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Become more employable – add a Year In

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:

Got questions? Contact careerhelp@kent.ac.uk for guidance

 

Events roundup: 16-22 January

Welcome back to start of the Spring Term! Here’s a roundup of what’s on this week:

Monday: Find a part-time job, board games, Crafternoon

Would you like a part-time job but not sure where to start? This part-time jobs session will cover the types of jobs available, how to search and tools you need to start applying.

Want to play some games and make some new friends? Come along to the Venue to play some board games and retro games consoles.

Or if you’re at Medway campus, head to The Hub for a Crafternoon to try out a range of different crafts and meet new people.

Wednesday: Gardening, Sustainability and Internationalisation

Fancy getting outside more in the New Year? Consider joining an open gardening session at Kent Community Oasis Garden. Between 14:00-15:00 at the garden, you can also learn how to make art from leaf printing at this wellbeing in nature session.

Learn about Internationalisation and Sustainability within the curriculum at this Study Plus workshop. Share your experiences and help influence change at the University.

Thursday: CVs and cover letters and Dancing Queen

Join this online interactive session covering the essentials of writing an effective CV and cover letter.

K-Bar’s LGBTQ-friendly DJ night ‘Dancing Queen’ is ready to celebrate the new year with a bang!

Friday: Notetaking and Medway ACS DJ Night

If you need a boost to get you back into your studies after the Winter Break, try this online sessions on notetaking and getting the most from your lectures and seminars.

On Friday night, Medway’s Afro Caribbean Society presents ‘Wild ‘n’ out: reload it’ DJ night. A host of DJs will welcome you back to campus. Tickets cost £6.

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Events roundup: 12-18 December

As we reach the end of term, our weekly events roundup continues with its festive theme, including more Christmas events and support if you’re staying on campus over the winter break.  

Please also see our update about snowy and icy conditions for guidance about travelling to campus.

Later this week your Spring Term timetable will be released (from 14 Dec) on KentVision. However, please check it again after 9 January as it is likely there will be changes (e.g. room changes and resolving clashes). For more information, read our timetable advice. 

Also, some of you might have In Course Tests (ICTs) this week. If you do, try not to panic! ICTs are a great way to prepare for summer exams and there’s guidance online to help you. Best of luck! 

Monday: Job application tips and pick up some vintage gifts 

Join our Careers Team for top tips on filling out those job application forms to make sure you bag yourself an interview. Sign up for careers event. 

Pick up some Christmas gifts (or maybe something for yourself!) at the Vintage Kilo Sale outside the Venue between 10:00 and 17:00.  

Tuesday: How to edit efficiently and create a top LinkedIn profile 

Join this live session on how to approach editing so it is done right and takes less time! Register for the editing event.  

Find out why you should be using LinkedIn and how to get started at this careers session. Book now.  

Please note, there are train strikes on Tuesday 13 December, so if you usually travel to campus by train please make alternative travel arrangements.  

Wednesday: Christmas gatherings and take home some winter plants 

Get in the Christmas spirit at one of these festive events on Wednesday, including: 

Please note, there are train strikes on Wednesday 14 December, so if you usually travel to campus by train please make alternative travel arrangements.  

Thursday: Christmas Market, DHM book club, job hunting tips and Christmas Drag Bingo 

Come along to our Christmas Market in the Colyer-Fergusson from 10:00-14:00 for locally produced food, drinks and crafts!  

As we reach the final week of Disability History Month, join the book club at Canterbury and Medway, or online, to discuss ‘Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century’ by Alice Wong. 

And get ready for some Christmas campery – Anita Wee and Delilah Tickles are back for a festive edition of Drag Bingo in Mungo’s from 19:00. 

If you’re staying in Medway for the Christmas break, head over to the Oasis Lounge (Rochester Building) on 15 Dec between midday and 14:00 to meet others who will also be staying and enjoy some festive food, music and drinks. There is no need to book, just drop in!  

Friday: Christmas card making at Medway  

Join Medway Residential Life Assistants (RLAs), Holly and Cole, in this FREE DIY Christmas card workshop in the Oasis Lounge (Rochester Building) from 12:00 – 14:00.  

Please note, there are train strikes on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 December, so if you usually travel to campus by train please make alternative travel arrangements. 

