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Moving out: Waste and recycling advice

As the end of the academic year approaches you will be preparing to leave your accommodation, which usually means a good sort out of all the stuff you’ve gathered over the last year too!

We want to be as environmentally conscious as possible so we’ve made sure there are lots of ways you can donate or recycle items easily – and we ask that you try and keep your disposals into the general waste as low as possible.

The Waste and Recycling Team have collected some useful info below for you on the best solution to recycle/dispose of common items. But if in doubt please contact for advice, or look on our waste and recycling website.

If you do have to throw something away, did you know one item misplaced into a recycling bin makes all the contents of that bin unviable for recycling?

Please take care and avoid contaminating recycling bins with general waste. Remember Black bags should only be used for general waste, clear recycling sacks should be used for all your recycling and spare sacks are available at college receptions.

  • Duvets and pillows: The best option for your duvets and pillows is to take them home with you for cleaning and re-use. Alternatively, donate to Campus Pantry (see below) or a local charity – try Catching Lives in Canterbury (homeless charity) or another local charity.  We don’t have a recycling facility for these items so if you are unable to re-use yourself or donate to a charity they should be placed in the general waste bins in your nearest bin compound).
  • Electrical items: If you have any small electrical item to dispose of, place these in one of the four yellow WEEE bins on campus (See map for locations), avoid the general/waste bins.  Items in good working order can be put into one of the British Heart Foundation containers on campus.
  • Clothes, shoes, linen, DVDs and books:  Place in one of the eight British Heart Foundation containers on campus (see map for locations).  Free bags are available from college receptions and the Estate Customer Services Reception.  The donation containers will be emptied regularly during the departures period.
  • New/unused food, cooking utensils or new/unopened personal hygiene products: Can all be donated to the Campus Pantry where they’ll be available for other students who need them. All food must be non perishable and in-date and example personal hygiene products include toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, sanitary products etc. See more information including where drop off points are available. 

A map is also available which shows your nearest bins and recycling locations.

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Returning your library books

As we move closer to the end of the academic year, we’d like to encourage you to return your library books to the Templeman Library.

Please take any opportunity when you’re visiting campus to return books you no longer need, especially if you’re a final year student and are leaving Kent this year, or are going to be away from campus over the summer. Books you have borrowed can still be reserved by other people during the vacation.

Your options for returning books

  • If you’re on the Canterbury campus, use the book returns drop off point in the Welcome Hall or the external book drop on Library Road.
  • If you live in the Medway area, you can return Templeman Library books to the Drill Hall Library at the Universities of Medway campus.
  • Posting books: depending on weight and volume, you could consider breaking up a large parcel into smaller ones. Courier services might be cheaper than Royal Mail and pick up the parcel from you. Whatever method you use, please make sure you get a receipt.

Our postal address is:  

Book Returns, 
Templeman Library, 
University of Kent, 
Canterbury, Kent, 

If you’re unable to return your books by any of these methods, please get in touch with the Library and we’ll work out a solution with you.

Contact the Library Team

Please contact us if you need any help or advice around returning books or any other library or IT query. Our staff are here to help you: 

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Become more employable – add a Year In, deadline 12 May

Gain new skills to stand out when you graduate.

The need for well-rounded graduates from employers is increasing; in 2023 the demand for workers who can bring a range of skills to the table is larger than ever before. The opportunity is here for you to become that graduate as applications for Kent’s Year-In courses have opened.

The Year In courses give undergraduates students in Years 2 and 3 the opportunity to take an extra year in another course subject. This can be between your 2nd and 3rd year, or after your 3rd year is complete.  Courses on offer for the 2023/24 academic year include:

If you take a Year-In, it will appear on your degree certificate, letting employers know what you are capable of.

What does a Year In give you?

A Year-In will help combine your existing knowledge and experience with practical skills and experiences valued by employers. The graduate labour market is competitive, and the Year-In could be the very thing that makes you the obvious choice for an employer. You’ll spend a year immersing yourself in a new subject, with courses designed for beginners, that will deliver engaging, high level learning opportunities.

