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Grab a hot drink and a chat for World Mental Health Day 2022

To mark World Mental Health Day on Monday 10 October 2022, all members of the University of Kent community in Canterbury are invited to come and get a free hot drink on campus.

To recognise the importance of community and belonging in maintaining good mental health, we are giving away hot drinks to anyone in the University of Kent community who wants to come and grab one! Come on your own or bring your friends, flatmates, course mates, or colleagues and sit under the tent with a drink to have a chat.

Free hot drinks!

Bring your own reusable cup if you can, and come and find us outside Templeman Library in Canterbury from 11.00-14.00 on Monday 10 October. The first 180 people to come along can also take a free new Kent mug! (If you’re in Medway, check out the Drill Hall Library events webpage for events going on to mark the day on your campus.)

Take a free hot drink and a flyer to see lots of ways you can boost your mental health and wellbeing at Kent, with a variety of activities to connect with yourself and others. We will have spaces to chat (under a stretch tent if the weather is being British!), some creative activities to do, and the beloved George the therapy dog.

Could you use professional help for your mental health? There will be a Student Support and Wellbeing table at this event where you can get advice on how to find support. You can also check out our Mental Health webpages for details of free support available to Kent students.

Opportunities to connect, stay active and enhance your wellbeing

As well as giving away hot drinks, there will be student volunteers and staff from different departments ready to chat about all the different things you can get involved with alongside your studies to boost your mental health and general wellbeing.

Look out for #UniKentWellbeing on the socials for more information year-round on what’s happening across the University for you.

Student Support and Wellbeing – professional support at Kent

Did you know that Kent has a professional support service of over 100 specialist staff? We’re here to support you with mental health, disabilities, and neurodiversity such as specific learning difficulties or autism, through 1:1 support as well as peer support groups and events. Here’s a video of top mental health tips from our mental health team.

24/7 support

Feel like you really need to talk to someone but the Student Support offices are closed? Check out the Emergency Support page with details on online, text, and telephone support available round the clock.

Written by Joshua Stevens and Natalia Crisanti, Student Services 26.09.22

Students with Welcome to our World selfie photo frame

Events roundup: Welcome to the start of term

This week is the start of term and so the start of teaching. From Monday 26 September, you need to self-register your attendance on Moodle for all timetabled learning.

Welcome Week may be over, but there’s still plenty of opportunities to meet new friends and find your community at Kent. Here are some of our top events this week:

All Week: College Welcome BBQs

Throughout the week the College and Community Life Team are running Welcome BBQs. These are a great way to meet other students in your College, as well as the Residential Life Assistants (RLAs).

Monday: Monday Funday and Bee Walk

Teaching starts today. Make sure to regularly check your timetable in case there are any changes.

Don’t miss Monday Funday on Library Lawn. Drop in and give a new activity a go such as rock climbing or trying to avoid a wrecking ball!

Darwin College and Medway College have their Welcome BBQs today. Get some tasty food and meet students from your College.

If you want to spend some time in nature, consider joining this Bee Walk and Talk at the Kent Community Oasis Garden.

Tuesday: Diamond Anniversary planting (Medway) and music societies

The University of Kent celebrates its 60th birthday in 2025 and if you’re about to start a three-year course you’ll be graduating in what will be a very special year – our Diamond Anniversary. Come along to the Diamond Garden planting event on the Rochester Lawn at Medway campus.

Plus drop in to the Tuesday Funday event at Medway. Try out the surfing simulator and classic arcade games.

If you’re part of Rutherford College, come along to the Rutherford Welcome BBQ.

Interested in music? We have a range of music societies at Kent, and you can meet them all in one place on Tuesday evening in Colyer-Fergusson, Canterbury.

Wednesday: Inter College Football League Trials and Kent Community Oasis Garden

Part of Keynes or Eliot College? Both Keynes College and Eliot College have their Welcome BBQs on Wednesday.

Get involved with out Inter College Football League. The league is open to all, with trials happening on Wednesday. Each College will have its own team, so make sure to go along to your trial for your College.