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Have a lovely winter break and see you in 2023! 

Students and former student from Disability History Month videos

Events roundup: 5-11 December

Here’s a roundup of our top events this week, including lots of Disability History Month (DHM) and festive events!

There are more chances this week to collect tickets for our magical candle-lit Carol Service at Canterbury Cathedral on 12 December.

Monday: Your Uni Your Say Festive Giveaway and Christmas events

Let us know your feedback in Nexus in Templeman Library and win a free gift including Kent drinking bottles and travel mugs, plus festive treats and cakes! #YourUniYourSay

Come and channel your inner Mariah Carey for some Christmas Karaoke in Mungo’s. Or for a creative Christmas activity, make some festive themed suncatchers in K Bar.

Tuesday: DHM exhibition and short film screening and finger casting workshop

Join us from 17:00 in Marlowe for the Disability History Month exhibition viewing and short film screening featuring current and former students and staff on their experiences of disability. Refreshments provided. Book your place.

Rescheduled from last week, come along to the finger casting workshop on Tuesday. Create a Plaster of Paris sculpture by casting your fingers and try your hand at Foil Embossing to create your own miniature wonders of art with local artist Wendy Daws. They make the perfect Christmas gifts!

Wednesday: DHM events and festive activities

Get that festive feeling by making your own snow globe in the Venue, or head to Grimond Lecture Theatre 3 for a festive movie night. The film will be ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ and free popcorn will also be provided.

As part of Disability History Month, Chloe Timms, author and Kent alumnus will be presenting her debut novel ‘The Seawomen’. The book is an atmospheric dystopian story, portraying a tale of oppression, love and bravery on an island controlled by a misogynistic cult. Chloe is passionate about disability rights, having been diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at 18 months old.

Change 100 matches talented university students/recent graduates with any disability or long-term condition with progressive employers. Find out more about Change 100 internships and meet the alumni.

Sunday: Community Tennis Open Day

On Sunday Kent Sport are opening their doors to everyone at the Kent Sport Community Tennis Open Day. Come along and try out our indoor tennis facilities and enjoy some top class coaching from our Lawn Tennis Association qualified coaching team!

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Events roundup: 28 November – 4 December

Disability History Month (DHM) continues this week with more events as well as a timeline of disability history at Kent and film series with students, staff and alumni sharing their experience of disability. Check out the DHM website.

Our magical candle-lit University Christmas Carol Service in Canterbury Cathedral returns on Monday 12 December! You can collect your tickets this week.

Here’s a roundup of our top events this week:

Monday: Meet Staff Disability Network and Medway Study Night

Meet with the Staff Disability Network as part of Disability History Month. Have a drink and biscuit with members of the Staff Disability Network to learn about their activities and how you can get involved. Find out more about what the network can do to support you.

Join a Medway Study Night in the Oasis Lounge on Monday. There will be tea, coffee, biscuits and treats to keep you going.

Tuesday: Finger Casting, careers values workshop and free manicure/massage (Medway)

Come along to a Finger Casting Workshop – create a Plaster of Paris sculpture by casting your fingers and try your hand at Foil Embossing to create your own miniature wonders of art with local artist Wendy Daws.

Match your values to your career journey in this online workshop. The session shares tools to help you to work out your career goals, desired outcomes, preferences and personal values. It also includes practical exercises to help you use your values to find the right role for you.

On Tuesday at the Hub, you can choose between a free gel manicure or a massage to help you relax and unwind.

Wednesday: Industrial action support drop-in, cooking session and Christmas decoration making

Wednesday is a UCU strike day, so your teaching may be affected today. The College and Community Life Team will be offering drop-in support sessions for any students affected by the industrial action. You can head to Locke Building between 9:00-17:00 to chat to one of the Residential Life Assistants or College Life Officers. Find out how to prepare for a strike day.

Want to improve your cooking skills? The chefs of Darwin kitchen are running a cooking session (£5 per person) making pasta with tomato, courgette, parmesan and homemade spinach balls. Yum. Book your place.

Get into the Christmas spirit and make some decorations for your accommodation. Drop in, listen to some festive tunes and get creative.