Get an insight into each Year In subject

Watch the videos to find out more about each Year In involves:

When do I need to apply?

The deadline for Year In applications is Friday 12 May 2023 for final year students.

Got questions? Contact for guidance


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Graduation accommodation for July

Did you know we’re offering graduation accommodation to our July graduates and their family and friends? So whether you have a long drive ahead of you or you’d just like to relax after the event, you can stay locally and book affordable accommodation with us. Better yet, relive your uni days and book some nostalgic campus accommodation with your graduating friends and celebrate together! Whoever you choose to celebrate with, we have campus accommodation to suit you.

Accommodation on our Canterbury campus is currently available to book from 15 – 23 July 2023. We have en-suite bed and breakfast rooms from £80 per night, alongside self-catered options, available to book from £30 per person per night. All rooms are 4-5* VisitEngland rated and include free parking and Wi-Fi for the duration of your stay.

Find out more and book online.

AI scholarship funding available

£10,000 scholarships available for students accepted on MSc Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), a conversion masters course for graduates with little or no prior knowledge of computer science.

The School of Computing is delighted to have been awarded £160,000 for 2023-24 scholarships to encourage more students into the UK Artificial Intelligence workforce. There are 16 x £10k scholarships available, funded by the Office for Students (OfS) in partnership with the Department for Innovation, Science and Technology (DSIT).

The scholarships aim to encourage more graduates to launch a career in the growing field of AI and to improve the diversity of the workforce.

More information about the course can be found at MSc Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) conversion course.

Register your interest

Our conversion course is intended for non-STEM graduates with little or no prior knowledge of Computer Science. The scholarship is available for UK and International students.

An important aim for this programme of work is to increase the number of people from groups currently underrepresented in the AI and data science fields, and to encourage graduates from diverse backgrounds to consider a future in these occupations.

To register your interest, in the scholarship please email

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How to write a postgraduate personal statement

My name is Caroline, I am a current PhD student and undertook both my undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Kent. Naturally, having to write three personal statements throughout my educational journey, I have picked up a thing or two therefore, it is my hope with this overview of what is expected in a personal statement as well as a simple 8 step guide, that it will be beneficial to those, like me, who struggled to find credible resources.

What is a postgraduate personal statement?

A postgraduate personal statement is a piece of writing submitted alongside your masters or PhD application. It is your first and only chance to show the University you are applying for who you are, your research and academic interests and in essence, demonstrate why you deserve to have a place on the course that University is offering.

What does a postgraduate statement look like?

Exactly like how your undergraduate one does. The only difference is that you will need to showcase how your undergraduate degree has equipped you with the essential skills to advance to the next level.

What sort of vocabulary should I use?

Do not use vocabulary that is not already included in your everyday speech. This is because you may use a word which you think is synonymous to another but, means something else entirely; whoever is reading your personal statement may think that you have had help/ you are trying too hard to impress them. There is, however, no harm in using a thesaurus to prevent using the same word repeatedly.

For example:

Demonstrate’ – determined, establish, exhibit, indicate prove, testify to, validate, etc.

Explain’ – advise, announce, confess, declare, disclose, express, inform, mention, instruct, etc.

Understand’ – figure out, interpret, know, find out, explain, discern, accept, learn, master, etc.

How long does a postgraduate personal statement need to be?

Postgraduate personal statements are usually around the same length as an undergraduate one. Like when you wrote your undergraduate personal statement however, different universities require a word limit to how much you can write. Make sure you know this before you begin writing as personal statements that are below or over the word limit may lessen your chances of either impressing the people reading it or in some cases, your personal statement may even be rejected.

Can I use the same personal statement I wrote when applying for my undergraduate course?

No. You can take inspiration from your undergraduate personal statement such as expanding on some of your original points however, it is more than likely your undergraduate personal statement will be flagged and easily recognisable, even if you are applying for a different university. You can, however, take inspiration from your undergraduate personal statement and develop some of the key highlights that you wish to carry froward into your postgraduate personal statement.

