer Higher Apprenticeship at the University of Kent in July 2021, Sally successfully applied for a higher-level Policy Adviser role at Ofcom, a role she will take up in September. We caught up with Sally to learn more about her experience as an apprentice.

Why did you choose a higher apprenticeship over a university degree?  

When I left sixth form, I was the only person in my year who decided not to go to university. It would have been easy to go along with everyone else and be persuaded into going by my teachers. The main reason I decided against it was because I didn’t want to spend a lot of money studying for a degree when I didn’t know what I was going to do with it at the end. An apprenticeship offered a more direct pathway into a career, with practical on-the-job training and a job likely at the end of it – and I didn’t have to pay anything to do it.  Even though it was scary to turn down the place at university, after successfully completing my apprenticeship and gaining a job that I really enjoy, I’m so pleased I made that decision!

How did you become an apprentice?  

I saw the job advert and decided to apply, as I had all the desired qualifications and the role looked interesting!

Could you describe a typical day in your current role?  

We work on projects which often span over a few months (sometimes even years for big projects!) so the daily work is always different depending on what stage of a project you are at. You might be doing research into an area at the start of a project, meeting with stakeholders to discuss policy change or the issues they are facing, meeting with the project team for a workshop to discuss ideas, or – if the project is at a later stage – you might be helping to draft a statement or report for publication.

Can you tell us about your experience of combining paid work with academic studies? Have there been any challenges?  

One thing I found particularly tricky, and wasn’t something I’d expected to be difficult, was switching between different writing styles. For instance, when completing study work, I’d be writing an academic essay, with references to other essays and literature. This style of writing can require the need to show explanation and depth of understanding of a topic. At work, I would be drafting a report or document where I needed to be more concise or write in ‘plain English’ to make the document more accessible for people to read. Switching between the two formats of writing was challenging, but I think it improved my writing skills overall and helped in learning to write for different audiences.

The programme is delivered primarily online as a flexible distance-learning experience – can you tell us what the online learning experience was like for you?

Online learning worked well for me, as it meant I didn’t have to travel to study – I could study at home or find a quiet space in my workplace. The fact that all the content is available online meant I could complete it at my own pace on study days and spend more or less time on different topics depending on how much I understood about them. All the lecturers I had for the course were there to answer questions via email. We knew when they would run check-in sessions if we wanted to speak with them about the work, so I felt supported and able to get help when I needed it.

Is there anything you learnt in particular during your higher apprenticeship that helps you now in your day-to-day working life?  

Time management! Having to split my time between work and study has been a challenge at times but it has prepared me well for when I need to manage time for two different projects or tasks at work. Overall, doing an apprenticeship means you are learning new knowledge whilst applying new skills on a daily basis. So it’s also made me feel more confident in applying new knowledge quickly and being proactive at improving new skills and participating in training activities.

Looking back, did your apprenticeship live up to your expectations? What were some of the highlights of the higher apprenticeship for you?

Policy was never something I considered as a career path, and I didn’t really know what to expect when I applied for the apprenticeship, but it’s proven to be a really interesting experience! Learning about how policy is made has been interesting. And getting experience of doing a job in policy has been challenging at times but it’s the type of job I have always wanted to have – you’re always learning new things, working on a variety of tasks, and have lots of opportunities to work with colleagues and share ideas.

In what ways has this higher apprenticeship made a difference to you and your career?  

The apprenticeship has enabled me to gain a higher level qualification and this achievement, along with the training and experience I have gained in the role, has helped me gain a job I am passionate about. It has opened up a career path that looks exciting. I have the determination to progress and develop my skills.

What are your future plans/aspirations? How do you see your career progressing?  

Moving into my new permanent role in September, I aim to take on some more responsibility including improving my skills in project management. I’d also like to commit some more of my time to internal organisational activities and give back some of the support that colleagues have given me over the course of my apprenticeship! I think the apprenticeship scheme is a great route into a career in policy, so I’d also like to help new apprentices on the scheme and raise awareness of what it can offer if you’re prepared to work hard.

What advice would you give to people considering a Policy Officer Higher Apprenticeship?

The prospect of doing something different can be a bit daunting, especially when people act like university is the only good option – don’t be put off by this! Think about what YOU want to do and if you’re considering the Policy Officer apprenticeship then you don’t have much to lose in applying; you can ask more questions about the role if you get an interview, you won’t have to pay for it, and it only takes two years to complete the course. Chances are you will enjoy the role, and if not then it’s more experience and another qualification gained in your pursuit to find what career you want to do! The University of Kent has been a great place to do the course. We have had support with our studies and been able to discuss the work with teachers and advisors who are experienced in teaching and giving support to higher level students and apprentices.


The Policy Officer Higher Apprenticeship at the University of Kent

Our Policy Officer Higher Apprenticeship is designed for employers looking to develop their in-house talent in policy analysis or policy advice. It’s a unique formal qualification that equips apprentices to progress in their role, whether they work within central and local government or within companies, campaign groups, charities and membership organisations that strive to influence government policy.

It combines on-the-job training with off-the-job learning as an alternative to a university foundation degree over a period of 24 months, with the option to start in September 2021 or January 2022. There are two modes of delivery on offer: one that is 100% online learning and one that also includes face-to-face teaching. On successful completion, apprentices receive a Certificate of Higher Education in Policy Studies and an Apprenticeship.

Want to know more?

For more information about the Level 4 Policy Officer Higher Apprenticeship at Kent: