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Industrial action

Industrial action goodwill payment scheme

From Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience 

Thank you for your continued patience during the periods of industrial action this academic year. We have been working hard to assess the impact of the industrial action on each of you across all our academic Divisions. We appreciate this process has taken some time. However, it was important to ensure that the effect of the industrial action on all our students was assessed fairly and equitably.

Goodwill gesture payments for eligible students 

Based on the information that we have about teaching events impacted by the industrial action from Divisions, and in conjunction with Kent Union, the University’s Executive Group has now approved a goodwill gesture payment scheme. Through this scheme, eligible students whose teaching activities were disrupted will receive payments directly to their bank accounts based on the impact in their areas.

Because the University does not hold students’ bank details, we will work with Western Union to ensure safe, secure payments can be made to students’ bank accounts allowing all eligible students to receive the payment they are entitled to.

When will I find out if I am eligible? 

If you are eligible for an industrial action goodwill payment, we will contact you via your Kent student email by the middle of July to arrange payment.

Final year students’ email accounts will remain active until 12 August 2022 to allow time to complete the payment process. Reminder emails will be sent before Finalist email accounts are closed.

For further information, you can contact industrialaction@kent.ac.uk.

Best wishes,

Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience 

Student Lewis Powell smiling with poker chips on table in front of him

Kent Star: Meet Activities Advocate Lewis

This month’s Kent Star is Lewis Powell, who has been involved in a wide range of activities during his time at Kent. From football to esports, President of the Poker Society to Peace Ambassador. Hear from our Activities Advocate Lewis about what he’s been up to:

“I’m Lewis Powell and I’m a final year student studying Economics with Econometrics. I have many hobbies which take up most of my free time. I love football (playing and watching), although Southampton’s end of season form have been testing that love. My other interests include esports and poker as well as travelling. Last September I was a Peace Ambassador for an organisation called Peaceline where we travelled through Germany, Latvia. Lithuania and Poland. A fun fact is that I qualified and played in the €1150 Irish Open Main Event poker tournament in 2019 in Dublin when I was 19.”

Tell us about some of the activities you have been involved with during your time at Kent.

“I have played 6-a-side football with my team every week at Football Frenzy which has been great fun and fuelled my competitive spirit. I had always loved supporting my football team but hadn’t played much during secondary school. Getting involved, improving as a player and having my own team is one of the best things I’ve done during university and it is an activity I look forward to every week.

During the various lookdowns, I decided to fuel my competitive spirit by joining one of the university Counter Strike Global Offensive online teams in my third year at Kent. I hadn’t played hardly at all in the two years prior but soon got super invested in my team and loved competing against other universities twice a week in NUEL and NSE (Esports platforms). As our team evolved through various changes to the roster I decided to step up by becoming the captain and in-game leader. We had a team who were willing to practice, on the same page and whom we had good synergy. Shoutout to Ethan, Max, Tommy and especially Jamie (who I’ve teamed with for 2 years) for all the hard work they put in.

I have also been President of Kent Poker the last two years. I am extremely proud of building back the society after the pandemic to build a loyal community of poker lovers. I am sure the community will continue to thrive going into next academic year.”

What advice would you give to other students?

“Your input is your output. Get involved! There really is a society for everyone at Kent and I would encourage anyone to pursue their hobbies in your spare time. You don’t want to look back on a university experience where you only studied and partied. Some the best time I’ve had at university have been within my various teams and societies and meeting many different people. I would also encourage students to do things over summer; whether that is working, spending time on a side project or participating in programs abroad. This will give you lots of stuff to talk about with potential employers.”

Student Lewis sat at table with playing cards and poker chips

What are your plans for the next year?

“As soon as I finish my exams I am off to Las Vegas for 7 weeks. I will be working as a tournament reporter at the 53rd World Series of Poker from 31 May-19 July for PokerNews. There I will be covering the action from the most popular poker tournament series in the world. I am also hoping I will have some time to relax after a really intense academic year. When I return to the UK I will evaluate my options and see what direction I want to go in next.”

Learn more about the Kent Stars campaign.