Thursday: Careers events and Neurodivergent workshop

On Thursday there are a few careers with social impact events including NHS Careers and Skills in Healthcare, Science and Social Care virtual panel, How to start a career in think tanks and policy and how to answer interview questions.

LSSJ presents ‘How to Manage your Workload: The Neurodivergent Way’. Do you often feel overwhelmed by deadlines? Learn how to use online tools, tips and tricks to make your workload seem manageable. This is a hybrid event so you can either join in Kennedy Building or online. The workshop is led by a fellow neurodivergent student, and followed up with a social event with light refreshments.

Saturday: Wild Wellbeing Christmas tied door garlands

On Saturday you can make some Christmas tied door garlands at the Kent Community Oasis Garden. Spent some time in nature and craft using natural materials.

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Events roundup: 21-27 November

Here’s a roundup of the top events this week. And huge congrats to our students who are graduating this week! #KentGrads

Monday: Medway Pool Tournament

Get to know new people by playing a game of pool in the Oasis Lounge at the Medway Pool Tournament. This event is hosted by your Medway Residential Life Assistants, come by yourself or bring a friend.

Wednesday: Warner Bros. Studio Tour, DHM events and free talk on Sleep

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Explore iconic sets and discover what it took to bring the Harry Potter films to life at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour with Kent Union at a discounted ticket price (travel included).

On Tuesday you can join some Disability History Month (DHM) events including plant pot painting inspired by sunflowers, often used as a visual clue for those with hidden disabilities. Plus a DHM workshop about accessibility and coming up with ideas for inclusion, and a chance to kickstart your career with Change 100 and learn how to ask for adjustments in the workplace.

The Medway Talks open lecture series continues with a free talk ‘Sleep and our Biological Clock’, by Professor Gurprit Lall, who is a neuroscientist based at Medway School of Pharmacy. Open to all, but registration is required. Sign up now.

Thursday: Cultural Food Festival and industrial action support drop-in

Thursday is a UCU strike day, so your teaching may be affected today. The College and Community Life Team will be offering drop-in support sessions for any students affected by the industrial action. You can head to Locke Building between 9:00-17:00 to chat to one of the Residential Life Assistants or College Life Officers. Find out how to prepare for a strike day.

On Thursday evening, come along to Rutherford Dining Hall for a Cultural Food Festival! Find out about other cultures as our student groups will be there throughout the night serving up their dishes for all to try.

Friday: Celebrate Consent, Bubble Football and industrial action support drop-in

Friday is a UCU strike day, so your teaching may be affected today. The College and Community Life Team will be offering drop-in support sessions for any students affected by the industrial action. You can head to Locke Building between 9:00-17:00 to chat to one of the Residential Life Assistants or College Life Officers. Find out how to prepare for a strike day.

Celebrate consent with craft, books and action at Nexus in Templeman Library. Drop by and have a look at the ‘Consent. Get it. Full Stop.’ book list, pick up a free bookmark, and take part in craft activities including badge making. You can also make your pledges for the #ConsentGetIt campaign.

At Medway, have a laugh playing Bubble Football. No football experience required!

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Events roundup: 14-20 November

This week marks the start of Disability History Month (16 November – 16 December). Look out for talks and interactive events this month that celebrate progress in disability support.

It’s also Transgender awareness Week. Find out more about support for trans and non-gender conforming students.

Monday: Virtual Strike Forum

Kent Union is holding a Virtual Strike Forum to gather student opinion about the upcoming University and College Union (UCU) strike action and to decide whether Kent Union should support the action or not. Hear both sides of the dispute with members of UCU and the University’s Senior Leadership offering their perspectives.

Tuesday: Journaling workshop and Games Afternoon

Wondering if journaling could be for you? Try out this online Study Plus Journaling for Time Management and Wellbeing workshop. You’ll explore a variety of techniques that you can take away and use immediately, designed to support self-care, creativity and life management skills.

At Medway you can head to the Deep End for a Games Afternoon on Tuesday. Meet new friends and discover new boardgames.

Wednesday: Tech and Tea (Canterbury), Interfaith Symposium Buffet and Strike Forum

Try out some assistive technology over a cup of tea and a biscuit in Keynes. Meet the Accessible Information Team and try out some assistive technology that could help you while studying at uni.