The Kent Community Oasis Garden is based on campus at the end of Park Wood. Drop in on Wednesday 10.00-14.00 to find out more about how you can get involved in the garden, all are welcome whether you’re an expert gardener or a complete beginner. The Garden is open on Wednesdays and Fridays 10.00-14.00.

Thursday: Inspirational speaker and managing stress and anxiety with mindfulness

Turing College  and Woolf College  are holding their Welcome BBQs on Thursday. Go along to meet other students and grab a burger.

**This event has been postponed – more information coming next week**  Hear from inspirational speaker Kami Asamani in Woolf College 15.00-17.00. Kami studied BA Politics and International Relations and LLM International Law with International Relations. She works for the British Council, as Head of Business Management for Arts Sub Saharan Africa. Hear her inspiring story and ask any questions. The event will also be livestreamed.

If you finding things a little overwhelming, consider joining this online Study Plus session about managing stress and anxiety with mindfulness. Study Plus offers a wide range of free short-term courses and workshops to help you get the most out of your time at Kent and to enhance your graduate employability skills.

Friday: Park Wood Welcome BBQ and online bitesize session

The final College BBQ of the week is the Park Wood Welcome BBQ on Friday.

Want a boost to your studies, try joining a Student Learning Advisory Service online bite size session. On Friday you can join the Independent learning, reflective and critical thinking live online presentation and ask any questions you may have.

Coming soon: Nexus – help in one place at Canterbury campus

In early October we are launching Nexus, a help point in Templeman Library where you can go to ask any questions. It will also be a dedicated student space to study, socialise and network.

Check out the Welcome calendar to see all the events.

Fruiting trees

Diamond Garden planting event with live music and British picnic

**Due to the weather the even has moved to the stretch tent in front of Templeman Library**

Escape the bustle of central campus and join us this Friday at 16.00 at the Diamond Anniversary Garden site. In this beautiful and peaceful space you can hear all about the plans to create a natural orchard of lover 300 fruit trees and share your idea for how you would like the space to develop.

Relax on our blankets with an authentic Kentish picnic while you enjoy some live acoustic music, take guided tours of the space and find out about our campus wild spaces and how we manage them and be part of the ceremonial planting of 6 fruit trees, one for each Division, to launch the garden.  

Find out more and book your place here  Book your place! Please note, this event is now taking place under the stretch tent outside Templeman Library. Come join us after the Welcome Fair!You can also find out more about the project at our stall outside the Gulbenkian on Thursday and Friday this week between 10.00-14.00.

 

Pussy Riot: Riot Days £5 ticket offer

Never more relevant than now, the world’s best-known activists bring their worldwide smash hit Riot Days to Canterbury.

Since forming in 2011, this iconic Russian feminist punk rock performance art collective are a powerful force for protest, on themes including feminism, LGBT rights and opposition to Vladimir Putin. In the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine, they find themselves more relevant and vital than ever. Riot Days is an innovative stage show combining live music, theatre and video, telling their story.

You can see them live in the Gulbenkian Arts Centre on campus this week, Wednesday 21 – Saturday 24 September, at 19.30.

We are offering students £5 tickets on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 September (or £10 on Fri 23 and Sat 24 Sep).

Book online – use the code GULB50 – https://bit.ly/GACpussyriot

Or buy tickets on the door from an hour before the performance.

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Study Plus events: language taster sessions, leadership, growth mindset and more

Firstly, welcome to Study Plus Term 1 2022! We look forward to welcoming you to our Study Plus events.

Wednesday 21 September – Discover World Languages

Taster sessions for beginners who would like to have a go at a language, to gain some understanding of key traditions, learn and pronounce a range of simple key words, engage in basic everyday communication, introduce yourself in the target language, learn simple greetings and farewell phrases.

Following Week

Tuesday 27 September

 Study Plus – Understanding leadership styles by Ali Whelan 10.00 -11.30

The overall objective is to understand what we mean by leadership style, the importance of knowing your preferred style but when and how to use alternative styles. Also covered would be how to work effectively with your managers leadership style and the importance understanding leadership preferences and styles can help aid resilience.