Events roundup: 13-19 June

It’s the final week of term (and the undergraduate academic year!) Here’s a roundup of our top events this week, with plenty of opportunities to get outside and celebrate with friends.

Complete the Race Equality Charter Student Survey by 17 June

Make sure you complete the survey by Friday 17 June to help shape the University’s anti-racism strategy. Plus, you’ll be in with the chance of winning one of three £50 shopping vouchers.

Monday: Community litter pick and reducing waste

Give back to your local community by joining the College and Community Life Team and other students for litter picking, 12.00-15.00. Meet new people, help the environment and earn Employability Points.

And while we’re on the topic of waste… if you’re moving out and don’t want to take everything with you, you can donate it on campus. See the StuFF and BHF donation points.  Find out more information about moving out of accommodation or your student house.

Tuesday: Get outdoors with mindfulness and live music

Learn about the basics of mindfulness practice and how it can help us to deal with stress, while relaxing in the Rutherford Commemorative Garden from 11.00-12.00 on Tuesday.

It’s the final week of the Gulbenkian Summer Festival. Chill out listening to live music from Pearl Hannaford outside the Gulbenkian. Plus, you can purchase food and drink to enjoy while you listen and catch up with friends.

Wednesday: Explore Kent Community Oasis Garden

Explore the Kent Community Oasis Garden (Kent COG) in Park Wood College with an introduction to mindfulness practice. Meet up outside Woody’s at 13.45 to walk over to the garden. Emily Mason and Debi Adams from the Kent COG will tell you about different activities you can join in and how you can use the space for relaxation and wellbeing, followed by a guided outdoor meditation by Miriam Zapp from the College and Community Life Team.

Thursday: Outdoor cinema sing along and see Kent’s new brand

We’re developing a new look and feel for how we talk about Kent. Come along to the brand roadshow in Templeman Library Foyer on Thursday and Friday, 10.00-15.00 or the Medway Student Hub social space between 11.00-14.00 on Thursday. See the thinking behind the updated brand, alongside mock-ups that you can feedback on. There’ll be an online version too so watch out for the link later this week.

The final outdoor cinema showing for the Gulbenkian Summer Festival is Rocketman sing along, an epic musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film starts at 21.00 but you’re welcome to join earlier to get comfortable and order some snacks.

Saturday: Pride Picnic

Join the Kent and Medway Network of LGBT+ Networks for their Pride Picnic in Coleridge Gardens (at Canterbury Christ Church University) and Rochester Building Lawns (Medway campus). Friends, families and allies welcome. Bring your own picnic and blankets and any Pride flags and decorations.

Sunday: Aqua Park Trip (Medway)

Enjoy this great summer day out at Kent’s Aqua Park on Sunday, 11.00-14.00. Have fun slipping and sliding around all the obstacles and slides. Tickets cost £10 per person. Transport will be provided from Pembroke building.

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Access skills development training and quizzes for free

Over the years, The MTD Training Group have provided several courses as part of the Employability Points programmes.

These have included Management Training CoursesSales Training Courses and also access to an Online Learning Platform.

They are now giving all Kent students access to several FREE resources to help them with their studies and to also help prepare them for the working world.

Leadership Test

Benchmarks your management and leadership skills against 12 competencies and 96 key skills. Learners receive a personalised report with the findings and tips on how to improve.

Coaching Skills Assessment

Just how good are you at coaching? Answer 36 questions and receive a personalised report of the results and areas to work on.

EQ Test

How emotional intelligent are you? We’re talking EQ not IQ here. How good are you are recognising and then managing your emotions? This 50-question diagnostic will reveal all.

Sales Skills Test

Answer 64 questions and receive a personalised report on your sales and influencing skills.

Management Apprenticeships

Further information on management and leadership apprenticeships.

Management Blog

Over 1,000 quality articles and blogs on leadership and management theories and models.

Sales Blog

Over 1,000 tips and techniques on how to improve your sales and marketing.

Sales Techniques & Free Sales Training Material

Videos, audios, and cheat sheets to help you improve your sales and sales management skills.

4 different coloured dustbins

Moving out of your student house (Canterbury)

We appreciate that when moving out, extra rubbish can be generated but we want to work to reduce any impact on the local community.