For example:

Undergraduate Personal Statement example

I began learning about complex equations in primary school where I then realised, I wanted to pursue a career in this field. It was also here that I enrolled in an extracurricular volunteer programme where I tutored students who struggled to understand the complex equations I loved, helping them tackle them and providing them with a helping hand. For me, areas of particular interest are those where mathematics can be carried into the real world, and does not remain simply on the page, and would like to pursue a career where I can take numbers to help advance the world of technology.

Postgraduate adaptation of original undergraduate statement example

Upon completion of my undergraduate degree in mathematics, I have remained passionate about perusing a career where mathematics can be used within the real world and help with the technological advancements of our time. I continue to love the challenge of tackling difficult equations and throughout the final year of my degree, I applied for a course which helped supplement my understanding and kickstart my ability to handle said equations faster and more efficiently.

As you can see from the underlined segments, your inspiration and goals can remain the same but, you need to highlight them in a manner which is building on from your previous statements and show that you have grown in this field, remain passionate as well as demonstrating that you wish to pursue a career in this field.

What are the 8 simple steps?

  1. Plan before you write. This will allow you to collate your thoughts before writing to ensure you mention all the things you want to/ ensure you have included a wide range of topics that allow the reader to get a sense of who you are as a person.
  2. Check your spelling and grammar. I know this sounds like an obvious one but, universities don’t only want to see your academic record, achievements and what you have to offer, but also if you are careful and precise when providing work. They will not care how clever you are if you have not taken the time to read over your work and ensure it has been submitted to the highest standard possible; it will make them think you are lazy or uncaring if you do not.
  3. Explain your reason for study. You will have to demonstrate why the course you are applying for is your first choice. This could be due to location, a lecturer who is working on something that interests you, the only one in the country that meets the things you need in the future, etc.
  4. Give as many examples of related academic work as possible. You could go into detail about a project you undertook, supervised, or participated in or you could mention how the work you will learn will advance your current work. This is important as you are also demonstrating your academic skills as well as selling your personality.
  5. Demonstrate that you are knowledgeable of the course you are applying for. Whoever is reading it will be impressed that you have researched not only the university but the course that you wish to be enrolled in. This shows you to be a detail orientated, enthusiastic and hardworking individual who wants the best for their future.
  6. Go into detail about why you deserve a place at the university. For me, it was about conquering the misconceptions that come with having learning disabilities, as many people perceive those who have them to be stupid, incapable of learning and in severe cases, not worthy of a place in a masters or PhD. You do not have to make it overly personal but showing that you are an individual who truly cares about their education and advancing to be the best they can be, will always impress others and make your personal statement stand out amongst the rest.
  7. Provide mini-conclusions after every major point. Not only will this help navigate around your personal statement, make it easier to read and digest and ensure you clarify each point, but it will also ensure that your writing remains focussed and on topic.
  8. Showcase your current skills and how enrolling onto this course will enhance them. Postgraduate education is all about enhancing your current skill set, adding new ones, and accomplishing things that are not possible at undergraduate level. It is important to note your excitement of growing into an individual fully versed within their chose field of topic, and how you are looking forward to being at the top of your game.


Blog post written by PhD student Caroline Harriman.

How would you change the world? £1,000 Graham-Roger prize

The University of Kent is inviting students at secondary schools and FE colleges across Kent and Medway to enter the Graham-Roger prize  to showcase their ambition and compete for the chance to win a substantial prize. The £1,000 prize for Kent students is being offered for a second year, following a successful debut in 2022.

The theme for this year’s Graham-Roger Prize is based on a quote by Jane Goodall, who’s pioneering research on chimpanzees forever changed the way that we understand both animals and ourselves: ‘What you do makes a difference… and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.’ Jane Goodall’s quote encourages people to reflect on their actions and the impact they have on the world, and to make a conscious decision to use their skills and abilities to make a positive difference. 

Students are being asked to think how this call to action resonates today and how they can make a difference to their local community, society or the world. Submissions can take the form of an essay, article, poem, speech or video. 