As part of Interfaith Week, join us for the Interfaith Symposium Buffet. Listen to a series of mini talks by representatives of various faith traditions on this year’s theme ‘Faith and Food’. There will be a vegan buffet provided to allow people to continue conversations about how different faiths celebrate food through feasting and fasting. Open to all students, whether religious or non-religious.

If you missed the previous Strike Forums, you can join in person on Wednesday afternoon and hear both sides of the dispute with members of UCU and the University’s Senior Leadership offering their perspectives.

Thursday: British Heart Foundation pop-up shop and Tea and Tech (Medway)

On Thursday we will have a British Heart Foundation pop-up shop in the Colyer Fergusson Foyer, on the right hand side of the Gulbenkian. Come along and grab a bargain, perhaps a new party dress for Christmas, or a new winter coat!

Try out some assistive technology over a cup of tea and a biscuit in Medway Building.  Meet the Accessible Information Team and try out some assistive technology that could help you while studying at uni.

Friday: Inspiration Paralympian Talk and Global Hangout

Millie Knight is a four times Paralympic medallist, three times Paralympian and two times world champion. To add to this impressive list of achievements, Millie is also National and Commonwealth Karate Champion! Visually impaired from a young age, Millie will be providing an inspirational talk at Kent on her journey to success. Taking place in Darwin (and streamed online). Book your place now.

Enjoy a wide range of activities and food, meet fellow like-minded students and learn about various international holidays at the Global Hangout on Friday. Open to all students, taking place in Colyer-Fergusson Foyer.

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Santander Scholarships

10 chances to win £1,000! Deadline 20 Nov

Register with the Santander Scholarships programme by 20 November for chance to win £1,000!

10 Kent students will win £1,000 for simply registering online with the Santander Scholarship programme. Register now. 

Through the programme you can:

  • Apply for scholarships and grants
  • Gain work experience
  • Learn the skills graduate employers want

becas-santander.com       #SantanderUniUK

Student celebrating Holi festival. WorldFest Bitesize

WorldFest Bitesize Fund for cultural events and celebrations

We’ve set up the Worldfest Bitesize Fund so you can apply for a financial award of up to £250 to help run a multicultural event.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the date of the event.  

Examples of past events and celebrations we have supported include Diwali, Chinese New Year, Thanksgiving, Kent African Summit, Newroz, Holi, African Evening Gala, Discover Islam, Japanese Cultural Festival, Asian Fusion and a Thai Festival.

Open to all Kent Societies and students.

Find out more about how to apply for the WorldFest Bitesize Fund.

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Events roundup: 7-13 November

Here’s a roundup of our top events this week:

All week: College Activities

Did you know, we have eight colleges at Kent? Every student belongs to a college and can join their events (or join a friend at an event run by a different college). This week there are games nights, movie nights and craft activities you can get involved with. Find out more about the Colleges and how you can organise events and find your community at Kent.

Tuesday: EDI Forum and Campus Litter Pick

The EDI Forum (online) is open to all students and staff to discuss an idea, issue, good practice initiative or concern relating to equality, diversity and inclusivity at Kent. Have your say.

Earn Employability Points and make a difference by joining a litter pick on our Canterbury campus. Litter picking can be a therapeutic experience, getting you outdoors having a positive impact on your surroundings.

Wednesday: Tie dye, Gardening and What is Sanctuary?

Give tie dye a go at this free session with Kent Union at the Venue.  You’ll be given a t-shirt or canvas bag to design however you want.

This year the University Kent is applying for University of Sanctuary status. In the first of series of online seminars, we address the question ‘What is Sanctuary?’ with staff and student speakers.

Consider volunteering at the Kent Community Oasis Garden on Wednesday. Or if you have any struggling houseplants, bring them along to the garden for House Plant Hospital, where the gardeners will take a look and help you bring them back from the brink!

Thursday: Personal Energy Management and Microsoft Teams

Learn about Personal Energy Management at this Study Plus online workshop. Energy management relates to understanding your optimum performance times during the day/week/month and how you can manage workloads and task prioritisation around your peak energy times.

Find out how to communicate and collaborate effectively on Microsoft Teams. Get some top tips about how to use Teams.

Want to keep fit? You can try out Medway Move sessions on Thursday including Strong Nation and UV Ravmington.

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