Study Plus – Journaling Tools to help Manage Time, Efficiency and Wellbeing By Esther Van Hout 14.00-15.30

Research shows that journal writing has extensive health and wellbeing benefits, as well as being an effective way to help you plan the life you want. This workshop can help with situations as varied as gaining confidence in writing, exploring personal challenges, or keeping organised.

  • Learn what journal writing is and how it can benefit mental wellbeing.
  • Practise different journaling techniques, to focus your attention and express yourself through writing.
  • Learn how journaling can help you with self-care, creativity, and life-management.

Wednesday 28 September

Study Plus – Growth Mindset By Ali Whelan 11.00 – 12.30

To promote the concept of continuous personal development, positive curiosity, and resilience to succeed.

  • What is a growth mindset
  • Fixed mindset v Growth Mindset – 5 key areas
  • The power of ‘yet’
  • The role of feedback
  • ‘Creation of a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” (Dweck, 2015)

Study Plus – World Class Management Programme Introduction 13.00-13.30

This session will introduce you to the online World Class Manager programme. This programme can be completed at your own speed, introducing you to the actionable and highly practical ways to help managers get their best for themselves and their teams. It is designed around 12 habits of great leaders.

You don’t need to be a manager to attend the introduction and complete the course. This is designed to provide you with the knowledge you can take forward to your future employment.

Thursday September 29 September

Study Plus How to Manage Stress and Anxiety with Mindfulness By Esther Van Hout On Zoom 14.00-15.30.

This practical workshop will give you an introduction to research-based strategies for coping with stress and anxiety. We will focus on how mindfulness practice can give us tools to build our resilience in the face of study, work and life challenges. Research shows that this helps to reduce the levels of stress we experience and makes us more able to focus, improve creativity and make better decisions. We will practice mindfulness exercises and techniques together, which you can continue to use after the workshop.

How to sign up for a Study Plus event

Each of the event titles are hyperlinked to take you straight to Target connect booking page, where you can sign up to our events.

Please make sure you check the event description to make sure you know how it is being presented. If it is a virtual event, it will be delivered by Teams or Zoom and the joining link will be emailed to you prior to the event. If it’s being delivered in person, then you will receive a reminder email with the location.

Remember, when you attend a Study Plus event, we will make a record of your attendance and you will be able to claim 15 Employability points.

If you book and can no longer attend, please let us know by emailing studyplus@kent.ac.uk as we do have limited places.

We look forward to seeing you!

Westgate gardens

Things to do in Canterbury

Welcome to Canterbury! If you’re new to the area take a look at some ideas below on some places you can visit and activities you can do. 

Canterbury Cathedral

One of the most iconic buildings of Canterbury is the Cathedral. Dating back to 597 AD, it is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England. If you bring your KentOne card along you’ll get in free. Find out about current exhibitions and what’s on offer for students

Canterbury cathedral

Westgate Gardens

The Gardens are part of Westgate Park which includes lots of outdoor open spaces including Toddlers Cove and Bingley Island. It’s a lovely area for walking and cycling. In the Spring and Summer months, there are hundreds of bright tulips in full bloom on the flowerbeds alongside the river where you can watch passing boats, ducks and moorhens. Just take a right when you are at Westgate Towers (you won’t be able to miss the entrance) for a peaceful escape!

You can also have a go at punting, with many punting tours taking you through the river in Westgate Gardens and offering a beautiful view of Canterbury. 

Westgate gardens

Canterbury Nightlife

We know that students often love a night out, and Canterbury offers lots of choice for those looking for a fun night with friends! 

Here at Kent we have our own campus club, Venue, which offers a great night out (especially on a Wednesday or Friday) and cheap drinks, often paired with some interesting student social costumes. We also have plenty of bars on campus which are perfect for group ‘pres’ before heading to Venue, or can make a great evening out for those not looking to go clubbing.

In Canterbury city centre there are also lots of other options for a night out. Some of our students’ favourites include Club Chemistry, The Cuban, and Tokyo Tea Rooms. There are also lots of cheap pubs and bars around the city that are ideal for students, so make sure you explore all the nightlife Canterbury has to offer!