Kent student and 2022 entry, Kate Anku-Tsede, said:I really enjoyed working on my submission for the Graham-Roger prize, so much so that it became the inspiration for the Masters that I am currently studying in Media Practice for Social Change and Development. It was the process and planning I enjoyed the most, even though I was quite nervous about it all. I am therefore delighted to continue to be involved in this prize as a judge this year, and can’t wait to see the great work that students will come up with this year. This is a really important prize in getting young people thinking about how they can make a difference in the world.  

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories as judged by the University’s awarding committee. Each category will also have a runner-up prize of a £100 gift voucher.

  • Year 10 – Tablet (equivalent to £300)
  • Year 11 – Tablet (equivalent to £300)
  • Year 12/13 and FE students – £1000
  • University of Kent students –  £1000

The deadline for submissions is 20 May.

More details on the Prize and how to enter can be found on the University’sGraham-Roger Prize webpage

The Graham-Roger Prize for International Citizenship is generously supported by the Marchesi-Reggiori Fund and is dedicated to the memory of two men, one from the USA and one from the UK, both of whom survived Japanese prisoner-of-war camps during WWII. 

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Events roundup 3-9 April

Welcome to the final week of the Spring Term! It’s Life After Uni Week, a week of employer, graduate and Careers and Employability talks and events to help you prepare for your life after university.

And with exams around the corner, make sure to check out all the exam events to help you get exam ready.

Monday 3 April: Managing stress and anxiety through mindfulness and revision workshops

Learn how to better manage stress and anxiety with mindfulness at this online workshop with Esther Van Hout.

Not sure how to revise for exams? Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) are running in-person workshops where SLAS advisers will introduce you to successful approaches to exam preparation. There’s a workshop at Canterbury and Medway campus.

Tuesday 4 April: Life After Uni events, gleaning info event and Easter Egg Hunt (Medway)

As part of Life After Uni Week, find out how we can support you after graduation at this online session. There’s also a session about how to manage your money effectively after uni.

Take part in this Easter Egg Hunt at Medway campus. Find the eggs and return them to the Medway reception for your Easter treat!

We’re working with Produced in Kent and Kent Union on a Canterbury Gleaning Collective. Gleaning is the process of picking surplus food and veg from farms that would otherwise go to waste, and redistributing it to those who need it. Come along to the gleaning info event at Woody’s to find out more and get involved.

Wednesday 5 April: Vice-Chancellor Question Time and Easter Egg Hunt

Join Zaid Mahmood, your Students’ Union President, in conversation with Professor Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor and President of Kent for Vice-Chancellor Question Time. This event is your opportunity to put questions to the Vice-Chancellor and discuss issues that are affecting students.

Join the Easter fun by taking part in the Easter Egg Hunt at Canterbury campus on Wednesday. Find the eggs and return to the College and Community Life Office in the Locke building for an Easter treat.

Thursday 6 April: Exam techniques workshop and campus litter pick

Is the thought of exams making you anxious? Come along to a SLAS workshop on exam techniques and managing exam stress. These workshops are taking place at Canterbury and Medway campuses.

Give back to your local community and join the College and Community Life Team and the Conservation Society for a litter pick at Canterbury campus. You’ll also earn Employability Points.

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Gulbenkian Open Air Film Festival, 11 May – 8 June

Get ready for an epic summer of cinema under the stars! From 11 May – 8 June, as part of the Gulbenkian Open Air Film Festival, you can enjoy a different movie every Thursday night on the big screen outside the Gulbenkian Arts Centre!

The festival will be showing a variety of different films, from 90’s romantic comedy, Pretty Woman; to biographical fantasy musical, Rocketman.

Gulbenkian Open Air Cinema events are free to attend and non-ticketed, so you can just turn up on the night and enjoy the film!

What’s on?

Encanto (Sing Along) – Thursday 11 May, 21:00
Licorice Pizza – Thursday 18 May, 21:00
Pretty Woman – Thursday 25 May, 21:00
Shaun of the Dead – Thursday 1 June, 21:00
Rocketman – Thursday 8 June, 21:00

Gulbenkian Open Air Film Festival Poster 2023.

Will there be food and drink?

A selection of food, drink, and snacks will be available for purchase during the event. Enjoy fries, wings, nachos, ice cream, popcorn, sweets, and drinks while you sit back and enjoy the film.