Bins and waste

All the information you need to know about what goes in what bin, when the bin collection dates are and how to recycle are on the council website.

Donating your unwanted items

Bulky waste disposal

Large items that might not fit in your regular bin can be disposed of in the following ways:

Make sure you don’t leave large items or old furniture in your rented accommodation without prior permission from your landlord, as otherwise you are likely to be charged.

Get involved and volunteer

Do you want to help out and give back to your local community on a local litter pick? This looks great on your CV and can really make a difference in your community!

If you have any concerns throughout this busy move-out period, you can get in touch with the College and Community Life Team by emailing cclteam@kent.ac.uk.

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Canterbury campus accommodation

If you’re moving out of our Canterbury campus accommodation on or before 10.00 on Saturday 18 June, make sure to follow the guidance on the Accommodation webpage. There’s also information for recycling and waste on campus, storing and shipping your belongings and booking vacation accommodation .

Group of students at Summer Ball

Events roundup: 6-12 June 

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

All week: Summer Music Week 

A week-long music festival celebrating the end of the extra-curricular musical year at Kent. Includes some free lunch time concerts as well as ticketed musical performances for you to enjoy. 

Tuesday: Screenwriting Festival and live music 

The Film and Media department, with the Film and Media Writing Club, are hosting a Screenwriting Festival on Tuesday 13.30-17.50. Join for a series of workshops and discussions about writing for the big and small screen. The day will conclude with a screening of No Time to Die at the Gulbenkian, which will be preceded by an interview with the film’s screenwriter Kent alum Robert Wade at 18.45   

Or if you fancy listening to some live music, the Gulbenkian Summer Festival continues with an outdoor live performance from professional singer/songwriter Avi Simmons at 17.00 on Tuesday on the Gulbenkian Lawn.  

Wednesday:Mindfulness relaxation 

On Wednesday you can have a moment of calm with an online guided meditation and breathing session at 13.00. Or if you’d prefer to meet in person, you can join a mindfulness session in Cornwallis East at 17.00. Take a break from exams and life’s stresses and relax with other students in person or online. 

Thursday: Events for postgrad students and outdoor cinema 

As part of Postgraduate Week, on Thursday there are lots of events to help Master’s students decide what to do next. Plus events around becoming an academic and teacher training opportunities for postgrad students with Teach First 

This week’s Gulbenkian Summer Festival film is the award-winning ‘Nomadland’, showing on a big screen in the open air on Thursday at 21.00. There will also be a selection of delicious food and drink available for purchase during the event.  

Saturday: BioBlitz, Summer Ball, and Pride Canterbury! 

There’s a lot happening in Canterbury on Saturday! There’s something for everyone.  

Interested in nature and sustainability? The University of Kent BioBlitz is a free, interactive event with the aim to record as many living species as possible in a specific area in a short amount of time. There are also nature events such as bird walks, bumblebee surveys and badger surveys. View the full timetable. 

Kent Union’s Summer Ball returns! It’s the party of the year with live music, free fairground rides and plenty of photo opportunities. It’s the perfect way to celebrate with friends as we come to the end of the academic year. 

And if that wasn’t enough, it’s also Pride Canterbury, which Kent are proudly sponsoring. There’s a parade through the high street at 11.30 and live music all afternoon in The Dane John Gardens. It’s a great way to celebrate LGBTQ+ diversity, equality and progress. Find out how you can join us in the Pride parade.

If you’re based at the Medway campus, you can book a seat on the free Campus Shuttle to attend any of these events. Just make sure you also book your seat for the journey home.  

Student Support and Wellbeing survey closing today 

The Student Support and Wellbeing survey closes today. If you want to give your feedback and be in the chance of winning one of three Love2Shop vouchers, complete the short survey now. 

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Applications open for Internship Experience UK, 20-22 June

Applications are now open for Internship Experience UK,which is taking place on 20-22 June.

Created to help you explore a new sector and upskill, this is the no.1 virtual internship experience to supercharge your CV ahead of the autumn application season. Better yet, you’ll also be able to hear from top employers who have renowned internship, placement and graduate programmes and ask them your questions on how to secure a role.