Students on night out

Local Restaurants and Cafes

For our foodie students, there are also lots of options around Canterbury to try amazing food and drink. Explore the city whilst trying some of our local independent food spots and supporting the community!

Some student favourites include: Tiny Tim’s Tearoom, The Lady Luck, The Refectory Kitchen, and The Chocolate Cafe.

Cycle Ride

If you’re looking for a challenge you can undertake your own Pilgrim’s Progress on a 50-mile circular ride that links Canterbury, Dover, and Folkestone. The route passes along leafy lanes and bridleways amid rolling hills, wide skies, woodland, country villages, and hamlets.

For those who are looking for a more casual cycle route take a look at the Crab and Winkle Way which links Canterbury to Whitstable. It’s suitable for beginners and families. The route goes from Canterbury West, but you can easily join the route if you’re on campus. It takes you all the way into Whitstable, which in itself is a great day out. Enjoy some fish and chips on the beach and explore the restaurants and shops along the Harbour.

Crab and Winkle Way sign

Ship at Dockyard

Things to do in Medway

Welcome to Medway! If you’re new to the area take a look at some ideas below on some of our ideas of places you can visit and activities you can do. 

Medway is made up of five towns – Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham and Strood- so there’s plenty to explore.

Day out in Rochester

As well as the beautiful Rochester Cathedral and Castle, there is also the High Street, home to boutiques, independent shops, and trendy café culture. The Medway Visitor Information Centre is a good first stop to pick up a map of the area. On the first floor, there is also an art gallery and a museum.

Explore the city, have a wander, and admire the many historical buildings in the area that featured in Charles Dickens’ novels! Some of these include Restoration House (which has a stunning garden), from ‘Great Expectations’ and the extra Christmas number, the Six Poor Travellers House, located just by the train station. You can pick up a self-guided walking tour at the Information Centre which takes you around all the buildings he wrote about.

Rochester high street

The Historic Dockyard Chatham

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

Dockyard

Medway Nightlife

Medway offers a range of pubs and bars that are perfect for every student looking for a night out. There’s also lots of fun to be had at the Deep End’s social nights on campus, or you can even head into London if you’re looking for a night out in the capital.

Bluewater Shopping Centre

If you’re looking to do some shopping, look no further! Bluewater is home to 300 shops and 50 bars, restaurants and cafés. Different sections of the shopping centre are dedicated to different themes, from classic and high fashion retail in ‘The Guildhall’ to ‘The Plaza’ where there is a cinema and a trampoline park. You can get there easily by public transport.

London Trip

Medway is also very close to London, meaning that a fun day-trip is super easy! You can get a high-speed train to London St. Pancras International from Chatham or Gillingham, and can also change at St Pancras and Ebbsfleet to connect to the Eurostar if you’re looking to go further afield!

London

Fort Amherst

Dating back to 1756, its purpose was defending the Naval Dockyard from attack. A site full of history, it’s free to visit and family-friendly. There are over 20 acres of land to explore, fortifications to navigate, cannons to spot, and bridges to cross. Take a tunnel tour to explore the underground maze which provided shelter from bombardment, storage of ammunition, and secret access to the Fort. Some say they can even feel a ghostly presence of those from the past…

Riverside Country Park

If you’re looking for a scenic countryside walk, run or cycle this park is perfect. It runs alongside the Medway Estuary and includes the Berengrave Local Nature Reserve. Boasting 247 acres of land it’s full of wildlife and is a protected site, being an especially important area for birds. There’s something for everyone, with picnic facilities, a children’s play area and cycle paths, trails, and a café. If you like the outdoors, check out The Strand, St Mary’s Island, and the Great Lines Heritage Park.

Diggerland

For something a little bit different there is a theme park where those of all ages can drive and operate full-size real diggers, dumper, and other construction machinery. It has over 20 different rides and activities including Go-Karts and Dodgems so it’s definitely a unique day out! There are also restaurants and a cinema in the area so there’s something for everyone. Diggerland is great for small groups so why not go along with your new housemates?