There will also be an outdoor bar, serving a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Can I bring something to sit on?

There will be hay bales to sit on, but you are more than welcome to bring backrests, chairs, or picnic blankets to watch the film. We recommend you wrap up warm and wear lots of layers – even summer nights can get quite cold.

What happens if it rains?

As we all know, the Great British Summer can be unpredictable, so in the event of rain, film screenings will move indoors to the Gulbenkian Arts Centre cinema (except for Licorice Pizza on Thursday 18 May).

What time does the film start?

The film starts at 21.00, but you are more than welcome to arrive earlier, get comfortable, and order some snacks before the film begins. Food and bar open from 18.00.

Are the screenings accessible?

Access to the site is along level, hard paths.

The cinema area is predominantly level grass, with limited hard standing pathways. In the event of bad weather, mud and puddles are likely.

Please let us know if you require any additional support and our on-site staff members will be more than happy to help.

Are there toilet facilities?

Yes, toilets are available in the Gulbenkian Arts Centre.

Will there be subtitles?

Films will not be shown with subtitles. However, for hearing-impaired guests, we recommend the use of an app called ‘Subtitle Viewer where you can search for the film and play the subtitles as the film plays on the big screen.

For more information, please email Daniel Parsons –


Activate your free access to Togetherall to combat exam stress

Exam season can be a particularly stressful time for students. Kent’s partner organisation, Togetherall, has a variety of resources to help you make it through your exams and explore new self-help tools along the way.

All Kent students have free access to Togetherall, which you can activate with your student email.

Togetherall highlights

Here are some of our favourite features of Togetherall.


You can write about absolutely anything using the journal feature – your mood, what you’ve been doing recently, or things that make you happy. You can even add emojis 😊!

Your entries are saved and dated so you can go back and re-read anything you have previously written. Although other users cannot see your journal entries, they are visible to Togetherall’s professional mental health team to ensure user safety.


This interactive tool allows you to enter a specific goal and the date you would like to achieve it by. You can also enter the reason why you are interested in this goal for extra motivation to keep going.

When you have completed your goal, you can tick it off. All previous successful goals are stored so you can review how much you have achieved over time.

Self-help courses

Togetherall offers several short courses to help you manage complicated feelings around exam season…

  • Managing emotions: Explore what emotions are, how to tolerate your emotions without distress, and strategies you can employ to make managing your emotions easier.
  • Managing stress and worry: Learn about how your sleep, lifestyle, and schedule can help or harm your stress levels. It also offers different ways to face your worries and how to plan for future stressful situations.
  • Balance your thinking: Identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts. You can then build a plan to help you maintain your progress in the future.

Togetherall also offers self-help courses in other personal issues you may be dealing with, such as bereavement or health anxiety.

Please note that Togetherall is mainly a self-help platform. For 24/7 phone, text or WhatsApp support from trained professionals, you can contact our other partner organisation, Spectrum Life.

Self assessments

You can take a short, evidence-based questionnaire to track your feelings on specific topics. For example, depression, social anxiety, and general distress.

When taken repeatedly, you can track your development over time and start observing patterns. For example, you may notice that your anxiety tends to increase after specific events or at certain times of the week.

If you think you could benefit from meeting with a counsellor to address issues concerning you to get thoughts, feelings, behaviour and perspective on life back in balance again, you can access counselling for free through the University of Kent by contacting (Canterbury campus) or (Medway campus).

Articles and external resources

There is a range of content available, from personal stories of overcoming hardship to advice from qualified psychologists. You can browse specific categories, such as “student experience” or “loneliness”, to discover the articles most relevant to you.

This section will also direct you towards Kent support services.

Are you interested?

Learn more about Togetherall and how to activate your FREE access while you are still a Kent student.

More support at Kent

For information on wellbeing support and resources available to Kent students (including 24/7 support services), have a look at the Student Support and Wellbeing webpages.

You can also @UniKentSSW on Instagram for tips and reminders on staying well throughout stressful times.

Written by Daisy, Student Services, on 22.03.23