What is Internship Experience UK?

Internship Experience UK is a three-day virtual internship programme which takes place every summer – each year is a completely new programme designed to support you with your career. So far, over 140,000 students and graduates have taken part and reaped the rewards of spending a few days of their summer with the world’s top employers. 10,000 of them have even secured roles with the firms they met on the experience. Now it’s your turn!

You can join any one of the following streams, with no experience or prior knowledge required:

Can’t make the live experiences or want to take more than one stream? You can always catch up and take multiple streams with Internship Experience UK On-Demand.

How does it work?

12+ leading businesses and organisations will be joining each stream, running sessions to help you enhance your CV and get a taste of what it’s like to work in your chosen sector by completing a work sample.

With the majority of employers hiring more graduates, and none hiring fewer than last year, Internship Experience UK is the perfect springboard to land your dream role.

What’s new for 2022?

  • Meet the winner of The Apprentice and top business mogul, Tim Campbell, who will be joining us as the keynote speaker. As an MBE for Enterprise Culture, author of one of Amazon’s Top 10 business books and co-founder of the Bright Ideas Trust (a charity that helps young people set up their own businesses), Tim is a fantastic person to learn from at the start of your career journey.
  • Complete internship-style projects set by top global employers to help you familiarise yourself with the types of tasks you’d be doing as a graduate. Completing the work sample provides you with a tangible example to talk about in your interviews that can make you stand out from the competition.
  • Each year features even more top employers for you to meet and be trained by on a range of new topics. In 2022, you’ll meet: Amazon, Bank of America, Bloomberg, British Airways, Clyde & Co, EY, Google, Macquarie, Nestle, Ofcom, PwC, PA Consulting, Teach First, Vodafone… and many more still to be announced!

Who is Internship Experience UK for?

Students and graduates at any level are welcome to apply to Internship Experience UK.

Whether you’re certain about joining a specific industry or have no idea what you want to do or where to start, Internship Experience UK is for you! You don’t need any previous experience – this is a chance for you to learn about different sectors and gain clarity over what roles suit you.

Took part in the 2021 stream and wondering if you can still take part? This year’s programme is completely new so you can build on your learnings from previous experiences with training on new topic areas, meet new employers and widen your network.

How to apply

Applications for Internship Experience UK 2022 are now open. To apply, click on the stream you’re interested above.

Any questions in the meantime? Take a look at the FAQ page.

Meet 50+ of the UK's leading employers including Amazon, Civil Service, P&G and PWC

The Film and Media department presents Screenwriting Festival, 7 June 2022

Student Screenwriting Festival, 7 June

Calling all Screenwriters!

The Film & Media department – in conjunction with the Film and Media Writing Club – will be hosting a Screenwriting Festival on Tuesday 7 June, 13.30-17.30. 

Join us for a series of workshops and discussions exploring key topics in writing for the big and small screen. This is your opportunity to hone your writing skills, to try something new, and to meet and network with fellow writers!

The day will conclude with a screening of No Time to Die at the Gulbenkian, which will be preceded by an interview with the film’s screenwriter Kent Alum Robert Wade at 18.45.

There are a limited number of complimentary tickets available for the Gulbenkian event for attendees of the Screenwriting Festival*. To attend the Festival – and claim your free Gulb tickets! – please register online.

All students at all levels welcome!

Any questions please email: Lawrence Jackson (l.g.g.jackson@kent.ac.uk) and Frances Kamm (f.a.kamm@kent.ac.uk)

 

*Complimentary tickets for the Gulbenkian event will be issued on a first come first served basis. More information about the Gulbenkian screening.

Pride flag with Kent logo and copy 'The University of Kent proudly sponsors Pride Canterbury

Events roundup: 30 May – 5 June

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

This week is your last chance to apply to be a Student Content Creator at Kent. Deadline is 5 June 2022.

Monday: De-stress by visiting owls and trying out Foot Golf

On Monday the Sky Birds of Prey Owls will be visiting the Canterbury campus to help you to de-stress. Head down to the Templeman Lawn on 30 May between 13.00-16.00 to meet the owls and find out more about Nightline.