Students at Welcome Fair holding dominoes bags

Events roundup: Welcome Week

This week is Welcome Week! Here’s a roundup of our top events this week, with lots of opportunities to meet people and try new things.

Tuesday: Petting Zoo, Try it Tuesday and Services for Students Online Showcase

You might have some compulsory Division or School events today. Check your emails or the Division and School Welcome events webpage.

There are a huge range of services across the University to help you study, keep you fit, inspire your creativity, develop your skills and support your academic and personal development. The Services for Student Online Showcase offers you information about all of these services, with online live chat 10.00-12.30.

Join us at Woody’s for the Petting Zoo where the Animal Encounters Farmyard will be around for you to meet some lovely animals who are bound to brighten up your day. Say hi to cows, ponies, donkeys and more.

Come along to Try it Tuesday at Medway to give some fun activities try including a climbing wall, mini golf and different sports at The Hub.

Strap yourself in and compete against seven others to be named the hungriest hippo! Including bungee ropes, inflatables and carnage. Drop in on the Library Lawn.

Wednesday: Medway Welcome Fair and Campus Pantry

You might have some compulsory Division or School events today. Check your emails or the Division and School Welcome events webpage.

Come to the Medway Welcome Fair to meet with societies, sports and groups that you might want to join.

Forgotten some key items? The Campus Pantry is open for you to collect items that previous students have donated, such as beddings, books and pans.

Thursday: Canterbury Welcome Fair and Medway Picnic and Pets

The Welcome Fair is the biggest and best opportunity to meet all our amazing student groups and grab some freebies! Have a walk around all our stalls and discover which activities and sports you can take part in throughout the year.

Want to meet some cute and fluffy animals? Maybe a few with scales too!? Join us for the Picnic and Pets at the Student Hub, Medway.

Enjoy running? Join this 5k your way around campus and whilst our colour stations throw the rainbow at you as you pass by at the Colour Run.

Friday: Canterbury Welcome Fair (continued), Sports Day and Diamond Garden Planting

The Canterbury Welcome Fair continues today. Come along to meet student groups and societies and discover new activities.

At Medway you can take part in the Sports Day between Kent, Greenwich and Christ Church. The mini games are open to all and will suit a range of abilities.

The University of Kent celebrates its 60th birthday in 2025 and if you’re about to start a three-year course, you’ll be graduating in what will be a very special year – our Diamond Anniversary. Join us for the ceremonial planting of fruit trees, with live music and a picnic to mark the occasion.

Plus lots more events all week. Check out the Welcome Week calendar to see all the events.

 

Student Art Pass – a year of art and opportunities for £5

A Student Art Pass lets you dive into culture on a budget with free entry to hundreds of museums and galleries across the UK, and 50% off major exhibitions.

Plus, you’ll gain access to paid arts opportunities and grow your network by joining the #WeAreArtful @StudentArtPass community. All for just £5 a year.

93% of members would recommend the pass to a friend and is available to buy for a limited time until 12 December to full-time students studying any subject,

Get your £5 pass today.

Discover England’s First Cathedral

FREE entry for University of Kent students

With new events and activities, a major new exhibition, and free entry for University of Kent students*, there’s never been a better time to discover Canterbury Cathedral – UNESCO World Heritage Site, seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and resting place of saints and royalty.

Whether seeking out dragons and grotesques, admiring the medieval stained glass windows – including the oldest in Britain –  marvelling at carved tombs, or exploring the Cathedral’s stunning Cloisters and green spaces, there’s plenty to do.

New for 2022 is a major exhibition in the Cathedral’s Crypt – ‘Making History: Church, State and Conflict’ – which allows visitors to explore up close, for the first time, a unique collection of artefacts that tell the complex, and often violent, story of Church-State relations. Items on display include the battle shield of Edward The Black Prince, a grant from one of the four knights who murdered Thomas Becket, and The Accord of Winchester, the 11th-century document signed by William the Conqueror.

Discover more by visiting the Canterbury Cathedral website.

*Students studying full-time at local universities (University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, and the University for the Creative Arts) enjoy free entry with their student ID. Terms and conditions apply