Are you graduating this year and not sure what’s next? Go along to this online event with our Careers Team to help you make a career action plan on 30 May from 15.00-16.00.

Whether you have finished your exams, or just want a break from revision, give Foot Golf a go at the Sports Centre on Monday at 17.00.

Tuesday: Employee assessment centre and live music

Lots of graduate employers use assessment centres, so go along to this interactive workshop to practise in a stress-free environment and gain valuable feedback.

The Gulbenkian Summer Festival continues Tuesday at 17.00 with live music from local singer/songwriter Jayne Snow taking to the outdoor stage. The event is free to attend and there will be an outdoor bar, homemade pizza, popcorn and more!

Wednesday: Pride Month and a community bike ride

This week sees the start of Pride Month and the University of Kent is proud sponsor of Pride Canterbury and Pride Medway.

As part of the ‘Queerying’ series, there will be an online workshop exploring perspectives of freedom and you will hear from four incredible speakers about the manifestations of freedom in their work, practice, and activism. Register for the event at 15.00 on 1 June.

On Wednesday you can also explore our beautiful Canterbury campus by joining the free College and Community Bike Ride.

Thursday: Guided meditation and fitness class

Postgraduate students are invited to this guided meditation, on 2 June at 17.00, with a focus on health, happiness, and wellbeing.

Join this free Strong Nation fitness class at The Hub in Medway on 2 June at 17.30 to have some fun and get fit.

Weekend: Brunch and lunch

No plans for the weekend? Why not join the Rutherford Lunch Club on Saturday and Brunch at Woody’s on Sunday.

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People at a festival

Events roundup: 23-29 May

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

Launch of Race Equality Charter Student Survey

This week sees the launch of the Race Equality Charter Student Survey. Complete the short survey to help shape Kent’s anti-racism strategy. Plus, complete by 17 June for the chance to win one of three £50 gift vouchers. Take the survey now.

Monday: Litter pick and language taster sessions

Give back to your local community by joining the College and Community Life team for litter picking! Get involved on Monday lunchtime to meet new people and earn some employability points while you improve the local environment.

Would you like to learn a new language? Our language taster sessions are for beginners who would like to try learning one of the following languages: Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese and Spanish/Italian. These events are in person and online, and open to all students.

Tuesday: Petting Zoo and outdoor live music

Take a break from revision and visit the Animal Encounters Farmyard and say hi to cows, ponies, donkeys, and loads more at Woody’s! Join us 13.00-15.00 for lots of cuteness.

As part of the Gulbenkian Summer Festival, singer/songwriter Fred Clark will be performing on the Gulbenkian Lawn. Grab some friends and enjoy live music and food/drink from 17.00.

Wednesday: Spring into Summer at Medway

Join us on the Medway campus for an amazing afternoon of fun with Spring into Summer. With a ball pit, chocolate fountain, crazy golf and more! Whether you have finished your exams and want to celebrate or need a break from deadlines and studying, come join us. Plus, the evening will see the Deep End transform for a UV club night.

Thursday: Bubble football and outdoor cinema

Give Bubble Football a go and bounce around with your friends as part of Kent Union’s Give it a Go activities. Come along between 17.00-20.00 at the Sports Pavilion and have some fun, no experience needed.

This week’s outdoor cinema screening is Disney Pixar’s Ratatouille! Grab a seat on the hay bales on the Gulbenkian lawn, or bring your own picnic blanket. The film starts at 21.00 but you’re welcome to arrive before to get some food and drink.

Friday: Managing stress and anxiety with mindfulness and Woody’s Fest

Feeling stressed or anxious? Consider attending this StudyPlus online workshop on how to manage stress and anxiety with mindfulness, 11.00-12.30. This practical workshop will give you an introduction to research-based strategies for coping with stress and anxiety

Woody’s Fest is back! Supported by the UKC Live Music Society, there will be a line up of acts and bands to keep you entertained. Plus a mixture of food and drinks deals that you just can’t say no to.

Student job alert: Student Content Creators

Become a student content creator at Kent, apply by 5 June 2022. See more student opportunities on the Student Guide.

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